June 29, 2013 

Taste history at local libraries

Several Wake County public libraries are hosting “Tea with a Taste of History” programs in July to highlight the stories of our local towns.

The programs are free and tea is provided (bring your own cup!), but registration is required and space is limited.

• Ernest Dollar, director of the City of Raleigh Museum, will discuss Raleigh’s history on July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Cameron Village Regional Library; July 16 at 6:30 p.m. at North Regional Library; and on July 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Olivia Raney Local History Library.

• Former Knightdale mayor Billy Wilder will discuss his upcoming book, “History of Knightdale,” on July 17 at 7 p.m. at East Regional Library in Knightdale.

• Historians from the Page Walker Arts & History Center will talk about the founding of Cary on July 25 at 2 p.m. at West Regional Library in Cary.

• Author and historian Kaye Buffaloe Whaley will speak about Garner’s history on July 29 at 7 p.m. at the Southeast Regional Library in Garner.

• Sherry Monahan, genealogist and author of “Images of America: Apex,” will outline Apex’s growth on July 30 at 2 p.m. at the Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex.

Info: Call the host library or visit

Music festival debuts in the mountains

A new music festival will make its debut this summer in North Carolina’s mountains.

The Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain is Aug. 2-3 at the Blue Bear Mountain Campground in Todd, about 30 minutes north of Boone. Among the artists scheduled to appear on the festival’s two stages are four-time Grammy winner David Holt and Josh Goforth, the SteelDrivers, The Tennessee Mafia Hillbilly Jug Band, the Tim Carter “Bang Bang” Tour with Barbra Lamb, Tim May, Adam Chaffin and Matt Flinner, Charly Horse and more.

Food and craft vendors will be on hand, and some camping and on-site parking is available.

Info: 828-413-2482 or

Schroth named director of museum at Duke

Sarah Schroth has been named director of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Schroth, the Nancy Hanks Senior Curator at the Nasher, has been serving as the museum’s interim director since November after the departure of Kimerly Rorschach for the Seattle Art Museum.

Schroth, 62, is an expert on 17th century Spanish art and has worked at the Nasher (previously Duke University Museum of Art) since 1995. During her tenure, she has organized several shows, including the award-winning “El Greco to Velázquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III” in 2008.

Clayton man wins poster contest

Clayton resident Don W. Stephenson has won the 2013 Clayton Poster Contest, which comes with a $1,000 award.

Stephenson’s poster is from a watercolor painting titled “Thank Clayton! Thank Greenways!” It will be on display at the Clayton Center until Wednesday along with submissions from other artists.

The painting will be given to the Town of Clayton, and full-size prints and postcards will be sold as a fundraiser for Clayton Visual Arts.

Stephenson is a native of Johnston County who graduated from Four Oaks High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and a master’s degree in zoology from N.C. State University. He recently retired from Johnston Community College after 26 years as a biology instructor.

Learn to care for family heirlooms

The N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh will host a Conservation Assistance Day July 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Experts will be on hand to offer free advice about caring for family heirlooms. Each participant can bring up to three objects, such as quilts, china or clocks, for assessment and advice.

Appointments are required. Call Jan Sweatt at 919-807-7823 to reserve a time slot.

Info: 919-807-7900 or access

Celebrate N.C.’s food traditions

Duke Homestead will celebrate the state’s food traditions with a “Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: Tastes of North Carolina” event July 13.

The free, family-friendly event will feature a barbecue cook-off and a pie competition, both of which have People’s Choice judging to be aided by visitors. Local peanut and pickle vendors will have food for sale and demonstrations of traditional pickling methods, a peanut boil and traditional pork recipes will continue the food theme.

The event also features craft vendors, music from groups including the Malpass Brothers and a 1940s Tobacco Queen Mock Pageant. Kids can try out 19 traditional toys in the homestead’s yard.

“Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: Tastes of North Carolina” goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Duke Homestead State Historic Site.

Info: 919-477-5498 or


Left Field Theatre presents “King Lear” July 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. at Common Ground Theatre in Durham. The production has a contemporary setting and is acted, produced and directed by teens. Tickets are $10. Visit for info or email to reserve tickets. …

Julian Cola shares a photographic memoir of becoming fluent in Portuguese in the exhibit “Cartografinha” at the United Arts Council, 110 S. Blount St. in Raleigh, starting Friday and ending July 26. Photos were shot around the world, including Lisbon, Brazil, New Orleans, England and Denmark. Visit or call 919-839-1498 for info. …

PlayMakers Repertory Company caps its Summer Youth Conservatory with performances of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” July 17-20 at 7:30 p.m. and July 21 at 2 p.m. in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre inside the Center for Dramatic Art, one block north of the intersection of Country Club Road and Raleigh Road in Chapel Hill. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children under 18. For info and tickets, call 919-962-7529 or visit

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