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Winter sailing may not be for everyone, but you can expand your knowledge base about being on a boat. SCOO is once again offering 10 free seminars on the maintenance side of boating — from diesel repair, to fiberglass and electonica to safety on board and fixing sails. They’re all free and happen on Thursdays and Tuesdays, from 10a – noon, at Oriental Town Hall.
Upcoming sessions include Varnishing, on March 3 and Safety at Sea, on March 5. You can download the full, 2015 5-week SCOO Seminar schedule here. For more info, contact Ray Ruppert at 252-249-1162 (home) or 919-758-9357 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Oriental’s Town Board holds its regular monthly meeting at 7p on Tuesday March 3 at Oriental’s Town Hall. At 6 that same evening, there’ll be a public meeting regarding the drinking water in town — in particular, issues back flow and cross connection. At the regular meeting at 7p, the Board could vote to make some ordinance changes: one wouldgive the Town Manager the power to hire and fire police, an authority that the Board has had in the past.
Another item on the agenda – a preliminary version of which can be read here — clarifies that all water customers in town must also take and pay for garbage collection. More details on the proposed ordinance change and more info on back flow can be read, here. Meetings are open to the public.
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 somewhere between 6:30 and 7p. The Silos is at 1111 Broad Street. Look for .. the silos. Call 252-249-1050 for more info.
For years, the Hope Clinic has been bringing free health care to those without it in Pamlico County. That costs money and for years, the clinic has done so with the Hope Clinic Ball. This year, it’s happening on Saturday March 7 at New Bern’s Riverfront Convention Center. The festivities start at 5:45p. It’s a chance to put on your swell clothes for a good cause. RSVP with your ticket purchase by February 23. Tickets can also be ordered online at their website, or by calling Jean Chastang at 249-1099.
The Village Gallery is Oriental is showing the works of Dan Wilson, as its guest artist for the months of March and April. Dan paints plain air and in his New Bern studio and has evolved from a photo realistic painter to express himself in simpler compositions using a series of lines and shapes superimposed with color, texture and shadow. That makes itself evident in the paintings of trees which make up much of his exhibition at the Village Gallery. An opening reception will be held at the Gallery at 300 Hodges Street from 2-5p Saturday, March 7. As always, visitors can also see the works of the Gallery’s 30 resident artists. Hours are 10a-5p, Wednesday thru Sunday.
Pamlico Community College holds its 2nd Annual Bluegrass Festival on Saturday March 7 from 11a to 4p. The bands include, Dennis Cash, Harbor Sounds, Marvin Walker, Thursday Morn, Downeast Dulcimers, Gumbo Lily, The Wilson Family, Three Rivers Band and Jazzomine. Admission is free all day. There’ll be a raffle for an acoustic guitar. You’ll find PCC on Hwy 306 South (of Hwy 55 and Grantsboro.)
Oriental’s History Museum has opened a new exhibit, “Feathered Friends of Oriental” that will run thru May. The exhibit features bird photos by local photographers and bird enthusiasts taken in backyards, woodlands, farms and on our local creeks and waterways. Take the bird identification quiz and learn what is flying or nesting around you.
Museum hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. For more information contact the museum at email@example.com.
Arapahoe United Methodist Church keeps up its tradition of a Corned Beef dinner on Wednesday, March 11 at 6p. Pam Yurko and her “Sous chef” son, Mark have been cooking this meal every March for about a decade, raising money for Pamlico County Fishes and Loaves Outreach – the local food bank. The menu is: corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes, glazed carrots, Irish soda bread, carrot cake, iced tea and coffee – all of home made with fresh ingredients – nothing canned or frozen. Tickets – $15 – are by advance sale, which you can get by contacting Pam Yurko at 252-249-0828 or firstname.lastname@example.org – or Mark at 252-617-0669.
USCG Aux Flotilla 20-03 in Oriental is offering ‘The Weekend Navigator” course beginning Thursday March 12 from 6:30-9p each Tuesday and Thursday night through March 24. Classes will teach the time-honored techniques of chart plotting and compass navigation that are the basis for electronic navigation using GPS and chart plotters. There will be plenty of hands-on practical exercises during each class which will take place Station 19 fire house on Straight RoadCost is $40 per person or $50 for two sharing text. Participants will need to provide charting instruments and local chart # 11548. Registration is required. For more info, contact Bob Webster at 252-249-2426 or at email@example.com
Oriental’s Town Board gathers for a retreat on Friday and Saturday March 13 and 14 at Pamlico Community College. In past retreats, the Board has discussed a variety of issues facing the Town. The various Town committees and advisory boards will present reports on their work as well. The retreat is open to the public and will take place at PCC’s Brinson Building, Room 12, from 8a-5p on Friday March 13th and from 8a-12noon on the 14th.
