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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • The third and fifth Thursdays of the month are open jam session at Pamlico Community College. Next one is Thursday June 30 starting at 6p. It’s open to all. Bring your instrument – or voice – or maybe only a chair to 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 jwhitley@pamlicocc.edu or Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 × 3117 dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu After May’s, the next jam is on June 16th.

  • In his new book, “Mike Blackstone – NIS Special Agent, Assignment: Naples, Italy,” Craig Elliott draws on his career as a Special Agent with the Naval Investigative Service.

    The Pamlico Library is hosting a Meet and Greet with the author on Thursday June 30 at 6:30p. Lt. Elliott will talk about the exploits of his fictional character and some of the real life situations on which they are based.

  • 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 picked as the theme for this year’s Croakerfest: 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 cetsail23@aol.com

    For a full rundown of this year’s Croakerfest (written by the Chief Croaker) , click here.

  • The Village Gallery is spotlighting the work of Roxanne “Rocky” Alexander who is the gallery’s guest artist in June and July. A watercolor and oil painter, she is based in Raleigh where she is a member of Artspace. She brings to her work a background in landscape architecture.
    The Village Gallery is a cooperative gallery showing the works of local and regional artists in a range of media. The Gallery, on Hodges across from the harbor, is open from 10a-5p Wednesday through Sunday.

  • 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 picked as the theme for this year’s Croakerfest: Embrace Your Volunteer Spirit. Things start off at Lou-Mac Park on Friday afternoon at 4p with the Pamlico Chorale and Pamlico Community Band. This year a cannon at the pier has been added to the opening festivities. (It will be loud. Very loud. The public is advised to use ear protection.) Saturday has the parade at 10a, and vendors, food and music at the park all day. Fireworks Saturday night. And new this year, a gospel music sing in the park Sunday afternoon. For an overview of this year’s Croakerfest, click here.

  • Open Sailing @ 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.

  • 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 – joesail1@gmail.com.

  • Students taking part in the Childrens’ Theater Workshop show what they’ve learned in what’s called a Sharing Night. The CTW’s Sharing Night for the first session (featuring Grades 1&2 and Grades 5-7) will be on Thursday, July 7 at 7p. (The Sharing Night for the second session – featuring Grades 3&4 and Grades 8-12 – will be on Thursday, July 21 at 7p.

    For this 21st summer of the Children’s Theater Workshop, The Drama Coach is Jef Lambdin, a mime and variety artist who has taught mime, mask work, commedia dell’arte, ensemble techniques, composition, and improvisation to young and old. No stranger to the Children’s Theater Workshop at the Old Theater, he has taught students here three previous summers. Registration is still underway for the 2nd Session starting July 11. If you have questions, email 1996ctw@gmail.com or call Yolanda at 828-421-7981.

    The 2016 Summer Theater Workshop Schedule:
    Completed grades 1&2: 6/27-7/8 9am-12pm
    Completed grades 5-7: 6/27-7/8 2pm-5pm
    Completed grades 3&4: 7/11-7/22 9am-12pm
    Completed grades 8-12: 7/11-7/22 2pm-5pm
  • On Friday night, July 8, Ken Belangia returns to the Red Rooster, Oriental’s roadhouse bar and music stage, right behind The Silos. The music starts at 7p. Check out the new, second stage that’s been added to the bar area (under a new and bigger tin roof) so you can see and hear musicians up close. Upcoming Fridays: July 15, Saltwater Gold; July 22, Buck Loy: July 29, Steal Shot: August 5, Bob Laverty.

