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Go! Guide, Dec. 7


Friday, December 7, 2018


‘Elf, Jr.’

Magnolia Arts Center, 1703 E. 14th St., will host youth musical productions of “Elf, Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and Dec. 14-15. Matinee performances will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Dec. 16. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Visit


Greenville Gives

Greenville’s annual tree lighting and donation collection to benefit those in need in the Greenville area will be held from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. today at the Five Points Plaza, corner of West Fifth and Evans streets. The event will include crafts, free treats, horse-drawn carriage rides, community performances and a holiday market. Mayor P.J. Connelly will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance. Call 329-4567.

Christmas concert

The Elements of Praise and the PCC Jazz Band will present their Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. today at Temple Free Will Baptist Church, 130 W. Fire Tower Road, Winterville. Free, but donations will be accepted.


The first Friday Artwalk will be held from 5-8 p.m. today. Several galleries in the central business district will have receptions and exhibit openings including:

■ The Wellington B. Gray Gallery, bachelor of fine arts senior exhibition, in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center on ECU’s campus. Call 328-6665.

■ The Art House, 805 Evans St. The ECU Faculty Invitational exhibit will be on display and refreshments will be served. The band Twisted Knot will play from 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit www.arthousegreenville.com.

■ Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, 404 Evans St. The Holiday Artist Market will include the work of Carolyn Buss, Dan Elliott, Mary Glasglow, Nancy Masters, Daniel Peoples, BJ Smith, Catherine Spruill, Liz Steiner, Gail Stephenson, Tar River Guild and Christine Zoller. Visit emergegallery.com.

■ Studio 9, 213 W. Ninth St.. The holiday show will feature jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and painting. Contact artstudioon9th@gmail.com.

Festival of Trees

The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina will host its annual Festival of Trees event through Dec. 20 at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The display of about 75 themed trees will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. There is no admission charge. Donations may be made to Family Support Network. Visit fsnenc.org.


Greenville parade

The annual Greenville Jaycees Christmas Parade will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday on Evans Street downtown. Visit greenville


Winterville parade

Winterville’s Christmas parade will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. Winterville Wonderland Market will be held from noon until dusk (5-5:30 p.m.). For more information, visit www.wintervillenc.com.

Farmville parade

Farmville’s Christmas parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Nutcracker ballet

Dance Arts Theatre will present “The Nutcracker Ballet” at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECU’s Wright Auditorium. Net proceeds from this event will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center.Tickets are $35 for adults and $28 for children. Call 328-4788.

Breakfast with Santa

The Greenville Museum of Art, 802 S. Evans St., will host Breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. The event will include a holiday breakfast, a visit with Santa Claus, a digital photo of each child and a keepsake craft. Tickets are $35 per family for members and $50 for others. Call 758-1946 or visit gmoa.org.

Bethel parade

The Bethel Christmas Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Call 818-0891 or visit the Bethel-NC Christmas Parade on Facebook.

Candlelight Tour

The Beaufort Historical Association will host the 11th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. The tour showcases Beaufort’s holiday hospitality and provides a rare glimpse into private historic homes. Tickets, are available at www.beauforthistoricsite.org or by calling 758-5225.

Decorating for wildlife

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Decorating Trees for Wildlife from 1-2 p.m. Saturday. Participants will learn to prepare a winter feast for backyard wildlife. Free with Nature Center admission. Call 329-4560.


Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, N.C., will host a presentation on mistletoe and a holiday craft activity at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Preregistration is required. Call 923-2191.

Community band

The Tar River Community Band, directed by James M. Mauser Jr., will present a free concert of Christmas music at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville Mall, 714 S.E. Greenville Blvd. The band, formed in 1987, is made up of volunteers who played in high school and/​or college bands. The band is sponsored through the Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation and Greenville Recreation and Parks.


Christmas Tea

The May Museum & Park, 3802 S. Main St., Farmville, will host the annual Christmas Tea from 3- 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The event will include food, tea served out of vintage china teacups and caroling by local youth groups. Call 753-6725.

Christmas concert

The Eppes Alumni & Community Chorus will present their annual Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at York Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 201 Tyson St. Admission is free; an offering will be accepted. For more information call 714-3976 or 412-2254.

Embers benefit concert

The Legendary Embers featuring Craig Woolard will have a concert from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Reimage Church, 3950 Victory Lane in Winterville. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to Pitt County Operation Santa Claus, a toy drive where all donated items are distributed through the Salvation Army. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com or at Reimage Church, at Inner Banks Studios at Arlington Village or Steinbeck’s Men’s Shop. Call Rebekah Thurston at 329-4679.


Lights Up!

East Carolina University School of Theatre and Dance will perform”Lights up!” at 8 p.m. Monday at the Messick Theatre Arts Center, Burnette Studio Theatre. For this informal event, students make and perform their own works of art. The event is free, but ticketed. Contact theatre@

ecu.edu or 328-6829.


