While Hurricane Florence has meant minor changes in the Ghostwalk line-up, the New Bern Historical Society is finding that when a ghost site has had to step out, others step in. This includes the William B. Blades house on the corner of Johnson and Middle streets.
Historical Society Executive Director Mickey Miller said, “What a generous offer from the owners of the Blades House. How wonderful it is that they want to help make Ghostwalk successful. This is yet another great example of New Bernians working together to make our town so successful.”
Ghostwalk is an annual event presented by the New Bern Historical Society, this year held Oct. 25-27. Each Ghostwalk brings a whole new batch of historical characters from New Bern’s colorful and varied past to tell you their stories. This year’s theme: Graves’ Anatomy, brings tales ofMedicine, Mystery and Mayhem. That would leave the ghostly field open to everyone from well-respected surgeons to snake oil salesmen.
The current line-up of Ghostwalk sites and an online map are available at www.GhostwalkNewBern.com.
Ghostwalk is a family-friendly event with entertaining stories from our history, tempting dinners available at historic churches, and this year something new. At the historic Judge Gaston Law office, each Ghostwalk ticket-holder can have their picture taken at the professional Tap Snap photo booth. They will go home with a free photo souvenir as well as a digital image, all as part of their Ghostwalk ticket.
Tickets are available at www.GhostwalkNewBern.com or by calling 252-638-8558, and at the following outlets: The New Bern Historical Society, Mitchell’s Hardware, Bank of the Arts, Harris Teeter on Glenburnie and in Carolina Colours, ITT Office aboard Cherry Point Marine Air Station, and ASAP Photo in Greenville.
The mission of the New Bern Historical Society is to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education. Offices are located in the historic Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad St. in New Bern. For more information, call 252-638-8558 or go www.NewBernHistorical.org or www.facebook.com/NewBernHistoricalSociety.
For 28 years, Ghostwalk has endured whatever mother nature sends along. This year she sent Florence. For many New Bernians this means much flooding and damage. As the city works back toward normalcy, the New Bern Historical Society joins all of New Bern moving forward.
Ghostwalk will go on Oct. 25-27.
There will be some modifications. Some of their original plans may change, different ghosts may make the trip back, but they will give you a historical good time for three evenings. And celebrate New Bern in the process.
Tickets, good for all three nights, are available online and at the New Bern Historical Society office at 511 Broad St. in New Bern.
Ticket outlets, as listed on the website, should be ready late in the week of Sept. 24.
They are still expecting a whole crew of spirited characters from New Bern’s past reflecting this year’s theme: Graves’ Anatomy. So, stand by for medicine, mystery and mayhem.
Many of the city’s historic churches will provide ghostly fare, so leave dinner planning to them.
They will have the Tap Snap photo booth for a souvenir photo for all ticketholders, watch for wonderful theatre previews as well. Keep an eye out for spirits at Cedar Grove Cemetery and prepare for a realistic Civil War hospital presentation.
“We salute those hard-working people who, in the face of Florence, are demonstrating #NewBernStrong,” the Historical Society said in a news release. “The New Bern Historical Society invites you to come celebrate New Bern and our wonderful history at Ghostwalk. Despite the efforts of Florence and Mother Nature, New Bern endures! Title Sponsors, Chesnutt, Clemmons and Peacock; and CarolinaEast Health System. Media title sponsorship provided by WITN. Additional media sponsorship by Public Radio East.
The mission of the New Bern Historical Society is to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education. Offices are located in the historic Attmore Oliver House at 511 Broad Street in New Bern. For more information, call 252-638-8558 or go www.NewBernHistorical.org or www.facebook.com/NewBernHistoricalSociety.
Bill Hand welcomes visitors to Cedar Grove Cemetery.
The improv comedy group Walk-In Bathtub will make its first appearance on the New Bern Civic Theater stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28.
Offering a raucous combination of games inspired by audience suggestions, Walk-In Bathtub’s performances are reminiscent of the popular TV show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” Team members must create scenes and act out suggestions from the audience without the help of a script, which often leads to hilarious and unexpected results.
Walk-In Bathtub made its first performance at City Stage–formerly Live at the City Laundry–last fall and has grown in popularity ever since. Saturday marks the group’s first performance at the New Bern Civic Theater.
Corner of Middle and South Front streets. Captain Ratty’s in 2017.
Audiences filled the auditorium quickly for Curator Jim Hodges’ “New Bern Then and Now” presentation, so much so that the New Bern Historical Society decided to do another encore.
Aug. 8 will bring another opportunity to see and hear this popular lecture filled with photos and images from New Bern’s history.
Hodges explains many of the “Used to Be’s” in New Bern. Captain Ratty’s used to be Duffy’s Drug Store, Morgan’s used to be True Tread Tires, First Citizens Bank sits where used to be the Hotel Queen Anne.
Corner of Middle and South Front streets. Central News in 1971.
This popular speaker will reveal the past and current status of more than 30 New Bern landmarks in an encore presentation on Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center at no charge. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Once again, early arrival is recommended!
