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FEATURES 6 8 14 19 26 Vol. 33, #12 • December 2012 Managing Editor: Amanda Dagnino Editor: Josh Lambert Director of Sales: Jamie Bailey (252-241-9485) or Sales Representative: Anne Riggs-Gillikin (252-725-9114) or Creative Director: Kim Moore Design/Layout: Erin Pallotti Graphic Design: Kyle Dixon, Mimi Guthrie A publication of NCCOAST Communications 201 N. 17th St., Morehead City, NC 28557 252-240-1811 • 800-525-1403 Fax: 1-877-247-1856 EDITORIAL DEADLINE for the January 2013 issue: December 7; email articles/events/photos to

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A Beary Merry Christmas is the offspring of the Downtown Council of the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce, along with area businesses in the historic downtown district. The new theme represents the town perfectly, as it celebrates the bear as the city’s hospitality symbol yearround. This new month-long celebration plays host to a variety of events throughout the season, ushering in the holidays with a variety of downtown events and shopping opportunities for the whole family to enjoy. The Beary Merry Scavenger Hunt takes place all season, and folks are urged to pick up a sheet at one of the 20 businesses downtown displaying a clue for the hunt in the business’ windows. Votes will be cast for the prettiest wreath adorn-

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ing the businesses of Downtown New Bern in the Beary Beautiful Wreath contest, sponsored by The Sun Journal and the Craven Arts Council. Friday nights offer a nice option for the shoppers as downtown New Bern will have many shops remaining open until 8pm. New Bern Tours is offering a special Christmas Bear Trolley Tour on Friday evenings at 5:30 and 7; reservations are required. On Saturday, Dec. 1, downtown New Bern has a full day of activities slated, beginning with Breakfast with Santa at the Riverfront Convention Center. The Jaycees Christmas Parade and the annual Christmas Flotilla also take place on Saturday, drawing people from all around the area. See some of the beautiful homes in the downtown area during the New Bern Bed and Breakfast Christmas Open House on Sunday, Dec. 2

HOLIDAY 1: 8 & 9:30am, Noon & 1:30pm – Breakfast with Santa, Riverfront Convention Center. 3pm – Christmas Jaycees Parade. 6pm – Flotilla, Union Point Park. 7:30pm – Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Tryon Palace. 10am – Bear Hands Art Factory, kids make teachers gifts. 6:30pm – Bear Hands Art Factory, adults paint tree ornament. 7pm-Midnight – The Accidental Artist, Paint ‘Til You Faint. 1-2: 2pm – The Nutcracker Ballet, New Bern Civic Theatre. 2: 2-5pm – New Bern Bed and Breakfast Christmas Open House. 3: 11am-1pm – Make your own Holiday Cards, Gallery 323. 4: 3:30 – The Accidental Artist, Cookies with Santa 1/2 hour sessions for ages 5-12. 4-6: 7pm – A Celtic Christmas Concert.

or the Holly and The Ivy Holiday Homes Tour on Saturday, Dec. 8. Thursday, Dec. 15 allows people to bring their favorite pooch downtown for the Paws on Parade pet Christmas parade or dance the night away at the Chamber of Commerce’s Bernie’s Beary Merry Mistletoe March. The community also invites everyone out on Thursday, Dec. 20 to join in singing classic Christmas carols at the Community Sing. These are only a sample of the events taking

EVENTS 7: 5:30 & 7pm – Christmas Bear Trolley Tour. 6-8pm – New Bern ArtWorks Christmas Open House. 7-9: 8pm; 2pm – The Nutcracker Ballet, Down East Dance at New Bern Civic Theatre. 8: 9-11am – Ballroom Breakfast with Bernie at DoubleTree by Hilton. 5-9pm – Christmas Candlelight Tour at Tryon Palace. 10:30am-3:30pm – The Holly and the Ivy Holiday Homes Tour. 10am – Bear Hands Art Factory, kids paint Christmas Painting. 6:30pm – Bear Hands Art Factory, adults paint Van Gogh pears. 10am-2pm – 14th Annual Cookie Walk, Christ Episcopal Church. 15: 4-6:30pm – Bernie’s Beary Merry Mistletoe March. 20: 6pm – Community Sing.

