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Events Calendar

There’s always something fun happening on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. To find out what’s going on check out our events calendar below.

For a list of on-going activities and events offered at our major attractions, please contact them directly.

 

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Musical "Rock n' Roll Santa"

Presented by Carteret Community Theater, “Rock n’ Roll Santa,” a musical, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on November 14 & 15 and November 21 & 22.  Matinees are at 2 p.m. on November 16 & 23.  Tickets are $17 for adults; $8 for students (high school and younger).  Purchase online at www.carteretcommunity theatre.org. Location: 1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City.

From: Fri, November 21 2014 - Sun, November 23 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Community Thanksgiving Feast

A traditional turkey dinner is provided by some of the area's finest restaurants. Served at the Beaufort Historic Site from 11: 30 am - 1 pm, dinners are available for take-out or to enjoy under our tent. Admission fee. 252-728-5225

From: Sun, November 23 2014 - Sun, November 23 2014

Categories: Food/Wine History/Heritage Holiday

Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise Aboard the Crystal Coast Lady

1-3:00 pm. For a unique way to celebrate Thanksgiving enjoy your holiday feast in a remarkable setting on the water!  Our relaxing dinner cruise offers you spectacular 360-degree views of the area islands with the possibility of guest appearances by dolphins and horses. For reservations call 252-728-8687 or book online, www.crystalcoastlady.com. 

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From: Thu, November 27 2014 - Thu, November 27 2014

Categories: Food/Wine History/Heritage Holiday Outdoors/Nature

CCACC Holiday Show & Sale

The Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalition invites you to join them as they celebrate 36 years of bringing local arts and crafts the the Crystal Coast.  

The show takes place from Nov 28-Dec 14
10 am - 5 pm Mon-Sat & 1- 5 pm Sun
Morehead Plaza Shopping Center (2900 Arendell Street, Morehead City)
Enjoy refreshments all day on Nov 28
www.ccartsandcrafts.com

From: Fri, November 28 2014 - Sun, December 14 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

11th Annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade sponsored by the Emerald Isle Business Association and the Town of Emerald Isle will take place on Saturday, November 29th beginning at 3pm on Hwy 58, Emerald Drive.  Important note to all entrants: There will be only ONE Santa Claus in the parade and he will be riding in a float at the end.  All other Santa’s will be sent back to the North Pole!  Also, please join us after the parade for the official Christmas Tree Lighting at Merchant’s Park!  Enjoy free refreshments, as well as a holiday caroling sing-a-long as Santa Claus visits with the children.  To enter and for more information contact Donald Wells, [email protected] or at 252.772-3282.

 

From: Sat, November 29 2014 - Sat, November 29 2014

Categories: Holiday

3rd Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation will host our 3rd Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in the Gymnasium from 8 am - 6 pm. The Fair will feature all handmade or hand-authenticated items from local artisans and crafters. This is also the weekend of our annual Christmas Parade which is the kick-off to the holiday season here in Emerald Isle. For more information or to become a vendor, contact Lainey Gottuso at (252) 354-6350 or [email protected] There is no application deadline but space is limited and expected to fill up quickly.

From: Sat, November 29 2014 - Sat, November 29 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

The Embers Christmas Show

Location: Carteret Community Theater, 1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City. The Embers Christmas Show--Dec. 4, doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.  Ticket prices $30 and $20.  Tickets may be purchased online through www.carteretcommunitytheatre.org, at Alex and Brett's in Morehead City, or at the door.

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From: Thu, December 04 2014 - Thu, December 04 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend

This celebration held the first weekend in December boasts local waterfowl art, music, seafood, museum exhibits and more. It also includes educational displays, competitions, arts & crafts, community boat building and a fellowship service on Sunday morning. It’s the perfect way to experience the holiday season “Down East.” 252-728-1500 or www.coresound.com

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From: Fri, December 05 2014 - Sun, December 07 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Food/Wine History/Heritage Holiday

20th Annual John Costlow Model Train Show

The twentieth annual model train show exhibit by the Carteret County Model Railroad Buffs, in cooperation with the Town of Beaufort, will be held Friday, December 5 from 4-8 pm, Saturday, December 6 from 9am-6pm and Sunday, December 7 from 11am-4pm in the Old Beaufort Train Depot on the corner of Pollock and Broad Streets.  Admission is free to the public, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more details, call (252) 728-2259.

