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UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS RIVERTOWNE REPERTORY PLAYERS Whiskey Flats How the West was -Fun!! World Premiere April 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 and 25 Curious Savage June 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 Southern Hospitality August 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 Rivertowne Repertory Players Young Peoples’ Production Oct. 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17 Masonic Theater 516 Hancock St.

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RIVER CITY Taking the Stage Performer and teacher John Van Dyke is offering novice actors a chance to stretch their theatrical legs with fun and interactive theatre workshops at Down East Dance in New Bern. The workshops focus primarily on spontaneity and freedom of expression, using theatre games and improvisation as an exciting introduction to the stage. Through improvisation, students develop important skills such as listening, cooperation, quick thinking and self-confidence; skills that are essential in the theatre and can also improve success in other areas of life. Additionally, classes cover scene studies, character development and techniques for the singer/actor. Van Dyke has been involved in the theatre for more than 27 years and began conducting workshops in his native Miami in 1981. He was most recently involved with The Serendipity Players and the New Bern Civic Theatre. Classes are held from 4-5:30pm for ages 13-17 and from 5:30-6:30pm for ages 8-12. For more information call 252-6490109 or visit

Valentine Virtuosos Singing Valentines are a great way to convey those special feelings to loved ones. And the Southern Gentlemen are back in action this month, delivering holiday greetings that will be remembered for a lifetime. The barbershop quartet, dressed in traditional attire, will serenade your loved one with two special songs, Let Me Call You Sweetheart and Heart of My Heart, and present them with a personalized card and long-stemmed red rose. The group will

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also take a photograph with the recipient to mark the occasion. Singing Valentines are $35 and available anywhere in the Havelock and New Bern area on Feb. 12-13. To reserve a slot call 252-638-4918. On Feb. 15 the Southern Gentlemen will deliver, at no charge, Valentine greetings to the loved ones of military personnel deployed in Iraq through the generosity of the Marine Federal Credit Union, many donor organizations and individuals. Singing Valentines is an annual fundraising event sponsored by the Southern Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus of New Bern. A portion of the proceeds benefit MERCI Clinic, Coastal Women’s Shelter, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society and The Blind Center of Washington.

A Time for Antiquities In the spirit of New Bern’s 300th anniversary, the New Bern Preservation Foundation will kick off the largest antique show in its 22-year history with a Gala Preview Party from 6-8pm on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. (continued on page 15) New Bern Magazine




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here’s more than one way to say “I love you,” but sometimes it’s much more poignant coming from the mouth of a child. For the fourth year in a row Carolina Creations gallery is making it possible for loved ones to do just that this Valentine’s Day, the second-largest greeting card holiday of the year. Partnering once again with Craven County Schools, the annual Valentine Day Card Show and Sale launched Jan. 29, pulling together an eclectic mix of heart-laden greetings handcrafted by youngsters in 1st through 12th grades. And for $3, anyone can take one home to 8

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share with those they love. “This is really a fun project for us. One we look forward to all year long,” said Janet Francoeur, who owns the gallery and art store with her husband Michael. “The kids start working on the cards through their art classes in November and there’s really no end to how creative they can be.” Artists themselves, the Francoeurs donate the card stock and envelopes to area teachers, but from there the design and media choices are up to the children. The work, she said, runs the gamut – from oils, pastels and stenciling to collage and ink.

“We really just give them a blank canvas and what they do with the card is at their discretion,” Francoeur said. “Some of them are so good that they look like they’re done by a professional artist. It’s really amazing to see the variation of what they come up with.” And it has a two-fold effect, she said. The proceeds from the sale each year are returned to school art programs. Last year’s event raised more than $1,500, a much-appreciated dividend in an era where school arts programming seems to be the first cut during budget crunches. “Then it also opens doorways for many of these students,” said Francoeur. “I know growing up in Michigan I never thought it was possible that I could make a living as an artist. That was just the farthest thing from my mind. And I think that is often the case for many of the children who have their work submitted. Once each year, they get to have their artwork hung in a gallery and that’s huge for their self-esteem – they’re just thrilled.” The idea, Francoeur said, came from a friend in Colorado who was orchestrating a similar program. Knowing that she couldn’t organize a local program on her own, she reached out to Pat Eglinton, the art teacher at Ben D. Quinn Elementary, and she was glad to take on the roll as facilitator with New Bern schools. “Janet was kind enough to bring the program to us as an idea and I’ve been sharing it with her ever since,” said Eglinton. “It’s been a great project for the kids, it’s easy to integrate into our regular curriculum and each year we make more money, which is wonderful in light of the budget crisis we’re currently experiencing.”