Hodges has scoured the New Bern Historical Society collection to share with you these wonderful images from our past. In some cases, the buildings have been carefully renovated and saved in their original condition. In others they have been saved and re-purposed, while sometimes they are simply lost. In any case, you will be fascinated by these historic images.
Corner of Middle and South Front streets. Duffy’s Drug Store circa 1920.
Hodges was reared in New Bern, matriculated to UNC-Chapel Hill, earning an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a post graduate dental degree. After satisfying a military commitment and enjoying several years of international travel, Jim returned to New Bern and practiced dentistry until his retirement in 2012.
His current life chapter involves his passion for New Bern and its rich history as a member of the Historical Society and the Tryon Palace Foundation Board of Directors. As the volunteer Curator of the New Bern Historical Society he spends his days maintaining, conserving and finding ways to share the collection.
Board President Joe Hunt said, “Whether you are a New Bern native or a transplant from elsewhere, you will be fascinated by these images. We are grateful to our friends at Tryon Palace for facilitating this presentation at the Cullman.”
This program is sponsored by the New Bern Historical Society in partnership with Tryon Palace. The Historical Society’s mission is to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education. Offices are located in the historic Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad St. in New Bern. For more information, call 252-638-8558 or go www.NewBernHistorical.org or www.facebook.com/NewBernHistoricalSociety.
The Lifetime Learning Center at Craven Community College (Craven CC) will host a performance by the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra (NCBO) on Friday, Aug. 3. The performance will be led by conductor Frances Blaker and take place at Orringer Auditorium, located on the New Bern campus.
NCBO will present a program called “Fiori del barocco: Flowers of the Baroque” as a finale to the ensemble’s second annual orchestral retreat. Composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco, Antonio Vivaldi and more will be featured in a concert of baroque gems played on period instruments.
Formed by sisters and musical collaborators Frances Blaker and Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, the NCBO fills a need within the southeastern musical community by providing musicians with opportunities to develop skills and gain experience in historically-informed baroque performance practice, while also bringing this rare genre to the listening public.
NCBO frequently performs larger works from the Baroque period with choirs throughout the southeast. Recent performances include the “Bach B Minor,” “Easter Oratorio,” “Christmas Oratorio” and numerous cantatas, Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” Handel’s “Judas Maccabaeus” and “Ode for St. Cecelia,” Buxtehude’s “Membra Jesu Nostri” and many other works from the Baroque period.
Conductor Frances Blaker is a world-renowned expert in Baroque performance practice and a virtuoso instrumentalist. Performers in the NCBO participate in sectional rehearsals led by experts in the stylistic details of the repertoire.
This informal summer concert is open to the community and admission is free. The suggested donation is $10 per person and all proceeds will go directly to the NCBO in support of the orchestra’s outreach programming.
New Bern’s premiere multi-day music event, Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival, will be held July 20 and 21 at venues throughout downtown New Bern
GEM Productions presents Bernaroo, a multi-faceted family-friendly event that brings together music, art, food, culture and everything in between.
Bernaroo’s marquee events will be held at the New Bern Farmer’s market with six acts split between the Market Stage and Smith Stage on each day.
Free events will be held throughout the weekend at The Brown Pelican, Bear Town Market and Circa 1810.
Admission is $15 for a single-day or $25 for a weekend pass. Tickets are available for purchase at bernaroomusicfest.com. Gates open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 5:30 p.m. Evening shows at the Farmer’s Market will end at 10 p.m, then free after parties will take place at The Brown Pelican immediately after.
Bernaroo 2018 proves to be the most robust lineup in the festival’s five-year history, both in terms of quality and quantity. Throughout the weekend, 19 North Carolina-based bands will descend upon New Bern, ranging from the soul/rock quartet Travers Brothership all the way to the roots-reggae of dub Addis.
Alongside the myriad of diverse artists, Bernaroo also features live art from an annual artist in residency, each evening glassblower Shepp Avery will be hosting live demonstrations, giving a sneak peek at how he crafts his exquisite pieces.
Local craft brewery Brütopia will be serving beer throughout the weekend as local food trucks like Mari’s Hella Fat Food, The Tiny Tornado and Jasmine Tasty Thai dish out some of New Bern’s finest food.
But Bernaroo won’t just be boasting food and drinks, local arts and crafts vendors will be joining along in the festivities along with an all-age appropriate kids corner featuring engaging arts projects and activities to keep the youngsters happy while the parents soak in the tunes.
In the festival’s fifth year, Bernaroo treks boldly into its new home at the New Bern Farmer’s Market with one of the most eclectic lineups the town has seen. Through art and music, Bernaroo aims to bring together community members from all walks of life for a weekend full of love, positivity and a whole lot of dancing.
“We are thrilled to offer this new concert series to the citizens and visitors of New Bern. This event provides a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy great music in a beautiful setting. We encourage you to bring your friends and family out for a fun evening.” said City of New Bern Director of Parks and Recreation Foster Hughes.
For sponsorship opportunities or additional information about the Summer Concert series, please contact New Bern Parks and Recreation at 252-639-2901, or visit online.