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Two-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Kathy Mattea explores the plight of Appalachia’s coalminers in her newest album “Coal.”


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by Amanda Dagnino Kathy Mattea is having a little down time. She’s at home in Nashville until mid-February when she hits the road for a hectic few months of performances. She’s wearing sweat pants, she admits, she’s had a few cups of coffee already and the dog is sitting in her lap. “This is about as comfortable as it gets,” she said, accentuating the point with a light laugh. But there are those who would beg to differ. For some, this country music icon seems just as comfortable on stage in front of thousands as she would at home curled up in her favorite chair. And it’s there, after all, under the bright stage lights, that this small town West Virginia girl gained global attention. When the two-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year next leaves the comforts of home to hit the road, it is Eastern North Carolina that stands to gain. Mattea will be in New Bern at 8pm on Saturday, March 4, at the Riverfront Convention Center, in support of the New Bern Historical Society. Tickets are $35 through Feb. 15, and anytime for active duty military. After, prices rise to $40, with a preferred seating and backstage pass option available for $125. Raising funds and awareness of a region’s rich history is par for Mattea’s course. With her latest offering, “Coal,” she returns to her own childhood home through a collection of songs that explore the plight of Appalachia’s coalminers. It was an album she had been thinking about since she first heard “Dark as a Dungeon” at 19. The song had such a profound effect that she began cataloguing mining and mountain songs she one day hoped to work on. Those songs were thrust into the forefront of her mind in 2006 when the Sago Mine disaster killed 12 West Virginia miners. “I thought now is the time to do these songs. Sago was the thing that brought it all back to the surface,” she said. “When I was about 9, 78 miners were killed in the Farmington Disaster, near Fairmont, in 1968. When Sago happened, I got catapulted back to that moment in my life and I thought, ‘I need to do something with this emotion and maybe this album is the place to channel it.’ And so I knew the time was right.” Channeling emotion is nothing new to Mattea, who grabbed the country’s attention in the late 1980s with a string of emotionally wrought country and western hits, including “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Burnin’ Old Memories,” “Train of Memories,” “Come from the Heart” and “Where’ve You Been.” Following the crossover success of country acts like Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Eddie Rabbit and Ronnie Milsap, the country and western world was primed for Mattea’s strong vocals and the adventurous spirit she developed as a child. (cont. on page 11)

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Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens is seeking a few new fife recruits. Classes will be held from 5:30-6:30pm on Tuesday, Feb. 15 through March 22. Anyone age 10 and older with a love of music and history, who would like to be a part of a fun, exciting, dedicated group of volunteers, is welcome to attend. Musical experience, especially in flute, is preferred, but not required. Classes are held at Daves House. The cost is $25. To learn more, call Katie Loveless at 25251404939 or email kbrightman@tryonpalace. org.

The annual New Bern Antique Show returns to the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center Friday through Sunday, Feb. 11-13. More than 45 professional antique dealers will offer 18th-

Buried in Cedar Grove The Earl of Craven Questers, Joyce Basye and Jane Dagnon, will present “200 Years of New Bern History” at 7pm on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the New Bern-Craven County Library. The program is part of the New Bern Historical Society’s Evening Library Series. The group will provide an overview of Cedar Grove Cemetery, with special emphasis on gravestone symbols, icons, architecture and monuments. Learn about the victims of the yellow fever epidemic, Confederate soldiers in the cemetery, explorers, prominent politicians and more.


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through 20th-century furniture, crystal, jewelry, rugs, paintings, prints, linens, silver, glass, toys, books and everything from antique buttons to memorabilia. On Saturday and Sunday professionals will give free appraisals of up to two items per person. There will also be raffles for cash prizes and numerous non-cash prizes such as helicopter flights and boat trips. The show runs from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 11am to 4:30pm on Sunday. Tickets, good for all three days, are $7.50 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Mitchell’s Hardware, Harris Teeter and the convention center. The show is presented annually by the New Bern Preservation Foundation and proceeds go to preserve historic properties. For additional information, call the foundation at 252-633-6448 or visit

