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Family Picks: A weekend for the interesting and unexpected

CorrespondentMay 29, 2014 


Catch the Family Renaissance Fair at the N.C. Museum of Art on Sunday.


This weekend, May leads into June and summer creeps just a little bit closer. From teen-written plays to farm tours to jousting to nontraditional hide-and-seek games, it’s a weekend for the interesting and unexpected.

• The KidsWrite Performance Festival runs Friday-Sunday at Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre, featuring plays written by local sixth through 12th-graders. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $10. Visit to find out more.

• Today sees the start of Mezza Luna Lavender Farm’s Preview Days event, a sort of extended open house at a family-owned lavender farm on the Chatham County side of Apex. During harvesting season, which runs from Friday through June 8, farm visits and lessons in lavender use are free and open to the public between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The farm is at 1850 New Hope Church Road, or call owner Lourdes Santos at 919-267-4216 for more information.

• This week marks the start of J.C. Raulston Arboretum’s summer children’s programs: Friday there’s a 10:30 a.m. Garden Storytime. Thursday, June 5, at 10 a.m. is the first Can You Find Cami? event – kids play a sort of educational hide-and-seek with the arboretum’s summer intern. The storytime is $5 per child, and registration is required (other storytimes are pending if Friday’s is full). Can You Find Cami? is $3 per child, and registration is not required. For full calendar, see or call 919-513-7011 to register.

• Load up ye olde family sedan for a free Renaissance Fair Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art. While these fairs may not be all that historically accurate, there’s still something giddily enjoyable about medieval combat demonstrations and impromptu Shakespeare performances. Show up between 1 and 4 p.m. and play along. See for more information.

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