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 2, 2017
Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting (February 2, 2017 @ 6-8:30pm)
Tickets may still be available for this 113th-annual meeting at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount NC. To purchase tickets, see rockymountchamber.org.
Franklin County Arts Council Diversity Team (February 2, 2017 @ 2pm)
All who are interested in bringing the arts to the whole community are invited to attend. The meeting will be held at FCAC Headquarters, 22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC. FCAC is online at fcacarts.org.
Groundhog Day (February 2, 2017 @ 9am-1pm)
Join us to see if spring is nearly here (fingers crossed!). “Meet Sir Walter Wally the groundhog and get his prognostication for the next six weeks.” Enjoy groundhog-themed fun activities. The Shadow Ceremony is at Noon on the Bicentennial Plaza in front of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones Street, Raleigh NC.
Groundhog Day (February 2, 2017 @ 10am-12:15pm)
Educational event offers crafts, games, live animals and, of course, Snerd the Groundhog’s official prediction for spring. Bring your camera to take pictures with the groundhog, McGruff the Crime Dog and more mascots. Held at White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Road, Garner NC.
Movies & Munchies (February 2, 2017 @ 5:30-7:30pm)
Enjoy snacks and a classic movie in the Computer Lab at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC. For more information, call Kesha Joyner at 252.442.1951 x.253.
Johnston County CCA NC Annual Banquet (February 2, 2017 @ 6-11pm)
Come to The Farm for this gathering to raise money for the conservation of our precious coastal marine resources. Held at The Farm Entertainment Venue, 215 Batten Road, Selma NC. See more on the Coastal Conservation Association NC website at ccanc.org.
Making Babies – Plant Propagation Party (February 2, 2017 @ 8-11am)
Free. Come on out to the greenhouse and play in the dirt: sow seeds, take cuttings, divide plants, and transplant for spring sales. Held at Toad Song Farm, 14765 Buffalo Road, Clayton NC. The farm is online here.
Discovery Table: Wizened Woodchucks & Weather Predictors (February 2, 2017 @ 8:30am-5pm)
How did people predict the weather before The Weather Channel? Can animals really help? Come to the visitor center and check out some at-home weather equipment you can make with recycled and natural materials and put our colonial “weather proverbs” to the test. For all ages; fee: FREE. Registration is not required. Held at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh NC.
All about Adoption: A Workshop for Children & Parents (February 2, 2017 @ 5:30-8pm)
Interactive children’s workshop and parents’ workshop. Hosted on Thursdays starting Feb. 2 by Center for Child & Family Health at 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh NC. Dinner is provided each week, followed by separate child and parent groups will begin. Space is limited. Download the flyer at ccfhnc.org (PDF). To register or for more information, call Felicia Gibson at 919.385.0744.
Choice Not Chance Documentary Film Screening and Panel (February 2, 2017 @ 6-8pm)
This is a free event at the NC State African-American Cultural Center, held in the Witherspoon Student Center’s Washington Sankofa Room, 2810 Cates Avenue, Raleigh NC. Note that parking is free after 5pm on Cates Avenue or the Dan Allen parking deck (110 Dan Allen Drive, Raleigh NC). See more on this documentary by Co-Producers Mindy Fuller and Angela Borrow at www.choicenotchancedoc.com.
Candlemas: The Feast of Light / Candelaria: Fiesta de la Luz (February 2, 2017 @ 6:30-8:30pm)
The Feast of Light! (la version en Español se encuentra abajo). See details here. Held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 331 Hammond Street, Rocky Mount NC.
Soft Plastics Lure Making Class (February 2, 2017 @ 6:30-8:30pm)
Free event from NC Wildlife. Llearn to make plastic fishing lures and enjoy the satisfaction of catching fish with your creations. Thisworkshop teaches basic techniques for molding Soft Plastic lures for Saltwater and Freshwater fosjomg. This is a great parent/child activity.The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is providing this workshop free of charge with all materials included. Held at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, 7489 Raeford Road, Fayetteville NC.
NC Jazz Festival (February 2, 3 & 4, 2017 @ 7:30-10:30pm)
Enjoy the 37th Annual NC Jazz Festival at the Hilton Riverside Hotel, 301 Water Street, Wilmington NC. For more details and tickets ($15-$60) visit www.ncjazzfestival.com.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Praxis Film Festival (February 3-4, 2017)
PRAXIS Film Festival is in its 7th year of screening independent film. The two day event includes narrative features and shorts, documentary features and shorts, animation, and student films. Held at the Paramount Theatre, 139 S Center Street, Goldsboro NC. Tickets are $15 for one day, or $25 for both. For more information, see the lineup and ticket information at www.goldsboroparamount.com.
First Friday Coffee (February 3, 2017 @ 7:30am)
The Nashville Chamber of Commerce invites local chamber members, residents, and public servants to come together for coffee on the first Friday of each month. Come to the Nashville Exchange Steakhouse and Cafe, 229 W Washington Street, in Nashville NC to grab coffee and get to know business owners and others from Nashville NC and surrounding towns. No registration needed; just walk in. For more information, visit the Chamber website at nashvillencchamber.org.
