Ghost Walk in New Bern

October 27 - 29, 2016

Ghostwalk is a family-friendly event that combines historic stories, talented local actors, and a look at some of New Bern’s historic sites not normally open to the public, in a self-guided tour.

This year you will meet many of the colorful and quirky characters who lived here throughout the centuries and continue to haunt our fair city.  As night falls in New Bern’s Historic District October 27-29 these ghostly characters will reappear, so be on the lookout!

Meet spirits at 20 different historic ghost haunts including homes, churches, and theaters.  Enjoy the ghostly actors who will share their spirited stories in the very locations that their characters lived and visited.

Tickets are good for all three nights and are available at the following locations:

  • New Bern Historical Society, 511 Broad St., ph. 252-638-8558
  • Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St., ph. 252-638-2577
  • Craven County Convention & Visitors Center, 203 S. Front St., ph. 252-637-9400
  • Harris Teeter, 2019 S. Glenburnie Rd., ph. 252-514-0060
  • Mitchell Hardware, 215 Craven St., ph. 252-638-4261.

North Carolina Seafood Festival

September 30 - October 2, 2016

From its beginning in 1987, The NC Seafood Festival has called the beautiful Morehead City Waterfront, located on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina home. Today, the Festival hosts hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors for a weekend of all things “Seafood” and “Sea-Fun”, the first full weekend in October.

The rich cultural traditions of eastern North Carolina come together with music, craftsmen, artists, storytellers and more. Boat builders, net hangers, crab pot makers, quilters, decoy carvers, oar makers and more will share their crafts of yesterday and today. This time offers us all the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with policy makers, commercial fishermen, seafood specialists and educators as we strive to work together to preserve North Carolina’s seafood industry.

Visit the NC Seafood Festival this year and we know you won’t go away hungry. From traditional “Down East” Clam Chowder, Shrimp Burgers and Charcoal Mullet to Sea Urchin on a stick, Calamari and Marinated Eel – all are available for you to sample during the Festival. Friday night starts with a Habitat for Humanity Fish Fry. Saturday and Sunday feature nearly 100 individual booths sponsored by restaurants, civic organizations, school groups and churches all featuring their own interpretation of the best North Carolina has to offer from the bounty of the sea.

Labor Day Weekend Activities

September 2 - 5, 2016

Friday, September 2

8:00 – 5:00   Grace Harbor Provision Company Open.

10:00 – 5:00   Pool Cabana Open with “Clean Out the Cooler” Beer Specials all day.  Lunch will be served from 11:00 to 3:00.  Choose from the Pool Menu; or the Harbor Club Lunch Menu on the second floor screened porch with appropriate cover up and shoes, or inside the Harbor Club with regular attire.

6:00 – 9:00   Dinner at the Harbor Club will feature a menu* with Chef Robert’s “Grown in North Carolina” offerings.

Saturday, September 3

8:00 – 5:00   Grace Harbor Provision Company Open.

10:00 – 5:00   Pool Cabana Open with “Clean Out the Cooler” Beer Specials all day.  Lunch will be served from 11:00 to 3:00.  Choose from the Pool Menu; or the Harbor Club Lunch Menu on the second floor screened porch with appropriate cover up and shoes, or inside the Harbor Club with regular attire.

10:00   The River Dunes Cup – Champagne, Cupcakes and Croquet on the Lawn.  Cut-throat Rules and Prizes for the winning team.  Beer, Champagne & Cupcakes on the porch.

6:00 – 9:00   Dinner at the Harbor Club will feature a menu with Chef Robert’s “Grown in North Carolina” offerings.

*Menu options will be sent in more detail in next week’s email update and printed out at the Harbor Club.

Sunday, September 4

8:00 – 5:00   Grace Harbor Provision Company Open.

10:00 – 5:00   Pool Cabana Open with “Clean Out the Cooler” Beer Specials from 12:00 noon until 5:00.  Lunch will be served from the Pool Menu from 11:00 to 3:00.  Lunch is also available on the second floor screened porch with appropriate cover up and shoes or inside the Harbor Club with regular attire.

