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Mumfest offers new outdoor art show, expanded boat show this weekend. Sun Journal, October 7, 2015 For full story Click Here

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NC HISTORY CENTER features MUMFEST Exhibit

 

(October 21, New Bern, NC)  This year on October 10-11, MUMFEST, celebrating its 35th year, will take over the historic downtown of New Bern, NC filling the streets with over 300 vendors, street performers, great food, art in the park, a huge boat show and a concert on Friday night. (mumfest.com)

 

In recognition of the City of New Bern’s annual fall festival, MUMFEST, Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation, producer of MUMFEST, is pleased to announce that the North Carolina History Center is featuring a special exhibit with an assortment of memorabilia that showcases the growth of the festival over the past 35 years. The exhibit is located in the hallway adjacent to the Duffy Gallery and will be on display through October 19.

At the request of the festival committee, Susan Moffat Thomas who recently retired as the Swiss Bear Executive Director, worked with the Tryon Place staff to develop the display as another MUMFEST amenity. In addition to the items on display, a continuous video that includes photos of the various festivals and its evolution from a small grass roots event that began in 1980.

 

The festival was created by Swiss Bear as one of many revitalization strategies to bring people back to the deteriorated downtown when the elected officials and community leaders joined forces to reverse the downward trend. The festival grew as the city grew and both became tourist destinations in their own right.

 

MUMFEST, recognized statewide as a major eastern North Carolina award-winning family festival, received numerous awards over the years to include Best NC Main Street Downtown Event.  Moffat Thomas also received numerous awards for her leadership role in the expansion, growth and development of the festival over the 30 years she worked for Swiss Bear.

 

Thanks to the support of the City, media, area businesses and hundreds of volunteers what was originally a small one day festival that filled vacant spaces and empty lots, is an event that has continued to grow and showcase New Bern’s restored historic downtown and its waterfront bringing thousands of visitors and creating an economic impact of millions of dollars.  ### End

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MUMFEST KICK OFF CONCERT

Sponsored by BOJANGLES'

Love and Theft perform on South Lawn at Tryon Palace Oct 9

 

(September 14, 2015 – New Bern, NC)   The South Lawn at Tryon Palace will be the site of the first MUMFEST Kick-Off Concert presented by Bojangles featuring the popular country music band, Love and Theft and another well-known performer, Bryan Mayer as the opener.

Whiskey on My BreathLove and Theft’s third album—marks a significant creative statement for the two singer-songwriter-guitarists, whose resume already includes a long series of career highlights. Having already established themselves as one of country’s hottest young acts with such memorable hits as the #1 country smash “Angel Eyes” and the Top 10 hit “Runaway,” and their widely acclaimed albums World Wide Open and Love and Theft, the ACM/CMA/CMT-nominated twosome take their music to the next level on Whiskey on My Breath.

“We wanted to show a different side and make a record that sounds like us,” Stephen Barker Liles says of Love and Theft’s boundary-pushing new album Whiskey on My Breath. “Country music has always been about honest performances and songs that mean something, and that’s the kind of record that we wanted to make.”

 

The NC ECU big man of country music, Bryan Mayer, ended up with an opportunity to open for CMA nominated Country artists, Love & Theft in 2010. Singer/guitarist Steven Lyle Barker, the inspiration behind Taylor Swift’s hit “Hey Steven”, pulled him aside and praised Mayer’s great tone, strong delivery, and overall feel. Steven told him that Nashville and Country music was where he was destined.


Bryan identifies with bonfires, days on the river, and the simple life that is country. It wasn’t long after that show that Country radio powerhouse 95.1 WRNS took notice of Mayer’s talent and began to use him as a frequent opener at concerts for National Country headliners like Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, Craig Morgan, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, and
dozens more including Southern Rock Gods, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Years before, Bryan had already performed with Marshall Tucker and Blackfoot. 

 

Make plans now to come early for this great country music concert celebrating MUMFEST’S 35th anniversary. Tryon Palace gates will open to the public at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the concert. Tickets may be purchased in historic downtown New Bern at: Beer Army Burger Company, New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, Lawson’s Landing and Mitchell Hardware. Tickets will also be available online at http://mumfestconcert.ticketleap.com/concert/

Blankets are welcome but coolers and pets are not. Beverages and food will be sold at the concert.

 

“We are thrilled to be able to kick off MUMFEST with a concert on the South Lawn of Tryon Palace.  I hope that this is something that people will enjoy and give families another great event as part of the MUMFEST celebration,” said Board Member, Buddy Bengel. 

 

For more information on the MUMFEST KickOff Concert After Parties and evening entertainment all weekend long, keep checking the website mumfest.com for updates.

New Bern’s beautiful historic downtown has become a shopping and dining destination with its many art galleries, privately owned shops, restaurants and waterfront parks. Make your reservations early and come spend the weekend with us!

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 For Immediate Release

 

MUMFEST BOAT SHOW    October 10-11  

hosted by the New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club

(New Bern, NC – August 31, 2015)  New Bern is a boater’s paradise with access to the ocean and the beautiful Neuse and Trent Rivers. Eastern NC attracts boaters from all over the world and with this huge boating community in mind, MUMFEST is featuring a in and out of water Boat Show hosted by the New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club.

 

Festival goers will be able to climb aboard big boats, little boats, sail boats, power boats, fishing boats…in other words if the craft floats you will most likely see it at MUMFEST! Vendors will be on hand with all the necessary and unnecessary (but you want it anyway) accessories boaters must have and, with the holiday season not far away, this is a great opportunity to do some shopping.  

 

Boats will be on display at five locations with over 100 spaces in historic downtown New Bern. Go to the web site: http://www.newbernmarinayachtclub.com for a complete map of available locations and an application. The deadline to submit an application is September 15. For more information call 252-633-6070 or 269-591-5441 and ask for Millissa.

 

MUMFEST is a combination of fantasy, fun and entertainment that has attracted visitors to the beautiful and historic downtown and waterfront for 35 years. MUMFEST was recognized four times in the past ten years by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 October Event in the Southeastern United States and is consistently voted the Best Festival in the annual Sun Journal Readers Choice Awards.

 

New Bern’s beautiful historic downtown has become a shopping and dining destination with its many art galleries, privately owned shops, restaurants and waterfront parks. Make your reservations early and come spend the weekend with us!

 

Keep checking the website www.mumfest.com as more information is added.  

MUMFEST weekend in New Bern, NC on October 10-11, 2015 attracts festival goers from across the southeast to experience this award winning festival located in the beautiful historic downtown along the waterfront. Festival goers can spend a little or spend a lot with over 300 commercial and nonprofit exhibitors to choose from including pottery, crafts, art and a great variety of food booths to satisfy everyone’s appetite.

 

MUMFEST is a City sponsored family friendly event, produced by Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation. The beautifully restored downtown and riverfront, unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and historic homes make New Bern a destination for many travelers. To learn more about MUMFEST and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to downtownnewbern.com or mumfest.com  

 

Tel: 252-638-5781

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation

316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563

Media Contact: Nancy Hawley – 252.349.4741 (nancy.hawley.nh@gmail.com)

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Lineup variety sets stage for outstanding Mumfest

Sun Journal - August 27, 2015.

Summer has come to a close, but in this area, the final four months each year have plenty to offer.

That includes New Bern's largest annual outdoor event - the two-day Mumfest - 44 days away on Oct. 10 and 11. Full Story

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 MUMFEST is going to be really, really BIG this year!   

 

(New Bern, NC – August 24, 2015)  On October 10-11 there is no better place to spend the weekend with the family than in historic downtown New Bern.

 

MUMFEST is going to be really, really big this year with a concert on Friday night (more on this soon), a huge boat show, a big art exhibit and 300 plus vendors! Bring the family to New Bern for a jam-packed weekend of non-stop action with high flying acrobats, dance troupes, magicians and the ever popular amusement park rides.    

 

Mumfesters will find music, dancing, great shopping, delicious food, magicians, street performers and more filling the heart of New Bern’s historic downtown and riverfront. We invite you to come discover many never before seen attractions along with old favorites and over 300 carefully selected vendors and exhibitors.

 

There will be lots of  exciting new entertainment including Down to Earth Aerial Acrobatics (think Cirque du Soleil), the Yo-Yo Guy who holds four-Guinness records, Art in the Park with artists from across NC and a honest to goodness Pirate Ship.  

 

Your favorites will also be back this year to help us celebrate! Alex Clark is a world traveled circus-trained comedian who juggles flames, climbs the 10’ ladder of “doom” and is simply amazing

These dogs are not your ordinary mutts! The high-flying Purina Incredible Dog Team made up of rescues, will be back to perform astonishing free-style disc routines set to music. Stop in early to get a good seat to watch the show!

 

Children (of all ages) line up to watch the Gabardine Sisters, Poly and Ester! This puppet show has become such a favorite that children know the names of the puppets and their antics! Storytelling is an art in itself and we are fortunate to have our favorite storyteller back this year. Steve Myott is a skilled storyteller who uses huge masks to demonstrate his stories with music and comedy. 

 

New Bern’s original fire station on Broad Street will be open just in time for MUMFEST! You’ll know you’re there when you see the 1933 fire truck parked out front. This is not your ordinary fire station. The fascinating history, both during and after the Civil War, and the valiant fight against the fire that nearly destroyed downtown New Bern is something everyone should learn.   

 

Speaking of fire, don’t miss the new Fire Safety House. We liked the old house but this new one will knock your socks off! The USCG will have a display on water safety and the Community Emergency Response team (C.E.R.T) will be on hand to answer your safety questions.

 

New Bern has its very own version of Dancing with the Stars with performances from local dance studios on Saturday. These talented dancers and their colorful routines are almost ready for Broadway.

 

Don’t miss the Coastal Carolina Railroaders model train exhibition and the ever popular mini-Thomas the Train exhibit at the Sudan Temple. There are over a hundred trains filling this exhibition and the attention to detail is fantastic.

MUMFEST is a combination of fantasy, fun and entertainment that has attracted visitors t o the beautiful and historic downtown and waterfront for 35 years. MUMFEST was recognized four times in the past ten years by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 October Event in the Southeastern United States and is consistently voted the Best Festival in the annual Sun Journal Readers Choice Awards.

 

New Bern’s beautiful historic downtown has become a shopping and dining destination with its many art galleries, privately owned shops, restaurants and waterfront parks. Make your reservations early and come spend the weekend with us!

 

Keep checking the website www.mumfest.com as more information is added.  

 

MUMFEST weekend in New Bern, NC on October 10-11, 2015 attracts festival goers from across the southeast to experience this award winning festival located in the beautiful historic downtown along the waterfront. Festival goers can spend a little or spend a lot with over 300 commercial and nonprofit exhibitors to choose from including pottery, crafts, art and a great variety of food booths to satisfy everyone’s appetite.

 

MUMFEST is a City sponsored family friendly event, produced by Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation. The beautifully restored downtown and riverfront, unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and historic homes make New Bern a destination for many travelers. To learn more about MUMFEST and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to downtownnewbern.com or mumfest.com  

 

Photos are available on request.

Tel: 252-638-5781

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation

316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563

Media Contact: Nancy Hawley – 252.349.4741 (nancy.hawley.nh@gmail.com)

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Art in the Park will be newest addition to MUMFEST -

Sun Journal, July 14, 2015.

