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Go Guide Sept. 8


Carnival rides open at 6 p.m. today at the Ayden Collard Festival.


Friday, September 8, 2017


Ayden Collard Festival

The Ayden Collard Festival will be held through Sunday in downtown Ayden. The free event includes an arts and crafts show, parade and cornhole and horseshoe competitions, along with a collard-eating contest, carnival rides and food vendors. See page D1 for details or visit www.aydencollardfestival.com for more information.


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


Inner Banks Improv

Inner Banks Improv will perform at Crave Restaurant and Bar, 409 Evans St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 at the door. Emailibximprov@gmail.com.

Swamp Stomp

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Swamp Stomp from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday 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.

River cleanup

Sound Rivers, Knee Deep Adventures, A Time for Science and Uptown Greenville wil host a Tar River Cleanup from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Greenville Town Common Boat Ramp off First Street. Volunteers may bring kayaks or canoes for river cleanup. Volunteers will also work along Green Mill Run. Bags and gloves will be provided. Volunteers will be registered for prize drawings. Call 714-5836 or visit uptowngreenville.com.

Dickinson for Dickinson

Greenville’s Dickinson Avenue is reaching out to Dickinson, Texas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. A fundraiser will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Dickinson Avenue and Pitt Street. Barbecue dinners will be available for $10 each, with all proceeds going to hurricane relief. Donations of gift cards also will be  accepted. The event will include prize drawings and live music. Call 561-8400 or visit uptowngreenville.com.

Book sale

The Friends of Sheppard Memorial Library will sponsor a Fifty Cents Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and from 2-4 p.m. Sunday 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. Saturday. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 923-2191 or visit www.ncparks.gov/​goose-creek-state-park.


Grandparents Day

The Winterville Historical and Arts Society will celebrate Grandparents Day from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Winterville Museum located in the A.W. Ange House, 2543 Church St., Winterville. The barns will be open to display farm implements and numerous items used in the early days of home and farm. A Model T Ford will be on display and available for photos with grandparents and families. There will be checkers games on the porch. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.


Day to Remember

A Day to Remember: A Reflection and Commemoration of Sept. 11, 2001, will be held at noon Monday at the Pitt County Courthouse, 100 W. Third St. The event will include comments from Sept. 11 survivors, as well as local dignitaries and military officials.

‘Hide’ author Q&A

Author Matthew Griffin will speak at 7 p.m. Monday 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.

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.


Interactive music

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


Art, Food & Fashion

City Art Gallery will host “Art, Food & Fashion” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the gallery, 511 Red Banks Road. The gallery has partnered with neighboring businesses Nino’s Cucina Italiana and Votre Boutique to celebrate its new exhibit, “Southern Views: Through the Eyes of Three Women Artists.” Works by Kristin Gibson, Karen Lawrence and Suzanne Morris will be on display at the gallery, and a painting demo will be held at 7 p.m. Nino’s will serve dishes inspired by each of the artists. Votre Boutique will host a fashion show that will go through the gallery and the Nino’s patio. Call 353-7000 or email art@cityartgreenville.com. 

Voyages of Discovery:The Titanic

Oceanographer Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic, will speak at ECU’s Wright Auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday 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.


Ultimate Pre-Game Party

The Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain will host its annual Ultimate Pre-Game Party at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15. at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. For tickets, call 355-2345, ext. 205, or email events@bgccp.com.

Freeboot Friday

Uptown Greenville will host Freeboot Friday from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 15 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 David Dixon Trio.

‘Pops Makes Disney Magic’

The Community Pops Singers will present “Pops Makes Disney Magic” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at First Presbyterian Church, 1400 S. Elm St. Selections from “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast” and other Disney favorites will be performed. Free. Call 321-8838.

Salsa dance

The Folk Arts Society of Greenville will host a Salsa Dance at Crave Restaurant and Bar, 409 Evans St., from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 15. Tickets are $5. Call 752-7350 or visit www.fasgnc.org.

