Home & Garden Show
ENC Live Events will present the Home & Garden Show Saturday and Sunday at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.
Hours for the free admission event are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Discover inspiration for your next home or garden project at the New Bern Home & Garden Show. More than 90 businesses will be on-site to showcase innovative new products and ideas. Learn how to get maximum value from your home improvement project, as well as tips and tricks on enhancing your home’s curb appeal.
Find hundreds of inspiring ideas to remodel or repair and beautify your home.
Experts will offer seminars and workshops on all home improvement needs.
There will be exclusive show specials and offers, with thousands of dollars in prize giveaways.
For more information, call 970-590-0383.
Civic continues Madagascar
New Bern Civic Theatre continues its production of Madagascar - A Musical Adventure, Jr.
Performance dates are Friday, Saturday, March 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. There is also a 2 p.m. show on Sunday.
Tickets, not including sales tax or online service fee, are orchestra and balcony — advance, $14, door, $16; students and active duty military, $10. Sales tax is 6.75 percent, online service fee, $2.
On the web, go to newberncivictheatre.org.
Sham-Rockin’ 2018 scheduled
This annual Rotary Club of New Bern concert is slated for Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center, 529 S Front St., New Bern.
Enjoy a traditional Irish dinner with entertainment by The Celtic Minstrels followed by the lively TrainWreck band.
A cash bar of beer, wine and soft drinks will be available, with nothing more than $5.
The Chelsea Restaurant will serve corned beef and cabbage from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Coastal Beverage, as the beverage sponsor, will offer favorite beers and wines.
During dinner, listen to The Celtic Minstrels playing Irish music and after dinner, dance to the popular band Trainwreck.
Sham-Rockin’ is the Rotary Club of New Bern’s annual fundraiser to support local needs. Past proceeds have assisted with supporting Boys and Girls Club of New Bern, Backpack Blessings, and Craven County Partners In Education and Promise Place.
Tickets include dinner and admission and are $20 in advance, plus associated EventBrite fees when purchased online. Tickets are $25 at the door.
New Bern clubs feature live music
The City Laundry, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, has a variety of entertainment this week.
The Acoustic Coffee House with Patrick Bliss is slated Thursday, with no cover for the 7 p.m. show.
New Bern’s popular Hot Buttered Grits take the City Laundry stage on Saturday at 8 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Hot Buttered Grits is a popular five-piece jam band offering a great mix of familiar songs, jam, rock and soul grass, as well as many fun originals.
Band members include Chris Buttita, bass, Jon Johndrow, guitar, Howard Longino, guitar, Zach Meadows, drums and Seth Smith, guitar.
There will be a $7 cover.
Circa 1810, 221 S. Front St., outdoors at The Harvey Mansion, has another busy schedule of music, all with no cover.
Dueling Pianos is on tap Thursday at 8 p.m. Weekend 8 p.m. shows include Ravenz Bru on Friday, Earwickers on Saturday. Steel Shot is on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Oriental to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick's Day is near and the Chowder Cookoff, sponsored by the Oriental Woman's Club, is slated for Saturday.
This is the official start of the tourist season in Oriental. Oriental's favorite bluegrass band, the Harbor Sounds, will be performing throughout the event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Oriental Marina and Inn, 103 Wall St.
Twelve of Oriental's finest individual and restaurant chefs will compete for the best Pamlico County Chowder.
Contact Sally Belangia at 699-3011. .
Defining what the difference is between a soup and a chowder is a rather fine distinction, according to organizers.
Soup is generally water-base and boiled. Generally, a chowder is thicker, sometimes has a milk base, and because it is cooked longer than a soup, the liquid thickens as the ingredients such as potatoes dissolve into and thicken the liquid.
Come early, buy a ticket and a tasting spoon at the event. Ticket sales will close at 1 p.m., or before if the event sells out.
Top it off with homemade desserts made by the women of the sponsoring club. The Oriental Woman's Club is a 501c3 service organization of women working together to make a difference by meeting unmet needs in the county for more than a hundred years. All proceeds from the event are spent within the county.
Get Your Color On scheduled
New Bern Get Your Pink On presents the annual New Bern Get Your Color On Block Party on March 22 to raise awareness for all cancers.
It is free from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Isaac Taylor Garden, 228 Craven St., New Bern.
Join a free block party that helps promote awareness, hope, love and a celebration of life for cancer patients, caregivers and survivors.
This party will include live music, engaging speakers, and bouncy houses for children, food trucks, face and nail painting, hair coloring and other activities.
Library to host ancient dance
A 2 p.m. Medieval and Renaissance Dance will be at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library on March 24, with instruction and dance prompting by Simon Spalding, who will perform on the violin.
