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Vice President of Diversity Affairs: Nick Harvey Jr., Lenoir County Public Schools
Staff: Laura Lee Sylvester, President
The Diversity Affairs Committee is an extension of the Chamber of Commerce that works to identify and pursue projects that will result in developing and expanding the economic prosperity of diverse businesses within Kinston and Lenoir County.
In 2013, the Chamber’s Lenoir 2020 Committee identified the need for a community lead Human Relations Committee. In 2014, the Chamber, with the help of City and County government, formed the Human Relations Council which acts independently of the Chamber. The appointed group will be responsible for promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment among our residents. As we move forward, the VP of Diversity Affairs with be the liaison between the Council and the Chamber reporting council activities to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The Chamber Board may also make suggestions or inquires to the Council through the VP of Diversity Affairs.
Important links: Office of Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Institute of Minority Economic Development Resources/Networking Links North Carolina Department of Administration Latin Business Association U.S. Small Business Administration
Nov. 16, 10 – 6pm & 17, 10 – 4pm
Kinston Community Center, 2602 W. Vernon Ave. The Community Council for the Arts and the Kinston Community Center join together to present the annual Holly Jolly Holiday Show. The show features hundreds of local and state vendors selling holiday gifts and more to you and your family! Though Super Saturday refers to Saturday, Nov. 17, you can get a little extra of fun with the Holly Jolly Holiday Show beginning the day before.
10 – 4pm
Governor Richard Caswell Memorial Historic Site, 2612 W. Vernon Ave.The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center will be providing the public with demonstrations of the many aspects of naval, military and civilian life. Some of which will include: navigation techniques, small arms, artillery, steam engines, rope and knot work, cooking, spinning, weaving, dyeing, Civil War medicine, and nineteenth century toys and games. Musket and artillery demonstrations will take place throughout the day. The Kings Food Truck will be on site too!
The Lenoir County Farmers Market, 100 N. Herritage StreetChef Vivian Howard, owner of Chef & the Farmer and star of “A Chef’s Life”, and Leraine Tolston, owner of Queen Street Deli cook and serve samples of Thanksgiving Sides dishes; Southern Sugar Bakery bakes decorated Thanksgiving cookies; Bobby Merrit sings; Chloe Albritton sells freshly baked French bread(donation); Ruth Anderson’s students sell baked goodies(donation); The Wreath Lady takes orders for fresh greenery custom holiday wreaths; of course, there will be local produce and homey; pork skins and rinds and shelled pecans. Local artists and craftsmen will exhibit and sell. Market opens at 8. Cooking demo begins about 11. Come and join the fun!
Mother Earth Brewing Tap Room, 311 N. Herritage Street Silent Night is one of our most-loved special releases of the year, and it’s debut is our biggest Tap Room event of the year! Kick off your holiday season by joining us for the first taste of this award-winning Imperial Stout brewed with freshly roasted coffee by our friends at Counter Culture, then barrel-aged in whiskey barrels.
This year, we’re thrilled to be using Woodford Reserve barrels for our 2018 batch of Silent Night – AND we’re brewing up three limited-release Silent Night variants as well:
*Silent Night Brewed with Spicy Peppers – 200 bottles
*Silent Night Aged in Mother Earth Spirits whiskey barrels – 200 bottles
*Double Barrel-Aged Silent Night (aged in Woodford Reserve barrels, then aged again in apple brandy barrels) – 200 bottles
We will have multiple vintages of Silent Night on tap for Silent Night Day 2018. Mari’s Hella Fat Food will be joining us for this event and serving up great food to eat with your Silent Night, and our friends at Counter Culture Coffee will be serving free espresso shots of the Silent Night coffee blend!
Also, for the first time in Silent Night history, we’re opening our doors one hour early to 40 VIP Ticket Holders! VIP tickets will go on sale October 10th at 7am EST and will include: Early access to Silent Night Day 2018, one (1) bottle of each 2018 Silent Night Variant, one (1) bottle of 2018 Silent Night (for a total of four bottles of Silent Night), and an exclusive Mother Earth Spirits experience at Mother Earth Brewing, and more! Tickets are $135 each, and can be purchased here:
We hope you’ll plan to join us! The doors will open at 1pm!
