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Silospalooza 2017:

Photos from the 5th Annual Music Festival. The Story

Coming Up: Croakerfest 2017:

How You Can Be Part Of It Now. The Story

Don's Knock You Out Sign:

It leads to a camp that trains champions. Drawing The Town

Art on the Neuse 2017:

Photos from 14th Annual Arts Festival. The Story

Piggly Wiggly May 2017 Update:

Billy Flockhart On What's New At The Piglet. The Story

Cycle NC 2017 in Oriental:

Scenes of 4th Coastal Ride Weekend Here. The Story

Letters: Appreciation for 2017 Bike Weekend:

Thank Yous For Cycle NC Event. Letters To The Editor

Town Board Meeting May 2017:

New Quick Response Vehicle Displayed. The Story


A Sailing Vessel Bound For The Artic. The Shipping News

A Wooden Boat Is Building:

Dedicated To The Missions Of The New NC Coastal Heritage Association. The Story

Letters: Sailpack Regatta - Gratitude and Thanks:

North Carolina's Largest Collegiate Sailing Event Thanks A Town. Letters To The Editor

Town Board Meeting April 2017:

Calm meeting, SB310, Potholes, NCCycle Coming. The Story

Wally Chapin, 1949-2017:

Sailmaker, Father, A Part Of Oriental. The Story

Miss Murple's Last Case:

April Fri April 7 through Sun April 9 @ The Old Theater. The Story

Tale of Two Libraries :

Two Perspectives on Current Closing. The Story

PAWS 2017 Pet Parade:

A Pirate, A Rabbit and A Skunk Walk Into A Park.... The Story

The Bike Trees Are In Bloom:

Spring Pedals In The Air. Drawing The Town

Flood Warning: Streamlining Regs & Filling Streams:

SoundRivers: SB131 Will Hurt Neuse. The Story

Letters: Optosonics Closing In Oriental:

Phase of Breast Imaging R&D Over. Letters To The Editor

College Racing To Bring 100+ Sailors To Town:

Support Sought For SailPack Oriental Interconference Regatta. The Story

Town Officials Respond To Suggestions:

Potholes, Pickleball, Pathways: Some Easier To Address Than Others . The Story

Lady Hurricanes Make School History in UNC Dean Dome:

29-4, Lady Canes finish season #2 in the state . The Story

What Oriental Needs...:

Readers Give Their Take. The Story

Cheaper and Better Cell Phone Services :

Mobile Technology In A One Tower County. The Village Geek

Oriental's Future - Your Ideas & Concerns:

Send In Your Thoughts For Town. The Story

Town Manager Says Pick Up After Your Dog:

"Landmines" In Park. The Story

Town Board Meeting, February 2017:

Beer On Tap: Brewery Gets SUP; Wits End Offered To Town. The Story

A Peck of Pamlico Pickleball Players :

New Sport, New Gym at Camp Caroline . The Story

Buoy Meets Girl:

Valentines By The Sea. Drawing The Town

Good Run:

A yawl on a mission. The Shipping News

Piggly Wiggly Jan 2017 Update:

Billy Flockhart On Changes At The Piglet. The Story

Chinese New Year Dragon Run:

Year of the Rooster. The Story

Year Of The Rooster:

Rooster & Dragon. Drawing The Town

NC Marine Fisheries Meeting Votes Agaiinst Proposal To Limit Trawling:

Shrimp Fishermen Show Up In Numbers. The Story

Town Board Meeting, January 2017 - A Recap:

Short Term Rental, Floodplain, Electric Charging Stations . The Story

Snowshoe Rabbit. Snowshoe Hair.:

Snowflakes spotted. Drawing The Town

Scenes From New Years 2017 Regatta :

Wind A No Show. 33 Boats Do. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2017:

Give A Dragon A Hand. The Story

Giving Locally To Help Locally:

Sustaining The Groups That Sustain Us. The Story

Letters: Pedestrians And Cars:

Walk On The Left. Letters To The Editor

A young girl took to one of the stages at the Red Rooster yesterday afternoon while gospel singers from Pierce Chapel sang from another. Photos from Silospalooza 2017 are here.

Monday May 29, 2017

2:02p Photos from Silospalooza 2017 now online. Video(s) from the annual Silos music festival coming Tuesday.

12:55p Garland Fulcher Seafood (Buddy & crew) are open today. They usually do that on holiday weekend Mondays.

A schedule note re The Piglet – the store is now open until 9p for the warmer months. 7a – 9p, 7 days a week.

8:05a A Memorial Day Observance is at 10a this morning at the county courthouse in Bayboro.

More hot. A small (probably not gonna happen) chance of afternoon showers. High 90. A lazy Monday ahead…

Sunday May 28, 2017

12:24p Take an afternoon fermented break. Beer tasting 4p this afternoon at the Provision Company.

