SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20th
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!
Sunday, October 21st
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!