Newcomers Day Trips

Monthly Local and Away Trips where you can explore the area and make new friends with other Newcomers

Day Trips New Bern Newcomers


Big thanks to our wonderful Day Trip leaders Andy and Tana for organizing and leading our annual Newcomers and Alumni Day at the Down East Wood Ducks, on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Kinston. About 40 people took part. Thanks also to the team’s mascot who greeted us in the Mother Earth Brewing pavilion. To see a slide show of photos taken at the game, scroll below to the Past Day Trips section. 


More about Newcomers Day Trips

Do you enjoy visiting new, interesting places and trying fun events while meeting other newcomers?

If so, “Day Tripping” is just the thing for you!

The Newcomers Club organizes  monthly “away” group trips to various events and tours of interesting locations within driving distance of New Bern.  Each month we also offer a monthly “local” day trip activity, primarily on evenings or weekends. Day Trips are a great way to meet and get to know fellow newcomers!

Check out the website for upcoming Day Trips.  You can also learn more about each Day Trip and sign up at a monthly membership meeting.  Contact the activity leader(s) for more information.

To Attend: Interested members will be emailed details of a scheduled activity several weeks in advance (including whether there are any fees and relevant ticketing information). Simply respond with your interest and show up at the location at the scheduled date and time. Most events have no limit on the number of participants.

Activity Leaders. Andy Britton

and Tana Anderson

Coming Up : JUNE 2024 Local Day Trip

June Local Day Trip Activity: Trivia Night at Pinkys The Pub Upstairs, Tuesday 18 June.  Trivia starts at 7:30 pm but let's get there around 6:00 pm so we can find seats together, form team(s), and have some dinner.  Please RSVP to Tana and I by 14 June so we know how many to expect.

Looking ahead to September, 2024

Let's kick off the new program year with a cruise on the Lady Swan out of Swansboro!  We'll be taking the Afternoon Scenic Marsh Cruise on Friday, September 27, 2024 at 1:00 pm and we are making this a joint activity with the Boating Group.  Tickets are $30 per person and the cruise holds 26 people.  Cruise duration is about 90 minutes.  Feel free to bring your favorite beverages and snacks.  Tickets may be purchased here:
Please send an email to myself, Tana, and Dave Yasman ( to let us know you have purchased a ticket so we can keep an accurate head count.  A flyer and calendar info will be posted on the Newcomers Club website.

Other Things To Do This Summer

Andy Britton has compiled some activities/events, both near and some further away, which look interesting.  If any of you end up going to them Please be sure to share your experiences on the club's Facebook page at

Good resources to check for activities:
(can subscribe to this as well for daily email of activities)
A bit further Away:
(also available as an email subscription)
NC Tripping Bucket List

June Events :

--Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach Canon Firing Days:
Take place on the first Saturday of each month until September. Visitors can learn about the cannons used at Fort Macon, how they work, and how to load, aim, and fire them. The event concludes with a blank firing demonstration using a different cannon for each session.
Evening Gun: A 19th-century cannon is loaded and fired in the military tradition of "evening gun". The U.S. Coast Guard Station at Fort Macon provides the cannon crew.
Small arms firing demonstrations: Take place at various times throughout July.

July Events:

--City of New Bern 4th of July Celebration, Lawson Creek Park -- Live Music, Food Trucks, Inflatables, Games & Activities. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
--July 11-14 2024 - Grandfather Mountain Scottish Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans - held in MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain, Linville, NC
(it’s possible close in lodging is already all booked)
--Hickory Furniture Mart Furniture Festival & Clearance Sale, 2220 US Hwy 70 SE Hickory, NC 28602
July 26-27, 2024 9:00 am-6:00 pm
July 28, 2024 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
July 29, 2024 9:00 am-6:00 pm
--STEPPING INTO THE CRAFT, SEAGROVE NC -- Each weekend in July, potters and studios will have several events taking place from kiln openings, demonstrations, and some hands-on experience in clay. Some pottery studios may require a reservation to be included in the activities, so you will need to work directly with each site individually.
--"THE LOST COLONY" outdoor play, Manteo – runs thru 24 August
--ANNUAL FOLKMOOT FESTIVAL, Waynesville and Canton NC -- Dancers and musicians from around the world light up the mountains of Western North Carolina during this multi-day event.  The festival features cultural ambassadors and dance groups performing in various traditional styles from Latin America, Southeast and East Asia, Europe, as well as local Appalachian and Cherokee dancers and musicians. Enjoy the Summer Soirée, during which attendees can sample international foods; the International Evening that features a multicultural market and dance parade; and the ultimate International Day.
July 11, 2024 7:00 pm - July 20, 2024 4:00 pm
--EMERALD VILLAGE BLACK LIGHT NIGHTTIME UNDERGROUND MINE TOURS, Little Switzerland NC -- Visit Emerald Village on special evenings to see fluorescent minerals come to life. Guided nighttime underground Bon Ami mine tours unlock vibrant hidden colors available only under ultraviolet light, commonly called black light. They provide the special lights, flashlights, and safety glasses. The presentation and tour last about 45 minutes. Reservations are required.
June 22, 2024 9:30 pm-10:30 pm
July 13, 2024 9:30 pm-10:30 pm
July 20, 2024 9:00 pm-10:30 pm
August 3, 2024 9:00 pm-10:30 pm
--DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL, Salisbury NC -- Teams come from far and wide to take on the competition in this annual festival. The day is filled with fun for spectators as they watch traditional dragon boats race to the finish line. Vendors, food trucks and tons of fun will be had on High Rock Lake.
27 July

