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Go Guide Sept. 1

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Freeboot Friday kicks off from 5-8 p.m. today at Five Points Plaza, at the corner of Evans and Fifth streets. The event is a celebration before ECU home football games. The Pirates take on James Madison at 6 p.m. Saturday in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

TODAY

Freeboot Friday

Uptown Greenville will host Freeboot Friday from 5-8 p.m. today at Five Points Plaza, at the corner of Evans and Fifth streets. Held each Friday before a home football game, this free event offers live music, an inflatable Pirate Ship for children, arts and crafts, food and adult beverages for those 21 and older. Live music will be provided by Dub Addis.

First Friday Artwalk

Uptown Greenville’s First Friday Artwalk will be held downtown from 5-8 p.m. today. The monthly event offers free rides through the uptown district on the Greenville Jolly Trolley to view artwork and to visit downtown businesses. Galleries hosting receptions include Greenville Museum of Art, 802 S. Evans St., where “Greenville Brush Strokes: Painting Down East” continues through Oct. 8. Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, 404 Evans St., will host an opening reception for “Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community.” A project by ECU's Joyner Library, the exhibition continues through Sept. 29 in Emerge's Don Edwards and Harvey Wooten galleries. Visit uptowngreenville.com.

SATURDAY

ECU football vs. James Madison

ECU will face off against James Madison University at 6 p.m. Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Visit www.ecupirates.com for tickets.

Frank Sinatra tribute

The Turnage Theatre will present “A Tribute to Frank Sinatra” by Tony Sands at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 150 W. Main St., Washington, N.C. Sands will perform Sinatra’s greatest hits alongside a multimedia presentation highlighting Sinatra’s best moments. Cost is $15 at the door or $17 online. For tickets, call 946-2504 or email info@artsofthepamlico.org.

Kids’ Space Day

GO-Science, 729 Dickinson Ave., will host Kids’ Space Day from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Explore astronomy at this planetarium event. Cost is $5 per child and free for parents. Visit www.atimeforscience.org or contact brian@atimeforscience.org or 364-6569.

Piggin’ & Grinnin’

Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern, will host Piggin' & Grinnin' from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. The event, which celebrates barbecue and bluegrass, will include music by Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hulll, Chatham County Line, Balsam Range, Summer Brooke and Mountain Faith, Merchant's Road, Blind Boy Paxton and Strung Together. The event also will include a vendor fair and a food truck rodeo that includes The Tiny Tornado, Funky Fresh, Poor Piggy's, JJ Texas BBQ Express, Kings BBQ and Kona Ice. Admission is $35 for the general public and $30 for members. Visit www.tryonpalace.org/​bluegrass or call 639-3524.

Sprayground

Splashpoint at Dream Park, 1700 Chestnut St., will be open from noon-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday and noon-6 p.m. Monday. Free. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 329-4041.

MONDAY

Open Play Mondays

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Open Play Mondays from 10 a.m.-noon Mondays through Nov. 4. Park staff will provide unstructured activities from the Mobile Play Trailer in the Born Learning Trail play area. Parent supervision required. Free. Call 329-4560.

TUESDAY

Agri-Cultural Market

Farmville’s Agri-Cultural Market will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the greenspace behind the GlasStation, 3732 W. Wilson St. Local items including vegetables, baked goods, beer and crafts will be available for sale and food trucks will be on site. Visit www.farmvillearts.org.

THURSDAY 

Ayden Collard Festival

The Ayden Collard Festival will be held Thursday-Sunday in downtown Ayden. The free event includes an arts and crafts show, parade and pageant, along with a collard-eating contest, carnival rides and food vendors. Visit www.aydencollardfestival.com for more information.

Seniors Acting Out

Magnolia Arts Center’s Seniors Acting Out class will perform “Journeys” at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 7-8 at the center, 1703 E. 14th St. The actors will portray their personal journeys through a series of showcase-style performance. Cost is $20, which includes lunch catered by CPW’s Fine Food & Spirits. Buy tickets at www.magnoliaartscenter.com.

Upcoming

Blind Center gala

The Blind Center will have its fourth annual Dr. Dennis A. O’Neal Memorial Dining in the Dark Dinner Gala at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at The Washington Yacht and Country Club, 7155 River Road, Washington, N.C. The event includes dinner, silent and live auctions and a cash bar. Tickets are $50 each and are available at The Blind Center, 221 N. Harvey St., Washington, N.C., or in Greenville at Monza’s Xtra Special Boutique, 694 E. Arlington Blvd. For more information, call 946-6208 or email director@theblindcenter.org.

Inner Banks Improv

Inner Banks Improv will perform at Crave Restaurant and Bar, 409 Evans St., at 7 p.m. Sept. 9. Tickets are $5 at the door. Email ibximprov@gmail.com for more information.

Swamp Stomp

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Swamp Stomp from 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 9 for ages 3-15. The free event will include a 1-5-mile hike to look for frogs, salamanders and macro-invertebrates. Call 329-4560.

Book sale

The Friends of Sheppard Memorial Library will sponsor a Fifty Cents Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9 and from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the main library, 530 Evans St. Sunday is $3 a bag day. For more information, call the library at 329-4580 or visit www.sheppardlibrary.org.

Boardwalk hike

Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, N.C., will host Palmetto Boardwalk Hike at 11 a.m. Sept. 9. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 923-2191 or visit www.ncparks.gov/​goose-creek-state-park.

‘Hide’ author Q&A

Author Matthew Griffin will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in ECU’s Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center. North Carolina native Griffin is the author of “Hide,” a love story that spans decades as two men have to spend their lives together in secret. Griffin will read from and answer questions about the novel. Free. Contact Margaret Bauer at 328-1537 or bauerm@ecu.edu.

Interactive music

The ECU Music Therapy Club will host “Good Music Good Medicine,” an interactive concert experience, at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at The Service League Interfaith Chapel at Vidant Medical Center. Free. Call 328-1240 or email barberju@ecu.edu for more information.

Voyages of Discovery: The Titanic

Oceanographer Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic, will speak at ECU’s Wright Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sept. 14. as part of the Voyages of Discovery lecture series. Cost is $25 for the event or $60 for season tickets to all four Voyages lectures. ECU students may request tickets for free. Visit www.ecu.edu/​voyages/ for tickets or more information.

Send Go! Guide calendar information to  Holly West at hwest@reflector.com.

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