Go! Guide, June 22


The North Carolina Symphony will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the South Lawn of Tryon Palace in New Bern.


Mackenzie Tewksbury

Friday, June 22, 2018


Palace abuzz

Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern, is celebrating National Pollinator Week through Sunday. Free pollinator-themed events are sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation. A pollinator garden tour will be held at 10 a.m. today. Tour the Palace gardens to see favorite pollinator plants. Led by Hadley Cheris, gardens and greenhouse manager and local beekeeper, the tour also will show how Tryon Palace has begun creating its own pollinator prairie. Meet at the Waystation at the corner of George and Pollock streets. A lecture on Monarch butterflies will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the North Carolina History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall. The film “Disneynature - Wings of Life,” which explores butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats, and moths that pollinate a third of the world’s food supply, will be show at 2 p.m. at the performance hall. Visit www.tryonpalace.org or call (800) 767-1560 or 639-3500.


Bug Hunt

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Bug Hunt from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Participants will take a 1.5-mile hike to search for insects. Cost is $3 for city residents and $5 for others. Call 329-4560.

Piano festival

East Carolina University School of Music’s Piano Festival will host its opening concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring guest and faculty artists Benjamin Hochman, Yukiko Sekino, Keiko Sekino, Kwan Yi and John O’Brien. A concert at 3 p.m. Sunday will feature Andrew Tyson, winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Young Concert Artist International Auditions. Peter Frankl and Friends: An Evening of Chamber Music, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Legendary Hungarian pianist Peter Frankl will be joined by ECU Faculty artists Ara Gregorian and Hye-Jin Kim and Keiko Sekino and Kwan Yi. Tickets are $30 per concert or $80 for  all three. Performances will be held in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall. Visit ecuarts.com or call 328-4788. The festival also includes free concerts at 9 a.m and 3 and 5 p.m. Thursday featuring young pianists. Call 328-5184.


Gen-X concert

Gen-X will perform at the Sunday in the Park music series at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Greenville Town Common, 105 E. First St. Free. The band, featuring vocalist Mark Klaich, is making its first appearance at Sunday In the Park. Gen-X plays ‘90s rock. Free. Visitgreenvillenc.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.



Farmville Public Library, 4276 W. Church St., Farmville will host the Summer Learning Program kickoff at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The event will feature storyteller-musician Sharon Clarke. Call 753-3355.

Summer movies

Regal Regal Greenville Grande Stadium 14, 750 S.W. Greenville Blvd., will host its Summer Movie Express at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Aug. 15. Admission is $1. This week’s featured films are are “Despicable Me 2” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

N.C. Symphony

The North Carolina Symphony Orchestra returns to Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern, for its annual free concert on the South Lawn at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Gates open at 5 p.m. The symphony will perform classical music, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture. Bring chairs and blankets. Pets and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Call 639-3500.


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.


Zumba in the Park

The Greenville Recreation and Parks Department will offer Zumba in the Park from 6-7 p.m. Thursdays in June at the Town Common, 105 E. First St. Free. Call 329-4567.

Market on the Square

Winterville’s Market on the Square will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursdays at the corner of Main and Church streets. The event includes entertainment along with sales of fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts and baked goods. Call 215-2360.


Greenville Grooves

The fifth annual Carroll Dashiell Greenville Grooves Music Festival will be held at 5 p.m. June 29 at Five Points Plaza, the corner of Fifth and Evans streets. This year’s concert features the return of the Carroll Dashiell Motown R&B Classic Show. Free.

Movies in the Park

Grimesland’s monthly Movies in the Park series continues at dusk June 29 at Grimesland Community Park, off Pitt Street next to the Town Hall. The featured film will be “The Stray,” which is rated PG. There is no admission charge; concessions will be available.

‘Easily Spoken’

A Place in the Heart Theatre Company and Foundation for Education Development will present “Easily Spoken,” by Michelle Forbes, at 7 p.m. June 30 at the Historic Turnage Theater, 150 W. Main St., Washington, N.C. The play focuses on rural North Carolina in the 1920s-30s and the sharecroppers’ migration north in search of opportunity. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit www.apithtco.jimdo.com or call 253-8467.

Sunflower festival

The N.C. Sunflower Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. June 30 at Rained in a Barn Farm, 2100 N.C. 33 East, Chocowinity. The event will include food, music, crafts and contests. Party in the Pasture concert tickets are $7. Call 945-6153 or visit ncsunflowerfestival.com.

Guitar Festival

East Carolina University School of Music will host its annual Guitar Festival from June 30-July 3 in A.J. Fletcher Music Center. Concerts are scheduled for 4 and 7:30 p.m. June 30. The afternoon concert will feature Samuel Hines, 2018 solo competition winner. The evening concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will feature festival director Elliot Frank and Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition winner Judicael Perroy. Evening concerts $20 adults and $15 for students. Afternoon concerts are $10 adults and $5 for students. Visit www.ecuarts.com or call 328-4788.

Ballroom dance

 The Greenville USA Dance Chapter will host a ballroom dance from 7-10 p.m. June 30 at the ECU Health Sciences Student Center, 1868 Health Sciences Drive. The event will include a lesson on basic foxtrot (with variations. Visit www.greenvillencusadance.org for more information.


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