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Jason Vieaux will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday as part of the ECU School of Music’s annual Guitar Festival. Vieaux has performed music ranging from Bach to Metheny all across the United States and at festivals around the world.


Friday, June 29, 2018


Greenville Grooves

The fifth annual Carroll Dashiell Greenville Grooves Music Festival will be held at 5 p.m. today 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,” the story of how a stray dog that comes out of nowhere and helps a struggling family. The movie 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. For more information, 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.

Family Fun Day

Stroke of Faith Farms, 2872 N.C. 118, Grifton, will host Family Fun Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The event will include a “meet and greet” with the farm animals, along with face-painting, farm games, an inflatable slide and a dunking booth. Admission is $5 per child; there is no charge for parents. Lunches (hot dog or hamburger and chips) will be available for $5 each. Call 671-7555 or visit www.facebook.com/​StrokeOfFaithFarms.

Guitar Festival

East Carolina University School of Music will host its annual Guitar Festival from Saturday-Tuesday. A concert at 4 p.m. Saturday will feature Samuel Hines, 2018 solo competition winner. A concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will feature festival director Elliot Frank and Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition winner Judicael Perroy. A concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday will feature Andrew Zohn and Jason Vieaux. A concert featuring Isaac Bustos and Jeffrey McFadden will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $20 adults and $15 for students. Afternoon concerts are scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Visit www.ecuarts.com or call 328-4788.


Sunday in the Park

Lydia Salett Dudley and Jazz Expressions will perform at the Sunday in the Park music series at 7 p.m. today at the Greenville Town Common, 105 E. First St. Free. This is the debut performance at Sunday in the Park for this jazz pianist from Raleigh. Visit greenvillenc.gov. The inclement weather hotline number is 758-7246.

Dru Hill live

Dru Hill, with guest Ginuwine, will perform in concert at 7 p.m. today at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Tickets start at $25. Visit druhilllive2018.eventbrite.com for tickets.

Splash park

Splashpoint at the Dream Park, 1700 Chestnut St., is open daily through Aug. 12. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 328-4567.


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.

Community pool

The Greenville Community Pool, located on Myrtle Avenue at Guy Smith Park, is open Monday-Saturday through 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.


Rock The Pamlico

Rock the Pamlico will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday at Arts of the Pamlico, 150 Main St., Washington, N.C. Visit littlewashingtonnc.com for more information.

Early Fourth

■ Farmville’s Independence Day Celebration, sponsored by the town of Farmville, will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Walter B. Jones Town Common, 3672 N. Main St. Bring lawn chairs and spend the evening with music from The Tar River Community Band, food and games. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Visit www.farmville-nc.com for more information.

■ Rocky Mount’s annual Independence Day celebration will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex. There will be live music from the Rhythm Express Band and the Hip Pocket Band, inflatables and fireworks. Free. Call 972-1266.

Kids’ movies

Regal Greenville Grande Stadium 14, 750 S.W. Greenville Blvd., will host its Summer Movie Express through Aug. 15. Movies will be shown at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Admission is $1. The featured movies for Tuesday-Wednesday are “The Lego Movie” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.”


River Park Fourth

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will be open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday for July Fourth. This is a permit-free fishing holiday with state and park permit requirements waived for the day. Live reptile presentations will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the nature center. Free with nature center admission. Call 329-4560.

July 4 celebrations

■ The Greenville Noon Rotary Club will host Greenville’s July 4th Independence Day Celebration from 2-9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Town Common, 105 E. First St. Music will begin at 3 p.m. The celebration includes children’s activities, food, games, inflatable attractions and music. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Free. Food and drinks will be available for sale. First Street in front of the Town Common will be closed to all vehicle traffic. Nopets, alcohol, glass, grills or personal fireworks allowed on the Town Common during Wednesday’s event.

■ The City of Washington’s Fourth of July celebration will be held in downtown Washington at 6 p.m. Wednesday. This event will feature food, games, music from Hank, Pattie and the Current and fireworks at dusk. Free.

■ The city of New Bern’s Independence Day celebration will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Lawson Creek Park, 1309 Country Club Road. The event includes food, games, music and inflatable attractions. Free. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.

■ The Tarboro 4th of July festivities will be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Braswell Center Park, 1501 Western Blvd., Tarboro. This family-friendly event will offer food vendors, amusements, a bubble gum and watermelon contest, and entertainment provided by DJ Slammin. There will be a fireworks display at 9 p.m.


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.


