March 2021 Newsletter



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"A real conversation opens up new possibilities. By talking with one another, we can arrive at an answer we never anticipated, resolve a situation that's got stuck, and decide on a new direction."

- Sarah Rozenthuler

President's Message

Rose MacNeal

"March" On and Blossom!

It is still officially winter until March 21, but around this time, I remember as a child eagerly awaiting those first signs of spring. Among my favorite indicators of the season, are the pussy willows—those branches of silvery gray buds that appear on the pussy willow trees near meadows, swamps, and streams. Spring is a time for rebirth. A time when the grass begins to grow again, daffodils begin to bloom, and the birds seem to sing a bit louder at the break of daylight. As we maintain a steady course to move through this year, in keeping with the theme of Prism of Possibilities, I know we will persevere and continue to blossom as an organization as well.

We are hard at work planning programs that will excite our members. Yes, although we are still unable to meet our fellow CWF sisters in person at our monthly meetings, we will continue to have programs monthly to help educate and empower our members.

Our March Trade Share event is being postponed to a later date, and in its place, we will hold an evening March meeting via Zoom on the 17th, so be on the lookout for that information. As the weather gets warmer, our hope is that we may be able to host a monthly meeting or two outdoors. In fact, put your thinking caps on for the 2021 Hat Social. This is our annual event that ends our year in June. Think about the prism and the colors that shine through like a rainbow. That being said, the hat social theme for this year is “Rainbows”—however you imagine them!  We anticipate being able to gather as a group to show off our themed hats/outfits and maybe even masks and have a lot of fun in the process! 

Updates on our meetings will be in our monthly newsletters and posted on the CWF website. Be sure to get out as the season changes and soak up the warmer weather.  Let us continue to “March” on and blossom. Please stay safe and healthy!


Upcoming Events

Please Welcome Karen Miller of Sweet Pea's Cafe!

Wednesday March 17, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a cooking class over Zoom with Karen Miller of Sweet Pea's Cafe!

More info to come. 

Virtual Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to our March Meeting Sponsor

Miss Julia Hart

Board Notes

President's Charity

Thank you to the many members who have supported Promise Place. If you haven't yet had a chance to, please join us in supporting Promise Place. Promise Place provides three branches of service to support their vision--Community and Systems Outreach, Advocacy and Mental Health.

Promise Place's Mission is to build safer communities free of sexual violence and impact through support, education, and advocacy in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties.

Promise Place envisions a community where sexual abuse will not be tolerated. Their staff and advocates are in their office and available most weekdays, and there is also a 24/7 crisis line.

Can I count you in for your support? Donations may be made online via the Coastal Women's Forum website: Click here to donate!

Thank you for your donation!

If you shop online on Amazon, you can go to to register and add Promise Place as your charity. Every time you shop on Amazon, Promise Place will receive a donation. There is no cost to you! It's a win, win!

Thank you, 


Member News

Tryon Civitan Club has sponsored a non-perishable food drive for the Salvation Army for 10 years. This year, however, due to Covid-19, they’re not able to hold this food drive. In its place they’ve just launched a GoFundMe Campaign to raise monies for the Salvation Army. Please help the Tryon Civitans and the Salvation Army continue to provide help to the most vulnerable in our community. Every dollar you donate, 100%, will go directly to help those in need. All you need to do is to go online to and search for Tryon Civitan to make your donation. This fundraiser will last through March 31, 2021. For more information about the GoFundMe drive or Tryon Civitan Club, contact Leigh Wilkinson at


February’s InStore Silent Auction at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore offers a variety of eclectic Americana pieces as well as a few extra surprise items. A charming dapper rabbit statue, a metal cast sculpture of three swimming dolphins, a fine detailed musical carousel, and a Folk Art wooden rooster are part of the Americana collection. The more eclectic pieces include an electric Martini Maker and a large three-dimensional metal River House signboard.

This month’s auction is open now for bids until Thursday, February 25 at 12:00 pm.

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is located at 930 Pollock Street in New Bern and the InStore Silent Auction has a separate room to view and bid on over sixteen items displayed. The regular store hours are Tuesdays, 10:00-5:00, and Wednesdays through Saturdays, 9:00-5:00.

NEW Auction each month…Check out our website and FB page!


Ideally situated on picturesque Brices Creek, the New Bern Yacht Club offers a unique event venue with your budget in mind:

  • 250 feet of waterfront footage, stunning sunsets
  • Panoramic views of scenic Brices Creek to the Trent River
  • Charming clubhouse accommodates up to 85
  • Screen porch, spacious lawn for outside entertaining; room for waterside tents
  • Fully appointed warming kitchen for ease of catering
  • Secure Wi-Fi and audiovisual for computer/internet presentations
  • Ample off-street parking
  • Surprisingly affordable rates!

To tour the property, contact CWF member Lucy Lichty, 252/649-9780,  Visit us at

Curated Yard Sale

Looking for that one special piece of furniture, antique, or collectible that completes your room at a price that won’t break the bank? You’ll find that and more at the Historical Society’s All Outdoor ABC (Attic, Basement, Closet) Sale!  This carefully curated sale will feature a wonderful selection of our finest higher end items!

This fundraiser will be held twice - on Saturday, March 13 & 27 from 10am to 3pm at New Bern Battlefield Park, 300 Battlefield Trail, just inside the Taberna entrance. So, mark your calendar and be prepared to be amazed at what is offered, knowing that your purchases help us preserve New Bern’s amazing history.

Mickey Miller, 252.638.8558;

Offering real estate services in the New Bern and surrounding area. 

Did you know that the current real estate market in this area is a SELLER’S MARKET? Homes are in demand as the supply is less than 1.5 months resulting in properly priced homes going under contract in a matter of days! With interest rates near record lows, now is the time to use equity to upgrade or downsize. If you or someone you know has been contemplating making a move or curious what your home is worth in today’s market, contact me. Confidential, personalized service with attention to detail from start to finish and beyond. You will be happy to make the choice to speak with me.

Kathy Sciorra

Broker / REALTOR®

Cell  914-391-1136

Greetings Ladies.

Spring will be here soon and with that new beginnings.

Meet Tilly, my new Black Labrador Retriever born in December 2020. 

Life with Tilly is very exciting. 

Elise A. Medenbach,  LMBT  Massage Therapy 

Glenburnie Professional Center 

1425 S Glenburnie Road Suite 6

New Bern, NC 28562 

252 474-6118 


Atlantic Dance Theatre shares

“Live from Mali” program.

February 9, 2020, New Bern, NC. Atlantic Dance Theatre has launched its youth program for 2021Dance to Lift Spirits and Build Young Lives with Jones and Craven County elementary schools. Featured is a joyous West African dance class taught by guest instructor Solo (Souleymane Sana) using Zoom meetings. Funding is from The Harold H. Bate Foundation and generous individual donors.

The program is supported by a Grassroots Arts Grant awarded by the Craven Arts Council â€‹and supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a Division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Atlantic Dance Theatre, a nonprofit organization for dance, serves to raise the visibility of concert dance and to share the joy of dance with underserved youth. For information, see and


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