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RALEIGH — December will bring all kinds of special treats at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Activities will abound, from children’s programs to a performance by the Gmish Klezmer Band.
A variety of Russian-related programs will complement the magnificent exhibitions The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs and Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons from the Lilly and Francis Robicsek Collection of Religious Art.
All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Parking is free on weekends. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum of History, within the
Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
The museum will be closed for the holidays on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 25, and on Wednesday, Jan. 1.
•Time for Tots: Holiday Lights* — Tuesday, Dec. 3 or 10, 10-10:45 a.m. Ages 3-5 (with adult), $1 per child. To register, call 919-807-7992.
From lights to menorahs to kinaras — find out what these holiday symbols mean. Hear a story and make a seasonal craft to take home.
•History Corner: Sweet Holidays* — Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10-11 a.m. Ages 6-9 (with adult), $1 per child. To register, call 919-807-7992.
Explore the tasty treats and traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and make something sweet to take home.
•History Hunters: Festival Food* — Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 10-13, $1 per child. To register, call 919-807-7992.
What foods mean “celebration” in your life? Taste and make some winter celebration treats, and learn the traditions behind them.
•Storytime in the Gallery* — Ages 3 and up (with adult), Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, 10-10:30 a.m.
Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story.
•Make It, Take It: Nesting Dolls* — Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m. (drop-in program)
Make a paper version of this traditional Russian toy, then catch local author Jacqueline Ogburn during her reading.
•Author Program: The Magic Nesting Doll* — Saturday, Dec. 7, 2-3 p.m. Jacqueline K. Ogburn, Author
Young Katya begins a journey armed only with her grandmother’s Russian nesting doll, which produces a magical helper each time she opens it. Join this Tar Heel author as she reads from her children’s book, which was inspired by Russian folktales. A signing session will follow.
•Music of the Carolinas: Gmish Klezmer Band — Sunday, Dec. 8, 3-4 p.m.
Hear klezmer — equal parts fiddle, clarinet and accordion — in a style that blends flashier concert customs with down-home dance traditions. The performance is presented with PineCone and support from the N.C. Museum of History Associates, Williams Mullen, and Harry’s Guitar Shop of Raleigh.
•History à la Carte: Everything Sings — Wednesday, Dec. 11, noon-1 p.m.Bring your lunch; beverages provided. Denis Wood, Former Professor of Design, N.C. State University
Wood will discuss Everything Sings, his one-of-a-kind atlas of the Boylan Heights neighborhood in Raleigh. From gathering overlooked and seemingly insignificant details, ranging from mapping radio waves to Halloween pumpkins on porches, Wood has created a multilayered story about his neighborhood. Hear about the inspiration behind his maps.
•Capitol Tree Lighting* — Thursday, Dec. 12, 5-7:30 p.m. (museum and Museum Shop open) 6:30 p.m. (tree-lighting ceremony on the Capitol grounds)
Bring the family to this annual event. From 5 to 7:30 p.m., make an angel paper chain at the craft table, and take advantage of $5 admission (adults, reg. $7) to the exhibitions The Tsars’ Cabinet and Windows into Heaven. Ages 6 and under are free. The Tsars’ Cabinet is organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary from the Kathleen Durdin Collection, in collaboration with International Arts & Artists.
•At the Movies: Andrei Rublev — Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. Alexandra Deyneka, Instructor of Art, Wake Technical Community College, and PhD Student in Art History, UNC-Chapel Hill
Set against the turbulence of 15th-century Russia, this epic masterpiece (1966, Russian with subtitles) is loosely based on the life of Andrei Rublev, who is often considered one of the greatest medieval icon painters in Russian history. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, the film raises questions about art and life as the monk searches for responses to tragedies during the chaotic period. The movie was immediately suppressed by the Soviets upon its release in 1966. Deyneka will introduce the film and lead a discussion following.