Blessing of the Fleet, theater, art tours, live music highlight busy week – News – New Bern Sun Journal



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Library events:

The New Bern-Craven County Public Library has events for children and adults this week.

Adult program begin May 6 with iPhone Basics at 2:30 p.m. No computer skills necessary, but an iPhone is required. Registration required. Call 638-7807.

Beginning Internet is at 10 a.m. on May 7 and 9. No computer skills are required. Registration required. Call 638-7807.

Children’s programs begin May 7 with Preschool Storysteps at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 5. Join in for stories, music, puppetry and other activities.

InBeTWEEN Wednesdays is at 4 p.m. for grades 3 to 5. The topic is Paper Airplane Science. What does it take to make the perfect paper airplane? What causes the airplane to move forward? How can you gain the most distance? Let’s experiment and discover the answers. Registration required. Call 638-7815.

Children’s Story Hour is May 9 at 4 p.m. for kindergarten through second grade. Join an after-school adventure of storytelling and creative activities.

Time Out for Toddlers is May 10 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. for ages 18 months to 3 years. Join Toady the Frog for books, rhymes, finger-plays, songs and puppets.

Programs for everyone include the May 7 Craven Chess Players at 4:30 p.m. Registration required. Call 638-7807.

Brown Pelican entertainment:

The Brown Pelican on Broad Street in New Bern has Jim Kohler and Friends playing the blues on Mondays, Honky-Tonk Night on Tuesdays, Trivia Night on Wednesday and Open Mic each Thursday.

Live music also includes The Mad Fiddler on May 10 and Now or Never on May 11.

PCC programs:

Pamlico Community College begins two new Cultural & Life Enrichment programs this week.

Medication Aide classes will be offered during the day or evening Mondays and Wednesdays, May 6 to July 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Evening class is Mondays and Wednesday, May 6 to Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. The cost is $180. Call 249-1851, ext. 113, or email [email protected].

Beginning May 7 through June 25 at 5 p.m., there will be eight classes on Edible Landscaping class. It provides a hands-on experience for the budding gardener or experienced horticulturalist with the methods for creating everything from a kitchen garden to a high yield food-scape. The cost is $70.





Palace programs:

Tryon Palace hosts a free Palace Contemporaries Launch Party on May 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for ages 18 to 39. It includes beer, wine, food and prizes.

It will be in the gardens, enter through the Eden Street gate.

More information is online at

The Garden Lecture Series returns May 11 at the N.C. History Center at 10 a.m., with a talk by Bryce Lane, three-time Emmy Award winning television personality, on “Best British Gardens: Ideas from Across the Pond”.

City Stage events:

City Stage New Bern, 901 Pollock St., has a variety of entertainment this week.

Table reservations are recommended at City Stage is a private club, with a $1 annual membership.

Irish Music Session is May 7 at 7 p.m.

Big Jim Kohler and Friends perform free on May 8 at 7 p.m.

Alisa Mike takes the stage with a free show each Thursday, also at 7 p.m.

New Bern’s country record star Bryan Mayer performs at 8 p.m. on May 10.

With his towering height and powerful voice, Mayer has shared the stage with some of country music’s finest, including The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Kip Moore, Trace Adkins, and others.

There is a $5 cover.

Matt White and Friends return May 11 with Stand-up Comedy Showcase. There is a $5 cover.

Palace photo exhibit:

Tryon Palace will open a new photography exhibit “Buzzing Bees, Blooms, and Garden Friends,” featuring macro images of bees in their native environment taken by Deana B Marion.

“Buzzing Bees, Blooms, and Garden Friends” will be in the North Carolina History Center May 7 to July 14, and will be free to the public. No photography permitted. For more information, visit

Deana B Marion notes: “This collection of macro images of bees in their native environment celebrates the art of nature. The colorful metal images showcase the features of the small natural world as photographed in blooming trees and flower gardens.

“The plight of pollinators, their value to our food supply, and the causes for their declining population are receiving national attention. Pollination by honey bees is responsible for one-third of our food products and over $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the United States.”

Deana B’s macro photography commenced two decades ago with classes, workshops, and a mentorship focusing on enhancing the images to capture the intricate features of flowers with bees. She was encouraged to “get closer, get closer.” For the last decade she has specialized in photographing bees on blooms in breathtaking detail, at a distance of several inches.

