Thursday, January 1, 2015

Downtown New Bern Calendar 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm  Family Night - Escape the winter cold and enjoy fun for the whole family after hours at the North Carolina History Center! Sail a ship in the Pepsi Family Center, explore the exhibits in the Regional History Museum, and enjoy crafts for the kids! In January, we will be celebrating the diverse cultures that helped make New Bern the city it is today.  Visitors will also have access shopping in the Tryon Palace Museum Store, and dining on the waterfront at Aperitivo.   $12 adults and $6 youth (grades 1-12) Foundation Members admitted free.
9th Annual Handmade
Valentine Card Show and Sale

Friday, January 9 ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm

Friday, January 9 9th Annual Handmade Valentine Card Show and Sale featuring the artwork of Craven County School Students. Each card sells for $3 with ALL proceeds donated back to the School Art Program. Opening Reception during ArtWalk, Friday, January 9 2015, 5-8 pm. Carolina Creations 317 Pollock St.

January 9-February 14  9th Annual Handmade Valentine Card Show and Sale featuring the artwork of Craven County School Students. Each card sells for $3 with ALL proceeds donated back to the School Art Program. Carolina Creations 317 Pollock St.

January 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24. "Rent" Rock Opera. New Bern Civic Theatre. 7:30 on January 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 2 pm matinee January 11 and 18.

Friday, January 9 through February 28 Lycoris Radiata, Spider lily inspired art, in oil, acrylic, watercolor, glass, ceramic, colored pencil. Fine Art at Baxters

Friday, January 9 DownEast Folk Arts Society presents Joe Crookston  6:30 pm, Trent River Coffee Company.

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm Bear Country - Get a feel for the gridiron with this local documentary about New Bern High School Football, which honors past and present players, and focuses on the 2012 Championship season.  
     Bear Country takes viewers through the up-and-down journey of the 2012 New Bern Bears High School Football season as they try to get back to—and win—the State Championship (aka The Big Game) as they did in 2007. Bear Country explores the laboratory, practice field, classrooms and the homes of players with  interviews of former coaches and players who tell how Bear football has positively affected their lives. 
     Viewers will also see how strategically placed cameras captured intense practice, game footage, and the real-life suspense and buildup of game day. Cullman Performance Hall and Mattocks Hall   Event Price Free  Email:

Sunday, January 11 2-3 pm President Lincoln and his Cabinet An American treasure, Civil War historian Ed Bearss will appear for his ninth annual presentation in New Bern with a lecture entitled, “President Lincoln and his Cabinet.” 
     As we reach the final year of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, the top of Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet is particularly relevant, and Bearss will provide great insight into this subject with his unique manner. To reserve a seat or for additional information, please call the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558. 
     This lecture is presented by the New Bern Civil War Round Table and the New Bern Historical Society.  Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center Admission to the lecture requires a donation of $10 and all proceeds will be used to support the New Bern Battlefield Park. 252-638-8558

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm “An Overview of the Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina, 1866-1942” by Dr. Freddie Parker The quest by black Americans to secure first-class citizenship, equal treatment, and an end to racism began immediately after slavery. This lecture centers on the establishment of organizations and institutions by blacks to meet those challenges.
     Discussions will focus on the Afro-American League, the Afro-American Council, and other civil rights organizations founded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to fight racial discrimination in the United States. Dr. Parker will also examine specific means by which Black North Carolinians attacked Jim Crow laws, lynching, and social, economic and political discrimination through the first half of the 20th century.  
     The Tryon Palace African American Lecture Series offers a free, new program on the third Thursday of each month. All performances begin at 7 p.m. in Cullman Performance Hall and are free, thanks to a generous donation from the Harold H. Bate Foundation.  Cullman Performance Hall  Free Contact Email: Contact Phone: 252-639-3500

Friday, January 16 BBQ and Blue Jeans Bring your dancing shoes! Join the New Bern Fireman's Museum  for their very popular annual fundraiser on Friday, January 16, 2015. Doors open at 6:00PM and dinner is at 7:00PM. Wear your blue jeans and enjoy a great barbeque dinner from Moore's Barbeque including ribs, chicken, sides and dessert. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. 