New Bern's growth as a magnet for the arts has expanded into the plans for the 35th MUMFEST, the city's largest outdoor event, which is scheduled for Oct. 10 and 11. The festival in downtown will put the spotlight on the cultural community with a new event - Art in the Park. Click for full story

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New Bern businesses, nonprofits look ahead to MUMFEST.

Link to WITN video - July 13, 2015

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MUMFEST - Free Family Fun on October 10-11

(New Bern, NC – July 6, 2015)  MUMFEST will have more exciting things to do and see than ever before in the festival’s 35th year of free family fun. MUMFEST fits all budgets with two days of non-stop free entertainment including acrobats, dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers, amusement park rides and there’s even a big surprise we can’t tell you about yet. 

 

As has been done for 35 years, MUMFEST will have music, dancing, great shopping, delicious food, magicians, street performers and lots of exciting amusement park rides – all located in the heart of New Bern’s historic downtown.

 

Everything listed here is free!

 

Festival goers will discover many new attractions along with old favorites and over 300 carefully selected vendors and exhibitors. The North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Helicopters Pilots Association is inviting everyone to sit in the cockpit of one or all of the five helicopters they are bringing to feel what it must have been like flying one of these ships.

 

More high flying excitement comes with Down to Earth Aerial Acrobatics! The performers will astound you with their amazing act of aerial acrobatics soaring on fabric suspended 16 to 30 feet high. You can catch this free show at Union Point Park.

 

Also new this year, the Yo-Yo Guy. His yo-yo is so big he can walk on it! There is much more to this gigantic Yo-Yo than meets the eye! He has performed in 26 countries and holds four Guinness World Records.

Because New Bern has a large art and cultural community, Mumfest wants to recognize artists with a new venue this year, Art in the Park. Artists from across the state will be here demonstrating their talent whether it is painting, sculpture, watercolor or pottery making. Be sure to stop in and say hello. You will find the artists at Union Point Park.

 

Alex Clark is a world traveled circus-trained comedian who juggles flames, climbs the 10’ ladder of “doom” and is simply amazing in Project Dynamite.

 

These dogs are not your ordinary mutts! The high-flying Purina Incredible Dog Team made up of rescues, will be back to perform astonishing free-style disc routines set to music

 

On Saturday afternoon at noon, stop by the Bank of the Arts on Middle Street to hear the show choir, Encore, that is composed of students from Craven Community College. They will be followed by Rachel Harmatuck Pino’s New Bern Suzuki Strings, played by talented young children and the mountain dulcimer group playing their traditional instruments. While you’re there be sure to sign a flag!

 

As you walk along the streets enjoy the magic provided by strolling magicians and check out the Gabardine Sisters, Poly and Ester, and their interactive puppet show. Back this year is our favorite storyteller, Steve Myott, the mask maker who entertains children of all ages with music, masks and comedy. 

 

New Bern’s original fire station on Broad Street will be open just in time for MUMFEST! You’ll know you’re there when you see the 1933 fire truck parked out front. Don’t miss the new Fire Safety House. The USCG will have a display on water safety and the Community Emergency Response team (C.E.R.T) will be on hand to answer your safety questions.

 

New Bern has its very own version of Dancing with the Stars with performances from local dance studios on Saturday. These talented dancers and their colorful routines make one realize some may have a future on Broadway.

 

And who doesn’t like trains? Be sure to see the Coastal Carolina Railroaders model train exhibition and the ever popular Thomas the Train exhibit at the Sudan Temple.

 

From the waterfront at Union Point Park to the beautiful chrysanthemum-filled gardens of Tryon Palace (open free all weekend), there is something to delight everyone. 

 

MUMFEST is a combination of fantasy, fun and entertainment! MUMFEST has attracted visitors to the beautiful and historic downtown and waterfront for 35 years and will continue to do so for another 35 years!

 

MUMFEST was recognized four times in the past ten years by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 October Event in the Southeastern United States and is consistently voted the Best Festival in the annual Sun Journal Readers Choice Awards.

 

New Bern’s beautiful historic downtown has become a shopping and dining destination with its many art galleries, privately owned shops, restaurants and waterfront parks.  

 

MUMFEST weekend in New Bern, NC attracts festival goers from across the southeast to experience this award winning festival located in the beautiful historic downtown along the waterfront. Festival goers can spend a little or spend a lot with over 300 commercial and nonprofit exhibitors to choose from including pottery, crafts, art and a great variety of food booths to satisfy everyone’s appetite.

 

MUMFEST is a City sponsored event, produced by Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation. The beautifully restored downtown and riverfront, unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and historic homes make New Bern a destination for many travelers. To learn more about MUMFEST and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to downtownnewbern.com or mumfest.com  

 

Media Contact: Nancy Hawley – 252.349.4741 (nancy.hawley.nh@gmail.com)

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 MUMFEST: Everything from Hot Dogs to Helicopters

(New Bern, NC – May 21, 2015)  As MUMFEST celebrates its 35th year, Swiss Bear and the City of New Bern are proud to host an award winning festival guaranteed to entertain visitors of all ages. Join us as we celebrate MUMFEST weekend with non-stop entertainment including magicians, artists, acrobats and helicopters.

 

That’s right – helicopters! The North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association will have five helicopters, or ships to use the correct term, on display. The pilots, all Vietnam veterans, will be present to share a part of living history with the public. Visitors will be able to actually climb into the ships and speak directly to the pilots.

                                                                                                                                       

The display consists of two LOH’s, a Mike Model gunship, a Cobra gunship, and a Medical Evacuation H-Model Life ship. The pilots will share their stories with visitors and honor the brotherhood that binds them together, these men have shared and survived experiences fraught with danger. They will focus a light of respect and admiration upon all veterans. It is an honor to have them visit MUMFEST this year. To learn more, go to:

http://www.ncvhpa.org             

 

Planning is well underway for this year’s MUMFEST with a number of exciting new performances and venues. Another major new event is Art in the Park.  Whatever medium you work in, oil or acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, pottery, charcoal or pencil, all artists are encouraged to come join the fun. Information and an application to rent a booth to sell and/or demonstrate your art is available on our website.

  

MUMFEST fits all budgets with two days of free family entertainment including acrobats, dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers, amusement park rides and much, much more!

 

MUMFEST attracts festival goers from across the southeast to experience this award winning festival located in the beautiful historic downtown along the waterfront. Festival goers can spend a little or spend a lot with over 300 commercial and nonprofit exhibitors to choose from including pottery, crafts, art and a mind boggling variety of food booths, which will satisfy anyone’s appetite.

 

If you would like to learn more and be a part of this exciting event go to our website: www.mumfest.com/vendors to fill out a vendor application or check the MUMFEST Sponsor Guide for sponsorship opportunities.

 

While visiting MUMFEST, please take a look around our beautiful city. New Bern’s historic downtown has become a shopping and dining destination with its many art galleries, privately owned shops, restaurants and waterfront parks. When planning a trip to New Bern you can see everything New Bern has to offer by clicking on: visitnewbern.com.

 

MUMFEST is a City sponsored event, produced by Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation. The beautifully restored downtown and riverfront, unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and historic homes make New Bern a destination for many travelers. To learn more about MUMFEST and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to downtownnewbern.com or mumfest.com

 Tel: 252-638-5781

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation

316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563

Media Contact: Nancy Hawley – 252.349.4741 (nancy.hawley.nh@gmail.com)

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  Art in the Park is calling all Artists to MUMFEST

(New Bern, NC – May 26, 2015)  As MUMFEST celebrates its 35th year, Swiss Bear and the City of New Bern recognize that New Bern has grown into a center for the arts in Eastern North Carolina and MUMFEST will be highlighting our growing arts community.

 

This year MUMFEST recognizes North Carolina's artists with a new event,

Art in the Park. Oil or acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, pottery, charcoal or pencil, whatever medium artists work in is welcome to come join the fun.

 

Art in the Park will be located in New Bern’s beautiful Union Point Park where the Neuse and Trent Rivers merge. A large area is blocked off for artists to showcase their work and demonstrate their art.  There will also be demonstrations of pottery making and firing in the park.

 

Because this is the first year of the Art Fair, artists will be given a reduced rate for qualified booths in Art in the Park. This is a juried venue and we ask that all artists present their original work.

 

If you would like to learn more and be a part of this exciting new event please go to our website: www.mumfest.com/vendors to fill out an application.

 

Planning is well underway for this year’s MUMFEST with a number of exciting new performances and venues.

 

MUMFEST weekend in New Bern, NC attracts festival goers from across the southeast to experience this award winning festival located in the beautiful historic downtown along the waterfront. Festival goers can spend a little or spend a lot with over 300 commercial and nonprofit exhibitors to choose from including pottery, crafts, art and a great variety of food booths to satisfy everyone’s appetite.

 

MUMFEST fits all budgets with two days of free family entertainment including acrobats, dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers, amusement park rides and more.

 

New Bern’s beautiful historic downtown has become a shopping and dining destination with its many art galleries, privately owned shops, restaurants and waterfront parks.

 

MUMFEST is a City sponsored event, produced by Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation. The beautifully restored downtown and riverfront, unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and historic homes make New Bern a destination for many travelers. To learn more about MUMFEST and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to downtownnewbern.com or mumfest.com.

 Tel: 252-638-5781

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation

316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563

Media Contact: Nancy Hawley – 252.349.4741 (nancy.hawley.nh@gmail.com)

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NC Governor recognizes MUMFEST’s 35th Anniversary

 

(April 1, 2015 - NEW BERN, NC)… Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation is pleased to announce that Governor Pat McCrory has issued a special Proclamation declaring MUMFEST “a proud North Carolina tradition which attracts visitors to the colonial capital city to enjoy entertainment, a street fair and riverfront attractions.”  

 

The City of New Bern’s Mayor Dana Outlaw has also issued a Proclamation declaring MUMFEST “one of the finest award-winning festivals in the state.” It goes on to say that, “MUMFEST supports cultural diversity, the arts, commercial and nonprofit communities in eastern North Carolina.”

 

The Craven County Commissioners were not to be outdone and have issued a Proclamation, which states, “MUMFEST has contributed greatly in promoting our growing tourism industry, while encouraging visitors to explore all the wonderful possibilities that eastern North Carolina has to offer.”

 

Going along with all the exciting recognition MUMFEST has received, there is a beautiful new logo, which has been created by local artist and designer, Lisa Bisbee.

 

MUMFEST 35 – is bringing in several new entertainment venues and, of course, the old favorites will be back. We can promise that Mumfesters will not be disappointed when they experience a much bigger festival this October.  

 

MUMFEST weekend in New Bern, NC attracts festival goers from across the southeast to experience this award winning festival located in the beautifully restored historic downtown along the waterfront. The award winning downtown is filled with many unique and family owned shops that make shopping a pleasure. Mumfesters can spend a little or spend a lot with over 300 commercial and nonprofit exhibitors to choose from including pottery, crafts, art, and a tasty variety of savory food. 

 

MUMFEST fits everyone’s budget with two days of free entertainment & attractions including a variety of dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers, face painters, and clowns.