August Events

--TEA WITH SEAGROVE POTTERS, Seagrove NC - Spend the day in Seagrove on a relaxing gallery crawl and discover your favorite teapot or pitcher by taking a journey along NC Pottery Highway 705 and adjoining roads. Enjoy a tea tasting experience at Blue Hen Pottery, Dean and Martin, Eck McCanless, From the Ground Up, Red Hare Pottery and Thomas Pottery. Featured pottery for the events will be teapots, pitchers, tumblers and tea bowls.  Each shop will have homemade treats and samples from The Table Farmhouse Bakery and Holly Hill Farm, and tea samples from Carriage House Tea.  Pick up a tea brochure and map at your first stop.
10 August
--NORTH CAROLINA STATE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. Marion NC – Music from some of your favorite bluegrass. Bring your own chairs. Tickets may be purchased in advance until July 17. For more information about performers, schedule or to purchase tickets, visit the website.
15-17 August
--NEW BERN RESOLVES - 250TH ANNIVERSARY, New Bern -- The first Provincial Congress to be held in America in open defiance of royal authority was conducted in New Bern in August 1774. The resulting Resolves were issued in response to the unjust taxes and laws, and were a significant contribution to the American Revolutionary movement. The 250th Anniversary of the New Bern Resolves features a Parade, Fife & Drum Corps performances, cannon firing, and children's activities.24 August

Looking Back at Past Days Trips

June 2024 Away Trip to Down East Wood Ducks

Big thanks to our wonderful Day Trip leaders Andy and Tana for our annual Newcomers and Alumni Day at the Down East Wood Ducks, on Father’s Day. About 40 people took part.  

May Local Trip

Away Trip : Strawberry Picking at White's Farm

Six Day Trippers spent a pleasant sunny morning walking through the strawberry fields at White's Farm in Vanceboro.  We resisted the urge to eat as we picked and ended up hauling in quarts of strawberries!  Then we rewarded ourselves with breakfast at the Country Biscuit!  All in all, a great way to spend a Saturday morning with friends


Newcomers/Alumni 2024 Biltmore/Asheville Trip Photos

Extended Day Trip to Biltmore Estate and Asheville/ April 2024

A group of Newcomers/Alumni Club members and New Bern Ladies group gals spent a fabulous four days visiting the Biltmore Estate and city of Asheville.  During our 15-18 April trip, we explored the awe-inspiring Biltmore house and wandered the Estate's breathtaking grounds and gardens.  The tulips and azaleas were in full bloom!  Many of us also enjoyed sampling (and purchasing!) some Biltmore wines.  We learned about the building of the Blue Ridge Parkway, explored the vibrant art scene of Asheville, and toured the beautiful Basilica of Saint Lawrence.  Of course, our stay was also replete with food, shopping, fellowship, and great fun! Many thanks to Diamond Tours for hosting us and to our intrepid motorcoach operator Ron (AKA Jolly)!

Editor's Note : Very special thanks to the club's superb  Day Trips leader Andy Britton who organized and lead this very successful trip.

April 2024 Local- Letterboxing at Cedar Grove

A small but highly successful group of Newcomers Day Trippers gathered at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Friday 26 April to hunt for letterboxes.  We followed the clues for two series of Letterbox hides and found a total of 19 Letterboxes!  We filled our logbooks with the imprints from the stamps hidden in the letterboxes and got to use our own stamps as well to "sign" the logbooks found within some of the boxes.
The weather was fabulous for a walk along the cemetery paths and the conversation and comradery even better!