The ABC’s of Shopping The New Bern Historical Society’s 21st annual ABC (Attic-Basement-Closet) Yard Sale is planned from 8am-1pm on Saturday, March 5, at the Knights of Columbus Building, 1125 Pinetree Drive. Everything from dishes to dolls to door knobs will be sold at this one-day-only sale. Society Director Lynne Harakal is expecting this to be one of the largest ABC Sales ever, as donations have overflowed storage spaces. Value-spotting shoppers are eagerly awaiting this huge annual event. Items available include collectables, pictures, furniture, kitchenware, hardware, toys, jewelry, books, linens, silver, seasonal decorations, sporting equipment, electronics, brass, dishes, antiques and much more. Doors positively do not open until 8am. A $1 donation is collected at the door for admission. Proceeds from the ABC Sale benefit the educational programs of the New Bern Historical Society.

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RIVER ARTS CITY Wanna ‘Dance on Widow’s Row?’ Magnolia Ellis is one of four women who have earned reputations of killing their husbands for insurance money. Suspicions of foul play and superstitions have caused the town to rename the street where the ladies live – “Widow’s Row.” Lonely for companionship, the ladies invite four eligible and very nervous bachelors to a party to prove once and for all that they are innocent. Or are they? “Dance on Widow’s Row” by Burgaw’s own Samm-Art Williams will be presented by the New Bern Civic Theatre Feb. 18-20 and 24-26 in honor of Black History Month. All performances begin at 8pm, except for the 2pm matinee scheduled for Feb. 20. Tickets are $12 in advance; $14 at the door; and $10 for active duty military with base ID. Writer Samm-Art Williams is a Tony Aw a r d - n o m i n a t e d , American playwright and actor. Williams has wrote the PBS production “Kneeslappers” (1980) and the “Experiment in Freedom” episode of American Playhouse (1985) in addition to work on well known television series such as “Cagney and Lacey,” “The New Mike Hammer,” “Miami Vice,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Hang’n with Mr. Cooper.” Williams is an artist in residence at NC Central University, where he teaches classes on the rules of equity theatre and the art of playwriting. This presentation is supported in part through grants from the Craven Arts Council, NC Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, call 252-633-0567 or 634-9057 or visit 10

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The Red Hat of Courage The RiverTowne Repertory Players celebrate fun and friendship after 50 as they present “Hats! The Musical” written by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and Anthony Dodge. Inspired by The Red Hat Society, “Hats” is an original musical about a 49.999-year-old woman who reluctantly faces the inevitable 50th birthday. With the help of six friends of the Red Hat Society, she soon discovers through tender moments and endearing songs that life after 50 is a reason to celebrate! This show benefits from the talents of Ruth Waters as director; Anne Marie Skogsbakken as music director; Barbra Copeland as choreographer; and Dianne Hawkins as producer. It

features a score of original songs by a team of some of the most celebrated composers and lyricists and is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The first-rate cast is comprised of Beth Foley, Lu Hoff, Ann Sorocki, Jane Hinkley, Janet Montero, Lysesha Smith and Barbra Copeland. Performances are at the historic Masonic Theatre, 516 Hancock St., Feb. 17-20 and 2427. Evening performances begin at 8pm with Sunday matinees slated for 3pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and can be purchased at Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St. For more information, call 252-638-2577.

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She picked up her first guitar when she was 10. “It was then, when I was 10, that I went away to Girl Scout camp and it opened up a whole new world for me,” said Mattea. “People sat around the camp and sang together. People strummed guitars. It didn’t take long

guss, Alison Krauss, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart and countless others. And she has lent her voice to a variety of philanthropic endeavors, including Voices that Care, which raised money for the troops in the Gulf War, and Save the Music, which helps fund music

