New this year .....
The NC Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association will display five helicopters from this era. So climb on board and talk with the people who were there and had the experiences.
Their vision was simply to establish a group of North Carolina men who flew helicopters in Vietnam, acquire a few old Vietnam era helicopters destined for the scrap heap, restore them, mount them on trailers, combined with the men who flew them.
They present a part of living history to the public and to schools. They consist of two LOH's, a Mike Model gunship, a Cobra gunship and a Medical Evacuation H-Model lift ship. All the Association members were helicopter pilots in Vietnam, instilling a personal touch to the displays. They have received overwhelming approval at every event in which they have participated. The display gives the public an opportunity to view the evolution of the helicopter gunship at the only location in the United States outside of the Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, AL.
NCVHPA has educated many, helped recruit a new generation of proud vets, and brought some understanding to a very difficult time for our country - and to those who wore its uniform. For more information on this organization go to www.ncvhpa.org
Down to Earth Aerial Acrobatics
Down to Earth Aerials is comprised of Amanda Durnell and Rebecca Vick an aerial acrobatic duo from Raleigh NC. Amanda received her education in aerial fabric and static trapeze from the New England Center for Circus Arts in VT, and also studied under Elsi and Serenity Smith (the trap twins) formally of Cirque Du Soleil.
Rebecca began practicing the aerial arts over 2 years ago under Amanda's tutelage and has furthered her aerial education to train at NECCA and through various workshops with Juliana Hane and others.
Their performances specialize in aerial hoop, static trapeze and aerial acrobatics on fabric suspended 16 - 30 feet high on a portable outdoor rig. You will be mezmorized and amazed as you watch them glide and climb on the fabric with intricate choreography.
One of their most popular acts is a blindfolded aerial hoop duo in which they explore ultimate boundaries of trust and strength necessary for partnering with another person on a moving, spinning aparatus. For more information about Down to Earth Aerials go to Videos
Don't miss this exciting new attraction with shows on the hour in Union Point Park both Saturday and Sunday.
Beaufort Pirates Revenge
Climb aboard the "Revenge" while pirates create a fun-filled adventure with sword fights, singing, a chase with another pirate boat and water cannon battles for treasure -- an all-around good time! If you're a parent, your job is to sit back, relax and watch the show. You may have to get out of the pirates' way every once in a while, but other than that, drink ya some grog and take plenty of pictures. They will lead you and your family on a search for the evil pirate Billy Bonez and the stolen treasure. North Carolina's #1 pirate cruise!
Docked at Union Point Park. www.beaufortpiratesrevenge.com
New Bern Fire Department - new exhibits, new location, new Fire Safety House.
NBFD has new things planned this year and they'll be located next to the original Fire Station on Broad St.
A 1933 fire truck will be on display and some cool cars of the same era.
If you missed the old Fire Safety House in the past, they now have a new, exciting one that kids go in and learn about fire safety.
The U.S.Coast Guard will have a display and discuss water safety along with the NC Task Force Urban Search and Rescue team displays.
If you ever thought about becoming a volunteer, information will be available. The Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) will be there to assist and answer all your questions.
Climb on board the shiny fire trucks and talk with career & volunteer fire fighters.
Don't forget to make time to stop and tour the New Bern Firemen's Museum...they are located right next door. www.newbernfiremuseum.com
Flags of Hope - featured at MUMFEST
Craven Arts Council & Gallery and Coastal Women's Shelter are joining forces to raise awareness about domestic violence in the local area with a project called "Flags of Hope". It is inspired by the ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition of rectangular "prayer flags" strung up to bring blessings upon the land. To view these beautiful pieces of art and a thought provoking exhibit during MUMFEST stop at Bank of Arts, 317 Middle St.
For more information or to purchase a flag and provide a message of hope to support these two wonderful non-profit organizations, go to flags-of-hope , www.coastalwomensshelter.org or www.cravenarts.org
Bank of Arts will also feature music onSaturday.
Encore performing at 12:00, Rachel Harmatuk Pino's New Bern Suzuki Strings at 1:00 and Down East Dulcimers at 2:00. entertainment
And all time Favorites....
Be sure and put the Farmers Market on your list of things to see and do at Mumfest. The market will be filled with many vendors selling unique items from handmade soaps, candles, accessories, jewelry, artwork and photography to delicious baked goods, coffee, tea and North Carolina honey. Located 421 South Front Street at Hancock. Hours Sat. 8-6:30, Sun. 10:30-5.
CAROLINA COASTAL RAILROADERs and
thomas the train exhibit
The model railroad and Thomas the Train exhibit brings smiles to enthusiasts of all ages year after year. Thomas is a cheeky little blue wooden train with lots of friends and accessories that make him so lovable. On a grander scale, the double track HO scale model railroad is a marvel of detail and technical know-how. A must see for enthusiasts.
Don't miss the beloved Carolina Coastal Railroaders train exhibit at Sudan Temple on Broad St. An all-time favorite!
For more information on this non profit educational organization go to carolinacoastalrailroaders.org
New Bern's Firemen's Museum
Established in 1955, the New Bern Firemen's Museum is a unique experience. People of all ages will appreciate the City’s firefighting history and will enjoy the interactive exhibits. A must see for enthusiasts. Open Mon-Sat 10-4 located at 408 Hancock Street. Visit their website at www.newbernfiremuseum.com
NBPD K-9 DEMONSTRATIONS
Located at Craven St. - across from City Hall
While watching the New Bern Police Dept. K-9 demonstrations on the corner of Craven and Pollock Street (across from City Hall), remember that there is nothing ordinary about these wonderful animals. They ride in police cars and helicopters, they search for lost people and frightened children, and they sniff out drugs and bad guys. But most important the dogs earn the right to carry a badge and deserve our thanks.
Don't miss these amazing demonstrations Saturday and Sunday - 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. Video demonstration at Mumfest courtesy of New Bern Now.
Dunk-A-Cop - Craven St. at City Hall
Officers of NBPD will be volunteering to get dunked in a dunk tank, to raise money to support the Explorers Program Post 5321 sponsored by New Bern Police Department. Take a chance and dunk your favorite or least favorite New Bern Officer.
Michael's Enterprises is a Fayetteville, NC mobile midway company featuring rides, games, cotton candy & snow cones. Michael's Enterprises' has provided for MUMFEST guests many years offering rides and games for the whole family.
Tickets: $1/ea, $20 + 1 free ride, $45 for 52 tickets. Rides vary from 3-5 tickets per ride. Must be 36” or taller to go on rides.
Be sure to check back - it's early in the year and the number of attractions is guaranteed to keep growing.