 

Start making plans now to come to MUMFEST and check frequently on the MUMFEST web site to learn all about this year’s festival:  www.mumfest.com   Follow us Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

The beautifully restored downtown and riverfront, unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and historic homes make New Bern a destination for many travelers. Shopping and dining in the historic downtown is a true pleasure. To learn more about MUMFEST and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to downtownnewbern.com  or mumfest.com

  

Tel: 252-638-5781

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation

316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563

Media Contact: Nancy Hawley – 252.349.4741 (nancy.hawley.nh@gmail.com)

 

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MUMFEST ART CONTEST

AWARD PRESENTATIONS

The MUMFEST Student Art Awards Ceremony were held in a crowded center court of the New Bern Mall on Tuesday evening, September 30. The contest guidelines asked the students to illustrate through their art what the City of New Bern and MUMFEST means to them. Kimberly Cusack, 7th Grade, H.J. McDonald Middle School, submitted a drawing of City Hall which took first place. Kimberly's drawing along with the second place winner Alexa Kuczmarski, and third place winner Sidney Futh, both from Creekside Elementary, will be on display at the Bank of the Arts on Middle Street during MUMFEST. As the first place winner, Kimberly's drawing was matted and framed by event sponsor, Michaels. Kay Jewelers presented Kimberly with a St. Judes' stuffed bear. Susan Moffat Thomas, Executive Director of Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation named the top three prize winners and gave each of them a MUMFEST 2014 tee shirt. All participating students and their art teachers received a generous goody bag filled with merchandise and coupons from several merchants in the New Bern Mall. Debra Bradley, Marketing Operations Assistant Manager of the New Bern Mall, presented certificates and gift bags to the nominees whose art will be displayed in the mall at TJMaxx and Michaels through November.

October 1, 2014
Media contact: nancy.hawley.nh@gmail.com
252-349-4741

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City hosting Mumfest next weekend

The 34th annual Mumfest will be held Oct. 11 and 12 along

the streets of New Bern's downtown district and along the

waterfront.

Vendors and visitors for New Bern’s largest outdoor event — Mumfest — will begin arriving next week for the Oct. 11 and 12 festival on the city’s waterfront downtown.

Sponsored by the city, it is a production of Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp. and annually attracts upwards of 100,000 festival-goers from across the Southeast.

Swiss Bear Executive Director Susan Moffat-Thomas said the history and restoration of the city is a drawing card.

Also, visitors can spend a little or a lot with more than 300 commercial and nonprofit exhibitors. The array includes pottery, crafts and art.

There is always plenty of food in booths along the downtown district streets, as well as two days of free entertainment. That includes live bands, dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers, face painters and mermen and mermaids.

Another tradition is a pay riverfront amusement park on the Neuse River, with lots of rides, including a Ferris wheel.

 

Title sponsor Joe Alcoke Auto and Truck Center will bring NASCAR to the festival with an exhibit from the Richard Childress Racing Team. It includes famous stock cars and two racing simulators to allow visitors to test their driving skill — for free.

Also featured will be the X-POGO Stunt Team, performing extreme pogo exhibition. These world class athletes fly up to nine feet in the air, doing flips and other stunts on their high-powered pogo sticks.

The popular Signora Bella will balance on her orb of doom while juggling Turkish swords — all the while telling tales of her journeys.

Along with Bella will be Rick Hubbard with Juggle Stuff — teaching the audience how to juggle.

A number of favorites will return, including Alex Clark, the comedian who performs jaw-dropping stunts; the Purina Incredible Dog Team making aerial disc catches; the Silver Drummer Girl; a huge model train show, and the New Bern Police’s K-9s, along with the Weller Kennels Labrador retriever demonstrations.

The out of water 15th annual Boat Show will be a place to find a new boat or water-related gear.

More music can be found on Oct. 11 in the Christ Church Ministry Center, 305 Middle St., with the Fairfield Harbour chorus, ENCORE Craven Community Chorus and Down East Dulcimers/New Bern Suzuki Strings.

Wine and beer connoisseurs will enjoy sampling a wide variety of craft wines and beers at the Galley Store’s second annual “Juice on the Neuse Festival.”

“Big Kids Stuff and Lil’ Kids Stuff” will be back this year with Poly and Ester; the famous Gabardine Sisters; master storyteller Steve Myott; mask-maker Steve Wille; and Gary Shelton’s Magic shows.

Every festival has lots of chrysanthemums and Tryon Palace will serve them up in its gardens, which will be open free Oct. 10 to 12. The Palace also will have its bi-annual Heritage Plant Sale on Oct. 11 and 12.

On Oct. 12, join in the 5k run, sponsored by the Coastal Women’s Shelter. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. at Union Point Park.

Also, Tokyo Rosenthal and Gumbo Lily will be performing with other talented members of the N.C. Songwriters. They will perform on the main stage by the Galley Store at East Front and Pollock streets.

Something new this year will be Shepard’s Point Tours of Morehead City, providing boat rides between Lawson Creek Park and Union Point Park. A small fee makes this new attraction possible, sponsored by Woodforest National Bank.

Those who park at the New Bern Mall can travel downtown by free trolley, which is sponsored by Little Caesar’s Pizza and Swiss Bear.

For more, visit mumfest.com on the web.

Sun Journal October 2, 2014

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Mumfest organizers look back at early days of New Bern festival.

It won’t be long now: New Bern’s Mumfest, which started 34 years ago as a small street festival and is now the city’s premier event, will be here Oct. 11-12.

Susan Moffat-Thomas, executive director of Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp., who is marking her 29th Mumfest, said the festival has grown so much it touches many people year-round.

“There are so many people who participate and benefit,” Moffat-Thomas said. “The economic impact is tremendous with hotels, restaurants and stores. But I think a lot of people don’t realize there are a lot of people who come from outside New Bern and spend their time here and on gas and food. There are many dollars spent here.”

There are also nonprofits, such as the New Bern Lions Club, that sell carbonated drinks to raise funds for its blindness program, she said.

An economic study done on Mumfest in 2002 found that 55,000 people attended and the economic impact was $2.5 million, Moffat-Thomas said.

“We know the crowd has doubled since then,” she said. “This is good for our community in many ways. It is a grand community effort, and I think everyone is very proud of it.”

Mumfest grew initially from a strategic event to draw people downtown when it was being revitalized in the 1980s, Moffat-Thomas said.

“People had stopped coming downtown,” she said. “We thought this event and other projects would be a good way to get them back to the downtown area.”

Mumfest was originally called the Swiss Bear Festival and was started before New Bern became a Main Street City. A festival or an attraction is one of the criteria for a Main Street City designation, so Mumfest put New Bern ahead of the curve, Moffat-Thomas said.

In the early years, the festival was held in vacant buildings and lots and then moved to the vacant land where Bicentennial Park was and spread from where New Bern Riverfront Convention is now to the Farmers Market, Moffat-Thomas said.

At that time, the Swiss Bear Festival had events like the sailing vessel Elizabeth II, Civil War encampments and Marine Corps displays.

“It was a very small affair,” Moffat-Thomas said. “We had to do everything because we didn’t have the money to do anything with really.”

In 1984, Swiss Bear began partnering with Tryon Palace, taking advantage of the seasonal gardens there. That year the name of the festival was changed to the Chrysanthemum Festival, Moffat-Thomas said.

In 1987 or 1988, then-City Manager Bill Hartman suggested that before the festival could grow the city had to get involved by providing manpower, Moffat-Thomas said.

“By partnering with the city, it allow us to really grow,” she said. “Then we began recruiting sponsors. We partnered with all the media to really market the festival because tourism was such an important part of the revitalization project. We wanted to market the festival so people would come in and stay overnight and enjoy the city.”

As the Bicentennial Park was developed and the revitalization of downtown started filling the empty buildings, venues for the festival were getting restricted.

“The density of the crowds was becoming too much,” Moffat-Thomas said. “We were beginning to worry about the safety of the people.”

But after the new drawbridge was completed, Swiss Bear was able to work with the Department of Transportation and get East Front Street and two blocks of Pollock Street closed, linking the Board Street area with Union Point Park for the two-day festival, Moffat-Thomas said.

“There have been a lot of partnerships and organizations helping us; the city and nonprofits,” she said. “We’ve grown from a little festival of maybe 10,000 in the 1980s to probably more than 100,000. I’m very proud of that. We have received many awards over the years. We have worked hard and we are going to make darn sure we live up to our reputation and quality.”

Some of this year’s newer attractions that promise “Something for Everyone” will include: Signora Bella, the Great Italian Equilibrist; a longer water taxi from Lawson Creek Park to Union Point park (small fee); a pirate Skallywag School; and the late Dale Earnhardt’s No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo and two other races care from Richard Childress Racing for NASCAR fans; and many other staples of the festival.

This year there will be 23 venues at Mumfest and a lot of entertainment for young people, Moffat-Thomas said.

Sun Journal - Sept. 23, 2014

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MUMFEST has Scalawags and Pirates, Puppets, Magicians, Trains and

Rides For

Kids of All Ages

  October 11-12

 (August 6, 2014 - NEW BERN, NC)…With two days of free entertainment including live bands, dance troupes, magicians, and roving street performers and face painters it’s no wonder over 100,000 festival goers attend MUMFEST every year. 

 

Everyone’s favorites will be back this year!  The amazing Alex Clark in Project Dynamite will make you laugh while he performs jaw dropping stunts. Also back is the Purina Incredible Dog Team with the talented canines that make amazing aerial disc catches. The Silver Drummer Girl, a Model Train Show and NBPD’s K-9s will also be back along with Weller Retriever demonstrations.

 

The Carolina Puppet Theatre with Ms. Poly and Ms. Ester, the wacky Gabardine sisters are bringing Puddles the Duck, Bartlet, the super-duper star and other unusual puppet friends. Steve Myott, a master storyteller, will also be entertaining everyone with wonderful tales and striking masks.

 

New this year! Pirates in training take heed! The Scalawag Skool for Aspiring Pirates can be found at Union Point Park. Lads and lassies ages 6-12 will be schooled in pirate vocabulary and cutlass skills on how not to lose your head. All Scalawags are furnished with a plastic cutlass, paper pirate hat, eye patch and earring. Upon graduation they are presented with a copy of the Krew Rules before being sent off to plunder the towne. 

 

The Twin Rivers Artist Assoc. will feature “Building Creative Minds” on Sunday at  the Bank of the Arts for children ages 5 and up. They will make clay ornaments, paintings, sculptures and charm bracelets. This free project is led by Arts Council Volunteers. Donations are accepted for art supplies in the Craven County Schools.

 

Many Mumfesters will choose to kick off the day with a waterfront ferry boat ride from Lawson Creek; others will arrive downtown by trolley. Arriving at MUMFEST on foot also works well. Come to MUMFEST by water, trolley or park downtown – however you get here – come join in the fun because there really is something for everyone!

 

Title Sponsor: Joe Alcoke Auto & Truck Center
MUMFEST is produced by: Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp. – 252-638-5781 Email:
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WORLD CHAMPION EXTREME POGO and SIGNORA BELLA

COMING TO MUMFEST!

 

(June 24, 2014 – NEW BERN, NC)…The XPOGO team performing at MUMFEST on October 11-12 currently holds 15 world records and several Guinness records. This is the most talented and experienced extreme pogo team in the world! Their past performances – from Rio to Beijing to Hong Kong and later this year in Sweden and France truly make them world class athletes.

 

Extreme Pogo or Xpogo is an action sport performed on next generation pogo sticks that have the potential to bounce over 10 feet in the air, measuring from the ground to the bottom of the tip of the pogo stick. To see videos of the Xpogo team go to www.xpogo.com. For the team’s performance schedule at MUMFEST go www.mumfest.com prior to the event.

Next up is a different kind of extreme show. The great Italian equilibrist Signora Bella is coming to MUMFEST! She juggles flaming swords while balancing on the razor sharp orb of doom! Watch her as she walks the slack rope juggling sharp knives...Signora Bella is simply amazing!