before I realized that you can create community and connection with that guitar, that people didn’t even have to know each other or like each other, but they could sing together. And that changed my life.” So much so that in her sophomore year of college at West Virginia University, she made one of the most important decisions of her life – she dropped out of school to move to Nashville with a friend to pursue a career in music “I was 18 my sophomore year of college and I thought I was so old, I thought I was so grown up,” she remembers. “I knew that for me, it was the right thing to do. If I didn’t go see what would happen, it would haunt me. And I knew that the opportunity to go to Nashville to pursue a music career with someone for support was something that would never come along again. I wasn’t doing it in defiance or against something, but instead I was moving toward something. I kept telling myself ‘I can always do school. I can do school in my sleep.’” It didn’t occur to Mattea that she was making a tough decision for anyone – especially for a woman in the late 1970s. “You know that part didn’t occur to me. My mom was really empowered for a woman of her generation,” Mattea said. “And I was taught from the time that I was really young that I had this big brain that I could use it for whatever I wanted. I was never really taught any limitations.” And while it’s had few bumps and scrapes along the way, Mattea’s career seems to know no limitations as well. Through the years she has collaborated with Suzy Bog-

education programs. She has been heavily involved with AIDS related charities and most recently traveled in support of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” And as New Bern is finding, she also reaches out and does fundraising concerts for nonprofit groups like the New Bern Historical Society. “I am excited to be coming,” Mattea said. “We’ll do stuff from the Coal album, a lot of our older stuff, we’ll take requests. I like to think about a show as a musical journey … so that every song is like opening a door to a new room and you’re leading people step by step through an emotional range.” She’s hoping everyone will come along for the ride. For tickets, call 252-638-8558 or visit

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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 name 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 know 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

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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,



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SOUND Arts Council Jazzes it Up The Craven Arts Council and Gallery’s 22nd annual Sunday Jazz Showcase is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Two performances (1:30 and 7pm) will take place at the Hilton on Sunday, Feb. 20. Participating artists include:

Ed Polcer (leader) on the coronet If you dropped in at Eddie Condon’s club in New York City between 1975 and 1985, chances are good you ran across Ed Polcer. Besides being the resident musician and bandleader at that historic jazz spot, he was also the manager and co-owner. An expert showman, Polcer has led numerous concerts with varied themes, including his extensive US tours for Columbia artists. During the past several years, Polcer has become one of the most sought after performers on the jazz festival circuit. He has recorded extensively and has appeared in hundreds of concerts, festivals and jazz parties throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

Nicki Parrott on bass Nicki Parrott’s musical training began in Newcastle, Australia, at the early age of 4. She played the piano, then took up the flute and continued to play both instruments throughout her school years. At 15, she switched her focus to the double bass, formed a band with her sister Lisa and began composing instrumental pieces, which they would eventually record. The recipient of many awards, Parrott has performed and/or recorded with such notable musicians as Wycliffe Gordon, Dick Hyman, Skitch Henderson and Michel Legrand. A familiar face at most of the world’s best jazz festivals, Parrott can always “wow” a crowd with her musical abilities and her gift for entertaining.

Bucky Pizzarelli on the guitar John “Bucky” Pizzarelli was born and raised in Paterson, NJ. Taught the guitar by his uncles, Peter and Bob Domenick, Pizzarelli began his professional career at the age of 17 years old playing in the Vaughn Monroe band. Pizzarelli’s career includes White House concerts with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Claude “Fiddler” Williams. He was a staff musician with NBC and ABC and appeared at 16

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Carnegie Hall with Les Paul and George Barnes. In 2005, he was elected to the Jazz Wall of Fame by the American Society of Composers and Publishers.

Rossano Sportiello on piano Jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello was born in Vigevano, Italy in 1974 and started performing professionally at the age of 16. In 1992 he

joined “Milano Jazz Gang,” one of Europe’s historic jazz bands, touring with the group throughout Italy and Western Europe until the end of 2000. Sportiello first came to the US in 2003 at the invitation of Mat Domber (Arbors Records) to perform at the “March of Jazz” party in Clearwater Beach, Fla. Following his marriage to American writer Lala Moore in 2007, Sportiello established himself in New York City. He has performed with the world’s finest jazz luminaries, such as Slide Hampton, Dan Barrett, Bucky Pizzarelli and Dick Hyman and appears regularly at jazz festivals and parties both in the US and abroad.