Sunday, January 18 Bridal Expo and Venue Tours. Venue Tours will take place from 9:00am-1:00pm Advanced Registration is REQUIRED to participate in the Venue Tours. Bridal Expo from 1:00pm-5:00pm. New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Venue Tours: $25 per person. Register for Venue Tours online at Bridal Expo: $6 per person at the door

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm Sparky and Rhonda Rucker: “Let Freedom Ring” “Let Freedom Ring” invites you to see the Ruckers use authentic, spirited songs and Sparky’s first-hand experiences to present the story of the American civil rights movement. 
     Sparky marched shoulder-to-shoulder with SNCC Freedom Singers Matthew and Marshall Jones, and played freedom songs at rallies, marches, and sit-ins alongside other folksingers such as Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger. Cullman Performance Hall Free Contact Email: Contact Phone: 252-639-3500

Friday, January 30, Winterfeast Oysters, Brews and Comfort Foods, NC Oysters, Shrimp and Grits, BBQ, Soups and more, Tryon Palace. Cash bar. 5:30-8:30 pm.

Friday, January 30, 7 pm - Casablanca Jazz classics, Bossa Nova and Middle Eastern music. $10 at the door. Trent River Coffee Company.

Friday, February 6 In concert: Kim Richardson Trent River Coffee Company. 7:30 pm. DownEast Folk Arts Society.

February 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 The Importance of Being Earnest, RiverTowne Players. Masonic Theatre, $13 in advance, $16 at the door. 8 pm Feb 6, 7, 13, 14, Feb 8, 15 at 3 pm.

Sunday, February 8  North Carolina Symphony presents Beethoven and Mozart, Sunday, Pre-Concert Discussion: 6:30pm  Performance Begins at 7:30pm, New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm with Finley Woolston, Classical Music Announcer/Producer at Public Radio East WTEB, or William Robin, North Carolina Symphony Scholar-in-Residence. Advance Tickets $30-$45 Tickets are available to purchase through the NC Symphony Box Office by phone, or locally at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

February 13, 14, 15 Simply Simone – The Music of Nina Simone (Musical) Child prodigy. Jazz superstar. Civil rights activist. Political exile. Nina Simone was all of these things, and more. One of the ture divas of the 20th century and a genuine musical powerhouse, she defined a generation and defied classification. 
     Simply Simone is an electric new revue based on the turbulent life and rich artistic legacy of this American musical icon. The score to Simply Simone crosses genres from gospel to blues to Broadway to rock and roll. Evenings: February 13, 14 @ 7:30 pm Matinees: February 15 @ 2 pm Admission: Advance $14,  Door $16,  Students and active duty military $10 with photo ID, New Bern Civic Theatre.

Friday, February 13, ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm

Quilt by Sally Rowe
Craven Arts Council and
Friday, February 13,  5-8 pm The Art of Quilting, opening, Quilts by Twin Rivers Quilters Guild. Show continues through March. Bank of the Arts.

Saturday, February 14, 11 am, Quilting Discussion of Quilts in "The Art of Quilting," Bank of the Arts.

February 15-February 21 Carolina Chamber Music Festival 
      February 15 3-4 pm, Festive Family Concert, New Bern Public Library, Free admission. Reception to follow.
      February 17 12-1 pm, Classical Lunch, Bank of the Arts, $15. Pianist Melvin Chen.
      February 19 6-7 pm, Mendelssohn After Work, Bank of the Arts, $20 Hosted by finley Woolston of Public Radio East. Reception to follow.
      February 21 7:30 Festival Finale Colorful classics for four, five and six strings. Reception to follow.  $25.

February 16 7:30 pm  "Under the Streetlamp" Concert performing favorites from the Four Seasons, Beach Boys, Temptations, Beatles and others. New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Tickets available at the New Bern Historical Society.

Thursday, February 19,  11-2 Empty Bowls  Join us for soup, bread, and a locally made piece of pottery.  The proceeds from this event are split between Religious Community Services and the Craven Arts Council and Gallery.  With each ticket purchased you are helping to provide meals in Craven County and assisting the Craven Arts Council in the many events and programs that they provide to the public. $25. Temple Baptist Church 1500 Kingdom Way.

Sunday, February 22 26th Annual Jazz Showcase, Doubletree by Hilton. Sponsored by Craven County Arts Council. 1:30 and 7 pm.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm ENCWA Bridal Show Find everything you need for your wedding in one place during the Eastern North Carolina Bridal Association’s 2015 Spring Bridal Show.  Held inside the North Carolina History Center in historic downtown New Bern, the ENCWA Bridal Show is your chance to meet more than 40 wedding professionals that include caterers, DJs, entertainers, cake vendors, florists, officiants, planners, photographers, videographers and more. You’ll also be able to see a selection of cakes, photo booths, gowns, and formal wear.  Sponsored by the ENC Wedding Association, and  For more information visit or call 252-296-2568. North Carolina History Center, located at 529 South Front St., New Bern, 28562  Event Price  A yet-to-be-determined admission fee will be required at the door and the first 75 brides will receive a free gift bag.   Contact Phone: 252-296-2568

