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Parade In Search Of A Theme:

2017 Spirit of Christmas Parade Needs You. The Story

Town Board Meeting November 2017:

GMO approved, Fulcher LUP issued, donation for a dog park. The Story

Letters of Thanks :

Trees & Traction. Letters To The Editor

Election Results 2017:

Price, White, Overcash, Dammeyer, Simmons - the New Town Board. The Story

Christening the Frances Mae:

Christening celebrates traditional Harkers Island build. The Story

Dale Montgomery's Ghost Walk:

Sharing The Haunted History Of Oriental. The Story

Chili Cookoff 2017:

400 Bean Eaters Swarm Chili Cookoff. The Story


A Wooden Boat Restored. The Shipping News

Meet the 2017 Oriental Town Candidates:

3 incumbents and 4 newcomers vie for 5 Commissioner seats. The Story

Classic Cars Gather in Oriental for 3rd Year:

2017 Oriental Classic Car Show Has Its Own Day. The Story

Planning Board Reworks Recommendations:

Changes to R1, zoning the Piglet, definition additions. The Story

Letters: GMO Change Could Put Schools, Churches in R1 'Hoods:

Writer Warns of Noise, Traffic, "SUP du jour" . Letters To The Editor

2017 Ol' Front Porch Music Festival:

4th annual festival has two days of tunes. The Story

Town Board Meeting October 2017:

Piggly Wiggly petitions for annexation, trash collection takeover, new Fulcher application to CAMA. The Story

North Points Sailing Regatta On the Neuse:

High school sailors compete in Oriental. The Story

Hurricane Lilies 2017:

Some of This Year's Crop in Oriental. The Story

Oriental Cup Regatta - 2017:

29th Oriental Cup Regatta returns to Oriental. The Story

Town Board Meeting September 2017:

Golf carts on state roads, rabies and leash law, Officer Blayney nabs turtle. The Story

Piggly Wiggly Sept 2017 Update:

Shocking Lineage Revealed. The Story

2nd Marine Air Wing Band at Lou Mac Park:

Marine Band returns to Oriental for performance in the park. The Story

Greens Creek Challenge 2017:

Sailing in pursuit of medals and a rubber chicken. The Story

North Carolina's First School Bus:

Drawing Out 1917. Drawing The Town

New Cherry Branch Ferry Terminal:

Shiny new building. Bathrooms smell better. The Story

Miss August 2017 - Scout:

Adventurer, survivor, and loyal companion. Pet Of The Month

Eclipse Watching 2017:

Dark(er) skies and DIY viewing devices. The Story

Watermelon Sunday on the Bonds' Lawn:

48 years of watermelon for everyone. The Story

Town Board Meeting August 2017:

Officer Sworn in, Permits Revoked, Alcohol Sales on Sunday. The Story

Letters: More Comments on Fulcher Point Boatyard:

The town can do something. Like the paint.. Letters To The Editor

Packed Meeting Hears Unhappy Public:

Most Oppose, Some For Fulcher Trawler Paint Yard. The Story

The Piggly Wiggly Celebrates First Year in Oriental:

Party At The Piglet. The Story

It’s Miller Time on Whittaker Creek.

Monday November 20, 2017

1:44p Thanksgiving may be on your mind, but Oriental’s Spirit Of Christmas comes soon after.

There is a parade on land 1p Saturday Dec 9. And a parade on the water too – the Christmas Flotilla. The Flotilla will be taking over both Town Docks for the Spirit weekend, allowing folks to see the lighted boats right in the harbor (as well as during the actual Flotilla.)

During the Flottilla, boats rendezvous at Oriental marker “1SC” at 1700 (that 5:00p for us civilians), and proceed from there. Those participating and desiring a reserved slip at the free, town docks #1 & 2 will be provided one on a first to register basis. This dock will be reserved from Friday noon until Sunday noon.

A limited amount of electricity will be provided at the docks (for lighting only.) The Flotilla leader is Joe Valinoti. Joe says “lighting your boat need not be complicated and can be as simple as running some Christmas tree lights up the mast. We will also have free overflow slips available throughout Oriental for participating visiting boaters.”

Contact Joe Valinoti via email at joesail1@gmail.com for the entry form, flotilla instructions & slip assignments. Joe is predicting good weather for the evening of Dec 9.

7:25a Overnight low 35, but warm sun greets you this morning. Clear and mid 50s today, warming to mid 60s Tuesday.

Thanksgiving week plans? If you’re going to be in Oriental, join the Thanksgiving Day bike ride. A magic lazy ride around the village. Starts 9a on Hodges at the Town Dock / Bean.

