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Museum's Holiday Open House

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In a day and age when finding something free to do is hard to come by, the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History opened its doors on Sunday afternoon for its annual Holiday Open House.

There was free music and food at the event, which is always well attended, according to the museum’s Executive Director Matt Edwards.

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Museum hosts lecture on tobacco and culture

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With the Autumn Leaves Festival as a backdrop, history buffs and festival attendees gathered in the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History courtyard Sunday afternoon to hear Billy Yeargin deliver a lecture about tobacco and American culture.

Yeargin, a professor with extensive knowledge of the history of the tobacco industry, was the guest speaker for the October “History Talks” program at the museum. He spoke at 2 p.m. on Sunday about tobacco’s impact on Amerian society over the years.

Though the event was originally scheduled to be held inside the museum, organizers decided to move it outside to the courtyard where many festival-goers sat throughout the weekend to eat and socialize. Some people who visited the courtyard on Sunday were surprised to find that a lecture was taking place there, and they stopped to listen while they ate festival treats. Others came specifically to hear the presentation.



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Museum activities for kids a success during festival

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The trial run of programming for kids at the Museum Annex during the Autumn Leaves Festival on Saturday proved more than successful, as hundreds of people passed through the doors.

Matt Edwards, executive director for the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, said early Saturday afternoon, “It’s been great so far.”

The museum partnered with CenturyLink and Rainbow Child Care Center to host “Kids Patch” at the Museum Annex to correspond with the Autumn Leaves Festival on Saturday. The Kids Patch featured a free kids zone where they could make arts and crafts and enjoy a play area, which included mats, tunnels, tricycles, hoops and more.

A highlight of the Kids Patch was two programs, offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., by renowned herpetologist and wildlife adventurer Roark Ferguson.



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Literature, Music, Wine, and Wildlife to be found at Regional Museum

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As the leaves change from green to hues to golds, reds and orange, this weekend’s Mount Airy’s Annual Autumn Leaves Festival, a mainstay event in the region for more than 40 years, will feature art, crafts, music, food and fun.

In addition to the regularly schedule Autumn Leaves activities, the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is offering a full palate of activities during the weekend. On both Friday and Saturday, the museum will host a dozen regional authors for book signings in the Museum Gift Shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

On both Friday and Saturday evenings, the museum will be concluding its summer long Toast and Jam concert series with performance is by local bluesman Reggie Johnson and Carolina Nights at 6 p.m. Wine for both events will be provided by Old North State Winery.



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Junior historians explore geocaching

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The local chapter of the Tar Heel Junior Historians is up and running again this year as participants learn about geocaching for their group project.

Open to students in fourth through eighth grade, the Jesse Franklin Chapter meets at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History on the first and third Thursdays of the month and allows participants to learn more about the history of the area. Each year, the group undertakes a project to submit to the state-wide competition and for the first time this year, members of this chapter will also be required to complete an individual project as well.

For this year’s group project, the historians will learn about geocaching, a worldwide treasure hunt in which people hide caches at locations around the world and upload the location’s coordinates to a Web site.

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