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ARTS ‘Christmas in a Shoebox’ Performance

Vienna Boys Choir in New Bern

Tickets are on sale for the world famous Vienna Boys Choir, performing at 3pm on Sunday, March 3 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center as the fourth installment of the Legends in Concert series from the New Bern Historical Society. General admission tickets are $35 through Feb.15 and $40 after. Active duty military and their dependents are $30, and children and students are $25. VIP/ Sponsor front and center seating is also available at $125 per seat, and preferred seating is $55 through Feb. 15 and $60 after. Tickets are available at the New Bern Historical Society by calling 252-638-8558 or visiting 

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Tryon Palace presents playwright Ella Joyce Stewart’s holiday delight, “Christmas in a Shoebox,” at 3pm on Sunday, Dec. 9 in the NC History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall as part of its traditional holiday celebration. The afternoon begins with warm cider and cookies at 2:30pm. This well-loved play is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday spirit before the presents have been unwrapped and the holiday dinner enjoyed. The story surrounds the Stewarts, a family of sharecroppers who reside in rural North Carolina, 2 miles outside of Kinston. On this midday, they are found gathered in the living room of their small plank farmhouse two days before Christmas in the early 1960s. The elder Stewarts, along with their two grandchildren, are heading to town in the old pick-up truck, leaving behind six other children. Sibling bantering, an unexpected guest, a special cake, an advancing snow storm and a stranger on the muddy path make this a hilarious original family play – reminding folks of past traditions and the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students and free with an admission pass to Tryon Palace. For more information, visit www.tryonpalace. org or contact Sharon Bryant at 252-6393592.

A Celtic Christmas Concert

Jennifer Licko’s popular Celtic Christmas concert series is back at 7pm on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 6. This celebration of the joy of the Christmas season is joined by threetime, all-Ireland fiddle champion Dylan Foley. North Carolina native Licko has been acquiring fans all over the world with her lilting Celt-

ic voice that evokes the heritage of the many Celts who settled here and left their cultural imprint on North Carolina. In addition to the celebration of Celtic music, audiences also learn about ancient Irish traditions, including ‘Nollag na mBan’ (Women’s Christmas), which Licko wrote a song about and will perform at the concert. Last year’s performances were sold out, so be sure to mark the calendar and get tickets early. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $18 for Tryon Palace Council of Friends members and active duty military and $10 for students with ID. Reserve tickets by calling 252-639-3524, visiting the Tryon Palace main ticket desk in the NC History Center or purchase on the evening of the concert based on availability; doors will open at 6pm. More information on the artist is available at For more informa-

tion about the event, contact Penne Sandbeck at 252-639-3593 or via email at pssandbeck@

Renowned Musicians Perform

The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival presents the second concert of its inaugural season at 7:30pm on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the NC History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall at Tryon Palace in New Bern. This Four Seasons in New Bern concert will feature internationally-renowned musicians Thomas Sauer on piano, Ara Gregorian on the violin and cellist Amit Peled performing masterpieces by Schubert and Dvorák. Director of the Mannes Beethoven Institute, Sauer has performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Philharmonie in Berlin and at the Wolf Trap Center. He has appeared at the Marlboro, Seattle, Portland and Salt Bay festivals, and is on the piano faculty at Vassar College and the Mannes College of Music. Peled has appeared in the premier halls of London, New York, Paris, Berlin and Tel Aviv. He has performed as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, European Philharmonic and Jerusalem Symphony, appeared at the Newport, Seattle and Marlboro festivals and is on the cello faculty at the Peabody Conservatory. Founder and artistic director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Gregorian has appeared at festivals throughout the US, Finland, Holland, Canada and Puerto Rico. He has performed extensively as a member of chamber music groups such as the Daedalus Quartet, Concertante and the Arcadian Trio, and is a member of the violin faculty at ECU. “It is exciting for Four Seasons to become a part of the New Bern community,” said Gregorian. “I look forward to collaborating with our internationally-renowned guest artists in (cont. on page 11)

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In a place where boats outnumber its residents nearly three to one, the town of Oriental is a sailor’s refuge tucked away along the Neuse River, which oddly enough, earned its named from a Union Steamship that sank 33 miles north of Hatteras, near Bodie Island. The wife of Oriental’s founder and first postmaster, Lou Midyette, is said to have seen the transom of the vessel displayed years later at a home in Manteo and found it to be the ideal name for their little waterside hamlet. Boats are not just a part of Oriental’s history, they define it. Labeled the sailing capital of North Carolina, it’s common to find residents and visitors kayaking, fishing and sailing year round. Nearly 5-6,000 sailors come in to port each year from the Intracoastal Waterway, many for the collection of regattas held throughout the year. The town boasts a plethora of activities, a wealth of award-winning artisans, an active music scene, a theater group and a thriving community spirit. The year-round ferry, which carries 30 cars, docks at Minnesott Beach, just 10 miles from Oriental, making it accessible to points east and west.

