By Karyn Seltzer, for New Bern Post: “The Bridges at Union Point” is the 11th novel from Les Pendleton and the first I’ve read by this local author. I’m always searching for a good story and I’m glad I was introduced to Pendleton. I will continue to read his books in succession. This novel, the most recent addition to the Pendleton library, is set in New Bern, and contains references to many local businesses, their owners, and local citizens. Being a New Bern resident, I felt a special connection to the setting and characters. The “Union Point” journey, which spans from in 1986 to theRead More →

In collaboration with The Blood Connection, the Tryon Palace Commission is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at The North Carolina History Center. The blood-drive will be held indoors in Lawson’s Landing (next to the Museum Store) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Each life-saving blood donation from this event not only supports those in need but will raise $20 for the Tryon Palace Foundation. The Foundation supports Tryon Palace’s programming, education, and restoration needs. The $20 raised from your blood donation will help the Foundation sustain these important programs. To sign up for the blood drive and schedule a time slot,Read More →

The Craven Arts Council and Gallery in Downtown New Bern present Little Talks, a new lecture series at the Bank of the Arts. This lecture series will be a quarterly event hosting a guest lecturer who is an expert on a specific subject matter. Each lecture will be followed by an open discussion between guests and the lecturer. The first Little Talk will be at the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St., on Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members and students, $15 for nonmembers, and free for children under the age of 18. Tickets can be purchased atRead More →

This Black History Month, the North Carolina Museum of History will provide family-centric online programs with a focus on the Green Book, a travel guide created for African American travelers during the Jim Crow era, and a look into social issues. An associated traveling panel display and other museum exhibits, as well as the Museum Shop, are all open to the public with special hours and protocols! Admission is free. Top Five Things to Do This Month Celebrate Black History Month, virtually, by exploring educational resources, programs, and exhibits honoring African American stories. Relax as a family during a reading of Ruth and the Green Book and discussions of theRead More →

Join the Craven-Pamlico Regional Library in a Digital Book Club of mythic proportions as we read “Big Fish” by Daniel Wallace. The event is Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 6 p.m. Register by emailing adultprograms@nbccpl.org or calling the New Bern-Craven County Public Library 252-638-7807. Digital copies of the book, both eBook and audio, are available forcheck out via Hoopla, and NCLive’s Homegrown Collection.https://library.biblioboard.com/home.Read More →

While some local counts may be cancelled due to regional COVID-19 rules, many community scientists across the hemisphere will carry on one of the longest-running wildlife censuses in a socially distanced fashion. For the 121st year, the National Audubon Society is organizing the annual Audubon CBC. Between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, bird-loving volunteers will participate in counts across North Carolina and across the Western Hemisphere all while abiding by Audubon’s COVID-19 guidelines.  The 12 decades’ worth of data collected by participants continue to contribute to one of only two large existing pools of information notifying ornithologists and conservation biologists about what conservation action is required to protectRead More →

By the time Roberto Quinonez moved to North Carolina from Paraguay in the 1990s, he was a young man who already had experience working at Italian restaurants. He honed his cooking skills in an Italian restaurant in Tarboro, and by 1990 had met Sandy, a coworker. The two fell in love and later married, forming something that went beyond the usual marital partnership. With their combined experience and a dream, they moved to New Bern in 1997 and a year later started a restaurant they named for their first-born child. Paula’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza was first located off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. BoulevardRead More →

Twenty-two members of Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28 from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point took a guided tour of the New Bern Battlefield Park on Dec. 4, 2020 to learn about New Bern’s role in its first major engagement in the Civil War. The unit, known as the Spartans, viewed the fighting positions in the park while hearing tour guide Jon Miller describe how the battle unfolded. The tour was organized by CWO 3 Christopher Margoupis and the group was led by the squadron commander Lt. Col. Christopher Tsirlis. If you are looking for an outside experience during these COVID-19 times, or to simplyRead More →

Familiarity attracted Gretchen and Tracy Du Peza to New Bern in 2015 as they investigated their next venture: Inkeeping. New Bern was founded in 1710 by a Swiss baron who named the settlement after Bern, Switzerland, his ancestral home. “We lived in Switzerland for 13 years, so we appreciate the Swiss tie-in here,” said Gretchen. In January 2016, the Du Pezas bought the Downtown New Bern bed & breakfast then known as Harmony House, a distinctive and historic venue that dates back to 1850. They restored and upgraded the inn and reinstated its historical name, the Benjamin Ellis House. Benjamin Ellis House Bed & BreakfastRead More →

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore InStore Silent Auction for the month of December is open until noon on Dec. 22. “This month features a number of local artists and we are hoping that these wonderful pieces will find their way into local homes over the holiday season,” said Evelyn Richards, ReStore Manager. Artists have donated their original works in a variety of media, including prints, watercolors, oils, and drawings. Other pieces have come from donations made to the ReStore that fit this month’s theme featuring art items. Starting bids for this month’s 16 items range from $15 to $150, so there is something in everyone’s priceRead More →