Thanksgiving specials at The Piglet are online. If you need last minute things Thanksgiving Day, The Pig will be open to help from 7a – 1p.

Sunday November 19, 2017

8:27a The wind was rockin’ overnight… high 38 mph at 4:11a. Check out the weather station chart:
wind speed graph

Much calmer now (although still breezy), as the chart shows. Not much rain overnight, just enough to make town look wet. Some more rain likely this morning, but the sun will return by early afternoon… dry & a high low 60s.

Saturday November 18, 2017

8:32a The overnight low hit 37. That was three in the morning. But warm sunny skies are ahead… a perfect high of 70 today.

On your calendar for today:
The Glow Run – a 5k run for Hospice Of Pamlico County. This should be magic to see. Registration starts 4:30p at Lou Mac Park, then the runners head out glowing in the dark at 6p.

Wine tasting at Nautical Wheelers, today at 3 & 4p. The wine tasting will focus on Thanksgiving wines. Also Dan the Shoe Man trunk show all day (starting 11a) at Nautical Wheelers.

Tonight at the Old Theater – Breakneck Ceasar – 7:30p. It’s a high speed telling of the often misunderstood Shakespearean classic. Tim Mooney brings Caesar to life with some of Shakespeare’s richest poetry… with a new modern sensibility. Audience participation encouraged.

You’re invited to a party. Barista Extraordinaire Amron’s birthday party, starting 4p at The New Village Brewery and going until. Bring something to cook on the outdoor grill.

Any outdoor mission that you’ve been waiting for the perfect weather day? Today is it.

On the Neuse, Sunday will be blowin’ stink (up to 25mph). But today is calm & sweet, 5-10 knot winds.

Friday November 17, 2017

3:06p It’s been a long week. You look like you need a beer. The folks at New Village Brewery have beers from Carolina Brewery on tap today and tomorrow. Beers include Pamlico Pale Ale…

2:34p Do you know a child who could play an angel or a wise man? No, they don’t actually have to be wise and angelic children. They are acting.

Children’s Theater Workshop is seeking local children to play angels, wisemen, and other roles. The Casting Call for the Live Nativity (held during the spirit of Christmas in Oriental) is Saturday, November 25 1-2p at Oriental United Methodist Church. Can’t make it then? Call Yolanda at 828-421-7981 or email the Children’s Theater Workshop at 1996ctw@gmail.com. The Live Nativity performance will be at 3:30p Saturday December 9.

7:58a Wake up there. Overnight low reached 40, and that’s forecast again tonight. Sunshine 60 today, Saturday warming up to 70. Sunday may get wet & windy, with a gale watch on the Pamlico Sound.

Saturday night is going to glow in Oriental. It’s the 5k Glow Run…

Wednesday November 15, 2017

12:02p Ladies, Gentlemen, TownDock readers. There were over 70 entries for the 2017 Spirit Of Christmas parade theme. After much deliberation, fueled only by caffeinated beverages, a decision from the judges has been delivered.

A Christmas Buffett – Jimmy style. That’s Jimmy Buffett. A Jimmy Buffett style Christmas. Let your creative brain run with that and plan your parade entry. Tropical. Hula skirts. Skimpy outfits, which may well be thermally appropriate for Dec 9.

Get your parade entry form right here.

Who sent in the winning theme?

Will Flannery, of Oriental’s School Of Sailing. This is the second time Will has sent in what would be the winning theme (The 1st was 2015’s theme: Merry Dinghy Christmas.) Parade Master Paul credits Will’s free-thinking brain, which may be related to his earlier career repairing dinghies… lots of glue fumes.

If you’d like to link/share the Christmas Buffet pictures – use this link.

A note from The Old Theater. Tickets to the dinner theater production of Scooge’s Christmas have SOLD OUT. That was quick. If you’d like to be on a waiting list call the Old Theater line at 252-249-0477.

Coming this weekend, Sat Nov 18, to The Old Theater is Breakneck Caesar. Tickets now available at Nautical Wheelers.

9:14a The 2017 Spirit Of Christmas parade theme will be announced during the noon hour today on TownDock.net.

If you see Amron Wagoner (proud Mom of entrepreneur Clara) today give up a Happy Birthday.

7:08a A theme for the 2017 Spirit Of Christmas parade is brewing. Readers have sent in many ( still time to send one in to parade@towndock.net )… later this morning Spirit Parade Senior Management will meet with TownDock Senior Management. Later today smoke will emerge from a secret chimney and a theme will be announced.

Overnight low hit 42. Temps are jumpin’ around. Sunny high 60 today, warm & 70 Thursday, back to near 60 Friday. Saturday back up to 70.

