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2nd Saturday events offer lots of fun family activities

CorrespondentJuly 11, 2013 

African drumming will be on the 2nd Saturdays program on July 13, 2013, at Historic Stagville in Durham.


Whether you’re up for a road trip or just want some low-cost fun in the Triangle, you will have plenty to choose from this weekend.

It is 2nd Saturday, a monthly summer event for which historic sites across the state organize special celebrations and exhibits.

“We really wanted to get people to take advantage of what was nearby, and we have a lot of wonderful historic sites,” said Fay Mitchell, a spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. “These are very specific programs about things that are authentic to North Carolina.”

Mitchell said the summer programs started four years ago when many people couldn’t afford to take their regular summer vacations. The goal was to give people destinations that were only a gas tank away. The program has been going strong since.

All events are free except those at locations that normally charge admission. There, you must pay the regular admission fee.

Here are some choices in the Triangle on Saturday:

• At the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, from noon to 3 p.m., you can watch a local pottery artist at work on his wheel and then make your own clay creation.

• At the State Capitol building, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can attend a free class on architectural photography. An expert photographer will teach you how to capture original shots of the built environment.

• At Duke Homestead in Durham County, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can attend the “Pork, Peanuts and Pickles” festival celebrating North Carolina’s food history.

• At Stagville Plantation in Durham County, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can listen to African drumming, bluegrass and blues and participate in crafts and games.

If you’re eager to get out of the Triangle and head to the coast or the Piedmont, there will be plenty to do there, too.

There will be special events at Fort Fisher, the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington and Tryon Palace in New Bern, just to name a few.

For the full listing of events, both for this Saturday and the second Saturday in August, go to

Plant something

If you are a gardener and have young children, this Saturday is the time to go to Logan Trading Company in downtown Raleigh. The garden center will host a free event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. where kids can wear swimsuits, play water games and listen to beach music.

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