6:00 – 8:00   Labor Day Picnic Dinner at the Harbor Club.  All your casual favorites including fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, lots of delicious salads and sides and banana pudding for dessert served buffet style in the dining room.  $20 per person++.

8:00   Join us for the Big Labor Day Movie.

Monday, September 5

8:00 – 5:00  Grace Harbor Provision Company Open.

10:00 – 5:00   Pool Cabana Open with “Clean Out the Cooler” Beer Specials all day.  Hot Dogs and all the trimmings served for lunch from 11:00 to 3:00.

Recital on the River

November 6, 2016

On Sunday, November 6th at 5:00 p.m., the Pamlico Musical Society will present another concert in its Recital on the River series, hosted by River Dunes. This performance will feature internationally known group, The Donald Sinta Quartet.  Since forming in November of 2010, this group of saxaphonists has quickly achieved world-wide renown for their recitals, concerto performances, completely memorized presentation, and championing of the very latest repertoire from emerging young composers. Hailing from across the country, DSQ is named for legendary University of Michigan Saxophone Professor Donald Sinta, the group’s mentor.

Saxophone quartets are a rarity in the music performance world. This award winning dynamic ensemble is internationally renowned for its virtuoso performances entirely from memory and its diverse repertoire, including works by the masters Dvorak, Schubert and Shostakovich and today’s new composers.

The Kitchens of New Bern Tour

September 24, 2016

The Kitchens of New Bern Tour, benefiting the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at New Bern, is a unique opportunity to explore the heart of some of historic New Bern’s most outstanding residences. Various homes throughout New Bern’s Downtown Historic District will open their doors to the public from 10am-4pm on Saturday, September 24. Admission is $25 per person which will include a BBQ lunch at the beautiful Isaac Taylor House & Garden. Tickets can be purchased at Mitchell Hardware, Carolina Creations, Creekside Cabinets and the Village Butcher. For additional information, please call The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at (252) 364-0111.

It’s Drum Fishing Time!

August 17 - September 30, 2016

The month of August means the arrival of one of the most exciting and challenging times for anglers in the waters around River Dunes – Big Drum season.These giant granddaddy fish move closer to shore from the deeper waters to feed and spawn.The larvae then spend their first winter in the waters of the sounds and estuaries; by spring, they grow rapidly and join their larger relatives out in the deeper waters.

Fishing for the Big Drum occurs at sunrise and sunset, making for a great evening out on the water. Bait consists of chunks of mullet or shad – every guide has his own preference – but all agree that the bait has to be fresh.Some use a chum mix of menhaden and dry cat food – a really aromatic way to attract the big ones.

The largest drum on record was caught in Pamlico Sound – a whopping 94 pounds.To schedule a guided Drum fishing adventure, call River Dunes at 800-975-9565 or email

Bike MS Rest Stop at River Dunes

September 10 - 11, 2016

Once again, River Dunes will support the great effort made by the Multiple Sclerosis Society and their annual fund-raiser, Bike MS, held on September 10 and 11, 2016.  This year, River Dunes will provide the Rest Stop location on Sunday, September 11th from 7:15 am to 1:30 pm for the 75 and 100 mile riders.  This event draws over 2500 riders and 500 volunteers to eastern North Carolina and raises more than $1.8 million for MS research.

Volunteers are needed to help man the rest stop during the day and assist with clean up following the event.  Please email if you are able to volunteer some time.



Harborfest & The Oriental Cup Regatta

September 16 - 18, 2016

This year, the the Oriental Dinghy Club and Heartworks have joined together to create a weekend full of fun and excitement on land and water for all ages!  Hosted and sponsored by River Dunes, Harborfest for Heartworks will feature some wonderful events on Friday evening and during the day on Saturday, highlighted by a Gala Dinner Dance on Saturday evening.  In conjunction with the Harborfest activities, the Oriental Cup Regatta will be happening on the great sailing waters just off River Dunes Marina.  It is a great opportunity to join the sailing community and support a local non-profit that provides services to the children and families of Pamlico County while enjoying two of our favorite things to do in coastal NC – getting on the water and having fun!