From: Fri, December 05 2014 - Sun, December 07 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

Christmas Tree Lighting at Katherine Davis Park

As part of the "Christmas in Downtown Morehead City" events, the tree lighting is 6:00 pm at Katherine Davis Park (601 Arendell Street). A visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate and Christmas Carols performed by Broad Creek Middle School chorus takes place at the park prior to the tree lighting beginning at 5:00 pm.

From: Fri, December 05 2014 - Fri, December 05 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

27th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival

Location: Harkers Island Elementary School. Hours: Saturday 9am -5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. Admission: $8.00 daily, children under 12 free.  Sunday is Youth Day, and all children under 18 will receive free admission and door prizes! The Core Sound Decoy Festival has been a coastal tradition since 1988. Festival events include antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, children’s decoy painting, educational exhibits, duck calling competitions, head whittling contest, and a live decoy auction.  The decoy competition has many categories to suit nearly every carver, including IWCA Working Decoy, IWCA Gunning Shorebird, Canvas Decoy, Root Head, and the Duplin County Ducks Unlimited Competition (with a sizeable purchase award). There are also several youth divisions in the carving competition, and this year the Guild will be hosting the 2014 Young Guns Championship. Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers dish out scrumptious food, and over 90 vendors spread their wares for shoppers who flock to the Festival. This event benefits the Core Sound Decoy Carver's Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School and is the area's largest off-season event.  Visit decoyguild.com for more information or join the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild on Facebook!

From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sun, December 07 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

Holiday Craft Fair

December 6th, Holiday Craft Fair

Location: The History Place (1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City). Hosted by the Carteret County Historical Society, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free, refreshments will be available

Need a few last minute gifts for the holidays? Swing by the History Place and select from the wares of forty-plus talented crafters whose specialties include pottery, alpaca products, shell ornaments, jewelry and gemstones, etched glass, painted gourds, sculptures, hand painted wood art, birdhouses, hand painted porcelain, beaded jewelry, baskets, wood turnings, doll clothes, aprons, carvings and much, much more. And, if that's not enough, we will have food! Our generous and talented members contribute an array of delectable homemade cakes, pies, cookies, scones, breads, Greek pastries and candies to help us raise money for the Carteret County Historical Society. Bring your appetites and be prepared to purchase some goodies for the holidays. 252-247-7533

From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sat, December 06 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla

5:30 pm. The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season.  The decorated boats can be seen starting at 5:30 p.m., on the Morehead City waterfront and about 6:15 p.m., on the Beaufort waterfront.  Boats may register to participate in the Flotilla by phone or mail, and until noon on Saturday, December 6, at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Store.   All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the Awards Party after the Flotilla in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located across the street from the museum. Cash prizes will be awarded!  Entry fee to participate.  252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sat, December 06 2014

Categories: Holiday

Friends of the Maritime Museum Annual Meeting & Holiday Open House

2 pm. Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum's annual Membership Meeting at 2 pm. followed by a Holiday reception 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free.  For information, call 252.728.7317.  Learn more about the Friends at www.maritimefriends.org.  North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sat, December 06 2014

Categories: Holiday

Beaufort Christmas Tree Lighting

The Town of Beaufort will light its Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, right before the Flotilla reaches Beaufort waterfront. The location is the West parking lot beside the Dock House restaurant on the waterfront.

From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sat, December 06 2014

Categories: Holiday

Chowder & Cheer Crawl

As part of the "Christmas in Downtown Morehead" events, the Chowder & Cheer Crawl will take place from 1-5:00 pm on Dec. 6th at various downtown Morehead City establishments. Tickets are $20. Visit www.downtownmoreheadcity.com or call 252-808-0440.

