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January 2020

Quilt Exhibit from Twin Rivers Quilters Guild

January 25 @ 9:00 am - March 22 @ 5:00 pm
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This exhibit displays beautifully unique and never-before-seen quilts from the Twin Rivers Quilters Guild and showcases various types of quilting techniques, ranging from long-arm to hand-quilted, and appliqué. Quilts will vary in size, color, pattern and material. The quilts will be on display in the Duffy Exhibition Gallery in the North Carolina History Center January 25, 2020 through March 22, 2020.

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African American Heritage Tour Lecture

January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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$6

Due to the weather, the African American Heritage Tours for January, February, June, July, August, and September will be in the form of a lecture inside the North Carolina History Center. Tryon Palace’s African American Heritage Walking Tour explores the history and heritage of more than 20 historic locations around downtown New Bern. New Bern served as a haven for many African Americans during the early stages of the Civil War after Union forces occupied New Bern in 1862. The city’s African American population was the majority population in the area from 1800 to the 1930s. Conditions like this allowed the African American community to thrive in New Bern. Many of the city’s houses and public buildings were built by African American craftsmen, while the city was also home to some of the oldest African American congregations in the Southeast. Location: Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center Event Price $6 adults, $3 youth

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Tryon Palace’s Cultural Arts Series Presents: Harpist Eryn Fuson

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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$12

Join us for an evening of covers and originals performed by Harpist Eryn Fuson, an award-winning musician, songwriter, recording artist, and teacher. After falling in love with the harp at age 15, she released her first album that same year, and later went on to record two more, including her most recent original album “Trail Of White,” on which she sings and plays harp, guitar, piano, cello, hammered dulcimer, and harmonica. Though she can play covers from just about any genre imaginable, her own style is a refreshing fusion of folk and blues, sometimes with jazz and Celtic flavors sprinkled in the mix. She has won multiple awards in the wedding music industry, as well as in Scottish harp & vocal competitions, and is a sought-after touring and studio musician. Ticket sales will begin at Monday, December 9, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

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WinterFeast: Oysters, Brews, and Comfort Foods

January 31 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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$50

Shuck your winter shell as Tryon Palace’s WinterFeast oyster roast returns to the North Carolina History Center in 2020. Dive into a table full of fresh, local, steamed oysters, sample classic winter favorites like chowders, shrimp and grits, and jambalaya prepared by your favorite local chefs, and wash it down with a selection of delicious brews while enjoying a night out with friends and neighbors. This indoor/outdoor event includes a cash bar and will be held at the North Carolina History Center (529 South Front St., New Bern, NC), where you can dance along to the DJ’s music, play a game of cornhole, or simply enjoy the view. Purchase your tickets before Jan. 1 to receive the discounted $45 ticket. WinterFeast tickets are the perfect stocking stuffer! Beginning Jan. 1, tickets will increase to $50. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Tryon Palace Foundation. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged or transferred.

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February 2020

First Friday: “Tryon Palace 250th Anniversary”

February 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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$6

The 2020 First Friday Lecture Series kicks off on Friday, February 7 as Lindy Cummings, Tryon Palace Research Historian, goes into great detail about the 250th Anniversary of Tryon Palace.

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Garden Lecture Series – February

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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“Of Quilts and Gardens: How Gardening Weaves Us Together” Our 2020 Garden Lecture Series continues, Saturday, February 8, with a lecture from Bryce Lane, three-time Emmy Award winning television personality, on “Of Quilts and Gardens: How Gardening Weaves Us Together”. Gardening is craft…just like quilting. It involves learning concepts and principles, practicing techniques, using the right tools, and applying our own creativity to that special project. Gardening connects us as we are often inspired by other’s endeavors, or if we are lucky, another gardener shares a special plant with us! This talk shares how gardening connects people and fosters special relationships, recounting personal gardening stories that inspire us to continue in this wonderful craft! In addition to his work as a TV personality, Lane is an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University and an avid gardener. This lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center.

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African American Lecture Series: “Dancing in the Street: The Women of Motown”

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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A performance of key Motown hit songs by the key women and “girl groups” who not only shaped the Motown sound of the early-to-late 1960’s, but also influenced American society and culture in a period of social upheaval. Passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act provides the backdrop in these years. PRESENTER: Steve Kelly The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. This year’s theme for the African American Lecture Series is “The Year of the Woman – She Changed the World” and will highlight struggles and accomplishments from women in artistic, cultural, and educational advancement. Presenters will include visual artists, educators, historians, reenactors, storytellers, singers, dramatists, and dancers.