In addition to benefiting the arts programs at area schools, the organizers agree that it’s also a boost for the students who participate. Hopefully, said Francoeur, a seed is planted. Maybe a child who never thought it was possible can begin to envision life as an artist. “A lot of the children have never been to an art gallery before, so they’re just fascinated by the whole experience,” said Francoeur. “And we find that they often come in talking about it later in the year. It seems to be something that sticks with them.” While Valentine’s Day has long been associated with the courtly exchange of love notes splayed with symbols of love – hearts, doves and arrow-touting Cupids – hand-written notes have long since been replaced by mass-produced greeting cards. In fact, the US Greeting Card Association estimates some one billion Valentine’s are sent worldwide each year. This year, however, star-struck lovers have yet another way to express themselves. “There’s really nothing like an original one-of-a-kind piece of art to say ‘I love you,’” said Francoeur. “Some people pick one for Valentine’s Day and then get another for an anniversary or other special occasion. It’s such a unique way of letting someone know you’re thinking of them.” The display is available for viewing through Feb. 16. The gallery is located at 317-A Pollock St. and is open from 10am to 6pm, Monday through Thursday and Saturday; 10am to 7pm on Friday; and 11am to 3pm on Sunday. To learn more call 252-633-4369.

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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. Tryon Palace hosted many famous people, including George Washington. New Bern is also famed for a late 1800s pharmacist named Caleb Bradham. Bradham mixed syrup of coca, kola nut extracts and rare oils with carbonated water to create the fizzy beverage known today as Pepsi Cola.

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SOUND Jazzing it up A full plate of talent from across Eastern North Carolina teams up again this month for the next installment of Jazz Fest. Provided by the Flame Restaurant and Banquet Centre and the Eastern Carolina Jazz Cooperative, performances are planned for Sunday, Feb. 28 at The Flame Restaurant, which will transform itself into the swanky Smoke’s Supper Club for the event. The doors open at 5pm and music begins at 6. John Van Dyke returns to host the evening, which includes vocalist Ginger Garner; trumpet player and vocalist Stephen Franckevich; saxophonists Randy Mills and Russ Hamby; vocalist Jaloni Fletcher Allen; and Blue Moon Jazz. The event

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North Carolina and these monthly sessions have become a great opportunity to bring together a nice blend of musicians,” Van Dyke said. “We’ve had a great response from the public and it’s a wonderful time of networking for the artists themselves, who come from an eclectic background.” Garner’s roots, for example, are found in the gospel and folk music she experienced around the family piano where she learned to sing harmonies alongside her aunt and grandfather. It was enough groundwork to recently take her to New

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A special exhibit, New Bern Collects, will offer guests a rare one-night-only viewing of prized collections from private New Bern homes. “This should be a huge draw for returning attendees as well as newcomers to the area,” said Carolyn Peterson, co-executive coordinator. In addition, gala guests will get a preview of the entire antique show and the opportunity to purchase items at a special discount. The highly-anticipated annual event begins Feb. 12 and features more than 50 dealers, strolling fashion shows, music, food and up to two appraisals per ticket holder. The show runs from 10am to 7pm on Friday, 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 4:30pm on Sunday. Invited dealers from Maine to Florida will feature an eclectic collection of antique wares, including dolls, firearms, furniture, instruments and more. Chairperson Patti Urick promises “a moveable feast with something for everyone, including fabulous live music, a strolling fashion show and a festive selection of food and beverages.” Gala tickets are $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Show admission is $7.50 and tickets are good for all three days. For additional information call 252633-6448 or visit

