Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 13 2011
Experience the outbreak of the Civil War through the eyes of the New Bern residents who lived it. Throughout the weekend, tours of the historic Dixon and Stanly houses will focus on New Bern during the time of the war’s outbreak to the Battle of New Bern and its subsequent occupation. In addition, Tryon Palace will be offering several theatrical and musical programs that bring to life the reality of the Civil War through many different perspectives.
Several performances feature Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, who perform in the U.S. and overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. Rhonda Rucker is an accomplished harmonica, piano, banjo, and bones player, and also adds vocal harmonies to their songs. Sparky and Rhonda have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, as well as NPR's On Point, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. The Ruckers have also been featured tellers at the International Storytelling Center and Festival.
Explore the calendar at http://www.tryonpalace.org for detailed information on individual events, or call Katie Loveless at 252-639-3580.