Ghost Walk auditions:

The New Bern Historical Society needs local people to portray the historic characters in this year’s Ghostwalk – “Heroes & Hooligans, They Walk Among Us!”

Auditions will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Attmore-Oliver House, 511 Broad St., New Bern.

Ghostwalk will take place the evenings of Oct. 26 to 28.

Ghostwalk brings to life noted personalities from New Bern’s past in the very locations they may have been seen.

Executive Director Mickey Miller said all age and genders are welcome.

“We’d like folks who are interested in this fun and exciting event, and who can give the time for the event’s three days. No experience is necessary. No preparation is necessary,” she said.

Participants will be asked to read from scripts.

Those selected will perform at one of 13 ghost sites, including Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Call or email the New Bern Historical Society office at 638-8558,



Library artists of month:

The New Bern-Craven County Public Library hosts its August artists with a Thursday reception at 7 p.m.

The library is at 400 Johnson St., New Bern.

The featured artist group - The Coastal Photo Club - was conceived in 1991 and has grown and flourished since.

The club, based in New Bern, covers much of Eastern North Carolina, drawing members from Greenville, Morehead City and Swansboro.

The group has grown to 116 members, with skill levels ranging from novice to professional, and skill sets running the gamut. These include photo shooting, image editing, and digital manipulation.

The club also has competitions and conducts training and mentoring sessions, take field trips to interesting shooting locations, and give back to the community through photography-related service projects.


City Laundry events:

The City Laundry, 901Pollock St., New Bern, has a number of upcoming events.

Smooth Jazz with David Robinson is slated for Thursday night.

He plays at 6:30 p.m. during Super Club Thursday.

There is no cover.

Coming up on Aug. 10, the show will be Vintage Thursdays with local vocalist Alisa Mike.

The show is at 6:30 p.m., with no cover.

Arson Daily and Bearfoot Monty at The City Laundry on Aug. 25.

Admission will be $7 for the 8 p.m. show.

Arson Daily is a young indie rock trio from Raleigh, that blends bluesy influences with biting alt-rock foundations. Their sets are energetic and feature a fine mixture of sentimentality and yearning that’s packaged as fun and danceable.

The young trio return to New Bern in support of their new extended play – “What’s On Your Mind?” - which highlights the bands 1960s-era rock influences while providing a new indie rock flavor.

They will be joined by the popular local act, Bearfoot Monty, an upcoming folk rock band with amazing energy and spirit that inspires dancing.


Foscue Plantation tours:

Tours are conducted each Thursday for the historic Foscue Plantation, 7509 U.S. 17 between New Bern and Pollocksville.

Tours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. The plantation is also available for special events. Call 224-1803. On the web:



RiverTowne musical show:

RiverTowne Players concludes “The Sound of Music” this week.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final collaboration will be performed Friday and Saturday

Due to the audience turnout for the show, another matinee has been added at 3 p.m. for Sunday.

Shows are at the Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St. Tickets are $16 in advance, $19 at the door and $10 for students.

The talented cast includes Jessica Tyson as Maria Rainer and Tim Price as Captain von Trapp. This duo is joined by more than 30 child and adult actors, singers, and dancers.

It is directed by Bethany Bondurant, with musical direction by Amanda Kennedy. It is produced by Susie Tilley.

The production will also feature a large orchestra consisting of local musicians.

Based on true events, it is a love story told through classic and alluring musical numbers.


All Around This World


Music jam in the park:

Join Jay Sand, founder and lead teacher of All Around This World, a unique global music and world cultures educational program, at Union Point Park on Friday,

The 10 a.m. event will be a participatory world music jam featuring songs and rhythms from several countries and continents.

Sing and drum with Sand as he takes you on a melodic and rhythmic tour of the world.

The event presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation Department.


Pelican weekend music:

The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, has live music Friday and Saturday night. No cover, memberships available at the door.

Friday night features the Hot House Quartet, a Marine group of professional musicians from Havelock who perform fusion jazz.

Saturday night marks the return of the Feral Cats.

Call 631-5008 for details.



Triple Play entertainment:

The Triple Play Restaurant and Sports Bar, 111 Williams Road, has music Friday and Saturday nights.

Limited Experiment is the live band at 9 p.m. on Friday.

Saturday is game and participation night with cornhole at 7 p.m. and karaoke at 9 p.m. No cover.


