Category Archives: LOCAL EVENTS

Seaplane event tricky thing to pull off

Winner of the County Compass contest, David Toler, right, experienced a free Seaplane Ride on Saturday during the Wings Over Bridgeton event. (Photo credit – KT2C) By Alan Welch BRIDGETON — Staging an event is always stressful but a seaplane fly-in may be more stressful than most! This year the number of aircraft increased, and many more vendor booths were on site. The local Junior ROTC Battalion provided much needed security and crowd control. Members from Chapter 1171 of the Experimental Aircraft Association were also on hand — on the festival grounds and in the air. On…

Heroes & Hooligans…They Walk Among Us! New Bern Historical Society’s Ghostwalk October 26-28

Heroes and Hooligans right here in downtown New Bern! (Photo by Bill Hand) NEW BERN, NC. It is that time of year again, and the New Bern Historical Society is preparing its 27th annual Ghostwalk, Heroes & Hooligans… They Walk Among Us!. Each Ghostwalk brings a whole new batch of characters from New Bern’s colorful and varied past to tell you their stories right in the very places they might have been seen in life. Don’t worry though, all these spirits are from history, not from science fiction. So as night falls in New Bern’s Historic District October 26-28, keep an eye out for shady ch…

Run for the Mums 5K and 1Mile Races MumFest Weekend Sunday, October 15

Run for the Mums is a New Bern Parks & Recreation featured event on the Sunday morning of MumFest weekend. This flat course race begins and ends at Union Point Park and winds through New Bern’s scenic historic district. Awards will be presented to the overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place male/female runners in each age group for the 5K race. There is a discounted early registration fee of $25-5K, $20-1Mile. Register early at www.active.com/new-bern-nc/running/distance-running/run-for-mums-2017. Check-in and day of registration begins at 6:00 a.m. with a start time of 7:30 a.m. Day of…

Weekend of Family Fun MumFest 2017, October 13-15

Swiss Bear Inc. NEW BERN —  Come to historic downtown New Bern, October 13-15, for a weekend of non-stop free entertainment including the 2ndMarine Aircraft Wing Band, street performers, musicians at the Miller Lite Beer Garden and the Bank of the Arts, a video game trailer and DJ’s at the MumFest Playhouse, a rock climbing wall, Enchanted Princesses, and much more. In addition to free entertainment MumFest also has a ticketed country music concert on Friday, October 13 featuring country music sensation Brett Young with Danielle Bradbery, season 4 winner of The Voice, a…

Dragon Boat races rock at River Dunes

In Saturday morning’s parade, cancer survivor teams Dragons with a Cause from Oriental and . . . . . . Fight Like Mad from Charleston, exude emotion and proved to be crowd favorites. RIVER DUNES – By any measure, spectators and paddlers enjoyed many competitive races during the Eighth Annual Oriental Dragon Boat Festival, though by late Saturday afternoon everyone left the grounds of River Dunes thoroughly wet and muddy. At 11 am Saturday – just prior to the fifth race – organizers called a halt to all on-the-water activities. Out of deference to lightning and thunder, everyone hunke…

Parade of Teams & Opening Ceremony begin 9 am Saturday

HUNDREDS OF PADDLERS HEAD TO RIVER DUNES FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL COMPETITION! SPECTATORS FREE! On the outskirts of Oriental, the large River Dunes marina, known as Grace Harbor, is considered one of the pre-eminent Dragon Boat Racing venues in the entire southeast United States – ideal for a 300 meter, four-lane course. Look closely! You’ll see some home-grown talent among the red-shirted Oriental Dragon Boat Club – always a local crowd favorite!  By Flora Moorman RIVER DUNES — This Festival, now in its eighth year, exemplifies the true ‘Spirit’ that it takes to make a ‘dif…

Powerhouse ‘Charlotte Fury’ commits to Aug. 12 Dragon Boat Race & Festival

RIVER DUNES – ‘Charlotte Fury’ – acknowledged to be one of the best Dragon Boat squads in the southeast – signaled this week they are headed to Oriental and to River Dunes for the Aug. 12 event. Known as a ‘club team,’ which practices throughout the year both on Lake Norman and in other venues, the Charlotte squad last participated in 2012. “This is great news,” said Festival organizer. “When a team of this caliber shows up, the level of competition increases. Our sincere appreciation to each and every one of the Charlotte Fury paddlers. These guys and gals are absolutely wo…

‘Fight Like Mad’ Dragon Boat returns

Cancer Survivor Team from Charleston epitomizes spirit of Aug. 12 Festival RIVER DUNES — Dragon Boat Charleston’s All Cancer Survivor Team, ‘Fight Like Mad’ returns this year to the Annual Oriental Dragon Boat Race and Festival scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12 at Grace Harbor Marina. “We are paddling in honor of a dear member who is battling cancer with grace and ferocity,” said team spokesman Meagan Labriola. “She is a true survivor, just like all of the paddlers in this boat. There are new members and some veteran paddlers who will give it their all at the race in Orien…

Pepsi collectors headed to New Bern

The East Coast Pepsi Connection has grown dramatically since these founders met for the first time in New Bern during the summer of 2008. By June Frost NEW BERN — Ten years ago, the founders of the East Coast Pepsi Connection (ECPC) met for the first time here in New Bern. Eight people had a picnic at Fort Totten Park and invited local folks to bring their Pepsi Memorabilia to learn about and/or sell. Since then they have had similar picnics in locations along the East Coast. This year, 80 people are returning to celebrate the Connection’s 10th Anniversary! We have added activities includ…

Limbo Contest captivates audience

ORIENTAL — The fun and free Kids Park area at the annual Pamlico County Croaker Festival is always entertaining, but this year’s Limbo Contest proved to be one of the most competitive ever! Four agile, limber young men (from left: Landon, Walker, Owen and Oliver) each cleared the bar when it was lowered to just 18 inches above ground. Congratulations to this quartet of amazing athletes!…
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