1. Live entertainment

As always, there is lots of live entertainment around New Bern this week. Here’s a sampling.

City Stage on Pollock Street has A Poetry Happening hosted by Melissa Black at 7 p.m. Tuesday; Dan Jam Phillips and John Van Dyke Wednesday afternoon and evening; Alisa Mike on Thursday; Strung Together on Friday night and A Sixties Dance Party and Show Saturday night.

The Brown Pelican on Broad Street has Trivia Night each Wednesday. Music this week includes Brian Mac on Friday and The Maxxtones Saturday night.

Circa 1810 at The Harvey Mansion features the Dueling Pianos on Friday, with the Adam Hill Band on Saturday and Steel Shot on Sunday.

Other venues such as Blackbeard’s Triple Play on South Front Street also have entertainment and music each week.

 

2. Eddie Ellis talks espionage

The New Bern Historical Society will offer a second presentation of Tales of Espionage in Civil War Craven County — featuring historian and author Eddie Ellis — this week. It is one of several history lectures this week.

Ellis will appear at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center in New Bern. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 638-8558 or online at NewBernHistorical.com/tickets.

 

3. J.T. Barber program

More fascinating New Bern history is on tap Saturday when The Dryborough Association hosts a program on legendary educator J.T. Barber at the Bern-Craven County Public Library.

The free 1 p.m. program is The Life and Legacy of Mr. J.T. Barber, the West Street School, and Beyond.

Guest speaker will be Dr. Sam Barber, and the program includes a PowerPoint presentation from Leander Morgan Jr., as well as remarks from historian Nelson McDaniel.

 

4. Tryon Palace Beer Festival

Tryon Palace and the Tryon Palace Foundation will host Live and Local: Tryon Palace Beer Festival on Saturday at the North Carolina History Center.

From 5 to 9 p.m., it will feature breweries such as Brewery 99, Shortway Brewing Company, Mill Whistle Brewing, Brutopia, Fishtowne Brew House, Crystal Coast Brewing and Tight Lines Pub & Brewing Company.

Food trucks — Mari’s Hella Fat Food, La Cocina de Coqui and Three Kings Food Truck — will be on hand.

The entertainment is headlined by local bands “Peace Soldier” and “Joe Baes Project,” which will be performing throughout the night.

The cost is $20 and includes a 16-ounce souvenir glass and 12 sample tickets.

For more information, call 639-3500 or go online to www.tryonpalace.org/LiveAndLocal.

 

5. Ellis talks Havelock history

Historian Eddie Ellis has a second history talk this week, this time on Sunday at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

His topic for the 2 p.m. lecture will be the “Civil War Havelock.”

Ellis’s presentation will discuss Havelock and surrounding cities’ roles during the Civil war. Topics include battles, spies, and the railroad.

The event benefits the Friends of the Havelock Library, with tickets $10, or $5 for members of the organization.

The Havelock library is located on the Havelock campus of Craven Community College on Cunningham Boulevard.

For more information, call the library at 447-7509.

 

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