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 November 2009

Please click on month below, 
or click on link below to see entire year's events on one page

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January - December 2009


Fri., Sat., and Sun., September 4-6, 2009
32nd Annual Old Fashioned Farmer's Day at the G.T. Petty Memorial Fairgrounds, Silk Hope, NC
Fri., Sat., and Sun., September 4-6, 2009 
Celebrate an American Way of Life and Old Fashioned Farming with lots of events and entertainment all weekend, including:  country entertainment, antique tractor pulls (Friday night and Saturday), restored antique farm equipment in use, antique tractors and autos, old time farm crafts demonstrations, working farm animals in action, children's pony and fair rides, children's farm animals on display (petting zoo), children's pedal tractor pull, food, home made ice cream, arts, crafts & flea market vendors and musical entertainment (country, gospel, bluegrass, and southern rock, folk dancers and clogging). 

Get Directions / Read more about the Silk Hope NC Old Fashioned Farmer's Day

Admission fee, children under 10 free; Senior Citizens receive a discount.
(919) 742-2972 or (919) 742-4881.


September 11 - 20,  2009
North Carolina Mountain State Fair, Fletcher, NC (much further afield, near the Asheville Airport)
1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC  28732
Annual Mountain State Fair features kids' activities, carnival rides (Powers Great American Midway), livestock competitions, live music (including bluegrass, old-time and gospel), giant produce including pumpkins, watermelons, and sunflowers, antique farm equipment display, Farm Adventure Tent (watch the mama pig with her piglets, the baby ducklings on the water slide and some hands-on barnyard activities for the children), watch a chainsaw artist sculpt wood with a chainsaw, transforming a block of wood into a bear, eagle or fish right before your eyes; Heritage Walk (take a walk through the past and learn about family traditions and mountain folks way of life; see crafters at work); Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs (pick your favorite pig and root them to the finish line); RAGGS Kids Club Band; Wild World of Animals (animals in the show range from arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, birds and finally mammals); and
Amazing Animal Adventures (Narration by a princess on horseback, learn about tigers, cougars, monkeys, parrots and many other animals. Experience a Rain Forest adventure exhibit before or after the show.)
(828) 687-1414.

North Carolina MOUNTAIN State Fair Fair Dates and General Information

Fri., September 11, 2009 and Saturday, September 12, 2009 6:30pm
NC Museum of Art Summer Concert Series - featuring Paperhand Puppet Intervention's 10th Anniversary Production
NC Museum of Art,
 (Outdoor) Theater in the Museum Park, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC

Saturday, September 11, 2009, 6:30pm and Saturday, September 12, 2009, 6:30 pm

Paperhand Puppet Intervention - 10th Anniversary Production

$15 ($12 Members) General Admission
$7.50 Children 3?12
Children 2 and under free

From the NC Museum of Art Website:

"In the magical hands of Paperhand Puppet Intervention, fantastical creatures and mystical beasties illuminate tales that look deeply at humanity's life-affirming relationship to the natural world. Each year this extravagantly talented and resourceful band of local artists, led by Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Burger, produce an original pageant that informs our modern lives with mystery and myth. Featuring giant puppets made of paper, bamboo, and recycled materials, stilt walkers and shadow puppetry, all set to live music, this year's special 10th anniversary production promises to be PPI's grandest spectacle yet!"


Sat., September 12, 2009
  Museum of Life + Science, 433 Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
Saturday, September 19, 2009, 10am - 5pm
(919) 220-5429

Explore the Science Behind the Entertainment Industry
featuring STAR WARS characters!

Interact with Star Wars characters, and learn the trade secrets to stunt and fight choreography, voiceovers, motion picture sound effects and more!

From the Museum of Life + Science website:

Hollywood is coming to the Museum of Life and Science!

Take a sneakpeak into the science of the movie and entertainment industry. You can interact with Star Wars characters, and learn the trade secrets to stunt and fight choreography, voiceovers, motion picture sound effects, and so much more! Several of Hollywood's behind the scenes finest will be on-hand to show you how it's done! 10?5pm

See more Details at

Meet Star Wars characters from the Carolina 501st Garrison, the North Carolina/South Carolina chapter of the 501st Legion, an all-volunteer international Star Wars costuming organization with more than 4,000 active members representing more than 45 nations. Since these are volunteers, the Museum can not guarantee specific characters.