Signora Bella, the Great Italian Equilibrist, has entertained audiences of all ages since her arrival on the eastern seaboard several years ago. She has performed on the streets of Williamsburg, Mount Vernon (home of the first President of the United States) and at Poplar Forest, retreat home of our third President Thomas Jefferson. She has also performed at Tryon Palace, home of North Carolina’s colonial governor, William Tryon.

With great zest Signora Bella brings to life the tradition of the traveling performers of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. His Excellency, George Washington, who enjoyed theatrical diversions, once wrote of seeing a slack rope walker in Philadelphia at Rickett's Circus.

Tracing her roots to the Italian theatrical style of Commedia Dell'Arte, Signora Bella has stunned the masses with her feats of balance and amazed audiences with her juggling of sharp Turkish swords and flaming torches. George Washington may have missed her but you don't have to!

MUMFEST fits everyone’s budget with two days of free entertainment including live bands with music from beach to rock.. Dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers and face painters add color to the excitement.

 

Traditional MUMFEST favorites include Alex Clark, performing jaw dropping stunts, Purina Incredible Dog Team with amazing aerial disc catches, the Silver Drummer Girl, a Model Train Show and NBPD’s K-9s will be back along with Weller Retriever demonstrations. Be sure to stop by the out of water 13th Annual Boat Show, always a treat for boaters and wannabe boaters. Try your hand at songwriting and get feedback from published songwriters performing their original songs on Sunday.

 

Come to MUMFEST on foot or bicycle, hop on the free trolley or park downtown – however you get here – come join in the fun because there really is something for everyone!

 

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MUMFEST IS NON-STOP

FREE FAMILY FUN!

                            October 11-12

 

(May 21, 2014…NEW BERN, NC)    MUMFEST will fill New Bern’s historic downtown with free family entertainment this coming October 11-12. Non-stop entertainment includes the 2014 Corvette Show, the 13-time world champion     X-POGO Stunt Team, the Incredible Purina Dog Show, Signora Bella, (the great Italian equilibrist who juggles knives and balances on the orb of doom), and Alex Clark in Project Dynamite is simply amazing, JuggleStuff with Rick Hubbard, Poly and Ester, the Gabardine Sisters and the master storyteller and mask maker, Steve Myott!  

 

Festival goers will also enjoy climbing aboard the trailerable boats found at the Boat Show at Union Point Park.

 

MUMFEST fits everyone’s budget with two days of free entertainment including a wide variety of music from several new and exciting bands, dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers, puppeteers, face painters and clowns.

MUMFEST weekend in New Bern, NC attracts festival goers from across the southeast to experience this award winning festival located in the beautifully restored historic downtown along the waterfront. Mumfesters can spend a little or spend a lot with over 300 commercial and nonprofit exhibitors to choose from including pottery, crafts, art, and a tasty variety of savory food. 

 

Take a free ride on the trolley car or park downtown, however you get here, come join the fun because there really is something for everyone! Check frequently on the MUMFEST website to learn all about this year’s festival:  www.mumfest.com 

MUMFEST Title Sponsor: Joe Alcoke Auto & Truck Center

MUMFEST is produced by: Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp.

www.swissbear@swissbear.org.   252-638-5781

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 MUMFEST BANNER SALES

FUNDRAISER FOR NEW BERN ROTARY

 

(April 21, 2014…NEW BERN, NC) The Rotary Club of New Bern and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation are working together again this year in support of the Rotary Club’s community service projects.   

Area businesses may show their support by sponsoring a MUMFEST banner, which will have their company’s name displayed on both sides of the banner for only $160. The banners, made of vinyl and measuring 22” x 37” are hung from downtown streetlights for approximately six weeks beginning in mid-September. After MUMFEST the banners become the property of the sponsor to display in their business.  

The Rotary Club of New Bern through its fundraising efforts supports many community service projects each year, such as awarding college scholarships and making sizable grants to the Salvation Army, RCS, Merci Clinic, YMCA, Creekside Park and Habitat for Humanity.

Because the opportunity to sponsor a banner ends July 30, 2014, area businesses should email Sandra McKinney sandramckinney@suddenlink.net  or call Swiss Bear (252.638.5781). Banner applications may also be downloaded at www.mumfest.com by clicking on the banner-merchandising button near the top of the homepage.

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation produces MUMFEST, a City sponsored event with the support of area businesses and organizations.  Festival proceeds help fund MUMFEST expenses and downtown revitalization projects.   MUMFEST draws an estimated 100,000 visitors to New Bern's historic downtown. 

The beautifully restored downtown and riverfront, unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and historic homes make New Bern a destination for many travelers. To learn more about MUMFEST and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to downtownnewbern.com  or mumfest.com

Title Sponsor: Joe Alcoke Auto & Truck Center

Tel: 252-638-5781

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation

316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563

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MUMFEST IS ON THE WAY!!

 October 11-12, 2014

(March 24, 2014…NEW BERN, NC)…  Lisa Bisbee, a talented local artist and designer, has created a vibrant new look for MUMFEST ’14. Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation invited Lisa back this year to create the new poster design because, “Lisa’s design last year was so popular we couldn’t wait to see where her creativity would lead her in 2014. To say we are thrilled with the new design would be an understatement,” said Susan Moffat-Thomas, Executive Director of Swiss Bear, producer of MUMFEST.  “This is hard for me to believe but 2014 marks our 34th MUMFEST. We strive to make every MUMFEST special and showcase exciting new entertainment sure to please everyone.”

 

When asked about her creative process, Lisa said, “Each year during MUMFEST, I'm always amazed with the festival's assortment of entertainment in downtown New Bern. I believe design is a visual language, a story or an invitation. In this year's design of Swiss Bear's MUMFEST poster, I wanted to speak of family fun and joyful activity. To tell the story of MUMFEST in a visual design, I overlapped bubbly shapes with vivid colors of the mum flower in bloom. The multi-colored geometric circles offer an invitation for all to enjoy the tremendous amount of festivities presented during MUMFEST.”  To see more of Lisa Bisbee's art and design, visit online at http://www.greatergoodgallery.com or on exhibit at Greater Good Gallery at 228 Craven Street in historic New Bern.

 

MUMFEST weekend in New Bern, NC attracts festival goers from across the southeast to experience this award winning festival located in the beautifully restored historic downtown along the waterfront. Mumfesters can spend a little or spend a lot with over 300 commercial and non profit exhibitors to choose from including pottery, crafts, art, and a tasty variety of savory food.  MUMFEST fits everyone’s budget with two days of free entertainment including a wide variety of music from a variety of new and exciting bands, dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers, face painters, and clowns.

 

Start making plans now to come to MUMFEST by water taxi, trolley car or park downtown – however you get here – come join the fun because there really is something for everyone! Check frequently on the MUMFEST website to learn all about this year’s festival:  www.mumfest.com 

 

Title Sponsor: Joe Alcoke Auto & Truck Center

MUMFEST is produced by: Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp. – 252-638-5781

www.swissbear@swissbear.org

www.mumfest.com

Photos are available on request.

Media Contact: Nancy Hawley

nancy,hawley.nh@gmail.com – 252-349-4741

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The Magic of MUMFEST!

 

(New Bern, NC – September 26, 2013).  MUMFEST weekend, October 12 -13, attracts festival goers from across the southeast to experience this award winning festival located in the restored historic downtown of New Bern, NC. Mumfesters can spend a little or a lot with over 300 commercial and non profit exhibitors to choose from including pottery, crafts, and art. Some might say the temptation is too much when they discover dozens of booths filled with a wide variety of savory foods guaranteed to tempt anyone’s appetite.  

 

MUMFEST fits all budgets with two days of free entertainment including live bands with music ranging from beach to barbershop, dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers, face painters, and clowns. In addition to all the free entertainment there’s a riverfront amusement park with lots of exciting rides, including a waterfront Ferris Wheel ($).

Talk about exciting rides, what is more exciting than NASCAR? TitleSponsor, Joe Alcoke Auto and Truck Center, is bringing NASCAR to MUMFEST with an exhibit from the Richard Childress Racing Team featuring three famous stock cars, #3, #29, #31 and two racing simulators. That’s right, legendary No. 3 will be at MUMFEST. The two racing simulators will allow Mumfesters to test their driving skill – all for free!

Free family entertainment also features the X-POGO Stunt Team performing the most talented extreme pogo exhibitions in the world! The team is coming straight from POGOPALOOZA in New York City where they just won several world championship titles. These world class athletes fly up to 9 feet in the air, doing flips and other stunts on their high-powered pogo sticks.

Everyone’s MUMFEST favorites are back this year, including Alex Clark, the super funny comedian who performs jaw dropping stunts, the Purina Incredible Dog Team with canine athletes making amazing aerial disc catches, the Silver Drummer Girl, a huge Model Train Show, NBPD’s K-9s will be back along with Weller Kennels Labrador retriever demonstrations.

The out of water 13th Annual Boat Show is a must see for boaters and wannabe boaters. There’s still plenty of good weather to enjoy a new boat and there is nothing like being out on the water letting your boat drift along with the tide listening to relaxing music.   

More music an be found on Saturday in the Christ Church Ministry at 305 Middle Street with the Fairfield Harbour chorus, ENCORE Craven Community Chorus and Down East Dulcimers / New Bern Suzuki Strings.

 

The NC Songwriters Co-op will entertain Mumfesters with their original music on Sunday afternoon. If you hope to become a songwriter, the NC Songwriters Co-op members are happy to share helpful tips and offer positive critiques if you bring them examples of your song writing,

All this singing makes everyone thirsty! Wine and beer connoisseurs will enjoy sampling a wide variety of craft wines and beers at the Galley Store’s “Juice on the Neuse Festival” with music and hors d’oeuvres at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant included in the admission fee. NC grown wines may be sampled and purchased in the elegant Little River Wine Tasting Room on Craven Street ($). The Doubletree by Hilton is hosting its first Beer Garden Festival.

BIG KIDSTUFF and Lil’ Kidstuff is back this year with Poly and Ester, the famous Gabardine Sisters, Steve Myott, a master storyteller and mask maker, Steve Wille and Gary Shelton’s Magic shows and the amazing Zoltan, the levitating man!  Kidstuff is in a new location this year so check the map in the Sun Journal’s MUMFEST tabloid.

Every MUMFEST has lots of chrysanthemums and Tryon Palace serves them up in their magnificent gardens, which are open free Friday throughSunday. The palace also has its bi-annual Heritage Plant Sale on Fridayand Saturday. Gardeners will be on hand to answer your planting questions. Inside tours require a ticket but outside tours of the palace’s many gardens are free.

On your walk back from Tryon Palace stroll over to see the New Bern Firemen’s Museum to learn New Bern’s fascinating firefighting history.. Be sure to stop by the popular Farmers Market for all kinds of crafts and jellies and jams.

On Sunday morning join in the 5K Run sponsored by the Coastal Women’s Shelter. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Union Point Park.

Make plans now to come to MUMFEST by water taxi, trolley or park downtown – however you get here – come join the fun because there really is something for everyone!

To learn all about MUMFEST go to www.mumfest.com

MUMFEST is produced by:  Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp. 

(252) 638-5781   swissbear@swissbear.org

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MUMFEST 12th Annual Boat Show October 12-13

 

(NEW BERN, NC – August 26, 2013)---Attention boaters! Come to Mumfest in New Bern, NC to see the latest and greatest in recreational boating at the 12th annual MUMFEST Boat Show!  Coastal and offshore vessels will be on display in Union Point Park on October 12-13.  With plenty of good boating weather still ahead of us, this is the best time of year to get a great deal on a new or used boat. 