Nestled along Hwy 70 between Morehead City and New Bern, Havelock is best known as the home of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, now the largest air station in the world. From its landmark Harrier plane propped up halfway through town to the thundering sounds of passing jets, there is no mistaking the presence and effect the air station has on Havelock’s visitors and residents. A small community started in the mid-1800s, Havelock grew, in part, because of the union between Atlantic and North Carolina railroads. A depot was built at the crossing and named after British Gen. Henry Havelock. The 1940s and World War II brought with them MCAS Cherry Point and Havelock’s population exploded, from about 100 to approximately 22,500 people. Havelock enjoys visitors year round, with annual events like its NC Chili Festival and the Cherry Point Air Show, held each year in June, and natural attractions such as the Croatan National Forest and Neuse River. To learn more about Havelock, visit 10

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this concert that features masterpieces that are sure to thrill.” Ticket prices are $25 for the public and $10 for students, and can be purchased at, by calling 800-ECUARTS or by visiting the Bank of the Arts in New Bern. For information on how to support Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival programs and outreach, call 252-328-1268.

and Rachmaninoff. Critics shower Valentina with praise, as the Baltimore Sun describes her playing as “little short of electrifying,” and the Chicago Sun Times referred to her talent as simply “jaw-dropping.” Lisitsa’s rare technical skill, paired with her deeply personal and sensitive interpretation of the music and its composers, make her performances a treat for classical music experts and novices alike. Enthusiastic fans around the world agree, making Valentina one of the most-watched classical musicians on the web, scoring an amazing 40 million views on YouTube. Tickets to the concert are $20 and available by calling 252-249-3670, online at, and at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad St., Oriental. To learn more about the advantages of membership, including advance ticket sales and artists’ receptions, call 252-249-3670 or visit (cont. on page 12)

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Valentina Lisitsa Returns

The Pamlico Musical Society is delighted to bring one of the world’s most talented classical pianists, Valentina Lisitsa, to Oriental’s Old Theater at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22. Tickets for the show on Friday, Dec. 21 have already sold out, but tickets are still available for the show on Dec. 22, so the society is urging folks to act quickly in order to reserve a seat. From Carnegie Hall in New York City to her recent solo recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Lisitsa never fails to thrill audiences with her mastery of works ranging from Beethoven and Bernstein to Mozart New Bern Magazine


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Carolina Creations Continues Show

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery, 317 Pollock St. in downtown New Bern, continues its “Make This a Hand Crafted Holiday” show with extended hours for the holidays and a fundraiser for the Craven Arts Council Building Fund. Regional artists showcase hand crafted items and 2d artwork through December at this gallery event. Among the creative crafts folks will find are turned wood vessels, blown glass pumpkins and ornaments, prayer towers, boxes, pottery, pewter ornaments and paintings. Hours for the holidays are 10am-7pm Monday through Thursday; 10am-8pm Friday; 10am-6pm Saturday; and 11am-5pm each Sunday. This year’s New Bern Ornament is of the Bank of the Arts, and a percentage of each ornament sold will be donated to the Bank of the Arts toward their building renovation project. Ornaments are $13 each and can be purchased at Carolina Creations or the Bank of the Arts. These ornaments are presented in a card and are easy to mail. To find out more about the show or the ornament, call the gallery at 252-633-4369 or email:

Exploring Tucked away on the banks of the Neuse River, the city of New Bern offers the comforts of a modern riverside city with a historic tradition that dates back to Colonial times. In 1710, Swiss baron Christopher de Graffenried founded New Bern as the second-oldest town in North Carolina, naming the city after Bern, the Swiss capital. The bear proudly displayed throughout the city comes from the Swiss city’s name, taken from the German word “bären” or “bears.” While providing shopping and dining experiences on par with other major cities, New Bern maintains the spirit and feel of a small town. Visitors can explore 150 historic landmarks, many of which date back to the 18th century. The revitalized historic district offers visitors a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants and historic homes. Tryon Palace is one of New Bern’s most popular historic sites. Completed in 1770, Tryon Palace was built by British Governor William Tryon and served as the capital building in the later 1700s when New Bern was North Carolina’s capital. Try12

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Coastal Christmas Flotilla

Registration is now underway for the 28th annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla on Dec. 1. The event is presented by the New Bern Parks & Recreation Dept. and has been held every year since its founding in 1984. The flotilla features various types of water craft, from small skiffs to large yachts, all dressed to impress in their own unique way with a little holiday flair. Beginning at the Eastern Carolina Yacht Club, the parade of boats glides down the Trent River past the Doubletree Hotel at approximately 6pm. The flotilla then moves on to Union Point Park, Council Bluff Green Park and back. At the conclusion of the flotilla, Santa will be on hand from the North Pole to greet children in Union Point Park. For more information, please contact Nicole Dewar at 252-639-2902.