April Away Trip : Pitt County Arboretum

Seven Day Trippers spent a lovely afternoon at the Pitt County Arboretum.  We received a nearly 90-minute tour from one of the Arboretum's very knowledgeable gardeners.  The talk focused primarily on flowers in bloom now--especially a wide variety of fragrant lilacs.  Several of the group kicked off the morning together with a hearty pre-tour breakfast

March Away Day Trip: Bentonville Battlefield

We visited the  Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site (5466 Harper House Rd, Four Oaks, NC 27524) for a living history event to commemorate the 159th anniversary of the largest battle on North Carolina soil, fought in March 1865. "Presented in collaboration with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, explore the journey of surgeons, stewards, and the wounded during and in the aftermath of the battle of Bentonville. Living history demonstrations include medical care in and around the Harper House field hospital, as well as weapons demonstrations, talks, activities, and more." Saturday March 16, 2024,
March Local Day Trip Activity:
We held  a joint activity with the Crafters group!  Thanks to Christine Soler, the leader of the Crafts Group, for planning this event!  We will meet at the River Bend Community Center  Guest speaker and instructor Jennifer McGinnis provided an overview of Letterboxing and lead us in stamp making.  Letterboxing is an outdoor activity that combines art, orienteering, and puzzle solving.  Letterboxes contain a logbook and usually a hand-carved rubber stamp and an ink pad.

February Newcomers Club Away Day Trip, Antiquing and Flea Marketing in Jacksonville, NC, February, 23, 2024

Ten Newcomers descended on Jacksonville, NC, Friday 23 February for a day of antiquing and flea marketing.
Eight of us enjoyed a pleasant morning strolling through the Flipping Rooster Antique Emporium looking for bargains and hidden treasures.
Two of our group braved the dreary weather for a visit to the Lejeune Memorial Gardens and later, rumor has it, a local bike shop.  We all enjoyed lunch together before capping off the day at the HUGE Foundry Vendor & Antique Mall where even more items jumped into our respective carts.

Ghent Mardi Gras

Local February Day Trip


Local Event, Saturday 10 February 2024: About a dozen  members got together and enjoyed  the eighth annual New Bern Mardi Gras festival in historic Ghent community in New Bern.

Slide show of Day Trip to Bath, NC, January 2024

Past Day Trips

January Day Trips

January Newcomers Club (away) Day Trip
A Visit to Historic Bath, NC, January 26,2024

January 26 was a beautiful day for this out of town trip, with more than 30 members taking part.  Everyone met at the Bath Exhibit Center before being given a guided tour of two historic homes--the Palmer-Marsh House and the Bonner
House. We also took at  short (about a mile) self-guided walking tour of the downtown area and then had lunch  at the Old Town Country Kitchen/The Grill

To view more photos, click on the gallery above

January Local Trip

January Newcomers Club Day Trip Local Activity
Pottery Painting at the Accidental Artist
Saturday, 20 January 2024

Let's paint some New Bern or Coastal Carolina-themed pottery at the Accidental Artist downtown. No
experience necessary! You’ll pay an $8 studio fee plus the cost of whatever pottery piece you choose to paint
(per the Accidental Artist, the average price is between $15 and $25 for most pieces). Once you have finished
painting, the studio will add a clear glaze to your item and fire it in their kiln. The items will be ready for pick
up in four to five days. Of course, as always, those interested can join in an impromptu optional dinner
afterwards somewhere downtown.
DATE: Saturday, 20 January 2024
TIME: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Optional Dinner afterwards location TBD


Christmas Jubilee Show at the Rudy Theater, Dec. 12, 2023

Christmas Jubilee Show at the Rudy Theater, Dec. 12, 2023

“Get into the Holiday spirit with a musical journey through your favorite Christmas songs and
scenes. Sing along to the classics and boogie in your seat as you rock around the Christmas tree
and usher in the most wonderful time of the year!” Cap off the day with your fellow Day
Trippers at an early dinner following the show at Sodosopa southern-style BBQ restaurant in
nearby Smithfield.

November Newcomers 

Away Day Trip

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Whirligig Festival, Wilson NC

Saturday, 4 November 2023

On Saturday 4 November, ten Day Trippers enjoyed a leisurely sunny day taking in the amazingly unique
mechanical sculptures of artist Vollis Simpson at the Whirligig Park in Wilson. Additionally, we strolled among
the myriad vendor booths in downtown Wilson during its annual Whirligig Festival. Several of us bought
handmade art and craft items as well as one of a kind homemade savory and sweet treats. We ended the day
enjoying lunch together from the various food trucks and chatting to the backdrop of live musical

Local Day Trip

DJ Music Bingo
Friday, 17 November 2023


Ten musically motivated Newcomers Club Day Trippers gathered together on Friday 17 November at
Beartown Bistro & Pizza Company for a few rounds of DJ Music Bingo. In addition to dinner and conversation,
there was some toe tapping, head bobbing, and even outright singing along as we perused our bingo cards in
search of tunes from the 50s, 60s, and 90’s, and song titles starting with questions or the letter “B”. Sadly,
none of us got to shout out Bingo and win a prize but fun was had by all!