Finding the Right Writer The 3rd New Bern Literary Symposium is seeking entries for its regional writ-

ing competition. This year’s theme is Tales of New Bern, however poems, fiction and nonfiction works of other subject matter are acceptable as well. Winners will be chosen in a variety of categories. The Young Ages segment, for writers in grades 9-12, offers two scholarships – one donated by New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club, and another formed as a memorial to Stephan Horvath, one of the founders of the symposium. Entries can be up to 2,500 words and writers may submit as many items as they choose. The submission price for stories and poems over 10 lines is $10, poems of 10 lines or less are $10 for three poems. The deadline is March 31 and entries, along with an application, may be dropped off or mailed to the Craven Arts Council and Gallery, PO Box 596, New Bern, NC 28563. All entries will be viewed by a panel of judges and the awards will be made at a May 14 reception at Christ Episcopal Church Ministry Center on Middle Street. For additional information or to obtain an application visit Applications are also available at the Next Chapter Book Store, 320 S. Front St.; the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St.; and the Craven County Public Library, 400 Johnson St. The 3rd New Bern Literary Symposium will be held May 14 at the Riverfront Convention Center and on May 15 at The Epiphany School. The Symposium features well-known authors, workshops and lunches discussing the craft of writing. New Bern Magazine


What Christoph’s on the Water Whether you’re looking for Sunday brunch on the waterfront deck, a refreshing adult beverage in the lounge or fine dining fare for a special occasion, Christoph’s on the Water has become one of New Bern’s leading dining experiences. Located in the prestigious Hilton New Bern Riverfront Hotel, nestled quietly on the picturesque banks of the Trent River, Christoph’s not only offers tremendous views of the scenic waterfront, but has options that are sure to tempt even the most discriminating diner. “One of my favorite things about Christoph’s is that we have options for just about everyone,” said Whitney Spratt, food and beverage outlet manager for the hotel. “We have lighter fare in the lounge area for people who are looking for a quick salad or sandwich and we have more formal dining in the restaurant. We have breakfast seven days a week, depending on occupancy, and a full brunch each Sunday. And one of our greatest features that really doesn’t exist anywhere else in New Bern is that you can sit right out on the water.” With new Chef Tom Pritash on board, the staff is anticipating an exciting season. Bringing nearly 20 years of experience to the table, Pritash’s philosophy is simple: Prepare exciting food that looks great and tastes even better. A fan of following the changing 16

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seasons, Spratt anticipates an ever-changing menu. However, this winter, steaks have been one of the most popular items. “Our steaks have really become something of a specialty,” said Spratt. “All of our steaks are hand cut in house and we use all natural Certified Angus Beef. They’ve become one of those items that people come back time and time again for.” Other favorites, she said, include the Ahi tuna tartar, the corn-dusted sea scallops and the red pepper risotto and fresh spinach. It’s a difficult challenge, she admits, running the lounge and the restaurant while still managing the room service orders associated with hotel guests. Not only does it take a lot of staff, but it takes a staff that’s versatile and ready to pitch in where needed. “And, of course, being a Hilton, we have access to some really amazing training,” offered Spratt. “Hilton has been doing it long enough in enough places that they have a really good handle on building a strong staff and teaching us all to work as a team.” Christoph’s is open seven days a week. Breakfast is served from 7-11am; Sunday brunch is planned from noon to 2:30pm; and dinner is ready from 5-9pm. A seafood buffet is offered each Friday. The lounge opens daily at noon and features live music on Friday and Saturday throughout the year. The deck, which is open seasonally, features jazz each Sunday. The Hilton is located at 100 Middle St. To make a reservation call 252-638-3585.

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ARTS Civic Theatre Presents ‘Crowns’ “Crowns” weaves a variety of stories from different characters, time periods and other perspectives integrated with music and dance to create a tapestry of voices transcending time and place. Presented by the New Bern Civic Theatre, the family-

friendly “Crowns” follows the journey of a young African-American girl discovering her identity, her place in the world and her culture. Shows are slated for 8pm on Feb. 1113 and 19-20 and 2pm on Feb. 14 and 21. Open seating is $7 for the Feb. 11 preview. All other performances are $10 for students and $12 for adults. Details: 252-634-9057 or

Feeling a Little Beaucoup Blue? Beaucoup Blue, the Americana Philadelphia-based duo of David and Adrian Mowry, will perform at 8pm on Friday, Feb. 19, at the Trent River Coffee Shop. The concert is sponsored by the Down East FolkArts Society. 18

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Although blues is a staple in their repertoire, the father and son duo merge their love of folk, soul, R&B, jazz, country and bluegrass to create an authentic and innovative sound. These combined influences are obvious in their original songwriting through a handsome range of six- and 12string guitars, slide guitar and round neck resonator guitar. Complemented by the two soulful voices, the music encompasses a rich and honest feel, noticeably influenced by familial ties.

