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Go! Guide June 1


Splashpoint is open Saturday-Sunday and will be open seven days a week beginning June 9.


Friday, June 1, 2018


Baseball regional

ECU is hosting its first NCAA Baseball Regional since 2009 this weekend at Clark-Leclair Stadium. The three-day tournament will include the Pirates, along with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the University of South Carolina and Ohio State University. lECU’s first appearance in the tournament is scheduled for 7 p.m. today against UNC-Wilmington. Additional games are scheduled for 2 p.m. today, noon and 5 p.m. Saturday and noon and 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit ecupirates.com.


Uptown Greenville’s First Friday Artwalk is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. today in the Uptown district. This is a self-guided tour of art venues, restaurants and retail shops. Several galleries have opening receptions scheduled. See Arts Datebook on page D3 for details.

Black Bear Festival

The North Carolina Black Bear Festival will be held today through Sunday in Plymouth. Weekend events include musical entertainment, museum tours, boat rides, carnival rides, games,river tubing, helicopter rides, a bear tour and presentations on bears. Visit ncbearfest.com or call 793-6627.

Music House

The Music House, 408 W. Fifth St., will present “Cinematic Guitar Poetry” with Hiroya Tsukamoto at 7 p.m. today. Tsukamoto is a composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. Tickets are $20 per concert, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Contact themusichouse@suddenlink.net or 252-367-1892


Kids’ Space Day

A Time for Science-Greenville Center, 729 Dickinson Ave., will host Kids’ Space Day from 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Explore astronomy and complete a craft project at this planetarium event. Cost is $5 per child and free for parents. Visit www.atimeforscience.org or or call 364-6569.

National Trails Day

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host National Trails Day from 8-10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Volunteers will help maintain the trails at the park. Project include removing trash and debris as well as invasive plants. Volunteers working for at least an hour will receive a free pass for a 30-minute pedal boat rental or free admission to the nature center. Bring gloves, water, and long pants. Free. Call 329-4560.

Splash park

Splashpoint at the Dream Park, 1700 Chestnut St., will be open from noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Beginning June 9, the park will be open daily. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 328-4567.

Open paddles

A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host open paddle events from 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays in June. Cost is $10 per kayak rental. Email sam@atimeforscience.org, visit www.atimeforscience.org or call 364-2862.


Sunday in the Park

The Tar River Community Band will kick off the Sunday in the Park music series at 7 p.m. Sunday  at the Greenville Town Common, 105 E. First St. Directed by James Mauser, the band performs marches, show tunes, jazz, swing and classical music. Free. Visit greenvillenc.gov. The inclement weather hotline number is 758-7246.


Open Play Mondays

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Open Play Mondays through Aug. 27. From 10 a.m.-noon each Monday, staff members will provide unstructured activities such as blocks, musical instruments and games in the Born Learning Trail play area. Free. Call 329-4560.


Umbrella Market

The Umbrella Market is held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Five Points Plaza, corner of Evans and Fifth Streets. The weekly market includes fresh produce, meats, seafood, handmade arts, jewelry, antiques, vintage items, homemade bath products, baked goods and local craft brew. Visit uptowngreenville.com for more information.


Golf classic

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain will host its ninth annual Golf Classic on Thursday at the Greenville Country Club, 216 Country Club Drive. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. followed by an afternoon flight at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the golf tournament will go directly toward Boys & Girls Clubs in Pitt, Lenoir, Beaufort, Greene and Martin counties. Visit www.bgccp.com or call 355-2345.

Master Gardeners

The North Carolina Master Gardeners will host a state conference June 7-9 at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The event will include workshops, speakers and vendors and a chance to meet with Master Gardeners from across the state. Keynote speakers include “Mossin’ Annie” Annie Martin and “The Reluctant Farmer” the Rev. Richard Joyner. Martin will show guests how they can implement moss into their landscapes, and Joyner will detail how volunteers created a food-sustainable community in Conetoe. Registration is $150 and includes meals. Friday-only registration is $100. Cost is $30 to attend Friday’s lunch and $45 to attend the dinner.Visit ncemgva.org.

Jazz concert

A free concert by The Jazz Revival Project will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 S. Goldsboro St., Wilson. The Jazz Revival Project is a new effort that recognizes and celebrates the jazz heritage of Wilson, which is part of the African American Music Trails. Legendary jazz drummer, composer, and educator Bill Kaye will perform for the first time in his hometown of Wilson. He will be accompanied by jazz organist Clarence Palmer, and North Carolina musicians Eric Dawson and Brian Miller. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Visit wilsonarts.com.



