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- Oriental Cup Regatta - Sept 19-21
- Paradise Cove - Northside - 9/21
- Ed Macomber @ Village Gallery
- Fossils at Oriental History Museum
- Wed Night Sailboat Race 5:00p
- Farmers' Mkt - Wed Sept 24 - 8-11a
- Wed Open Mic Night @ The Silos - Sept 24
- Nautical Flea Mkt Sept 27
- Lynn Hines @ Library Thru Sept
Warning: Salt Water. Letters To The Editor
Scenes From First OFPMF - Date For Next One Set. The Story
An Unexpected Wall. Letters To The Editor
A Pictorial. The Story
Inspiration: Porches Then And Now. The Story
NCSU Sailpack Team Joins In. The Story
Silent Studio Hound. Pet Of The Month
Intent of Land Swap Raised. Letters To The Editor
A Family's Thanks. Letters To The Editor
The Grass Is Greener. Letters To The Editor
Fishing Ships & Intent Of Land Swap . The Story
Buying Now For The Future. Letters To The Editor
Precautions For Fishermen. Letters To The Editor
Dream of the Fuel Efficient Cruiser. The Shipping News
13 Teams At River Dunes. The Story
Fundraiser Brings 24 Ukes To School. Letters To The Editor
Questions of Why That's Allowed. The Story
Query: How Will Town Board Respond?. Letters To The Editor
Recognizing Action To Protect And Preserve The Coastal Environment. The Story
Trailblazing For Bike Paths. Letters To The Editor
Supporting Pamlico High Golf. The Story
Flight of the Condor. The Shipping News
Readers Come Through. Letters To The Editor
Schools Of Sunfish & FJs On The Neuse. The Story
A Job Well Done. Letters To The Editor
Song, Hats, Seeds. The Story
Pirates, Pageant Queens, Politicians. The Story
34th Annual Croakerfest. The Story
It Takes A Village Time To Prep. The Story
First Annual at Paradise Cove Marina. The Story
Once Again, Lawmakers Need Reminding. Letters To The Editor
Doing Nothing But Fueling Up. The Shipping News
Keeps Attorney From "Any Fiduciary Capacity" Until "Further Order From The Court". The Story
The Economic Benefits To North Carolina. Letters To The Editor
4th Annual Raises $140,000. The Story
Don't Alter Glenda's. Drawing The Town
Ongoing Effort To Host More Races. The Story
Playing in the Parking Lot. The Story
Return of Southeast Regionals. The Story
Reading Lessons. Letters To The Editor
No Room at The Bins. Letters To The Editor
Tradition Of Giving A Start on the Neuse. The Story
ODC Results From May 10. The Story
Sawyer Wins Sheriff's Primary In Pamlico. The Story
It’s High Water HarborCam. Northerly winds have pushed water from the Pamlico Sound south… and it has nowhere to go but up. Water levels will be lower Monday – south winds expected in the marine forecast. But north winds return Tuesday… and high water levels will come right back with those winds.
Saturday September 20, 2014
Those north winds have been blowing — it was great sleeping weather last night — but it also means high water – very high water – again today on Hodges Street.
We’ve looked in to it and there is no truth to the rumor that today’s Oriental Regatta would start on the yellow lines in the middle of Hodges. (For one, there’d be that tricky matter of moving the dog who takes up residence at that spot. ) Kayak sprint races however have not been ruled out.
On the drier part of Hodges this morning, the Oriental Farmers’ Market is happening. On even higher ground, at Pamlico Community College in Grantsboro, the Renaissance Festival gets going at 11a. Nautical Wheelers has its wine tasting – vins francais – from 3-5. Dale Montgomery leads a ghost walk tonight. Paradise Cove features Mac McWilliams. There’s more still.. and you can find it all in What’s Happening
Friday September 19, 2014
10:12a To get on the water, most go out on a boat. But some in Oriental choose their cars and trucks as their vessels. A Letter to the Editor wonders why they do that and issues a sodium warning.8:28a Ah, this is great weather. High of 80 today, sleeping with the windows open weather low of 65 tonight. The Oriental Weather Forecast has only a wee chance of rain tomorrow.. and a good thing too, cos there is so much going on.