11:22a SundayPalooza has some schedule change ups. Burgers & dogs 1p at the Red Rooster bar. And have faith, gospel still coming. Gospel 2:30p on the big stage.

7:34a Mixed sun & clouds today, high upper 80s. There is a chance of afternoon showers, but that isn’t expected until after 3p.

Marine weather on the Neuse, light 5-10 SW winds.

7:23a Silospalooza continues. First with breakfast (inside the Silos restaurant) starting 9:30a, bacon, eggs and all those good breakfast carbs. Starting about noon, live gospel on the big Red Rooster Stage (start time a bit uncertain – the gospel band has to get out of church first). The Gospel Ensemble played last October during the Ol Front Porch Music Festival – here is a taste of how good that sounded:

gospel ensemble

Saturday May 27, 2017

7:01a Sunny, high upper 80s today. Sunday morning all clear, then a tiny chance of rain Sunday afternoon. Silospalooza has the Mom Nature all clear.

Stand by palooza dudes and dudettes. It’s today, all starting at noon:

Friday May 26, 2017

11:58a Tonight at 7:30p, Bernie Harberts is on stage. This guy has circumnavigated the globe on a sailboat. Then crossed the United States (twice) with a mule. Bernie brings his Lost Sea Expedition program to Oriental tonight. 7:30 – 8:30p (doors open 7p). More about Bernie & his voyages here.

8:19a The wind blew pretty hard Thursday. How hard? Well, bunkaroo, it hit 43mph yesterday afternoon.

It even moved HarborCam, which is now centered on The Bean (instead of the harbor). Brave TownDock cam personnel will head to the roof today for re-pointing.

One wonderfully busy weekend ahead. Mule man at the theater. Tunes & beer at the golf course. Lemonade downtown. Tunes and everything at The Silos. Beer tasting at The Provision Company. Check out What’s Happening and you’ll get the idea.

The weather is on our side for a playful weekend. Sunny 80 today, near 90 Saturday.

Thursday May 25, 2017

2:23p Garland Fulcher seafood is back opening on Thursdays now – summer schedule Thursday through Saturday. Buddy and fresh shrimp are waiting on you…

2:11p That truckload of boats is taking longer than expected. From Jim Edwards:

NEW UPDATE! BAD TRAFFIC. WILL ARRIVE AT 5:30PM. Please post, I will call people as well.

10:54a Jim Edwards writes in re the arrival of a truckload of small boats (420s):

Just heard from the trucking company and the delivery is on schedule for a 4pm arrival time at the wildlife ramp.

8:04a The Silospalooza schedule is now online – click here.

silos red rooster stageThe schedule covers all day (noon til midnight) Saturday. Still coming, the Sunday schedule. It includes breakfast and a gospel group performance. Sunday times now in:
Breakfast (eggs, bacon, etc) starts at 9:30a, inside the Silos restaurant. The gospel show will start about 12noon (the group has to arrive from church first).

This afternoon, 4p~ish, small boats are arriving in Oriental, and some help needed. See below (from yesterday’s posts).

7:35a Mom Nature’s weekend weather plans still lookin’ good. Today has a small chance of afternoon rain (high near 80), then Friday sunny 80, Saturday all clear and 85.

There’s jazz in town tonight. The Pamlico Sounds Jazz Band is the highlight of the annual Pamlico Arts Council meeting. It’s 6p tonight at The Old Theater.

Wednesday May 24, 2017

12:19p Back in February of 2015 eighteen FJ sailboats arrived in Oriental in a couple big trucks. Volunteers helped unload them – the boats were purchased by Bow To Stern Boating to make collegiate regattas possible in Oriental. It’s a plan that has worked – we had over 100 college sailors here for the NC State Sailpack Regatta in April. Click here to see the story of the boats arrival in 2015.

This week, more boats are arriving. This time ten 420s are on the way, set for a Thursday afternoon arrival. Jim Edwards writes in:

Not sure exactly what time, but estimating around 4pm Thursday give or take an hour. Last time it took about 45 minutes to unload. One more boat this year, but no trailers. These boats are coming from the Kingspoint (USMMA) program who have sailed with us for a couple of years now.

These boats are used for college and High School Sailing like the FJ. Schools either have FJs or 420s and a few places have both. The addition of these boats will enhance our training for the High School team as well as be able to draw more colleges to Oriental for training in the spring.

unloading boatsThis is where you and your mighty muscle come in. Jim is looking for some volunteers to show up at the Wildlife ramp Thursday, around 4p (the exact time will be updated on TownDock on Thursday as the truck gets closer). Basically, the boats are unloaded and put in the water right there at the ramp. They will then be towed up Smith Creek to Bow To Stern. Jim can be reached at 252-474-6000. A look at the 2015 story will give you an idea of what the mission is like.

