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- 2015 Childrens Theater Workshop
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Friday, Saturday & Sunday. The Story
2nd Annual At Paradise Cove Marina. The Story
More Screens Damaged. New Concern: Propane Grillls . The Story
Opposition To Plan To Fund Ocean Inlet Dredging . Letters To The Editor
Pamlico Boaters To Pay, But Dredging Benefit In Question. The Story
Taking In A Bird Feeder Seemed Like A Good Idea. The Story
Corn On The Grow. Drawing The Town
Treasures At A Glimpse. The Story
Tenth Annual Celebration. The Story
Boats New and Old. The Story
Oriental Bound, Bringing Attention To The Waters. The Story
130 Year Old On First Trip South . The Shipping News
Two Rescues In March. The Story
A Village Made It Happen. Letters To The Editor
More College Events Possible This Year & Next. The Story
Spring Break Training in Oriental. The Story
Fundraiser for Pamlico Community College. The Story
Far Outside Home Waters. The Story
Change In Precip & The Landscape. The Story
First In US. The Story
Year Of The Goat. Drawing The Town
A New Midwinter Look. The Story
It Takes Village Volunteers. The Story
The Suddenly Longer Sailboat. The Shipping News
Pickers Dog. Pet Of The Month
Low Tech Launch for a High Tech Voyager. The Story
Tradition Of Sailing In The New Year. The Story
Help Out A Fellow With Fire Breath. The Story
Boat Yard Grazing. The Story
A Grandson Remembers. The Story
Noise Drones On & On. Letters To The Editor
Help Out A Nearby Non-Profit. The Story
Sailboat Lost at Whittaker Pointe Marina . The Story
Friday Night Lights. The Story
1 Dragon, 2 Pigs, 3 Horses, 11 Pipers and a Host of Reindeer. The Story
Friday and Saturday events. The Story
Slim Boat To Guatemala. The Shipping News
Quietest Season Since 1997. The Story
Oriental Grocery History. Drawing The Town
Reax To Monday's Vote to Compromise. Letters To The Editor
Luke Medlin, who was visiting Oriental and Croakerfest this weekend, took on a tiger look at the Heartworks face painting booth. (That’s the hand of Heartworks’ director, Karen Prince, who was, with others, painting all day Saturday.) The booth and other activities raised funds for the Bayboro youth center.
Sunday July 5, 2015
Croakerfest may have had a rainy start on Friday but it drew hordes of folks yesterday and the weather cooperated.
There were reports of traffic jams getting in to town in the morning before the parade. Then after the parade, lots of people descended on Lou Mac Park and the attractions there. Even toward the end of the afternoon, there was still a lot of activity and audience for musicial acts.
One barometer: T-shirts sold out. At mid-afternoon only 4 toddler sized shirts were left. (Those who want to wear something a little less tight across the chest can place an order, though.)
While it didn’t rain, there was wind, which for the most part was welcomed on shore for cooling things down. (The wind, though. did take down at least one tent.)
Out on the river, those winds proved to be a challenge for the small boats in the Croakerfest Regatta. Paul Welles says things were fine til the winds turned “nuclear” and were just too much for some of the 20 or so boats taking part. There were capsizes and acid tests on gear. The regatta had just one race and then called it a day.
Kudos to Croakerfest chief Cheryl Thompson for pulling together the 35th anniversary edition of Croakerfest. It meshed together so well and having places to sit in the shade to watch the bands was a huge plus, as was the open waterfront.
Cheryl in turn sends thanks to the folks who responded to the appeal to buy a firework to cap the festival. She says people came thru and contributed more than $6,000 in just a few days.
The result of those donations was seen in the skies over the bridge last night. Folks also apparently sprang for more than a few shells — or louder fireworks — to go resonating thru the air. At least one canine — who tried to do the impossible and wriggle under the kitchen cabinets at the vibrating booms — can attest that they were not duds.
More photos of the weekend coming. But first caffeination…
Saturday July 4, 2015
Happy Independence Day!
In our pursuit of happiness on this Croakerfest/July 4, we’d like the weather forces to hold back on the rain. It poured just a half hour in to the opening ceremonies yesterday, torrents of rain rushing off the tents. And the evening’s headline act, the Bryan Mayer Band, was postponed til 11a this morning.
There is a chance of rain but mostly later in the day. And if you read the hour-by-hour predictions in the Oriental Weather Forecast, the odds are with us to stay dry.
It means you won’t likely hear anyone having to sing “Don’t Rain On My Parade” when the Croaker parade rolls down Broad St at 10a.