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Beaucoup Blue has released two albums: Out Of the Woodwork in 2003 and Hearts at Home in 2005. The long awaited third album, Free to Fall, is being produced by Grammy-nominated Jim Salamone. The project features a world class rhythm section including Jeff Sheard on drums and Bill Zinno on acoustic upright bass as well as the talents of a few special friends. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Doors open at 7pm. For more information call 252-633-6444 or visit or

Couple Raises Curtain on First Musical In Isak Dinesen’s story “The Diver,” the acclaimed author wrote, “We fish are upheld and supported on all sides. We lean confidently and harmoniously upon our element. We move in all dimensions, and whatever course we take, the mighty waters, out of reverence for our virtue, change shape accordingly.” And thus begins the highly anticipated musical, “FISH,” a tale where ordinary becomes extraordinary, where even the most mundane discovers enlightenment, where all creatures, whether on land or in the sea, meld together for a brief, magical moment in spirit. New Bern couple Andrea and Phil Owens will present their original musical this month at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on Hancock Street. Written by Andrea Owens and Leslie Tall Manning, with music and lyrics by Andrea and Phil Owens, “FISH” is a modern-day fairy tale that embodies the epiphany of a family living in a small American town. With the help of a ghostly grandmother, a mysterious gardener and a rogue dolphin, the Evans family takes a collective journey to find a true, authentic life, leaving behind the monotony, fear and lack of human connection of a life they were convinced was perfection. Directed by local singer, theatrical director and actor John Van Dyke, “FISH” is magical realism at its best. With an ensemble cast of 15 local actors and actresses, a gospel choir and a score of 24 songs, the musical incorporates a wide range of styles played by a band of street musicians, right

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on stage. It is a universal and timely story, reflecting the current economic and social state of many Americans who have suddenly been handed an opportunity to reinvent themselves. “FISH” reminds the audience that all humans encompass the gift to tap into the essence of our true selves, enabling us to recognize possibilities beyond what we ever could have imagined. It is a story that resonates with optimism and hope and one that will leave the audience uplifted, inspired and humming a happy tune. The Owens’ new production company, Sweet Time Productions, will raise the curtain on this magical musical Feb. 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28. Show times are 8pm on Friday and Saturday with a 2pm matinee each Sunday. Advance tickets are $16 and can be purchased at The Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St., 252-638-2577. Tickets are $18 on the day of the performance. (continued on page 28) New Bern Magazine


RIVER CITY Neuseworthy February 3, 10, 17, 24: Winter Wednesday Workshops. 1011am. These weekly workshops at Tryon Palace offer a chance for families with children to get out of the house during the winter and get hands-on with history. Topics vary week to week, concentrating on domestic skills and everyday life in the 18th century. Tickets are $4 per child. Adults are free. Reservations are required. Details: 252-514-4900, 800-767-1560 or Fri. 5: Chamber Music in Oriental. 7:30pm. The Arman Trio, influenced by the traditional music of Central Europe and France, perform at The Old Theater in Oriental. Tickets are $15. Details: 252-249-3670 or 6, 13, 20, 27: Farmer’s Market Opens. 8am-1pm. Vendors offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, goat cheese products, free-range poultry and lamb, olive oil, fresh baked breads and pastries, wine, homemade candy, coffee, jewelry and unique crafts made by local artisans will be available. Located at 421 S. Front St. 20

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Sat. 6: Watercolor Without Brushes. 10am-4pm. Artist Derek Beckman is offering a one-day workshop on how to use simple design to create watercolor paintings. Class will be held at Wit’s End on Hodges Street in Oriental. Cost is $60, which includes $20 in materials. Details: Flora Moorman, 252-675-9424 or Reading Fun Day. 10am2pm. The Sun Journal’s Newspapers in Education is sponsoring its annual Reading Fun Day as part of its community outreach to children up to age 12 at the New Bern Mall. Enjoy costumed storybook characters and reading/activity stations.

Mon. 8: Let’s Talk About It. 7pm. Discovering the Literary South: the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Series will be held at the New Bern Craven-County Library. Books for the first class are available now. Registration is required. Details: 252638-7800. Thur. 11: Lunch and Learn. 11:30am. The Chelsea restaurant presents Skip Riddle’s sequel to his program on the often hilarious and dangerous recruitment of soldiers by the British Crown for the Revolutionary War. Admission is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Meal options include key lime salmon or (continued on page 26)


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Exploring In a place where boats outnumber its residents nearly three to one, the town of Oriental is a sailor’s refuge perched along the Neuse River. Before “orienting” itself to a new name in 1899, Oriental was known as Smith’s Creek. The original name lacked pizzazz for citizens, so a new name was coined by the wife of Oriental’s founder and first postmaster, Lou Midyette. Midyette’s wife saw the name on the transom name board of a Union Steamship that sank 33 miles north of Hatteras, near Bodie Island, in 1862. The name board washed ashore and was displayed a few years later at a residence in Manteo she happened to be visiting. Boats are not just a part of Oriental’s history. Labeled the sailing capital of North Carolina, it’s common to find residents and visitors kayaking, fishing and sailing year round. Nearly 5,0006,000 sailors come in to port each year from the Intracoastal Waterway, with the Oriental Cup Regatta in June or the Neuse River Solo Race in October being among the biggest draws. Oriental is a harbor for anyone seeking a casual waterfront lifestyle. Nearly all locations in the town are accessible by riding a bike or walking. The town boasts a plethora of activities on the water, a wealth of artisans, an 22

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active musical society, a theater group and a thriving community spirit. Find out more about the waterfront town at the Oriental History Museum at 802 Broad St. in Village Square. The museum is currently open Friday, 11am-3pm, Saturday, noon–4pm and Sunday, 1-4pm. The year-round ferry, which carries 30 cars, docks at Minnesott Beach, just a 10-mile scenic drive to Oriental. For confirmation or additional information, call 1-800-BY-FERRY or visit ncferry. org. (Ferry schedule located on page 24.)

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Exploring Nestled on Hwy 70 between Morehead City and New Bern, Havelock is best known as the home to 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 throughout the day, 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 from the 1858 joining of the Atlantic and North Carolina railroads. A depot was built at the crossing and named for accomplished British General Henry Havelock, who had gained popularity at the time for rescuing hostages during a bloody uprising in India. In addition to this community adopting Havelock as its moniker, seven other cities in the world share the general’s namesake. Apart from being a railroad depot, Havelock distinguished itself by being a popular hunting and fishing destination in the late 1800s and on through the early

1930s. Even baseball legends Babe Ruth and Christie Mathewson came down to hunt and visit. Photo albums still exist with pictures of these two greats in hunting gear, posing with locals. The 1940s and World War II brought with them MCAS Cherry Point. Havelock’s population exploded and with it came economic prosperity for local businesses. Before the MCAS was established, the community housed a modest population of 100 or less. Now, approximately 22,500 people call Havelock home. Since then, Havelock has enjoyed a strong relationship with Cherry Point and those who serve on the base, which is one of the largest employers of both Craven and neighboring Carteret County. Havelock enjoys visitors year round due to annual events like the NC Chili Festival in the fall and the MCAS Cherry Point Air Show held each June, along with natural attractions such as the Croatan National Forest and the Neuse River. To explore Havelock’s attractions even further, visit


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low country chicken. Details: New Bern Historical Society at 252-6388558 or newbernhistorical. org. Fri. 12: Old Theater’s Friday Flick. 7:30pm. The Old Theater, Oriental, presents Harold and Maude as its Friday Flick for February. Using death and dying as a testimony to life and living, the movie features Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort with a soundtrack by Cat Stevens. Tickets are $5 and includes popcorn. Sat. 13: Winter into Spring. 10am. This Tryon Palace 26

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lecture and slideshow focuses on spring and the bulbs, grassy lawns, small decorative trees and blooming shrubs that accompany the change of the seasons along with the new shades of green, white, purple, pink and gold that burst onto the scene. Held in the Tryon Palace Auditorium, the program is free. Details: 252-514-4900, 800-7671560 or Thur. 18: Liberty and Justice for All: Black Voices from the Past. 7pm. Dr. Reginald Watson, associate professor of English at ECU, and member of the thespian

society, will present Black Voices from the Past at the Tryon Palace Auditorium. The play traces African and African American historical events from the past, tied together with music and dance. Poetry recitations to highlight the importance of African American creativity and resilience are also slated. The event is free. Details: 252-514-4900, 800-767-1560 or 20-22: By George. If your name is George-related your admission to Tryon Palace is discounted this weekend as the palace

celebrates George Washington’s visit to New Bern during his Southern tour of 1791. Expect recreations of historical events (such as the dancing assembly held in Washington’s honor), patriotic artifacts on display, craft activities and programs for children. Sun. 21: Volunteers Needed for Read In. 3-5pm. The New Bern-Craven County Public Library is seeking volunteers for its second African American Read In on Feb. 21 in the library auditorium. Volunteer presenters are needed for literary and dramatic presentation. Other ideas, dealing with black culture and history, are welcome. The free event is open to all ages. Details: 252-638-7802 or newbern.

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Tue. 23: The Crystal Coast by Lynn Salsi. 7pm. Based on oral histories beginning in 1850, this New BernCraven County Public Library program tells tales about whaling, Civil War spies at Shell Island Castle and more. The presentation is sponsored by the New Bern Historical Society and is free. Details: 252-6388558 or newbernhistorical. org. Sat. 27: Historical Society’s ABC’s. 8am-1pm. Valuespotting shoppers are eagerly awaiting the New Bern Historical Society’s 20th ABC (Attic-Basement-Closet) Yard Sale. The oversized event is held annually at the Knights of Columbus Building, 1125 Pine Tree Drive. Items available include collectibles, pictures, furniture, kitchenware, hardware, toys, jewelry, books, linens, silver, seasonal decorations,

sporting equipment, electronics, brass, dishes, antiques and much more. To donate items to the ABC Yard Sale, or for more details: 252-638-8558 or Sun. 28: An Afternoon with Shakespeare. 1pm. The Musical Society of Pamlico County will present the “Falstaff Festival: An afternoon with Shakespeare,” at the Delamar Center on the campus of Pamlico Community College, Grantsboro. The event features an operatic comedy combining fun, food, games and medieval combat exhibitions with musical entertainment for all ages. Tickets are $6 for adults and are available at Buckhorn Books in Bayboro, Bank of the Arts in New Bern and Croakertown in Oriental. Children under 12 are free. Details: 252249-1985.

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‘Starving Artists’ Raise Money for Food Craven County artists are joining together this month to raise money for food charities in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties. The annual Artists Empty Bowls is an international project designed to fight hunger that has been personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. While helping eradicate hunger locally, the program also advocates arts education.

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This year’s event is planned from 11am to 2pm on Thursday, Feb. 11, at Temple Baptist Church, 1500 Kingdom Way. Tickets are $20 and available at the Bank of the Arts and Fuller’s Music. A joint outreach of Religious Community Services and the Craven Arts Council and Gallery, the fundraiser teams area restaurants, such as Arturo’s, The Chelsea and The Flame, with churches, including St. Andrew’s Lutheran, First Baptist, West New Bern Presbyterian and others to donate soup and bread for the event. In addition to a hearty lunch, guests get to take home a one-of-a-kind bowl crafted by area artists such as Jim Bisbee, Rich Daniels, Nadine Eby, Candace Young and Ben Watson. For more information call 252-6382577. 28

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MARKET Airports 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.

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. 9am6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, 252634-2745, (H-11).

Arts, Galleries & Crafts The Accidental Artist, 220 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). 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). Framing Fox Art & Custom Picture Framing, 217 Middle St., quality professional custom picture framing & fine art prints. Over 35 years in business. Featuring collectible fine art prints by leading artists in Civil War, nautical, equine, aviation, Americana, landscape, Western, and many other areas. We ship anywhere. We sell The Trail of The Painted Ponies collectible figurines (Nationally Collectible). Military Discounts. Details:, 800-237-6077 or (R-18). New Bern Artworks & Company, 323B Middle St. (rear), enter through the Bank of the Arts or via the parking lot behind The Chelsea restaurant. A working studio representing 15 local artists, featuring a wide range of styles and media. Open Tues.-Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-4pm. Details: 252634-9002 or newbernartworks. com (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, M-Sat, 252-5142681, (R17).

Entertainment & Attractions New Bern Civic Theatre, 412 Pollock St. Box office: 252633-0567. Info: 252-6349057, (R-18).

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MARKET (continued from page 29) RiverTowne Repertory Players, 403 East Front St., located at the Shrine Center at intersection of East Front & Broad streets. Call 252-638-3750 for information on upcoming shows. Tickets on sale at Bank of the Arts or visit rivertownerepertoryplayers. com (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).

Boston Deli, 309 Middle St., features subs, sandwiches, salads and more as well as meats and cheeses by the pound. Platters for all occasions. 10am-6pm, six days a week, 252-633-4899. (Q-18). Charlie’s Restaurant, Hwy 55 South, Bayboro, offering home

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, 252-633-6401, inside Twin Rivers Mall (G-3). Bear City Fudge, 236-C Middle St., offering more than 30 flavors of freshly made fudge, cut to order. Standard varieties plus exotic experiences like pumpkin praline, jalapeno, mochachino and more. Freshly baked gourmet cupcakes available in a variety of flavors. Fudge platters, special orders and mail orders available. 11am-6pm Mon.Sat., 252-636-1360, (R-18). 30

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cooked meals, homemade desserts, delicious grilled steaks and daily specials. Most outstanding seafood around, now just minutes from New Bern with the completed highway, open Tues.-Sat. 6am-8pm, Sun. 7am-2pm and Mon. 6am-2pm, 252-745-4551. 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). 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, madeto-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, 252-635-3232, (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).

Jewelry Mike’s Downtown Jewelers, 222 Middle St., New Bern’s most trusted quality jeweler for more than 45 years, appraiser & certified gemologist on staff, emergency jewelry repair available. Find that perfect piece, our staff handles all of your jewelry needs and desires with personal service, 252637-9775 (R-18).

Lodging Hilton New Bern Riverfront Hotel, 100 Middle Lane, nestled on the banks of the Trent River in historic downtown, the Hilton features 171 newlyappointed rooms with all amenities, meeting/banquet space and fine dining at Christoph’s on the Water. 252-638-3585 (T-19).

Marinas 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 60-ton travel lift we assist with everything from routine repairs to complete overhauls. Stop by our Ship’s Store or call 252-2490200, or

Real Estate Stillwater Harbour, an exclusive and secluded area that of-

fers 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

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, Tshirts, chocolates, nice selection of English teapots, musical notions, German nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks & steins. Visitor information too, phone/fax 252-637-2300 (R-19). The Boathouse, 220 Middle St., offering unique gifts, quality bags, New Bern T-shirts & more, plus the best hat selection in town featuring Tilley, Scala, Greek Fisherman hats, Sun protective shirts, 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, 252636-3285 (R-18). Etched in Time Designs, 309 Middle St., a fun-to-browse boutique with lots of unique items for you to personalize. 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). The Haymaker’s Wife, 219-A Craven St., is the only country store in New Bern. Featuring home décor and special gifts. Call 252-633-2956 (R-19). Late Bloomer Garden & Gift Shop, 809 Pollock St., come experience autumn at the newly restored All Saints Chapel, an eclectic shop offering an outstanding selection of pottery, iron & metal works & other curious, unique & artful finds to enhance indoor & outdoor living. Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. noon-4pm; closed Tuesdays; 252-6330999 (R-15). Marsha’s Cottage, 204 Wall St., Oriental, features casually elegant clothing, accessories (continued on page 33) New Bern Magazine