Sat., September 12, 2009

Colonial Kids Day in Hillsborough, NC - Hosted by the Orange County Historical Museum and the Burwell School Historic Site
Burwell School Historic Site, Churton St., Hillsborough, NC

Saturday, September 12, 2009, 1pm-4:30pm

 Orange County Historical Museum and Burwell School Historic Site will host Colonial Kids Day. From 1pm-4:30pm, children can participate in colonial games, a fashion show, and a lemonade party. They can learn about colonial medicine and watch a weaving demonstration. The museum is located at 201 N. Churton St and the cost for Colonial Kids Day is $4. Advanced registration is encouraged. Limited number of tickets available/limited participants, so reserve your tickets early. Call (919) 732-2201 for more information.


Sat., Sept. 12, 2009 
Tobacco Harvest Festival and Mock Auction at the Duke Homestead.
2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
September 12, 2009, 10am - 4pm

Costumed interpreters demonstrate traditional tobacco harvesting, stringing, and curing. Hear the sounds of the only tobacco auction left in Durham. Enjoy historic games, music, and refreshments. Throughout the day, enjoy the hornworm festival, which will be highlighted by the 3rd Annual Duke Homestead Hornworm Race.
(919) 477-5498.
Sat., Sept. 12, 2009 
BugFest 2009 at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC  27601-1029.  "The Plaza, Capitol Grounds, and all four floors of the Museum will be filled with buggy fun! "

Saturday, September 12, 9am - 5pm.

also BugFest Evening Insectival, Sat. Sept. 12 5 ? 9 pm
Jones Street, The Plaza, the Capitol Grounds and the first and second floors of the Museum will be teeming with live bands, bug stations, a nocturnal insect tour and a street carnival.

Admission free.  This is the 13th Annual BugFest event at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences!  From the website: "As the nation's largest single-day bug event, BugFest?held annually at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh?offers quirky bug-filled fun for adventurous people of all ages. Learn about arthropods, which make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth.  See unusual insects, arachnids, and crustaceans from around the world. Taste delectable dishes featuring creepy crawlers as a major ingredient at Caf? Insecta.
Educational and entertaining displays, exhibits and activities?both inside and outside the Museum?will highlight BugFest!  In prior years the BugFest has been host to amazing and bizarre live animals such as the foot-long Malaysian walking stick, the venomous giant South American centipede, and an Amazonian bird-eating spider as big as a dinner plate!

(919) 733-7450 or toll-free (877) 4NATSCI


Friday - Sunday,  September 18-20, 2009
2009 (28th Anniversary) Greek Festival, at the Expo Center, NC State Fairgrounds.  Sponsored by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Raleigh, NC with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity.  Authentic Greek food, pastries, Taverna, Live Bouzouki Band, entertainment, Greek dancing, coffee shop, cooking demonstrations, gift shops and more.  Admission fee; children 12 and under free.
(919) 781-4548.

See Details

9/18/2009: 5-10pm
9/19/2009: 11am-10pm
9/20/2009: 11am-7pm

Click here for FREE TICKET ($3.00 value)


Sat., September 19 - Sun. September 20, 2009
Eastern Triangle 4th Annual Farm Tour hosted by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA)
Sat., September 19 - Sun. September 20, 2009, 1pm - 5pm.  Rain or shine!
Enjoy a great day out visiting local farms and support sustainable local agriculture! 

The goal of the farm tour is

"to help connect you and your family with where your food comes from, who is growing it and how it is being grown.  Too often, when you ask a child where their food comes from, they say the grocery store.  It was only two generations ago when most people grew up on farms.  It's time to reestablish the connection between consumers and farming before it is completely lost.  Local and organic food systems are critical to preserving our rural agrarian landscape and achieving long-term socio-economic sustainability.  All of us, from farmer to distributor to consumer, play a role in creating a sustainable agriculture."

To take the Tour:  Load up a car with friends and family, find participating farms on the maps, and head out to the countryside for a day at the farms!  Advance Tickets $25 per car for all farms; Day of Tour Tickets $30 for all farms: $10 per farm (buy buttons at the first farm you visit.)

Tickets available online at and at the Raleigh, Cary, and Durham, and Chapel Hill Whole Foods Markets, and Harmony Farms in Raleigh.  (Or buy Day of Tour tickets at the first farm you visit.)