Yesterday afternoon, as the rains fell and the baking contest judging was underway, someone began an impromptu rendition of “Macarthur Park.” As it turned out, the cakes (and pies, and cupccakes depicting fish amid coral) were not left out in the rain. They were under a tent. Meanwhile, during one loud torrent of rain, the band broke in to “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life”.)
From wherever you take your pop music references, c’mon out for the parade and the 36th Croakerfest.
And yes, there is a Farmer’s Market underway on Hodges this morning…
Friday July 3, 2015
7:47p A change-up in tonite’s lineup at Croakerfest. Because of the threat of rain — more rain — the Bryan Mayer Band’s performance has been postponed this evening and will happen tomorrow at 11a.
Chris Daniels and his bandmates in Acoustic Foreplay have given up their spot in the lineup so that what-was-to-be Friday night’s headline act could perform under drier conditions. Chief Croakerfest organizer Cheryl Thompson says the Bryan Mayer Band will play for 90 minutes and the rest of the music schedule will flow from that.
1:05p This afternoon could be rainy, but Saturday (Croakerfest’s big day) has a great forecast ahead for a parade & fireworks.
What’s going on this weekend? Now online, the 2015 Croaker Festival Schedule.
Thursday July 2, 2015
If you have business at Town Hall, you’ll want to get it done by 3p today. Oriental Town Hall is closing early and will be closed tomorrow, July 3, too, for the July 4 holiday.
Oriental’s post office will be open on Friday but not on the actual July 4.
Croakerfest kicks off tomorrow afternoon down near Lou Mac Park with the Pamlico Community Band and Pamlico Chorale. Vendors will be set up in the park, and the commercial food vendors from away will be arrayed along South Avenue.
Foods prepped more locally – such as Rotary’s burgers — will be for sale on the old Methodist parsonage lot, behind the Croaker Booth at Freemason and South. That shaded lot is where all of the local organizations — in the spirit of the early Croakerfests — can be found.
Speaking of shade, the main stage for the musicians, for the 2nd year, will again be set up on Freemason Street. That stage worked great last year but few spectators took seats in front of the stage because it was in full sun. This year an improvement. Capo de Croakerfest, Cheryl Thompson, says the audience this weekend will find imported shade — a large tent will cover the seating area.
And don’t forget about the expanded kids’ park, at the far east end of South Ave.
The Croaker Relay, alas, is not being revived this year. The early Saturday morning road race – with plywood croaker toss and open hydrant — has a lot of devotees both in town and regular visitors from away. Cheryl Thompson says it’s not happening because of liability concerns. The last Croaker Relay was in 2010. Photos and story here.
Wednesday July 1, 2015
4:16p Cool down from this hot weather and take in some images of people in water. Not that they actually wanted to be in the water. It’s just where they ended up in Saturday’s Cardboard Boat Race at Paradise Cove. Lots of photos, here.
10:30a Happy July to you — and Happy Canada Day, too.
Focussing less globally and more locally… the countdown’s on to Oriental’s Croakerfestival this weekend.
You too can be part of Saturday’s parade. Coral — the stuff that grows underwater — is this year’s theme.
No, Bunky, it’s not because Oriental is occasionally underwater. Croakers in Coral’s the theme cos this is the 35th anniversary of Croakerfest and coral’s what you give on such an occasion. You are of course, allowed poetic license with the theme, so have at it.
There is a semblance of order to our parades, and Paul Fairbanks is the guy who runs the show. He’s the one you register with. Wanna be in the parade? Better Call Paul. 249-1211..
The Oriental Weather Forecast has that hot-with-chance-of-thunderstorms forecast stretching out for days on end. Give it points for consistency — rain in the afternoons. That’s good news for the Saturday morn parade, not so good for the Friday afternoon baking contest-pagaeant-community band-chorale Croakefest kickoff.
But hey, you have some foul weather gear, doncha, sailor??
One update on yesterday’s update of the Merritt bear story. Jim Root reports that his neighbor – whose propane grill cover was shredded by a bear — discovered something else: smudges that appear to bear nose marks on the glass doors leading in to the neighbor’s house. As if the aromas or drippings of grilled-meals-past were no longer enough……..
Coming up… more photos from Saturday’s Cardboard Boat Race.
Tuesday June 30, 2015
From the wilds of Merritt, an update on the bear-on-deck.
Jim Root reported two weeks ago about the bear coming on to his porch to track down a bird feeder that’d been brought in from the yard for safekeeping. The other night in Merritt, the bear was back.
One takeaway from the Merritt bear encounters is that no scrap or scent of food can be left on decks and screened porches.
Another upshot: Propane grills may require more attention. (So much for ‘seasoning” the actual grill.) You might also want to check those propane tanks and turn the knobs to Off.