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African American Heritage Tour Lecture

February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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$6

Tryon Palace’s African American Heritage Walking Tour explores the history and heritage of more than 20 historic locations around downtown New Bern. New Bern served as a haven for many African Americans during the early stages of the Civil War after Union forces occupied New Bern in 1862. The city’s African American population was the majority population in the area from 1800 to the 1930s. Conditions like this allowed the African American community to thrive in New Bern. Many of the city’s houses and public buildings were built by African American craftsmen, while the city was also home to some of the oldest African American congregations in the Southeast.

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Tryon Palace’s Cultural Arts Series Presents: Noche de Romance

February 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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$40

Avoid the crowds and join us in the North Carolina History Center to celebrate Valentine’s Day belatedly. That evening, we’ll escape to the Andaluz region of Spain and experience music performed by Raleigh-based Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band. This talented group of Flamenco musicians from around the world is also known to incorporate contemporary favorites such as Led Zeppelin, Santana, and the Eagles all in the band’s signature flamenco style. Add ambiance and the emotional power of their talented flamenco dancers and we have a show you’ll not want to miss! Doors will open at 7 p.m. Foundation presale will take place January 6 – January 10. General ticket sales will be from January 13 – February 14. Advanced purchase required. Ticket includes light appetizers and dessert. A cash bar will be available. Beverages will be provided by Brutopia.

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How Did We Get Here from There?

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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$13

NEW BERN, NC, Following WWII, New Bern’s waterfront area was rather an eyesore.  Now we have the beautiful award-winning downtown we all love. How did that happen?  The New Bern Historical Society will host Susan Moffat-Thomas, retired Executive Director, Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp, as she describes that 40-year process. On Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2pm at the North Carolina History Center, Moffat-Thomas will provide an overview of the post WWII decline of downtown, the demolition of its waterfront and how the establishment in 1979 of Swiss Bear, Inc., a private nonprofit, in partnership with local government, was the catalyst for downtown New Bern’s rebirth as a vibrant center of civic and social activity. Her presentation includes numerous before and after photos that reinforce the dramatic changes that took place over the past 40 years. Susan Moffat-Thomas was Executive Director of Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation from 1985 to December 2014. Under her leadership, Swiss Bear received numerous national and state awards. Susan provided the management and leadership of an award winning downtown New Bern revitalization effort that was recognized nationally as a Main Street success story. She received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine presented by the Governor, the Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit from the Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina, Special Recognition Award from the NC Board of Transportation NC Main Street Champion, New Bern Rotarian of the Year Award, and Civitan Citizen of the Year Award. This special presentation is at 2pm on Sunday,…

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March 2020

First Friday: “Revolutionary War”

March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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$6

On Friday, March 6, join Gary Riggs, Tryon Palace Interpretive Programs Coordinator, as he discusses the Revolutionary War.

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Sham-Rockin’ 2020

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Save the Date! Note: Tickets will go on sale soon! Be sure and come back and visit our page to learn more! WHEN: Friday, March 13th, 2020, 6-10 PM; dinner will be served from 6-8:30 PM WHERE: Tryon Palace History Center & patio Gather your family and friends, get your green on, and join us for The Rotary Club of New Bern’s Sham-Rockin’ 2020, A St. Patrick’s Celebration, Friday, March 13th! The event will be held at the beautiful North Carolina History Center, overlooking the Trent River. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the Sham-Rockin’ will continue until 10:00 pm. The Chelsea Restaurant will serve up the best corned beef and cabbage found in Eastern North Carolina from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Sham-Rockin’ is the club’s annual fundraiser to support local needs. Past proceeds have assisted with supporting Boys and Girls Club of New Bern, Backpack Blessings, Craven County Partners In Education, and Promise Place. The Rotary Club of New Bern is a civic organization that supports the local community through grants to area non-profits as well as organizes community service projects. The Rotary Club of New Bern is a part of Rotary International, which undertakes many humanitarian efforts throughout the world.

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Garden Lecture Series – March

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Our 2020 Garden Lecture Series continues, Saturday, March 14, features a free showing of “The Biggest Little Farm”. The movie focuses on a couple and their journey to turn an old farm into a profitable living, and the challenges they face as they attempt to farm with nature. After the showing, Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, and Jennifer Knight, Craven County Master Gardener, will lead a discussion on how to incorporate some of these ideas into your own garden and better protect your landscape. There will also be a sneak peek of the plants available at the Tryon Palace Spring Plant Sale. This lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center. The 2020 Garden Lecture Series is presented by Mitchell Hardware, Downtown New Bern's one-stop-shop for gardening, hardware, gifts, and souvenirs!

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