The dances will be English and French dances from the Age of Chivalry, including, but not limited to English Country Dances as danced in the Court of Elizabeth I. All the dances will be taught, so no prior experience is required, and you don’t need to bring a partner.
Additional musicians from the ensemble “Stella Maris” will also play on instruments of the period. Spalding has taught historical dancing at Tryon Palace, Renaissance festivals, and museums throughout two continents — in an English Manor House, a Scottish castle, and even on a sailing vessel in the North Atlantic. Dancers are welcome to come in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
The library is at 400 Johnson St., New Bern.
Contact the Adult Reference Desk at 638-7807 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register for the program.
Community Concert Band to perform
The Craven Community Concert Band will present its second free concert of the season at Grover C. Fields Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on March 26, under the direction of Mitch Martin.
The program will feature traditional band music including a march or two and two band member soloists.
John Hill will perform A Touch of Tuba and Taylor Babson will perform the trombone solo Morceau Symphonique. Also on the program will be the American Elegy and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
John Hill was a musician with the Marine Corps from 1982 to 1992 and is a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music. He recently began playing tuba again after a 25-year absence. He is a senior field engineer/technician at One Call Communications in Wilson. He is also a member of the Tar River Community Band. He and his wife Sharon live in Winterville.
Babson is a native of Cary and graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Music Education last year. She is the K-5 music teacher at J.T. Barber Elementary. She will also guest conduct American Elegy.
Director Mitch Martin is a retired Marine musician. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College and is a graduate of the Military School of Music. He is currently the military outreach specialist at the National Testing Center with Craven Community College.
The 65-member band has presented three concerts each year since 2000. If you are interested in joining the band, or want more information about this concert, a complete program and directions to the auditorium can be found at the band’s website at cravencommunityconcertband.org.
Donations to the band will be accepted at the conclusion of the concert. Donations help fund student scholarships, music purchases and the cost of performing at Grover C. Fields and the required insurance.
Museum technology topic of tour
This is another Behind the Scenes Tours by Tryon Palace, slated at 2 p.m. on March 20 at the North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front St., New Bern, Call 639-3500.
Rob Jones, Tryon Palace multimedia coordinator, will take visitors on a tour inside the technology that operates the interactive exhibits inside the North Carolina History Center.
Get an in-depth look into making history come alive and learn how Tryon Palace combines modern technology with meeting educational goals inside the Pepsi Family Center and Regional History Museum.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for youth.
Hartman to host book-signing
New Bern author Bruce Hartman has scheduled a book signing and luncheon beginning at noon on Saturday at the River Dunes Harbor Club in Oriental.
The cost is $25 at the door with proceeds going to support HeartWorks.
Speakers include Sue Lee, the founder of HeartWorks, Chris Heckert, senior pastor of Haddonfield United Methodist Church in New Jersey and Hartman, whose new book is called "Jesus and Co. Connecting the Lessons of The Gospel with Today's Business World."
The book includes Hartman's personal stories as a top executive for companies like Yankee Candle and Foot Locker, while exploring the importance of authenticity and morality in business and how the stories of Jesus are relevant to the modern business world.
Hartman, the founder of Gideon Advisors, will be signing copies of his book after the luncheon at the Red Rickshaw, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to HeartWorks.
HeartWorks is a nonprofit organization in Bayboro that aims to help the underserved mental and physical health needs of youth and their families in Pamlico County and the surrounding area.
For more information, call the HeartWorks at 745-9703.
3 Redneck Tenors to perform
The group will perform in New Bern on March 20 as part of the Craven Concerts series at Grover C. Fields Performing Arts Center, 2000 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd., New Bern.
The 7:30 p.m. concert will be presented by Live On Stage, Inc. and Craven Concerts.
The 3 Redneck Tenors are a “new breed” in the world of tenors. The three classically-trained Broadway and opera stars are bringing a show unlike any other.
For more information, call 252-637-1119 or visit cravenconcertsinc.org.
Single tickets will be available at the door for $30. Active duty military and immediate family are admitted free.
The Craven Concert Association has been presenting internationally acclaimed artists to the community since 1983. The all-volunteer nonprofit organization is committed to enriching the cultural life of the community through live performances.
Jaycee’s Open House set for Sunday
The Craven County Jaycees will be having an open house on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds, 3700 U.S. 70 East, New Bern.
The public is invited to attend and share ideas for the future of the fairgrounds.
History Center to celebrate student art
The Duffy Exhibition Gallery, North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front St., New Bern, is the site for this free 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. event on March 31.