Oriental Cup Regatta plays out on the river tomorrow. More than 20 boats have signed up so far. Organizer Larry Summers is hoping for still more. And while the OCR has traditionally been for keel boats there will be a class of smaller boats racing, thanks to the NCSU Sailing Team returning to Oriental this weekend.
The Wolfpack sailors — the Sailpack — first raced here in Oriental in the Greens Creek Challenge two weeks ago and really liked the winds and the town. They’ll be taking a lot of Bow to Sterns FJ’s in to the regatta tomorrow. Other small boat sailors welcome. How to register and more info on the OCR, here.
While the sailors are on the river during the day, those on land can take a trip back in time as Pamlico Community College presents its second Medieval and Renaissance Festival. There’s beaucoup more musical groups this year, in addition to the sword fighting demos and dancing (not, alas, at the same time). You can come in costume or just take in the spectacles, with participants in full regalia. Admission won’t cost you a pence. It’s free.
Tonight, the Old Theater’s kicking off its 2014-15 season of Friday Flicks with White Squall. It is based on the story of the brigantine Albatross, which sank half a century ago.
The 1996 movie with Jeff Bridges is one that some TownDock readers praised in the aftermath of the Theater showing the Robert Redford flick, All Is Lost (To He Who Makes Many Goofy Decisions).
(If you’re just catching up – All Is Lost, while getting very positive buzz from land-based reviewers, ran in to a Beaufort scale Force 12 of criticism from many here who knew their way around a boat.) The Old Theater folks took a look at the list of Better Sailing Movie suggestions that emerged from all that and White Squall ‘s the first pick to make it to the Old Theater’s big screen. Tix are $5.50 and show time’s 7:30p.
Also this evening, Paradise Cove has New Belgian Brewery beer tasting. If it’s wine you prefer, Nautical Wheelers is sampling French wine tomorrow afternoon. And tomorrow night, Dale Montgomery’s leading a ghost walk in town. All the details are in What’s Happening.
Wednesday September 17, 2014
Three-quarters of an inch. This morning. And it that’s not enough rain for you, the Oriental Weather Forecast suggests more may come this afternoon.
And thanks to winds out of the north, the water’s already covering our low-lying harbor area as Harborcam shows. Bright thoughts about living in the Land of Perpetual Wet? Think of what we’re saving on moisturizer.
October 17, 2015. Save the date. Organizers of Saturday’s Ol’ Front Porch Music Fest got together yesterday and set their sights on the 2nd Annual.
There’s a lot going on today and thru the weekend, as you can see in What’s Happening. Constitution Day is being celebrated at noon today at Pamlico Community College with a discussion on the 2nd Amendment.
Tuesday September 16, 2014
12:49p Photos from Saturday’s Ol’ Front Porch Music Fest are now up….
9:37p High of 85 today, wee chance of rain. Not so bad, compared to what we’ve had. The Oriental Weather Forecast gets us down in to the 70’s – okay, 79, but still — tomorrow and thru the end of the week.
We are entering that busy season when the weekends seem jam packed. At Pamlico Community College on Saturday there’s a Renaissance Festival (which technically could be the Re-Renaissance because it’s the second year running) Medieval culture represented too. Folks in costume, and as we learned last year, very enthusiastically in character. It’s rather a trip on a twisty road back in time.There was a lot of music last year and even more this time around. Dancing. Crafts. Food. 11a-3p. Admission is free.
Here in town, the Oriental Cup Regatta is Saturday. A note if you’re planning to sail here this weekend — the Town, at the request of the OCR, is closing both Town Docks so that OCR participants can tie up and raft up there. That’s from midday Friday to Sunday afternoon.
Looking ahead to another race on the horizon, on Saturday October 4, the Neuse Solo & Double Handed Race is happening. The double-handed aspect was new last year and they’re doing it again — combined ages of the two on board have to equal at least 150. The NOR and Registration can now be downloaded, here.
Photos from the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival are coming up..
Monday September 15, 2014
12:59p Attention Pirate fans. ECU’s Athletic Director Jeff Compfer is speaking at tonight’s Rotary Club meeting.Yes, you can attend….
10:14a Wow. We were caught without words yesterday. Saturday’s Ol’ Front Porch Music Fest had so many magical moments. Just a brief recap before we get to the work of posting the many photos of the day…..
