November 8th, 2016


When a crowd gathers around the steps of the Lenoir County Courthouse to kick off the 2016 Holly Day Celebration on the Neuse, they will be met by two of Kinston's luminaries: Ben Knight of the Chef and the Farmer and Boiler Room restaurants, and Wade Howell, the new general manager of the Down East Wood Ducks baseball team.

Ben Wade

"These two leaders represent great business achievements as well as outstanding civic aspirations for our town, and we are pleased they have agreed to help us launch this seasonal and joyful event," according to Pride of Kinston.

The courthouse ceremony to light the community Christmas tree, the Queen Street hollies and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Holly Days is set for 6:00 pm Nov. 29, 2016.

Program Line-up:

  1. Kinston High School Band
  2. Boys and Girls Singers
  3. Arendell Parrott Academy chorus
  4. Appearances by Miss Kinston - Lenoir County and Miss Kinston-Lenoir County Outstanding Teen
  5. Chris Sugg of Kinston Teens
  6. And popular Minions

Christmas Tree

The groups will gather around the plunger to light to Community Christmas Tree and Queen Street hollies.

At approximately 6:30 pm, the cheery band will march to Herritage Landing to be joined by strolling singers, shoppers visiting boutiques, galleries, museums, restaurants and horse and buggy rides.

It is hoped that all the shops, eateries, galleries and museums will be open to greet Holly Days celebrants. The pathways will be lit by luminaries to guide Holly Days participants along the way.

The 10th anniversary is being named: "A Celebration of New Life for Kinston's Downtown" acknowledging the business growth in downtown over the past 10 years, the success bringing baseball back to Kinston, and the success of the Chef and the Farmer and its related PBS feature "A Chef's Life," according to Adrian King, Pride director and organizer of the event.

Support by local retail and other organization, Lenoir County, the City of Kinston and the Kinston-Lenoir Parks & Recreation Department have made Holly Days a success over the past 10 years, he said.


The new North Street Pub & Eatery, 115 W. North Street, has taken on the ambiance of a neighborhood bar and socializing spot for the young and young-at-heart.

Proprietors Nick and Jennifer Rapoza have installed an ATM machine for easy access to cash, a Touch Tune Photo Booth for music and selfies, a Toy Taker and other brightly lighted, arcade-like installations for those who enjoy hunched over addictive electronic games to while away a few hours. The space was once occupied by the Folded Napkin Restaurant, and is in a building owned by businessman Ben Harper.


North Street Pub and Eatery proprietor Jennifer Rapoza shows off some of the entertainment features of the new establishment at 115 North Street in the middle of downtown Kinston.

Tables and booths are in place for dining customers who will be offered a menu of burgers, wings, wraps and other delicacies along with coffee, soft drinks and adult beverages. A full bar will be available, according to Ms. Rapoza.

The pub's bar is decorated with 15,000 pennies, according to Mr. Rapoza

Hours for the pub will be from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Sunday thru Thursday, Friday and Saturday hours will be from 11:00 am to 3:00 am during which a late night breakfast will be available. Opening is "within the next two weeks," according to Ms. Rapoza.

With cooperation by local churches, a free Thanksgiving meal will be offered November 24 to patrons who cannot afford a Thanksgiving dinner. "This is something our family wants to do," according to Ms. Rapoza.

Phone number for the pub is 252-522-0056.

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October 18th, 2016
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September 26th, 2016
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