It's Thursday May 5, 2016 Dock Quote: “Reality is nothing...
News From The Village Updated Almost Daily
Hear some tunes, or sing some yourself on the stage at The Silos. Every Wednesday night at the Silos is Open Mic Night and it really is open to those who want to perform. Stop by for dinner or a beer and some great music. Open Mic starts between 6:30 and 7p. The Silos is at 1111 Broad Street. Look for .. the silos. Call 252-249-1050 for more info.
Spring means the return of Wednesday Night Sailing. Sailors from Oriental head out on the Neuse for the Wednesday Night Sail Race. Boats rendezvous at Oriental Marker #1 on each Wednesday for a relatively carefree race around the government marks. Just show up. The race does the “normal” US Sailing countdown. Just like a real race. This allows those new to racing an opportunity to learn and practice the start sequence.
The race starts at 1730 GPS time. There is a warning horn at 1725 (usually) and again at the start. Which ever is more upwind, Garbacon or Adam’s Creek, is the weather mark, round the other as the leeward mark and finish at Oriental 1. VHF Channel 78a for communications. Social at the Tiki Bar after the race. Questions? Contact Joe Valinoti – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pamlico County High School Show Choir presents A Night at the Oscars on Friday and Saturday May 6 &7 at 7:30p. This year’s show at the school’s Hatsell Auditorium will feature songs from decades of movies, along with dancing and lively costumes. Tickets in advance are $8 – Stop by the school office to pick up your advance tickets – or $10 at the door. Doors open at 7p.
A great way to try out plants is the Garden Club’s annual plant exchange, happening this year on Saturday, May 7 across Hodges Street from the Oriental Farmers’ Market, from 8-Noon. Bring a plant to exchange for something new to try – or pay for the plants you find there. It’s an inexpensive way to expand your garden. Plus, much of what’s for swap or sale has been tried and tested in out local environment.
The 13th Annual Art on the Neuse Festival happens on Saturday, May 7, 9a-4p. The outdoor fine arts and crafts festival on the harbor in Oriental is a chance to see and buy works by regional artists. Live music through the day at the Oriental Marina. Artists who want to show and sell their art are asked to register by April 23. Booth space is $35. The registration form is here. Art on the Neuse is presented by the Pamlico Arts Council. For a view of the people and works at a recent Art on the Neuse fest, click here.
Get rid of that stuff you no longer need just by leaving it at the curbside. On Saturday May 7 Oriental’s annual Brown/White goods pickup is happening. The Town asks that you . Town Hall cautions that the items really be out by that time – last year some folks put their white and brown goods out too late, after the truck had already come down their street.
For the month of May, the Village Gallery will be displaying lithograph prints and posters donated from a private collection. They date from the mid 20th to the early 21st century when fine art prints and promotional prints by artists were used to announce shows &receptions. They were also a way to bring affordable fine art to the masses. The 44 prints and posters in this anonymously donated collection hail largely from the American Mid West and Southwest and include works from the Regis Corporation Collection, and Phoenix Art Museum, as well as works by Susan Christie-Kellman, Georgia O’Keefe, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth and Childe Hassan.
Unframed, the prints will be on display and available for sale through the month of May. Several of the prints will be available for Silent Auction during the Gallery’s Annual Black Velvet Fundraising Event May 13 at the Village Gallery, 300 Hodges Street, on the harbor in Oriental. The Gallery is open from 10a to 5p Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information, call the Gallery 252-249-0300 during normal hours of operation, visit the website at villagegallerync.com or contact Judy Wayland at 252 249 1505.
Open Sailing returns to Bow To Stern Sailing. Open Sailing is done on FJs and Sunfish. It is every Monday. $5/person and free for Bow To Stern members. Rigging and beginner intro starts around 5p, launching about 5:30p, and you sail until 7:00p or so.Participate in multiple short races or just enjoy some sailing. Please RSVP to Jim Edwards, 252-474-6000. Bow To Stern is at 290 Blackwell Point Loop Rd – for directions click here.