Deana B Marion’s images have been exhibited at The Athenaeum Gallery, State Arboretum of Virginia, The Salem Museum, and the Mountain Maryland Schwab Gallery, along with special events at Hokie BugFest, Schiele Museum of Natural History, and Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Nexus Open Mike:

Appalachian Heritage will be spotlighted at First Tuesday Poetry Open Mike on May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Harrison Center, 311 Middle St. in New Bern.

Valerie Nieman will read as the featured poet of the monthly Nexus Poets event.

Appalachian heritage is the common thread binding Nieman’s wide range of writing – from mainstream fiction to horror – in both lyric and narrative poetry. Her third poetry collection, Leopard Lady: A Life in Verse, was published in fall 2018, with work that has appeared in The Missouri Review, Chautauqua, Southern Poetry Review, and other journals.

Her fourth novel, To the Bones, a genre-bending satire of the coal industry and its effects on Appalachia, is a spring 2019 release from West Virginia University Press. Her writing has appeared widely in journals and in numerous anthologies.

She teaches workshops at John C. Campbell Folk School, N.C. Writers Network conferences and many other venues. A graduate of West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte and a former journalist, she was a founding editor of two literary magazines. She teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University.

After she reads, the mic is open for original poems from other poets.

This is a free event with donations requested to pay for the space. The readings are sponsored by the Nexus Poets, a nonprofit group of Eastern North Carolina poets promoting poetry in the area.




Smart Start event:

Craven Smart Start will host a Craven Early Learning Network meeting on May 8 from 1:30 to p.m. at the Children’s Developmental Services Agency, 2842 Neuse Blvd., New Bern.

Sandra Arasim, the Infant Toddler Specialist for Craven Smart Start’s Child Care Resource and Referral program will be the guest speaker, with the topic “what every baby needs.”

Her presentation will focus on ages birth to 3 years and will provide an overview of the steps and stages in a baby’s world and how they impact the baby’s mastery of skills which are the foundations that they will carry with them throughout life.

Brochures and handouts relevant to infants and toddlers will be provided, along with agency sharing and announcements regarding upcoming events for families and children.

Contact Pinkie Moore, Community Outreach Coordinator at Craven Smart Start, at [email protected] or call 672-5921, ext. 29.





Capt. Ratty’s entertainment:

Captain Ratty’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant on Middle Street in New Bern has free entertainment upstairs at 6 p.m. each Thursday.

Chuck Phillips returns May 9. He is a singer and songwriter from nearby Washington, who has been playing music throughout the area for more than 15 years.

Mother Land:

Wendy Osserman and Danielle Madrid are modern dancers and choreographers living in Oriental and New Bern. They will perform the premiere of Mother Land, a suite of new dances, on May 9, 7:30 p.m. at Stanly Hall, 249 Craven St., New Bern.

Tickets are $15 at the door.





Downtown ArtWalk:

The monthly cultural tour of downtown New Bern is 5 to 8 p.m. May 10 with more than 30 participating galleries, studios, businesses and restaurants.

For a lineup and map, go online to

Little Women the Musical:

RiverTowne Players continues Little Women the Musical May 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and May 12 at 3 p.m. at the Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St., New Bern.

More information and tickets are online at

Tickets are also available at Nautical Wheelers on Craven Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students.

Mamma Mia!:

New Bern Civic Theatre, 414 Pollock St., opens the first of eight performances on May 10 for Mamma Mia!

Dates are May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and May 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.

This show is sponsored by Carolina Creations.

Tickets, not including sales tax or online service fees are Orchestra – $20 advance: $22 at the door,

$12 for students and active duty military; Balcony – $17 advance, $19 at the door and $10 for students and military.

According to the Civic web site, season tickets are no longer available, but individual show tickets are on sale. Call 633-0567.

Night Out With The Arts:

This Colorfest art fundraiser is May 10 at the New Bern Golf and Country Club, 4301 Country Club Road, from 8 to 11 p.m.

The featured entertainment will be singer RaSheeda A. Waddell and Band.

The evening also has live painting, art exhibition and a silent auction.

Live painting will be by New Bern artist Lee Hood.

Tickets are $30, which includes a meal, a raffle ticket and the other amenities.

Funds raised go toward educational materials, paints, food, water and art scholarships for the summer Colorfest for children in New Bern. It is slated for June 29 at928 Queen St., with children painting murals and enjoying games, skating, chalk art, music and other activities.

More information is at or call 404-725-3053 or 828-773-3778.




Neuse Artists Tour:

The 2019 Neuse River Artists Studio Tour is the second annual tour of several local artist studios and hub centers, featuring more than 50 artists.

