OPENING MAY 12 Murrells Inlet, S.C.
New attraction for kids at Brookgreen
At 3 p.m. May 12, Brookgreen Gardens unveils its Enchanted Storybook Forest exhibit, a collection of storybook playhouses themed to reflect children’s favorite fairy tales and books. Among them: a Rapunzel tower, Hansel and Gretel’s gingerbread house, a “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” abode and a “Treasure Island” ship. Special programs and activities will be offered during the run of the exhibit, which continues through Oct. 31. Admission is free with regular Brookgreen admission: $14; $12 for 65 and older; $7 for ages 4-12; 3 and younger, free. Details: www.brookgreen.org.
OPENING MAY 15 Raleigh
Historic document on display at museum
The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation – the seven-page document signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 that ordered the freedom of slaves in states in rebellion in 100 days – will be on display May 15-June 15 at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. It will be at the museum, 5 E. Edenton St., as a highlight of its “Freedom Coming, Freedom for All” exhibit. A second phase of “Freedom Coming” begins July 1, featuring original copies of the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery in all states. No admission fee is charged to visit the museum or see this exhibit. Details: www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.
MAY 18 Elizabeth City
It’s all-eyes on spud lovin’
The Elizabeth City waterfront will hold the all-day North Carolina Potato Festival May 18. Highlights include a “potato pitching” contest, the Little Miss Tater Tot pageant, potato sack races, a national potato-peeling contest and more. More conventional events include a car and motorcycle show, free boat rides and a 9 p.m. fireworks show.
MAY 18-19 Morehead City
Boat show and more on the waterfront
The free-admission Crystal Coast Boat Show will be staged May 18-19 on the Morehead City waterfront. It includes the ARTrageous Art Show, an antique car show, cornhole tournament and Armed Forces Day Paddle Race. There will also be live music in Jaycee Park. Details: www.crystalcoastboatshow.com.
THROUGH AUG. 18 Wilmington
Fanciful frogs displayed at Airlie Gardens
Through Aug. 18, Wilmington’s Airlie Gardens will host “Ribbit the Exhibit,” copper sculptures by Wilmington-based artist Andy Cobb. More than two dozen hoppers, ranging in size from less than 3 feet to more than 6 feet tall, are displayed; they are personified creatures – like “Jeeves,” who wears a tailcoat and holds a lantern. The show is free with gardens admission ($5; $3 for ages 6-12).
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