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SOUND (cont. from page 17) cently taken over the duties as director of that band. Before moving to North Carolina, Dr. Wacker was the house drummer/percussionist for the MGM and Harrah’s Hotel and Casino orchestras. In that position, he had the opportunity to perform with a wide variety of artists, including Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Debbie Reynolds, Rosemary Clooney and many more. Tickets for this year’s Jazz Showcase can be purchased at Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St. Tickets for the afternoon performance are $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Tickets for the evening performance are $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers and $15 for students. For additional information about this and other events, contact the Craven Arts Council & Gallery at 252-638-2577 or email cravenarts@

The Celebration of Music The Carolina Chamber Music Festival has announced details of its first winter festival, Feb. 22-26, in historic downtown New Bern. Founded and directed by harpist Anna Reinersman and cellist Jennifer Lucht – the latter a Greenville native – the Carolina Chamber Music Festivals feature varied and entertaining programs in locations throughout downtown New Bern. The February 2011 Carolina Chamber Music Festival presents up-close-and-personal concert experiences featuring a lineup of world-class musicians affiliated with leading organizations including the Boston Symphony Orchestra,


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Boston Pops, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, ECU and Bard College of Music. With something for everyone – from the delightful sounds of cello and harp to the drama and excitement of masterworks by Brahms and Mendelssohn – festival concerts are paired with interactive events including post-concert “Meet the Artists” receptions, pre-concert discussions and informal question-and-answer sessions with the artists. The festival opens with a Classical Lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 22, a one-hour noontime event of cello and harp music performed by CCMF codirectors, Jennifer Lucht (cello) and Anna Reinersman (harp). Audiences are invited to bring their lunch. Both tables and individual seats will be available. The festival continues with Brahms After Work on Thursday, Feb. 24 featuring music for piano four hands (a duet played on a single piano) and Brahms’ famed “Piano Quintet” in F minor, Op. 34. Host Finley Woolston of Public Radio East will be on hand to provide entertaining insight into the music and life of this famed Romantic-era composer who crafted his works with equal attention to melodic beauty and form. The Carolina Chamber Music Festival concludes its February events with a Festival Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 26. Mendelssohn’s energetic tour de force String Octet and the world premiere of Nocturne for harp and string quartet by award-winning composer in residence Glen Cortese are programmed alongside Haydn’s Classical-era gem “String Trio in G Major Op. 53, No. 1” and Hugo Wolf’s lively “Italian Serenade.” The event includes a pre-concert discussion with Glen Cortese and harpist Anna Reinersman. Tickets for Classical Lunch are $15 general admission. Tickets for the Brahms After Work event on Thursday are $20. Individual tickets for the Carolina Chamber Music Festival’s Festival Finale Concert are $22 in advance, $25 at the door and seniors are $17 in advance, $20 at the door. The Carolina Chamber Music Festival Family Audiences Program offers free admission for children (17 and

under) and one accompanying adult for the Festival Finale Concert on Saturday Feb. 26. Look for coupons in the community or contact the festival for tickets by calling 252-626-5419 or visiting

Music Around the World Simon Spalding returns to Trent River Coffee Co. on Friday, Feb. 4, for “Around the World in 80 Tunes.” The concert features musical instruments and tunes from near and far, creating an evening of fun and exotic sounds. The featured instruments include a crwth from Wales; a kemane from Uzbekistan; an oud, cumbus and cura saz from Turkey; a nyckelharpa from Sweden; an erh-hu and other instruments from China; a domra from Russia; a hardangfele from Norway; a komuz and kyl kyiak from Kyrgyzstan; and many more. Spalding will share both traditional tunes for the instruments, as well as some surprises. The performance begins at 7pm. Tickets are $5, available at the door. Call 252-514-2030 for more information.

