Category Archives: LOCAL EVENTS

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…

‘Christmas in the County’ resounding success!

Representing Broad Creek Christian Church, Mike Marsh (left) and Jack Brooks, present a check for $3,000 to HOPE Clinic executive director, Sheri Rettew. By Mike Marsh PAMLICO COUNTY – Wow! That’s the consensus of folks at Broad Creek Christian Church after the congregation’s first ever ‘Christmas in the County’ old-time celebration, where all comers were invited! Sheri Rettew, executive director of HOPE Clinic, said the event’s donation of $3,000 translates into health care for 50 people over an entire year at HOPE Clinic! This event owes so much gratitude to the many folk…

Seaplanes, float planes, flying boats headed for Bridgeton

By Alan Welch BRIDGETON — Wings Over Bridgeton is the first (and so far only) seaplane “fly in” to happen on the Neuse River. This Saturday, Nov. 19, is the big day and admission is free! Organizers expect more than a dozen fly / float aircraft, with the best viewing to take place at Bridgeton Harbor Marina, 1101 B Street in Bridgeton – which is just a stone’s throw from busy Hwy. 17 — which runs through this small waterfront community. Pilots will begin to arrive Friday afternoon, for hobnobbing with locals and some demonstrations. About 9 a.m. Saturday, pilots will allow th…

Away tilt possible – Cancellations pour in

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Small Business seminars, duck hunting, a Gospel Music concert, library book sale, and even the hugely popular MumFest are facing likely derailment, although incessant weather prognostications give some hope that Hurricane Matthew may choose a less destructive path. As duck season begins this week, hunters in eastern North Carolina will find that access roads have been closed on public game lands. Hunters will still be allowed to access areas on foot. Game land roads will remain closed until personnel with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commissio…

‘Down by the Riverside’

Vandemere thanks participants & attendees WATERFRONT PARK – Immediately after Saturday’s ribbon cutting for the town’s new park and boat ramp, the talented Pamlico Chorale performed a series of popular tunes. One in particular — a classic, down South gospel song — spurred Vandemere Mayor Judy Thaanum (far left) to jump up and join in. “I’ve just got to sing that one,” chuckled the lifelong resident, who leads a community that is determined to rebuild and restore after devastation brought by a double-whammy: The Great Recession, and Hurricane Irene in 2011.…

Vandemere Waterfront Park Grand Opening & Celebration

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