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Spirit of Christmas Festival

The town of Oriental once again celebrates the Spirit of Christmas on Friday, Dec. 7 as volunteers begin to gather to put out luminaries, putting everyone in the holiday spirit by the afternoon. The pace is a leisurely stroll with stops along the way for conversation and holiday greetings, continuing throughout the evening. At 10am on Saturday, Dec. 8, the festivities begins, including demonstrations and open houses, followed by the annual Christmas parade at 4pm. On Friday night, a fleet of lighted and decorated boats will parade the harbor as spectators are invited to watch from Lou-Mac Park and the South Avenue waterfront. Townsfolk and visitors will be entertained by local choral groups, single and ensemble musicians, Christmas puppets and the ceremonious illumination of the Tree of Lights. Businesses and churches open their doors for

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musical offerings and yuletide refreshments and folks are invited to stroll the luminary-lined streets of the picturesque village on the water. Last year, more than 50 businesses and organizations opened their doors, offering holiday treats to the public. According to Candy Bohmert, the festival’s organizer, this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. This beautiful, free event is the work of volunteers in Oriental and they guarantee to put attendees in the holiday spirit. For more information, contact Crystal Garret at 252-6700391 at the Town of Oriental Tourism Board.

Christmas Tree Sales Site Moved

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8pm Monday through Saturday and from 12-6pm on Sundays. The newly located tree lot is open for business the day after Thanksgiving, according to Jim Comer, the club’s tree sales manager, who explained that the move was necessitated by improvements at the mall that incorporated the area long used by the club into a new storm-water retention and drainage system. This marks the 36th consecutive year the New Bern Civitan Club has sold Christmas trees in support of local area charities. It is one of the many fundraising projects undertaken annually by the club, which distributes more than $40,000 a year to various charitable organizations. The 120-plus member New Bern club, chartered in 1956, meets Fridays at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant, New Bern.

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A local New Bern artist, Lisa Bisbee, is directing and producing an upcoming movie called “The Hunt – Women vs. Wild.� The film is scheduled to premier in November of 2013, and follows two sisters’ escapades while turkey hunting and camping in undeveloped areas of the Croatan National Forest.

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“It’s not only about turkey hunting, as we plan on promoting New Bern, North Carolina and surrounding areas,” emphasized Bisbee. Besides sharing hilarious, thrilling and often scary adventures with the audience, Bisbee explains that she is creating the movie to encourage folks of all ages to participate in, and enjoy turkey hunting and exploration in the Croatan National Forest. “We also want to shed light on the community of New Bern. When the sisters take breaks, they venture into town to explore the arts, history, dining, shopping and more,” said Bisbee. “We encourage businesses and non-profits to participate by becoming part of the movie.” Another point not to be overlooked about this film is that it is an all woman production, with the exception of extras. Lisa Bisbee is the

director and producer, Wendy Card is the screenwriter and Laura Johnson and Michaelé Rose Watson co-star as Sue and Jane Heart. The movie is based on a true story, and as the sisters build their relationship, they encounter bears and other creatures, not to mention the law; they get lost, discover a general’s grave from the early 1800’s, and stumble across many unsavory and frightening moments. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and have a great time by becoming part of this film as an extra. Businesses can also participate through product placement. Anyone can support these women’s efforts by donating to “The Hunt – Women vs. Wild” campaign on For more information, visit, call 252-638-6858 or email

Neuseworthy 1-2: Core Sound Decoy Festival. The 25th annual Core Sound Decoy Festival, held at Harkers Island Elementary School in Carteret County, will feature silent and live auctions, approximately 100 vendors and exhibitors, raffle tickets to win prizes and several competitions for adults and youth. Runs from 9am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Details: 252-838-8818. 1-2, 7-9: “The Nutcracker Ballet.” Performers from Down East Dance bring this classic to the stage in time for the holiday season. Carolers will meet guests as they enter the historic Athens Theatre. Evening shows begin at 8pm on Dec. 1 & 7-8 and matinees begin at 2pm on

Dec. 1-2 & 8-9. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Details: 252-6330567 or

1, 8: Bear City Opry. 7pm. Enjoy the Bear City Opry Country & Gospel Music Show at the Masonic Theatre in downtown New Bern for a night of good country and gospel music played the way it used to be played at the Grand Ole Opry. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Children under 12 are $2. Details: 252-670-7082 or 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: New Bern Farmer’s Market. 8am-2pm. Whether they make it, bake it, grow it or sew it – you’ll find them all at the Farmer’s Market. Local artists and farmers combine their efforts to offer a full range of items from fresh spring (cont. on page 20) New Bern Magazine


Neuseworthy (cont. from page 19) produce to homemade breads, pastries, cakes, cookies, olive oil, wines and sauces. Also find art, including pastels, photo enhancements, flower arrangements, handmade scarves, hats, handbags, jewelry and home dĂŠcor. Details: 252-633-0043 Sat. 1: Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival. 7:30pm. The NC History Center at Tryon Palace hosts this music festival with performers Thomas Sauer, piano; Ara Gregorian, violin; and Amit Peled, cello. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for students. Details: or 252328-6019. Kids Clay Gifts Making. 1011:30am. Clay project for age 4 and over presented by Bear Hands Art Factory and Framing.

