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SEE DOWNTOWN RALEIGH LIGHT UP WITH THE MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS | Dec 10

tree_lighting_StateCapitolA fragrant Fraser fir from North Carolina’s mountains will be hoisted upright on the N.C. State Capitol grounds and trimmed with twinkling lights and elegant decorations. When Gov. Bev Perdue gives the signal from the Capitol’s south plaza on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m., the tree and several downtown buildings will shine with the brilliance of the holiday season. Everyone is encouraged to watch this annual free event.

From 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the Capitol grounds, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh will host a holiday festival with music groups and children’s activities. The N.C. Museum of History will be open during this time, so drop by to see the magnificent Christmas tree, and make paper chains to add to your tree.

After the 6 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony, visitors are invited inside the Capitol for an open house showcasing the Raleigh Garden Club’s decorations.

For more information, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street.

Food Drive in Conjunction with Concert

QUARTET PERFORMS FOLK MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Mappamundi, a Durham-based quartet, will perform traditional music from almost every world culture at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, co-sponsors the performance. Admission and parking are free.

The group Mappamundi will present a free performance at the N.C. Museum of History on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m.

The group Mappamundi will present a free performance at the N.C. Museum of History on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m.

A food drive will be held all day, in conjunction with the concert. Bring canned goods to donate to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 3.5 million North Carolina households suffer from limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods. During the holiday season, food banks always see an increase in need, and PineCone and the museum are honored to help them.

As the third performance in the 2009-2010 Music of the Carolinas series, Mappamundi, literally “map of the world,” features strong harmony vocals from all four members and an impressive range of instruments. The group’s repertoire draws from the musical traditions of Eastern and Western Europe, the British Isles, colonial America, and Latin America.

Founded in 1994, the group features these musicians:

  • Beth Holmgren, a Duke University professor and specialist in smoky, romantic Russian songs, provides percussion and piano.
  • Jane Peppler, director of the Triangle Jewish Chorale and owner of the recording company Skylark Productions, plays fiddle, viola, concertina and piano.
  • Jim Baird, a folk musician who records traditional Appalachian music and directs the string and guitar programs at the Durham Magnet Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, brings experience with guitar, acoustic bass and trombone.
  • Ken Bloom presents living-history programs about Scottish Highlanders in North Carolina and frequently performs traditional Celtic and Slavic music, supplies guitar, bowed dulcimer, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, recorder, Irish flute and much more.

For more information, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street.

The N.C. Museum of History’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The department’s Web site is www.ncculture.com

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