Sunday, March 8  North Carolina Symphony Young People's Concert: Mozart's Magnificent Voyage 3:00pm New Bern Riverfront Convention Center Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's young son Karl longs to spend more time with his famous father and receives that opportunity when they attend a performance of The Magic Flute. Follow Karl's journey as he (and the audience) learn more about his father's life and music. Tickets are $23 for all. Tickets are available to purchase through the NC Symphony Box Office by phone, or locally at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28 Shrek The Musical JR (Children's Musical, StageHANDS) Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Daivd Lindsay-Abaire "once upon a time, theatre was a little ogre named Shrek..." 
     And thus begins the fairy tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. 
     Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Make room for ogre-sized family fun as thre greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in this breathtaking Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie Shrek. Evenings: March 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 @ 7:30 pm Matinees: March 15, 22 @ 2 pm Admission: Advance $14,  Door $16,  Students and active duty military $10 with photo ID. New Bern Civic Theatre.

Garden Art and Paintings
 at Carolina
Creations Garden Art Show
Friday, March 13, Garden Art and Garden Paintings Show with work from gallery artists opens during ArtWalk at Carolina Creations. 5-8 pm. Garden sculpture by Gail Chavenelle, Copper Wind Sculptures by Bradley Cross, wall sculpture by Chris Montgomery, and others. Show runs through the end of April.

Friday, March 13, ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm

Saturday, March 14 9-4, and Sunday March 15 Home and Garden Show, New Bern Riverfront Convention Center - Enjoy one of Eastern North Carolina's longest running Home and Garden Shows. For over 30 years New Bern has played host to this wonderful event that continues to grow and change year after year! Free and Open to the Public

Saturday, March 28, 2015 At the Gallery: Irving Berlin 7:00pm Bank of the Arts The works of lyricist and composer Irving Berlin make up a large portion of The Great American Songbook. Berlin's, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" sparked a far-reaching ragtime dance craze that quickly swept the nation. When America entered World War I, Berlin was drafted into the Army to write patriotic music. It was during his tenure there that he wrote the now well known song, "God Bless America". Sing and dance along with us on March 28th as Maddy Winer and Bill Covington perform songs from Irving Berlin's repertoire! General Admission: $20 Craven Arts Council Members: $15

Saturday, March 28 The Downtown Dare 10:00am Event will begin on East Front Street in Historic Downtown New Bern in the empty waterfront lot next to The Galley Store. The Downtown Dare is a team event where participants solve clues to find checkpoints all around the beautiful, Historic Downtown District of New Bern. This is a race for everyone (all ages), because brainpower can beat those who may be physically faster. Bring your family and friends to Historic Downtown New Bern for a day of memory making, mental and physical challenges and FUN, FUN, FUN!  Proceeds benefit the Open Door Scholarship at The Epiphany School of Global Studies in New Bern, NC. For additional information regarding this event, please visit the website.   (252) 259-3795 /

Friday, Arpil 10, ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm

April 10-11 New Bern Spring Historic Homes and Gardens Tour 10:00am-4:00pm  Historic Downtown New BernThe New Bern Historical Society and the New Bern Preservation Foundation invite you to enjoy wonderful Spring in New Bern with the Spring Historic Homes and Gardens Tour! Advance Tickets: $18 (includes tax) Day of Tour Tickets: $22 (includes tax) Active Duty Military Personnel Tickets: $15 (includes tax) or New Bern Historical Society and New Bern Preservation Foundation.
Spring Homes and Garden Tour 2015 art
by Janet Francoeur Carolina Creations

April 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8:00pm April 19, 26 at 3:00pm Les Miserables, Tickets $16.00 in advance $19.00 at door  $10.00 for students w/ valid I.D.Rivertowne Players, Masonic Theatre.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm  Washington's Southern Tour: Dinner with President Washington in the Stanly House Garden  Enjoy dinner at the John Wright Stanly House as President George Washington stops by for a visit during his Second Southern Tour. This event includes a rare look inside the Stanly House by candlelight, as well as cocktails and an 18th-century dinner in the Stanly House Garden. This event is part of a series of events dedicated to George Washington's Southern Tour, and is being managed by the New Bern Preservation Foundation. More information at

Saturday, April 25, 2015 At the Gallery: Harold Arlen 7:00pm Bank of the Arts Having written, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" the song voted to be the #1 song of the 20th century, Harold Arlen had to be included in our American composers series. In addition to this well known classic, Arlen wrote over 500 songs including, "That Old Black Magic" and, "Come Rain or Come Shine" both of which he wrote with Johnny Mercer. Join us in the front gallery as John Van Dyke and Brandon Banks perform some of Harold Arlen's many classics! General Admission: $20 Craven Arts Council Members: $15 Website:

