Richard Petty was a race car driver for more than 30 years, an epic career that earned him the nickname "The King" and a slot in NASCAR's Hall of Fame. His last race was in 1991, and he's now happily retired. But at Richard Petty Driving Experience, civilians can re-create his glory during race car rides of their own.
At NASCAR tracks around the country, Petty's eponymous company provides a broad spectrum of high-speed experiences. Amateurs can hop into the driver's seat of a streamlined, 600-horsepower race car and hit the track for as many as 50 laps. However, they can also opt for a ride-along, and enjoy speeds of up to 145 mph without the hassle of steering or hand-cranking the engine.
Elsewhere goes by many names, including "living museum" and "thinking playground." However, it's easier to grasp what the erstwhile thrift store is all about via a video tour. The space brims with artistically curated clutter—from animal knicknacks to a floor-to-ceiling, cyclone-shaped statue made of dolls. Members receive special discounts on tickets and other surprises at Elsewhere's 6th Annual Fundraising Extravaganza, The Last Great Winter, on Saturday, October 11, 2014.
Mission: To creatively repurpose objects from the past through storytelling, visual art, and other disciplines.
The curators host an array of resident artists who help them do just that. Size: In stories? Three. In objects? Innumerable. The building's contents were amassed by the thrift store's original owner, Sylvia Gray, who shopped at Salvation Army and Goodwill twice a day. Eye Catcher: Before you even get inside, you'll probably notice the three rope-and-wood swings hanging from the eaves. Permanent Fixture: The fabric workshop. It's stocked with bolts of fabric in myriad colors and patterns, just like the inside of any quality rainbow. Don't Miss: The resident artists share a huge dinner with the public at 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Let them know you're coming 24 hours in advance, pitch in $5-$10, and they'll save you a seat.
Every year, Green Hill Center's 7,000-square-foot main gallery displays five exhibitions of contemporary work, usually by artists who live and work in North Carolina. A single membership entitles the Groupon-holder to discounts on programs in the main gallery space, discounted tickets to the Collector's Choice holiday gala, invitations to opening receptions, and more. With the household membership, families get all the benefits of a single membership plus free admission to ArtQuest, Green Hill Center's hands-on art studio for kids and families. Check "Become a Member" information under the "Get Involved" section of Green Hill Center's website for a full listing of membership benefits.
Admission is always free to the Weatherspoon Art Museum's collection of nearly 6,000 works from primarily post-WWII American artists. With today's deal, both the individual and dual/family memberships entitle you to reciprocal admission to partnering museums, 10% off most gift-shop merchandise, free or discounted admission to special events, and more. Click here to see a complete list of membership benefits.
Greensboro Historical Museum is located at 130 Summit Avenue in Greensboro, NC and they feature all types of exhibits from art to historical artifacts and documents. Past exhibits have included a velvet dress and trunk belonging to Dolly Madison, as well as the award-winning photography of Jerry Wolford, a noted photojournalist, that includes 30 years of his work. The museum houses a number of permanent exhibits such as “Voices of a City”, which explores 300 years of Greensboro history. The First Presbyterian Church Cemetery is part of the museum complex and contains many of the graves of prominent city leaders of the past. Some areas of the museum are available to rent and are often used for corporate functions, family reunions and other special events.
• For $80, you get one admission to Camp Construct from July 11 to July 15 (up to a $175 value). • For $80, you get one admission to Growing Garden Art camp from July 18 to July 22 (up to a $175 value).