December 16, 2014
GIANT AMERICAN FLAG UNFOLDED BEFORE FREEDOM CLASSIC GAMES
Volunteers needed for Feb. 27-Mar. 1 Baseball Series
US Navy and Air Force athlete soldiers take over Kinston February 27-March 1, 2015 to pursue a rivalry hatched by our local parks and recreation department four years ago.
The series of three baseball games called a Freedom Classic are played in historic Grainger Stadium with top players from the two military academies striving to hit and outrun each other. The event draws thousands of baseball as well as Navy and Air Force fans from throughout the region each year.
Adding drama is the unfolding of a giant American flag on the field at the start of each game to accompany the National Anthem.
The flag ceremony requires some 100 volunteers to actually carry the flag onto center field for the anthem.
Date and times for each game are:
Friday, February 27th - 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 28th - 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 1st - 12:30 pm
To volunteer as a flag carrier, contact Pride of Kinston (firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide name, email address and the date/time for which you are volunteering.
RUN FOR THE RIVER
Planning for the 10th anniversary of Kinston’s Run for the River continues for the March 28, 2015 event.
The race, sponsored by Pride of Kinston with support from the little bank, the City of Kinston and Parks and Recreation, draws hundreds of runners from throughout the community and North Carolina. Since the first 8K race in 2006, some 2,000 running athletes have competed for medals and cash prizes.
The 10th anniversary run begins with a Welcome to the Race party 6:00 pm March 27, 2015 at the Community Council for the Arts. Volunteers, sponsors and runners are invited to help gear up for the competition.
Jeremy Jones of the little bank heads an 18-member “Outdoor Events Team” to pull together volunteers, sponsors and marketing strategies to make Run for the River happen.
Runners can sign up for an 8K race, a 5K race and a One Mile Fun Run.
Fast runners take home cash awards and medals for various categories.
Runners can go to downtownkinston.com to register and pay registration fees. Registration fees for the 8K and 5K races are $25.00 through March 27 and $30.00 day of the race. One Mile Fun Runners pay a $15.00 registration fee.
NC COMMERCE OFFICIAL TOURS DOWNTOWN PROJECTS
Dr. Patricia Mitchell, Assistant Secretary for rural development at the North Carolina Commerce Department, was in Kinston January 8 to speak to the Kinston Rotary Club.
Afterwards she joined entrepreneur Stephen Hill and Pride of Kinston leaders to tour downtown developments including The O’Neil, Mother Earth Brewing Company and Ben Harper at Buy Local on North Street.
In follow up messages, Dr. Mitchell expressed admiration for Kinston’s growth and developments.
Downtown developer Stephen Hill explains his vision for downtown Kinston to Dr. Patricia Mitchell during her visit to Kinston Jan. 8, 2015.
(Photo courtesy of Zach Frailey, Kinston Free Press)
Enticing new investors
Pride of Kinston is ramping up its efforts to attract new investors to the downtown business district.
A growing campaign to highlight properties available for lease or purchase details information about each under the Invest in Downtown site on Pride’s website.
A project of Pride’s Economic and Property Development committee headed by Stuart Lindley, buildings deemed to be in good condition and available for immediate use are candidates for the enlarged promotional effort.
The current listing includes:
• 127 N. Queen Street
• 215 N. Queen Street
• 311 N. Queen Street
• 106 W. Gordon Street
"The vision of Pride of Kinston, Inc. is a downtown on the banks of the Neuse River that serves as the gateway to Eastern North Carolina. Our appreciation of history guides our future and promotes the magic to grow business, recreation, and the arts."
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What Is Pride of Kinston?
The mission of Pride of Kinston, Inc., established in 1984, is to lead downtown revitalization in Kinston using the Main Street approach developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which promotes economic development within the context of historic preservation.
Pride of Kinston is one of 57 Main Street communities in North Carolina in a program coordinated by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Community Assistance. (www.nccommerce.com). For more information about Pride of Kinston, see About Pride.