8:10a Rain likely later this afternoon. Thursday a 60% chance of rain again, most likely in the morning. But then its all good… sunny 80 Friday, more clear skies & 85 Saturday, sunny near 90 Sunday.

The Minnesott / Cherry Branch ferry is back on its normal two boat full schedule.

chalk board7:52a Come on Elmer. Chin up. Nothing to do you say?

Here’s some Memorial Day weekend stuff to write on your wall calendar:

At Minnesott Golf & CC its Music on the Green. Beer & food tents open at 6p, Jill & The Authentics begin at 7p. Advance tickets (ticket includes music, dinner, craft beers and hard cider) can be purchased on-line at minnesottgolf.com or at the MG&CC pro shop for $25 per person. ($30 the day of the event.)

In Oriental Bernie Harberts brings his Lost Sea Expedition program to the Old Theater. 7:30 – 8:30p (doors open 7p). $5 (helping cover Public TV costs). No life jacket required. More about Bernie & his voyages here.

It’s Silospalooza 2017, all day. Noon til midnight. Ten bands at the Red Rooster stage and bar behind the Silos Restaurant. Two stages – the Big Rooster Stage in front of the grass dance floor and the Bantam Stage under the roadhouse bar roof.

On one stage or the other, you’ll hear: The Casuals, George Bailey, Saltwater Gold, Moore’s Creek Bluegrass, Bipolar Express, The Take Kindles, Jill and the Authentics, Shed Belly, Brant Island Shoals, The Del Rios, The Good Times.

You can even camp over Saturday night (bring your tent) next to the Red Rooster pond. Sunday morning May 28 will feature breakfast served at The Silos plus live gospel performed on stage. Beer and wine available at the Red Rooster bar Saturday. More on all this from Silospalooza impresssario, Chris Daniels, here.

Beer? Here? The Inland Waterway Provision Company is having beer tastings Saturday 5p and Sunday at 4p. Saturday it’s beers of the East Coast: from NC to Maine. On Sunday the beers of Foothills Brewing Co. of Winston-Salem. All at the store at 305 Hodges, just a few steps from the harbor.

Tuesday May 23, 2017

4:59p A big weekend ahead (lots more tomorrow about that). Meanwhile, the ferry is back to two boat operation starting tomorrow at 5a.

9:50a Misty moisty day and more like this tomorrow and Thursday says the Oriental Weather Forecast. Sunshine when it matters though – on the weekend

Monday May 22, 2017

4:27p Still one ferry down at Cherry Branch – Tuesday morning will be on the half schedule:

There will be only one boat again Wednesday for the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry.
  • From Cherry Branch at 5, 545,645,745,9, 11, & noon.
  • From Minnesott Beach at 525, 615,715,830,10, 1130.& 1230

Tuesday is looking like a wet one – 80% chance of rain with thunderstorms even possible in the morning.

10:36a Still a one-boat operation / reduced schedule at the Cherry Branch / Minnesott ferry:

ferry logo Cherry Branch will remain a one boat operation until further notice. We are waiting on divers to check out Baum’s props.

9:43a Open Sailing is tonight at Bow To Stern Boating on Smith Creek. Tonight is pot luck dinner night too (every 4th Monday of the month). Sailing 5p, pot luck dinner 7p. Sailing is a huge 5 bucks. You don’t have to go sailing to join in the pot luck dinner. More info, call Jim Edwards at 252-474-6000.

6:21a Reduced (one boat) ferry schedule this morning:

Monday morning, May 22, Cherry Branch will have only one boat operational.
  • There will be a departure from Cherry Branch at 0500, 0545, 0645 and 0745.
  • Departures from Minnesott Beach will be at 0525, 0615, 0715 and 0830.

Sunday May 21, 2017

8:18a While walking or biking around town – or maybe even while driving at the speed limit – you may have noticed small reddish boxes clinging to some trees. They’re not part of an art installation. Bob Miller, head of the Oriental Tree Board, says the boxes, which are on trees in the county as well, are taking a measure:

They are traps baited with gypsy moth female pheromones. Male moths enter the trap and get stuck to a surface glue.

gypsy moth There was a major infestation of the moths near Swansboro centered at Hammocks Beach State Park a few years ago defoliating much of the woodlands in the area, including Bear Island in the park. They eat most any species, but are especially fond of oak species including live oak. The infestation was brought under control with aerial spraying of BT, a parasitic bacteria.

The traps are set to monitor for moths as part of control. If enough males are caught then control measures are taken. Northerners are familiar with outbreaks, June looks like January in the woods. The moths are often spread by moving firewood with egg masses, or on campers with egg masses.

There is not a problem in Pamlico Country at this time, just monitoring.

Bob says don’t be touching those boxes. You don’t wanna be messing with moth pheromones ….