The Story Through Music Equally at home in the contemporary and traditional camps of the folk music world, Mike Agranoff is a fine musician and storyteller. His primary instrument is the guitar, however, he keeps many more on the tour bus, including the concertina, piano, banjo and his most powerful instrument of all, his voice. The Down East Folk Arts Society will bring Agranoff to New Bern on Friday, Feb. 11, for a concert at the Trent River Coffee Co. Tickets are $15; $12 for members; and $8 for students. The music begins at 8pm. Agranoff’s show might include fingerstyle arrangements of anything from Tin Pan Alley tunes of the ‘20s, to fiddle tunes, to his own music. He can be uproariously funny, contemplative and powerfully emotional in the space of a few minutes. His repertoire, proponents say, is vast and varied, and will first capture your attention, then your heart. See for more information, or call 252-633-6444. New Bern Magazine


Neuseworthy 4-6: Carolina Chocolate Festival. Chocolate is the theme, from decadent vendors to pudding eating contests as this festival converges on the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Benefits go to area nonprofit groups. Details: 5, 12: Layers of History. 1pm. This free program at Tryon Palace’s Cullman Performance Hall examines exactly what an 18th century lady (and her servants) would endure to keep her dressed in high fashion. Details: 252-514-4900 or 5, 19, 26: New Bern Farmer’s Market. 8am-1pm. Located at 421 S. Front St., the New Bern Farmer’s Market features local organic produce, spring flowers and herbs, free range meat and poultry, seafood, goat cheese products, homemade

bread and desserts, olive oil, sauces, handmade candies, barbecue sauces, flags and a variety of arts and crafts by local artisans. Fri. 4: Around the World in 80 Tunes. 7pm. Exotic music from around the world will be featured at this live performance by Simon Spalding at the Trent River Coffee Co. Tickets are $5 at the door. Details: 252-514-2030. Sat. 5: Dance in Music – NC Symphony. 7:30pm. Sarah Hicks handpicks a program of music that inspired or was inspired by the pinnacle of the classical dance form. Renowned soloist Valentina Lisitsa performs Saint-Saen’s “Piano Concerto No. 2,” while the orchestra presents legendary works including Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.”

Tickets are $25-40. Details: or 877-6276724. Free Day – My Life. 9am5pm. Join Tryon Palace for free admission into the gardens and the first floors of the historic buildings on the site to learn about North Carolina’s past through recreation, hands-on crafts, games and more. Details: 252-514-4900 or Sun. 6: Sunday Afternoon at the Movies. 2:15pm. Join the New Bern-Craven County Library staff for a full-length feature film on the first Sunday of each month. This month’s film is Academy Award winner “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Free. Details: 252638-7807. Mon. 7: Novel Idea Book Club. 1pm. Join the New BernCraven County Public Library for an hour of stimulating literary discussion. This month, the topic will be “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards. Free. No registration necessary. Details: 252638-7807. Tue. 8: Irish Music Session. 7-9pm. This informal music session at the Trent River Coffee Co. will feature the accordion, fiddle, guitar and flute and (cont. on page 22)


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a variety of Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes and songs. No charge at the door, however, donations for the musicians are always welcome. Details: 252-514-2030. Wed. 9: Tryon’s Tales for Tots – Lucy Locket and her Pocket. 10-11am. You’re never to young for history. Preschoolers and parents will learn about life in the past through stories, objects and crafts. Come listen, look and learn about the past. Ages 3-5, $6 per child. Details: 252-5144900 or Civil War Roundtable. 7pm. The New Bern Civil War Roundtable will meet at the Fireman’s Museum for Chris Grimes’ program about “Mat22

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thew Fountain Maury,” one of the earliest developers of the Confederate Navy. Details: Pete Meyer, 252-670-3678 or 10-17: Demode Fashion Week. Celebrate the outdated fashion of days gone by and see what women did to stay in the latest fashions during the 18th century in this Tryon Palace week-long event. Details: 252-514-4900 or Thur. 10: Lunch & Learn. 11:30am. Join the New Bern Historical Society at The Chelsea Restaurant for the lunchtime lecture “How 1 Year Seemed Like 300.” Nelson McDaniel, chairman of

the town’s 2010 300th celebration, will share his experiences. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Lunch options include chicken breast with rosemary cream or sautéed shrimp with pasta. Reservations are

required by calling 252-6388558. 11-13: New Bern Antique Show. More than 45 antique dealers show everything from furniture and rugs to crystal and linens at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. On Saturday and Sunday professional appraisers will evaluate up to two items per ticket holder. Tickets, good for all three days, are $7.50 and can be purchased in advance at the convention center, Mitchell’s Hardware and Harris Teeter. Hours are 10am5pm Friday and Saturday and 11am-4:30 pm Sunday. Proceeds go to the New Bern Preservation Foundation to preserve historic properties. Sat. 12: 6th Book Lover’s Fair. 8am-Noon. The Friends of the Library and more than 20 vendors will sell used books

