By Kay Whatley, Editor
This list covers events from the eastern North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Contact information or RSVP deadlines, where applicable, have been included.
Events below range from free happenings (majority) to mid-level and ticketed events.
In addition to the events below, the North Carolina State Fairgrounds is hosting multiple events. Their February list may be found online here.
A variety of coastal events may be found via What’s On Wilmington’s calendar.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (February 9, 2017 @ 6:30-8:30pm)
The Fayetteville Program of Project Healing Waters Fly-fishing is now conducting monthly meetings at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, 7489 Raeford Road, Fayetteville NC, on the second Thursday of each month. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.
The Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and rod building classes, along with clinics. Participants ranging from beginners who have never fished before, to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. All fly fishing and tying equipment is provided to the participants at no cost. Fishing trips, both one day and multi-day, are also provided free of charge to participants.
Anyone interested in participating can contact Tom Carpenter at 910.868.5003 x.11 or email@example.com for more information.
Gig East Meet Up: Drones (February 9, 2017 @ 5:30-7pm)
Hosted by the City Government of Wilson NC. Join Wilson’s first Gig East Meet Up. Learn how drones are being used in various industries throughout eastern NC. Experts from GO Unmanned will lead the conversation and spark discussion. Drone enthusiasts, techies, and anyone interested in learning more about how drones are integrating into our lives, are welcome to attend. The location is 217 Brew Works, 217 South Street S, Wilson NC. See more here.
Yoga in the Galleries (February 9, 2017 @ 5:30-6:30pm)
Held at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay St, Rocky Mount NC. Week number 6 of our 8-week series of Yoga in the Galleries. Walk-ins are $5 per person, per session at the front desk as space allows. Yoga in the Galleries is held every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 at the Arts Center at the Imperial Centre. Participants may arrive as early as 5:00. Bring your own yoga mat. Blocks and straps provided.
Science Cafe: Outrageous Heads led to Outrageus Dinousaurs (February 9, 2017 @ 7-8:30pm)
Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Free dinosaur educational event. Paleontologist Terry “Bucky” Gates speaks at the Science Café about his latest discovery and unlock this new clue in the evolution of large dinosaur predators. Held at the Daily Planet Cafe, 121 W Jones Street, in downtown Raleigh NC.
Artist of the Year Reception (February 9, 2017 @ 6:30-8pm)
Recipients of this year’s award are Craig Kassan and Joy Ayscue. Held at FCAC Headquarters, 22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC. See fcacarts.org.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Family Movie Night (February 10, 2017 @ 6:30pm)
Head over to the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC, for this free movie showing, with free popcorn. Get in and get settled, and the movie will begin at 7pm. For movie title, call 919.823.0432.
Renaissance Ninja Artists (February 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2017 @ 10am-noon)
Hosted by Vintage Hope, 736 Cedarbrook Drive, Rocky Mount NC. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are named after four of the most famous Rennaisance artists… Come for Four Fridays in February to explore each of these four famous artists, covering art history, artist technique, and important pieces. Each Friday students will learn about and recreate a piece by each artist. This workshop is for ages 6-12. Registration fee is $8 per class, or $25 for all four classes if paid by February 3. When signing up, confirm dates requested:
Feb. 3 – Michaelangelo
Feb. 10 – Raphael
Feb. 17 – Leonardo DaVinci
Feb. 24 – Donatello
For those attending, be sure to wear clothing that can get stained.
Dirty Dancing & John Water’s Hairspray (February 10, 2017 @ 7-11pm)
Come watch two movies at the Retro Film Series, Carolina Theatre Cinema, 309 W Morgan Street, Durham NC. Movies are Dirty Dancing (PG-13, 1987) followed by John Water’s Hairspray (PG, 1988). Tickets are about $10 with fees included. Buy tickets online here.
Clayton’s Got Talent 2017 (February 10, 2017 @ 7-8pm)
Tickets to this event are available only at the box office on the night of the event.
The competition for Clayton’s Got Talent 2017 is at The Clayton Center, 111 E Second Street, Clayton NC. Contestants will compete for prizes in three age divisions. See more at theclaytoncenter.com.
Note that winners will perform at The Clayton Center on March 4, 2017, during the Miss Clayton & Miss Capital City Scholarship Pageant and will be featured in the 2017 Clayton Christmas Parade in downtown Clayton.
Wilson Indoor Yard Sale (February 10, 2017 @ 8-11am & February 11, 2017 @ 6-11am)
Come and check out this yard sale at Wilson Community Church, 2301 Montgomery Dr W, Wilson NC and help them raise funds for an upcoming mission trip. This indoor yard sale’s proceeds go to the Guatemala Mission Team from Wilson Community Church. The church is online at www.wccnc.org.
