The improv comedy group Walk-In Bathtub will host a 4-hour “Improv-A-Thon” at New Bern Civic Theater (NBCT) Saturday, Jan. 9. The performance will begin at 5 p.m. and include four 45-minute shows, with 15 minutes of cleaning between each show. Performing a series of silly and unscripted games that are inspired by audience suggestions, Walk-In Bathtub’s performances are reminiscent of the popular TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Team members must create scenes and act out suggestions from the audience without the help of a script–or dialogue in some cases–that result in comedic and unexpected scenarios. Saturday’s Improv-a-Thon is a celebration “National Bubble BathRead More →

People go wild over Baker’s Kitchen’s Butter Syrup, but there is so much more. It’s hard to imagine how in the world a family business that started with sheet metal in the early 20th Century would get into the restaurant business—much less be so good at it. But here they are. The Bengel family was into several things: sheet metal for more than a century, a travel agency, New Bern’s Pepsi Store—even a Collegiate Summer League baseball team (the Morehead City Marlins).  They jumped into the restaurant business in 2012, taking over then-called Baker’s Square on Middle Street and rebranding it Baker’s Kitchen. (They alsoRead 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 improv comedy group Walk-In Bathtub will perform an 8-hour “Improv-A-Thon” fundraising event for New Bern Civic Theater (NBCT) Saturday, Oct. 10, from 4 p.m. to midnight. Since the pandemic, NBCT has been forced to postpone or cancel 13 events, which provide 80 percent of the theatre’s revenue. Saturday’s marathon fundraising performance will open NBCT’s stage for the first time since closing in March. “The coronavirus has shown us how unpredictable life can be,” said Angelina Doyle, NBCT executive director. “So when Governor Cooper’s Phase 3 announcement showed that we could open with limited performances, we figured an improv show where anything could happen wasRead More →

Swiss Bear Inc., the Main Street program administrator for the City of New Bern, announced a safely re-imagined MumFest, now appropriately renamed MumFeast! This month-long weekends-only event will be an expansion of Downtown New Bern’s very successful Friday and Saturday evenings dining in the streets. Downtown streets will close at 5 p.m. Fridays and remain closed through 9:30 p.m. Saturdays so participating restaurants can provide “Feasting in the Streets”. Stores will have sidewalk and street displays, and a handful (6-8) of artisans will be safely positioned in the streets each weekend as well. One of the most talked about components from 2019 will be hereRead More →

New Bern Post asked its social media friends to tell us the funniest movie they have ever seen. We hope this list brings you joy and many hours of streaming entertainment. Here is the list (duplicates removed): Movie 43The Sweetest ThingBlazing SaddlesA Knight’s TaleThe PestBest in ShowThe ImpostersLost in AmericaMrs. DoubtfireFunny FarmYoung FrankensteinPineapple ExpressThis is the EndHow to get Ahead in AdvertisingKnocked UpLove & DeathDuck SoupUncle BuckTalladega NightsHistory of the WorldHigh AnxietyADDAMS FAMILYADDAMS FAMILY VALUESAnimal HouseAnnie HallAuthurStir CrazySee no Evil Hear no EvilThoroughly Modern MillieMurder by DeathPlanes, Trains, and AutomobilesHarry and the HendersonsLittle Miss SunshineRaising ArizonaMonty Python and the Search for the Holy GrailNight AtRead More →

New Bern’s own Next Chapter Books & Art has released the inaugural issue of its literary magazine, The Next Chapter Literary Magazine. The magazine contains works of poetry, short stories, and art from local artists and writers. Michelle Garren Flye, the owner of Next Chapter Books & Art, says she had planned to start a literary magazine eventually, but while the store was closed for Covid-19 she decided to go ahead with the plans a little earlier. “It seemed like the right time. I wanted to preserve something of this time because I feel like it’s an important part of our history. Plus, as aRead More →

Stories and reminiscences of New Bern’s “used to be” — Captain Ratty’s used to be Duffy’s Drug Store; First Citizens Bank sits where there used to be the Hotel Queen Anne. “New Bern Then and Now” by New Bern Historical Society Curator Jim Hodges is chock full of historic photos and images and is one of the Society’s most popular presentations, selling out 4 times. Now it is going virtual and free of charge.  Be sure to be on the New Bern Historical Society Facebook page at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 when they will live stream the presentation, and he will be on handRead More →

RiverTowne Players is holding a 10-minute Summer Play Contest for New Bern area teenagers, with cash awards for the top three finishers. It is open to any New Bern area resident ages 13-18. Here are the details. Jury: Author and playwright Leslie Tall Manning and Author and screenwriter Ted Peterson Theme: Write a 10-minute (approximately 10-15 pages) play with no more than five characters and minimal set changes. Play must be original, unpublished and never performed publicly. Play subject matter should be age appropriate for all teens. Submission Deadline: July 15, 2020 Applicants may submit only one play. Attach a cover sheet with name andRead More →

Here are restaurants participating for this weekend *Indoor Seating Takeout ONLY: The Bay Leaf Indian Restaurant Galley Stores and Marina Savages Woodburning Pizzeria Thai Angel Street Cafes & Sidewalk Cafes: * Baker’s Kitchen * Beer Army Burger Company * Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse * The Chelsea * Cow Cafe * Cypress Hall Kitchen + Bar Other Outdoor Space (Not Street Dining): * Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant (On Deck) * Persimmons Restaurant (On Deck) * Pirates Cove Seafood and Oyster Bar (Inside New Bern Farmer’s Market) * Prohibition: Drinks and Desserts (Limited Menu on Patio) Table Service ONLY: * The Country Biscuit * Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar * Tryon Palace Seafood & The Stingray Cafe SidewalkRead More →