 

Bud Van Slyke, mastermind behind the boat show since its inception, clearly enjoys his work. He said, "MUMFEST provides an excellent venue for the show because of the large selection and variety of trailerable boats displayed by the vendors.  This show makes it easy for anyone interested in purchasing a boat because it offers a one-stop boat shopping experience! Everyone’s encouraged to board the boats and give them a land trial, and if they like the feel of the boat on land, they are really going to enjoy it on the water."

Whether you’ve been boating for years or if you are looking for your first boat, come see displays from American Marine, Park Boat, Radio Island Marine and Portside Marina/Miramar Boats. Boats are all trailerable and up to 30 feet in length.

 

There will also be exhibits on boating and water safety/boating courses, fishing rods and tackle, decoy carving, and kayaking as well as NC boating history involving the NC Maritime Museum.   

 

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary booth at Union Point Park will have “Coastie,” a walking and talking robotic mascot. “Coastie” teaches water safety with the use of navigational lights, searchlights, a rotating beacon, a siren and an air horn. It’s always fun to watch the surprise on a child's face when Coastie starts following them and talking to them. The U.S. Coast Guard will offer tours on one of its vessels, which will be docked at Union Point Park. .

 

So whatever you’re looking for - if it’s fishing, cruising, and recreation or simply relaxing on the water with the family – you’ll find your perfect boat here!

 

To learn more about MUMFEST and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to downtownnewbern.com   For more information about MUMFEST, visit www.mumfest.com  

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WORLD CHAMPION EXTREME POGO COMING TO MUMFEST!

(July 9, 2013 – NEW BERN, NC)…This is not the pogo you think you know – it’s Extreme Pogo!   

The XPOGO team that will be performing at Mumfest on October 12-13 currently holds 13 world records and Guinness records earned at Pogopalooza competitions since 2004. Without question the Xpogo Stunt Team is the most talented and experienced extreme pogo performance team in the world today. Their worldwide performances – from Rio to Beijing to Hong Kong and Europe – have helped grow the popularity of this extreme sport.

Pogopalooza – the world championship of extreme pogo – began in a parking lot in Nebraska in 2004 with 6 teams. Now, in its 10th year, Pogopalooza has grown into a major sporting event. This year’s world championship will be held July 26-28 in New York City to huge crowds, marking the end of 9 years of grassroots competition.

 

Extreme Pogo or Xpogo is an action sport performed on next generation pogo sticks that have the potential to bounce over 10 feet in the air, measuring from the ground to the bottom of the tip of the pogo stick. To see videos of the Xpogo team performances go to www.xpogo.com. For the team’s performance schedule at MUMFEST go www.mumfest.com prior to the event.

MUMFEST fits everyone’s budget with two days of free entertainment including live bands with music from beach to rock, dubstep and barbershop. Dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers and face painters add color to the excitement.

 

Traditional MUMFEST favorites include Alex Clark, performing jaw dropping stunts, Purina Incredible Dog Team with amazing aerial disc catches, the Silver Drummer Girl, a Model Train Show, Little River Winery mobile tasting room and NBPD’s K-9s will be back along with Weller Retriever demonstrations. Be sure to stop by the out of water 13th Annual Boat Show, always a treat for boaters and wannabe boaters. Try your hand at songwriting and get feedback from published songwriters performing their original songs on Sunday.

New this year

Wine and beer connoisseurs will enjoy a variety of samplings at the Galley Store’s “Juice on the Neuse” Wine and Beer Festival including “3” a tribute wine by Childress to his friend Dale Earnhardt from the Childress Vineyard.  Be sure to check out the #3, #29, and #27 Childress racecars on exhibit and try out your skills in one of the two racing simulators brought to MUMFEST by Joe Alcoke Auto & Truck Center.

 Come to MUMFEST by water taxi, trolley or park downtown – however you get here – come join in the fun because there really is something for everyone!  

Visit www.mumfest.com to learn more.

 

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RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING OF NASCAR FAME IS COMING TO MUMFEST!

 

 (June 25, 2013 – NEW BERN, NC)…Richard Childress Racing is bringing the #3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo, driven by seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt to MUMFEST. 

Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress Racing earned 43 of their 67 victories and four of their seven championships together in the famed No. 3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. 

The No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo of Richard Childress Racing became synonymous with success and championships in NASCAR racing.  The No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet is still one of the most recognizable race cars in the world.

And if this is not exciting enough, Mumfesters will also be able to see the #29 Caterpillar and the #31 Budweiser cars up close and personal. That’s right – all three cars will be at Mumfest!

NASCAR fans will also be able to test their driving skill in one of two simulators, which are about as close as anyone will ever be able to get to the real thing!

Joe Alcoke Auto & Truck Center is sponsoring Richard Childress Racing’s exciting exhibit at MUMFEST so be sure to stop by and thank Joe for making this happen.

MUMFEST fits everyone’s budget with two days of free entertainment including live bands with music from beach to rock, dubstep and barbershop. Dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers and face painters add color to the excitement.

Traditional MUMFEST favorites include Alex Clark, performing jaw dropping stunts, Purina Incredible Dog Team with amazing aerial disc catches, the Silver Drummer Girl, a Model Train Show, Little River Winery mobile tasting room and NBPD’s K-9s will be back along with Weller Retriever demonstrations. Be sure to stop by the out of water 13th Annual Boat Show, always a treat for boaters and wannabe boaters. Try your hand at songwriting and get feedback from published songwriters performing their original songs on Sunday.

New this year

The internationally famous XPOGO Stunt Team, the most talented and experienced extreme pogo exhibition team in the world will be at Mumfest engaging crowds in an instant, jumping over 9 feet in the air performing incredible tricks.

 

For wine and beer connoisseurs, enjoy a variety of samplings at the Galley Store’s “Juice on the Neuse” Wine and Beer Festival including “3”, a tribute wine by Childress to his friend Dale Earnhardt from the Childress Vineyard. 

 

Come to MUMFEST by water taxi, trolley or park downtown – however you get here – come join in the fun because there really is something for everyone!

Visit www.mumfest.com to learn more.

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Mumfest banners support festival - Sun Journal June 4, 2013

The Rotary Club of New Bern and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp. are again teaming to provide Mumfest banners for the October festival, which will also support the Rotary Club's community service projects. Click here for story

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From barbershop to beach - Sun Journal May 16, 2013

Mumfest organizers plan to appeal to a wide range of musical tastes for Oct. 12-13 event.

Mumfest is New Bern's largest annual festival venue, a visual treat to the eyes and ears, including music throughout downtown each October. Planning goes year-round, and the 2013 edition has announced some talented acts ranging from beach to barbershop and all in between.

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MUMFEST MAIN STAGE MUSIC MANIA!

 

(May 14, 2013 – NEW BERN, NC)…MUMFEST is a visual treat to the eyes and the ears where music is heard throughout downtown New Bern on October 12 and 13. Mumfesters know every year brings a wide variety of musical entertainment and this year is no different. Dance troupes, dulcimers, choruses and songwriters performing original music, in addition to the music mania on the Main Stage. Entertainment ranges from beach to barbershop and everything in between. This wide array of MUMFEST family and musical entertainment is free as it has been for the past 33 years.

 

Main Stage entertainment includes the following bands and vocalists on Saturday, October 12.  A performance schedule and detailed information can be found on the Mumfest.com website.

Be sure to catch Spiritmaster, a “Dubstep/Trap” electronic music show, like nothing you’ve ever experienced. The Spiritmaster has been crushing venues with deep bass, intense sounds and hard kicks, punchy snares and remixes of your favorite songs will keep your feet dancing.

Next up, The Carolina Casuals, a 9-piece band that has been entertaining audiences since the mid-1990s performing everyone’s favorite beach, soul and rhythm & blues music. Featuring full horn, vocal & rhythm sections, they pride themselves on remaining true to the sound that Eastern NC has claimed as its own.

The Wannabees – classic rock done right. Based out of New Bern, NC the group plays the very best in classic rock. Perfect three and four part harmonies, dual guitar actions and rhythm section second to none, they deliver the goods.  

The Southern Gentlemen Chorus is a chapter of the International Barbershop Harmony Society. This community service chorus sings in the barbershop style for the joy of singing.  Around for 20 years and widely known for their “Singing Valentines” and annual spring show, they will bring smiles and toe tapping to festival goers.  

Billy Holton, founder of the Soul Shakers, lead guitar and lead vocals along with some very talented musicians has formed one of Eastern NC’s favorite dance bands. Billy gets a soulful sound through his Fender Strait and Twin Amps to produce some funky rhythms. “Best sax and vocals around, bass monster, awesome Keys man, Mr. Feel Good, funky feel will send the vibe right up your backbone” are some of the words that describe this group as “best music around…bar none!”                                                                         

On Sunday, October 13, the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op takes over as Eastern NC songwriters (members and non-members) perform. You will be treated to many new original songs and music in 20-40 minute shows. Songwriters who are interested in performing can send a recording and website link to bdsyndrome@earthlink.net with a brief bio and contact information.

 

To learn more about upcoming Mumfest entertainment and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to www.downtownnewbern.com and www.mumfest.com.

MUMFEST weekend in New Bern, NC on October 12-13 attracts festival goers from across the southeast to experience this award winning festival located in the beautifully restored historic downtown along the waterfront. Mumfesters can spend a little or spend a lot with over 300 commercial and non-profit exhibitors to choose from including pottery, crafts, art, and a tasty variety of savory food.  MUMFEST fits everyone’s budget with two days of free entertainment including a wide variety of music from a variety of new and exciting bands, dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers, face painters, and clowns.

 

Start making plans now to come to MUMFEST by water taxi, trolley car or park downtown – however you get here – come join the fun because there really is something for everyone! Check frequently on the MUMFEST website to learn all about this year’s festival: www.mumfest.com.

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For Immediate Release

MUMFEST 2013 has a Bold New Look

                             October 12 - 13

(April 8, 2013 – NEW BERN, NC)…Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation asked talented local artist and designer, Lisa Bisbee, to create a new look for MUMFEST 2013. True to her talent, Lisa Bisbee has come up with an original and bold design.

 

When asked how she came up with her new design, Lisa said, “Every year during the fall, I take photos of the brilliant autumn foliage. This year's design is based on a digitally enhanced image. I captured the photograph when the downtown merchants adorned New Bern’s streets with flowering mums during MUMFEST. The bold warm colors remind me of the harvest season during which MUMFEST takes place. I created a silhouette from the leaves and added white highlights with gestural artistic strokes. The font and color palette is energetic and festive, to remind everyone about new adventures unfolding during MUMFEST 2013!” 

 

Mumfesters can stop by the Greater Good Gallery at 228 Craven Street in downtown New Bern to see Lisa’s art, and while you’re there it wouldn't’t hurt to let her know how you like her new design. You may also visit her web site at www.greatergoodgallery.com

 

MUMFEST weekend in New Bern, NC attracts festival goers from across the southeast to experience this award winning festival located in the beautifully restored historic downtown along the waterfront. Mumfesters can spend a little or spend a lot with over 300 commercial and non-

profit exhibitors to choose from including pottery, crafts, art, and a tasty variety of savory food.  MUMFEST fits everyone’s budget with two days of free entertainment including a wide variety of music from a variety of new and exciting bands, dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers, face painters, and clowns.

