BEAUFORT, N.C. — A historic boat that is literally one-of-a-kind has made a temporary return to the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. Periauger, a historic replica of the long-lost Colonial boat of the same name, was recently brought back to Beaufort for refurbishment. Originally built at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort’s working watercraft center, Periauger sits there once again as repairs continue on the vessel, the only known boat of its kind.“The boat itself, in its historic context, was really important to North Carolina,” the museum’s maritime curator, David Bennett, said. “In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was a popular coastal transport, especiallyRead More →

This year has been quite a year and continuing to change. Colorfest will be canceling all of its events next month. However, Due to COVID-19, they will have some art classes posted next month for the children. See video. Classes will be posted to the website and sent through registered emails on Aug. 15-16. Sign your kids up. Share with those interested in their kids learning some good tips on drawing and arts. Colorfest Inc. is committed to bringing the arts to all children in a diverse setting. We are devoted to bringing all forms of art to the community through beautification projects, educational outreach,Read More →

While some Downtown New Bern restaurants and shops have opted to shut down temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most are still open for business with adjusted hours and a more limited menu to keep it simple for customers. DSwiss Bear, Inc. is supplementing the shutdown of downtown restaurant dining rooms and bars. The organization’s website has been transformed into a gift card purchasing directory and most establishments have created curbside and delivery options for customers. Downtown business owners jumped into action before the call from Governor Cooper was made Tuesday to shut down dining rooms by holding an emergency downtown meeting on Tuesday afternoon.Read More →

“The Wall That Heals” visit to the New Bern area on March 24-29 has been postponed over COVID-19 concerns. While disappointed this decision has become necessary, organizers are looking at dates in 2021 to reschedule this event. This event, hosted by the American Legion Post 539 and Knights of Columbus Assembly 1820, would have brought the preeminent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the area for Vietnam Veterans, family members and other members of the public. American Legion Post 539 and Knights of Columbus Assembly 1820 and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund jointly decided to postpone the visit out of an abundance of cautionRead More →

Volunteers needed for traffic and parking control The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Museum, a three-quarter size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be displayed at Lawson Creek Park in New Bern from March 24-29. Called “The Wall That Heals,” the replica was unveiled in Washing on Veterans Day 1996 by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. It is designed to travel to communities throughout the nation. The exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Wall, and a mobile Education Center. Since its dedication, the Wall has been displayed at almost 600 communities throughout the nation. If you can’tRead More →

Block Party to make it all happen—Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in Vanceboro The Craven Resource Council was forged with four primary goals in mind Building relationships between community residents and partner stakeholders. Raising awareness about community resources. Identifying and addressing resource gaps Maximizing the reach of partner agencies. The council is the result of a collaborative relationship between Habitat for Humanity of Craven County, Twin Rivers Opportunity, and Vision Forward and has since expanded to include other non-profit groups, City and County agencies, and other organizations. The Craven Resource Council will host their second community focused event on Saturday, Feb. 29, in Vanceboro, at theRead More →

On June 19, 2019, Eastern North Carolinians will celebrate JUNETEENTH with the launch of The African American Heritage & Cultural Center of New Bern. June 19 is JUNETEENTH, the national celebration of the emancipation of formerly enslaved peoples. The AAHCC launch is June 19 from 6-8 p.m. at 408 Hancock St. in New Bern. Rick Fisher, newly elected Board President said, “JUNETEENTH was chosen because of its significance to African Americans throughout the country. Launching on JUNETEENTH in New Bern demonstrates our organization’s commitment to presenting the historical impact and progression of African American heritage and culture in Eastern North Carolina.” The African American HeritageRead More →

You’ll want to get your taxes done and your schedule freed up for the myriad of events and activities in and around Downtown New Bern the weekend of April 12-14. The weekend is packed with home tours, a concert, art gallery tours, a 5K run, and wine, beer and spirits tastings. “What’s nice about it is that it brings all kinds of elements together,” said Lynne Harakal, director of Swiss Bear Inc., the Main Street organization for Downtown New Bern. Whether you’re a local or coming in town for the weekend, there are opportunities for a lot of different activities, she said. New to DowntownRead More →

The popular Harry Goodman Battlefield Adventure Day for families is Saturday, March 23, at the New Bern Battlefield Park.  A day full of learning activities, period games and living history, it is held annually at the Park, which has been extensively upgraded by the New Bern Historical Society. This year the event is open to guests of all ages, with special activities for children 6-12 years old.  Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. with activities from noon to 4 p.m.  Guests will be greeted by re-enactors from the 5th and 7th North Carolina Regiments. The event kicks off with a commissary lunch for all guests, provided by Moore’s Bar-B-Que.  There will be CivilRead More →

Eastern North Carolina’s most popular band for all ages will perform for the fourth time at ShamRockin’ 2019, a St Patrick’s Celebration Friday night, March 15th in New Bern.  The annual dinner and party will be held at New Bern’s History Center starting at 6PM with traditional Irish dinner while being entertained by Tom & Dahlin’ with Celtic songs and music…. cash bar with beer, wine and popcorn ..and then dance to the high energy sounds of TrainWreck playing hits like Play That Funky Music, Stayin’ alive, Billie Jean, That’s What I Like, Proud Mary, Keep Your Hands to Yourself….Motown, Rock ,Disco, R&B music fromRead More →