Art of Family Fun at Vance Birthplace
The Zebulon B. Vance Birth State Historic Site will showcase the art of free family fun on July 9th in the second of the three-part popular program “2nd Saturdays.”
The theme of this one day program will be “Crafts from the Past” and will feature local artisans such as:
Ruth Duckworth, Spinner
Mary Ellen Morris Ledbetter, Crochet and Knitting
Elaine McAlister Dillinger, Tatting
Janet Sing, Tape Looms
Cindy Austin, Weaving Rag Rugs
The Jones Family, Rug Crochet
Carolyn Rice, Fireplace Cooking
Carolyn Serrano, Pen & Ink
Larry Allison, Confederate Money & Confederate Postal Service
Dave and Ann Allison, Weaving and Candle Making
Emily Shuman, History Mystery/History Detective
Larry Reeves, Storyteller
Jason Lonon, Woodworking
Virginia Thompson “Black Feather”, Cherokee Storyteller
Tar Heel Junior Historians, History Toys & Games and Crafts
Max Ledmum, Makes wooden toys and puzzles most under $10
Throughout the day, visitors will be able to participate in hands-on learning of old timey crafts and will learn about the challenges of daily life in 19th century western North Carolina. The event will be open to the public at no charge from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, July 9th. The artisans will have their crafts available for sale so bring some pocket money if you want to purchase. Cold drinks will be available for 75 cents, but we recommend that you bring a picnic lunch and spend the day with us under the covered picnic pavilion. The Tar Heel Jr. Historians will be on site teaching kids old time games and folks will be able to play with old fashioned toys. Kids can make and take one historic toy home for free while supplies last.
Across the state 2nd Saturdays events will help folks make a little family history of their own as they travel, whether it is for ‘staycations,’ ‘tank-of-gas-or-less trips,’ or a longer vacation.
According to a new survey, North Carolina will be the fourth most popular tourist destination this summer. Only Florida, California and New York outpace North Carolina in the latest American Express Spending and Saving Tracker, which asked Americans about their summer travel plans.
Sponsored by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, 2nd Saturdays takes place at 37 State Historic Sites and museums on the second Saturday of the summer months. The more than 100 events across the state bring together history and authentic North Carolina culture. Each site will have its own stylized theme; and many sites will have artists and/or musicians. For a complete schedule of events, go to www.ncculture.com.
Partners in 2nd Saturdays include Our State magazine and ATT. Media sponsorship is provided by Public Radio East.
For information call (919) 807-7389. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources is the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available at www.ncculture.com.