 

MUMFEST will be bolder than ever this year featuring the internationally famous X-POGO Team, a huge NASCAR exhibit from the Richard Childress Racing Team and the Renegade pirate ship just to name a few of the exciting new venues coming to New Bern on October 12-13.

 

Start making plans now to come to MUMFEST by water taxi, trolley car or park downtown – however you get here – come join the fun because there really is something for everyone! Check frequently on the MUMFEST website to learn all about this year’s festival:  www.mumfest.com .

 

To learn more about MUMFEST and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to www.downtownnewbern.com.  For more information about MUMFEST, visit www.mumfest.com.

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation

316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563

252.638.5781   swissbear@swissbear.org

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Mumfest beats 100K mark for visitors - Sun Journal, November 14, 2012

Mumfest, New Bern's premier street festival, drew a record crowd this year, estimated by organizers at more than 100,000 visitors. click here for full story


Family Fun in New Bern, North Carolina - Top Events USA, August 31, 2012
Mumfest, New Bern's premier award winning fall festival October 13 and 14, provides non-stop family fun which draws more than 80,000 festival-goers to this North Carolina city's beautifully restored historic downtown and waterfront. click here for full story


Mumfest books impressive lineup - Sun Journal, August 23, 2012

Music is a big part of Mumfest, New Bern's largest outdoor festival and this year's October event lines up as a musical extravaganza. The downtown stage next to the Galley Store will be busy Oct 13 and 14 with several different bands. click here for story


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Art Aboard: SeaFair Adds an Artistic
Element to the 32nd MUMFEST

New Bern, NC - June 11, 12 – On the journey back from its summer season in New England, SeaFair- America's Megayacht Venue - will be stopping in historic New Bern, North Carolina to host the inaugural New Bern Art Fest in participation with the 32nd MUMFEST, an annual event that draws 80,000 attendees to the charming coastal city. The festival will feature an array of paintings, sculpture, design, contemporary jewelry and objet d'art from both established and emerging artists.

New Bern Art Fest will launch with an Opening Night Gala Thursday, October 11th to benefit the Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation and the Craven Arts Council and Gallery, Inc. The two-tiered Opening will commence with a First View Cocktail Reception from 5-7:30pm. In addition to the first look at the bevy of art on board, guests of the First View will enjoy complimentary wine and champagne paired with passed hors d'oeuvres, live music and art events. The evening continues from 7:30 – 9pm with the Collectors’ Invitational Reception. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Opening Night Gala, please contact the Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation at 252.638.5781 or the Craven Arts Council and Gallery at 252.638.2577.

The cultural affair will continue through the weekend with a full schedule of social events, informative lectures and a unique “Meet the Artist” series, delivering a weekend destination for seasoned collectors and casual art enthusiasts alike. Program details will be announced in the coming weeks.

FAIR HOURS AND TICKET INFORMATION:
SeaFair will be docked at the New Bern Hilton Hotel and Marina, 100 Middle Street. The ship will be open Friday and Saturday, October 12th and 13th from 11am - 7pm and Sunday, October 14th from 11am - 5pm. Beverages and light fare will be available for purchase from any of the three decks onboard including the Sky Deck Bistro 360, where guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Neuse and Trent Rivers.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, $15 for a One-day ticket, $20 for a Priority/Multi-day ticket or online for an advance-discounted price at www.expoships.com. Limited valet parking will be available in addition to city parking. In cooperation with Coast Guard guidelines, all attendees are required to show a photo ID upon entry to the fair.


ABOUT SEAFAIR
SeaFair is the world's first mobile mega-yacht venue and one of the largest private yachts in the United States. Groundbreaking in scale, ingenuity and style, the innovative exhibition facility - which remains dockside during each event - pairs international fine art, jewelry and collectables with harbor view dining and special events in cities along the eastern seaboard.

The ship boasts three decks of international galleries, two outdoor bars, an international coffee bar, as well as a formal glass-walled restaurant and an open-air bistro on the Sky Deck.

The $40M purpose built exhibition yacht was designed by internationally acclaimed yacht designer Luiz de Basto. At 228 feet and 2,800 international tons, it is one of the largest ships built for commercial operation in the Intracoastal Waterway and requires a draft of only 6.5 feet, allowing it to dock at yacht facilities in central city locations rather than use commercial ports.

SeaFair is owned and operated by International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE). IFAE Principals, David and Lee Ann Lester have been in the art fair industry for over 20 years and have organized over 70 international art fairs in art capitals around the world including New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, and London. IFAE has pioneered the Florida market establishing the American International Fine Art Fair (AIFAF) in 1997, now the premiere fine art fair in America, and Art Palm Beach in 1998, one of Florida’s most celebrated contemporary fairs. In addition, the firm founded Miami Florida’s original international art fair, Art Miami, in 1991. In 2011, IFAE launched two of the most successful fairs inaugurated that year, Naples International Art & Antique Fair (NIAAF) and Art Naples.

For more information on SeaFair, or to find out how to exhibit at the New Bern Arts Festival please visit www.expoships.com or call 239.949.5411.


MUMFEST plans well under way - Sun Journal: May 31, 2012
New Bern's largest annual festival is still five months away, but plans are well under way for the 2012 edition of MUMFEST in downtown and on the waterfront. click here for story


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August 9, 2012

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MUSIC, MAGIC AND MUMFEST
October 13-14

NEW BERN, NC – MUMFESTERS travel from far and wide; faithfully returning to New Bern every October knowing they will be treated to two days of non-stop entertainment, great shopping, delicious food and fun! Music is a big part of MUMFEST and this year is a musical extravaganza. Go to mumfest.com for a complete schedule of all the entertainment and to see a detailed map. 

The downtown stage next to the Galley Store will be hopping and bopping all weekend long with several different bands playing everyone’s favorite songs. The following bands will be performing during MUMFEST on the downtown stage.

3 Day Weekend delivers all the best in classic and southern rock as performed by bands such as The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skinner, Thin Lizzy, The Doors, The Cars and Pink Floyd. 3 Day Weekend brings the magic of the classic and southern rock era back to the stage. 

The Shake Doctors are one of the premier party bands in the Carolinas with musical roots reaching back to their high school days. The five member band, led by front man Clay Kirschner, has a play list that includes hits from  Billy Idol to Chairman of the Board and just about everything in between.

Tee Jay Jones and the Pamlico Sound Machine strolled onto the Carolina beach/boogies/blues music scene in 2009 with their Do Me Good CD. They are equipped with a broad repertoire that covers music from Soul to Beach to Jazz.  "It’s all about the spirit in which the music is performed... no matter what genre label it carries... we are not the kind of soul band most people think of...we're not confined to what is often called "Black Music"...we reach into the heart of each piece of music and bring out its SOUL!" says Tee Jay Jones.

Tom & Dahlin’ have been entertaining audiences for years. Tom’s musical career began as the lead singer for the Rock N Roll band, “Vision.”  His “Darlin” wife, Joan, began singing in church choirs and later went on to be a back-up singer and soloist for several bands.  They perform regularly at a local restaurant, at weddings, parties and special events.   

The Achordants formed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 with a mission to entertain and promote their message of diversity through music. Using tight harmonies and a lighthearted appeal of the group’s diverse repertoire, ranging from gospel to Scottish folk songs, is a reflection of the group members' individuality. In 2005 they became the South Regional Champions at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, securing them a spot on the stage at NYC's Lincoln Center. The group holds a rich tradition of advocating charitable causes and believes the key to Collegiate A Cappella is to have fun and not take oneself too seriously!

Pauline Smith and Don Blalock will be singing a mixture of classic country music made famous by such legends as Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and of course Johnny & June Cash.  Don met Pauline five years ago and they now perform all over the state. Pauline Smith has been singing professionally since 1994.

On Saturday be sure to check out the Broad Street Dance Arena, where some very talented local dancers will be hopping and bopping with their version of Dancing with the Stars. Be sure to check the Schedule of Events at www.mumfest.com to see when the different dance studios are performing.  

On Sunday, The NC Songwriters Co-op (NCSC) will be performing at the Broad Street Dance Arena location from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Songwriters and would be songwriters may apply for the opportunity to perform by sending a recording and web site link to bdsyndrome@earthlink.net with a brief bio and their contact information. Selected performers will be notified by September 24.  Applicants who wish to join NCSC will be eligible to enter the NCSC Annual Songwriters' Contest. For more info: http://www.ncsongwriters.org/fr_home.cfm

On Saturday night, Mumfesters will stroll across the Trent River Bridge to enjoy a magical evening under the stars at the 2nd annual YPG RIVER JAM CONCERT from 5:00 p.m. ‘till 11:00 p.m. The concert takes place on the lawn (take a blanket and chairs) behind the BridgePointe Hotel and Marina.  Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers and The Band of Oz will get the party going before The Switch takes the stage to rock out the rest of the evening. To purchase tickets go to: www.ypgriverjam.com

But all this wonderful music is just one element of what makes MUMFEST great. This year’s MUMFEST features SeaFair, a 228' megayacht filled with fine art, jewelry and sculpture.  For those seeking adventure, there's the King BMX stunt show, dog lovers will enjoy the Incredible Purina Dog Team. There is also a real Indy race car on display with a special exhibit for Indy race car fans.  

Outdoor Life is new this year along with the popular trailerable boat show. If you are interested in outdoor recreation – you will find it here. Bicycling, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, running, sailing, standup paddle boarding are just a few of the exhibits Mumfesters will discover.

Other festival favorites include live bands, roving street performers, dancers, choral groups, KIDSTUFF and Lil’Kidstuff, boat show, amusement park rides, magicians, clowns, the Gabardine sisters, a huge model train show, Weller Kennels retriever exhibits, face painting and many artists, craftsman, commercial and nonprofit exhibitors.

There really is something for everyone!  

To learn more about MUMFEST and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to downtownnewbern.com  For more information about MUMFEST, visit www.mumfest.com or to learn more about the Purina Incredible Dog Team, go to www.purina.com 

MUMFEST has been selected as a Top 20 Event for the month of October in the southeastern U.S. by the Southeastern Tourism Society.

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation
316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563
252.638.5781   swissbear@swissbear.org

 

 


MUMFEST
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MUMFEST Celebrating 32 years!

THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEW BERN

PARTNERS WITH SWISS BEAR

The Rotary Club of New Bern and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation are working together in support of the Rotary Club’s community service projects.   

Area businesses may show their support by sponsoring a MUMFEST banner, which will have their company’s name displayed on both sides of the banner for only $160. The banners, made of vinyl and measuring 22” x 37” are hung from downtown streetlights for approximately six weeks beginning in mid-September. The banners then become the property of the sponsor to display in their business.  

The The Rotary Club of New Bern uses funds raised from the sale of MUMFEST banners and other fundraisers throughout the year in support of community service projects such as awarding college scholarships, and giving sizable grants to the Salvation Army, RCS, Merci Clinic, YMCA, Creekside Park, and Habitat for Humanity.

Because the opportunity to sponsor a banner ends July 30, 2012, area businesses should contact Tammy Sherron (252.633.8880) or call Swiss Bear (252.638.5781). Banner applications may be downloaded at www.mumfest.com by clicking on the banner-merchandising button near the top of the homepage.

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation produces MUMFEST, a City sponsored event with the support of area businesses and organizations.  Festival proceeds help fund MUMFEST expenses and downtown revitalization projects. In 2011, MUMFEST drew over 85,000 visitors to New Bern's historic downtown. 