Brenneman and Spalding:

Tracey Brenneman and Simon Spalding, both popular in the New Bern music scene, will team up to perform at The City Laundry on Friday at 7 p.m.

They provide a mix of covers and original material.

Tickets are $8.

Brenneman was the lead vocalist for two bands in Raleigh: symphonic metal Iron Symphony and party band Trophy Husbands. She also sang and played guitar and keyboards for the local group Zen Pirates. She recently joined the band Mimic, singing and playing guitar and mandolin and singing solo.

Spalding grew up in San Francisco, and has lived in eastern North Carolina since 1989. He is a multi-instrumentalist who performs locally with The Bears, Casablanca, Rock Bottom Deal, and solo.

He alternates between fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and bass.



Spoken word event:

The City Laundry hosts a special Saturday program – “Spoken Word like you’ve never hear.”

Maurice Crouell brings an evening of spoken word artists and poetry.

The show is at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.


Palace Candlelight auditions:

Tryon Palace will host its 37th annual Christmas Candlelight auditions from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Auditions for parts in the annual Christmas Candlelight Celebration will be held in the Waystation Auditorium, corner of George and Pollock streets.

There is a need for men and women, ages 18 and older, for speaking and nonspeaking roles.

Individuals who are willing to perform as 18th-century dancers are also needed.

Speaking roles are for scenes in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

No prepared monologues are used. Those auditioning for speaking roles will perform a cold reading.

Tryon Palace’s annual Christmas Candlelight Celebration is scheduled for Dec. 9 and 16.

Those auditioning should plan on performing at both dates.

Call 639-3500.


Cedar Grove Cemetery tours:

Tour Historic Cedar Grove Cemetery this Saturday at 4 p.m., the monthly first Saturday day for such tours.

Learn about New Bern’s history through stories of this special place and its residents.

The tours are given by members of the Earl of Craven Questers, a group of women living in the Downtown Historic District, dedicated to historic preservation and restoration.

Tours leave from the cemetery main gate, the Weeping Arch, on Queen Street.

There is no charge for the tour, but donations for preservation and restoration of monuments in Cedar Grove are appreciated.



Purple Heart Dinner:

A Purple Heart Dinner is set for the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center to honor Purple Heart recipients on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The evening will feature a private reception for honorees, ceremonial Military Walk of Honor and a formal banquet. Gold Star Mothers are also invited to attend.

Purple Heart recipients will receive two complimentary tickets. Gold Star Mothers will receive one complimentary ticket.

It is hosted by the Coastal Carolina Purple Heart Dinner Committee.

Ticket for the public are limited, at $25.



New Bern Farmers Market:

New Bern Farmers Market is open twice each week.

The market, 421 S. Front St., is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays.

The market accepts SNAP and EBT.

The market has locally handmade gifts as well as woodwork, jewelry, photos, carvings and paintings. Other products include soaps, lotions and sewn, spun and woven goods.

As always, there is a variety of locally-grown fruits and vegetables.




Mah Jongg play date:

Mah Jongg players can meet each Wednesday at Books A Million, 3005 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd., New Bern. Every Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00pm.

Play time is from 2 to 5 p.m. Experienced players can bring their MJ set and cards. Beginners are always welcome.

Call 626-0120 or email:


Thursday Night Live:

The Havelock Cultural Arts Committee has scheduled its annual summer entertainment series called Thursday Night Live.

The series features various musical performances beginning at 7 p.m. each Thursday in August at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center, and each performance is free.

The series begins Thursday with a performance by the New River Gospel Group, which was founded in 1993 and has toured throughout the East Coast.

“They semi-retired in 2006 but decided they wanted to keep performing,” Emerson said.

The local band Hootin’ Annie is scheduled to take the stage on Aug. 10. It’s the third straight year the Craven/Carteret County group that plays a variety of music has performed during the series.

Al and the Boys is scheduled to take the stage on Aug. 17, with a barbershop quartet scheduled to perform on Aug. 24.

The series wraps up on Aug. 31 with a performance from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Jazz Band from Cherry Point.

For more information on the performances, call the Havelock Tourist and Event Center at 444-4348.



Craven Clean Sweep:

Craven County Clean Sweep is having the Summer Sweep on


Participants will meet at Lawson Creek Park in New Bern at 9 a.m.