Comedy Night

Whirligig Stage, 628 S. Pitt St., will host Comedy Night featuring Matt White and Eric Shouse at 9 p.m. July 6. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. For more information, visit www.whirligigstage.com.

Planetarium show

A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host a planetarium show at noon and 1 p.m. Saturday. For information, visit www.atimeforscience.org or call 364-2862.

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 July. Cost is $10 per kayak rental. Email sam@atimeforscience.org, visit www.atimeforscience.org or call 364-2862.

Kaylin Roberson Band

Kaylin Roberson Band will perform at the Sunday in the Park music series at 7 p.m. July 8 at the Greenville Town Common, 105 E. First St. Free. This is the debut performance at Sunday in the Park for this country/​pop artist Visit greenvillenc.gov. The inclement weather hotline number is 758-7246.


Farmville Public Library, 4276 W. Church St., Farmville, will host ScienceTellers at 10 a.m. July 9. Co-sponsored by Farmville’s Parks and Recreation Department, the event will explore the science behind chemical reactions, acids and bases, combustion, air pressure and inertia. Call 753-3355.

James and the Giant Peach

Whirligig Stage, 628 S. Pitt St., will present the musical “James and the Giant Peach” at 6 p.m. July 12-14. Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. July 11 and 15. The production, based on the book by Roald Dahl, will feature the Whirligig Stage Youth Academy with performers between the ages of 7 and 18. Tickets are $12 for students and $16 for adults. Visit whirligigstage.com.

Concert on the Common

The Concert on the Common will be held at  the Town Common, 105 E. First St., from 5-8 p.m. July 11. The Band of Oz, a beach music group, will perform. Free. Food and drinks will be available for sale.


Humans of Greenville


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


February 15, 2019

There have been plenty of movies about tough women. In fact, picking the Top 10 is harder than you might think. But here goes, the ones I picked and the ones I didn’t.

10) Trinity, “The Matrix” — Carrie-Ann Moss’ Trinity was hacker chic before the hacker chic of…

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February 13, 2019

If you’re hungry and seeking more authentic flavor for your next meal, why not and take a trip to India without leaving Greenville. Go beyond steak & potatoes, dive into a new culture, expand your culinary palate and you’ll be sure to add Cinnamon Indian Cuisine to your top…


February 13, 2019

Q: My girlfriend is a health nut, but I really want to give her some chocolate for Valentines. Is it ok? MK, Greenville

A: Kathryn Clary, a Brody medical student, suggests that dark chocolate really can prevent a broken heart with its benefits to the cardiovascular system. Here is what she wants…

Kolasa, Kathy

February 10, 2019

You're from out of town going 65 mph down the highway heading west, and you want to catch another highway going north. What do you think the exit sign should say in 3-foot-tall letters?

A) Gophertown

B) Exit 42

C) Gov. Tiddwilly Memorial Highway

D) Pinewood Mall

Quick, you've got nanoseconds to…


February 10, 2019

I was thinking recently about all the fallout from the removal of the Confederate soldier statue, “Silent Sam,” at UNC-Chapel Hill.

That, in turn, led me to remember the deafening silence of UNC’s first African American cheerleader, Jimmy Womack, during the football season of 1966…

Bob Garner

February 10, 2019

North Carolina’s most important emergency is not the next federal government shutdown. Nor is it a fake national emergency on the nation’s southern border.

Our state’s real emergency is a real threat to its dominant position in the world of barbecue.

Forget for a moment about our…


February 10, 2019

This story is part of an occasional series of features provided by the Greenville Historic Preservation Commission that will focus on city’s history and historic structures.

This picturesque two-story Victorian house, which stands across from the Greenville Museum of Art, has somehow remained…

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February 09, 2019

Most people tend to overlook tree bark as rather uninteresting, at best. It's too bad, because bark is a fascinating and often attractive plant "invention," and is actually rather complex in its various appearances and origin. Of course, it is only developed on woody plants. Clearly, bark varies…

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February 08, 2019

Capsules of movies playing locally. New releases are indicated with an asterisk.

A DOG’S WAY HOME — A dog travels 400 miles in search of her owner. (1 hour, 36 minutes) Rated PG. 

A STAR IS BORN — A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism…

February 06, 2019

Q: What’s so great about drinking green tea? If you convince me to try it, what should I look for? There are so many products and so many claims. AD, Greenville

A: I have fond memories of my first visit to a tea field in Kenya — a beautiful sight. Green tea is one of those drinks that…

Kolasa, Kathy
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