The weekend of December 7th featured Christmas festivities enjoyed by many Carolina Colours residents. Four of our property owners kindly opened their homes for our annual homes tour. The opportunity to see 4 homes with outstanding, attractive and tasteful decorations was a treat for the dozens that toured. Then about 140 of our residents gathered for our annual Christmas party, featuring a sumptous feast prepared by Chef Katherine, one that is still being raved about today. The Encore choral group from Craven Community College sang Christmas music beautifully to highlight the evening.
One of the many prominent historical landmarks in New Bern is the street clock in front of Baxter’s Jewelers on Pollock Street, downtown. This Seth Thomas four faced clock was purchased and installed in 1920. Badly damaged when hit by a truck in 1977, citizens of New Bern through Swiss Bear raised $28,000 to have the clock restored by the Verdin Company, a specialist. The repaired icon was unveiled in 1991 and given to the City of New Bern, which maintains it. Few of these clocks remain, and New Bern’s citizens and visitors alike are fortunate to have this oversized legend gracing its downtown shopping district.
Walt Bellamy, a New Bern high school graduate, died Saturday at age 74. Bellamy, following a stellar college career at Indiana, excelled for 14 years in the NBA. He also won an Olympic gold medal, was NBA rookie of the year, and was the number one pick in the NBA draft in 1961. Recognized as an “extraordinary person” as stated by David Stern, NBA commissioner, Bellamy is one of the most outstanding of the many superb athletes that New Bern and eastern North Carolina have been blessed with producing.
On Saturday, October 19th, about 1,600 runners gathered for the 9th annual Neuse River Bridge Run. The event features 3 events: a 5K, a 10K and a half-marathon, beginning in the historic downtown, and flowing across the Neuse River bridge. The Bridge Run is for the benefit of a number of charities.
Carolina Colours was well represented in the run, and we are pleased that Bruce Birnbaum, a member of our sales team, finished 2nd in the 10K among those in the 65-69 age group in his first competitive run in 20 years. Ralph Dobson, another neighbor, came out of running retirement to take third place in his age group (which is more advanced than that of Bruce). Ralph is a certified finisher at the “Iron Man” triathalon in Hawaii, a truly grueling event, so this probably seemed a walk in the park.
Congratulations to Bruce and Ralph, and to all the other runners, from Carolina Colours and around the world, who have made this run one of the best events in eastern North Carolina.
The Carolina Colours Golf Club Championship was held Saturday and Sunday, October 19th and 20th. After two days of play, our new Club Champion is Dan Beasley, who edged Danny Gaskins by 1 shot. Danny Gaskins won the low net prize.
John Kurtz finished ahead of Ed Czernik to capture the men’s Senior Championship, while Jim Babich won the Senior Net by 4 strokes over Bill Bradbury.
Denise Plourde was crowned the Women’s Club Champion, while Lynn Carpenter won low net in the women’s division. Pat Phillips is our new women’s Senior Champion.
Lou Moran finished ahead of Ken Sample to win the men’s second flight.
All was capped off by another great luncheon prepared by Chef Katherine as the hardware was handed out.
The 2013 Carolina Colours Member Guest Golf Tournament was held September 27-29, and the event was blessed with perfect golf weather. Member Danny Gaston partnered with Steve Tyson to win the overall championship via shootout following the five 9 hole matches. Other flight winners were member Ken Kirkman playing with his brother, Don Kirkman; member Randy King playing with his brother, Mike King; and member Phil Carpenter playing with his friend, Rich Boyer. Member Denise Plourde captured the women’s crown, playing with guest Kathy Murphy.
Chef Katherine did her normal marvelous job, ranging from the appetizers Friday evening, to the banquet feast Saturday evening, to the Sunday championship luncheon. And didn’t she look perfect in her new chef’s outfit at the pasta station Saturday night!
The course has never been in better condition, and our golf pros did an outstanding job. Many of the guests are already working on getting invited back in 2014!
The real estate activity at Carolina Colours is quite strong. Currently there are 8 retail lot sales pending. In addition, 6 homesites are being purchased by home builders, with speculative homes to be put under construction this year, as our inventory of completed homes is quite low. We also are pleased that several site owners are getting ready to commence construction on their custom homes. We have a contingent of about 30 residents soon to embark on a cruise featuring Italy; they may not recognize the place when they get back!
Craven Arts Council’s Bank of the Arts is about to reopen, after extensive renovations. A special “Homecoming” exhibit will highlight the opening of the refurbished facility on September 27, featuring a number of artists who have exhibited in the past. The Bank of the Arts building was built as a bank in 1913, and originally contained a skylight, long ago covered. One of the highlights of the work being done is the reconstruction of the skylight, to add natural light to the exhibits.
The fifth ArtWalk downtown begins at 5 this Friday, the 13th, featuring about 20 galleries, shops and restaurants. Also, the Carolina Chamber Music Festival is presenting this week three classical music performances in three different downtown facilities.
These events are always popular with our Carolina Colours residents.
On Tuesday evening, Carolina Colours kicked off National Night Out, in support of our New Bern police and fire departments. Before dinner, a demonstration of a water rescue by emergency personnel was held in our new swimming pool, and our community children had the opportunity to crawl over fire trucks, always a fun time for a youngster, while older residents visited the bar. The Carolina Colours Associations was then pleased to treat the fire and rescue personnel to dinner, joining over 100 of our residents for one of Chef Katherine’s sumptuous meals, before the police and fire crews began their trek through many city neighborhoods. Thanks to Sonny Aluzzo for the great job of organizing this fun and beneficial event, which has become an annual staple at Carolina Colours.