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From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sat, December 06 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Food/Wine Holiday

"Light Up the Night" Atlantic Beach Christmas Parade

Time: 6:00 pm. Parade Route- Dunes Club West down Fort Macon Road and around The Circle. Santa will meet kids after the parade at the AB Fire Department. For parade entry information, [email protected] or 252-725-2808.

From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sat, December 06 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Breakfast with Santa at Floyd's 1921

8:30-11:30 am at Floyd's 1921 restaurant (400 Bridges Street in downtown Morehead City)  3 seating times. Adults- $12, Children- $8. Reservations by calling 252-727-1921

From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sat, December 06 2014

Categories: Food/Wine Holiday

Decoy Festival Weekend Craft Show

December 6 - December 7 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

The Bridge Building, 1344 Island Rd, Harkers Island, North Carolina 28531

• Crafts, Photographs, Furniture & More
• Fishing Tackle & Hunting Gear
• Boating and Marine Supplies
• Outerbanks Seafood Express serving Food • Inside Concession and Bake Sale • Mary Kay, Tupperware, Origami Owl & Pampered Chef • 50/50 Raffle with additional prizes • Silent Auction • Candle Fundraiser

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr#!/groups/864940930184608/

From: Sat, December 06 2014 - Sun, December 07 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Merry Time for Tots: Fish Printing

10 - 11 am. Warning: This WILL get messy!  Preschoolers (ages 2-5) and their caregivers will try their hands at “Gyotaku”, also known as fish printing.  After learning about some of the different fish in our North Carolina Waters, students will review their colors as they create their beautiful works of art.  Space is limited,  pre-registration is required.  Free Admission.   252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Wed, December 10 2014 - Wed, December 10 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

2nd Annual Gingerbread House Competition & Display

Location: Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City. All proceeds benefit the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House.

Everyone is encouraged to participate (pastry chefs, schools & businesses, family & friends) For more information, contact Kyra Moore, Chairman. [email protected], 252-241-4613

From: Fri, December 12 2014 - Mon, December 15 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday Local

Santa and a Movie

6 pm at the Emerald Isle Community Center, 7500 Emerald Drive- 252-354-6350
Children of all ages enjoy Santa’s favorite cookies and milk while in their pajamas watching a short Christmas movie classic with their family! Following the movie, Santa will visit for a Christmas story! Admission fee is one unwrapped gift per child. Please bring a blanket for your family to sit on during the movie!
You MUST pre-register by Thursday, December 11th at 5pm to attend. Registration opens November 3rd. Space is limited to 75 children. Pajamas encouraged but not required.

From: Fri, December 12 2014 - Fri, December 12 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Beaufort Holiday Art Walk

Enjoy a festive day in Historic Downtown Beaufort, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations. A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. The Art Walk will begin at The Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. Art Walk maps will be available at participating locations. 252-728-5225

From: Sat, December 13 2014 - Sat, December 13 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Christmas Candlelight Tour

Tour private homes in Historic Beaufort and ride on the double-decker bus with carolers from local churches. Homeowners will open their doors so that the public can delight in their festive décor and decorations. Admission fee. 252-728-5225

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From: Sat, December 13 2014 - Sat, December 13 2014

Categories: History/Heritage Holiday

Beaufort Christmas Parade

The Beaufort Christmas Parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 on the waterfront. The parade will be along Front Street from Live Oak to Turner streets. To register, contact Jennifer Allen at 732-6197 or email [email protected]

From: Sat, December 13 2014 - Sat, December 13 2014

Categories: Holiday

Morehead City Christmas Parade

The Morehead City Christmas Parade is sponsored by the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association (DMCRA) and will take place on Dec 13 @ 11:00 am in downtown Morehead City. 252-808-0440

From: Sat, December 13 2014 - Sat, December 13 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday Outdoors/Nature

Ice Skating on the Morehead City Waterfront

Sponsored by the Town of Morehead City. Dates: December 19, 2014 -January 4, 2015 
Admission: $5 per person.  For group ticket sales, please call 252-726-5083. For rink schedule visit www.moreheadcity.nc.gov.