Poetry reading

Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, N.C., will host Poetry Reading on the Pamlico at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the swim beach. For more information, call 923-2191 or visit www.ncparks.gov/​goose-creek-state-park.

Kids’ Night Out

GO-Science, 729 Dickinson Ave., will host Kids’ Night Out from 6:30-9 p.m. Fridays beginning Sept. 15. The event will include movies and activities. Cost is $20 per child and includes dinner. Visit www.atimeforscience.org or call 364-2862.

Paint It Gold game

ECU will play Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Fans are encouraged to wear gold. Visit www.ecupirates.com for tickets.

Fall Fetch Fest

The Fall Fetch Fest, hosted by Cause-N-Dog Rescue, will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Shirley Gray Estates, 342 Shirley Plantation Drive, Snow Hill. The event will include dog contests, food, prizes and inflatable attractions. Call 686-2447.

Contra dance

The Folk Arts Society of Greenville will host a Contra Dance at Jaycee Park Auditorium, 2000 Cedar Lane, from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 16. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 752-7350 or visit www.fasgnc.org.

Astronomy Club

A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host Carolina Skies Astronomy Club at 7 p.m. Sept. 16. Meet under the dome in the Chi-yu Li Planetarium to discuss current events and discoveries in astronomy. Stargazing will follow the discussion, weather permitting. Visit www.atimeforscience.org or call 364-6569.

Deer presentation

Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, N.C., will host “The Deer of Goose Creek State Park” at 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at the campground parking lot. Participants will learn about deer movement, habitat and diet and then go for a walk to look for tracks and signs of deer. Call 923-2191 or visit www.ncparks.gov/​goose-creek-state-park.

Mozart chamber music 

The Music House will host a Mozart chamber music performance by violinist Leah Peroutka, cellist Chris Nunnally and pianist John O’Brien at 3 p.m. Sept. 17. Suggested donations: $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, $5 for students. Reservations required. Email themusichouse@suddenlink.net or call 367-1892.

Splash and Dash Kids’ Triathlon

Greenville Recreation and Parks Department will host the Splash & Dash Kids’ Triathlon at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center, 921 Staton Road. Kids ages 6-14 can enter as an individual or as part of a three-person relay team. Registration is $40 per individual or $90 per team. Proceeds benefit Pitt County Special Olympics. Register at www.runtheeast.com or call 329-4041.

Grifton museum presentation

The Historical Museum and Indian Village of Grifton, 437A Creekshore Drive, will hold its quarterly presentation from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 17. The speaker will be Woodrow Don Casey Jr., a business owner who has lived most of his life in Grifton. He will share his experiences in the U.S. Army during WWII. Refreshments will be served after. Free. Call 524-0910 or email griftonmuseum@gmail.com. 

Pitt County Fair

The 98th annual Pitt County Fair will be held Sept. 19-24 at the Pitt County Fairgrounds, 3910 MLK Jr. Highway. The opening ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 19. Cost is $6, free for children 4 and younger. A mega pass is available for $20 and includes admission and unlimited midway rides. Visit www.pittfair.org for tickets or more information.

Fossil event

GO-Science, 729 Dickinson Ave., will host “Under the Microscope: Fossils” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21. The event will feature avocational paleontologist George Powell, who has a collection of more than 100,000 fossils. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Admission is $10 each or $15 per couple. Registration is limited. Call 531-7203 or email Emily@atimeforscience.org.

Kayak demonstration

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Evening Kayak Demo from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 21. The free event is for ages 5 and older, accompanied by an adult. Call 329-4560.

‘From the Ashes’

“From the Ashes,” a documentary about the legacy and future of the coal industry, will be shown at the Willis Building, 300 E. First St., at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21. It is part of ECU’s Sustainability Film & Discussion Series, which focuses on environmental sustainability and climate change issues. A discussion will be held after the screening. Free. Call 744-4190 or email carweinc15@ecu.edu.

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


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