Espionage Dinner Theater
6 to 8:30pm
at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Civil War Museum
100 N. Queen Street
Join us for our first dinner theater program at the CSS Neuse!
This program will begin with a short presentation on female spies and their contributions during the Civil War. Emeline Pigott, Belle Boyd, Rose O’ Neal Greenhow, Elizabeth Van Lew, and Harriet Tubman are a few of the spies that will be recognized.
Visitors will enjoy a catered dinner of BBQ, chicken, hot dogs, side dishes, and desserts, while Kelly Hinson performs a one-woman play as Rose O’Neal Greenhow that is sure to bring you to tears.
Following the presentation, visitors will enjoy interactive and educational spy activities in the museum. See how women hid letters, smuggled medicines, and used their charm and beauty to obtain information. Learn how to decode messages, use signal corps flags, the science behind invisible ink, and how the telegraph machine was used as a strategic communication tool.
This will be a fun event you and your family will not want to miss! Cost is $15/Adults; $10/Children
Ticket link: https://goo.gl/bEjRJc
BAR HOP – We’ll be cruising Jays, Mother Earth Tap Room, Sabor, Boiler Room, Chef & Farmer, Herritage Tap Room & Red Room.
We will meet at the Herritage (200 N. Herritage Street) at 6:30 pm
Costumes Required – (Family friendly, please)
Visit the world’s only full-sized facsimile of a Confederate gunboat to realize what a sailor’s life was like during the Civil War. And on Saturday morning, Oct. 20, you will enjoy a nice breakfast on the boat. After eating, take a look around one of Kinston’s most unique projects. The project was under the direction of master shipbuilder Alton Stapleford. The 158-foot long boat draws visitors from across the United States and from foreign countries. If you’re fortunate, you may visit the Neuse II while teens train as Confederate naval cadets. The boat rests a scant distance from the “cat hole” in the Neuse River where the original ironclad gunboat was fitted with iron plating.
Featuring quality vendors of antiques, collectibles, architectural salvage and really cool old stuff! Stop by the Pride of Kinston Pickers Flea Market from 7am to 7pm Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Lenoir County Farmers Market.
The 4th annual Mother Earth Brewing Ironclad Half-Marathon & 5k, brought to you via Ironclad Races Inc and title sponsor Mother Earth Brewing. Ironclad Races Inc is a Kinston based non-profit corporation with a mission to produce sporting events in Kinston and donate all proceeds to local non-profit organizations and charities benefitting our community.
Ironclad Races in partnership with the Mother Earth Brewing Ironclad Half-Marathon event board, local business and volunteers aim to bring runners to our community and highlight the historic and cultural beauty of Kinston.
While you’re here spend time in the local shops, restaurants or pubs while you enjoy a weekend in our historic southern town.
We’re certain you’ll agree, the Mother Earth Brewing Ironclad Half-marathon is the most welcoming half-marathon in Eastern North Carolina.
On October 17, 1862, the Confederate Navy Department awarded a contract to the ship building firm of Howard & Ellis of New Bern, North Carolina, to construct an ironclad warship to protect the Neuse River. However, since New Bern had been occupied by Union forces since March of 1862, the firm had to construct the ship much further inland, near modern day Seven Springs, NC.
In honor of that anniversary, the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is hosting “Shipbuilding Saturday” on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
Danny Nye will be on hand to demonstrate caulking a ship’s hull. We will conduct hands on children’s programs, lay out our teaching collection of some original artifacts off the ship that visitors can touch and hold, and we will also have a rope making/knot tying demonstration. Graduate students from the Maritime Studies program at ECU will be discussing current projects and underwater archaeology.
Showcasing the best of Eastern North Carolina, this festival will feature food trucks, live music, craft breweries, wineries, shopping and so much more Saturday, Oct. 20, at Pearson Park. Visitors are encouraged to stay a while, meet some of our amazing people, peruse our fantastic vendors, and dive into both unique and traditional Eastern NC fare, and grab a refreshing local craft beer or delectable wine. Our mission is to proudly present our regional fare to people from across the state and beyond, connecting visitors to local businesses, non-profits and merchants. Come and see why you can’t beat ENC!