Children will make four projects for teachers or family members out of clay. Cost is $20 per person. Details: 252-514-2787 or Kids Paint Gifts. 1-2:30pm. Youngsters age 4 and up can paint up to four small canvas projects to be used as gifts or ornaments at Bear Hands Art Factory & Framing. Cost is $20. Details: 252-514-2787 or Breakfast with Santa. 8am1:30pm. Enjoy this community holiday fundraising event for the CarolinaEast Foundation. Breakfast with Santa will include a breakfast buffet, photographs with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa, cookie decorating, Christmas crafts and bead-making and a kids only gift shop. Admission is $12

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per person. Details: Amy Willis at 252-633-8247 or awillis@ Flotilla. 6pm. The 28th annual New Bern Flotilla finds boats, both large and small, decorated for the holiday. Santa will greet children in Union Point Park. Details: 252-639-2902. Jaycees Christmas Parade. 3pm. Join Downtown New Bern for this holiday Christmas parade in the park. Line up begins at 1pm. A representative from the Craven County Jaycees will be at both sides of Trent Blvd. to direct. Sun. 2: Bed & Breakfasts of New Bern Open House. 25pm. Take a peek inside New Bern’s Bed & Breakfasts, many of which are located in historic homes, all dressed up for the

holidays. View guest rooms and public areas and enjoy free refreshments, carolers and more. Free. Details: “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.” 2:30 & 6pm. The Friends of the Library and the English-Speaking Union present this play. Actor Howard Burnham will be portraying Charles Dickens. Tickets are available at the Circulation Desk of the Library. Hayden H. Jones Auditorium. Details: 252-638-7807. Mon. 3: Kindle Basics Computer Class. 2:15pm. Advanced registration is required for the Craven County Library program. Details: 252-638-7807. 4, 6: A Celtic Christmas Concert. 7pm. Doors open at 6pm

for this performance at the NC History Center, Tryon Palace, featuring Jennifer Licko Carrere, Dylan Foley and Bob Noble. Expect lively holiday favorites and Celtic Christmas music. Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students. Details: 252639-3524. 4, 11, 18: Preschool Storysteps. 9:30 &10:30am. Follow the footsteps under the rainbow for stories, music, puppetry and much more and the Craven County Library for ages 3 to 5. Held in the children’s mini-theater. Details: 252-639-7815 Tue. 4: Lunch ‘n Learn—Where Does All The Garbage Go? Noon. We take our garbage to the curb on Mondays. However our health, drinking water, rec-

reational waters and the general beauty of our landscape all depend upon its proper handling. Bring a brown bag lunch to the Craven County Library and learn more. Beverages and desserts will be served. Details: 252-638-7807. 5, 12: Young Adult Book Club. 4:30. Join other teens for a lively discussion of “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien at the New Bern Library. Details: 252-6387815. 6, 8-9: Christmas Near and Far. The Craven Community Chorus entertains at Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College at 7pm on Dec. 6 & 8 and 2pm on Dec. 9 with a (cont. on page 22)

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Neuseworthy (cont. from page 21) selection of holiday music. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Details: 6, 13, 20: Children’s Story Hour. 4pm. Share with friends during this fun-filled hour of storytelling and creative activities at the library for ages 5 to 9. Details: 252-638-7815. StorySeekers. 4pm. Learn storytelling techniques and develop skills in puppetry and creative dramatics. Advanced registration is required for this Craven County Library program for age 10 and up. Details: 252638-7815. Thur. 6: Artist of the Month Reception. 7pm. Welcome November’s featured artist Karen Rawson to the Craven County Library. The plein air artist features landscapes and still life. Free. Details: 252-638-7807. 7, 14, 21: T.O.T.S.-Time Out For Toddlers. 9:30-10:30am. Join Toady the Frog for books, rhymes, finger plays, songs and puppets at the Craven County Library. Ages 18 months to 3 years are welcome. Details: 252-638-7815. Fri. 7: Pollocksville Christmas on Main Street. The holiday season comes to Main Street with luminaries, Santa, demonstrations, open houses, an

antique car show, free crafts for youngsters, live entertainment, a parade and the tree lighting. Details: Christmas Gala. The New Bern Riverfront Convention Center plays host to this celebration of the season. Guests can expect cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a gourmet dessert and live entertainment. Black tie is optional. Details:

