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Sign-ups begin for Aug. 12 Dragon Boat Festival

Among first: Two newcomers & veteran paddler from Florida RIVER DUNES – The eighth annual affair, scheduled for Grace Harbor Marina at River Dunes near Oriental, is shaping up to be the most popular competition yet. Teams and individual paddlers from throughout the Southeast have been bombarding the Festival’s website, www.orientaldragonboat.com, according to organizer Flora Moorman. “I really want to thank both Barbara Caudill and Nancy Christian from Raleigh,” said Moorman. “Earlier this year, for Chinese New Year, we promoted the Dragon Boat Festival at the Trian…

24th Anniversary Aurora Fossil Festival Schedule

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Spirited bidding for ancient artifacts starts at 3 p.m. Saturday

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Saturday lineup includes snappy, fun ‘lectures’

“The Cookiecutter Shark, Isistius: The Real Cookie Monster” Saturday, 10 am – Learning Center of Aurora Fossil Museum Victor Perez, Jr. started collecting fossil shark teeth when he was six years old. The curiosity and intrigue that came from collecting fossils led him to pursue a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences with a minor in Science Education. Victor is currently three years into his degree program and his dissertation research focuses on fossil sharks of Panama. His research interests are broad and allow him to practice many different fields of study, such as biology, che…

Trish Kohler: Our ‘Fossil Master’ for 2017

AURORA — The Aurora Fossil Festival Committee takes great pleasure in announcing that Trish Kohler is this year’s ‘Fossil Master’ – our chief dignitary for the 2017 Aurora Fossil Festival. For those who know Trish, her pleasant, curious demeanor is only one component of a person who has spent nearly a lifetime searching for and discovering relics of the past. Trish began collecting fossils while growing up in Florida and eventually amassed a collection from her walks along the Florida shoreline. Over the years, she would search for fossils while scuba diving — with on…

Kids’ Tent new feature at 2017 Fossil Festival

AURORA – This Memorial Day Weekend, there’s something for everyone in downtown Aurora. Let’s give some much-needed credit to Aurora resident Sandi Lilley. As an active member of the all-volunteer Festival planning committee, Lilley has been busy for months spearheading a new wrinkle for this year’s festivities. In a recent e-mail to this newspaper, Lilley’s enthusiasm almost bubbled off the computer screen. “I am so excited about the new children’s tent lineup of activities,” wrote Lilley. “When we began work on this idea, we really wanted the kids to have a fun and sa…

Fossil Festival growth outpaces scarce sponsorship dollars

The big rigs of Bryan Mayer will show up Friday night, May 26, in downtown Aurora for the Fossil Festival’s Opening Night Ceremonies. AURORA – The annual Aurora Fossil Festival, now in its 24th year, has become one of the biggest events in eastern North Carolina. Recently, however, organizers have conceded that the Festival’s huge success has put a strain on finances. Immensely popular, the large Fossil Dig Area attracts kids of all ages A three-day festival (this year from May 26 thru May 28) in which most of the events, entertainment, and other attractions are offered at little or no co…

All-U-Can-Eat Oysters & Chili

GRANTSBORO – The Foundation that offers scholarships and other assistance to students at Pamlico Community College raises money each year on the Hwy. 306 campus with a popular Oyster Roast & Chili Cookoff. This year the event runs from 3 until 5 on Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets are just $30 for all-you-can-eat oysters and chili. Student tickets are $15. Buy them at Nautical Wheelers, Bayboro Pharmacy, Oriental Deli & Subs, the Chamber of Commerce, or the PCC Bookstore. For more information, call Michelle Noevere at (252) 249-1851, ext. 3084.…

New Bern Preservation Foundation Antiques Show & Sale next weekend

RIVERFRONT CONVENTION CENTER – Ticket buyers may take advantage of a free appraisal service from noon until 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 – 12. Show organizers, including Lee Purcell, expect to see a great many family heirlooms and other treasures arriving during the popular show. “Visitors coming from a distance with up to three items each have been disappointed in previous years if they missed the times,” said Purcell, “so we try to be clear on this point. Please be sure to stress the noon to 3 p.m. time frame on Saturday and Sunday of the show!” Ticket are just $10 per p…

Antiques Show helps preserve town’s beloved ‘Depot’

NEW BERN — Whether the hunt is for that vintage home decorating piece or for collectable memorabilia or for that special piece of jewelry, it all can be discovered at the Antiques Show and Sale being held at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center from February 10th through 12th. Your single ticket ($8 in advance) is good for all three days so you can come back again and again! With over 35 dealers attending this year, one will find an array of fine and unusual antiques, collectibles, art, furniture, jewelry and even congressional autographs and circus posters. Step back in time as you br…
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