Tryon Palace to host Revolutionary War Day

1. Thursday Night Live

The Havelock Cultural Arts Committee’s Thursday Night Live entertainment series continues tonight with a performance by Al and the Boys.

The free concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

The series continues with a barbershop quartet on Aug. 24.

The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Jazz Band from Cherry Point had been originally scheduled for Aug. 31, but a scheduling issue will prevent the band concert. However, organizers are planning another band as a replacement.

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

2. Book discussion

In conjunction with Monday’s solar eclipse, the Havelock-Craven County Public Library is hosting a book discussion on the book “Jade Dragon Mountain” by Elsa Hart.

The discussion is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the library located on the Havelock campus of Craven Community College off Cunningham Boulevard.

The book, set in China in the 18th century, involves the emperor traveling from Beijing to the southwestern part of his empire to command an eclipse. It is a murder mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie’s works, and features Li Du, an exile imperial librarian, as the major sleuth.

Paperback copies of the book are available to be signed out at the library. Ebook and audio formats are currently available online at

The eclipse Monday will be partial in the Havelock area, with the time from about 1:20 to 4:10 p.m. The maximum amount of the eclipse, about 90 percent, will occur around 2:50 p.m. Special glasses are required to view the eclipse safely, and it should not be viewed with the naked eye.

For more information, call 447-7509.

3. Stuff the Bus

The Craven County Partners in Education Stuff the Bus school supply drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Walmart in Havelock.

Other locations will be at Walmart on Dr. M.L. King Jr. Boulevard in New Bern and the Walmart market at 2915 Neuse Blvd. in New Bern.

Shopping lists of needed school supplies that will be given to needy children will be available at each location or online at

For those unable to participate in the event, a drop box will be available at the Havelock Chamber of Commerce inside the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Last year, nearly $25,000 in school supplies were donated, helping 611 students in Craven County.

For more information, call 514-6321, email or go online to

4. Alive at Five

The Jan Michael Fields Band is scheduled to perform as part of the Alive at Five concert series from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jaycee Park along the waterfront in Morehead City.

Jan Fields is the former lead singer of the 1980s group Sidewinder and has performed with such groups as .38 Special, Kansas, Billy Squire, Cheap Trick and the Romantics. The band plays a variety of rock music from the 1960s to today.

Admission is free but no outside beverages or coolers are permitted. Beverages will be available for purchase.

The Downtown Morehead City organization puts on the series that concludes Sept. 1 with the band North Tower.

For more information, call 808-0440 or go online to

5. Revolutionary War Day

Tryon Palace has scheduled Revolutionary War Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday

It includes hands-on opportunities to experience the culture and lifeways of wartime in New Bern, an encampment, soldiers’ games, medicine and stories about the roles native New Bernians played during the American Revolution.

Tryon Palace’s own First North Carolina Regiment of the Continental Line will demonstrate black powder firing at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the South Lawn. Children can sign up to join the Continental Line and participate in “musket” drills on the front lawn throughout the day.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for youth and requires a Gardens Pass. It is also included in One Day Pass.

For more information, go online to

And Another Thing: Legacy Motown Revue

The Community of Excellence presents the Legacy Motown Revue at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Orringer Auditorium on the New Bern campus of Craven Community College, 800 College Court. The doors open at 6 p.m.

The quartet will sing hits of funk, soul, blues and more, paying homage to the music that molded multiple generations, and gave Detroit a claim to fame. Music from The Drifters, The Coasters, The Jacksons, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Temptations and other are included.

The Community of Excellence is a nonprofit committed to helping make today’s students self-sustaining and integral members of society in the future. Proceeds from this event will be used to provide educational, vocational and social enrichment opportunities.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the Bank of the Arts or by calling 638-2577.