Braswell/American Red Cross Blood Drive (February 3, 2017 @ 11am-3pm)
Give the gift of life; the need is constant. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and use the Sponsor Code “Braswell Memorial Library”. For more information, call Kesha Joyner at 252.442.1951 x.253. Held in the Warner and Wiley Rooms, Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC.
Robotics & Coding III (WeDo 2.0) (February 3, 2017 @ 5:30-7pm)
Brick Scholars is returning to Education Exchange February 3, 10, 17, and 24 for “The Four Rs of Vehicles”. This class will be using WeDo 2.0 and a variety of extension kits for an exciting and engaging STEAM experience. Students will build and code robotic rovers, rescue helicopters, race cars, and recycling trucks that deep dive into STEM curriculum. Class is for grades 2-5. Sign up for the first class for $25 to try it out, or sign up for the four-week unit for $100. Hosted by Education Exchange, LLC, 3042 Forest Hills Road SW, Wilson NC. For information or registration, visit www.brickscholars.com.
Cuttin Grass at Common Grounds (February 3, 2017 @ 7pm)
Stop by, sit a bit, and enjoy music at the Common Grounds Coffee & Music House, 20 Cheves Road, Bunn NC.
Renaissance Ninja Artists (February 3, 2017 @ 10am-noon)
Hosted by Vintage Hope, 736 Cedarbrook Dr, 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.
Mysti Mayhem at Grounds Cafe (February 3, 2017 @ 6:30-9:30pm)
Mysti and Brian are performing at Grounds Cafe, 320 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell NC.
A Truffle Affair (February 3-4, 2017 @ 6-8pm)
High-end tasting dinner at SoCo Farm and Food (“Eat Well, Eat Local”), 6538 Slabtown Road, Wilson NC. Each date, enjoy a five-course tasting dinner featuring food with Italian inspiration and wine pairings. Chef Jeremy Law and Chef Adam Rose create dishes to tantilize diners’ taste buds! Ticket price includes the meal, wine, tax, and gratuity. Tickets are available at www.soconc.com; $120 per ticket.
Rocky Mount NC 15-Year Anniversary Celebration Kick-off (February 3, 2017 @ 6-9pm)
According to Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city’s Public Affairs Manager Rocky Mount NC is kicking off its 150th anniversary celebration at the Imperial Center’s First Friday event. There will be a free hot dog combo for the first 300 people to attend and free popcorn while it lasts.
From 6-6:30pm, Councilmember Lamont Wiggins will be offering “interesting facts about the origin of Rocky Mount.” The 150-year anniversary celebration will begin at First Friday, but Pam Casey — City Clerk and Anniversary Planning Committee Chair– says the celebration will last for a full year.
Admission to First Friday is free. First Friday also include live music, vendors, a No Shame Open Mic Night, a planetarium and laser show, free admission to the museum’s new exhibit, and more. Imperial Centre is located at 270 Gay Street in downtown Rocky Mount NC. For more details on the event, visit www.imperialcentre.org.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Take Your Child to The Library Day (February 4, 2017 @ 10am-noon)
All are invited to come to this annual celebration. Come for stories, crafts, snacks, door prizes, and more. This event is being held at the Edgecombe County Memorial Library. The address is 909 N Main Street, in Tarboro NC. For more information, call the Library at 252.823.1141.
Muster on The Green (February 4, 2017 @ noon-4pm)
The 7th Regiment of foot illustrates 18th-century military protocol. “See marching and weapons demonstrations, talks on military material culture, tailoring, and cooking demonstrations.” Held in Historic Halifax, at 25 St. David Street, Halifax NC. For information, call 252.583.7191 or visit their website.
Garden Workdays: Plant Rescue (February 4 & 6, 2017)
The Master Gardeners need help dividing and potting up perennials for our Plant Sale in April. Come learn how to make more plants! Two seperate days:
Saturday, February 4 @ 1-3pm
Monday, February 6 @ 1-3pm
Dress for the weather and bring work gloves. Held at Wilson Botanical Gardens, 1806 Goldsboro Street SW, Wilson NC.
Community Breakfast (February 4, 2017 @ 8-10am)
Increasing Faith ministry invite you to breakfast. Held by Increasing Faith Ministry at 835 Pender Street, Rocky Mount NC.
Intro to Comic Illustration (February 4-March 11, 2017 @ 1-4pm)
Six-Saturdays course. Learn the art of illustration and storytelling through designing your own comic book. Students will experiment with brush and ink, two-dimensional animation, and character development. For beginner to advanced students, ages 12-18. Materials included. Instructed by Fenia Gulliford. For details, call 252.972.1167, email, or visit imperialcentre.org/arts-center/programs-events. Held at Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. Tickets are available at apm.activecommunities.com ($56-$84).
