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Family Picks: Lots to learn (and eat) at the Pork, Pickles & Peanut event at Duke Homestead

Reenactors like Jeffery Husen (pictured here) will prepare legacy foods the old way, then visitors can taste the barbecue and pie contest entries at the Pork, Pickles & Peanuts event at Duke Homestead.
Reenactors like Jeffery Husen (pictured here) will prepare legacy foods the old way, then visitors can taste the barbecue and pie contest entries at the Pork, Pickles & Peanuts event at Duke Homestead. atricoli@newsobserver.com

This weekend get your grub on, old school North Carolina style, and experience the history of some of the state’s tried and true foods. Onstage in Raleigh, teens present and score a musical adaptation of Shakespeare, while writer Alan Gratz brings heavier fare for middle-grade readers to three local bookstores.

▪ Raleigh Little Theatre’s Teens on Stage and Teens Backstage presents a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which opens this weekend. This show will also be the first collaboration between RLT and Kidznotes, a Durham program that provides instruments and free classical music education to underserved Bull City schoolchildren. “The Tempest” runs from July 21-30, with shows at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and next, 7:30 p.m. this Saturday and next and 3 p.m. this Sunday and next. Tickets are $13 (including taxes). Visit raleighlittletheatre.org.

▪ Pork and pickles and peanuts (oh pie!): dig into North Carolina’s culinary culture and history Saturday at Duke Homestead in Durham. See reenactors cook these legacy foods the old way, then taste the barbecue and pie contest entries and vote for the winner – now that’s tasty history. The Pork, Pickles & Peanuts program (say that three times fast) lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free. Visit dukehomestead.org.

▪ You can also get into North Carolina food history at the North Carolina Museum of History with the It’s All About Corn! program Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Learn how this staple crop was developed from the plants Native American communities bred and relied upon to today’s high-tech varieties, tour the outdoor History of the Harvest exhibit, or make a cornhusk doll or critter to take home. Visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.

▪ North Carolina writer Alan Gratz bring his latest middle grade novel “Refugee” to Page 158 Books in Wake Forest at 4 p.m. Tuesday; Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh at 7 p.m. Wednesday; and McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village at 4 p.m. Thursday. “Refugee,” which is recommended for children 9 and older, follows the harrowing trials of three children: a Jewish refugee boy escaping 1930s Nazi Germany, a Cuban girl leaving for the US on a raft in 1994, and a Syrian boy fleeing his homeland in 2015. This new book costs $16.99. Visit alangratz.com/events.

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