As summer’s sizzle slowly fades away, September ushers with it fabulous fall opportunities for fun throughout Eastern North Carolina.
There are certainly waaaay more than events going on this month than listed here (find more at www.newbernnow.com or www.visitnewbern.com), but for brevity’s sake, here are the top 10 area happenings for the month of September 2015:
The Carolina Chamber Music Festival presents three separate classical events the week of September 8 through 12: A “Classical Lunch”, from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Bank of the Arts; “England After Work,” featuring music from across the pond, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Bank of the Arts; and “Bach and Beyond,” featuring a pre-concert discussion with Composer-in-Residence David Leahey, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Christ Episcopal Church.
The Isaac Taylor Garden presents multiple opportunities for musical entertainment and participation this month with Bohemian Wednesdays, a FREE open mic event from 6 to 9 p.m. held every Wednesday at its downtown location on Craven Street. The Garden also offers a wide variety of musical acts during its live music Thursday events. Admission is just $5 (kids under 10 are free). Gates open at 6 p.m., and music plays from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
2. Fitness & Sports
New Bern’s annual Bike MS event is scheduled for September 12 & 13. Riders will start and finish at Union Point Park in downtown New Bern. Participants ride 25/30, 50, 75, or 100-mile routes throughout eastern North Carolina to help raise money for multiple sclerosis research.
The Governor’s Challenge Cornhole Tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Tryon Palace South Lawn. Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Craven and Pamlico Counties, the event is aimed at amateur cornhole players and features a fun day of food, drinks, and games. Free garden admission to spectators. Proceeds benefit Tryon Palace.
The 2015 Craig Brake Memorial Colors 4 Cancer 5K run and 1 mile walk/run will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at 8 a.m. at Creekside Elementary School. The route winds through the Carolina Colours residential neighborhood. Proceeds benefit the Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center and local cancer patients in the New Bern area.
MCAS Cherry Point will host a Duathon and Duathon Relay on Saturday, Sept. 26, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Hancock Pool on base. Event features a 3-mile run, 10-mile bike, and another 3-mile run. Relay teams must consist of 2 participants. For more information, call 252.466.2208.
3. Theater & Film
New Bern Civic Theatre presents “A Few Good Men,” September 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m. and September 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. at the historic Athens Theater at 414 Pollock Street, downtown New Bern.
Craven Community College‘s International Film Series will feature Mexico this month, with a showing of “Instructions Not Included,” Spanish with English subtitles comedy about playboy who must grow up quickly when a former lover leaves him their baby daughter. Admission is FREE to the public. Showings are at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Orringer Auditorium.
Tryon Palace will host a re-creation of the Stanly-Spaight Duel beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Palace’s South Lawn. Admission is $6 per adult/$3 per student and includes the reenactment and performance by the Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corps.
The New Bern Historical Society will present “Women on the Home Front During the Civil War” as part of its Lunch & Learn Series, 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, at The Chelsea Restaurant.
The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock Street in New Bern, will host the traveling international exhibit, “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich,” from September 1 to 13. Viewing Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. A public forum and community discussion regarding “The Role of Lawyers: Agents of Social Justice” is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
The Craven Arts Council & Gallery will host an ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, in downtown New Bern. FREE and open to the public, this city-wide event features music, art, poetry, and extended business and restaurant hours for many downtown businesses.
The Food Bank of NC offers a unique “Kitchens of New Bern” fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The self-guided tour offers participants a peek into a wide range of kitchens throughout the historic downtown area, and features special tastings by local chefs.
7. Festivals & Community Events
Jones County Heritage Festival, a celebration of rural life and agriculture in southeastern North Carolina, will be Saturday, Sept. 19, in Trenton. Event features hands-on heritage skills such as looping tobacco, basket making, taxidermy, making butter, milking a cow, quilting, and grinding corn. Parade, animal petting zoo, live music and vintage car show included. For more information call Ivy Reid at 252.448.9621.
Fall Festival at Tryon Palace, offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, features interactive crafts and activities and fun demonstrations for children and families. Teachers get in FREE and are invited to participate in several workshops regarding ways the Palace can assist with curriculum and classroom needs.
New Bern Rotary presents Oktoberfest from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Featuring authentic German food, drinks, and entertainment.
The Coastal Women’s Shelter will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a “Night to Remember” bash, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. the theme will be “What Were You Doing in 1985?” and the event will feature a silent auction, cash bar, live DJ and food catered by The Flame.
Fall is a fantastic time for real estate in North Carolina! Whether you choose New Bern, Havelock, Pamlico County, Jones County, Jacksonville, or the Crystal Coast for your next destination, be sure to contact Kathy Richey at 252.474.6469 or visit www.NewBernHomesFinder.com for all your real estate needs.