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Out and About in Greenville

by Aaron Lucier
Contributor

Editor’s note: This series, conceived by its author, presents “things to do, special events, new restaurants and new items at old favorites.”

Greenville and Pitt County have an abundance of unique things to do year-round. Here is my list of 10 places you may not have visited yet—or maybe it’s just been a while—in no particular order.

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The Walter L. Stasavich Nature Center
Located within the city of Greenville’s 324-acre River Park North, this facility features displays on regional wildlife. See their outstanding seashell exhibit with thousands of shells from around the world, a 10,000 gallon freshwater aquarium with examples of regional river fish, a variety of venomous snakes, and even turtles housed in their own petting tank. It’s a great place to learn about or brush up on local ecology. Entry to the science center is $1 for city-residents 12 and younger and $2 for those 13 and up; non-residents pay $1.50 and $3.
http://www.greenvillenc.gov/government/recreation-parks/river-park-north

Cows at Simply Natural Creamery. Website photo.

Cows at Simply Natural Creamery. Website photo.

Duck-Rabbit Brewery Taproom
While we wait and wait for a brewery in Greenville, there is a great local brewery just down the road in Farmville. Duck-Rabbit recently expanded its schedule, so now you can enjoy their local brews Thursday-Saturday from 3-10 p.m.. This brewery specializes in dark beers: their milk stout, amber, brown and black ales are available year-round, and they have great seasonal brews as well. The taproom is small, but in good weather there is a lively crowd outside playing corn hole—even food trucks show up on occasion.
http://www.duckrabbitbrewery.com/

Simply Natural Creamery
Located outside of Ayden, NC is a local dairy and creamery. With our hot summers, ice cream is a great afternoon treat. Simply Natural Creamery serves fresh ice cream, including sundaes and milkshakes. The Mint Chocolate Chip and Cow Patty (yes, Cow Patty) flavors are standouts in my book. Fresh milk, cream and butter—the freshest you can get if you don’t live on a dairy farm yourself—are available for purchase as well. Walk around the farm and take a look at the cows that provide all this fresh dairy while you’re there. They are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 10:00 to 9:00 on Saturday, and 1:30 to 9:00 on Sunday.
http://www.simplynaturalcreamery.com/

PiCASO’s Drag Brunch or the Drag Show at Crave
Never seen a drag show? Drag is the art of female impersonation, and is a long standing tradition in the LGBT community. The Pitt County AIDS Service Organization (PiCASO) hosts a drag brunch fundraiser on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Scullery in downtown Greenville. For $20 ($10 for the brunch, and $10 suggested donation for PiCASO), eat an outstanding meal while enjoying a fun show.
Crave (formerly the Tipsy Teapot) is a newly renovated bar that hosts drag events on most weekends. Crave and the Scullery are located right down the block from one another at 409 and 431 Evans Street, respectively.

PiCASO’s Drag Brunch https://www.facebook.com/picasodragbrunch
Crave http://www.cravegreenville.com/

Photo from City of Greenville website.

Photo from City of Greenville website.

Emerge Gallery
If you are looking for the opportunity to explore your artistic side, the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge is a non-profit organization focused on promoting regional artists and access to art for the entire community. They offer a variety of workshops and classes for youth and adults in pottery, metal design/jewelry, painting, drawing and more, including fun “wine and design” evenings. They also have a sales gallery, which is a great help for finding unique gifts for those who appreciate original art.
http://www.emergegallery.com/

The Greenville Museum of Art
Housed in the classical revival Flanagan house is another way to engage with arts in our community. The Greenville Museum of Art hosts local and regional exhibitions in their upstairs and downstairs galleries while simultaneously displaying artwork from the museum’s permanent collection. This includes the work of Kenneth Noland, Francis Speight and Sarah Blakeslee. GMA also offers workshops and classes for the community.
http://gmoa.org/

Pitt County Farmers Market
After feeding your inner artist, feed your stomach with fresh, local produce and locally-made edibles. The good things you’ll find at the farmer’s market makes for the best evening meals. The farmer’s market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., from March through December.  
http://www.ncfarmfresh.com/farmmarketdisplay.asp?farmid=1515

The Pitt County Fair
For over 95 years, Pitt County has hosted a county fair in the Fall. The annual Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair is a six day event full of entertainment, exhibitions, displays, vendors, rides and all the “fair food” you can wish for. While the rides might be the attention focus for some, the agricultural displays and farm animals are fun and interesting. Check it out September 22-27.
http://pittfair.org/

Greenville’s Greenway
The Greenway, connecting several city parks and neighborhoods with natural areas and river-side views, is a great way to walk or bike the city. To walk or bike the whole 3.1 mile Tar River Greenway (keep in mind it’s not a loop), pick up the trail from the Town Common or Greensprings Park. An expansion to increase access to more parts of the community is in progress.
http://www.greenvillenc.gov/government/recreation-parks/greenville-greenways
See the map: http://www.froggs.org/images/Current2012.pdf

Freeboot Fridays
As we head into the fall and much of our country enjoys the leaves turning to red and gold, Greenville gets draped in purple and gold. Each Friday of East Carolina University’s home football games, Uptown Greenville hosts an outdoor festival full of live music, food vendors and, for those over 21, beer and wine. Freeboot, an old word for pirating, is a fitting way to get in the spirit of a football weekend in Greenville. This is a family-friendly event with bouncy houses, arts tables, and other activities for the younger Pirate fans.  
http://uptowngreenville.com/play/calendar/#!/73643-freeboot-friday

Check out the web sites and pick out some new things to do or see. If you have suggestions for future additions of Out and About in Greenville email Aaron at aaronlucierecu@yahoo.com.

One Response

  1. Carol Collins says:

    Aaron, Many thanks for your work! (And everyone at the GG!)

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