Spirit of Christmas Flotilla. 5:30pm. Oriental shows off its seafaring beginnings with its traditional holiday flotilla off Lou-Mac Park and Pier. 8, 12: Christmas Candlelight. 5-9pm. Experience an 18th century candlelit Christmas celebration at Tryon Palace, New Bern. The evening includes a tour through the palace, performances by the Fife & Drum Corps, Jonkonnu troupe and an assortment of performers. The evening culminates with a grand illumination over the South Lawn. Cost is $20 for

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adults and $10 for students. Details: 252-639-3511 or Sat. 8: Kids Paint Christmas. 10-11:30am. Bear Hands Art Factory & Framing presents Kids Paint Christmas Paintings for Ages 4-6. Children paint a 9x12 painting on canvas with acrylic paints in a Christmas theme. Cost is $20. Details: or call 252- 514- 2787. The Holly and the Ivy Holiday Homes Tour. 10:30am3:30pm. The 14th annual Holly and the Ivy Holiday Homes Tour in the historic city of New Bern visits six homes and a charming bed and breakfast, all delightfully decorated for the holiday season, and enjoy cookies and hot cider. Individual tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of tour. Details: Sandra Rawlings at 252-514-6716 or sjrawlings@ Christ Church Cookie Walk. 10am-Noon. Join Christ Episcopal Church for its 14th Annual Cookie Walk. There will be tables full of homemade cookies, specialty foods and crafts available for purchase. Enjoy lunch or breakfast at the Cookie Walk Café. Holiday musical entertainment is provided by The Middle Street Moods. Proceeds from this event support Outreach Ministries. Details:

Oriental Christmas Parade. 4pm. The holiday parade brings Broad Street to life with Christmas spirit. Sun. 9: “Christmas in a Shoebox.” 3pm. The Stewarts, a sharecropper family, resided in rural North Carolina. Meet them at Tryon Palace at the NC History Center as they share the holiday season a holiday play. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3.

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Wed. 12: Tryon’s Tales for Tots – Twas the Night Before Christmas. 10-11am. Preschoolers and parents will learn about the start of many of our holiday traditions by visiting the George W. Dixon House and making a festive holiday craft that they can take home through this Tryon Palace program. Ages 35 only. Tickets are $6 per child. Details:

Thur. 13: NC Symphony – Holiday Pops. 7:30pm. A Mon. 10: A Novel Idea Book North Carolina tradition, the Club. 1pm. “The Guernsey Litsymphony’s holiday brings all erary and Potato Peel Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer is the fea- the joy and excitement of the tured book for this month’s dis- season straight into the concert cussion at the New Bern Public hall. Enjoy yuletide favorites, orchestral masterworks, the everLibrary. Free and open to the public, this monthly event is popular Christmas carol singheld in the conference room. Mag Dec-FFFF-R2.pdf Details: 252-638-7807. 1 11/8/12 2:45 PM (cont. on page 24)

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Neuseworthy (cont. from page 23) “Rags to Riches.” 5pm & 7pm. Join the fun as this traveling theater entertains young audiences with “The Gingerbread Boy” at the Craven County Library. Tickets are available now in the youth department. Hayden H. Jones Auditorium. Details: 252-638-7815. 14, 22: Christmas Lights Tour. 7-8:30pm. Hop onboard the Crystal Coast Lady and cruise the Trent River for a tour of holiday likes. Hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be served. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children. Details: 252-728-7827. along and more. Cost is $36 for adults and $10 for students. Details: 877-627-6724 or

Fri. 14: Newboys Christmas Concert. 7pm. The contemporary Christian group stops to perform at Temple Baptist church. Details: 252-636-3333.

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JL Kirkman’s Antique Mall, 1198 Hwy 17 N, Bridgeton, a unique mall filled with treasures past & present; antique furniture, home décor, ephemera, antique books, costume jewelry, records, pottery, art & much more! Mon.Fri. 9am-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, 252-634-2745 or (H-11).