7:48a We got a half inch of cooling rain (it worked) late Saturday afternoon. A small chance of rain today, highs are forecast to reach near 80 (the morning cool air doesn’t feel like that though).

When we get cool air, usually it comes from a cooler place (amazing insight). And check the marine forecast, northeast winds at 10 knots today.

Friday May 19, 2017

4:04p Another NSA/SCOO Seminar 9a Saturday morning at Town Hall. This one is on North Carolina coastal cruising destinations. Admission is free, and you’re invited.

3:56p A couple familiar views are back. PecanCam and AnchorageCam have been repaired.


The views still need a bit of adjustment (especially AnchorageCam), but the roof got rather hot this afternoon on the posterior of TownDock’s field technology crew. More tweaking coming this weekend.

9:02a In-hale. Ex-hale. This was supposed to be the time to catch our breath after four jam-packed weekends with Rotary’s boat show-1400 Cycle NC cyclists-townwide yard sale-Art on the Neuse. But there’s still stuff to do in and near town.

Tonight, the Friday Flick is Blast From The Past. Free popcorn. 7:30 start time. Over at the Red Rooster, Bob the Bass is playing.

Tomorrow, PCC Foundation holds its annual golf tourney at Minnesott Golf & CC. Also at the golf course, the Live Oak Grill is firing up again for breakfast and lunch. Soft (re-) opening of the grill both Saturday and Sunday, 8:30a-2:30p.

In town, Saturday afternoon Nautical Wheeleers uncorks a few for wine tasting.

You can also get your boat a free safety inspection at Whittaker Pointe thanks to the Lower Neuse Anglers and Coast Guard Auxiliary. That’s in the morning. Before the wine sampling…

8:42a A hot Friday is in store. The Oriental Weather Forecast says the high will be near 90. Tomorrow and Sunday cool down a few degrees, though with that a small chance of rain.

Thursday May 18, 2017

2:55p Silospalooza 2017 comes Memorial Day weekend. It’s Saturday May 27, and even includes some Sunday Gospel on May 28. TownDock visited with Head Silos Guy Chris Daniels:

8:23a Today’s home page cover shows the sign (faded) leading to Don Turner’s boxing camp. The world of Don Turner has touched TownDock.net before.

In 2003 Don opened a restaurant/deli – Coastal Corner – at Oriental Harbor Marina (although it has since been enlarged, it is basically the same space where O’Town now is). Don did it right – he brought in Heavyweight Champ Evander Holyfield to cut the ribbon. (you’ll see photos are small in older articles – back in 2003 the world was still on dial-up internet)

don turner evgeny gradovichIn 2011 Don brought a young Russian to Pamlico County to train. Evgeny Gradovich was seen frequently training around town. He went on to become the Featherweight Champion.

Wednesday May 17, 2017

6:42p Fog in the forecast for after midnight… be aware if you have early morning driving to do.

1:02p A strong advocate for the river is leaving. After three years as Lower Neuse Riverkeeper with the Sound Rivers organization, Travis Graves is returning to the West Coast. You’re invited to say goodbye at a going away party later this afternoon (5:30p) downstairs at the Silos.

12:11p The new Piglet weekly specials are now online.

If you haven’t seen it yet – the latest Billy Piggly Wiggly update is must-see-TV.

7:25a Today is the hot one – highs will reach near 90. Temps more “Mayish” for the weekend, back to highs about 80.

Tonight is the Wednesday Night Sail Race. Perfect conditions forecast, 10 – 15 knots. It’s the race that isn’t really a race. Be near Marker 1, it all starts at 5:30p. 1730 hours, sir.

Tuesday May 16, 2017

2:34p Final performance of Warrior Women tonight, 7:30p in New Bern.

Open sailing at Bow to Stern is now on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month – the 4th Monday is also a pot luck at about 7pm after sailing. You do not need to sail to attend the pot luck, just bring a dish and drink. Monday the 22nd is the next Open Sailing and pot luck. What is Open Sailing? A way to get out on the water on FJs and Lasers. $5/person. Rigging and beginner intro starts around 5p, launching about 5:30p, and you sail until 7p.

9:50a Welcome to new TownDock writer Allison DeWeese. Allison visited Art On The Neuse Saturday and brought back photos and this report.

8:51a Hey. It might rain in a week (next Monday). By then we might want it. Sunny clear and more sunny clear is the forecast. Warming to near 90 Wednesday, and then back to a comfy low 80s for the weekend.

On the water light air (5-10) through through the weekend.

8:03a Fran Deaton passed away in March at age 91. She stayed remarkably active through almost all of her 91 years – Fran was crew in the Dragon Boat Festival as recently as 2016. Her memorial was this past Saturday at Lou Mac Park. Saturday night the Deaton family gathered at the pier to light 20 orbs in Fran’s memory. Along the waterfront couples, individuals and families gathered to watch. Laurie Sampson shares this video: