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CELEBRATINGin Style With New Bern celebrating its 300th anni- Who Loves Beach Music? History doesn’t often repeat itself … but if versary, there’s never been a better time to come out and pay homage to North Carolina’s second you’re talking about beach music, you may just oldest town than the Fourth of July. And when be surprised. Back in 1958, the legendary JackNew Bern plans a celebration – they certainly ie Gore put together one of the premier beach music groups of its time, the Embers. What foldo it in style. Some of the town’s heaviest hitters are join- lowed was one success after another with that ing forces this year to make a festive event that generation … and generations to follow. These fellas weren’t necessarily ready to sit goes above and beyond the normal expectation down and call it a night, however, when the – and they have a great reason for doing so. According to Linda Staunch of New Bern’s Embers disbanded. Sure, they went on to do a 300th Committee, few people realize that New variety of things, from producing to studio work Bern was the first town in the state to recog- – but the lure of the stage and the look on the nize the annual celebration, and only the third face of a young couple shagging was hard to beat. town in the nation, Thus, the Legadding yet anends of Beach other facet to New was formed – a Bern’s rich historinew band comcal significance. posed of eight Experience a musicians, in19th Century July cluding five for4th celebration, mer members of listen to a reading the Embers. Lead of the Declaration singer Gore is the of Independence, composer and dance and sing original lead voice along with live on “I Love Beach music, watch an Music.” Other aerial acrobatic former Embers display and listen are Gerald Davis, to the ooh’s and Jeff Grimes, Mark aah’s during the Black and Johnny always-exciting Barker, who wrote fireworks demLegends of Beach the beach music onstration. With classic, “Summera full schedule of events slated this holiday weekend there is sure time’s Calling Me.” Additional musicians are to be something that reaches out to just about Glenn Edwards, drums & vocals; Rusty Smith, trumpet; Scott Bailey, trombone; and Eddie everyone. “It’s a collaborative effort,” said Staunch. Blair, sax and vocals; along with Steve Davis, “The city of New Bern, the 300th Committee former sound technician with the Embers for 25 and Tryon Palace are all coming together to years. The resulting powerhouse will hit the stage make this the biggest and the best Fourth of July at 7pm on Saturday, July 3, at Union Point Park celebration ever.” 8

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At a Glance as part of New Bern’s July 4th celebration. The group will play the beach music classics they were known for in the 80s and 90s, as well as some brand new originals, including Johnny Barker’s “Feels Like the Real Thing,” which is destined to be a beach music classic. The band will be supported by the rich R&B sounds of Peace and Love, who take the stage at 4:30pm, making it an evening few will want to pass up. The concert is free to attend, so grab your blankets, chairs and settle down for an evening of music and dancing in celebration of New Bern and the country.

Historical Significance At Tryon Palace, guests will find free entrance to the gardens on both Saturday and Sunday and an array of events are on tap, delighting all ages. The reading of the Declaration of Independence is slated for 11am on Saturday in the gardens and at 2:30pm on Sunday at New Bern Academy. From 1-4pm Sunday, New Bern Academy will welcome guests as it recreates a July 4th celebration reminiscent of the 19th century.

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Friday, July 2 4pm: Croaker Fest kicks off in Oriental with The Pamlico County Band.

Saturday, July 3 9am-2pm: Celebration of the Declaration of Independence and free garden admission at Tryon Palace, including a reading of the document and a Fife and Drum concert. 4:30-9pm: Union Point Park Concert – features Peace and Love Band followed by Jackie Gore and The Legends of Beach.

Sunday, July 4 12:30pm: Church bells ring as Union Point Park opens to the public. 1pm: World’s Largest Barbecue Sandwich, Guinness Book of World Records attempt. 1-4pm: 19th Century Celebration, New Bern Academy. 1-7pm: Free garden admission – Tryon Palace. 2:30pm: Reading of the Declaration of Independence, New Bern Academy. 5pm: Reading of the Declaration of Independence, opening festivities at Union Point Park. 6pm: Mayor’s Welcome. 6:15-7pm: 4th of July Brass Ensemble. 7-8:30pm: Aerial demonstration. 8:30pm: 4th of July Brass Ensemble. 9:15pm: Fireworks. New Bern Magazine


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

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Everyone will definitely want to be at Union Point Park at 1pm on Sunday as Moore’s Barbecue, a New Bern landmark, attempts to break the Guinness Book of World Records listing for the largest barbecue bun/ open face sandwich. Moore is promising the monstrosity will be large enough to feed 300 people in honor of the town’s anniversary. The fun continues throughout the day. Expect music from the Fourth of July Brass Ensemble, a special message from Mayor Lee Bettis and a spectacular aerial demonstration with stunt planes and wing walkers before the evening closes with the traditional fireworks at 9:15pm.

Down the River For 30 straight years, the folks over in Oriental have celebrated the beginning of July with a festival honoring the bountiful Croaker. Running Friday and Saturday, July 2-3, the Croaker Festival offers a chance to catch some great music, food and bargains, before culminating with a firework display over the river on Saturday evening. The Pamlico County Band gets things started at 4pm on Friday, warming up the crowd for the Croaker Queen Pageant, which starts at 6pm with the minnows, followed by the queens at 7pm. The Soul Shakers are promising to get everyone out of their seats with a street dance beginning at 8pm Friday night. Make sure you drop

your favorite pie by the baking contest as you head over to the Kid’s Park, which is filled with favorite games, putt putt golf, a rock climbing wall, karaoke and much more. Residents will be out in force again by 8:30 Saturday morning as vendor booths offering an array of arts and crafts open to meet the day. The annual parade takes shape around 10am and at 2pm the regatta puts competitors to the test. Music on Saturday will be provided by Boys from Carolina and The Southern Aires. “It’s really a great family affair on the banks of the Neuse River,” said Candy Bohmert, a volunteer with the event. And she’s not alone – it’s the volunteers who bring the festival together annually. As Bohmert notes, the event not only offers a lot of fun for residents and guests, but it gives many of the area nonprofit programs an opportunity to raise a little money along the way. “The park will be full of jewelers, painters, photographers and many other crafters, along with some of our local charities who will be selling everything from rootbeer floats to barbecue,” she said. And of course, there are the fireworks. Best viewed from the bridge, the show begins at 9:30pm, weather permitting, lighting up the river below in a kaleidoscope of colors.

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Make plans to attend the second yard sale of the year sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Planned from 7am-noon on Saturday, July 31, at 1125 Pine Tree Drive, the sale features CDs, electronics, antiques, records, appliances, pictures, jewelry, toys, books, clothes, tools, a 3-tier organ and lots more. A preview furniture sale is planned from 10am-2pm on Thursday and Friday, July 29-30. All proceeds go to charity. For more information, or to donate, call Danny Gennantonio at 252637-2322.

A Contra dance will be held from 7:3010pm on Friday, July 16, in the ministry center at Christ Episcopal Church, 311 Middle St., New Bern. Everyone is invited to come kick up their heels. No prior experience is required and you don’t need to bring a partner. Teens and children are welcome. A beginner’s lesson is planned for 7pm. Admission is $7 per person, $5 for fulltime students and children. There is also a $20 family ticket available for large families. This event is supported by the Down East Folk Arts Society. For additional information, call Simon Spalding at 252-636-1256 or email

Take a National Night Out On Tuesday, Aug. 3, Community Watch groups in partnership with the New Bern Police Department will host a crime prevention awareness event in Union Point Park, beginning at 5pm with the opening ceremony at 6. Mayor Lee Bettis will give a welcome address and Police Chief Frank Palombo will speak on the purpose of the National Night Out event. At 8pm there will be a flashlight walk through the downtown streets as a symbolic gesture for citizens to shine a light and express a stand against crime. For those not able to attend, residents are encouraged to turn on porch lights at 8:30pm in support of the event. National Night Out has been held annually in communities around the US since 1984 and sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. More than 16,000 communities are expected to take part this year. NNO is a combination of fun, entertainment and educational activities for the whole family. Many community service organizations will be participating including the New Bern Police Department, fire department and the YMCA. Activities include a puppet show, face painting, Moon Walk and finger painting. There will also be live music and food vendors. 14

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Ghost Tours Return Summer has arrived in New Bern, and the “spirits” are more active than ever. Through Labor Day, Ghosts of New Bern will once again introduce the public to New Bern’s ghostly past through its walking tours of the Downtown Historic District. Tours begin at 7:30 and 8:30pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Tours start at Morgan’s Tavern & Grill (235 Craven St.) and cost $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. For tickets or additional information, call (252) 571-4766 or visit

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The New Bern Civic Theatre is present- thor asks the ing its first all teen production, “The Tell raven a series of Tale Heart” based on three of Edgar Allan questions in which Poe’s famous works: “The Tell Tale Heart,” the raven merely replies, “Nevermore,” “The Black Cat” and “The Raven.” This the author goes from being weak and weashow marks the revival of the Saax Brad- ry to completely grief-stricken over the loss bury players, the theatre’s all teen theatre of Lenore and realizes his soul “Shall be group that directs, produces, markets and lifted —nevermore.” In “The Tell-Tale performs the show Heart” (1843), under the mentora murderer beship of theatre vetgins to hear the eran Krissy Boccia. heartbeat of his The performance is victim as he is directed by Adam being questioned Griffin and proby police. As the duced by Taylor heartbeat grows Ludwig. louder, the murCelebrating derer becomes Edgar Allan Poe’s increasingly agi200th birthday, this tated until he concollection contains fesses to having three of Poe’s most killed an old man popular gothic with a “vulture horror stories and eye,” dismemberpreserves all of the ing his body and psychological terhiding the body ror that made them parts under the classics. In “The floor. Black Cat” (1842), Performances a prisoner tells how, are planned for in an alcoholic rage, Edgar Allan Poe 8pm on July 9-10 he kills his favorite pet, a black cat, and then murders his wife and 15-17 with 2pm matinees on July 11 and 18. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 and entombs her body in the cellar. In “The Raven” (1845), the author is la- at the door; students are $10 in advance menting the death of his true love, Lenore, and $12 at the door. To reserve tickets, call when he hears a rapping on his chamber 252-633-9057 or visit newberncivicthedoor and is visited by a raven. As the au- New Bern Magazine


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ARTS Raising Awareness of Darfur An exhibit of the “Darfur Legacy” series by sculptor Mitch Lewis and abstract collage painter Joyce Stratton opens July 9 at Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St., New Bern. The opening reception is from 5-8pm on Friday, July 9 and includes a lecture by the Save Darfur Coalition at 7:30pm. The exhibit continues through Aug. 14.

Although Stratton calls her abstract works “nonrepresentational,” a series of paintings may be sparked by a word either heard in passing or seen while reading. Her portion of the exhibit includes works arising from the words “absolution,” “reverence,” “atonement” and others. She paints on four-ply rising museum board or wood panel, primed with a rough mixture of gesso and paint. Lewis and Stratton find an inherent compatibility in their art. Both seek to imbue their work with an organic quality – Lewis through his preference for the rough, raw nature of terracotta and Stratton through the layers of texture created with paint and collage. Both artists invite the viewer to share in the spiritual nature of their works while also encouraging greater awareness and, in Lewis’s case, social action. For more information on this exhibit, email or call 252-638-2577.

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Lewis’ sculptures are interpretations of the ongoing Darfur Conflict in Sudan. Among the provocative works is an installation of a child dying of starvation, a vulture waiting nearby and background video and music. Women depicted as fragmented figures are Lewis’ commentary on the vulnerability of the human condition. Through the use of missing limbs, he creates negative space. 18

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Old suitcases and vintage clothes from the 1920s-50s give this group’s performance a nostalgic ambience, but it’s the songs that really captivate. Christabel and the Jons of Knoxville have been performing their distinctive style of folk-like swing since the spring of 2005. In addition to headlining many shows, CB&J has also performed at numerous festivals in the US, including Bonnaroo, Bele Chere, Blue Plum Festival, Shakori Hills Festival and Sundown in the City. They have also opened for many national acts. But don’t take our word for it – check it out for yourself at 8pm on Saturday, July 9, at Union Point Park in downtown New Bern as the town’s Parks and Recreation Dept. introduces the July Concert in the Park. The event is free. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and other comfort items to make this the most enjoyable experience possible.

Celebrating Irish Music There will be an informal session of Irish traditional music at Trent River Coffee Co. at 7:30pm on Tuesday, July 13. The session tradition is a vital part of the Irish musical tradition. You never know exactly who will be there, or which tunes will be played, on a given evening. The New Bern session, which has been held monthly since 1998, usually includes a button accordion, fiddle, guitar and flute. The repertoire includes Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes and songs. Audience members are welcome to sing along and sit in. Trent River Coffee Co. is at 208 Craven St., New Bern. The music starts around 7:30pm and the venue closes at 9. There is no door charge, though donations for the musicians are always welcome. Call 252-514-2030 for more information.

‘Out in the Country’ Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery, 317 Pollock St., New Bern, will open “Out in the County” with a reception

from 5-8pm on Friday, July 9. The show, which features new work by Carol Tokarski and Janet Francoeur, depicts life in rural North Carolina, from roosters, hens and landscapes to birds, trees and waterways. The two artists both received degrees in art from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich., and arrived in New Bern in 1989. After meeting that year, they became fast friends and have shown their work together many times. For more information, call the gallery at 252633-4369 or visit

Come ‘As You Like it’ The stars will come out to shine on Shakespeare’s most musical of comedies, “As You Like It,” Aug. 5-22 as the main presentation of the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival. A star-studded cast of visiting guest artists has been announced for this production, which will be presented at the historic Athens Theatre on Pollock Street. “We wanted to do something really special for New Bern’s 300th Anniversary,” said Mary McGinley, CSF’s producing artistic director. “Everybody loves musicals and this play is the Shakespearean equivalent of a musical. And just to make it extra fun, we are giving it a touch of Indian style. Who knows how to do a musical better than Bollywood?” The leading role of Rosalind, the girl who must escape to the woods disguised as a boy, will be portrayed by Rivka Borek, an international performer who has often appeared at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A member of (continued on page 30) New Bern Magazine


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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 5,000- 6,000 sailors come in to port each year from the Intracoastal Waterway, with the Oriental Cup Regatta in September or the Neuse River Solo Race in October being among the biggest draws. The town boasts a plethora of activities on the water, a wealth of award-winning artisans, an 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 features items of interest for all ages and 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, which is just a 10-mile scenic drive to Oriental. For confirmation or additional information, call 1-800-BY-FERRY or visit 22

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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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Neuseworthy July 2-3: 30th Croaker Festival – Oriental. This two-day old-fashioned festival features a parade at 10am Saturday morning, a regatta, live music, baking contest, pageant, street dance, kids park, educational displays, vendors and fireworks. Details: croakerfestival. com.

Fri. 2: Making of the State. 1pm. Explore the state of North Carolina with Tryon Palace Historic Sites and this interactive program. The audience participates in the First Provincial Congress and leads North Carolina’s course toward the Revolutionary War. Free with regular admission or $4 for adults, $2 for students. Details: 252-514-4900 or Sat. 3: Celebration of the Declaration. 9am-2pm. Join Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens as it celebrates the nation’s Declaration of Independence. Enjoy patriotic children’s crafts, Colonial 26

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cricket matches, musket firing demonstrations, a Fife and Drum Corps performance at 11am and much more. Garden admission is free. Interior tours require a ticket. Details: 252-514-4900 or 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: New Bern Farmer’s Market. 8am-1pm. Located at 421 S. Front St., the New Bern Farmer’s Market features

local 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. On July 3, the market celebrates locally grown corn with plenty of favorite recipes on hand. Cedar Grove Cemetery Tours. 4pm. Join the Earl of Craven Questers for a tour of the

historic cemetery, including the graves of Civil War soldiers and some of New Bern’s most colorful citizens. Tickets are $10. Details: 252-638-8558. Sun. 4: First Sunday in the Gardens. 1-5pm. The gardens at Tryon Palace Historic Sites are free on the first Sunday of each month. Details: 252-514-4900 or A 19th Century Town Celebration. 1-4pm. In the 1800s, the citizens of New Bern celebrated their Fourth of July on the lawn of the New Bern Academy. The public is invited this year to attend a recreation of the event held there on July 4, 1836 – the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy music, games, dancing and more. A special period reading of the Declaration is planned for 2:30pm. This free event is sponsored by Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens. Details: 252-514-4900 or tryonpalace. org. Independence Day Celebration. Come out and enjoy Independence Day in downtown New Bern! The festivities will begin with the ringing of downtown church bells and Union

300 Years of History Point Park will officially open at 12:30pm for family activities. The National Anthem will begin at 5:45pm with a welcome from Mayor Lee Bettis at 6. The Declaration of Independence will be read at 6:15pm and from 78:30pm there will be an aerial demonstration. Music will play throughout Union Point Park from 8:30pm until the fireworks begin at 9:15pm. World Record Attempt. 1pm. Watch as Moore’s Barbecue, a New Bern landmark, attempts to break the world record for the largest barbecue sandwich, complete with the Guinness Book of World Records folks on hand to record the monstrous event at Union Point Park. Fri. 9: New Bern ArtWalk. 58pm. Enjoy an evening of art openings and “Meet the Artist” events during the bi-monthly New Bern ArtWalk. Galleries hold special programs, offer later hours and serve refreshments as

As New Bern celebrates its historic 300th anniversary, there’s never been a better time to learn more about the town. Watch for these educational (and fun) events in the calendar to catch up on your local history and lore:

July 3: Celebration of the Declaration July 4: A 19th Century Town Celebration July 10: Bear City Opry July 14: Schooner Cassandra Memorial they welcome visitors to historic downtown New Bern. Sat. 10: African American Lecture: New Bern Literary Read In and Book Fair. Noon-5pm. Learn about African American writers in North Carolina at Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens. Meet historians and present day authors, hear stories and purchase their works during the book fair. Free. Details: 252-514-4900 or 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. (continued on page 31)

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ARTS (continued from page 19) Shakespeare and Company in Massachusetts, Borek studied acting at the Moscow Art Theater and has a degree from Bard College. Starring as Rosalind’s confused love interest Orlando, is British actor Jonathan Blakeley. Blakeley appeared in the British film “Teen Lovers” and has been featured in theaters in London and New York. He trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Costarring with this romantic pair will be Kacie Leblong and Jeremy Sabol. Leblong plays Rosalind’s vivacious cousin Celia. Also a member of Shakespeare and Company in Massachusetts, she has been featured in leading roles at The Players Theatre in New York, the New York Renaissance Faire and the Barn Theater in Michigan. Sabol serves as the play’s antagonist, Orlando’s evil brother who is transformed by love. The actor has been a regular on the TV show “Forensic Files” and has appeared at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. The final visiting cast member will be North Carolina’s own Christopher B. Donaghue as Jaques, Shakespeare’s most famous wry philosopher. Hailing from Charlotte, Donaghue has played leading roles at the Abbey Players in Belmont. He will also serve as the production’s fight choreographer and be featured in the play’s thrilling wrestling match. The visiting guest artists will be joined by noted local performer Willie Sumner as the

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Jonathan Blakeley clown Touchstone. Rounding out the cast will be numerous local artists including John Grady of Riverbend as both the evil Duke Frederick and the good Duke Sr.; Bob Husson as the wise shepherd Corin; Kevin-Michael Wolfer as the lovelorn shepherd Silvius; Christina Willis as his reluctant shepherdess Phoebe; Mikki Smith as the eager shepherdess Audrey; and Liz Watts in the ensemble. The cast will also feature the “Young Company,” a group of talented local students in training with CSF. Tickets for “As You Like It” are available this month by calling Bob Husson at 252638-7349 and at The Carolinian Shakespeare Festival is produced by New Millennium Theatre Works, Inc. in cooperation with the New Bern Civic Theatre.

Neuseworthy (continued from page 27) Wed. 14: Schooner Cassandra Memorial. 5:30pm. A brief memorial service and wreath laying ceremony honoring the disappearance of the schooner Cassandra, will be held on the waterfront near Council Bluffs. Details: 252-6351112.

Sun. 11: 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, Xianggi (Chinese chess), will be taught and English instructions will be available. Details: 252-514-2030 or 252-636-1256. 12-30: Summer Arts Camp. The Craven Arts Council is sponsoring a comprehensive art program for children ages 4-12 featuring drawing, dance, music and more. Details: 252-638-2577 or

Thur. 15: African American Lecture: Celebrating Freedom: Emancipation Day Ceremonies in North Carolina. 7pm. Join the Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens as it explores Emancipation Day in North Carolina with Dr. John Haley, associate professor emeritus at UNC-Wilmington. Free. Details: 252-514-4900 or tryonpalace. org. 17-18: Original Coin & Currency Show. Spend a day at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center with other numismatic-minded folks. Vendors and dealers with large assortments of coins and currency are on tap. Show is

open from 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Free. Details: Sun. 18: African American Downtown Walking Tour. 2pm. Learn about 300 years of African American history on a walking tour of the historic district. The tour, sponsored by Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens, lasts for 90 minutes and covers 16 blocks. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students. Reservations required by calling 252-5144935. 31-1: Aamifam Festival. This two-day festival in the Five Points Area includes storytelling, music, dance performances, ceremonial oath taking of the New Bern 300th Oath, a reenactment of Baron de Graffenriedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival to New Bern and much more. Runs from 9am-11pm on Saturday and 9am-9pm, Sunday. Free. Details: 252-658-0885.

August Sun. 1: First Sunday in the Gardens. 1-5pm. The gardens at Tryon Palace Historic Sites are free on the first Sunday of each month. Details: 252-514-4900 or Sat. 7: 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. New Bern Magazine


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 NewBernAirport. com 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. 9am-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, 252634-2745 or (H11).

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). 32

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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. 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-4pm. Details: 252-6349002 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, M-Sat, 252-514-2681, (R-17).

Entertainment & Attractions New Bern Civic Theatre, 412 Pollock St. Box office: 252-6330567. Info: 252-634-9057, (R-18). RiverTowne Repertory Players, 526 Hancock St., Masonic Theater. Call 252-638-3750 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, 252-633-6401, inside Twin Rivers Mall (G-3). Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant, 1900-A S. Glenburnie Road, Ste. A, 252-634-1894, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with a unique and pleasurable dining experience. Join us for lunch or dinner. See our menu online at arturosdining. com (G-1). Bear City Fudge, 236-C Middle St., offering more than 30 flavors of freshly made fudge. Standard varieties plus exotic experiences like jalapeno, mochachino and more. Freshly baked gourmet cupcakes available in a variety of flavors. Fudge platters and mail orders available. 11am6pm Mon.-Sat., 252-636-1360, (R-18). 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 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, 252-7454551. 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). Dinner Time Magic, 2715 Hwy 70 E, New Bern. Fondue is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy food, socialize with your favorite people and enjoy life. We have four delicious cheese fondues, four very different salads and entrees to match anyone’s appetite as well as pre-packaged meals you can take home to enjoy. Let us take the work out of dinner. Fondue hours are 4-9pm, Thur.-Sat. 252-635-5000 or 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 (R18). Friday’s 1890 Seafood, 2307 Neuse Blvd., enjoy turn of the century dining, daily lunch & dinner specials, casual atmosphere, relaxing prices, open 7 days, dine in or take out, 252637-2276, (E-5). Grandma’s Goodies, 1908 MLK Jr. Blvd., muffins, cupcakes, cookies, cakes and pies for that special occasion or an everyday treat made with grandma’s touch, 252-635-1370, (F-6). 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 (G3). 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, 252-6353232, harveymansionhistoricinn. com (S-18). MJ’s Raw Bar and Grille, 216 Middle St. Join us for familyfriendly dining on a bounty of seafood or New Bern’s best burger. Don’t forget to try our famous crab cake. 252-635-6890 (R-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). 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,

Lodging Hilton New Bern Riverfront Hotel, 100 Middle Lane, nestled on the banks of the Trent River in historic downtown, the Hilton features 171 newly-appointed 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 60ton travel lift we assist with everything from routine repairs to complete overhauls. Stop by our Ship’s Store for service, supplies and scuttlebutt, 252-249-0200.

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 252-638-8310. 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 252-249-0509 or email

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 252-637-2300 (R-19). The Boathouse, 220 Middle St., offering unique gifts, collectables, quality bags, New Bern T-shirts & more, plus the best (continued on page 34) New Bern Magazine


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hat selection in town featuring Tilley, Scala, Greek Fisherman hats, Sunday Afternoon, & more. Open 7 days a week, stop by this fun-to-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. MSat. 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. 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, 252633-3834 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; 252-633-0999 (R-15). 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 34

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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. Christopher Radko, Old World Christmas and Carolers by Byers’ Choice. Exceptional customer service and free gift wrap are the hallmarks of Middle Street Landing. 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. Mon.-Fri. 6:30am-5:30pm, Sat. 6:30am-5pm, 252-6384261, mitchellhardwareonline. com (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, holistic & all natural pet food for pets & their owners. All four-legged friends are welcome inside for a treat. 252-637-0247 (R-18). 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 Palace). A unique shop featuring Custom-Made Designer, Special Occasion and Art-to-Wear Clothing for all figures including Plus Sizes. Also carrying Sangam Cotton & Tencel Clothing. Fri. & Sat. 1-4pm or by appointment. 252-636-3589 or stclairoriginals. com (R-15). 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). 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 252-633-4432, (H-1), (R-19). 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).

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Arts, Galleries & Crafts Accidental Artist....................................17 Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Gallery .............17 New Bern ArtWorks ..............................13 Weavers Webb Gallery .........................17

Half Time Pub & Grub ............................7 Harvey Mansion....................................10 MJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar and Grill..................................16 Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barbecue ...................................7 Port City Java ........................................13 Strange & Sons Catering ..........................3 Toucan Grill..........................................23

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Bern Bear Gifts ......................................17 Boathouse .............................................13 Etched in Time ......................................13 Four Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.................................................13 Franâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beachwear ..................................28 Haymakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wife ..................................16 Julietteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boutique .................................12 Late Bloomer Garden & Gift Shop ........17 Marshaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage...................................23 Middle Street Landing ..............back cover Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewelers .....................................12 Mitchell Hardware ................................17 NautiPaws Pet Boutique .......................13 Peacockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plume ...................................39 Pepsi Store ............................................10 The Reprint Company ...........................16 Rosemary St. Clair Originals .................17 Snap Dragon .........................................12 Street Sounds ..........................................4 Tangles & Knots ....................................25 Twice as Nice .......................................17

Entertainment & Attractions Happy Feet ...........................................20 NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores .......24 New Bern Civic Theatre ..........................6 Orientalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Sailing ...................21 RiverTowne Repertory Players ................6 Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens ..16

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