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2nd Saturdays at Museum of History Feature Craft Demonstrations: Toys, Jewelry and Pottery

The Department of Cultural Resources will once again showcase North Carolina’s culture, heritage and arts in the second year of its popular 2nd Saturdays program series this summer. For families or individuals on a budget, these programs — most of which are free — take place June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13 at all 37 museums and historic sites.

At the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, all 2nd Saturdays programs will feature craft demonstrations by talented North Carolinians: a toymaker, a jewelry designer and potters. All museum programs are free. Visit the Museum Shop to purchase items crafted by these individuals.

A schedule of visiting artists follows. In addition, a hands-on Make It: Take It program will complement the July and August presentations.
LUTHER ASHBY, TOYMAKER
Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (drop-in program)
Watch Ashby make traditional wooden toys with fun-to-say names like Flipper-Dinger, Gee-Haw Whimmydiddle and Do-Nothing Grinder. Ashby owns Pioneer Folk Toys based in Hudson.
Ashby’s presentation is part of the museum’s Family Day: Toys and Games. This free event includes activities and amusements galore for all ages. It won’t cost a penny to enjoy toys and games from North Carolina’s past. Among the activities, go on a Gallery Hunt to search for toys in exhibits, launch paper airplanes and helicopters, make toys to take home, and play traditional games.

Glass jewelry by Lynn Burcher, who will be at the N.C. Museum of History on Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Glass jewelry by Lynn Burcher, who will be at the N.C. Museum of History on Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LYNN BURCHER, GLASS JEWELRY DESIGNER
Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (drop-in program)
Burcher creates beautiful fused glass jewelry that catches the light. Using examples from various stages of her jewelry-making process, she will explain the steps to the finished product. With her striking designs and color combinations, the Hillsborough designer creates one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings and more. For additional information about Burcher, go to http://gildedlilyglass.com.

Make It, Take It: Make a Bead
Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (drop-in program)
Make a paper bead or two of your own after you watch glass artisan Lynn Burcher at work.

File Pugh Pottery.JPG: Pottery by Hal and Eleanor Pugh, who will be at the N.C. Museum of History on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

File Pugh Pottery.JPG: Pottery by Hal and Eleanor Pugh, who will be at the N.C. Museum of History on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

HAL AND ELEANOR PUGH, POTTERS
Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (drop-in program)

The Pughs will decorate redware pottery and make mugs by pressing clay into a mold. As owners and operators of New Salem Pottery in Randleman, the couple produces a variety of redware and stoneware pottery. They also replicate stoneware and redware pottery from the 16th through the 20th centuries. To learn more visit www.newsalempottery.com.

Make It, Take It: Decorate It!
Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (drop-in program)
Make a simple paper ornament with designs like those on early North Carolina pottery.
Partners in 2nd Saturdays include Our State magazine and AT&T. Media sponsorship is provided by Public Radio East. For a complete schedule of more than 100 2nd Saturdays programs across North Carolina, go to www.ncculture.com or call 919-807-7385.
For further information about the Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street.
The N.C. Museum of History 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 state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.

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