Upcoming events around the County.
January 25th: The American Music Festival is back at the History Place with another super concert here. What an enriching addition to our County’s experiences. Be sure to get your tickets soon !
On January 31st: Newport will be celebrating its heritage and history with a full weekend of events beginning on Friday, January 31, 2014 and culminating on Sunday, February 2 with the dedication of the Battle of Newport Barracks Civil War Memorial Park. Through the combined efforts of Newport Historical Museum, Newport Heritage Committee and Battle of Newport Barracks Civil War Park Committee a great weekend is planned. The weekend of events kicks off with the 4th annual Newport Heritage Dinner held at St. James UMC Community LIfe Center on Friday, January 31st. The Newport Heritage Committee has a full evening of entertainment planned with dinner being served from 5-7 pm. The dinner consists of 1/2 BBQ chicken, two sides, roll, dessert and drink (eat-in only). Entertainment is planned from 5 – 9 pm with Morris Willis and Company as our lead group. Pickin’ and Grinnin’ will also be performing during the evening and possibly others. Tickets for the evening are $10 and are available at Newport Historical Museum. A Bake Sale on-site is also planned. On Saturday, at the site of the Newport Historical Museum and the Civil War Park, the 5th NC Troops will be encamped along with members of Ellis’s Battery. Tours of the original Newport Barracks site will be conducted by Eric Lindblade, author of Fight As Long As Possible – The Battle of Newport Barracks. The tours will begin at the site of the park (220 Chatham Street, Newport). Tours are scheduled for 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
On Sunday, February 2, 2014 (the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Newport Barracks) a dedication of the Memorial Park will be held at 2:00 pm. Speakers for the event will be Newport Mayor Dennis Barber, Gerald Mann (park developer), Eric Lindblade (author and park historian) and DIanne Johnson (Newport Historical Museum Executive Director). A final tour of the Newport Barracks site will be conducted following the dedication at approximately 3:30 pm.
Newport Historical Museum is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 – 12. Volunteers are needed so that we will be able to have the museum open additional hours. Volunteers are also needed to help with park construction and maintenance. For more information contact Dianne Johnson 252-241-1793.
THEN: On February 7th – Come here to the History Place to hear Rodney Kemp’s version of the Battle of Newport! Lunchtime – 11:30 for those who reserve a lunch, and 12 for those just want to get the skinny on this important time in the area’s history.