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Cultural Museum Spring Trips

BOONE–Appalachian State University’s Appalachian Cultural Museum is sponsoring a series of trips featuring the inspiring, the classic, the irreplaceable and more.

Seagrove, Chinqua-Penn and Abingdon, Va., are just a few of the places featured in a spring schedule packed full of fun times, good friends and exciting places.

Travel to Charlotte for the 40th annual Southern Spring Show March 1. The trip leaves University Hall at 9 a.m. and returns to Boone at 5 p.m. The cost is $21 per person.

A two-part event focused on the book “Fair and Tender Ladies” by southern writer Lee Smith begins Feb. 29 at 12:30 p.m. Pack a lunch (the museum will provide drinks and dessert) and meet at the Appalachian Cultural Museum for a talk led by Dr. Harriet Buchanan.

The second part features a trip to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon for a matinee performance of “Fair and Tender Ladies.” The bus leaves from University Hall at 9 a.m. March 4 and will stop at Dixie Pottery on the way to Abingdon. Lunch will be at the Greenway Haven Party House. The bus returns to Boone about 6 p.m. The cost is $52 per person.

A trip to Charlotte to visit the Mint Museum of Craft and Design and the Mint Museum of Art will be held on March 8. Featured exhibits at the craft and design museum include “Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary Quilts by African American Artists” and “Treasures of the Hand: The Founders Circle Collection.” The quilt exhibit features 51 quilts by 31 of America’s leading African American quilters. The “Treasures”

exhibit features work in ceramic, fiber, glass and wood from artists around the globe.

Featured exhibits at the art museum include “The Defining Moment: Victorian Narrative Paintings” from the Forbes Magazine collection. The bus leaves University Hall at 8 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. Lunch will be at the Providence Café. The cost is $50 per person.

A trip to the 250,000 square-foot Replacements store and Chinqua-Penn will be held April 13. Replacements has the world’s largest inventory of new and old china, crystal, silver and collectibles. Following a two-hour stop at Replacements, the trip continues to Chinqua-Penn. After a catered lunch, participants will tour the tulip displays and mansion. The bus leaves University Hall at 8 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. The cost is $45 per person.

Seagrove is the destination April 15 for a trip to the once-a-year Spring Kiln Openings. More than 60 potters’ kilns will open for shoppers. The bus leaves at 7 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. The cost is $50.

Call Betty or John Bond at (828) 264-4275 or the Cultural Museum at (828) 262-3117 for more details and to register. Space is limited for all events, so call early for reservations. Parking is free in the University Hall parking lot.

Other destinations for Cultural Museum trips include: Newport, R.I., June 3-11; “Riverdance” in Charlotte, July 9; “Riders in the Sky” at Tweetsie Railroad, Aug. 5; the Barter Theatre for “Idols of the King,” Aug. 31; the NuWray Inn in Burnsville for a murder mystery, Sept. 13-14 and Oct. 18-19; and Edgewater Acres in Alexandria, Penn., Nov. 5-8.