Foundation Member Events

May 7: Palace Contemporaries Launch Party   5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Tryon Palace Gardens

Palace Contemporaries and potential Contemporaries are invited to join the Tryon Palace Foundation to celebrate the launch of a new membership exclusively for supporters ages 18-39. Join the Foundation for free beer, wine, and light hor d’oeuvres, and learn about how a Foundation Membership can benefit you. Guests will be entered into a raffle to win a free, one-year Palace Contemporaries membership and gift basket from the Tryon Palace Museum Store. Bring your friends to receive extra entries! Attendees will need to show proof of ID before being served.  

June 3 – 7: Live & Local: Tryon Palace Beer Festival Member Presale   9 a.m. – 5 p.m. by phone

Get your Member exclusive access to presale tickets for the event of the summer! This event SOLD OUT in 2018, and Foundation Members not only get early access to tickets, but entry in the Members Only “Fast Pass” line, which gets you into the event first (with presentation of Membership card)! Order your tickets during this time by calling (252) 639-3524 or visit the ticket desk at the North Carolina History Cente with your Membership card!

Oct. 10: Fall Heritage Plant Presale and Reception   4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Tryon Palace Lawn

Stock up on mums and celebrate Autumn with the Foundation at the Fall Heritage Plant Presale and Reception. Come for the light refreshments and wine, and stay for early access to the limited supply of fall plants at the annual Fall Heritage Plant Sale. Beat the weekend crowds, pick the best varieties, and get gardening advice from the skilled gardeners at Tryon Palace. The Eden Street gate will be open to Foundation members from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Oct. 28 – Nov. 1: Chamber Music by Candlelight Member Presale   9 a.m. – 5 p.m. by phone

A truly beautiful holiday tradition, Chamber Music by Candlelight sold out in 2018. Enjoy chamber music in the Governor’s Mansion’s Council Chamber, and join the musicians for an intimate cocktail reception after the performance. A truly unique event, tickets are very limited. Foundation Members get an exclusive members-only presale, so don’t wait to buy, as they go fast! Order your tickets during this time by calling (252) 639-3524 or by visiting the ticket desk at the North Carolina History Center with your Membership card.

Nov. 18 - 22: WinterFeast: Oysters, Brews, and Comfort Foods Member Presale   9 a.m. – 5 p.m. by phone

The highlight of the season, WinterFeast is the Foundation’s top fundraising event each year! Featuring North Carolina oysters and an abundance of foods from local restaurants, taste the best New Bern has to offer at this event. WinterFeast tickets sold out in 2018, so take advantage of this exclusive presale opportunity to reserve your spot. Skip the line (that circles the North Carolina History Center) with entry through the Members Only “Fast Pass” line (with presentation of Membership card) – beat the crowd to the bar and to the infamous oysters that are the hallmark of this annual event. Order your tickets during this time by calling (252) 639-3524 or by visiting the ticket desk at the North Carolina History Center with your Membership card. 

Dec. 4: Foundation Holiday Party and Silent Auction

North Carolina History Center

Mark your calendars for the Tryon Palace Foundation Holiday Party and Silent Auction. Join us in the North Carolina History Center for music, merriment, and a silent auction as we celebrate our members and their continued support of Tryon Palace. Formal invitations will be sent in the mail, so look out for the Foundation envelope and make sure you RSVP early!


Foundation Travel Program

The Tryon Palace Foundation occasionally leads travel programs around the world that connect with the history of Tryon Palace and or North Carolina. No travel programs are currently scheduled. For more information, contact Erin Langley at 252-639-3519 or Erin.Langley@ncdcr.gov