GEM Productions is proud to announce that Carolina Lily Fest returns for its fourth year on November 17th as New Bern’s premier outlet for the celebration of powerful women in our community. Each year, Carolina Lily Fest hosts an array of female musicians, artists, and vendors who donate their time and efforts to raise money for the Coastal Women’s Shelter, the sole provider of no-cost comprehensive domestic violence services in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties. CWS is an organization that does so much to provide for our community, so let’s bear together and help raise funds for this incredible organization. This year’s event will return to The Brown Pelican for an evening full of female empowerment for a fantastic cause! This year’s event will be headlined by the immensely talented Crystal Bright, an incredible Chapel Hill-based singer/multi-instrumentalist who blends European and American world music influences, twisting her music into a darkly cinematic yet operatic burst of energy. Additional eastern NC based acts will be announced soon! Carolina Lily Fest is open to any female performers/female-centric groups, poets, arts or crafts vendors who would like to participate. If you’re interested in joining us as a part of Carolina Lily Fest send an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org
Kick off the holiday season with one of our favorite Christmas stories performed by the Muppets! Join Kermit the Frog, Ms. Piggy, Gonzo, and others as they introduce us to the spirits of the past, present, and future and share with us the reason for the season. This film is rated G and runs 85 minutes. Ticket will go on sale Friday, October 26. Location: Cullman Performance Hall Event Price: $6 adults, $3 youth (ages 0-12) https://www.tryonpalace.org/events/tryon-palace%E2%80%99s-performance-arts-series-presents-muppet-christmas-carol Phone reservations will be accepted until 5 PM on Friday, November 23, 2018. In-person purchases will be available until tickets sell out. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 252-639-3524, or by visiting the North Carolina History Center.
All poets welcome to bring 1 or 2 original poems to read aloud. In addition, we’re honored to welcome Jaki Shelton Green, recently named North Carolina’s 10th poet laureate, who will be sharing her work. She is the author of seven books of poetry. In 2014 the North Carolina native was inducted into the state’s Literary Hall of Fame and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize; in 2009 she served as the North Carolina Piedmont Laureate. Among other honors, she was named the 2016 Lenoir-Rhyne University Writer-in-Residence and received a 2007 Sam Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina and a 2003 North Carolina Award (literature), the state’s highest civilian honor for significant contributions to the state and nation in fine art, literature, public service, and science. Green has taught poetry and facilitated creative writing classes at public libraries, universities and community colleges, public/private schools, and literary organizations. Her most recent publication is I Want to Undie You (Jacar Press, 2017), a book-length poem that is an “unflinching cry of sorrow at the untimely death of her daughter Imani; and Jaki’s insistence, through her grief, on the joyful remembrance and celebration of Imani’s life.”
Craven Community Chorus Presents: “CAN’T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS” under the direction of Philip Evancho. The first half of the concert the chorus will perform the Christmas Cantata “The Other Wise Man” by Henry Van Dyke. The second half the chorus will continue to get you in the Christmas spirit with a series of Christmas songs “Can’t Wait for Christmas”, “It’s Christmas Time and Auld Lang Syne” by local musician Terry Knickerbocker, “A Rhapsody of Christmas” and more. The accompaniment will be provided by Cheryl Arthur Kite, pianist and Rachel Pino with the Trent River Orchestra. Performances will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 7 pm, Saturday, December 8 at 3 pm, Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm. Tickets are $5, available for advance purchase from Chorus members, Bank of the Arts, Kitchen on Trent, Fullers Music, UPS Store and Harris Teeter (New Bern and Carolina Colours). Tickets at the door (if available). For more information contact Marilyn Davis 252-670-0230. Visit us on facebook.com/cravencommunitychorus
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Hurricane Florence and the restorative efforts still in effect at the New Bern River Front Convention Center, this event has been relocated to Temple Baptists Church! Join the North Carolina Symphony for this spectacular holiday celebration filled with joyful symphonic arrangement of holiday classics including Christmas at the Movies, White Christmas, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – plus our popular sing-a-long!