It opens May 10 during Art Walk at the Harrison Center on Middle Street in downtown New Bern, and continues on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 12th from noon to 4 p.m.

It is a non-profit project of Community Artists Gallery & Studios, in coordination with the Craven Arts Council, Twin Rivers Artist Association, Shop Class, New Bern Arts & Wellness Center, The Sanctuary Gallery and other sponsors.

Contact Chris Wagner at 571-8562.

Blackbeard’s entertainment:

Blackbeard’s Triple Play on South Front Street in New Bern has its free music schedule, with Jupiter Jones on May 10. There is also Karoake with Diane Dees each Thursday at 8 p.m.

Brutopia entertainment:

Brutopia in James City on U.S. 70 East upcoming music/food trucks include May 10 – Justin Castellano, Lil’ Johnny’s Crab Shack; May 11 – William Seymour, Gigi’s Snack Shack.





DAV yard sale:

The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Unit 40 is hosting an 8 a.m. “Veteran’s Treasures Yard Sale” on May 11 in the grass area in front of the AT&T

Building, 3194 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd., New Bern. Park at the New Bern Mall next to the store.

This is a fundraising event to provide assistance to local veterans in need. In addition, donations of can goods, dry products and bath paper items are welcome.

Contact Melanie Russ, unit commander, at 757-652-0806 or email [email protected]

Antique car show:

First Capital Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s 28th annual Spring Car Show is May 11 in downtown New Bern.

Upwards of 150 classics from throughout Eastern North Carolina are expected to enter the show.

The meet, open and free to the public, begins at 10 a.m. with the vehicles arrayed along sections of Middle and Pollock streets.

It ends at 2 p.m. with the presentation of awards.

The registration fee is $15 per vehicle in advance and $20 the day of the show.

Registration forms are available on the internet at ncregionaaca/, by email at [email protected], or by calling 637-4503.

Blessing of the Fleet:

The New Bern Yacht Club will host the annual Blessing of the Fleet at 10:30 a.m. on May 11 at the New Bern Grand Marina. The ceremony is being co-sponsored by NBYC and the New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club.

Mariners with all types and sizes of boats are encouraged to participate and give thanks for the upcoming year and to remember times past.

Following the traditional ceremony, an Honor Boat will depart the marina, accompanied by a New Bern

Fire Boat, to place a wreath on the Neuse River in remembrance of Fallen Mariners. Participants are

invited to attend a prepayment luncheon starting at noon at Captain Ratty’s restaurant on Middle Street. The USCG Auxiliary is offering free boat safety inspections before and after the ceremony.

Pre-registration is required for this popular event. The deadline is May 6 for both dock and

lunch reservations. Lunch is $15. Space is limited so early reservations are suggested.

Contact Karl Lichty, NBYC, by email at [email protected], or call 805-451-8984. For overnight

slip reservations, contact Jeremy McConnell, the dock master at the Grand Marina at 638-0318 and specify that you are attending the Blessing of the Fleet.

All boats to be blessed should be at the marina by 9:30 a.m. on May 11.

Day dock assistance begins at 8:00 AM.

For more information go online at or

‘Heeling Our World’ workshop:

Faith Connection of New Bern will be hosting a May 11 workshop to address the crises facing 300 million children around the world who are going barefoot.

The site is at First Presbyterian Church’s J. Murphy Smith Center, 508 Middle St. The workshop is 1:30 to 4 p.m., with registration at 1 p.m.

Volunteers will be drawing patterns, cutting fabric, cutting soles, gluing, hand and machine sewing. These children are at great risk of diseases that enter their bodies through cuts in their feet which can lead to loss of limbs, paralysis and even death.

“Heeling Our World” is a project of the New Bern foundation Arts To End Genocide, which operates programs throughout Africa teaching mothers and caregivers in rural villages how to make KLEM shoes for their children.

At the “Heeling Our World” workshop, you will be making KLEM shoes for barefoot children in Africa. Churches in Faith Connection have arranged to fund and to bring this program to the community as a service. Therefore, participation will be free to those that attend.


Pre-register so that organizers can anticipate the amount of supplies needed. Call Mitch Lewis at 670-1339.

Foscue Plantation tours:

The Foscue Plantation on U.S. 17 near Pollocksville is open each Thursday.

Tours are scheduled for 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Special group tours can be scheduled by calling Carol Foy at 224-1803. Also, call 671-7725.


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