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Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh - Hillsborough and beyond


APRIL 2007

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January - December 2007

April
Sat. - Sun., March 31- April 1, 2007 (also April 6-7, 2007)
Easter Bunny Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC (further afield)
411 Salisbury Ave., Spencer, NC
Saturday, March 31 - Sunday April 1, 2007, 9am - 5pm each day.  Free Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, 2007. (Easter Bunny Express train rides also April 6-7 2007). Ticket $.
Ride the train with the Easter Bunny, who passes out treats. Children can also get their picture with the Easter Bunny.
www.nctrans.org

www.nctrans.org/events/easter_express.php
(866) 468-7630.

 

Sat. - Sun. March 31 - April 1, 2007 (also Fri., April 6 and Sat. - Sun. April 7-8)
The North Carolina Renaissance Faire (13th Season), North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Heritage Village
(Enter Via Gate 8 On Youth Center Drive) , Raleigh, NC.
Sat. - Sun. March 31 - April 1, 2007, 10am - 6:30pm each day.
Admission: $12 Adults; $6 Children 5-12 & Seniors 65+; Under 5 Free.
From the website:  "At The North Carolina Renaissance Faire, you can step back 400 years into time and history! This full scale, interactive theater experience is like no other. The Faire offers you a chance to visit the days of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I!  At this 16th Century Faire, you'll find over 110 artisans hawking their wares, you'll enjoy musicians, jugglers, and the ribaldry of actors in many distinct staging areas. You'll see brave and bold knights competing for the favor of the Her Majesty's Court (and for their lady's affection) during any one of three full-contact jousts held in the Queen's Tiltyard."
www.ncrenfaire.com/index.php
(919) 755-8004.

 

Fri.,  April 6, 2007 and  Sat. - Sun. April 7-8 (also Sat-Sun March 31-April 1, 2007)
The North Carolina Renaissance Faire (13th Season), North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Heritage Village
(Enter Via Gate 8 On Youth Center Drive) , Raleigh, NC.
Fri., April 6, 2007 from 3pm - 10pm; Sat. April 7, 2007, 10am - 6:30pm; Sunday, April 8, 2007 (Easter Sunday), 2pm - 6pm.
Admission fee $; under 5 Free.
Friday April 6, 2007 is Tartan Day Moonlight Madness (from 3-10pm), the 2007 Official Tartan Day Celebration for the Triangle.  (Tartan Day, enacted by Congress in 2005, is similar to the Irish Celebration of St. Patrick's Day but, of course, for the Scot and Scot-Irish Community. To learn more about Tartan Day, visit www.TartanDay.org, and to learn more about other Tartan Day Celebrations go to, www.TartanDay.org/national.htm.)  The Scottish Tribal Band, Albannach, will be playing at this event on April 6th, and will bring with them David Ross, A Scottish Historian seen on the History and Discovery Channels, who will be telling the tales of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
From the website:  "At The North Carolina Renaissance Faire, you can step back 400 years into time and history! This full scale, interactive theater experience is like no other. The Faire offers you a chance to visit the days of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I!  At this 16th Century Faire, you'll find over 110 artisans hawking their wares, you'll enjoy musicians, jugglers, and the ribaldry of actors in many distinct staging areas. You'll see brave and bold knights competing for the favor of the Her Majesty's Court (and for their lady's affection) during any one of three full-contact jousts held in the Queen's Tiltyard."
www.ncrenfaire.com/index.php
(919) 755-8004.