Pamlico Community College has narrowed the field to four candidates to be the next president of the school. The public gets a chance to meet the college president candidates – separately – in four afternoon meetings between May 9-12. These public forum sessions will be from 2:30-3:30p at PCC’s Delamar Center auditorium.
The finalists and dates of their forum are: Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina, Monday, May 9; Dr. James “Jim” Ross, Tuesday, May 10; Mr. Jimmy Tate, Wednesday, May 11 and Dr. James “Jay” Sullivan, Thursday, May 12. The PCC Board has a timeline of May 25 by which it hopes to make its choice. PCC’s main campus is at 5049 NC Highway 306 South, Grantsboro.
The latest special exhibit at Oriental’s History Museum celebrates the 70th year of what is now the Old Theater. It started life as a moviehouse, the Mart Theater, in 1946. Central to the History Museum’s exhibit will be one of the heavy projectors that played the films from high on the third floor. It’s a far cry from the small players of today – and prompts the question: how did they get that carbon-arc projector up those stairs?
Among the other items on display will be movie posters and scrapbooks. The special exhibit will run through June. For more information about the exhibit, email: email@example.com. The Museum is located at 802 Broad Street in Oriental. Hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free but donations are gratefully accepted.
The Village Gallery in Oriental hosts its 8th annual Black Velvet Affair Friday, May 13, from 4-7p. This fundraising art auction – and cocktail party – is the big yearly event supporting the arts and cooperative artists at Village Gallery. At the Silent Auction you’ll find original art of local scenes made especially for this event by the Gallery’s artists. Also on auction – a collection of antique art posters. Tickets for the evening are $25 and available only in advance, by May 4. Please contact Judy Wayland at 252 249 1505 for tickets or for more information.
In 1946, Oriental’s Old Theater started as the Mart Theater and showed movies. That run was short, with the theater shutting down by the 1960’s. Fast forward to 1990 when she was brought back to new life. As the Old Theater it has became a venue for plays, concerts, children’s theater workshop, business and civic events, and true to its roots, movies too.
To commemorate the 70 year anniversary, Music and Memories will be performed at the Old Theater on May 13 & 14 at 7p both nights. Chris Daniels of The Silos has put together a showcase of local musicians – Ken Belangia, The Del Rios, Harbor Sounds, Moore’s Creek Bluegrass, The Opry Band, Saltwater Acoustic – and storytelling from folks who knew the theater thru the years – Ken “Pastry” Midyette, Jim Ragan and Eliz Valassis. Tickets are $20 and on sale now at Nautical Wheelers or on performance nights, at the Box Office which opens at 6p. Doors open at 6:30p.
The third and fifth Thursdays of the month are open jam session at Pamlico Community College. Next one is Thursday May 19 starting at 6p. It’s open to all. Bring your instrument – or voice – or just come to listen to the harmonies. It all happens at the Johnson Building Mall. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe. The public is welcome to attend. For more info, contact Jane Whitley (252-249-1851 ×3033 firstname.lastname@example.org or Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 × 3117 email@example.com
On Thursday night, May 19, at 7p, at Oriental’s Old Theater, there’ll be showing of the documentary, “Rosenwald.” The story of the Sears and Roebuck executive and what prompted his philanthropy was produced by Aviva Kempner. The showing is free, though donations would be graciously accepted for renovations planned for the Holts Chapel Community Center, a 501©3.
Channel your inner Flapper. The Pamlico Partnership for Children presents a Roaring 20’s Mad Hatter’s Ball on Saturday, June 18 at 6p at Pamlico Community College’s Delamar Center. The evening features jazz by “Jazzomine”, food by Outback Steak House, silent and live auction. Funds raised go to the education work PPFC does thru Smart Start with children from birth to 8 to nurture them for their early school years.Tickets are $60 each or $440 for a table of 8. This is the big annual fundraiser for the Partnership. Sponsorships are also available. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 745-7850.