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm Washington's Southern Tour: President’s Ball at Tryon Palace Dance and be merry on the South Lawn with President George Washington as he passes through New Bern on his Second Southern Tour. This event includes a candlelight tour through the Governor’s Palace, as well as cocktails, dessert, and music on the South Lawn. This event is part of a series of events dedicated to George Washington's Southern Tour, and is being managed by the New Bern Preservation Foundation.  More information at

Sunday, May 3, 7:30 PM The North Carolina Symphony Presents: Appalachian Spring pre-Concert Discussion: 6:30pm Performance Begins at 7:30pm New Bern Riverfront Convention Center 203 South Front Street Advance Tickets $30-$45 Tickets are available to purchase through the NC Symphony Box Office by phone, or locally at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. 

Friday, May 8, ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm

Friday, May 8 The Colors of Cuba, photographs by Lou Plummer, opens at Carolina Creations. 5-8 pm during ArtWalk. Show runs through June 30.

May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 Into The Woods - Musical, May not be suitable for young children) The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make. The stroy follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break it. Everyone's wish is granted, but consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. They learn the hard way that happily ever after isn't always so happy after all. Evenings: May 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 7:30 pm Matinees: May 10, 17 @ 2 pm Admission: Advance $17,  Door $19,  Students and active duty military $10 with photo ID. New Bern Civic Theatre.

Friday, May 15, 7:30 pm  Danielle Miraglia Trent River Coffee Company A fabulously gifted singer-songwriter with a hot acoustic slide guitar, and a voice with a Janis Joplin edge, Miraglia has it all. We are fortunate to get Danielle back for a return performance in our season finale! General Admission: $15 Active Duty Military and Down East FolkArts Society Members: $12  Students: $8 Website:

Friday, June 12, ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm

Friday, July 10, At The Shore, Show opens during ArtWalk, Carolina Creations 5-8 pm. Show runs through August 31.

Friday, July 10, ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm

Through August 31 At The Shore, paintings of waterways in Eastern North Carolina, Carolina Creations.

July 10, 11, 12, 17, 18   The Outsiders  (Drama, Saax Bradbury Players)  The Outsiders opens with a orphaned 14 year old boy named Ponyboy Curtis, who is a member of the "greasers." Their rivals are the upper-class social, or "Socs", who enjoy drinking, drving nice cars, and beating up greasers. Tensions mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events resulting in the death of three teens. Evenings: July 10, 11, 17, 18 @ 7:30 pm  Matinees: July 12, 19 @ 2 pm  Admission: Advance $14,  Door $16,  Students and active duty military $10 with photo ID. New Bern Civic Theatre.

August 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16  In The Heights (Latin Musical) In The Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of music of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Evenings: August 7, 8, 14, 15 @ 7:30 pm Matinees: August 9, 16 @ 2 pm Admission: Advance $14,  Door $16,  Students and active duty military $10 with photo ID. New Bern Civic Theatre.

Friday, August 14, ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm

Friday, September 11, ArtWalk Downtown
Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm

Saturday, September 12, Sunday, September 13
Bike MS.

September 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 A Few Good Men  Courtroom Drama, Rated R - due to language,  This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a coverup of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his client and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. Evenings: September 11, 12, 18, 19 @ 7:30 pm Matinees: September 13, 20 @ 2 pm Admission: Advance $17,  Door $19,  Students and active duty military $10 with photo ID 

Friday, October 9, ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm

November 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 Evita -  The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron,, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. Evenings: November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 @ 7:30 pm  Matinees: November 8, 15 @ 2 pm Admission: Advance $17,  Door $19,  Students and active duty military $10 with photo ID. New Bern Civic Theatre.

Friday, November 13, ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm

Brenda Behr
Robert Rigsby

Friday, November 13, Double Vision - Opens during ArtWalk, 5-8 pm. Artists Brenda Behr and Robert Rigsby - plein air painters - paint the same scene, each with their own take on it! Show runs through January 5. Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

November 13 through January 5 Double Vision Artists Brenda Behr and Robert Rigsby - plein air painters - paint the same scene, each with their own take on it! Show runs through January 5. Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

December 5, 6, 11, 12 Christmas Concert (Holiday Musical) Usher in the holiday season with NBCT. Evenings: December 5, 12 @ 7:30 pm Matinees: December 6, 13 @ 2 pm Admission: TBA
Friday, December 11, ArtWalk Downtown Shops and Galleries 5-8 pm