 

Fri., April 6 - Sat., April 7, 2007 (also ongoing weekends through April 22, 2007)
Merlin and the Cave of Dreams presented by Raleigh Little Theatre, Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, 301 Pogue St. (2 blocks off Hillsborough St.), Raleigh
Ongoing weekends Fri., April 6 - Sat.., April 22, 2007 (and Thursdays, April 12 and 19 at 7:30 pm)
Fri., April 6, 7:30pm and Sat. April 7, 2007, (1pm and 5pm)
From the website: "Long, long ago in the time of swords, young Arthur journeys to the Otherworld to find his true mother and father. He crosses into Avalon in a magical golden boat and encounters ferocious giants and dragons. With Merlin's guidance can Arthur find the inner strength to face his destiny and fight his foes? Will he remove the sword Excalibur from the stone and claim his rightful kingdom? The show is sure to please the Harry Potter fan in your household. Recommended for children ages seven and up."  Tickets $.
www.raleighlittletheatre.org
(919) 821-3111

 

Sat. - Sun., April 6-7, 2007
Easter Bunny Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC (further afield)
411 Salisbury Ave., Spencer, NC
Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2007, 9am - 5pm each day.  Ticket $.
Ride the train with the Easter Bunny, who passes out treats. Children can also get their picture with the Easter Bunny.
www.nctrans.org

www.nctrans.org/events/easter_express.php
(866) 468-7630.

 

Saturday, April 7, 2007
Preservation Society of Chapel Hill Easter Egg Hunt
Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill.  (919) 942-7818.
For children ages 8 and under; 10am sharp.  Bring a basket or bag for gathering eggs!  Children will be divided into age groups to search in separate areas for 1,000 eggs stuffed with candy.  There will also be ten special prize eggs to be redeemed for special prizes such as stuffed animals.  Also planned for the event are games, contests, spelling bees, egg races, and "bowling for bunnies" events.  Free; donations accepted.

 

Weds., April 11 - Sun., April 15, 2007
60th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC (further afield)
Wednesday, April 11 - Sunday, April 15, 2007
Features arts, music, parade, street fair, circus, celebrities, home and garden tours, concerts, and more.  Events take place in historic downtown Wilmington and at area beaches.  Click here for schedule of events.

Thurs., April 12, 2007
North Carolina Storyteller Joe Ferguson at Carrboro Century Center
Thursday, April 12, 2007, 10:30am - 11:30am 
North Carolina storyteller Joe Ferguson brings his compassionate style and fun adaptions of old favorites to a Carrboro audience. His warmth and enthusiasm brings children to their feet to sing and move as they learn lessons about life through Joe's simple, gentle and powerful performance.  Ages 3-5.
Tickets $3 per participant.
http://www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/RP/gpseWS07.htm

 

Thurs., April 12 - Sun., April 14, 2007 (also ongoing weekends through April 22, 2007)
Merlin and the Cave of Dreams presented by Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh
Ongoing weekends Fri., April 6 - Sat.., April 22, 2007 (and Thursdays, April 12 and 19 at 7:30 pm)
Thurs., April 12 at 7:30pm, Fri., April 13, 7:30pm and Sat. and Sun. April 14-15, 2007, ( 1pm and 5pm)
From the website: "Long, long ago in the time of swords, young Arthur journeys to the Otherworld to find his true mother and father. He crosses into Avalon in a magical golden boat and encounters ferocious giants and dragons. With Merlin's guidance can Arthur find the inner strength to face his destiny and fight his foes? Will he remove the sword Excalibur from the stone and claim his rightful kingdom? The show is sure to please the Harry Potter fan in your household. Recommended for children ages seven and up."  Tickets $.
www.raleighlittletheatre.org
(919) 821-3111

 

Sat., April 14, 2007
CampFest 2007 - Bluegrass Festival at New Hope Camp and Conference Center, 4805 Highway 86, Chapel Hill.
Saturday, April 14, 2007, 

Auction, appetizers (supper) and more to raise funds for camp programs.
www.newhopeccc.org
(919) 942-4716

 

Saturday, April 14, 1007
10th Annual "Picture This" Photography Exhibit and Auction at Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, NC
Saturday, April 14, 2007,  8pm - 11 pm.
Exhibit of photographs by some of North Carolina's best photographers and artists.  The artwork displayed at the event may be purchased with a percentage of sales benefiting Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina.  Proceeds support the efforts of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina in its work to strengthen families and protect children. For tickets call: 829-8009 or click here.