In June, The Oriental Food Initiative presents its second Food For Thought community read about what and how we eat. The idea: you read a book and then come together with others to talk about how some of the ideas can be put in to practice locally. You may even find things you can do right away.
On Thursday, June 23 at 6:30P the discussion will center on Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Join in the conversation at the Perry Griffin Community Room on High Street. The Pamlico Library system has copies.
OFI’s aim is to make sure quality foods are available in Oriental and to support businesses – farmers, shop owners, and restaurants that do that.. It plans to hold Food for Thought discussions every other month. There is also a Food For Thought book swap in the grocery section of the Provision Company. It’s books about food, eating and food gardening.
Croakerfest is always the weekend-with-the-first-Saturday in July. The 2016 Croakerfest is happening Friday-Saturday-Sunday July 1, 2 and 3. Organizers have decided the theme for this year’s Croakerfest will be: Embrace Your Volunteer Spirit. If you’ve got some of that esprit the festival could use your help. Chief Croaker Organizer, Cheryl Thompson says they need a lot of volunteers this year. To pitch in contact her at 249-0510 or email email@example.com
One volunteer team of reknown is the Garbology crew which helps Keep Croakerfest clean and green. This year your group – civic, family or friends – can Adopt-a-Garbology-Run as 2 stalwart members of your group walk beside the Garbology forklift, waving, and emptying trash bins. During the 30-45 minute run, a sign posted on the forklift will recognize your group. For more information on this way to take away the trash and give back to the community , contact Jayne Stasser at 252 617-9219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2016 Oriental Cup Regatta is moving to River Dunes and combining with Harborfest for HeartWorks on the same weekend – September 16-18. Harborfest will feature a casual feast of food and music on Friday evening, free music at the River Dunes Amphitheater Saturday from 11-4, and a gala dinner dance, raffle, live and silent auction. The Oriental Cup, for both casual and serious sailors will feature around the buoys racing on Saturday and Sunday and a pursuit style race on Saturday only . Continental breakfast for sailors on Saturday. A boater’s special package will also be available boaters who wish to stay on their boats for the weekend. For more information, contact HeartWorks at 252.745.9703.
The 3rd Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is coming — Saturday, October 15, 2016. Once again, front porches in Oriental will become stages for dozens of ‘roots’ musicians so that on that Saturday you can take in lots of live performances just by strolling thru the village. Look for a concert at the end of the day near the river, too. To see the 2015 OFPMF, click here.
Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2017 at the running of the Oriental New Years’ Eve Dragon. There are two runnings – both starting and finishing at Hodges and South Water. The first run starts at 8p, the second around 11:30p and has not one but two dragons — the Chinese dragon joins in on this run. Bring pots, bring pans, and make your own music for the dragon.
After the end of that second dragon run, stick around the Hodges Street waterfront just a few minutes more: at midnight, the Oriental Croaker will drop from the mast of a sailboat at the Town Dock to welcome in the new year. Scenes from a recent December 31st’s festivities, here.
The Oriental Express Bicycle Club invites anyone with a bike to join them for their Recreational Ride on Saturday’s, meeting at Lou Mac Park. It winds its way through the Old Village and on to the Dolphin Point area. It’s about 8 miles and the pace is very undemanding. Conversational, you might say. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off!
In addition to their Saturday recreational ride in Oriental, the Oriental Express Bicycle Club also goes on longer and faster rides on Sundays. Ride times change based on time of year – and even that day’s weather. For more info, call Doug Sligh 252-249-3362 and Cynthia Cochran 252-249-0761.
The Minnesott Mens’ and Ladies’ Golf Association holds a Golf Tournament every second Saturday of the month. Tee time is 9:15. Call Terry, at the pro shop at Minnesott (252 249 0813 and then press ‘1’ for the pro shop) for more information about joining the MGA/LGA, fees for golf as well as the tournaments.
Oriental’s Drummin’ Dragons get together every Thursday night from 7-8:30p. You’ll find them in Lou Mac Park on those Thursday nights of summer, weather permitting. (In the winter months, they gather at the Perry Griffin House – 300 High Street.) All are invited – come on by and learn to drum. (They have some spare drums for you to try.)
The NAACP of Pamlico County holds its regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month at 6p at the Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church at 314 Water Street in Bayboro. All interested persons are invited and welcome to attend.
Find yourself a bargain at the Hospice Thrift Shop. It’s moved to a new location in Bayboro – across from the Pamlico High School in the former Clover Farms Grocery Store. It’s bigge, brighter and has lots more items for sale. Hospice Thrift is open 10a to 4p Monday-Friday and 10a-1p on Saturday. All of the proceeds go to support Hospice of Pamlico County. Donations of gently used clothes, housewares, small appliances, knickknacks, bedding, books, office supplies and more are always appreciated and may be dropped off during shop hours at the store. For more info, contact the store manager at 745-5033.
The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street from 8a-11a – the warm weather hours. At the Oriental Farmers’ Market, all of the items for sale are locally grown or locally made. Stop by and see for yourself. Local produce, baked goods, artisinal work can be found there. For more info visit the Farmers’ Market website, here. Market moves to its winter hours 9a-noon on November 7, 2015.
Share ideas with fellow anglers. The Lower Neuse Anglers Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at 6:30p. They meet at the Village Restaurant from February thru October and welcome members and non-members alike. For more info, contact Bob Dillard at gbobdillard @ gmail.com or 704/236-4716
The Oriental Paddle Group goes out kayaking on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, setting out from the Wildlife Resources Commission ramp at the end of Midyette Street at 8a. Come and join the group, led by Larry Summers and Bill Hines as they paddle up nearby creeks. One benefit of these jaunts is the birds you can see. As Liz Lathrop of the Pamlico Birders group put is, “We have had interesting birds each time. The birds are not as skittish when you approach in a noiseless kayak.”
Alcoholics Anonymous meets in several locations in the area throughout the week.
At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church on Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursday at noon. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Freemason Street, Sundays at 8pm.
And at Rock of Zion Church on Hwy 306 in Grantsboro, on Fridays at 8pm.
There is also an Al-Anon group meeting Tuesday nights – from 7-8pm – at 403 Mildred Street.
Its first thrift store was such a success that Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County moved in to bigger quarters. It’s now in Grantsboro, at the intersection of 55 and 306, next to the Piggly Wiggly. As before, the store specializes in furnishings and fixtures for the home and the materials to help build it. Proceeds go to the Habitat efforts to build affordable housing in Pamlico County. If you have items to give to the store and you’d like the donations picked up, give the store a call at 745-1106. That’s also the number to call if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Habitat’s latest home construction project.
Want to be part of a dragon boat team? The Oriental Dragon Boat Club welcomes new paddlers to join in. For the 2015 season practices are set for They take off from the Wildlife Ramp at the end of Midyette Street. (The dragon boat, named Minerva, is stored just up Midyette Street at Clancy’s Marina, where the paddlers meet around 5:30p to help roll the boat down to the Wildlife Ramp.) Dress in comfy clothes, bring some water to drink. If you don’t have your own life jacket, the club has one you can wear. They also provide the paddles. For more info, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888. They practice from March thru mid-late-October.
Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6p. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up. For info about the club and meetings contact Paul Olson @ 675-3327. If you want to rent a tent, table or chairs call the Rotary order line at 649-3725. More info about Rotary at www.orientalrotary.org
Any Marine on active duty, retired, or honorably discharged with ninety days of active service is invited to join the Oriental “Dragon” Detachment of the Marine Corps League which meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1830 for dinner — meeting begins at 1900 — at the Oriental Fire Station 19 on Straight Road in Oriental. For additional information on joining this detachment, contact Commandant George Steenson at 252-249-3117.
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 20-03 meets the first Wednesday each month at Fire Station # 19 on Straight Road, Oriental, at 7:30 PM. The meetings — which focus on boating safety, navigation and GPS, for instance — are open to the public. New members welcomed. For more info, contact the Auxiliary’s Bob Webster 252-249-2426
Handy with a hammer and nails? Pamlico County Senior Services needs more volunteers to help build handicap access ramps at the homes of some of Pamlico’s older residents. Senior Services provides the materials while volunteers led by Tim Balfour construct one ramp every month. Contact Tim at 745-3247 to offer a hand for the next project.
The Pamlico Chorale meets every Monday evening at 7p at The Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The Chorale performs in concert at least four times a year, including Spirit of Christmas weekend and opening the Croaker Festival. If you love to sing, the Chorale is the place to spend a few hours every Monday. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Carla Byrnes at 745-4793 or 670-4960.
When you go to the bank, you can help the food bank feed those who don’t have enough to eat.
Pamlico County Fishes And Loaves is collecting canned goods and they have a drop-off point inside First Citizens Bank in Oriental. Fishes and Loaves is a cooperative effort of a number of churches and organizations in Pamlico County working to provide food to the hungry.
The Oriental Woman’s Club holds its meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm at the clubhouse at 1007 Gilgo Road. Guests are welcome. Meetings include refreshments, a special speaker and short business session. OWC is a service club focused on community service, as well as state, national and international concerns of women and children. The OWC awards several scholarships annually to Pamlico County High School graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level. For more information about club activities and membership, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888.
In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 800 shawls for those in need. The group meets Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am at the church to crochet or knit shawls and pray for the recipients of them. The weekly gatherings have brought together people from all walks of life and religious faiths. (And even non-knitters; if you don’t know how to knit, stop on by and get a lesson and join in.) Contact Leigh Price at 249-1361.
In Haiti the need is still great, and here in Oriental you can still help. Oriental’s United Methodist Church continues to collect bags of dried beans and bags of rice for Haitian earthquake victims. Thanks to generous donations in January, a truckload was sent to MERCI, the Methodist disaster relief center in Goldsboro, which is sending regular shipments to Haiti. Contributions of rice and beans greatly appreciated at the Methodist Church at Freemason and Church Streets. Cash may also be dropped off at the church office. For more info, contact Nancy Huff at 249-0732.
The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society meets at Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 9am on the last Saturday of every month (except June). They invite all HAMS and those interested in amateur radio to attend. For additional information, please call Gail (Wally) Wallace, KK4ASP, at 410-804-1750 or Bill Olah, KR4LO, at 252-249-0287.
Avoid the longer lines and drive to New Bern’s DMV office and take care of your driver’s license renewals at the DMV mobile unit that visits Pamlico County once every month. The big DMV RV is set up outside the County Health Department (behind the courthouse in Bayboro) on the second Thursday after the first Monday of the month. Hours are 9a-3p.
The Pamlico County Library hosts two book clubs. The Bookworm Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 2pm. The Beach Books Club – which takes on lighter fare – gets together on the second Tuesday, also at 2pm. New members welcome. Call the library at 745-315 for more info.
Go take a walk! The Oriental Walking Group sets out on a series of organized walks through the village on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet up with walk leaders Gary and Pat Leonard at Lou Mac Park for a 9am departure. Oriental’s a great town to walk around and the walking group may help you stay disciplined about getting fit. Pedometers and water bottles provided by the Flexfit program of Heartworks. Call the Leonards for details at 249-0138 or just show up.
Friends of the Pamlico County Library meets the first Thursday of the month at 11am at the library on Highway 55 in Bayboro. This is the group of folks who help sustain the library. For info, call 745-3515.