PFLAG hosts beer tasting

NEW BERN, N.C. — The Cateret-Craven County chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will hold a North Carolina craft beer tasting on Oct. 5, 4-7 p.m., at The Galley Stores, 300 S. Front St.

Funds raised will provide education, support and advocacy on behalf of LGBT people in Eastern North Carolina.

Six craft beers, paired with appetizers will be available to please the palettes of those who taste these local offerings. A silent auction will also provide another way to support PFLAG. For those who wish to enjoy more of the brew, beer will be available for purchase onsite.

Tickets are $10 per person over 21-years-old and are available online.


Row, row down to the coast

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. — The first Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival will be held on Oct. 25-26 at the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin and Marina, 216 Canal Dr.

Twenty-person crews will receive their rowing instructions from their able-bodied steersman and a drummer/pacesetter.

Charlotte’s LGBT-friendly One World Dragon Boat team is planning on attending and competing. At press time, they were still in the process of filling out their team.

On Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., live music and kick-off party will get teams in the spirit of the competition. Team instructions will be made along with a parade.

The next day, Oct. 26, boats will launch on the open river course to vie for top honors. At 8:30 a.m., pre-qualifying races will take place. Final heats will occur at 1:30 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for fastest time, slowest time, most spirited team, best costumes, match race winners and more. The awards ceremony and celebration party will take place at 6 p.m.

This inaugural event is sponsored by Got-Em-On Live Bait Club, Carolina Beach Fire Department and the Carolina Beach Arts and Activities Committee. Proceeds go to the Carolina Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club to support their disabled fishing tourneys.

Sports and health and wellness enthusiasts will be able to catch the active, planned schedule during this fall festival while enjoying arts exhibits and vendors along the way.


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