Giving Tuesday looks a little different this year, and Tryon Palace is on board for this unique approach to this special day when all are called to make a gift to causes near and dear to their hearts. Tryon Palace is participating in the global Giving Tuesday initiative and local Giving Tuesday events. All Giving Tuesday efforts will be available online and on social media platforms online, Instagram, and Facebook. Patrons’ support will go towards Tryon Palace’s continued efforts in preserving historic collection pieces, supporting their mission to connect all generations to North Carolina History. Show your support of Tryon Palace’s mission and work onRead More →

Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, kicks off the holiday season in Downtown New Bern with Bear Merry Christmas and Christmas on Craven Street-Downtown New Bern-Open House events. In light of COVID-19, this year’s Beary Merry Christmas is called A Beary Safe and Magical Christmas in New Bern. Beary Merry Christmas, a Downtown New Bern staple for years, will be Friday, Nov. 27 and 28 at Santa House in Bear Plaza on Middle Street and throughout Downtown New Bern. For more on the season’s events, go to BearyMerryChristmas or on Facebook at Facebook.com/BearyMerryChristmas. Beary Merry events Friday, Nov. 27: Beary Merry Christmas Kickoff Santa arrives in BearRead More →

Start humming your favorite Christmas carols and plan to attend Tryon Palace’s Holiday Cheer event in commemoration of its 250th Anniversary. During two Saturdays in December, the 12th and 19th, Tryon Palace will open its wreathed gates for tours of the decorated Palace and joyous festivities that will delight both young and old. The Palace’s front lawn will come alive with historical re-enactments, musicians, dancers, entertainment and holiday shopping, to be enjoyed while sipping on hot cocoa or your favorite adult beverage. Tours of the Palace’s first floor draped in ribbons, wreaths, fruit and floral décor, traditional of an eighteenth-century Christmas holiday, will be available.Read More →

The 36th annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla returns to New Bern on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Flotilla will be held at Union Point Park, 210 East Front Street in downtown New Bern. Activities kick off at 4:30pm with the AeroShell Aerobatic Airshow. The flotilla will begin around 5:30 p.m. Food vendors will be on site. “The annual Flotilla is a holiday tradition and we are excited to offer the event this year ,” said Foster Hughes, Director of Parks and Recreation. Due to COVID-19, the city is offering the opportunity to view the Flotilla virtually on Facebook at the following pages: @CityofNB and @NewBernPR. For thoseRead More →

On Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, more than 1,400 museum stores representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 22 countries, and five continents will offer inspired shopping at museums and cultural institutions during Museum Store Sunday. The Museum Store at Tryon Palace is participating in this signature annual initiative, now in its fourth year, and will be offering a special discount of 25 percent off all purchases over ten dollars to all patrons who shop on that day (see full coupon, below; print it out and bring it with you). “We are thrilled to be participating in this global event to bring recognition to museumRead More →

New Bern independent school started by author Nicholas Sparks commemorates major milestone Noted author Nicholas Sparks and his wife Catherine had a bold goal when they started The Epiphany School of Global Studies (TESGS) in 2006. They aimed to provide a globally-focused education, intentional character development, and a service-oriented curriculum, to New Bern’s K-12 students. Now, 15 years later, the school is celebrating a major milestone, having led over 1,000 students to successful scholastic, collegiate, and professional careers.  Leading each school year with a focus on community service and emphasizing global studies with travel opportunities and multi-lingual programming, TESGS has built a tradition on developingRead More →

There was a city wide GiveAway at Five Points on Saturday that drew hundreds of people Saturday. The giveaway included food, personal hygiene Items, diapers, wipes, new clothes, coats and jackets, household Items, and furniture provided by Combined Unified Services, The event was organized by Combined Unified Services Director Judy Toney of Fayetteville, N.C., in collaboration with Ephesus SDA Church, New Bern, Pastor Patrick Tyrill, and former New Bern Alderman Barbara Best and current New Bern Alderwoman Jamesha Harris. The event was held at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at large grassy vacant lot at Five Points near Downtown New Bern. Masks and socialRead More →

The CarolinaEast Foundation is proud to announce the final results of the 2020 CarolinaEast Health System Employee Campaign. “Everyday Heroes: Kindness Behind the Mask”, with over 50 percent of the work force at CarolinaEast giving of their time and dollars over this annual two week long fundraising campaign, brought in a remarkable total of $441,383.00. 100 percent of those dollars are dedicated to directly serving the healthcare needs of the local communities in eastern North Carolina. This is the 24th annual Employee Campaign, but perhaps the most unforgettable one yet in light of this year’s global health pandemic. In the midst of caring for manyRead More →

The Coastal Women’s Shelter is moving its Helping Hands Boutique upscale thrift store from its James City location where the store had been for over 10 years. A grand re-opening will be on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in the new central location of 2509 Unit A Neuse Blvd., New Bern, across from the Bruin Movie Theater. This convenient location makes it easier for returning and new customers, and most importantly for survivors of domestic violence seeking information, safety, and support to visit the store frequently. Helping Hands Boutique is an extraordinary upscale thrift store whose operations and proceeds benefit the individuals and families served byRead More →

Hundreds of area residents participated in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New Bern. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of a large group gathering, participants walked as individuals and small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Craven County on Oct. 25, raising more than $49,000 to support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Association is keeping up the momentum and continuing to raise critical funds and awareness with a goal to raise $55,000 by the end of the year. Since the Walk is everywhere this year, individuals are being encouraged to still register, watch the opening ceremony, walkRead More →