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Free watermelon is handed out at the 2018 Watermelon Festival in Winterville.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

TODAY

Watermelon Festival

The 34th annual Winterville Watermelon Festival continues today-Sunday in downtown Winterville. The event will include carnival rides, a parade, a watermelon-eating contest and live music and entertainment. The Watermelon Jam concert, a ticketed event, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. Carnival hours are 6-11 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 1-9 p.m. on Sunday. Visit watermelonfest.com.

Community Pops

The Community Pops Singers will present Mystical Magical Broadway at 7:30 p.m. today at John Paul II Catholic High School, 2725 E. 14th St. The performance is a tour of songs from numerous popular stage productions including “Les Miserables,” and “Wicked” as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber shows. A piano prelude will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Pickin’ on Pitt Street

Whirligig Stage, 628 S. Pitt St., will host Pickin’ on Pitt Street at 8 p.m. today. The bluegrass music event will feature the band Strung Together. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for others. Visit whirligigstage.com.

SATURDAY

Parmalee and 38 Special

The Watermelon Jam concert will be held Saturday at Winterville Recreation Park, 324 Sylvania St. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the show will begin with Justin West Band at 6 p.m., followed by Parmalee at 7:30 p.m. and 38 Special at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the gate. Visit watermelonfest.com.

Beer and wine festival

The inaugural Teach’s Revenge Beer & Wine Festival will be held from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. The festival will focus on more than 50 American craft micro breweries and wineries with more than 125 beers and wines being offered. It will also feature live music, silent auction and an old-school arcade, along with the band Driskill and DJ Dog. General admission tickets are $50 (admission from 1:30-5 p.m.), and VIP tickets are $75 (admission from noon-5 p.m.). Proceeds benefit the Bravo Alpha Foundation. Visit teachsrevenge.org.

History day

The Greenville Museum of Art, 802 S. Evans St., will host “Greenville, Then and Now” through Oct. 5 in the Commons and West Wing galleries. The juried exhibition offers a history of Greenville, exploring how landscapes are affected by urban development. The museum will host History Day at the GMA from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to viewing the exhibit, patrons will have a chance to share memorabilia from the city’s past and learn techniques for preserving historical keepsakes. Visit gmoa.org or call 758-1946.

Arts drive

Magnolia Arts Center, 1703 E. 14th St., will host “Drive One 4UR Arts” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event, a partnership between Magnolia and Hastings Ford, is a promotion for the October performance of “Driving Miss Daisy.” It will include live entertainment, children’s activities, food trucks and “Drive Miss Daisy” test drives. Visit magnoliaartscenter.com.

Trails day

A free guided walk will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Alice F. Keene Park, 4561 County Home Road, in celebration of the first National TRACK Trails Day. This nationwide day of nature adventures highlights the 10th anniversary of the Kids in Parks program. Participants will be guided along the TRACK Trail by Cooperative Extension Agent Hannah Smith, who will identify trees and share information. Visit KidsinParks.com.

Planetarium shows

A Time for Science Grifton Nature and Science Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host shows at the Chia-yu Li Planetarium on Saturday. Features include “Two Small Pieces of Glass” (the history of the telescope) at 11 a.m., “Back to the Moon for Good” at noon and “The Hot and Energetic Universe” at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5. Visit atimeforscience.org.

SUNDAY

The Main Event Band

The Main Event Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday as part of the Sunday in the Park music series at the Town Common, 105 E. First St. Free. The popular party band will close out the 46th season of Sunday in the Park. Visit greenvillenc.gov. The inclement weather hotline number is 758-7246.

MONDAY

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.

WEDNESDAY

Umbrella Market

The final Umbrella Market of the season will be held in uptown Greenville from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday 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.

River Roving

The North Carolina Estuarium, 223 E. Water St., Washington, N.C., offers River Roving tours of the Pamlico River at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. No admission fee or other cost is involved for the tour, but reservations are required. Children must be at least 6 years old to ride; a responsible adult must accompany children under 16. Call 948-0000 for reservations or visit partnershipforthesounds.net.

THURSDAY

ECU concert

East Carolina University School of Music will host guest artist: Jessie Wright Martin, mezzo soprano performer, educator and recording artist at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall. Free. Call 328-6851.

UPCOMING

Movies in the Park

Grimesland’s monthly Movies in the Park series continues at dusk on Aug. 30 at Grimesland Community Park, off Pitt Street next to the Town Hall. The featured film will be “A Dog’s Way Home,” which is rated PG. There is no admission charge; concessions will be available.

Pirate football

The ECU football season kicks off at noon on Aug. 31 with a game against N.C. State in Raleigh’s Carter-Finley Stadium. The first home game, against Gardner-Webb, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Visit ecupirates.com for tickets.

Strung Together

The Beaufort County Traditional Music Association will host Strung Together from 7-9 p.m. on Aug. 31 at the Turnage Theatre, 150 W. Main St., Washington, N.C. The New Bern band will present the musical story of Johnny, Cash, June Carter Cash and the Carter Family. Tickets are $10-$12 and are available at www.artsofthepamlico.org. Call 946-2504.

Ride and cleanup

Bye Bye Plastic Bags NC and cycLAST will host a greenway clean-up and bike ride beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 31 beginning at Greensprings Park , 2600 E. Fifth St. Participants will pick up trash, then ride the greenway. Bring a bike, helmet, water bottle, gloves and recycled/repurposed bag to collect trash. Contact Annika for more information at stoakean1@students.pittschools.org.

Pregame party

The 2-19 Ultimate Pre-Game Party will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. It will feature a DJ, dinner and live auction, followed by music by the Sleeping Booty Band. The event, presented by First Citizens Bank, is a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain. Tickets are $80 each or $150 per couple. Visit www.bgccp.com.

Freeboot Friday

The home football season celebration will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 at Fifth and Evans streets. This free event offers live music by Sons of Paradise, inflatables for children, arts and crafts, food and alcoholic beverages for those 21 and older. Visit uptowngreenville.com.

Home kickoff

The Pirates will play Garner-Webb in their first home game of the season at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Tickets are $25-$50. Visit ecupirates.com.

Heritage celebration

A Hispanic heritage celebration sponsored by AMEXCAN will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Wellcome Middle School, 3101 N. Memorial Drive. The event will feature presentations from various dance groups, music and food. For more information contact 258-9967.

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