Roots music rang out from porches, folks bebopped from one to another to take it all in, the food sold out, a band that hadn’t played together in years got back and right in to the groove, an octogenarian sang – ever so coyly – about a cross-dresser, the skies held off until the very end and even then, a throng of people clapped on the sidewalks of both sides of Hodges as a gospel band from New Bern delivered the last scheduled performance of the day, while at the other end of Hodges, musicians jammed for an hour more.
It was all magical — in multiple senses of the word, considering how a few folks pulled this together inside of 6 weeks. The Ol’ Front Porch Music Fest has all the makings of an event that will happen again…
There’s something new on the harbor. A fence. It’s the subject of a Letter to the Editor.
In What’s Happening, this week .. Wednesday morning Farmers’ Market has taken root and will be out there this Wednesday. The Old Theater’s Friday Flicks season opens Friday with White Squall. Paradise Cove has a Belgian beer tasting Friday. Saturday is the 2014 Oriental Cup Regatta. That’s for starters.
Saturday September 13, 2014
It’s Oriental’s First Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival today, a dozen porches and even more bands, with jamming porch, a singalong porch, a musical petting zoo and a lot of local artisans. It kicks off at noon and runs til 4p.
Click here to download the lineup for the First Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival. It’s all happening on Oriental’s two main drags, Broad and hodges. For the map of the porches, click here.
The story behind the festival — and how a runner’s jogging led to the idea of using porches as stages, is up. And while you’re waiting for the music to start, a photo essay of the porches at the festival is here.
A number of shops and eateries in town are running specials in connection with the music fest, too.
There’s still more music going on, after the festival. Pamlico Musical Society and the Old Theater have brought the retro country of the Malpass Brothers to town. They played the Old Theater – with its new marquee – last night and again tonight. Looking for tix? You’re in luck. There are a few for sale at Nautical Wheelers…
Also tonight, Pamlico Community College Foundation holds a dinner dance with the Carolina Casuals at PCC. It’s in honor of Rufus Brinson and to raise funds for the firefighting program there.
Friday September 12, 2014
1:19p We often take pride in a low crime rate here in Oriental, but police chief Dwaine Moore is asking folks — for their own sakes — to be more wary than we have in the past.
Dwaine says that someone is going around to parked cars and testing the door handles to see if they can get in. In the past two nights, they have. Among the items now reported stolen from unlocked cars: a Taser and a wallet.
Which is why, this afternoon, the police chief’s trying to get out the reminder that if you don’t want your valuables — computers, weapons, electronica, money — taken from your car, lock it up. Nipping it in the bud may be the way we keep the Mayberry vibe.
On a happier note, the organizers of tomorrow’s Ol’ Front Porch Music Fest have one more request for help — a community-wide shout-out to fend off rain between noon and 4 tomorrow. Invoke whatever powers you can…
Meanwhile, things are falling in to place for this first annual OFPMF: musicians on a dozen porches, a marketplace for local artisans, the History Museum’s display of Ol’ Store memorabilia, Jim Kellenberger’s Grill for lunch thru the afternoon, a place to jam, a clown making the rounds…
You can download the lineup, here. And if you need a map, you’re in luck, Bunkeroo, cos there’s an official, hand-drawn map of where stuff is happening on Broad and Hodges. Soon to be a collector’s item – when’s the last time you saw a sketched map? – the map is yours to download, here.
7:37a At yesterday’s Harbor Waterfronts Committee meeting, members voted 3-1 to recommend that the Town Board keep Oriental’s docking ordinance as the Town Board voted for it at the August 5 meeting. That would keep in place the language that has the effect of making the Town’s docks off limits to commercial fishing ships. Former mayor and seafood plant owner Sherrill Styron had implored the Town Board in late August to reverse its vote.
Harbors committee members Art Tierney, Ed Bliss and chairman Gerry Crowley voted to recommend that the ordinance stay as it is, Lisa Thompson voted against.
The Harbors committee is an advisory panel. The Town Board members hold the ultimate votes on the matter. The prospect of backing away from the ordinance is still prompting Letters to the Editor.
The Atlantic storm is now Tropical Storm Edouard, still with a forecast track that keeps it wayyy out to sea.
A 60% chance of rain today & Saturday. While this could pose some challenges for the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival Saturday, this should be on & off again showers. Lets hope for plenty of “off again”. Those porches have roofs too…
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