Go Guide, Aug. 24
Friday, August 24, 2018
The 33rd annual Winterville Watermelon Festival will be held today and Saturday in downtown Winterville. The event will include carnival rides, a parade, a watermelon-eating contest and the Watermelon Jam concert on Saturday. Festival hours are 6-11 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit watermelonfest.com.
The Churches Outreach Network will present an Evening of Jazz fundraiser from 6:30-9 p.m. today at Yankee Hall Plantation, 3332 Yankee Hall Road. The event, which will celebrate 10 years of service by CON, will include a three-course meal and a live jazz ensemble. Tickets are $45. Visit con2007.org or call 916-8443.
Back to school bash
Cable Paradise Park, 9271 N.C. 903, Ayden, will host a kids movie on the water and back-to-school bash from 6-10 p.m. today. Guests will float in an innertube on our lake while they watch “The Little Mermaid” on the big screen. Snacks, drinks, and popcorn are available for purchase. Free s’mores and sparklers will be available. Tickets which include the inner tube rental, movie ticket, and access to the man made beach, swimming area, and game area are $12 each or two for $18 (for grades K-12).VisitFacebook.com/cableparadisepark for more information.
The 2018 Watermelon Jam will be held from 5-11 p.m. Saturday at the Winterville Recreation Park, 324 Sylvania St. The concert will feature award-winning country music singer/songwriter Scotty McCreery along with Chase Bryant with guests SmithField and The Justin West Band. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 5:30 with The Justin West Band. At 6:30 p,n, SmithField takes the stage followed by Chase Bryant at 7:45 p.m. and Scotty McCreery at 9:15 p.m. General admission tckets are $10. Visit www.watermelonfest.com.
Tale of the Tails
A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center will host Tale of the Tails at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Greenville Center, 729 Dickinson Ave. Participants will learn about an animal’s life and habitat from an expert and will listen to a story about the animal. Free. Contact email@example.com.
Optimist Fun Run
The Optimist Club of Greenville will sponsor a Back to School Bash 5K/1K Fun Run at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Town Common, 105 E. First St. School supplies will be collected for local schools and funds generated will provide support for youth patients who are being treated for cancer, youth and families housed at the Ronald McDonald House and children of veterans. Entry fee is $35 for the 5K and $20 for the 1K. Register at: www.runtheeast.com/races. Visit www.greenvilleoptimists.org or call 814-7794.
The Music House, 408 W. Fifth St., will host mezzo-soprano Jessie Wright Martin and pianist John O’Brien in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. The program will feature Edvard Grieg’s song cycle “Haugtussa” (”The Mountain Maid”) and Michael Cohen’s “I Remember” based on “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.” Suggested donation is $20 per concert for the general public, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Reservations are required. Call 367-1892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Play Mondays
River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Open Play Mondays 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.
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. Wednesday’s market is the last one scheduled for the season. Visit uptowngreenville.com.
Fashion on Display
The Greenville Museum of Art, 802 Evans St., will host Fashion on Display at 6 p.m. Thursday. The event will include a viewing of women’s fall fashions. Refreshments will be served. General admission tickets are $30 and includes refreshments. Seating is limited. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday. Visit gmoa.org or call 758-1946.
The season’s first Freeboot Friday will be held from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 31 at Five Points Plaza at Fifth and Evans streets. The Raleigh-based reggae band Jamrock will perform. This free, alive-at-five event is held Fridays before ECU home football games. It offers live music and family activities, including an inflatable Pirate Ship for children, arts and crafts and food. Visit uptowngreenville.com.
Movies in the Park
Grimesland’s monthly Movies in the Park series continues at dusk Aug. 31 at Grimesland Community Park, off Pitt Street next to the Town Hall. The featured film will be “Free Willy,” which is rated PG. There is no admission charge; concessions will be available.
The ECU Pirates will take on the N.C. A&T Aggies at 6 p.m Sept. 1 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Visit ecupirates.com for tickets.
A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host a planetarium show at noon and 1 p.m. Sept 1. Visit www.atimeforscience.org or call 364-2862.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain will host the Ultimate Pre-Game Party from 5:30-11 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The event, held the night before the ECU-UNC football game, will include a silent auction, an outdoor parking lot party featuring food and beverage vendors, dinner, a live auction and musical entertainment by Sleeping Booty. Tickets are $80 each or $150 per couple. RSVP today. Visit https://one.bidpal.net/upgp2018/welcome.
River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Swamp Stomp from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sept. 8. Dress to get dirty in the search for frogs, salamanders and a variety of macro–invertebrates on a 1.5-mile hike. Free. Call 329-4560.
‘Motherhood Out Loud!’
Magnolia Arts Center, 1703 E. 14th St., will present “Motherhood Out Loud!”at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7-8 and 2 p.m. Sept. 9. “Motherhood Out Loud “is a combination of vignettes, stories and poems that depict multicultural and complex feelings associated with different stages of motherhood. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Visitmagnoliaartscenter.com.
The Winterville Parks and Recreation Summer Movie and Concert Series will present “Beauty and the Beast” Sept. 7 at 332 Sylvania St. The 2016 movie, rated PG, begins at dusk. Free. Visit wintervillenc.com.
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The First Friday Artwalk will be held from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 7. Area galleries will host receptions for exhibits. Visit uptowngreenville.com.
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