Artists and pirates

Trip Start Mar 23, 2009
Trip End Jul 23, 2009

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Today we find ourselves about 30 miles south of Raleigh - The City of Oaks. Having left Charlotte we are making our way west to the coast to explore the outer banks, but we have made a stop roughly half way there to take a look around this area. Raleigh is one of three cities that make up "The Triangle" the high tech and research centre of the "New South' the other two being Durham and Chapel Hill. Each has a university and Raleigh is also the capitol city of the Sate of NC. Once settled into our campsite we drove into town, being Saturday we thought it might be quieter than a day in the week, it certainly seemed so until we reached the beltway (ring road) where there was considerable traffic. Anyway once off that and in the town proper we headed for the history museum, where we knew there was a visitor centre. Once again the lady behind the desk was really helpful, nothing too much trouble and plenty of good advice. We were pleasantly surprised to find that this w/e is "Artsplosion' a once a year Art festival, so we wandered around the Old City Market area where this was being held. There was something for everyone as our piccies will show, but for us it was fun to look at the wood crafts, the jewellery and the photography. The artists were very friendly and eager to share their enthusiasm - many of them seemed to have retired from 'corporate life' in order to pursue their passions in various art forms. Some were unique others unique with a sense of humour - you really must have a look at this next one, even if you don't click any other links...
Les Smith from; The Stickery in Landrum, SC was particularly interesting too, his whittling was very inspiring.  

Although we didn't buy any of his goods - I have my own personal whittler - he did give me a little something to make me smile...  What do you think it is? (Answer at the bottom of the blog)
Some had signs displayed saying no photos - did they know we were on the war path? The stalls were set around a square in the middle of which were all sorts of activities. Sand sculpting, face painting, chess etc. Thought the cardboard sculpture was brilliant - good idea for Arts Week at school? 

  Music filled the air along with the aroma of fresh squeezed lemons; we were particularly impressed with a stage for young performers, listen to this girl... (Only had the little camera with us, so quality not as good as usual) thought she'd give the Pop Idol contestants a run for their money! Other entertainment included these girls...

As you can see it was very busy and a great atmosphere.


Funny what you find when you are least expecting it. We didn't explore the museum, tomorrow is going to be wet, so we'll do it then.
Incidentally ALL parking, including meters is free at the w/e - how about it Bournemouth?
The forecast was correct, today is wet and windy and cold would you believe, well a drop from the 80's to the 60's it would feel like that wouldn't it? So wearing trousers instead of shorts L we headed for the History museum. The science museum has a chocolate exhibition, but don't think we'll have time to do that as well as there are lots of interesting exhibits we already want to see here. We were not disappointed. The Pirate exhibition, Knights of the Black Flag, was first class, from pirate folklore to the excavation of the Queen Anne's Revenge purported to have been 'acquired' by Blackbeard and even a skull that MAY have been his! 

The X rays of some of the artifacts looking just like lumps of rock, but in fact conglomerations of sand and shells etc collected over 300 years or so, revealed hidden treasures beneath their ocean made crusts.
Interesting parallels with modern day piracy too - chilling.

For me the display of black & white prints depicting traditional farm life in the Appalachians was both fascinating and poignant. The mountains have isolated the people who live and farm in them to such an extent that they still use work practices passed down through generations, but which have long been abandoned in today's modern farms. Photos depicting a hard but rewarding life only serve to highlight its fragility. Thousands of acres of farmland are being lost forever, something that is happening everywhere I know, but somehow seeing these portraits with their accompanying captions makes it all the more real.
A similar story is told in another exhibition about the 'Workboats of Core sound' part of the coastline where fishing has determined the way of life for many generations.
Malc was very impressed with the display of work done by Carbine, take a look at the weapons he designed and made whilst serving out a life sentence for murder. He was released to continue his work and was instrumental in gun development.

I cannot leave the museum without a mention of these...
We are off to the Outer banks to visit Kitty Hawk and this was just a little taster, these were in the foyer...

PS leaving the Charlotte area we filled up with gas at $2.25 per gallon, when we had arrived there just 2 weeks earlier it was $1.87. It's still going up - we are here for the "driving season".
PPS. We had rain on the way here so...
that gleaming motor home isn't quite so gleaming now :(        

The mystery picture is a "Tax shelter" - of course!
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