October Newcomers

Local Day Trip

Coastal Environmental Partnership Presentation and Tour of Tuscarora Landfill, October 27, 2023

Newcomers Club Day Trippers spent an informative morning at the Tuscarora Landfill.

We were greeted and briefed by the Coastal Environmental Partnership’s energetic Education and Outreach
Coordinator, Somer Pede. Following a very in-depth presentation on the composition of lined landfill beds and
the size and scope of operations at Tuscarora, we grabbed our swag bags and hopped on board the “Magic School Bus” for a tour of the extensive facility.

We experienced firsthand the weigh scales, viewed the. compost and mulch area, and stood on top of the highest point in elevation for 7 counties.

We also learned
how “Root Beer trash juice” errr leachate is piped to the wastewater treatment facility and methane gas is
captured and sold for energy. Who knew trash could be so entertaining?


A Day of Fun at Mike's Farm, October 7th

A group of Newcomers spent a beautiful  fall afternoon  at Mike’s Farm on Saturday, Oct. 7. The day included a  hayride to pick pumpkins and a family-style lunch. Thanks to Tana for leading this day.

September - Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue

A great crowd of Newcomers Club Day Trippers met for a yummy, albeit hurried, lunch in Surf City,Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023.  Afterwards, we split into two groups for guided tours of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. During the tours, we learned about the differences between Kemp's Ridley. and Green Sea Turtles, the life cycle of sea turtles from nesting to hatchlings journeying into the ocean, and common causes for sea turtle injuries, such as entanglement in fishing nets and shark attacks. In the “sick bay”. hospital areas, we got to observe several turtles in various stages of recovery as well as some permanent residents who are unable to return to the wild due to irreversible injuries. All in all, it was a wonderful. afternoon with both people and critters!
September 16,  New Bern History Quest- September Newcomers Club Day Trips Local Event
On Saturday, Sept. 16th  three intrepid teams of Day Trippers (CAN AM, the Jester Questers, and the Bear

Facts), participated in the 3 rd annual New Bern History Quest. The afternoon weather was glorious and the
clues challenging but fun. While we didn’t win any of the grand prizes, we all learned so much about New
Bern during our quests! For example, we found the resting place of Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher, the Guinness
World Record holders for the longest living married couple—86 years!

August 23, Tour of MCAS Cherry Point

On 23 August, 27 Newcomers Day Trippers spent several informative hours at MCAS Cherry Point. Our day started with an overview of base air traffic control operations and visits to the radar room and Regional Meteorology and Oceanography Center.

We received
outstanding briefings in each area and then proceeded to the red-carpet area of the main flightline where we saw both Harrier and F-35 aircraft. Next, we headed over to the headquarters building for an in-depth overview briefing which included the history of the base as well as a primer on its roles as both the home of. the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Corps Fleet Readiness Center East.

Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch at
the base’s newest dining center, The Public House. We capped off the afternoon with a “window” bus tour of  the base’s main areas. The Day Trips group is exceedingly grateful to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Public Affairs Specialist, Samantha Kupiainen, for organizing such a wonderful day for us! And we will never. think of swimming pools errr “training tanks” the same way again!

August 6, Walking Tour, Downtown New Bern


August Newcomers Club Day Trips Local Event

Downtown New Bern Walk
Sunday, 6 August 2023

On Sunday 6 August, a small but enthusiastic group of Day Trippers, including our illustrious Newcomers Club
President, joined up for an informative stroll of downtown New Bern. After some discussion, the group
decided on the Nicholas Sparks’ themed “The Return” tour. Despite the fact none of us had yet to read the
book, we never-the-less enjoyed hearing the highlights and background tidbits from the novel during our walk.
The walk took us past several iconic downtown New Bern landmarks including Bakers Kitchen, the Farmers
Market, Union Point Park, Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, the NC History Center, and Christ Church. We concluded a. delightful morning with a delicious lunch at Lawson’s on the Creek. And “The Return” is now on my must-read
list, Andy!


July Newcomers Club Away Day Trip
Beach Clean-up at Salter Path, Indian Beach
Wednesday, 13 July 2023

A small but dedicated group of Newcomers Day Trip volunteers spent the morning of 13 July on litter patrol
along Indian Beach, Salter Path access. We used our scoops, grabbers, and buckets to collect assorted trash
including paper, plastic wrappers, hair ties, cigarette butts, cans, bottles, fishing hooks, and even (yuck) dog
waste and a broken beach chair!


Besides helping to remove waste hazardous to sea life, we discovered a
protected sea turtle nest and were entertained watching sea birds play in the surf! Afterwards, we enjoyed a
leisurely lunch at the 4 Corners Diner in Atlantic Beach.

Click here to view previous years' Day Trips write ups and photos. 

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