Tuesday November 14, 2017

2:38p More plans for Spirit of Christmas. Light up your kayak and join the parade into the harbor……

The theme of this year’s Spirit Of Christmas parade will be… announced tomorrow. Last minute suggestions welcomed…

11:12a Ah, that’s better. Clouds are lifting. You get a good chance to bump up your vitamin D levels over the next week. Oriental Weather Forecast has lots of sunshine in it.

Monday November 13, 2017

Closed-in skies today, the kind of drab weather befitting a Monday the 13th. Your Oriental Weather Forecast is not dispersing the clouds quickly. But cheer up, Wednesday thru Friday are on the sunshine track.

Want to help spread some light around? Got a truck and trailer? The Spirit of Christmas luminaria production team wants you..

Sunday November 12, 2017

Hey there, camper. Did you wake up this morning just bursting with a brilliant idea for the Spirit of Christmas Parade? Okay, well maybe after that first cuppa caffeination… We’ve got a Chief Parade Elf – aka Parade Master Paul Fairbank – ISO a theme…

Crisp, bracing air again this morn, but that air should warm up more today than yesterday when it never rose out of the low 50’s. Today’s Oriental Weather Forecast gets us in to the 60’s.

Thanksgiving is a week and a half away. Some Letters to the Editor got a jump on giving thanks.

Looking to the week ahead, Pamlico Musical Society is bringing chamber music to the Old Theater Thursday evening. Violinist Elizabeth Adkins and her husband, pianist Edward Newman. Still some tickets available.

Saturday November 11, 2017

7:30a It’s Veterans Day. There’s a parade in Bayboro starting at 10a.

6:41a You might want to find that funny lookin’ warm hat you keep in storage. 37 degrees at this writing. It will warm up slowwwwly to about 50 this afternoon. Sunny and brisk. Sunday gets a bit warmer, high near 60.

This cold air came in from strong north winds. Those same winds have been pushing up water levels – over 2 ft last night. They have pulled back to about 1.4 above normal now.

The high waters are in clear view on HarborCam.

It’s brave day to be on the water. On the Neuse 15-20 knot north winds. On the sound 20-25 knot northeast winds.

Friday November 10, 2017

2:31p Dog park, The Piglet gets annexed, and GMO changes approved. The full report on Wednesday’s Town Board Meeting is here.

11:36a O’Town Restaurant is back inside for the cooler months. Inside – It’s O’Town Pub. Today is the first day of the new season the pub is open with its pub menu. Open today through Sunday for lunch & dinner.

9:35a What’s been fine weather for ducks, may soon be more fitting for penguins. This afternoon will become partly sunny, with a cold night tonight…. down into the mid 30s. There’s a freeze warning between midnight and 9a.

Tonight Humphrey Bogart and Fred MacMurray are at The Old Theater. The Caine Mutiny is the Friday Flick. Showtime 7:30p. Tickets $6 and that includes your popcorn.

In Bayboro Harbourside Garden Company is holding a Holiday Open House tonight from 5-7p and again on Saturday Nov 11 from 9a – 5p. Harbourside is a garden store & a grocery. There are annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs., garden supplies, yard decor and expert advice, fresh NC Christmas trees, wreaths, garland for the holidays. Rachel Tipton’s new store also stocks Amish goods, fresh meats, organic milk, local honey and uniquely NC products. Friday night, the grill’s on with samples from Dawson’s Creek Beef company. Friday and Saturday, try honey, jams, sauces, dairy products including fresh butter and milks (chocolate, regular, and egg nog) straight from area farms. There’s also specials on Christmas decor. Rachel Tipton talks about Harbourside:

Harbourside Garden Co. is at 15495 NC Hwy. 55 in Bayboro across from Pamlico MIddle School. For more info 252-745-0010.

Thursday November 9, 2017

5:25p Last night the Town Board approved additional changes to the GMO. This ends the weekly Planning Board meetings focusing on the Permissible Uses Table.

Other notable moments from last night’s meeting include the official annexation of the Piggly Wiggly, an anonymous donation of $10,559 to the town for a dog park on Straight Rd, and an LUP issued to Fulcher Point, LLC for their newest project.

Yes, you can now buy beer and wine from the Piglet on Sunday. Just not before 10a.

Full report to follow.

7:08a Rain & drizzle today, high near 60. Cool coming… sunny breezy Friday, upper 50s. Then get the heat on Bunky… Friday night may get to the mid 30s.

Friday will be brisk on the water, north winds to 25 on the Neuse, up to 30mph on the Pamlico Sound.

Tropical Storm Rina is still out there, way east of Newfoundland. And heading more east.