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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.


July 18, 2018

I am the queen of rustic desserts, which is a nice way to label desserts that are rather imperfect. The good news is that there is plenty of room for rustic and, yes, imperfect desserts in anyone's repertoire. In fact, most cuisines tout their own homey version of bubbling, squidgy desserts cobbled…


July 18, 2018

If you are looking for an unpretentious gathering place with tasty American and Irish pub food, plus karaoke, trivia and live music, then head over to A.J. McMurphy’s Irish Pub at 1914 Turnbury Drive. A.J. McMurphy’s is known for great domestic and imported beer, as well as an expansive…


July 18, 2018

Q: I like to try new foods and heard that nut butters are better for you than peanut butter. Is that true? — J.K., Greenville

A: There are of choices of nut butters, and many are being marketed with what I would call exaggerated claims. Many of the butters will tout their micronutrient…


July 18, 2018

Q My husband’s daughter just announced she and her boyfriend are getting married, and we are very happy for them. They are planning a wedding that is not out of line with the kinds of weddings their friends have been having, but that we consider over the top. The cost will likely exceed her…

Carolyn Hax

July 15, 2018


A TV viewer who I’ll call “Joe” recently commented on Facebook about my review of The Prime Smokehouse in Rocky Mount.

“Thanks for the review, Bob, but while I live in Raleigh, I'm a native of Rocky Mount,” Joe said with pride. “It once called itself the…

Bob Garner

July 14, 2018


■ Browns Chapel Holiness Church, 2260 N.C. 33 West, will host a youth service at 6 p.m. today. Evangelist Talitha Stallings will speak.

■ Burney’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 2628 VOA Site B Road, will host its annual men’s day service at 11 a.m. July 22.

■ Burning Bush…

July 14, 2018

Mint, sage, rosemary, thyme, horehound, catnip, bee-balm, marjoram, pennyroyal, lemon-balm, hyssop, lavender, dittany and basil (is it BAY-zil or BAAA-zil?): what an aromatic bunch of plants these are! All of these are fragrant members of the widely distributed “mint” family, one of the…


July 11, 2018

The Leroy James Farmers Market vendor of the week is Yates and Bailey Bee Farm.

Yates and Bailey Bee Farm has been a vendor at the Leroy James Farmers Market for almost six years.

“I am a lifelong farmer,” said Bobby Yates, a Virginia native who got his first hive of bees at age 14.…


July 11, 2018

The smell and taste of food can catapult us back to our childhood, to a time when trips to family restaurants were weekly affairs, everyone knew our name, what our favorite drink was and how we liked our steak. The best part was the gleaming, rotating dessert wheel that was filled with every flavor…


July 11, 2018

Q I am trying to get more vegetables into my meals but still am struggling to make my goal. Got any suggestions? W.L., Winterville

A Congratulations on your efforts to improve your vegetable intake. As it happens, Kara Massotti, a new Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with ECU Family Medicine, just…

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