Mother & Son Dance (February 10, 2017 @ 6-9pm)
The city of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department will be celebrating the bond between mother and son with the department’s first ever Mother & Son Dance. The February 10, 2017 event will be held at the Booker T. Washington Theater, 170 W Thomas Street, Rocky Mount NC. The event is for women with males ages 5–15. Tickets are available in advance or at the door for $20 per couple. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, DJ, and solo artist Evan J. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Summer Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 252.467.4925.
Reeb Project Joins the Moral March in NC (February 10-12, 2017)
Hosted by All Souls Church Unitarian (DC). Join the All Souls Reeb Project, Rev. Barber, and a coalition of marchers in Raleigh NC. Marchers are partnering with the Eno River Fellowship in NC to host marchers from All Souls, and “bring spirit to the moral coalition that is our hope in this era.” Registration is closed, but joining may still be possible. More details here.
Note that additional marches are planned for the weekend by other groups, including several on Saturday. March purposes vary by group.
Nashville Showcase-Music (February 10, 2017 @ 7pm)
Enjoy the music of the Nick Schnebelen Band at the Nash Arts Center, 100 E Washington Street, Nashville NC. Tickets are $15 each in advance, or $20 at the door. Nash County Arts Council members may purchase tickets at reduced prices: $13 in advance or $18 at the door. This performance is sponsored by the Nash County Tourism Development Authority and the DoubleTree by Hilton of Rocky Mount. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Valentine’s Tea (February 11 & 14, 2017)
Make a reservations for this Raleigh tea room, and enjoy tea with your Valentine or a loved one on Saturday or Tuesday (Valentine’s Day). The Oak Park Tea Room, 5208 Hollyridge Drive, Raleigh NC will be holding teas, with reservations available 10am through 4:30pm.
Teas are $15 per person and include finger sandwiches, pastries, chocolate-covered strawberry, a “fish & chips” snack of fish-shaped crackers and potato chips. a pot of hot tea, and a flower to give your Valentine. To make a reservation, call 919.803.2704.
Wayne County Jazz Showcase Featuring Vincent Gardner (February 11, 2017 @ 7:30pm)
Come hear Vincent Gardner at this Paramount Performing Arts Series event. Held at the Paramount Theatre, 139 S Center Street, Goldsboro NC. Tickets are $18 per person, $10 for 18 & under. See more on the Paramount Performing Arts Series and their movies at www.goldsboroparamount.com.
Darwin Day (February 11, 2017 @ 9am-5pm)
Free event. Spend a day learning about Darwin and what his theories of natural selection have done for the world of science, research and education. Meet some of the scientists who are continuing his work, and learn how Darwin’s theories are being applied in cutting-edge research. In addition to hands-on science-education stations, there will be crafts and games for all ages. Held at the museum, 11 W Jones Street, Raleigh NC. More information here or call 919.707.9800.
Fred Motley Celebrates Black History Month (February 11, 2017 @ 3-4pm)
Bring the children to hear Storyteller Fred Motley. This children’s event is being held at the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC. It is funded, in part, by a Grassroots Grant through the Arts Council of Wilson. “Our state believes that a great state deserved great art.” For more information, call 252.237.5355.
Susan Werner – Palladian Series (February 11, 2017 @ 8-10pm)
“Empress of the Unexpected,” singer-songwriter Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. Known for engaging and energetic live shows, Werner reigns as one of the most bold and creative forces on the acoustic music scene today. Tickets $20. Held at The Clayton Center, 111 E Second Street, Clayton NC. See more at theclaytoncenter.com.
Mutts Gone Nuts “Canine Cabaret” (February 11, 2017 @ 1-3pm*)
Mutts Gone Nuts is a comedy dog thrill show that promotes the adoption of rescue animals.Admission is $14-$28. Flat Rock Play House is located at 2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock NC. See more at www.flatrockplayhouse.org or call 828.693.0731. A second show, planned for 5pm on this date, is already sold out.
* Note that the organizers & Blue Ridge Humane Society will hold pet adoptions 11am-1pm in the Flat Rock Playhouse Parking Lot. Come before the show and give a furry friend a forever home!
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Downtown Cary Food & Flea (February 12, 2017 @ noon-4pm)
Head west to this food and flea market event at the corner of W Chatham & Academy Streets, Cary NC. There will be 50+ vendors, musicians, food trucks, beer, and more.