Reader Vicki Carlisle meanwhile reported seeing what looked like a youngish bear crossing Hwy 55 near Dollar General last week and oroceeding into the thicket between two nearby homes.
What’s not clear is whether this is one bear getting in a lot of Pamlico County travel, or multiple bears with predilections to seek out food left by humans.
Given all the bear activity both in Oriental and in neighborhoods in the county in the past two months, you have to wonder: will bears become an unofficial theme in Saturday’s Croakerfest parade? A burger-flipping-bear? Parade-meister Paul Fairbank is looking for entrants in the parade. Give him a call at 249-1211 to register.
We are a bit belated in this but we can’t let June slip in to July without noting that Oriental has lost two more dogs.
Earlier this month, Ellie Mae, Karen Prince’s dog, passed away. You may recall being greeted by her from her cool garden on First Street.
And Ginger, the dog with perhaps the smoothest, softest, most-groomed coat in town, died this spring. More than a decade ago, Ginger was very much a stray, cowering under the porch of the Old Hotel when Ken King found her and took her home. Since then, they’d take long walks through town, with stops at the hardware store where she’d catch treats – in mid-air – that were tossed from behind the counter.
Condolences to both Ken and Karen. Losing a pet hits you harder than you expect, as if a family member had passed on. Or as Karen Prince put it, “sometimes, even more so. They’re the ones you tell your deep secrets to.”
Monday June 29, 2015
How about this cooling trend? Cooling being a relative term. (C’mon, at least it’s not 95….) High in mid-80’s in today’s Oriental Weather Forecast
Croakerfest is coming up this weekend, kicking off Friday with the baking contests, pageants, Pamlico Community Band and the Chorale. Saturday’s the parade — which you can still enter, Bucky — and the food and amusements and festival at Lou Mac Park.
There’s action out on the water on Saturday, too with the 2015 Croakerfest Regatta, an ever-bigger small boat race. It’s become yet another attraction to watch from the Lou-Mac waterfront. Here’s how to be part of it…
Sunday June 28, 2015
Hot again today. Upper 80’s the high in the Oriental Weather Forecast Back in to the 90’s in a couple of days.
One way to cool down of course is to take a dip in the water. A bunch of folks did that — unintentionally — at yesterday’s Paradise Cove’s Cardboard Boat Regatta, when their homemade vessels failed to maintain positive floatation.
On one level it was a race against the clock; on another, a race against total saturation of the cardboard. Duct tape proved to be a wise component and did show up in great use on the top-placing boats. More photos coming….
Radio, radio…. The amateur radio operators are encamped on Neuse Drive sending out signals for the annual wide-ranging field tests. You can stop be and see what it’s about…
Saturday June 27, 2015
There will likely be a thunderstorm coming through the area today – 70% chance. But we do get to enjoy some less hot temps… highs in the upper 80s/near 90 today through Monday.
Hopefully the weather cooperates with the Cardboard Regatta today @ Paradise Cove. If it is stormy for a while it should blow through, and the deck of Paradise Cove (with a beer) is a fine place to wait out the weather.
On the water light winds this morning, but look out for up to 20 mph winds (and a Small Craft Advisory) starting later this afternoon.
Thursday June 25, 2015
1:34p That bill to create a new boatowner fee is attracting some attention. The Coastal Waterways User ID Number would be mandated for many boats in eastern NC, and yearly fees would go to pay for ocean inlet dredging. It’s unlikely Pamlico County would see any of that money for dredging projects here. This has sparked a Letter To The Editor.
6a Pssssttttt. How about springing for a firework at Croakerfest? All you have to do is pay for it — you don’t even have to schlepp to a roadside stand to buy it – and the fine folks with Croakerfest will be happy to set it off for you on July 4th here in Oriental
Here’s the deal, Oriental’s annual summer fest is just over a week away. Now in its 35th year, it needs some help in paying for the big fireworks display. All that flash in the sky and bombs bursting in air cost a lot of money — thousands and thousands of bucks.
Happily the Croakerfest organizers have come up with a way of letting everyone have a chance to pay. You can sponsor an individual firework for as little as $15. That’s buy you one “Crackling Gold Dragon Eggs With Crackling Tails” or a big blast with a 5” caliber shell For $45 there’s even more bang for your buck, with “150 Shot Blue Tail Comet to Golden Glitter Crown.”
There’s a bunch more to pick from at the Croakerfest website which makes it easy to choose and pay. They also welcome contributions to pay for other aspects of the festival…
Wednesday June 24, 2015
Hang in there. A few more days of the heat wave and then, late this weekend the Oriental Weather Forecast says the wave will ebb. In the 80’s in a few days…. That’ll be some relief.
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