The public is invited to enjoy an exhibit celebrating student artists from Craven County Schools. Including pieces from art departments from all Craven County public schools, the exhibit is curated and produced by the art teachers of Craven County Schools. The art on display will include 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works.
For more information, call 639-3500 or go online at tryonpalace.org.
Down East Folk Arts concert scheduled
Johnsmith is the featured artist on March 23 at Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven St., New Bern and the following night at Joslyn Hall at Carteret Community College in Morehead City.
General admission is $16 and $13 for active duty military and Down East Folk Arts Society members. Full-time students pay $10. Prices do not include sales tax.
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins an hour later.
Get tickets online at downeastfolkarts.org. Text or call 646-4657 or send email to email@example.com
For 30-plus years Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs and house concerts. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released seven solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting and has served as a staff song writer in Nashville.
More information is available on the web at johnsmithmusic.com and downeastfolkarts.org
Tryon Palace plans family campout
Tryon Palace presents Lanterns on the Lawn - A Family Campout on April 7 and 8 on the South Lawn.
Tickets - groups of up to four guests, $50 - Tryon Palace Foundation members; $60 nonmembers. Groups exceeding five guests, $90 - Tryon Palace Foundation members; $100 non-members. Campsites are not to exceed eight guests. Children 5 and under are free and not part of the campsite head counts.
Campers can reserve 15-foot square plots on the South Lawn for a campsite and set up for the evening. Setup begins 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The evening activities will continue with crafts, lawn games, a dinner buffet of hamburgers and hot dogs, making s’mores, a campfire sing-a-long, and a 15-minute moonlit walk through the Wilderness Garden.
All camping equipment and other personal belongings must be removed by 10 a.m. April 8.
Call 639-3500 or go online at tryonpalace.org.
White to host Civil War lecture
New Bern and the Civil War author Jim White will be at the North Carolina History Center on April 7 for a free 2 p.m. lecture and book-signing.
White, a noted New Bern author, has published a number of books on Portsmouth Island and New Bern.
On March 14, 1862, Federal forces under the command of Gen. Ambrose Burnside overwhelmed Confederate forces in the Battle of New Bern, capturing the town and its seaport. From that time on, Confederates planned to retake the city. White details the chaotic history of New Bern in the Civil War.
Call 639-3500 or go online at tryonpalace.org.
New Bern plans Battlefield Park Day
The New Bern Battlefield Park is the site for this special April 7 event at 10 a.m., sponsored by Bern Historical Society.
Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small.
This year, New Bern’s Battlefield Park will join in this national event. Volunteers will help clear out the original Civil War fighting positions and do some general spring cleaning. The first 45 volunteers will receive a T-shirt commemorating the day. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided by event sponsor Gibbs Dentistry.
Night Out With The Arts set for April 7
Colorfest presents this April 7 event at Stanly Hall Ballroom, 249 Craven St., New Bern.
Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m., with tickets $20 in advance, $40 for VIP seating.
It will be hosted by Donte Holt, and includes music by award winning band Trainwreck, live poetry, live painting, art exhibition and a silent auction. All proceeds raised go towards paints, supplies, art scholarships and back to the community Colorfest Inc. serves for its main event for children each summer.
Information is online at colorfestinc.org or artbybenetez.com.
Choral group concert scheduled
The Crystal Coast Choral Society, under the direction of Finley Woolston of Public Radio East, will perform its annual spring concert - Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs - in Onslow and Carteret counties the second weekend in April.
Choral society members come from Onslow, Carteret, and Craven counties and range in age from students to grandparents.
The concert will feature a number of familiar sacred hymns and tunes and includes a string trio and four hand piano. Several numbers include audience participation. Teresa Boykin serves as the society’s piano accompanist.
The first performance will be at All Saints Anglican Church, 292 McCabe Road, Newport on April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The second performance will be at Swansboro United Methodist Church, 665 West Corbett Ave., Swansboro, at 2 p.m. on April 15.
Admission is $10. Student tickets are $5 and children 10 and under are admitted at no cost. Tickets can be purchased from society members or at the door.
The Crystal Coast Choral Society is a non-auditioned group with singers from around the coastal region that strives to provide residents of eastern North Carolina with the opportunity to hear and perform quality choral music and to foster future musicians.
Symphony to play for students
The North Carolina Symphony will be in New Bern on March 28 for the annual children's education concert at Grover C. Fields Middle School in New Bern.
There will be two performances, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. This is for all fourth-graders in the Craven County Schools, with 15 schools represented. Students from Jones County are also invited.
The N.C. Symphony is the only one in the country that has such an extensive outreach for students throughout the state and has been offering this concert free of charge for decades.
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