All supplies are provided along with a place to clean litter. Any amount of time is appreciated. There are four Sweeps a year - August, October, February and May.

It is an opportunity to help the community and get some exercise.

Contact Tom Glasgow at 633-1477.


Golfing for domestic violence:

Coastal Women’s Shelter (CWS) will be hosting its third annual Driving Out Domestic Violence Golf Tournament on Sunday at Carolina Colours Golf Club, off U.S 70 East of New Bern.

The tournament drew in 72 golfers in its last year. Funds generated by the tournament will be used to help clients establish homes free from domestic violence.

There is capacity to for 116 golfers and 20 staff and volunteers at this event.

The day includes raffle, giveaways and lunch.

The golfing format is a four-person scramble, $80 for an individual, $320 for a team. There is an available military discount. The price includes green fees, cart fees and lunch.

It begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Register on the web:

This event is sponsored by Carolina East Health System, Bosch, Fuel Market, New Bern Family Eye Care and Trent Cadillac of New Bern.

Coastal Women’s Shelter served more than 550 clients during fiscal year 2015-16 in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties.

A hundred women and 46 children lived in the safe house for an average stay of two months. The group can house up to 19 individuals at any one time. CWS provides a comprehensive range of services to members of the community who are affected by domestic and family violence: a 24-hour crisis line, court advocacy, monthly support groups for women and children, transportation, tuition assistance, clothing, food, employment resources, housing assistance, and interagency information and referrals.

For more information, donations, or sponsors, contact the Coastal Women’s Shelter at 638-4509.


Palace special tours:

Behind the Scenes at Tryon Palace: Museum Technology is scheduled for Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. in New Bern.

The museum technology Behind the Scenes tour will take visitors 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.


Jonkonnu Performance

The popular Tryon Palace dance troupe performs Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. in New Bern.

Over the past 7 weeks, Tryon Palace has been working with a group of community children, Boys and Girls Club members and visitors to bring to life Jonkonnu.

It is Tryon Palace’s popular celebration of African American culture, history, music, and song.

Jonkonnu performances are held throughout the year for educational programs, parades, and two Saturdays in December during the Candlelight Celebration.

Tryon Palace invites the public to come out to hear the song and see what the participants have learned during these workshops.

The Jonkonnu workshops are sponsored by the Tryon Palace Commissioner and the Tryon Palace Foundation.


YPG River Jam:

The New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series wraps up its 2017 schedule on Aug. 11 with the YPG River Jam.

It begins at 5 p.m. at the New Bern Farmers Market, 421 S. Front St.

Join the Embers with Craig Woolard and Spare Change for the final concert in our Summer Concert Series!

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, with children age 12 and under free with paid adult.

Tickets available at Mitchell Hardware, 215 Craven St., or the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce, 316 S. Front St.

The concert with be held rain or shine. No food, drinks or coolers will be permitted.


Family Movie Night:

Summer Family Movie Night is slated for Aug. 11 at Union Point Park in East Front Street in New Bern.

Bring blankets or chairs for the 8 p.m. film, brought to the public through the city and Two River Church.

The film will be “The Secret Life of Pets.”

Admission is free.



Tryon Palace Garden Lecture Series:

The popular Palace series continues Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front St., New Bern.

The August garden lecture features Mark Weathington, the director of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University

He will present a lecture and book-signing on his newly release work, “Gardening in the South.”

He travels extensively searching for new plants to diversify the American landscape. He lectures on a variety of topics in horticulture to further the arboretum’s vision of “Planning and Planting a Better World.”

His explorations and speaking engagements have taken him to around the world and throughout the U.S.



Seat-making demonstration:

A Look at Caning and Rush Seating is scheduled for Aug. 12, 2 to 3 p.m., at the North Carolina History Center.

Skylar Davis, from Newport, will discuss different forms of seat-making techniques using cane, rush, and other materials.

Davis will give free demonstrations of the craft as well has have examples of some of the forms.

These seat-making techniques can also be seen in the “Uncommon Chairs: Early Turned Seating of North Carolina’s Tar-Roanoke River Region” exhibit at the North Carolina History Center.

Explore the legacy of North Carolina craftsmanship in Cullman Hall, as well as the the Duffy Exhibition Gallery, where visitors can enjoy 75 different ladder back, or “common” chairs from the Tar-Roanoke region of North Carolina.

Contact Richard Baker at 639-3500.


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