‘Holiday Heist’

Whirligig Stage, 628 S. Pitt St., will present “The Holiday Heist: A Yodelay Hee Whodunit” murder mystery dinner theater at 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 15. The murder mystery includes a buffet catered by Famiglia Italian-American Cuisine Tickets are $35, $33 for members. Visit www.whirligigstage.com.

Women’s basketball

ECU will play Liberty University at 11:30 a.m. Thursday n Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Visit www.ecu

pirates.com for tickets.


Encore! The Night of Rising Stars, reception, auction, and performances will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday in Burnette Studio Theatre on ECU’scampus. The Friends of Theatre and Dance event is a benefit for scholarships. It will include a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception and silent auction, followed by performances by students in musical theatre and dance. Tickets are $50 each. Call 328-6829 or email theatre@ecu.edu for tickets.


Polar Express

The Jolly Trolley Polar Express will run Dec. 14-15. This is a 20-minute joyride around Uptown Greenville, including a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s”The Polar Express,” cocoa and cookies and an art activity at Emerge Gallery and Art Center, 404 S. Evans St. Time slots begin at 4:25 p.m. and the last train boards at 8:25 p.m. Registration is limited. Tickets are $35 for the first ticket and $10 each for additional tickets. Visit emerge


Community Pops Christmas

The Community Pops Singers will present the annual Christmas concert at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 14 at John Paul II Catholic High School at 2725 E. 14th St. The performance will include “Let It Snow,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Silver Bells” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted. Call 355-2712.

ECU graduation

ECU’s fall commencement ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 14 in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Visit https://​commencement.


Grimesland parade

The Town of Grimesland will host a Christmas parade at 2 p.m. Dec. 15. The parade can be viewed along Pitt Street.

Youth concert

The Greenville Choral Society’s Combined Choirs Winter Concert will be performed at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Memorial Baptist Church, 1510 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The concert will feature the Children’s Chorus, Bella Voce, Youth Chorale and Concert Choir. Free. Visit greenvillechoralsociety.com.

‘Polar Express’

“The Polar Express” will be shown at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Farmville Community Arts Council’s Paramount Theater, 3723 N. Main St., Farmville. The free event is hosted by the Arts Council, Police Department, Farmville Public Library, Farmville Parks and Recreation, and the May Museum.

Hanging with Santa

The Greenville Aquatics & Fitness Center, 921 Staton Road, will host Hanging with Santa from 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 15 for ages 6 months to 12 years. Santa will have a meet and greet and will take pictures. The free event also will include arts and crafts. Call 329-4041.

Santa’s workshop

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Santa’s Workshop from 5:15-7 p.m. Dec. 15. The outdoor event will include hot chocolate, marshmallows over a campfire and a meet and greet with Santa. Participants may preregister for one of two 75-minute time slots. Cost is $5 per child for city residents and $7 for others. Call 329-4560.

Emerald City Big Band

The Emerald City Big Band will host its annual public Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Jarvis United Methodist Church Taft Christian Life Center, 510 S. Washington St. This concert celebrates the Emerald City Big Band’s 29th year of presenting holiday music to the Greenville audience. The band’s musicians will present a program of holiday instrumental favorites. Vocalists Emery Davis, RaSheeda Waddell, and Michael Stephenson will sing. Christmas cookies, coffee and tea will be provided free during intermission. Donation at the door is $10 for adults. The concert is free to students and youth. Proceeds will support the Ed Wheatley Jazz Trumpet Endowment Fund.

All About Bears

Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, N.C., will host the program All About Bears at 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Meet at the visitor center to learn about the life and biology of black bears by taking a virtual tour of eastern North Carolina. Call 923-2191 or visit www.ncparks.gov/​Visit/​parks/​gocr/​main.php.

Women’s basketball

ECU will play the University of South Carolina Upstate at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 n Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Visit www.ecupirates.com for tickets.

Christmas on


The Farmville Arts Council presents “Christmas on Mainstreet” at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Paramount Theater featuring the Tim Sutton Trio, Nicole Chestnut, Ernest Silver and 11-year old Mallory Flowers showcasing an arrangement of holiday favorites. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit farmvillearts.org and select “Christmas on Main Street event” or call the box office at 753-3832.

Starry Night

A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host an evening planetarium show and stargazing event from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21. Cost is $5. Call 364-6569 or email brian@atimeforscience.org.

Breakfast with Santa

A Breakfast with Santa event will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 22 at Farmville Public Library, 4276 W. Church St. Co-sponsored by the May Museum and the town’s Parks and Recreation Department, the event will include food, a craft activity, Christmas stories and an appearance by Santa. Call 753-3355.

Send events to kgrizzard@

reflector.com. For more information, call 329-9578.