at the Farmer’s Market during this popular annual event. Enjoy homemade soup, chili, snacks and beverages while browsing for your favorite spy novel. Sun. 13: Asian Games. 2:30pm. Join the Asian Games Club of New Bern at the Trent River Coffee Co. for an afternoon of fun. The featured game, Xiangqi (Chinese chess), will be taught and English instructions will be available. Details: 252-5142030 or 252-636-1256. Mon. 14: Lunch and Learn with the Library. Join the New Bern-Craven County Library for its monthly educational series. This month’s program is called “Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less!” Bring your lunch, beverages are provided. Details: 252638-7807.

17-20 & 24-27: “Hats! The Musical” comes to the historic Masonic Theatre thanks to the RiverTowne Repertory Players, embracing the art of aging. Evening performances begin at 8pm with Sunday matinees slated for 3pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and can be purchased at Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St. For more information, call 252-6382577. Thur. 17: African American Lecture Series – Hard Time Days, Voices from the Praying Ground. 7pm. This free program at Tryon Palace’s Cullman Performance Hall tells the story of the enslaved during the Civil War. This powerful drama is written using authentic words from slave narratives in the Library of Congress. Details: 252514-4900 or Franc D’Ambrosio Concert. 4pm. Well known as the longest running “phantom” in the Tony-award winning musical “Phantom of the Opera,” D’Ambrosio will stop in Oriental for a performance at the Old Theater. Tickets are $15. Details: 252-249-3670. 18-20 & 24-26: “Dance on Widow’s Row.” Join the New Bern Civic Theatre for North Carolina (cont. on page 24) New Bern Magazine


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native Samm-Art Williams’ look at the darker side of marriage. All performances begin at 8pm, except for the 2pm matinee scheduled for Feb. 20. Tickets are $12 in advance; $14 at the door; and $10 for active duty military with base ID. Details: 252633-0567 or 634-9057 or visit Sat. 19: Contra Dance. 7pm. Sponsored by the Down East FolkArts Society, the dance will feature the music of Charley Horse. Joy Greenwolfe will serve as caller. Beginner’s session starts at 7pm and the dance follows at 7:30 at the student center in the ministry center at Christ Episcopal Church. Admission is $8 for nonmembers, $5 for members and students and $25 for the whole family. Details: 252- 633-6444. 24

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Sun. 20: 22nd annual Sunday Jazz Showcase. 1:30 & 7pm. The Craven Arts Council and Gallery sponsors this fundraising concert. This year’s event will be held at the Hilton in downtown New Bern, and teams five performers. Tickets range from $15 to $35. Details: 252-638-2577 or African American Read In. 3-5pm. The third installment of this popular event sponsored by the Theta Beta Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority focuses on African American literature, history, poetry, drama and music. The program is held at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library. Free. Details: Tue. 22: 200 Years of New Bern History. 7pm. Join the Earl of Craven Questers as they explore the history of Cedar Grove Cemetery at the New Bern-Craven County Library. 22-26: Carolina Chamber Music Festival. The first Winter Festival will be held in various locations throughout New Bern and include a Classical Lunch, Brahms after Work and the

much-anticipated Festival Finale concert. Details: 252626-5419 or Sun. 27: History of the Circle 10 Gallery. 2pm. The Circle 10 Gallery opened in Oriental in 1984 with 10 artists and closed its doors in 2010 after 26 years. Its history, traditions and impact on the town will be on display along with the work of its members at Oriental’s History Museum. Everyone is welcome to the opening reception. The display will be up through April. Mon. 28: Spring Book Discussion Series. 7pm. The New Bern-Craven County Public Library kicks off its annual spring discussion series with “Places in the Heart.” Books chosen for this series explore ways in which the human experience is shaped by place. Free. Details: 252-638-7807.