Raleigh Trainer Viking Age Reenactment Meetup (February 12, 2017 @ 2-4pm)
This meet up is for new folks interested in Viking Age reenactment and living history that live in the Triangle and Triad areas. There is absolutely no requirement for previous experience or having a kit already assembled. After the general info session interested parties may stay and learnabout Viking Age combat and weapons. Held at Pullen Park, 520 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh NC. See more at www.austlendvikings.org.
NCHRC Volunteer Orientation (February 13, 2017 @ 6pm)
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition is holding an orientation for new volunteers with information on NCHRC and what we do. Held at 2416 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC. RSVP by email if you are interested in attending. Food provided. Street parking on Hillsborough Street is free after 5pm.
Industrial Hemp Committee Meeting (February 13, 2017 @ 10:30am)
This monthly meeting of the state’s NC Industrial Hemp Committee is expected to cover: 1) to adopt the proposed temporary rules to present to the Office of Administrative Hearings Rules Commission; and 2) to review the proposed licensure application. Meeting is public, held in the Gov. James G. Martin Building (inside of Gate 9 on Trinity Road, free parking), NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC. Since the Pilot Program is still being designed, and farmers are not yet able to plant, interested parties/farmers should consider attending this meeting. See www.ncagr.gov/hemp for details and future meeting announcements.
Just an Old Fashioned Love Song (February 14, 2017 @ 6-9pm)
Third Annual Valentine’s Dinner at Common Grounds Coffee & Music House, 20 Cheves Road, Bunn NC. This event includes:
- Catered Dinner – Choice of Pork Tenderloin or Baked Chicken; Apple or Chocolate pie
- Live Dinner Music
- Live After Dinner Music
- Photographer for Custom Photos
Limited seating; reservations going fast. Payment of reservation is the only guarantee of a seat. Attendance is not limited to couples and the cost is $25 per person. Email, call 919.340.4477, or stop by the coffee house to pay.
“The Barter Players®” Great Expectations (February 16, 2017 @ 7pm)
The Barter Players, classic theatre for kids of all ages, will be performing this Charles Dickens classic. Edgecombe Community College’s Keihin Auditorium, 2009 W Wilson Street, in Tarboro NC.
Reserved seating tickets are now available to the general public. Admission is free, but tickets are required. See www.edgecombe.edu/performance-series-event/barter-players.
Farm and Food Forum (February 16, 2017 @ 6-8pm)
Hosted by Pitt County Farm and Food Council at the Third Street Community Center, 600 W Third Street, Greenville NC. Public is invited to share ideas about food, farms, and hunger in Pitt County NC. See pcffcnc.weebly.com.
Bringing Back The Oldies (February 18, 2017 @ 7:30-10pm)
Dress for the times — poodle skirts or snazzy clothes — and enjoy this night of entertainment featuring songs from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s — Motown, Rock ‘n Roll, and Beach Boogie & Blues. Held at the Tar Heel Variety Theater, 485 Carrow Road, Chocowinity NC. For tickets or pricing, call 252.975.2117, email, or visit www.tarheelvarietytheater.com.
Wednesday Hemp Day (February 22, 2017 @ 6-11pm)
Festival hosted by Carolina Hemp Company at THE BLOCK off biltmore, 39 S Market Street, Asheville NC. This seventh-installment of Wednesday Hemp Day features Keynote Jeffry Cartonia with the NCIHA and Founder Hemp. With the next NC Hemp Commission meeting on February 13, 2017, a complete look at what the regulations are should be available, along with information on how to get permitted and what to expect through 2017. Chalwa will be bringing the atmosphere to life! Plus, spend time with Amy Massey in the Massage Chair to discover the benefit of a CBD massage. Hemp Beer, Hemp Coffee, Hemp Extracts, and The Green Team from Carolina Hemp Co. Updates posted here.
Driving Miss Daisy (February 23-25, 2017 @ 8pm & February 26, 2017 @ 3pm)
Playhouse of Wilson, located at 137 Goldsboro Street S, in Wilson NC, is offering four performances of this stage play. Call 252.363.1933 for tickets or visit www.playhouseofwilson.com.
Synopsis: The year is 1948 in the deep south. Seventy-two year old Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp tongued Jewish widow demolished another car. Her son Boolie demands she no longer drive and instead have a chauffeur. She strongly resists, but losses out to her son. Boolie hires a chauffeur and a black chauffeur at that. Their relationship evolves over a 25 year period of time.
Dancing with the Arts (February 24 at 7-9:30pm)
Fourth annual fundraiser hosted by the Nash County Arts Council at 100 E Washington Street, Nashville NC. Admission is $16. $1 per bid to vote for your favorite couple. The couple with the most bids at the end of the competition wins! Bids accepted now through event. Checks payable to Nash Arts and may be mailed to Nash Arts PO Box 701 Nashville NC.
