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The Ayden Collard Festival kicks off next week. The art show will open Tuesday at the Community Building on Second Street. Carnival rides will be open at 6 p.m. Thursday, which is wrist-band night at the festival. Visit aydencollardfestival.com.

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By Kim Grizzard

Friday, August 31, 2018

TODAY

Freeboot Friday

The season’s first Freeboot Friday will be held from 5-8 p.m. today 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 today 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.

SATURDAY

ECU football

The ECU Pirates will take on the N.C. A&T Aggies at 6 p.m. Saturday in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Visitecupirates.com for tickets.

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. Visit www.atimeforscience.org or call 364-2862.

MONDAY

Open Play Mondays

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Open Play Monday from 10 a.m.-noon Monday. Each Monday through Nov. 5,, staff members will provide unstructured activities such as blocks, musical instruments and games in the Born Learning Trail play area. Free. Call 329-4560.

THURSDAY

Collard Festival

The Ayden Collard Festival will be held Thursday through Sept. 8 in downtown Ayden. The annual event includes food, carnival rides, musical entertainment and an art show. The Miss Ayden Pageant will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. A parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by the collard-eating contest at 2 p.m. The Embers will perform from 8-11 p.m. Saturday on West Avenue Stage. Visit aydencollardfestival.com.

UPCOMING

Parmalee

Parmalee will headline Freeboot Friday from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 7 at Five Points Plaza, at the corner of Evans and Fifth streets. Held each Friday before a home football game, Freeboot offers live music, an inflatable pirate ship for children, arts and crafts, food and adult beverages for those 21 and older. Visit uptowngreenville.com.

‘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. For more information, visit magnoliaartscenter.com.

Pregame party

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. Visit https://​one.bidpal.net/​upgp2018/​welcome.

Summer movie

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.

Book sale

The Fifty Cents Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of Sheppard Memorial Library will be held from noon-5 p.m. Sept. 7; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8 and 2-4 p.m. Sept. 9. Paperbacks, VHS tapes, records and some older hardback books will be available for 50 cents each. On Sept. 9, books are $3 per bag. Call 329-4580.

ECU football

ECU will face off against the University of North Carolinat at Chapel Hill at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Visit www.ecupirates.com for tickets.

Swamp Stomp

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.

‘Boeing Boeing’

Whirligig Stage, 628 S. Pitt St., will present “Boeing Boeing” by Marc Camoletti from Sept. 13-16 and Sept. 19-23. Revived on Broadway in 2007 in a Tony-winning production, this 1960s French farce (adapted for the English-speaking stage) features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard (an American), who has Italian, German and American fiancées, each beautiful airline hostesses. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students. Visit whirligigstage.com.

NewMusic Initiative

North Carolina NewMusic Initiative will host ModernMedieval Trio of Voices at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall.The all-female ensemble features Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, former member of the renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4, and Martha Cluver and Eliza Bagg from the celebrated ensemble Roomful of Teeth. The music combines medieval chant and polyphony with new commissions and music from later eras.Free. Visit ecu.edu/​cs-cfac/​music/​newmusic/ or call 328-6851.

Music Series

The African-American Music Series will feature recording artist Michael Friend in concert at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Emerge Gallery & Art Center, 404 Evans St. Friend is founder and artistic director of Soul in Motion Players. The series celebrates the heritage of African American musicians with ties to eastern North Carolina. The free concerts feature artist director the Carroll V. Dashiell Jr. house band and a different guest artist each month. Free. Visit pittcountyarts.org or call 551-6947.

Music in the Park

Grimesland’s monthly Music in the Park series continues at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Grimesland Community Park, off Pitt Street next to the Town Hall. Emerald City Big Band will perform. There is no admission charge; concessions will be available. 

Bethel Harvest Festival

The annual Bethel Harvest Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 15 at Andrews and Railroad streets. The event will include food, games, children’s activities, hay rides, inflatable attractions and live music. Hula hoop and seed-spitting contests begin at 10:15 a.m., followed by Bethel’s Got Talent at 11 a.m. Jupiter Jones will perform in concert from 6-9 p.m. Visit bethelharvestfestival.com.

ECU Symphony Orchestra

The ECU Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in Wright Auditorium on campus. The performance will feature Rota’s Concerto for trombone and orchestra, Stephen Ivany, guest soloist, and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14. Free. Visit ecu.edu/​arts.

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