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MARKET Antiques & Collectibles 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, 220 Craven St. in historic downtown New Bern is a paintyour-own-pottery 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, 252634-3411 or (R-19). Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Gallery, 317 Pollock St., features wonderful handcrafted gifts by over 250 North American artists. Artists include Janet 26

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& 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, 323B Middle St. (rear), enter through Port City Java or the Bank of the Arts. A fine arts gallery representing local artists, featuring a wide range of styles and media. Open Tues.-Fri. 10am5pm, Sat. 10am-4pm. 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. Year-round classes. Make your projects unique with ideas, yarn, patterns and help in putting it all together. We ship. Hours: 10am-5pm, MSat, 252-514-2681, (R-17).

Entertainment & Attractions New Bern Civic Theatre, 412 Pollock St. Box office: 252633-0567. Info: 252-6349057, newberncivictheatre. org (R-18). 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 Historic Sites & Gardens, tour historic buildings including Tryon Palace, the grand restoration of North Carolina’s colonial capitol & governor’s mansion, plus 14 acres of impressive gardens exploring three centuries of gardening history. One of North Carolina’s prime attractions, programs & special events are featured throughout the year. 252-514-4900, (R-15).

Food, Wine & Gourmet Annabelle’s, fine dining featuring an array of cultures of the world, ABC permits, open 7 days for lunch & dinner, dine in or take out, 252-6336401, inside Twin Rivers Mall (G-3).

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, 252-6729269 (R-18). Fraser’s Wine, Cheese & More, 210 Middle St., features a variety of wine, whether you are shopping for yourself or someone else, check out our unique selection of wines, imported cheeses, specialty foods, imported & domestic beer, wine accessories & elegant gifts, as well as Fraser’s Fantasy Bags, 252-634-2580 (R-18). Friday’s 1890 Seafood, enjoy turn of the century dining, daily lunch & dinner specials, casual atmosphere, relaxing prices, open 7 days, dine in or take out, 252-637-2276, 2307 Neuse Blvd. (E-5). Half Time Pub & Grub, 3325 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., enjoy handcrafted, made-to-

order cuisine in a great sports atmosphere with 23 hi-def monitors while our all-pro team caters to you. It’s like having box seats at every game, 252-672-8777 (G-3). Harvey Mansion, 221 S. Front St., enjoy casual dining in six historic dining rooms. Come early from 5-6:30pm for a scaled down version of the menu with smaller portions and smaller prices. Open Tues.-Sun. 5pm, last seating at 8pm, 252635-3232, harveymansionhistoricinn. com (S-18). 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). Say it With Cake, 1906 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, specializing in celebration and wedding cakes, fondant, royal icing, gum paste décor and the best butter cream recipe in New Bern. Delivery available within 30 miles, 10 percent discount for senior citizens and military ID, 252635-1370. Toucan Grill, 103 Wall St., Oriental, festive dining along Oriental’s Inner Harbor overlooking the town docks. Live music on the patio Tiki Bar. Nightly entertainment on weekends. Watch the boats

and sunset views while enjoying a true waterfront dining experience. 252-249-2204,

Real Estate Stillwater Harbour/Tab Premium Built Homes, 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 252638-8310. Village Realty, 802 Broad St., Oriental, located on the Intracoastal Waterway. Whether buying, selling or looking for a perfect vacation property, Village Realty is ready to share the beauty of this historic waterside village. Call 252-2490509 or e-mail Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, 1916 S. Glenburnie Road, for all your home mortgage and consulting needs. Call 252637-9494 or 252-229-4754 or visit for our free home ownership guides. (cont. on page 28)

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Specialty Shops, Gifts, Clothing 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 252637-2300 (R-19). The Boathouse, 220 Middle St., offering unique gifts, collectables, quality bags, New Bern T-shirts & more, plus the best hat selection in town featuring Tilley, Scala, Greek Fisherman hats, Sunday Afternoon, & more. Open 7 days a week, stop by this funto-browse & buy shop, 252633-5501 (Q-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. M-Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 11am-3pm. Great gifts for all ages, free gift wrapping, 252-636-3285 (R-18). Etched in Time Designs, 309 Middle St., a fun-to-browse boutique with lots of unique items for you to personalize. 28

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Our monogrammed shells, engravable sterling silver, one of a kind ceramic tiles and more are fun and affordable. Work is on site, so turnaround is usually same or next day. Free shipping, 252-633-3834 or, (R-18). Marsha’s Cottage, 204 Wall St., Oriental, features casually elegant clothing, accessories and unique gifts. New merchandise is arriving daily.