Arts, Galleries & Crafts

The Accidental Artist, 219-A Craven St., in historic downtown New Bern is a paint-your-ownpottery studio. Relax & have fun in this creative setting. No experience necessary & all ages are welcome! Bring your own refreshments. Groups, parties or individuals. Open studio time daily. We gladly arrange shipping, 252-634-3411 or (R-19). Bear Hands Art Factory & Framing, 219 Middle St., is your place for creativity. Art supplies, adult classes/workshops, home school and after school programs, summer camps, pottery studio memberships available. Book a painting or pottery party for your family, company or group, 252-514-ARTS (2787), (S-18). Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Gallery, 317 Pollock St., features wonderful handcrafted gifts by over 250 North American artists. Artists include Janet & Michael Francouer, Hank Goodman, Peter James, Mary Page Whitley & many others. Blown glass, NC pottery, handcrafted jewelry, paintings and prints. Bridal registry. Open 7 days a week, 252-633-4369, (R-19). New Bern ArtWorks & Company, located in Studio 323 – home of working artisans – 323 Pollock St. A fine arts gallery representing regional and nationally recognized artists featuring a wide range of 26

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styles and mediums. Open Mon.Fri. 10am-6pm, Sat. 10am-5pm. Details: 252-634-9002 or (R-18). Weaver’s Webb & Gallery, 602 Pollock St., constantly enriches their collection of fine yarns for knitting and crocheting as well as supplies, patterns and books for knit, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch, and weaving. Yearround classes. Make your projects unique with ideas, yarn, patterns and help in putting it all together. We ship. Hours: 10am5pm, Mon.-Sat., 252-514-2681, (R-17).

Entertainment & Attractions

OBX Catamaran, Contact Spencer Bailey, 252-876-8315, Sail aboard Mozzie, a 36 C Force catamaran with Capt. Spencer to see the New Bern waterfront and surrounding areas, accommodating groups up to six. RiverTowne Repertory Players, 514 Hancock St., Masonic Theater. Call 252-634-RTRP(7877) for information on upcoming shows. Tickets on sale at Bank of the Arts or visit: (P-20). Tryon Palace, where guided tours, live reenactments and conversations with costumed interpreters from centuries past

bring history to life in vivid detail at the Governor’s Palace, Gardens and Historic Homes. And, at the new high-tech NC History Center, interactive games and hands-on exhibits delight visitors young and old. 252-639-3500, (R-15).

Food, Wine & Gourmet

Cow Café, 319 Middle St., is New Bern’s only Four Hoof restaurant, featuring a full lunch & supper menu along with delicious treats including ice cream, GourMoo popcorn & more. Check out the Cow Café’s Dairy MooSeum, a treat for all ages, 252-672-9269 (R-18). Neuse River Winery, 169 Morris Creek Lane, Oriental. Small batch artisanal winery specializes in American/French hybrid grapes that grow well in the Eastern North Carolina climate. The tasting room open Thur.-Sat. 11am-6pm or by appointment, 252-249-1503. Port City Java, 323 Middle St., New Bern’s premier coffeehouse & cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, an array of desserts, fresh juice smoothies, shakes, assorted teas & wonderful iced & hot coffee & espresso beverages; open 7am, 252-633-7900 (R-18).

Neuseworthy (cont. from page 24) through downtown from the Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines to the O’Marks Building, where Bearnie the Bear, Santa and Mrs. Claus and others will be waiting. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Details: Make Christmas Ornament Paintings. 10-11:30am. The folks at Bear Hands Art Factory are at it again, this time enticing everyone with the chance to paint a collection of mini ornaments on small canvases. All materials will be provided. Cost is $7 per painting. Details: 252-514-2787 or “Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Joyous Kwanzaa!” 2:15pm. Come learn about and celebrate all three holidays with craft-making and movie viewing.

Free and open to the public. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be served. Hayden H. Jones Auditorium. Details: 252-638-7807. Mon. 17: YA Holiday Craftapalooza! 3:30pm. Bring your creativity and join the staff of the Craven County Library for holiday crafts and fun! Refreshments will be served. Details: 252-638-7815. Wed. 19: Children’s Movie Day. 4pm. This month’s featured selection at the Craven County Library is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Rated G, this movie is for children in grades K through 5. Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Details: 252-638-7815. Dec. 21-22: Valentina Lisitsa Performs. 7:30pm. The classi-

cal pianist performs at the Old Theater, Oriental, thanks to the Pamlico Musical Society. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 252-249-3670 or visiting Sat. 22: Paint a Gift Drop in Day. 10am-2:30pm. Need a last minute gift? Drop by Bear Hands Art Factory and create one for yourself. Artists will be on hand to offer suggestions and guidance. Cost is $10 per painting. Details: 252-514-2787 or T.R.A.I.N. (Teenage Readers Active in New Bern) meeting. 10am. Registration is required for the library program. Refreshments will be served. Details: 252-638-7815.

