June 27, 2014

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.

In other actions, the board adopted reports from the Design, Marketing and Economic & Property Development committees and approved the 2014-2015 budget for the organization.

Wells Fargo Contributes to
Cemetery Project

Business Banker Allen Clayton, representing the Wells Fargo Foundation, recently toured improvements to an entrance into historic Maplewood -- Cedar Grove -- Hebrew cemeteries on South Queen Street in Kinston. The visit was conducted by Pride director Adrian King. The bank has supported the ambitious project since its inception. "We are grateful for the bank's continued support for our south Queen project," King said.

NC Symphony to Play
Sand in the Streets

The North Carolina Symphony will provide the music for the June 19, 2014 edition of Sand in the Streets in Pearson Park.

To be led by Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, the 66-member ensemble will perform Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, the Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copeland and Sketches from Pinehurst written by the symphony's own Terry Mizesko in honor of the 2005 U.S. Open and being programmed this summer to mark the two U.S. Opens at Pinehurst in June.

William Henry Curry enters his 19th season with the North Carolina Symphony in 2014/15. Maestro Curry serves as the artistic director for the Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series and all North Carolina Symphony summer programs.


The June 19th performance will be the symphony's first outdoor concert in Kinston. The rain day altenative site will be the Grainger Hill Performing Arts Center.

The North Carolina Symphony became the first state-supported orchestra in the country when the 1945 General Assembly appropriated funds to allow the symphony to take its "Concerts in Your Community" to statewide audiences.

If there are weather concerns on the 19th, U.S. Cellular provides concert site updates by calling:


WITN television personality Heather King will join Rick Vernon as a guest emcee to help introduce the symphony program.


Center for Aging installs
Shuffle Board for Patrons

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.

For more information call: 252-527-1545


Sand in the Steets Concert Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2014 Sand In the Streets Concert schedule is our strongest summer program yet! Be a part of the excitement - be a sponsor. Become a General Contributor or put your name in the title of the whole summer series.

Find out more about the opportunities to partner with Pride for this much-anticipated and well-attended concert series for another successful summer. Click here for details and sign up today!


Enticing new investors

317 - 321 N. Queen StreetPride of Kinston is ramping up its efforts to attract new investors to the downtown business district.

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 current listing includes:
127 N. Queen Street
215 N. Queen Street
311 N. Queen Street
106 W. Gordon Street


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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.

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