2nd Saturdays at Tryon Palace – A Great Day Trip or Vacation Stop

Tryon Palace - New Bern, North Carolina

Tryon Palace – New Bern, North Carolina

New Bern, NC – Tryon Palace will provide a great destination for families on the go this summer with its final “2nd Saturdays summer program of 2012 on Aug. 11.

The theme at Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina is “The Athens of North Carolina.”  In the 19th century, New Bern was well-known for its literary and theatrical culture and even described as the Athens of North Carolina.  Celebrate the literary history of New Bern and find yourself immersed in the arts of theater and drama at Tryon Palace’s final of three 2nd Saturday programs.

The day’s events will include a special exhibit exploring the Tryon Palace collection through poetry, prose and performance.  Enjoy the 18th century’s best written works with Tryon Palace’s Special Collections Librarian, Kyna Herzinger — from poetry and music to drama and nonfiction. This exhibit will showcase various literary genres from the Palace’s rare books and manuscripts collection.  Hear about Governor Tryon’s reading preferences, how his library was reconstructed nearly two centuries after his death, and learn how to care for your own antique books!

Visitors may also enjoy a special reading of Henry IV part II by the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival.  2nd Saturdays 2012, sponsored by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, combine arts, heritage and fun on June 9, July 14, and August 11.

“Our hands-on activities, local artisans, craftsmen and women, and real interactions with real people make for a genuinely unique North Carolina experience,” says Director Kay Williams.  “As many as 45 percent of travelers in North Carolina include culture and heritage when they travel, and that’s definitely the take-away from 2nd Saturdays.”

Sponsored by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the 2nd Saturdays series takes place at 37 State Historic Sites and museums on the second Saturday of the summer months.  Each site has its own stylized theme; and many sites will have artists and/or musicians.  For a complete schedule of events, go to  www.ncculture.com. Forinformation call (919) 807-7389.