Wilson Fight Night (February 4, 2017 @ 7pm)
“Small Town Big Dreams” Professional Boxing Bout featuring Dangerous Donnie Marshall. Tickets $20-75. Call/Text 919.673.8697 for more information. Held at the Bill Ellis Convention Center, 3007 Downing Street SW, Wilson NC.
2017 Carolina Games Summit (February 4-5, 2017 @ 10am)
Carolina Games Summit 2017 is a hybrid festival, which will deliver industry speakers, video game tournaments, exhibition booths, live bands, and educational sessions. Tickets are $20 for the weekend and can be purchased online. Carolina Games Summit location is 139 W Walnut Street, Goldsboro NC. Tickets are available at www.carolinagamessummit.com.
Skywatching at Jordan Lake (February 4, 2017 @ 6:30-8:30pm)
Join this Skywatching session on at Jordan Lake’s Ebenezer Church Recreation Area, 2582 Beaver Creek Road, Apex NC. This weekend, the group hopes to have good views of Moon, Venus and Mars. Skywatching sessions are informal and family-friendly. Each session is scheduled for two hours, but people come and go at their leisure. See more at moreheadplanetarium.org/skywatching.
Morehead Planetarium hosts free skywatching sessions are organized by Morehead Planetarium every month (weather permitting). Morehead educators and Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society (CHAOS) members bring telescopes and guide you through fun observations of stars, planets, moons, nebulae and other celestial objects.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Franklin County Arts Council Photo Guild (February 5, 2017 @ 2:30pm)
Anyone with an interest in photography is invited to attend. Held at FCAC Headquarters, 22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC. Information online at fcacarts.org.
Super Bowl LI (February 5, 2017 @6:30pm)
New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston TX. Have fun watching!
Superbowl Party and Chilli Cookoff (February 5, 2017 @ 6pm)
Do you love football or have an award winning chilli? We’re hosting a Superbowl party at Ridgecrest Worship Center. Cheer on your team and fellowship with your brothers. The prize for the winning chilli is a custom engraved Whetstone knife. Hosted by Whetstone Men’s Ministry at the Ridgecrest Worship Center, 1120 W Mount Drive, Rocky Mount NC.
Touchdown TBC Super Bowl LI Party (February 5, 2017 @ noon)
Come for this Super Bowl Party with amazing beer, food by “Y’all Eat Yet?” Catering Co., friends, games, and fun. Held at Tarboro Brewing Company, 526 N Main Street, Tarboro NC.
Superbowl/ Customer Appreciation Party (February 5, 2017 @ 5-10pm)
Join the fun and watch the Big Game Heavy Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Drawings for prizes. (Cash bar). Held at Westridge Grill, 3639 Sunset Ave, Rocky Mount NC.
Gators Super Sunday Chili Bowl Cook-off (February 5, 2017)
Do you have the Best Chili to win $100 and bragging rights for the year? Join Us for Super Bowl Sunday and Bring your Chili! Rules posted on website, www.Get2Gators.com. Held at Gators-Rocky Mount, 1171 Jeffreys Road, Rocky Mount NC.
Super Bowl/Chili Cookoff (February 5, 2017 @ 5pm)
Bring a crock pot of your favorite chili to Wanda’s, 2202 N William Street, Goldsboro NC. Judging starts 5pm. Prizes.
Woodland Indian Journey (February 5, 2017 @ 2-4pm)
Joanne “Lotus Blosson” Lesak and Dreamweaver opening reception. Togeher 38 painitings. Hosted by Earth Gallery of Art at Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay St, Rocky Mount NC.
Say Their Names: Reclaiming Wilson’s Slave Past (February 7, 2017 @ 7-8:30pm)
Come for this special event by the library’s adult programs. Held in the Assembly room at the main library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC.
Artists of the Year Reception (February 9, 2017 @ 6:30-8pm)
Recipients of this year’s award are Craig Kassan and Joy Ayscue. Join the festivities at FCAC Headquarters, 22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC.
Feast Down East Local Food Conference (February 10, 2017 @ 8am-3:30pm)
Feast Down East’s 7th annual Local Food Conference brings together all those in our community who are involved in supporting and growing the local food system in Southeastern North Carolina — farmers and fishermen, food retailers and establishments, foodies, advocates and community leaders, etc. Conference registration includes full access to workshops and activities, along with locally-sourced breakfast and lunch. Tickets range from $20-45 per person. Details, schedule, and registration link online here. Held at the UNCW Burney Center, on Price Drive, Wilmington NC.
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.
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.
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.
Just an Old Fashioned Love Song (February 14, 2017 @ 6-9pm)
Welcome to our Third Annual Valentine’s Dinner at the CG! Imagine soft live music, delectible food, candlelight, you and your sweetheart sharing in the romantic atmosphere, beautiful table settings and favors with a photographer snapping a picture of this special moment and after dinner music that sets your heart soaring with loving memories. YOU could be enjoying this wonderful happening on Valentine’s Day. 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 or stop by the coffee house to pay.
“The Barter Players®” Great Expectations (February 16, 2017 @ 7:30pm)
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.
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.
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.
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.