  • Build your own guitar from a cigar box, then learn to play it. Pamlico Community College is offering a 6-session course in cigar box guitars starting on Tuesday July 12. Howard Nelson teaches the course on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-5p thru August 16. Cost of course is $75. For more info, contact Jane Whitley 252-249-1851 ×3033 – jwhitley@pamlicocc.edu 
or Denise Meyerson 249-1851 × 3117 – dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu


  • Help prevent a shortage this summer. The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive on Friday July 29 from 11-3p at Grantsboro Town Hall. All types are needed. This season is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood donations to meet the needs of patients – for one, many donors are away on vacay. During the summer, the Red Cross typically sees two fewer blood donors at each blood drive. That’s why your donation really matters now. For more info contact Kristin Campbell Willis at the Eastern NC Donation Center in Greenville at (252)341-1325
  • Minnesott Golf & Country Club’s Mid-Summer Classic, on the weekend of August 5 – 7, is an annual tradition with two-man teams of golfers from the Carolinas and Virginia playing Super ball and Palmy ball. It’s a full weekend of golf. Cost is $320 per team, which includes a seafood extravaganza Friday night and an authentic NC BBQ on Saturday night. Also, big cash prizes. But it is limited to the first paid 88 2-man teams… Call 252-249-0813 or email admin@minnesottgolf.com to get a registration form.

  • One microphone. Five guys. The Gravy Boys return to Oriental’s Old Theater on Saturday, Aug 13. Showtime is 7:30 for the Triangle-based band whose music is described as high-energy Americana Acoustic.

    Tickets are $20 and go on sale July 15 at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad St., Oriental, 252-249-0359 and at the box office on the night of the performance (if any are left).

  • 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. Once again, front porches in Oriental will become stages for dozens of ‘roots’ musicians. On that Saturday you can take in lots of live performances just by strolling thru the village. Look for a concert with The Carmonas at the end of the day near the river, too.

    To see the 2015 OFPMF, click here.

    As laid-back as the OFPMF may appear, it takes a fair bit of organizing. Musicians who would like to perform may apply by filling out this application.

    New this year: a Village Marketplace is planned to take place on Hodges Street between Broad and South Water. The Festival welcomes vendors to sell their handmade and artisanal works. But first, this application. Not-for-profit-groups may also set up with a booth. That NFP form is here.

    Golf carts are needed, too. If you can spare your golf cart for a 2 hour shift in which you drive or let a festival volunteer drive, contact the OFPMF Golf Cart coordinator, Warren Johnson at 249-1667. If you would like to volunteer in some other way with the Festival, contact Dottie Osmun: 252-617-0540 or dottieosmun@gmail.com

  • 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.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • Minnesott Golf and Country Club offers water aerobics at the MGCC pool Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9a.

    Monthly cost is $25 for non-members (free for members.)

    Call 252-249-0813 or email admin@minnesottgolf.com to register.

  • 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.)

  • Paddling season’s here. The Oriental Dragon Boat Club holds its semi-weekly practices on Thursdays at 5:30p and on Sundays at 9a. Whlle they take off from the Wildlife Ramp on Midyette Street they first gather at Clancy’s Marina to get the boat and paddles.

    That’s the schedule – weather permitting (i.e. no thunder or lightning). The Club maintains a regulation 46-foot long dragon boat and provides basic instruction, safety gear and equipment. The Club is welcoming new members of all ages and all experience levels. Anyone interested in trying the sport can join in at a practice. Just show up…. For more info contact Linda Parker at 249-0888. .

  • 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 Pamlico Survivors of Suicide Support Group (SOS) is a free support group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. Whether it happened recently or decades ago, all are welcome to attend these sessions which are led by experienced counselors.

    The SOS meets at StillWaters, 205 Main Street, Bayboro – across from the Courthouse – on the second Thursday of each month from 7-8:30p. Click here for more details or contact Branson Dunn at (304)-839-4131 pageese@yahoo.com or Katherine Hudson at 252-745-4510

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    The group 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. Among other projects during the year, the League organizes the Toys for Tots campaign.

    For additional information on joining this detachment, contact Commandant Bob Webster at 252-249-2426.

  • 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.

    Local produce, baked goods, artisinal work can be found there. Stop by and see for yourself. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 has 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.

  • 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.

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