Pitt County Schools will have high school graduation ceremonies June 8-9 at East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum. Tickets are required. Ayden-Grifton High School’s graduation ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. June 8, followed by J.H. Rose’s graduation at 6:30 p.m. On June 9, South Central’s graduation will begin at 9 a.m., followed by North Pitt at 12:30 p.m., Farmville Central at 3:30 p.m. and D.H. Conley at 6:30 p.m. Visit pitt.k12.nc.us for information.

Winterville concert

The Winterville Parks and Recreation Summer Movie and Concert Series will present The Main Event Band from 7-10 p.m. June 8 at 332 Sylvania St. Free. Visit wintervillenc.com.

Backyard campout

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host the Great American Backyard Campout from 7:30 p.m. June 8 until 10 a.m. June 9. Participants should bring tents and gear. The park will provide a family campfire, stories, s’mores, a moonlit hike and activities at the nature center. Check-in will held from 5-7 p.m. June 8. Cost is $12 per family for city residents and $18 for others. Call 329-4560.

Comedy Fest

The Arts of the Pamlico comedy group, I.C. Imrpov Comedy will present the first ever Washington Comedy Fest at 7 p.m. June 8-9 at Arts of the Pamlico, 150 Main St., Washington, N.C. Tickets are $5 at the door. The event will include stand up comedy and improv.

Summer festival

The annual Washington Summer Festival will be held from 5-10 p.m. June 8 and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 9 on Stewart Parkway in downtown Washington, N.C. The event will include  food, arts and crafts, amusements, and music by The Embers featuring Craig Woolard and Rural Route Romance. Free.


Magnolia Arts Center, 1703 E. 14th St., will present “Purlie” at 7:30 pm. June 8-9 and June 14-15. Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. June 9-10 and June 16. J Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for students/​seniors. Visit www.magnoliaartscenter.com for more information.

Tale of the Tails

A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host Tale of the Tails at 11 a.m. June 9 and June 23. Participants will learn about an animal’s life and habitat from an expert and will listen to a story about the animal. The cost is $5 per child. Email maria@atimeforscience.org.

Community pool

The Greenville Community Pool, located on Myrtle Avenue at Guy Smith Park, will open for the season from June 9-Aug. 11. Hours are 1:30-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Entry fee is $1.50 per day (free for ages 4 and younger with a paid adult admission.) Season passes are $25 for families, $15 for adults and $10 for children. Call 329-4567 or 329-4563.

Carolina Skies

A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host Carolina Skies Astronomy Club at 8 p.m. June 9. View the night sky from different types of telescopes. Call 364-6569 or email brian@atimeforscience.org.

Wannabees concert

The Wannabees will perform at the Sunday in the Park music series at 7 p.m. June 10 at the Greenville Town Common, 105 E. First St. Free. The band plays songs from the Beatles, Three Dog Night, Grand Funk, Eagles and Tommy 2 Tone. This is the Wannabees’ debut performance at Sunday in the Park. Visit greenvillenc.gov. The inclement weather hotline number is 758-7246.

Agri-Cultural Market

An Agri-Cultural Market will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. June 12 at Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, 4519 W. Pine St., Farmville. Local artisans and farmers will sell local crafts and produce. There will be local beer, food trucks and live music. There is no admission charge.

Summer Shindig

The Greenville Museum of Art will host its annual Summer Shindig from 7-10 p.m. June 13 at the museum, 802 Evans St. Tickets are $20 each and include dinner, live music from Psylo Joe and yard games. Visit www.gmoa.org.


The Concert on the Common returns to the Town Common, 105 E. First St., from 5-8 p.m. June 13. On the Border, an Eagles tribute band, will perform. Free. Food and drinks will be available for sale.

Movie in the Park 

The city’s Recreation and Parks Department will host Movie in the Park at 8:30 p.m. June 15 at the Town Common, 105 E. First St. The featured film will be “Wonder,” rated PG, which is the story of a boy born with a facial deformity that prevented him from entering school until the fifth grade. Vendors will begin selling food and movie snacks at 7:30 p.m. The movie is free.

Music in the Park

Grimesland’s monthly Music in the Park series continues at 6:30 p.m. June 15 at Grimesland Community Park, off Pitt Street next to the Town Hall. The Beaufort County Traditional Music Association will perform. There is no admission charge; concessions will be available. Concerts continue the second Friday of the month through October.

Summer movie

The Winterville Parks and Recreation Summer Movie and Concert Series will present “Despicable Me 3” June 15 at 332 Sylvania St. The movie, rated PG, begins at dusk. Free. Visit wintervillenc.com.

Starry Night

A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host Starry Night from 8-10 p.m. June 15. The event will include an evening planetarium show and a look through the 16-inch telescope in the Kitty and Max Joyner Observatory. Admission $5 per person. Call 364-6569 or email brian@atimeforscience.org.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


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January 16, 2019

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Kolasa, Kathy

January 13, 2019

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January 09, 2019


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January 06, 2019

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January 05, 2019

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