Information, registration and tickets are available at the Harborfest-Oriental Cup website.

Friday, September 16th

5:00 pm – Oriental Cup Regatta Registration

5:30 pm – Harborfest for Heartworks Kick-Off catered by Roland’s Barbecue with live performance by Saltwater Gold – $25 per person

Saturday , September 17th

 8:00  am – Skipper’s Meeting & Continental Breakfast for Regatta Participants

11:00 am – Corvette Car Show and Live Music at the Pavilion – Free Admission

 5:30  pm – Harborfest for Heartworks Gala Dinner Dance –  Buffet dinner prepared by The Chelsea with Entertainment and Music for Dancing provided by Punch – $75 per person

Sunday, September 18th

8:00  am – Breakfast & Bloody Marys under the Tent for Regatta Participants

Regatta Awards will be announced on Sunday after the second series of around-the-can races

Boater’s Special Package

For $350, boaters have access to three nights’ dockage at River Dunes Harbor Club Marina, two tickets to Friday night’s food/music/dance, two tickets to Saturday night’s Gala dinner, two tickets to Sunday morning’s Bloody Mary breakfast, use of the River Dunes’ facilities, and easy access to all the Harborfest activities.

Beat the Fleet

This year, racers can test their fundraising skills against one another in a Beat the Fleet campaign by recruiting friends and family to donate funds in their boat’s name, hoping to win first place on the Oriental Cup Fundraising Leaderboard.  Donations made online will be tallied continuously with the top three grossing skippers recognized at the Gala.  It’s for the kids of Pamlico County that everyone works and plays this weekend.  Please come out and support the efforts of Heartworks!

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HOPE Regatta @ River Dunes

June 11 - 12, 2016

June 11 – 12 is the date for the HOPE Regatta, held at Grace Harbor in River Dunes, NC.  This event is a fund-raiser for HOPE Clinic, and non-profit organization that provides free medical care to low income uninsured adults.  The clinic, located in Bayboro, offers free medical care, free medications, free lab and diagnostic tests, chronic disease management, mental health management, and free referrals to over 2500 men and women in our area.  With an annual budget of $301,500, the clinic has provided medical care, dental care, and prescription medications worth approximately $3.5 million to uninsured adults, who are not able to get insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Sponsorship opportunities and boat registrations for the regatta may be found at this website.

Sponsorship Forms

Notice of Race

Boat Registration

Windmill Regatta

July 14 - 17, 2016

In keeping with the tradition of great sailing in this area, River Dunes is proud to host the 2016 Windmill Nationals in Grace Harbor July 14 through 17.  Races will begin on Friday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. and conclude on Sunday, July 17 at 9:00 a.m.  There are 24 of these fast sailboats signed up for the race, and the race is being officiated by the Oriental Dinghy Club.  The Windmill is a 15.5′, two person racing dinghy designed by boat-builder Clark Mills in 1953. Having designed the Optimist Pram in 1947, Clark saw a need for a two person high performance dinghy that could be inexpensively constructed by amateur builders.  The class has evolved with the times to allow fiberglass construction and aluminum spars, yet both wooden and fiberglass Windmills remain equally competitive.  The Windmill is a born racer – its narrow hard-chined planing hull provides hight performance.  As a non-trapeze, non-spinnaker boat, the Windmill is accessible to a wide range of sailing skills.



Adrian Dukes Project Concert

May 20, 2016

On Friday, May 20, River Dunes will be hosting a Pamlico Musical Society Concert at the Amphitheater.  Please join us at 7:00 p.m. for the concert, and bring a chair or blanket, picnic and beverages.  River Dunes is a sponsor of this concert and has tickets for River Dunes homeowners. You may pick up your tickets at the Caretaker’s Cottage Monday – Saturday from 9-5.