October holds some of our favorite events of year, including Fig & Raisin Release! This year, Fig & Raisin will be coming to the Mother Earth Tap Room on North Street on the same day as the Mother Earth Ironclad Race – October 20th. Run along or cheer others on, and then join us in the Tap Room for a snifter of our favorite fall brew!
A bar and lounge that supports local live music, Mother Earth Brewing beers, and local culture will open early Saturday, Oct. 20, to let you hear The Conspiracy on a day full of so many events!
Chef Vivian and the “A Chef’s Life” gang are throwing a Premiere Party for the series finale of A Chef’s Life where it all began — Kinston! Gates open to the screening at 5 at Grainger Stadium so, we thought, why not have a little Sunday Funday first?
Rare as an eastern North Carolina hog that flies, Chef & the Farmer is hosting a ticketed four-course brunch from 11-2 on Sunday with some Vivian Howard classics. Here’s the menu:
First course: Seasonal Share Appetizer
Party Magnet Cheese Ball, Apple Preserves
Second Course (2 options):
Seasonal Pumpkin Soup
Smoked Trout Salad with Broken Egg Dressing
Third Course (3 options):
Ben’s Pancake Sunday Pancakes with strawberry preserves and syrup (from Deep Run Roots)
Pork Lasagna (from Deep Run Roots)
Fourth Course: Seasonal Dessert
Chocolate Beet Cake
Choose your seating time in the drop-down menu. If you’d like to make a reservation for groups of more than 8 people, please call our reservationist at (252) 208-2433 ext. 1.
Need tickets for the screening? Click here.
Gratuity is included. Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable. Your purchase confirmation will serve as your ticket.
Grab a bite from the food trucks, a drink at the Mother Earth Pavilion Bar, and cozy up with your favorite blanket in the outfield for a panel with Chef Vivian and the A Chef’s Life crew before we settle in to watch the 1 hour series finale!
Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce Announces the
108th Annual Awards Presentations
The Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce’s 108th Annual Awards Presentations will be held in January – with one minor difference. Not only will the Chamber reveal the 2018 Kinston-Lenoir County’s Citizen of the Year but the Young Professional of the Year as well. Both prestigious awards meet the same criteria with different age requirements.
The Citizen of the Year Award will be given to a man or woman age 40 and above who resides in Lenoir County and has rendered outstanding services for the county. The limitations of this service are not defined because meaningful service to the community is often long range. If a couple has performed outstanding services during the course of the year, each may be awarded a plaque.
The Young Professional of the Year must be between the ages of 21 to 39. The services rendered do not have to be connected with the Young Professionals of Lenoir County program and activities. The person chosen for the Young Professional of the Year Award will have rendered an outstanding body of work during their service for Lenoir County. Just as the Citizen of the Year, the limitations of this service are not defined because meaningful service to the community is often long range.
Recipients of both awards do not have to be members of the Chamber of Commerce. The recipient of the Citizen of the Year and the Young Professional of the Year will leave the Chamber’s Annual Banquet with prestigious awards reflecting their exceptional services in Lenoir County.
You may pick up a nomination form at the Chamber office, 301 N. Queen Street or download the electronic version here. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 26th. The Citizen of the Year and Young Professional of the Year Awards will be presented at the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet to be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Be sure to add these dates to your calendar. Contact Erin Passailaigue at email@example.com or 252-527-1131 if you need additional information.
Kristin Cooper, the First Lady of North Carolina, will be the featured speaker at the second annual Lenoir County Education Foundation Mini-Grant Luncheon to be held Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Olivia’s in downtown Kinston.
Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Foundation’s mini-grant program, which each year awards thousands of dollars to Lenoir County teachers to fund their creative proposals for engaging students. Since North Carolina’s governor, Roy Cooper, took office, Mrs. Cooper has used her platform to improve the well-being of children in the state and has made literacy an important element of her advocacy.
The luncheon begins at noon. Olivia’s is at 110 E. Caswell St. Cost of the luncheon is $35 per person. Click here to register or call the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce at 252-527-1131.
Thank you to our sponsors: Lenoir County Public Schools, UNC Lenoir Health Care, Bojangles’, and Rob and Suzanne Bizzell!
The Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce has been serving Kinston and Lenoir County since 1911. The Chamber acts as a voice and advocate for the community regarding economic, community and government issues and represents Kinston and Lenoir County as a great place to live, work and play.