WINTERVILLE — A holiday tradition returns to eastern North Carolina this month with the 2019 edition of the Pitt Community College Foundation’s Down East Holiday Show.

This year’s show — the 18th to raise money for student scholarships and educational activities at PCC — opens at the Greenville Convention Center with a special, adult-only shopping event on Oct. 31 and runs through Nov. 3.

“The Down East Holiday Show is the PCC Foundation’s largest fundraising event each year, so it’s very important to us that it’s successful,” said Marianne Cox, PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Last year’s show drew 11,000 shoppers and generated $133,000 to support our students. We’re hoping members of the community will come out again this year and help us make what we consider to be an eastern North Carolina holiday tradition a rousing success.”

PCC Event Specialist Erin Greenleaf said shoppers can expect to find 190 vendors participating in the show — the most since the event first took place in 2002. They will have a wide variety of items for sale, she said, including holiday decorations, accessories and home décor, wine and food items, clothing and various services.

Greenleaf says the show will feature free and paid priority parking. There also will be several food trucks stationed just outside of the convention center each day, she said, adding that Santa Claus will be on hand for several hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for parents to bring their cameras and take photographs of their children interacting with Old Saint Nick.

“We’re continually striving to put on the best show possible, and we go to great lengths to ensure it features a diverse selection of items for sale,” Greenleaf said. “Of the 190 vendors scheduled to participate this year, 37 are brand new to the event, such as The Villager of the Neuse Sport Shop, Lanoca Coffee Company, a couple of new clothing boutiques, some handcrafted jewelry and a woodworking business. We even have Hooper’s Market coming with pasta sauces, so I’m confident there’ll be something for everyone at this year’s show.”

Greenleaf sayid all of the planning and hard work that goes into the Holiday Show will pay off when the event gets underway with the adult-only shopping night on Halloween. It will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is for adults only, meaning no children or strollers and less crowding. Tickets are $12 for this special event, which will feature a performance of Christmas music by members of the PCC Chorale, television personality Lisa Prince greeting fans of her UNC-TV series, “Flavor, NC,” and a free drawing for a Coach Academy Tote valued at $450.

Doors open Friday at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Saturday’s show hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday’s hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission each day is $10 per person and free for children 10 and younger.

Sunday has been designated “Military Appreciation Day,” which means military personnel — active and retired — and their families can purchase tickets at the door for half price with a military ID.

To purchase tickets online and for more show details, including Santa’s hours and a list of vendors, visit

Nursing students train with Brody Residents

Three medical residents from East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine visited the PCC simulation hospital recently to team up with second-year nursing students on simulated patient care rounds.

The collaboration, which took place Oct. 11, featured nursing students interacting with the physicians in several patient case scenarios. After detailing each patient’s medical history, including vital signs and test results, the future nurses answered questions the doctors had about the patients and measures being taken to treat them. It was the kind of interaction that occurs many times a day in actual hospitals and gave the nursing students excellent practice for their future careers.

PCC Health Sciences Dean Donna Neal said she and PCC nursing faculty hope the training will become an ongoing inter-professional educational experience. She thanked Dr. Walter Robey III, assistant dean for simulation and safety education at Brody, for bringing his students to campus.

“We’re grateful that Dr. Robey recognizes the value in experiential learning and collaborative training involving multiple health care programs,” Neal said. “These simulated experiences certainly provide students opportunities to strengthen their health care knowledge and skills, but they also emphasize the importance of communication and teamwork.”

PCC Nursing Instructor Lynne Braxton said one of the many benefits of Pitt’s simulation hospital, which opened for training in January, is that it offers outstanding opportunities for students from her program to collaborate with students from other health care disciplines, including those from outside of PCC.

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