 

Sat., April 14, 2007
Wellness Expo 2007 - UNC Wellness Center Health Fair.
Saturday, April 14, 2007, 9am - 1pm.

Get health, wellness and fitness information and enjoy activities for the whole family - bring your parents and your kids!  Free health screenings include blood pressure, glucose, body mass index, hearing, balance and weight.  Enjoy a massage and nutrition and Pilates Reformer information and demonstrations.  Kids' events include bouncing bulldogs, yoga for kids, karate demonstrations, a moon bounce, face painting and much more.  Free to attend.  For more details, call 919-966-5500.
www.newhopeccc.org
(919) 942-4716

 

Thurs., April 19 - Sun., April 22, 2007
Merlin and the Cave of Dreams presented by Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh
Ongoing weekends Fri., April 6 - Sat.., April 22, 2007 (and Thursdays, April 12 and 19 at 7:30 pm)
Thurs., April 19 at 7:30pm, Fri., April 20, 7:30pm and Sat. and Sun. April 21-22, 2007, ( 1pm and 5pm)
From the website: "Long, long ago in the time of swords, young Arthur journeys to the Otherworld to find his true mother and father. He crosses into Avalon in a magical golden boat and encounters ferocious giants and dragons. With Merlin's guidance can Arthur find the inner strength to face his destiny and fight his foes? Will he remove the sword Excalibur from the stone and claim his rightful kingdom? The show is sure to please the Harry Potter fan in your household. Recommended for children ages seven and up."  Tickets $.
www.raleighlittletheatre.org
(919) 821-3111

 

Thurs. - Sun., April 19-22, 2007
5th Annual Spring Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance,
Silk Hope, NC (near Pittsboro)

Thursday - Sunday,
April 19-22, 2007 (Gates open at 10am on Thursday; 9am Friday - Sunday).
An all-ages family-friendly event featuring great music (blues, bluegrass, african, reggae, country, latin, native american, roots rock, zydeco), the Squirrel Nut Zippers will be featured this year -- on-site camping, foods, arts, crafts, dance, workshops, poetry slam, kids area (face painting, bubbles, drawing crafts, puppets, "Earth" ball, parachute games, make your own jewelry, clown, Mother Goose story telling and more!), dance tent. Weekend and day tickets available, click here for ticket information. 
2006 Scheduled Performers: Avett Brothers, Barefoot Manner, Big Fat Gap, Charles Pettee and Folk, Psalm, Corey Harris, Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey, Donna the Buffalo, John Specker, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Keith Secola & Wild Band of Indians, Mad Tea Party, Red Stick Ramblers, 
The Duhks.  There is also a Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in the Fall (October 5 - 8 ,2005).  

Shakori Hills Farm, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Silk Hope, NC (18 miles southwest of Chapel Hill in Chatham County, North Carolina).
http://www.shakorihills.org/
(919) 542-8142

Fri. - Sat., April 27-28, 2007
21st Annual North Carolina Pickle Festival in Mount Olive
(further afield - about a two hour drive from Chapel Hill; 90 minutes from Raleigh)

Friday - Saturday,
April 27-28, 2007
A family-friendly festival celebrating the pickle and featuring music, classic cars, bikes, games, food, carnival rides, a 5K run,
Downtown, from 8am - 6pm, there will be Carnival Rides, Pig and Duck Races, Free Mt. Olive Pickles, and the special Children's Area, which will include Pony Rides, the Pickle Derby, balloons, Paint a Pickle, Push a Pickle, decorate your own hat, Cuke Toss, face painting, fingernail painting/hair spray, Put the Feet on Pickle Pete, make your own bracelet or necklace, and a petting zoo!  Also guess the number of pickles in the pickle jar (winner receives a prize!)

Trivia:  Did you know that North Carolina is the second largest producer of cucumbers for pickles in the United States?