Tips for taking the tour:  (1) Bring a cooler!  You will be able to purchase fresh produce, eggs, chees and other products at many of the farms.  (2)  Look for the red tomato signs to help find the farms; (3) plan to visit 3 or 4 farms a day at most, and budge 1 - 1 1/2 hours per farm; (4) stick to one region of the tour each day for the most efficient tour route; (5) Link to an interactive Google Tour Map at

Highlights:  If you visit Vollmer Farm on the Farm Tour on Sat., Sept. 19th, don't miss Storytelling Fun with Claire Ramsey, President of the NC Storytellers Guild.  From 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Claire will spin tales about farms, insects, vegetables and more!  Vollmer Farm is located at 617 NC Hwy 98E, Bunn, NC  27508.   (Also plan a trip to visit the Vollmer Farm pumpkin patch and fun Fall activities through November 1st, 2009.  A favorite family tradition for local families, and well worth the drive!)

Did you know?  In the past year (from May 2008 - April 2009), Whole Foods Market purchase $8,889,223 worth of products from local growers and producers in North Carolina.  Support local agriculture with your LOCALLY GROWN produce selections from your local grocery or Farmers' Market.

For more information visit the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA)

or call (919) 542-2402


Sat., September 19, 2009
8th Annual Woof-A-Palooza Dog Walk to Benefit Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. (CARE)  Central Carolina Community College, (Hwy 64 West), 764 West St., Pittsboro NC 27312 (further afield).
Sat., September 19, 2009, 10am - 2pm.  Rain or shine!

Woof-A-Palooza is a one mile dog walk to benefit Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. (CARE). There will be activities, contests, prizes, refreshments, vendors, contests, demonstrations, and other activities for you and your pet. 
For more info visit
(919) 542-5757.

More information about CAREChatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit humane society.  All the animals in the C.A.R.E. system are fostered in volunteer foster homes.  C.A.R.E. pays for food and routine medical expenses such as spay or neuter, rabies vaccinations, deworming and vaccinations.  Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  Adoption fees cover the very basic medical expenses of animals, but they do not cover additional treatments that some animals require.  Proceeds from Woof A Palooza will be used to help pay the veterinary expense of animals in the C.A.R.E. system and will help with humane education and outreach efforts in Chatham County.


Sat., September 19, 2009
NC Museum of Art Summer Concert Series - featuring They Might Be Giants
NC Museum of Art,
 (Outdoor) Theater in the Museum Park, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC

Saturday, September 19, 2009

They Might Be Giants (outdoor concert)

Family Fun | 2 p.m.
Come early to save your spot and join in the pre-concert festivities! Let the kids get a tattoo (temporary, of course!), and enjoy other fun giveaways. Cotton candy will be available free for Museum Members ($1 non-members).

Kids Show | 4 p.m.
$18 ($15) General Admission
$9 Children 3?12
Children 2 and under free

Adults Show | 8 p.m.
$18 ($15) General Admission
$7.50 Children 7?12
Children 6 and under free

From the NC Museum of Art website:

"For more two decades, alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants have been exactly that?giants. Formed as a duo in 1982, the band enjoyed an amazing run of breakthrough videos (?Don't Let's Start,? ?Birdhouse in Your Soul?) on MTV, getting their start on the cult underground show 120 Minutes and then infiltrating the mainstream. In the late 90s the band began expanding their horizons into television, movies, and the Internet, contributing the opening theme to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the Grammy-winning song "Boss of Me" for the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. Last year TMBGs released their latest CD, The Else, and launched their free monthly podcast, which has turned into a national underground favorite. After 13 albums and 4 million records sold worldwide, the band continues to play to sold-out crowds at home and abroad.

And, since 2002, TMBGs have built a whole new fan base: the three-foot and under set and their parents. Their CDs for kids?No!, Here Come the ABCs, and their latest, Here Come the 123s, which won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Children's Album?are full of the band's signature goofiness and flavored by its fascination with the arcane and the surreal."


Sat., September 20, 2009
Carrboro Music Festival
Downtown Carrboro, NC

Saturday, September 19, 2009

WOW!  Fantastic fun for everyone; family friendly and lots of fun activities for kids too.  We look forward to the Carrboro Music Festival EVERY year!



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