August 29th, 2016


When drummer David Hicks and his fellow musicians struck up Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" to end the final 2016 Sand in the Streets concert, they played for the largest Pearson Park crowd of the season who showed up to dance and listen to Band of Oz.

Even the weather cooperated: no rained out shows all summer with the final concert enjoying cooler breezes across the Neuse River. Earlier shows in the summer were engulfed by heat hovering in the 100 degree range.

The popular band, known for its beach music, played crowd favorites such as "Shama Lama Ding Dong," "Blurred Lines," "Soul Man" and "Carolina Girls" during the two-hour concert.

It was acknowledged by emcee Rick Vernon and sponsors that the Oz performance would be the final show overseen by Pride of Kinston director Adrian King who will retire from the position end of 2016. King has been credited with moving Sand in the Streets from a single show in 2004 and 2005 to a summer-long series beginning in 2006.

The primary aim was to bring people from all over the region to downtown Kinston. "I think we did that," King said.

Concert Event sponsors First Citizens Bank with Frances Theodorakis and King's Restaurant's Joe Hargitt were acknowledged from the stage at the outset.

Concert Special recognition was accorded to Jeff Minges and the Minges Bottling Group/Pepsi which has supported Sand in the Streets with cash, advertising and product "almost since the first note played in Pearson Park."

Concert Rick Vernon was also recognized for his role as Sand in the Streets' emcee during most of the 2006-2016 series.

Sand in the Streets also continued the tradition of helping the Greene-Lenoir County United Way launch its annual campaign. Director June Cummings and members of the United Way board spoke for United Way at intermission.


North Street Eatery

Businessman Ben Harper has announced that he has leased space in his 115 North Street building to Nick and Jennifer Rapoza who plan to open the "North Street Pub & Eatery" by the end of October.

The couple will occupy the space formerly known as the Folded Napkin Restaurant. Mr. Harper will retain the rear space in the building to continue his screen printing business. He is also editor and chief promoter of a new magazine called Kinston.

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August 29th, 2016
Final 2016 concert attracts large crowd

August 15th, 2016
Downtown Kinston real estate on the move

August 11th, 2016
Kinston stats show continued growth in downtown

July 15th, 2016
Gallery opens in new space on Avenue of the Arts

July 7th, 2016
Independence Day 2016 Kinston Style

June 24th, 2016
Legacy Motown Revue Brings Out a Crowd

June 14th, 2016
The Entertainers Perform to a Full House

June 3rd, 2016
New Hope for Dilapidated Building

May 20rd, 2016
Sand in the Streets

May 3rd, 2016
Economic Development Week

April 8th, 2016
A call for "clean" volunteers

March 24th, 2016
Carolina Greenhouses gives soil for hanging baskets

March 15th, 2016
Master Gardeners Giving Support To Pride of Kinston

February 12th, 2016
Public Meeting Set To Approve Ordinance Changes

January 29th, 2016
Sugar Hill Pizzeria Opens for Business

December 8, 2015
Holly Day Event Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

November 30, 2015
Night of a Thousand Candles

September 1, 2015
New Businesses Poised for Downtown

August 25, 2015
Sand In The Streets Launch a "Rainy Day Fund" at the August 27 Concert

August 3, 2015
Kinston Main Street Report Shows Strong Growth in Downtown

July 31
Pride Begins New Year With New Leaders

July 10, 2015
Queen Street Bridge Closing Pushed Back Again

July 6, 2015
Independence Day 2015 a Full Day in Kinston

June 26, 2015
Erasing the Lines Undertake Downtown Projects

June 2, 2015
Sand in the Streets
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May 21, 2015
Kinston Highlighted As Regional Destination

April 28, 2015
Downtown Trash Gets Trashed

April 21, 2015
Downtown Kinston Changes Continue

April 14, 2015
Downtown Clean Up Day Set for April 25, 2015

March 31, 2015
2015 Run for the River in the Record Books

March 12, 2015
Downtown Living Becoming a Reality

February 27, 2015
The Magic Mile / Herritage Landing Shopping Contest

January 30, 2015
Downtown Kinston Update (Part 1)
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Janaury 15, 2015
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December 16, 2014
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November 18, 2014
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August 29, 2014
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July 31, 2014
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July 21, 2014
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June 27, 2014
Pride hosts 3rd Sand in the Streets And elects new 2014-2015 officers

June 13, 2014
The Embers and fans dodge rain squalls to launch Pride's 30th anniversary

May 29, 2014
Sand in the Streets to Acknowledge Prides 30th Anniversary

April 16, 2014
More Downtown Kinston News

April 1, 2014
Another Kinston Race in the Record Books

March 24, 2014
9th Annual Run for the River Poised to Take Off

March 6, 2014
Another Business Set to Open Downtown Kinston

January 1, 2014
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