The beautifully restored downtown and riverfront, unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and historic homes make New Bern a destination for many travelers. To learn more about MUMFEST and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to downtownnewbern.com  or mumfest.com

Tel: 252-638-5781

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation

316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563


MUMFEST 2012
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MUMFEST – Chosen for prestigious TOP 20 Events in the Southeastern United States
October 13 - 14, 2012

New Bern, NC’s MUMFEST has been selected by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeastern United States in the month of October.  STS chooses the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for each month of the year and publishes the list of winners quarterly. The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, and AAA publications.

 

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation produces MUMFEST, a City sponsored event with the support of area businesses and organizations Festival proceeds help fund MUMFEST expenses and downtown revitalization projects. MUMFEST annually attracts over 80,000 visitors to New Bern's historic downtown. 

The beautifully restored downtown and riverfront, unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and historic homes make New Bern a destination for many travelers. To learn more about MUMFEST and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation go to downtownnewbern.com  Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation
316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563

MUMFEST 2012
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MUMFEST Celebrates 32 Years with a Bold New Look 

October 13-14

The MUMFEST Festival Committee is pleased to present the 2012 poster and logo design by New Bern artist and graphic designer, Lisa Bisbee. “We asked Lisa to create a bold design that would have a broad appeal,” said Susan Moffat-Thomas, executive director of Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation and event organizer.  

Bisbee, a SCAD graduate, commented, “As a long-time fan, I know MUMFEST is all about non-stop free family fun. I wanted the chrysanthemum flower to reflect the joy and awe I see on children’s faces at MUMFEST.  As an artist, I couldn’t wait to grab my paintbrush to make the first stroke creating colored petals with bold primary colors. I am honored to have been selected to create the design and had a lot of fun working on it.”

New this year! MUMFEST is featuring one of the ten largest yachts in the United States.  Sea Fair, a $40M yacht, is the largest ship (228’) built for commercial operation in the Intracoastal Waterway. The mega yacht exhibits fine art, jewelry and collectibles at several locations along the eastern seaboard. 

The annual Boat Show/Outdoor Life exhibit at Union Point Park will include a variety of outdoor recreation vendors in a major outdoor living exhibit. Biking and dirt biking, fishing, kayaking and stand-up boarding are just a few of the exciting ‘things to do’ Mumfesters will discover at MUMFEST 2012!

Returning favorites include the Purina Incredible Dog Team, a collection of some of the world’s most athletic canines. YPG River Jam will be back along with the Little River Winery.  Alex Clark, the super funny comedian with jaw dropping feats and it wouldn’t be MUMFEST without the Corvette Racing Tour, and the King BMX Stunt Show. Other festival favorites include live bands, roving street performers, dancers, choral groups, KIDSTUFF and Lil’Kidstuff, amusement park rides, magicians, clowns, the Gabardine sisters, model train show, retriever exhibits, face painting and many artists, craftsman, commercial and nonprofit exhibitors.           

The beautiful riverfront, downtown shops and historic homes make New Bern a destination for many travelers. Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation produces MUMFEST, a City sponsored event. 

MUMFESTERS can keep up with the latest information by following our website www.mumfest.comhttp://www.mumfest.com, friending us on Facebook and reading our new blog at downtownnewbernnc.blogspot.com/

 Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation
316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563

MUMFEST draws record crowds - Sun Journal: October 19, 2011
MUMFEST attracted its largest crowds this year as thousands of people strolled the streets, enjoying good foods, entertainment, programs and arts and crafts, organizers said. Mary Harris, director of the New Bern Craven County Convention and Visitors Center, said MUMFEST has a significant economic impact on the downtown area and shop owners reported a great weekend. click here for story

Visitors go extra mile to attend MUMFEST. Tens of thousands attend festival - Sun Journal: October 10,2011
Regular visitors to MUMFEST are dedicated. Becky Thomas of Trenton said she has walked an extra mile to attend the festival in past years. Trey Littleton trekked across the Alfred Cunningham Bridge to be there and his mom Caroline Clark didn't mind the 30 plus mile drive from Kinston. click here for story

Mixed bouquet. 31st MUMFEST offers diverse mixture of locals and out-of-towners - Sun Journal: October 9, 2011
With thousands of people strolling downtown New Bern Saturday for the opening of the 31st Mumfest, there was a nice mixture of locals and visitors amid more than 300 booths. Avery Bland is from New Bern and said Mumfest was a part of growing up here. click here for story

Charity in bloom. MUMFEST provides showcase for nonprofit's, charities - Sun Journal: October 7, 2011
There is plenty of free entertainment, demonstrations, arts, and fun at Mumfest. There are some paid venues as well as food, business products from local merchants and other items. There is also a chance to pull some coins or some dollar bills from your pocket to help non-profits and charities. click here for story

Diverse MUMFEST activities spread throughout downtown this weekend - Sun Journal: October 6, 2011

The streets of downtown New Bern open to the 31st MUMFEST Saturday morning, with two days of live entertainment, more than 300 vendors and booths, amusement rides and an assortment of shows and demonstrations. The vendor who line the downtown streets are in four categories - nonprofit, commercial, arts and crafts and food. click here for story

Palace has busy MUMFEST weekend - Sun Journal: October 6, 2011
Tryon Palace has a busy MUMFEST weekend, which includes free admission to the gardens Friday to Sunday. Tours of the North Carolina History Center galleries and historic buildings require the purchase of a ticket. Gardens are open 9-6 Friday and Saturday, 11-6 Sunday. click here for story

MUMFEST brings festival splendor to downtown - Sun Journal: October 3, 2011
That nip in the air is the call card for New Bern's premier annual outdoor event - MUMFEST - coming Saturday and Sunday. It annually draws tens of thousands of people to downtown and the waterfront, with plenty of free entertainment, plus amusements rides, programs, shows and special events. click here for story

MUMFEST promises exciting weekend of family fun - Sun Journal: September 28, 2011
This year marks Swiss Bear's 31st MUMFEST and it is touted as packed with non-stop fun things to see and do. The festival is Oct. 8 and 9 in downtown New Bern. Arts and crafts displays, music, amusement park rides, magicians and street performers, puppet shows and face painters, along with an array of food all go together to make MUMFEST a great fun-filled weekend for everyone in the family. click here for story


PRESS RELEASE

September 2011
Produced by Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation

316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563

Media Contact: Nancy Hawley
E-mail: hawleyn@suddenlink.net
Phone:  252.349.4741
Web site: www.mumfest.com

Little River Winery – Wine Tasting

MUMFEST – Oct 8-9

When thinking about MUMFEST, most everyone thinks about all the free entertainment, music,amusement park rides, magicians and street performers and great food. Oh yes – lots of great food, and to go with the great food, Mumfesters age 21 and older will be able to sample a wide variety of wines produced from grapes grown in the foothills of North Carolina’s Uhwarrie Mountain Range courtesy of the Little River Winery. Little River’s mobile wine tasting room, the only one of its kind in North Carolina, and only one of a few in the country, will be located midway down the 300 block of Craven Street.

 The Little River Winery uses old world European wine making techniques to produce their wines. This approach to winemaking allows them to produce high quality wines with a hint of the old world combined with the best of today’s winemaking techniques. Their grapes have a distinctive regional character that adds to the wine’s personality and intensity. The combination of chalk, clay and gravel proves a unique influence and earthy flavor to the wines.  

Little River specializes in traditional wines such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. They also have a line of fruit wines that have proven very popular. 

Getting to MUMFEST
Be sure to go to the web site www.mumfest.com for help planning your weekend and to see a complete list of all the family entertainment at MUMFEST.  You’ll also find a map on the web site telling you where everything is located and the performance schedules.    For those who don’t wish to park downtown, free trolley shuttle service is available both days from the New Bern Mall (Hwy 70 – near Hwy 70 Exit). A water-taxi service is also available for a small fee from the BridgePointe Hotel Marina.  

From New Bern’s historic waterfront to the beautiful gardens at Tryon Palace, MUMFEST weekend offers everything a family could want – and more! www.mumfest.com


Monday, August 29, 2011
Fantasy, Fun and Entertainment in New Bern, NC                      

Now in its 31st year, the two-day extravaganza MUMFEST on October 8 and 9 is a combination of fantasy, fun and entertainment, which has consistently attracted over 80,000 visitors to New Bern’s revitalized historic downtown and waterfront.  Recognized as one of October’s Top 20 Events in the Southeastern United States, MUMFEST fills the streets of historic downtown New Bern from the waterfront at Union Point Park to the gardens at Tryon Palace. Music and MUMFEST definitely go together and this year's MUMFEST is so big it’s crossing the river! YPG River Jam features three favorite bands.   The High-Flying Purina Incredible Dog Team performs amazing free-style disc routines set to music.  Alex Clark is a world traveled circus-trained comedian who juggles flames, climbs up the 10’ ladder of “doom” and is simply amazing in Project Dynamite.  The Corvette Racing Tour is back to celebrate Corvette’s storied racing history and Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary. The King BMX Stunt Show presents some of the most daring and talented ramp and flatland riders.  The whole family will have a great time kazooing along with Rick Hubbard and the Kazoobie Kazoo Show.   Stage entertainment this year features Susannah and Uncle John. Back by popular demand are local favorites, Conch Stew and New Diamond Jubilee.   Catch the excitement at the Amusement Park with exciting rides for kids of all ages. As you walk along the streets of downtown New Bern you’ll encounter strolling magicians, face painters, fire-eaters and clowns.  Beautiful Union Point Park is the site of the annual trailerable MUMFEST Boat Show, maritime and marine exhibits, military vessels, nautical displays and demonstrations. For more information on MUMFEST and free shuttle service and boat taxis visit www.mumfest.com  For more information about top events in North Carolina take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in North Carolina.

Posted by The Team at Top Events USA and Top Events Canada at 7:00 AM
Labels: MUMFEST, New Bern, North Carolina, Top Events USA


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HIGH-FLYING PURINA INCREDIBLE DOG TEAM WILL PERFORM AT MUMFEST

OCTOBER 8-9

NEW BERN, NC – The high-flying Purina® Incredible Dog Team, a collection of some of the world’s most athletic canines is coming to historic downtown New Bern on October 8-9 to entertain fans at MUMFEST. 

Utilizing a high-energy performance set to music, the trainers and their dogs entertain while also educating people about responsible pet care and how proper nutrition and good training can bring out the best in any dog, at any life stage.

The Team stresses the “incredible” potential in every dog, which is reflected in a number of canine team members who were adopted at animal shelters and rescue groups around the country. The athletic feats performed by the team include rolling back catches, two-legged balancing acts on the trainer’s feet and vaulting off of their trainer’s body to snare a flying disc.

In addition to the amazing Purina Incredible Dog Team, MUMFEST ’11 features Alex Clark, the super funny comedian with jaw dropping feats, the Corvette Racing Tour, King BMX Stunt Show’s of high energy ramp and flatland riding. Rick Hubbard, King of Kazoo is back with his interactive musical show. Other festival favorites: live bands, roving street performers, dancers, choral groups, KIDSTUFF and Lil’Kidstuff, boat show, amusement park rides, magicians, clowns, the Gabardine sisters, a very tall Uncle Sam, model train show, Weller Kennels retriever exhibits, face painting and many artists, craftsman, commercial and nonprofit exhibitors. There really is something for everyone.

