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Happy, Happy New Year 2019!

Tracey Stones
“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – CS Lewis We hope your New Year is filled with happiness, good health, and prosperity! We would like to thank our advertisers for believing in our efforts to promote the people, places, and great things happening in the greater New Bern area. We truly […]
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WinterFeast: Oysters, Brews and Comfort Foods

WinterFeast New Bern, NC
January 25, 2019 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Shuck your winter shell as Tryon Palace’s WinterFeast oyster roast returns to the North Carolina History Center in 2019. Dive into a table full of fresh, local, steamed oysters, sample classic winter favorites like chowders, shrimp and grits, and jambalaya prepared by your favorite local chefs, and wash […]
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Do you enjoy writing or vlogging?

Aerial photo New Bern
If so, we would love to hear from you! New Bern Now was created to share information and current events about the people, places, interesting stories, and/or things to do in the Greater New Bern area. We’re going on 10 years and we’ve learned a lot about our community from everyone who has shared information […]
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Raising the Cairo with Ed Bearss – Jan 13

USS Cairo Gunboat
Lost Ironclad Re-discovered It’s a treasure hunt story worthy of Indiana Jones, led by historian Ed Bearss. On Dec. 12, 1862, naval history was made when the Union ironclad USS Cairo (pronounced “KAY-row”), involved in the campaign against Vicksburg, was sunk in twelve short minutes in Mississippi’s Yazoo River. It was reportedly the first armored […]
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Weekend Roundup: Things to do in and around New Bern

Weekend Events New Bern
21st: Free Classic Christmas Cartoons Showing, 5:00 p.m. at the Bank of the Arts. Call 252-638-2577. 21st: Around the World in 80 Carols with Simon Spalding, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Bella’s Café and Catering, 323 Middle St. Call 252-633-7900. 21st: Trainwreck Live, 7:30 p.m. at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant. Call 252-635-0322. 22nd: 12th Annual Santa Paws […]
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New Bern and Beyond Podcast for December 17, 2018

New Bern Now Podsquad
Episode 107 Find out the latest “positive” news and information about our beautiful and happening town of New Bern and Beyond. Beyond, meaning our travels throughout Eastern North Carolina! During this show, New Bern Now’s Podsquad: Rich Sheridan (Crystal Coast Discovery Map), Susan Moffat-Thomas, Kathy Morrison (New Bern Historical Society), Colleen Roberts (City of New […]
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Auction of Amazing Gingerbread Art

Gingerbread House Art Auction
Bidding Closes December 15 Yes, this amazing image of Tryon Palace, sitting in the window of Bella’s Cafe, is a work in gingerbread! And you can add it to your own holiday decorations! The New Bern Historical Society is holding a silent auction on site with bidding running through December 15th inside Bella’s Café. This […]
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Weekend Roundup: Things to do in and around New Bern

Weekend New Bern NC
7th: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony, 11:00 a.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500. 7th: Live Window Displays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in participating businesses in Downtown New Bern. 7th: Rob Lightber Live, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at BrÜtopia Brewery. Call 252-631-5142. 7th – 9th: The Nutcracker Ballet, Fri: 7:30 p.m.; Sat: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 […]
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Gingerbread Awards Presented at Festivities

Carol More
People’s Choice and Heritage Auction Still to Come The New Bern Historical Society presented the first batch of Gingerbread House Contest Awards at the Beary Merry festivities on Friday.  An excited crowd anticipated the results as Executive Director Mickey Miller announced the winners and invited the crowd to see all of the gingerbread houses which […]
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New Bern and Beyond Podcast for December 3, 2018

New Bern Now Podsquad
Episode 106 Find out the latest “positive” news and information about our beautiful and happening town of New Bern and Beyond. Beyond, meaning our travels throughout Eastern North Carolina! During this show, New Bern Now’s Podsquad: Rich Sheridan (Crystal Coast Discovery Map), Susan Moffat-Thomas, Kathy Morrison (New Bern Historical Society), Colleen Roberts (City of New […]
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