Pride hosts 3rd Sand in the Streets And elects new 2014-2015 officers
Fans of country rock and Mikele Buck braved 90 degree heat in downtown Kinston's Pearson Park Thursday (June 26, 2014) to enjoy two hours of the eastern North Carolina band's music.
Songwriter and lead singer Mikele Buck, Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq, and an artist with West Virginia roots, drew a huge crowd to the third 2014 Sand in the Streets summer concert. "It was hot at the 6:00 pm start time but by 7:00 pm it had cooled down and the crowd had more than doubled during the hour," according to Pride of Kinston. "It was a great concert with a lot of new faces in the audience," Pride director Adrian King noted.
Mikele Buck's event sponsor was The Boiler Room/Oyster Bar. Owner of the restaurant Ben Knight joined with emcee Rick Vernon to open the concert.
The 2014 concerts are being referred to as the 30th Anniversary season acknowledging the Pride's founding in 1984.
Earlier in the day, the Pride of Kinston's board of directors elected its 2014-2015 slate of officers to be led by new Chair Leraine Tolston, owner of the popular Queen Street Deli. Ms. Tolston who joined the board in 2013 succeeds long time member and advocate Shirley Herring who first joined the board in 1986. She has retired from the board after serving as chair for two years.
Also elected to the board were:
—Rev. Julian Pridgen, pastor of the St. Augustus AME Zion Church, who has been a member of Pride's marketing committee for several years;
—Frances Theodorakis, First Citizen Bank's Plaza Branch Manager;
—Hardy Creech, Realo's downtown drug store pharmacist and a former Pride chair;
—Others elected to continue on the board were Treasurer Kevin Zoltek, Tommy Pressly, Richard King and William Jarman.
—Agnes Ho and Shirley Herring, both of whom retiring from active board membership, were elected to emeritus member status, joining O.A. (Buddy) Ritch, Rob Bizzell and John Marston in that honorary position. "This constitutes a senior advisor team for Pride," noted director Adrian King.
Wells Fargo Contributes to
With the help of the Kinston-Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Department, the George T. Skinner Senior Center has installed two new shuffle boards for the enjoyment of patrons at 122 E. Blount Street.
Recently helping Mineko Holloway, executive director of the Council on Aging, were parks associates Mark Gray and Harold Sutton. Parks director Bill Ellis also helped with the enterprise.
According to Ms. Holloway, the senior center has undergone several renovation projects in the past several months, with others planned.
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Enticing new investors
A growing campaign to highlight properties available for lease or purchase details information about each under the Invest in Downtown site on Pride’s website.
A project of Pride’s Economic and Property Development committee headed by Stuart Lindley, buildings deemed to be in good condition and available for immediate use are candidates for the enlarged promotional effort.
The mission of Pride of Kinston, Inc., established in 1984, is to lead downtown revitalization in Kinston using the Main Street approach developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which promotes economic development within the context of historic preservation.
Pride of Kinston is one of 57 Main Street communities in North Carolina in a program coordinated by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Community Assistance. (www.nccommerce.com). For more information about Pride of Kinston, see About Pride.
Pride of Kinston • 327 North Queen Street • Kinston, NC 28501• (252)
Located in the Kinston Enterprise Center
Artist Bruce D. Ziegler has generously made available to Pride his portrait of
downtown Kinston as signature for Pride's website.