For more information about MUMFEST, visit www.mumfest.com or to learn more about the Purina Incredible Dog Team, go to www.purina.com

About MUMFEST
Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation produces MUMFEST in cooperation with the City of New Bern and with the support of area businesses and organizations. Festival proceeds help fund MUMFEST expenses and downtown revitalization projects. MUMFEST annually attracts over 80,000 visitors to New Bern’s historic downtown.

About Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets.  A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., the world's largest food company.


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Release date: April 2011
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A New Look for MUMFEST ‘11

On the downtown streets and waterfront in historic New Bern, NC

The MUMFEST Festival Committee is pleased to present the 2011 poster and logo designed by Trade Ideas, LLC featuring New Bern’s City Hall Clock Tower and the Bear Plaza Bear sculpture, both well-loved downtown landmarks. 

Trade Ideas, LLC specializes in consulting and design services with a focus on graphic design, website design and development, advertising, and corporate branding. When asked to work on the design for the MUMFEST poster, Shannon LuQuire, Trade Ideas’ owner, was up to the challenge.

LuQuire grew up in New Bern, so including those iconic images that everyone could recognize was an important part of the design. “For so many of us, MUMFEST is such an important part of who we are as New Bernians,” she says. “We all want to be part of something that makes us proud and having so many things like that around us is really special.” Capturing the essence of the annual festival was task number one. Looking through old pictures, walking around downtown, and thinking of what I remember most as a child coming to the festival was an integral part of the design process. Pulling all that information together and coming up with an engaging design is where our team does such a great job.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the 31st annual MUMFEST, October 8-9.  MUMFEST is an award-winning combination of fantasy and fun attracting over 80,000 visitors to New Bern’s revitalized historic downtown and waterfront. MUMFEST fills the streets with exciting entertainment, everyone’s favorite foods, and great shopping. From New Bern’s waterfront to the gardens at Tryon Palace, MUMFEST is more than a festival – it’s an extravaganza!

New this year – The Purina Incredible Dog Team is a collection of some of the world’s most athletic canines. A team of dogs in peak physical condition performs amazing free style flying disc routines, in high-energy performances set to music.  Alex Clark, the super funny comedian with jaw dropping feats and returning favorites, the Corvette Racing Tour, King BMX Stunt Show’s of high energy ramp and flatland riding. Rick Hubbard, King of Kazoo is back with his interactive musical show. Other festival favorites: live bands, roving street performers, dancers, choral groups, KIDSTUFF and Lil’Kidstuff, amusement rides, magicians, clowns, Gabardine sisters, Uncle Sam, model train show, retriever exhibits, face painting and many artists, craftsman, commercial and nonprofit exhibitors….something for everyone.

Go to www.mumfest.com for more information.

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Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation
316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563


PRESS RELEASE

Release date: April 2011

Media Contact:  Nancy Hawley
Email  – hawleyn@suddenlink.net
Tel: 252.349.4741

NEW BERN ROTARY CLUB PARTNERS WITH SWISS BEAR

New Bern’s Noon/Luncheon Rotary Club and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation are working together to raise funds in support of the Rotary Club’s community service projects.

Area businesses may show their support by sponsoring a MUMFEST banner, which will have their company’s name displayed on the banner for $150. The banners are made of vinyl and measure 22” x 37”.  The banners are hung from downtown streetlights for approximately six weeks beginning in mid-September. The banners then become the property of the sponsor to display in their business.

This popular fundraiser supports such Community Service projects as awarding college scholarships, and giving sizable grants to the Salvation Army, RCS, Merci Clinic, YMCA, Creekside Park, and Habitat for Humanity.

Because the opportunity to sponsor a banner ends on July 30th local area businesses should contact John Kirkland, Noon Rotary Banner Chairman, (252.633.1363) or speak to Swiss Bear soon (252.638.5781). Banner applications may be downloaded at www.mumfest.com by clicking on the banner-merchandising button near the top of the homepage.

For a sneak peek of “what’s new” and returning favorites for MUMFEST ’11, October 8-9, go to mumfest.com.

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation produces MUMFEST in partnership with the City of New Bern and with the support of area businesses and organizations. Festival proceeds help fund MUMFEST expenses and downtown revitalization projects.

Long recognized as one of the finest award-winning family festivals in North Carolina, MUMFEST is a combination of family fun and entertainment that consistently attracts more than 80,000 visitors to New Bern’s historic downtown and waterfront. Named as one of the Top 20 Events for the month of October in the southeastern United States for three years in a row, MUMFEST has received the Sun Journal Reader’s Choice award for Best Festival since 2007.

Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation

316 South Front Street, PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563
Media Contact: Nancy Hawley
E-mail: hawleyn@suddenlink.net

MUMFEST totals 76,000 people, $2.8M - Sun Journal: October 13, 2010.
With an estimated economic impact of $2.8 million, not including the tax revenue to the city, organizers are calling last weekend's festival the most successful of all MumFest celebrations over the past 30 years. click here for full story

MUMFEST Celebrates 30 - Sun Journal: September 30, 2010. 
New Bern's largest annual event, MumFest, is just over a week away. It is celebrating 30 years in 2010 and normally brings about 80,000 visitors to the streets around the city's waterfront.

The Oct. 9 and 10 festival has multiple performances by many of the entertainers this year. click here for full story

Festival News - Featured Event 2010 Click Here to see MUMFEST featured event

COME ONE, COME ALL! 28TH annual Mum Fest this weekend - Sun Journal: October 9, 2008.  There will activities on land, in the water and in the air for this year's 28th annual Mum Fest, which is New Bern's largest festival event. click here for story

Mum Fest friendly to bad spellers - Sun Journal: October 9, 2008.
Spell chrysanthemum. Better yet, close your eyes and spell the word. The spelling difficulty is one of the reasons New Bern's premier festival is simply call Mum Fest.. click here for story

MUM FEST Volunteer stays active - Sun Journal: October 5, 2008.
"Bud" Van Slyke Jr. has always been what you might call a meat-and-potatoes guy. Not a lot of flash, but plenty of substance. click here for story

MUM FEST is 28 years old this year and going strong - New Bern Herald: September 2008.
The inspiration of the Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation, the chrysanthemum festival began as a fall event at Tryon Palace and grew into an award-winning family festival, attracting thousands of people to New Bern for festival shopping, food, events games and display.

click here for story

Boat-building event to continue at MUM FEST - Sun Journal: August 8, 2008
Five years ago, Frank Bruno built an 8-foot plywood-and-scraps boat that he hoped many Craven County people would replicate at MUMfest for years to come. Bruno took the boat apart, and it took him and a small group all summer to use the pieces to make 10 copies of the design. click here for story

A Festivals and Events Feature - August, 2008

Celebrating its 28th year, MUM FEST 2008 promises to be the biggest and best yet! Long recognized as one of the finest award winning family festivals in the state, click here for story

MUM FEST party starts early - Sun Journal: July 1, 2008
New Bern's Chrysanthemum Festival is still several months away, but plans for the annual celebration have already begun to blossom downtown.  click here for story  

MUMfest closes under sunny skies - Sun Journal: October 14, 2007
Arnie Laws and his wife drove from Greensboro to see the Mumfest. "We just wanted to come back and see the town and see what has changes or what has remained the same," Laws said  click here for story

Ice cream maker draws spectators, customers at the festival - Sun Journal: Oct 13, 2007
All day long Saturday, people stopped to watch Ted Davis make ice cream. And to buy from him. They licked as they watched. click here for story

Throngs enjoy a sunny day at MUMfest - Sun Journal: October 13, 2007
Thousands of visitors poured into downtown New Bern on Saturday to stroll the streets, sample the foods, ooh and aah at the crafts and drink in the sights of MUMfest. click here for story

Vendors setting up for Mumfest weekend - Sun Journal: October 12, 2007
Vendors began setting up Friday afternoon for this weekend's Mumfest. Merchants hauled equipment, set up tents and unloaded merchandise for the event, which starts Saturday at 9:30 a.m. click here for story

Wrestling tourney at MUMfest at 9 a.m. - Sun Journal: October 12, 2007
Wrestling fans can see some of the best grapplers in the area compete at the Scotty Thornburg Takedown Tournament being held at Union Point Park as part of MUMfest today. click here for story

MUMfest plans coming together - Sun Journal: September 28, 2007
Mums come with the season as New Bern's flower and festival of fall. This week those in the office of the festival producer, Swiss Bear Downtown Development, were sending out final mailings for close to 300 vendors for the Oct. 13-14 event. click here for story

City at its best for MUMfest - Sun Journal: October 15, 2006
Ideal weather graces 26th annual celebration; activities scheduled to continue downtown. Mumfest reigned this year, as opposed to being rained out, like last year. click here for story

MUMfest a Hit - WITN: October 14, 2006
Organizers expect 80,000 people this year and that will bring in millions of dollars for Craven County. A 2003 study determined the festival generated nearly 5.8 million dollars. click here for story  

Historic New Bern's Annual Family Fall Festival - Festivals and Events feature: October 14, 2006
Celebrating its 26h year, MUMfest 2006 promises to be the biggest and best yet! Long recognized as one of the finest award-winning family festivals in the state, click here for story

MUMfest Brings Fall Fun to New Bern - Carolina Currents: September 26, 2006
New Bern, N.C. - Warm colors of chrysanthemum blooms in the Tryon Palace Gardens and cool temperatures mean only one thing in New Bern, it's time for the 26th annual MUMfest  Oct. 14-15. click here for story

thanks to our 2014 sponsors

Title Sponsor

Joe Alcoke Auto and Truck Center

The Swiss Bear

Sun Journal

WITN, MyTV, MeTV

MUMFEST Kickoff Concert

Bojangles'

Coastal Beverage Co.

Banner

New Bern Rotary Club

The Bernie Bear

Pepsi Minges Bottling Group

Wells Fargo

The Bear 97.9

ESPN New Bern 103.9 FM & 1490 AM
WNOS NewsTalk 107.5 FM & 1450 AM
ViaMark Advertising
Beasley Broadcasting Group
107.9 WNCT
V103.3 WMGV
99.5 the X WXNR
101.9 Kiss FM WIKS
106.5 WSFL

Beach Boogie & Blues  95.7 AM

Inner Banks Media
Thunder Country 96.3
94.1 WNBU Talk of the Town
Digity Media
All the hits BOB 93.3 WERO
Your Country 95.1 WRNS

Suddenlink

The Neuse Bear

Bojangles'

CarolinaEast Health System

Hampton Inn

Island Essential Tent & Event Rentals

North Carolina Education Lottery

SpringHill Suites Marriott

Brochure

CenturyLink

Trolley

Little Caesars Pizza

City of New Bern

Boat Show

New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club

The Trent Bear

A.G. Salem & Associates

Computer Services, LLC

Courtyard Marriott Riverfront New Bern

First Citizens Bank

Hatteras Yachts

Piggly Wiggly Stores

Tarheel Associates, Inc.

the little bank

University of Mount Olive

The Local Bear

BB&T

B/S/H/

Coldwell Banker-Willis Smith Co.

DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern Riverfront

Duke Energy Progress

Galley Stores

Morgan's Tavern & Grill

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

Sumrell Sugg, Attorneys at Law

The Country Biscuit

Craven County Independent Insurance Agent Association


FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SPONSORSHIP:
MUMFEST SPONSOR GUIDE


Call (252) 638-5781
or email:
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PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563 | Tel: 252-638-5781 | Fax: 252-638-6696 | www.downtownnewbern.com

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