Its finally summer at least, it will be as of Saturday. What better metaphor for all things fun and summery than pirates? Think about it: they hang out on boats all day following their own rules. Admittedly, not all things pirate-related are positives hey, they probably dont even wear sunscreen but, this first weekend of summer, why not pretend to be one anyway?
• The cast of the play How I Became a Pirate will appear at area libraries Saturday to perform short scenes, while ABC 11 TV personalities will read the book its based on. Saturdays appearances will be at 1:30 p.m. at Carys West Regional Library and 4 p.m. at Raleighs North Regional Library. Theres another one Saturday, June 28th, at Cameron Village Library in Raleigh. For more information on this weekends appearances, call West Regional at 919-463-8500 or North Regional at 919-870-4000.
• The North Carolina Museum of History also has a pirate program Saturday, where kids can learn about buccaneers with ties to the state (like Blackbeard) or even get into a sword fight. The swordplay, obviously, will be fake, but the history is real. This program for kids 5-8 years old starts at noon and costs $10 ($8 for museum members). Call 919-807-7992 to register.
• Northgate Malls Discovery Nook kicks off summer in its own way. In honor of National Summer Learning Day, there will be stories, a skit, a science presentation and a book giveaway on Saturday. This runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free. Visit northgatemall.com for more information.
• Finish this summer weekend with a sunset canoe trip at Lake Crabtree Park in Morrisville. From 7-9 p.m. Sunday, paddle the lake with park staff and watch for waking nocturnal animals. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per canoe, and registration is required. Call 919-460-2723 for more information.
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