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.