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Real Estate

Century 21 Sail/Loft, 1000 Broad St., Oriental, is the waterfront realty specialist with more than 30 years experience in Oriental and Pamlico County. The team is standing by to help you choose a home in one of the most relaxing places in Eastern North Carolina. For information, call 252-249-1787 or 800-3274189. Stillwater Harbour/Tab Premium Built Homes is an exclusive and secluded area that offers affordable waterfront living just minutes from downtown New Bern. Homes start in the $300s, with a total of 36 home sites and 100 deepwater boat slips in a protected harbor. For more information, call 252-638-8310 (G-7). Trent River Realty, Inc., 48 Shoreline Drive & 333 Middle St., can handle all your real estate needs. Whether you’re buying or selling, Trent River Realty is dedicated to making your real estate experience a great one. Call 252672-8412, 252-633-1442 or visit (Q-18). Wayfarers Cove, 1107 Bennett, Arapahoe, on the Neuse River, this hurricane-protected, fullservice, 150-slip marina offers a permanent home to boats of all designs and sizes. With the 60ton travel lift we assist with everything from routine repairs to complete overhauls. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, 119 Middle St., for all your home mortgage and consulting needs. Call 252-636-8208 or 252-229-4754 or visit for our free home ownership guides (R-18).

Specialty Shops, Gifts, Clothing

Bear Essentials, 309 Middle St., is a natural and organic bath, body, baby and gift shop. Now featuring the full line of Dr. Hauschka’s skin care products. Call 252-6376663 or email (Q-18).

Bern Bear Gifts, 301 Pollock St., New Bern’s original souvenir & gift source for European imports & city/state souvenirs. Emphasis on Bern, Switzerland, our “Mother City.” All flags, T-shirts, chocolates, nice selection of English teapots, musical notions, German nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks & steins. Visitor information too, phone/fax 252-637-2300 (R-19). Charisma Boutique, 223 Middle St., New Bern and 127 Main St., Washington, features handpainted décor and a wide selection of classy, sassy and affordable clothing and accessories. Call 252-634-3482 or visit (S-18). Four C’s, 252 Middle St., offers unique gifts, T-shirts & toys, plus active clothing from Columbia, Woolrich & Atlantis. Also sandals, shoes & boots by Teva, Naot, Dansko & Colombia. Mon.Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 11am-3pm. Great gifts for all ages, free gift wrapping, 252-636-3285 (R-18). Jan’s Hallmark, in the New Bern Mall, 3100 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., is the perfect stop for all your gift shopping. Hallmark cards, candles and a variety of collectibles, including Precious Moments, Willow Tree, Jim Shore, Lolita Glasses and a variety of seasonal and everyday items. Call 252-638-1585 or visit Mitchell Hardware, 215 Craven St., a New Bern tradition for 100 years offers a complete line of hardware, gifts, cast iron & enamelware, crockery, pottery, cookbooks & more! It’s great browsing in a yesteryear setting with everything you need … today. Mon.-Fri. 6:30am-5:30pm, Sat. 6:30am5pm, 252-638-4261, (R-19). NautiPaws Pet Boutique & Dog Bakery, 208 Middle St., in historic downtown New Bern, is pawsitively a shop just purrfect for pets. Specializing in gourmet dog treats & unique gift items, holistic & all natural pet food for pets & their owners. All four-legged friends are welcome inside for a

treat. 252-637-0247 (R-18). Raggamuffins Children’s Thrift Boutique, 2500 Trent Road #32, covers everything you need to help bring baby home. Baby clothes, toys, furniture as well as maternity clothes and lots more. Call 252-636-5939. Street Sounds, 3200-B Martin Luther King Blvd., features Rockford Fosgate, Kenwood, Pioneer, JVC, Memphis Car Audio and more for all your car audio needs. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm and Sat. 10am-5pm. 252-672-8895 (F-6). Tryon Palace Museum Store, 529 S. Front St., located in the NC History Center, offers a wide assortment of specialty products, including books, food, plants, pottery and fine crafts, jewelry, tabletop objects, toys and more. 252-639-3532 (R-15). Twice as Nice, 224 Craven St., is an upscale consignment boutique featuring high quality women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories, home décor, and furniture items at reasonable prices. Open Mon.-Fri. 10-6pm, Sat. 10-5pm and Sun. 12-4pm (March thru Dec.), 252633-4432 (R-19).

Transportation & Business Services

Bridget Ipock – Farm Bureau Insurance, 2305 Hwy 70 E, New Bern. Located in the James City area, Bridget is prepared to discuss all your insurance needs, from life to property to auto. Call her today at 252-637-3437 or email Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, 200 Terminal Drive in New Bern is close, convenient & connected. Now offering more airlines for more convenience: US Airways Express & announcing new Delta Connection Service provided by Atlantic Southeast Airlines. Visit: for more info.

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