Call 252.459.4734 for tickets. Early ordering recommended, as event is anticipated to be a sell out. Tickets may also be purchased by visiting here.
Coopers Fire & Rescue Pork Chop Plate Sale (February 24 at 11am-6pm)
Coopers annual pork chop plate fundraiser! Coopers Fire & Rescue Dept. / Nash EMS 100, 2408 Volunteer Rd, Elm City NC. Plates $7 (two pork chops, potatoes,green beans,bread). Our Ladies Auxiliary will be selling homemade cake slices for $1. Come out Friday,February 24th and enjoy a plate and satisfy that sweet tooth. Eat in or Carry out. No tickets will be sold. First come,first serve
Walk-up Rabies Clinic (February 25, 2017 @ 8-9am)
No appointment needed. Tar River Veterinary Hospital is holding rabies clinics at the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 351 T. Kemp Road, Louisburg NC. Rabies Vaccines will be $5 for one-year vaccines. Three-year vaccines will be available, but will only be administered with a current certificate of previous rabies vaccine. Also available are one-year vaccines, at $15 per vaccine, for the following: Canine Distemper-Parvo, Canine Kennel Cough,Feline Distemper, and Feline Leukemia Vaccine. Tar River says, “Be sure to thank Dr. Goldman for her service to Franklin County and the surrounding areas!” Call 919.494.5500 if you have any questions.
Carolina Mudcats / Five County Stadium Annual Job Fair (February 25, 2017 @ 10am-1pm)
Get to Five County Stadium, 1501 NC-39, Zebulon NC, for their annual Job Fair. Applicants ages 16 and up may apply for positions in promotions, production, concessions, and much more! Cattails Restaurant will also be interviewing from 10am-12pm for bartenders and backup servers. All interested are encouraged to fill out this application before the job fair: atmilb.com/2jZEWMQ.
Race For Epilepsy (February 25, 2017 @ 7-11am)
Hosted by Race For Epilepsy in Washington NC. Participate in a: half marathon race, 5k race, or 1 mile walk to raise awareness for epilepsy. All proceeds will be donated to CURE Epilepsy (Non-Profit Organization). See more at www.raceforepilepsy.org.
Readers’ Theater “Fetishes” (February 28, 2017 @ 7pm)
“Fetishes” by Richard Selzer tells of a woman who has never informed her husband about her false teeth and now must remove them to undergo surgery. She deals with the differing personalities of several physicians in seeking a solution to her dilemma. This presentation by The Brody School of Medicine and College of Nursing at East Carolina University is being held at the Edgecombe County Memorial Library, 909 North Main Street, Tarboro NC.
For further information contact Roman Leary, ECML Director via email or call 252.823.1141.
Seussical The Musical (March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12, 2017)
Performances will be at The Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, located at 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. If you have any questions, contact the Theater Manager of the Imperial Centre via email, or visit the website at imperialcentre.org.
International Festival of Cultures (March 4, 2017 @ noon-4pm)
Celebrate the diverse cultures of Rocky Mount. There will be food and entertainment. Held in the Brown Auditorium, Nash Community College, 522 N Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount NC.
Dig In! (March 4, 2017 @ 8:15am-2pm)
This annual event is organized by Advocates for Health in Action, and held at the Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett Street, Raleigh NC. All are invited to “Get all the “dirt” on starting and maintaining community, school and child care gardens and learn about the growing urban ag scene in Wake County.” Tickets $15-$25. See more on the event webpage.
Small Business Seminar: Business Essentials (March 7, 2017 @ 5:45-7:45pm)
The North Carolina Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service will present this seminar. Each agency will cover basic requirements to help businesses in North Carolina understand the laws and obligations necessary to be compliant. At the end of the seminar, there will be a question and answer session with the presenters and networking possibilities with other business owners. Location for this business seminar is Braswell Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC. For more information and to register, visit dornc.com/business/smallbusseminars.html.
Art Of Murder (April 28–May 12, 2017)
Check out this comedy/drama about art, retribution, and murder. Held at the Barn Dinner Theatre, 120 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro NC. Tickets and show information available at www.barndinner.com or by calling 336.292.2211. Tickets for this dinner-and-a-show venue go on sale in March.
Ed. Note: Event information gathered from various sources. While attempts are made to verify data, for most events contact details are included. If you’re planning to attend an event, use contact information or event links to confirm, check for updates or changes, or verify space is available. These events are publicized by The Grey Area News, but are not events overseen by this news site.