Call 252-249-0334 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, 223 Middle St., in historic downtown New Bern, is pawsitively a shop just purrfect for pets. Special-

izing 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). 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. 10am5pm. 252-672-8895 (F-6). Tangles & Knots, 1910-G, South Glenburnie Road, New Bern, offers color, cuts, perms, texturizing, nails, manicures, pedicures and waxing. Paul Mitchell Focus Salon and supplier of Paul Mitchell Pet Care. Open Mon. and Sat. by appointment, Tues.-Fri., 8am-8pm, 252636-5933 (G-1). Twice as Nice, 2650 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.; Upscale Boutique, 224 Craven St., consignment stores featuring high quality women’s and children’s clothing and accessories at reasonable prices. Open Mon.-Fri., 10-6pm, Sat., 10-5pm, 252-633-1868 or 252-633-4432, (H-1), (R19). Tryon Palace Museum & Garden Shops, 613 Pollock St., offers unique gifts and collectables of porcelain, silver and pottery from the Victorian, Early American and Civil

War periods. Also available are custom souvenirs of Tryon Palace, local and regional history books and educational toys for children. Free gift wrapping. 252-514-4932 (R-15).

Transportation & Services CenturyLink, 1910 S. Glenburnie Road, Ste. H, for the reliable phone service, satellite TV and high speed internet you need for your home or business. Call us for special offers and get a free gift by mentioning our ad, 252636-1514, Open

9am-6pm M-F, closed Sat. & Sun. (G-1). 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 NewBernAirport. com for more info. Wayfarers Cove, 1107 Bennett, Arapahoe, on the Neuse River, this hurricane-protected, full-service,

150-slip marina offers a permanent home to boats of all designs and sizes. With the 60-ton travel lift we assist with everything from routine repairs to complete overhauls. Stop by our Shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Store for service, supplies and scuttlebutt, 252-249-0200.

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ADVERTISER Accommodations & Marinas Wayfarers Cove Marina & Full Service Boat Yard ........................ 13

Port City Java .......................................... 15 Say it With Cake ..................................... 21 Strange & Sons Catering ........................... 3 Toucan Grill ........................................... 13

Airports/Transportation Coastal Carolina Regional Airport ............. 5

Professional Services CenturyLink .............................................. 9

Antiques and Collectibles JL Kirkmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Antique Mall......................... 5

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Real Estate & Development

Accidental Artist ..................................... 21 Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Gallery ............... 21 New Bern ArtWorks................................ 15 New Bern Civic Theatre ............................ 5 New Bern Historical Society ..................... 2 New Bern Preservation Foundation......... 30 Next Media ............................................ 29 RiverTowne Repertory Players ................. 14 Weavers Webb Gallery ........................... 21

Specialty Shops, Gifts & Clothing

Food, Wine & Gourmet Annabelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant & Pub ................... 3 Cow CafĂŠ ................................................. 5 Fraserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wine, Cheese & More ................ 15 Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1890 Seafood ............................... 3 Half Time Pub & Grub .............................. 2 Harvey Mansion ..................................... 21

Stillwater Harbour .................... Back Cover Tab Premium Built Homes ........ Back Cover Village Realty.......................................... 13 Wells Fargo Mortgage ............................. 31

Bern Bear Gifts ....................................... 21 Boathouse .............................................. 15 Dun Artie Spa ......................................... 14 Etched in Time ........................................ 15 Four Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s .................................................. 15 Marshaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage .................................... 13 Mitchell Hardware.................................. 21 NautiPaws Pet Boutique ......................... 15 Peacockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plume ..................................... 31 Street Sounds ............................................ 4 Tangles & Knots ...................................... 14 Twice as Nice ......................................... 21




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