From: Fri, December 19 2014 - Sun, January 04 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday Outdoors/Nature Sports/Athletics

"Crystal Coast Countdown"- A Countywide New Year's Celebration!

An exciting New Year's celebration for all ages beginning Monday, December 29, 2014 - Thursday, January 1, 2015.  Come party Crystal Coast style!

The event will span multiple venues throughout the county and will feature indoor and outdoor activities with a lineup of musicians, storytellers, dance groups, tours, artists & art competitions and much more!  New Year’s night promises an exhilarating countdown to midnight complete with a “Crab Pot Drop”, live music and fireworks!

Join your family and friends (and make some new friends too!) for “Crystal Coast Countdown 2015”, bringing the community together for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration!  Check the website for a list of all activities, www.crystalcoastcountdown.com.

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From: Mon, December 29 2014 - Thu, January 01 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

"Smoke on the Water" Bonfire at Atlantic Beach

As part of the Crystal Coast Countdown New Year's celebration, the Town of Atlantic Beach will host a bonfire with live music provided by Selah Dubb (Reggae). The free event takes place December 29th from 6-8:00 pm at the main public beach access "The Circle". 

From: Mon, December 29 2014 - Mon, December 29 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Scavenger Hunt

10 am at the Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation (7500 Emerald Drive). Search for hidden treasures along the multi-use path.  Prizes for the winners! 252-354-6350.

From: Mon, December 29 2014 - Mon, December 29 2014

Categories: Holiday Local Outdoors/Nature

Crystal Coast Countdown at the History Place

December 31st, Crystal Coast Countdown at the History Place (A New Year's Eve Celebration) Location: The History Place (1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City)

Hosted by the Carteret County Historical Society, 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission: By donation – various craft activities in the museum’s auditorium.

This year, the museum is participating in the Crystal Coast Countdown (CCC) – a regional New Year’s Eve extravaganza for the whole family. Discounts will be given to those who purchase CCC buttons, which are now available through the tourism bureau. Go to www.facebook.com/crystalcoastcountdown to get more information about the buttons. In the museum, we will have craft and multiple “areas of distraction” for all ages – pirate hat making, fishing for artifacts, and other activities to keep you and your kids busy on the eve of the New Year!

From: Wed, December 31 2014 - Wed, December 31 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Crystal Coast Countdown to the New Year

Noon - 5 pm. Come prepare for the countdown to 2015. Visit the Museum to design your own New Year’s hat and glasses to ring in the New Year in style.  For a complete schedule of events visit www.crystalcountdown.com.   252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Wed, December 31 2014 - Wed, December 31 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

Marshmallows and Resolutions

5 pm on the Beaufort waterfront (parking lot at Front and Queen Streets).  A New Year's Roast for the whole family. 

From: Wed, December 31 2014 - Wed, December 31 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

Pirate Plunge!

7 pm Beaufort waterfront at the Beaufort docks & the Dockhouse restaurant. Beaufort's Pirate, Captain Shack, drops off the plank and into the drink for this entertaining spin on a New Year's tradition. 

From: Wed, December 31 2014 - Wed, December 31 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Party at the Park!

9 pm-Midnight at Katherine Davis Park (Arendell and 6th Streets, Morehead City). Live music and fireworks at midnight.

From: Wed, December 31 2014 - Wed, December 31 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday

Crab Pot Drop

Midnight at Katherine Davis Park (Arendell and 6th Streets, Morehead City). Some cities drop a ball at midnight to ring in the New Year, but Morehead City drops a big lighted crab pot! Fireworks to follow!