Directions:  www.moachamber.com/Chamber.html  (The Mount Olive Area is in the coastal plain of North Carolina, between the Piedmont and the Atlantic Ocean.)
(919) 658-3113.

 

Sat - Sun, April 21 and 22, 2007
10th Annual CFSA Piedmont Farm Tour (Carolina Farm Stewardship Association)
Sat - Sun, April 21 and 22, 2007
Learn more about organic produce and pasture-raised livestock!  Enjoy educational and entertaining tours of small family farms raising a wide range of flora and fauna including flowers, organic fruits and vegetables, free-range chickens and pasture-raised cows.  Also demonstrations such as yarn spinning; sample ice cream at Maple View Farm.  Purchase a "support local farms" button and visit any of 30 or so farms on the tour located in Alamance, Orange, Durham, Chatham and Lee counties.  Admission fee $.

www.carolinafarmstewards.org
(919) 542-2402.

 

April 22, 2007 is Earth Day!
Sat., April 28, 2007
142nd Anniversary of the Largest Troop Surrender of the Civil War at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham, NC.
Saturday, April 28, 2007 10 am - 4 pm.  
Surrender Reenactment and 141st Anniversary Commemoration.  Re-enactors will describe military life and the activities of the common soldier. Various domestic skills will be presented to evoke the home life of James and Nancy Bennett.  Costumed interpreters will portray the Bennett family, and a surrender negotiation vignette between Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Gen. William T. Sherman will be performed throughout the day.  Living History interpreters demonstrate soldier life and home front activities.  

Bennett Place Regular Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Bennett Place, 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham, NC 27705
www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/bennett/bennett.htm
(919) 383-4345

April 28, 2007 - Location to be decided (not yet announced as of March 11, 2207)
Polish American Club of the Triangle Polish Festival
Polish food, art exhibit; Polish Film Festival 1:30pm , (Donation suggested.)
www.polamrtp.com
(919) 929-1244.

 

Sat., April 28, 2007
142nd Anniversary of the Largest Troop Surrender of the Civil War at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham, NC.
Saturday, April 28, 2007 10 am - 4 pm.  
Surrender Reenactment and 141st Anniversary Commemoration.  Re-enactors will describe military life and the activities of the common soldier. Various domestic skills will be presented to evoke the home life of James and Nancy Bennett.  Costumed interpreters will portray the Bennett family, and a surrender negotiation vignette between Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Gen. William T. Sherman will be performed throughout the day.  Living History interpreters demonstrate soldier life and home front activities.  

Bennett Place Regular Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Bennett Place, 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham, NC 27705
www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/bennett/bennett.htm
(919) 383-4345

Sun., April 29, 2007
Piedmont Wildlife Center's Walk for Wildlife at Lake Crabtree County Park, Morrisville, NC 
Sunday, April 29, 2007; registration and walk a12:00pm; award ceremony: 3:45pm  
Come walk, watch, wander and wonder, while helping Piedmont Wildlife Center raise money for the care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.  The trail is short and you will get to explore lots of things, get to meet some neat animals, and learn how to help the environment.  Raise or donate at least $25, and you will receive a Walk for Wildlife T-Shirt.  More prizes are available if you raise $50 or more as an individual or a team.  Prizes are also available if you turn your money in before the walk.  A team is 5 or more people, and can include kids and adults.  Once you pick your team captain and team name, you can register your team with the Piedmont Wildlife Center, and receive a sponsorship form. Ideas for raising money from the Piedmont Wildlife Center: hold a bake sale, yard sale or car wash, put out a donation jar, or hold a raffle - or ask family and friends to sponsor you.  The more you raise, the more the Center can help native wildlife.
For details:  www.piedmontwildlifecenter.org
(919) 968-8557

Bennett Place Regular Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Bennett Place, 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham, NC 27705
www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/bennett/bennett.htm
(919) 383-4345

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