Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities

Event Calendar

We’re celebrating 100 years of our historic Boyd House with 100 events in 2022.

 Here’s what we have planned so far for 2022. The dates are subject to change and details need to be worked out, so check back often. In addition, we will be hosting the Young Musicians’ Festival, the Literary Hall of Fame Induction, The Free Company Radio Plays. The James Boyd Book Club, Art and Writing Camps for Kids, Writers-in-Residence readings, Lunch and Learn programs, Family Gardening Days, Weymouth Equestrian programs, plus Docent Tours of our historic Boyd House and our 26 of gardens and grounds.

Feb
13
Sun
2022
Arts & Humanities Lecture Series: Freedom Park – Part 1 @ Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“Freedom Park: The Inspiring Story of How a Monument to Freedom is Built while Confederate Statues are Coming Down”

In 2001, the Paul Green Foundation initiated a tribute to the African American struggle for freedom in this state.  Although it took twenty years of planning and fundraising, the ground was broken in 2021 in the center of Raleigh for North Carolina Freedom Park. Designed by the late Phil Freelon (lead architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington), the Park will provide a more complete story of North Carolina’s history to the visitors and especially for the thousands of school children who annually come by buses from across the state as part of their 4th and 8th grade study of North Carolina history. While statues to Confederate soldiers and white supremacists are coming down, this monument project is, in the words of Dr. John Hope Franklin, “…a continuing reminder of…how much more we need to do to achieve equity and justice in our society.”  Ribbon cutting will be in late 2022.

Part 1: Sunday February 13, 2022, at 2 pm. with presenter, Marsha Warren

Part 1 features poet Marsha Warren, the 2018 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee who established the N.C. Literary Hall of Fame (with Poet Laureate Sam Ragan), and the1991 recipient of the Sam Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts.

Part 2: Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 2 pm.

Lecture part 2 begins with speaker Reginald Hildebrand, author and former co-chair of the North Carolina Freedom Monument Project, and former Professor of African American Studies and History at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Following Reginald Hildebrand, speaker Reginald Hodges, a member of the North Carolina Freedom Park board of directors, and former Executive Director of the Durham Literacy Center, 2004-2014.

Click here for tickets.   $15 Weymouth supporters  /  $20 General admission

Note: Original dates were changed from January, February and March to February and March.

Mar
13
Sun
2022
Arts & Humanities Lecture Series: Freedom Park – Part 2 @ Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities
Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Freedom Park: The Inspiring Story of How a Monument to Freedom is Built while Confederate Statues are Coming Down”

In 2001, the Paul Green Foundation initiated a tribute to the African American struggle for freedom in this state.  Although it took twenty years of planning and fundraising, the ground was broken in 2021 in the center of Raleigh for North Carolina Freedom Park. Designed by the late Phil Freelon (lead architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington), the Park will provide a more complete story of North Carolina’s history to the visitors and especially for the thousands of school children who annually come by buses from across the state as part of their 4th and 8th grade study of North Carolina history. While statues to Confederate soldiers and white supremacists are coming down, this monument project is, in the words of Dr. John Hope Franklin, “…a continuing reminder of…how much more we need to do to achieve equity and justice in our society.”  Ribbon cutting will be in late 2022.

Part 2: Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 2 pm.

Freedom Park Lecture part 2 begins with speaker Reginald Hildebrand, author and former co-chair of the North Carolina Freedom Monument Project, and former Professor of African American Studies and History at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Following Reginald Hildebrand, speaker Reginald Hodges, a member of the North Carolina Freedom Park board of directors, and former Executive Director of the Durham Literacy Center, 2004-2014.

Click here for tickets.   $15 Weymouth supporters  /  $20 General admission

Aug
19
Fri
2022
Free Company Radio Play
Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Old is new again! Free Company Radio Play

The Free Company plays were about combating Nazi propaganda.  The subjects were all related to the concept of American democracy and the Bill of Rights. These programs featured the best talent of the day and were broadcast nearly as widely as cable programs today. Families would gather around their crystal radio sets to enjoy the entertainment together. From OTR:

“The Free Company is a group of writers, actors, and radio workers who have come together voluntarily to present a series of plays about our basic liberties. We are unpaid, unsponsored, and uncontrolled. Just a group of Americans saying what we believe about this country and about freedom. Trying to say it by means of plays, just as the Bible parables or the anecdotes that Lincoln used to tell illustrate other truths by means of stories. Some of our plays deal with the whole subject of freedom, others with the different basic civil rights on which that freedom rests.” James Boyd was one of thousands of Federal employees during the World War I and World War II years referred to as “dollar-a-year-men [or women].” In other words they undertook the position–usually by political appointment during a time of national crisis–for either literally a dollar a year, or some other typically nugatory form of compensation. In James Boyd’s case he had volunteered for the the Ambulance Corps during World War I, then after a distinguished writing and journalism career between wars, Boyd took a political appointment with the War Department during the outset of World War II. Working with the Radio Bureau of The Office of War Information, Boyd formed a volunteer corps of other patriotic journalists, actors, technicians, and influential writers of the era. They called themselves The Free Company of Players. Principal Actors: Burgess Meredith, Henry Fonda, John Garfield, Edmund Gwenn, Nancy Kelly, Tim Holt, Eduardo Cianelli, William Trach, Clinton Rosamon, Charles Bickford, Melvyn Douglas, Clair Trevor, Edward Ellis, Margaret Hamilton, Franchot Tone, Gail Patrick, Sidney Lumet, Myron McCormick, Alan Dineheart, Elia Kazan, Eric Burroughs, Harrington Lewis, Georgette Harvey, The Juanita Hall Singers, Harry Carey, William Davidson, Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloan, Paul Stewart, Erskine Sanford, Norman Corwin, Canada Lee, Luis Van Rooten, Paul Green, Edna Mae Harris, Marietta Kantie, Paul Muni, George M. Cohan, Paul Henreid, Eddie Ryan Jr., Lily Valenti, Betty Jane Tyler, Frances Chaney Writers: William Saroyan, Marc Connelly, Robert Sherwood, Stephen Vincent Benet, Walter Van Tilberg Clark, Orson Welles, Archibald MacLeish, Maxwell Anderson, Sherwood Anderson.”

Details and ticket information coming.

Aug
27
Sat
2022
Performing Arts Theatre and Dance Performance
Aug 27 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Collaboration with Shakespeare In The Pines.

More information to follow.