From: Wed, December 31 2014 - Wed, December 31 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Emerald lsle's New Year's Fireworks

Help ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display at midnight at the Bogue Inlet Pier (100 Bogue Inlet Drive, Emerald Isle)

From: Wed, December 31 2014 - Wed, December 31 2014

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Holiday

Penguin Plunge! Atlantic Beach Circle/Boardwalk- 1 pm

The 2015 Penguin Plunge charity is the Carteret County Humane Society. Gather your friends and family for the 12th annual Penguin Plunge on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at the Circle in Atlantic Beach, NC. Registration for the one-day event will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the Boardwalk in front of the Crab’s Claw Restaurant. Penguins will splash into the chilly Atlantic water at 1:00PM. Penguin Plunge has grown annually to include over 700 “penguins,” with thousands of spectators cheering them to the water. The “penguins” donate a minimum of $10 ($5 for children 12 and under) to participate in the event. Donations of $20 include an event t-shirt; donations of $35 include a sweatshirt. A limited number of Penguin Plunge beach towels are also available for purchase at $30.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at www.penguin-plunge.org or by mail. Registration forms can be downloaded from the website. Participants should plan to arrive in time to register and be prepared to head for the ocean at 1:00pm. “Penguins” should wear bathing suits and should not wear wetsuits. Costumes add to the festivities and are encouraged. Organizers would like to remind participants to use the buddy system and be in good health before participating in the Penguin Plunge. A towel and warm clothes are also recommended for after the Plunge when prizes will be
presented.

For more information and the latest updates about the 2015 Penguin Plunge, visit www.penguin-plunge.org or visit our “Penguin Plunge” Facebook page. You may also call 252.808.7485. Penguin Plunge mascot, Gilbert, will also be posting last-minute updates on his “Penguin Plunge” Twitter page.

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From: Thu, January 01 2015 - Thu, January 01 2015

Categories: Holiday Outdoors/Nature Sports/Athletics

Resolution Run (1mile/5K)

9 am at the corner of Turner and Front Streets, Beaufort waterfront. Registration begins at 8 am.  Pre-register, 252-528-0026.

From: Thu, January 01 2015 - Thu, January 01 2015

Categories: Holiday Outdoors/Nature Sports/Athletics

Guided First Hike

10 am at Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach. Explore the winter at the beach with a park ranger. Call 252-726-3775 for more information.

From: Thu, January 01 2015 - Thu, January 01 2015

Categories: History/Heritage Holiday Local Outdoors/Nature

Community Thanksgiving Feast

11:30 am - 1:00 pm. A traditional turkey dinner is provided by some of the area’s finest restaurants. Served at the Beaufort Historic Site, dinners are available for take-out or to enjoy under our tent. Admission fee. 252-728-5225, [email protected] 

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From: Sun, November 22 2015 - Sun, November 22 2015

Categories: Food/Wine History/Heritage Holiday

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla

5:30 pm. The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season.  The decorated boats can be seen at 5:30 p.m., on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m., on the Beaufort waterfront.  Boats may register to participate in the Flotilla by phone or mail, and until noon on Saturday, December 5, at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Store.   All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the Awards Party after the Flotilla in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located across the street from the museum. Cash prizes will be awarded!  Entry fee to participate.  252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Sat, December 05 2015 - Sat, December 05 2015

Categories: Holiday Outdoors/Nature Sports/Athletics

Friends of the Maritime Museum Annual Meeting & Holiday Open House

2 pm. Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum's annual Membership Meeting at 2 pm. followed by a Holiday reception 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free.  For information, call 252.728.7317.  Learn more about the Friends at www.maritimefriends.org.  North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516.  www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

From: Sun, December 06 2015 - Sun, December 06 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts Food/Wine History/Heritage Holiday

Beaufort Holiday ArtWalk

1-5:00 pm. Enjoy a festive day in Historic Downtown Beaufort, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations.  A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. The Art Walk will begin at The Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St.  Art Walk maps will be available at participating locations. 252-728-5225, [email protected] 

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From: Sat, December 12 2015 - Sat, December 12 2015

Categories: Entertainment/Arts History/Heritage Holiday