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MARKET (continued from page 31) and unique gifts. New merchandise is arriving daily. Call 252-249-0334 or visit Middle Street Landing, 225 Middle St., fine gift shop offering “unique gifts for those you love.” Handbags and accessories by Vera Bradley, Baggallini and Lodis. Pandora Jewelry designed in Denmark. Jewelry by Emily Ray and engraved jewelry by Heartstrings. Fragrances by Crabtree & Evelyn, The Thymes and Lady Primrose. Fashionable coats by Mycra Pac and Maralyce Ferree. Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm, 252514-0000 (Q-18). 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. M-Fri. 6:30am5:30pm, Sat. 6:30am-5pm, 252-638-4261. Now on the web at (R-19). NautiPaws Pet Boutique & Dog Bakery, 223 Middle St., in historic downtown New Bern, is pawsitively a shop just purrfect for pets. Specializing in gourmet dog treats & unique gift items for pets & their owners. Fourlegged friends are welcome inside. You’ll find the entrance to this unique shop in the rear of Bear Plaza off Middle Street, 252-637-0247 (R-18).

New Bern Farmer’s Market, 421 South Front St., open 7am1pm every Sat. featuring more than 50 vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, fresh flowers, free-range poultry & lamb, local seafood, fresh baked goods, wine & crafts. Info, or special events rental, 252-633-0043 or (S-17). The Pepsi Store, 256 Middle St., is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola. Stop in for unique gifts promoting the logo of North Carolina’s favorite beverage. Collectibles, clothing, postcards, books and more. Call 252-636-5898 or visit (Q-18). Rosemary St. Clair Originals, 711 B. Pollock St. (near Tryon), a unique shop that featuring Custom-Made Designer, Special Occasion, and Art-toWear Clothing for all figures including Plus Sizes. Also carrying Sangam Cotton & Tencel Clothing. Fri. & Sat. 1-4pm or by appointment. 252-6363589 or (R-15). 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., 8am8pm, 252-636-5933, (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 252-6334432, (H-1), (R-19). Treasures on the Trent, 250 Middle St., fine gifts & home accessories featuring a Round Baby Crib, authentic model airplanes & hot-air balloons, Badash crystal, hand painted towels & decorative soaps perfect for hostess gifts; the area’s only authorized retailer for Peggy Karr Glass & Wolf leather jewelry & travel cases, custom cards for all occasions, bridal & baby registries, free gift wrapping, 252-637-7900 (Q-18). 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). New Bern Magazine


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Wayfarers Cove Marina & Full Service Boat Yard .................... 23

Arts, Galleries & Crafts Accidental Artist ................................. 17

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Stillwater Harbour ................................ 2

Contemporary Craft Gallery ........... 17

Village Realty...................................... 23

Framing Fox ........................................ 13 New Bern ArtWorks............................ 11 Weavers Webb Gallery ....................... 17

Specialty Shops, Gifts & Clothing Bern Bear Gifts ................................... 17

Entertainment & Attractions

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New Bern Civic Theatre ...................... 24

Four C’s .............................................. 11

RiverTowne Repertory Players ............... 6

Haymaker’s Wife ................................ 28

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens 21

Late Bloomer Garden

Food, Wine & Gourmet

Marsha’s Cottage ................................ 23

Annabelle’s Restaurant & Pub ............... 3

Middle Street Landing.............back cover

Bear City Fudge .................................. 10

Mitchell Hardware.............................. 17

Boston Deli ........................................ 11

NautiPaws Pet Boutique ..................... 11

Charlie’s Restaurant ............................ 28

New Bern Farmer’s Market.................. 25

Cow Café ............................................. 4

Peacock’s Plume ................................. 21

Fraser’s Wine, Cheese & More ............ 11

Pepsi Store .......................................... 10

Friday’s 1890 Seafood ........................... 3

Rosemary St. Clair Originals ................. 6

Half Time Pub & Grub .......................... 6

Tangles & Knots .................................. 13

Harvey Mansion ................................. 28

Treasures on the Trent ......................... 13

Etched in Time .................................... 11

& Gift Shop ..................................... 17

Twice as Nice ..................................... 17 34

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