December 31, 2010 marks the end of New Bern’s 300th celebration, but it also marks a beginning of a new year. Let’s celebrate the conclusion of a spectacular 2010 and help launch an equally exciting 2011 at the same time.
Join us Friday, December 31, 2010, downtown New Bern, for a fun and family-centered New Year’s celebration entitled “Encore – Our Year in Review”. The festivities begin at 3:00 pm with “A Portrait of New Bern”. Everyone is invited to Union Point Park where a community picture will be staged to commemorate the final day of our 300th year. We want you present for this community group photo – the more the better. Immortalize this special year while visiting with friends and neighbors as we help make history.
After the portrait, stay awhile at the park for dedication ceremonies for our 2010 time capsule. We’ll capture our year and make it timeless storing memories and memorabilia for future generations to enjoy. Following the ceremony, grab the kids and head for the Riverfront Convention Center. Where families will enjoy magic shows, games, bouncy houses, dancing and more.
Tryon Palace also will offer its unique brand of fun and entertainment that you won’t want to miss. In addition, downtown New Bern warms the spirit with “Meet me on Middle”, an ongoing end-of-year meeting place featuring lively entertainment, interactive activities, 300th keepsakes, and much more.
The culmination of a full day will be highlighted by the Grand March to Union Point Park. Participants highlight “Our Year in Review” procession representing events from throughout our 300th year in costume and in spirit. The colorful procession leads once again to Union Point Park for a memorable finale at 9:00 p.m. The early evening allows time for children to enjoy being with family and for late night seekers to pursue other midnight fun.
New Year’s Eve 2010 has something for everyone. Save the date now and make plans to be a part of the 2010 Encore on New Year’s Eve.
Submitted by: Alisha Zang of New Bern’s 300th Anniversary Committee