Coming up on Saturday March 14 from 11a-2p is the Oriental Woman’s Club’s 8th Annual Chowder Cookoff. Serving up the chowders will be: The Florence/Whortonsville Fire Dept, Inland Waterway Provision Co, River Dunes, Live Oak Grill from Minnesott Golf & Country Club, The Silo’s, Toucan Grill,Water Street Grill, M&M’s, Nel’s Sports Bar & Grill, First Citizens Bank, Endurance Seafood, Camp Don Lee, Pamlico County Community Foundation. You can be the judge and help pick the people’s choice. This year’s Chowder Cookoff is dedicated to Skip Waters, WCTI TV meteorologist who took part in many events in Oriental such as the cookoff. He passed away in October at the age of 61. . The OWC is still signing up chefs who want to compete in this years chowder cook-off. Interested culinary artists should contact Kaitlin Sobrack at 249-1462 before March 1st. For a view of last year’s Cook-Off, click here.
St Peter the Fisherman’s serves up its 2015 St. Patrick Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner on Saturday March 14th at 6p at the Parish Center on White Farm Road. Along with the food at this 12th Annual dinner, there’ll be Irish Music by the Frank Murphy Family. Tickets are $17 which includes beer or wine, soda, coffee and dessert. Take Out is also available for $14. Tickets available at Nautical Wheelers, Village Hardware in Oriental or call 252 670 5625.
Sheriff Chris Davis is the guest speaker at the March PC Chamber of Commerce meeting, Tues March 17 7:30am @ Brantley’s Restaurant. It’s a Dutch Treat Breakfast. A Shop Local Drawing will be held. Non Chamber members are welcome to attend.
The third Thursday of the month is an open jam session at Pamlico Community College. Next one is Thursday March 19 starting at 6p. It’s open to all. Bring your instrument – or voice. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe. (If the month has five Thursdays, they get together for that one as well.)
Oriental’s Old Theater brings Friday Flicks to the big screen on the third Fridays of the month. On March 20, the movie, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will be shown. Tickets are $5.50 — includes popcorn and generally, a short movie or serial episode which start at 7:30p.
Next in the Friday Flick lineup, on April 17th ,is Richard Linklater’s 2014 movie, “Boyhood.” In May on the 15th, the Friday Flick will be “Life of Pi.”
To complement its Feathered Friends Of Oriental exhibit, Oriental’s History Museum will present a talk and slide show on Sunday March 22 at 2p by Neuse Creekkeeper Bill Hines on the impact of water and environmental quality on the bird population. Loss of wetlands, marshes and shorelines, along with habitat destruction, comprise the biggest threat to wetland birds. Oriental’s History Museum is at 802 Broad Street in Oriental. The Feathered Friends exhibit can be seen thru May during regular museum hours – Friday 11a-3p, Saturday 1-4p, Sunday 1-4p. Admission is always free. The Museum is are also raffling several photos and a birdhouse. Tickets are now on sale for the July 4th drawing. For more info, contact OHM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street from 9a-12noon – the winter 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.
Coming up on Saturday, April 4, Dorita Boyd of Raindrop Ridge Herbs and Perennials, as she has for the past 7 years, will be selling her hard-to-find herbs (as well as well-known garden-variety types) on the first weekend in April. It’s her only appearance at the market all year. Come see the variety that many gardeners savour.
Jeremy Davis and The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra bring their high-energy, big band jazz to two Pamlico Musical Society shows in April. These are the PaMuSo’s finale shows for the season. On Thursday April 9at 7:30p, they’ll perform at Oriental’s Old Theater and a on Friday April 10, they’re at River Dunes for a show that starts at 7p. Reviewers have described the band as as The Dean Martin Stage Show with a touch of Prairie Home Companion. Lead by two lifelong friends, Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson, who put their own stamp on te Great American Song book, immortalized by the Rat Pack, Andy Williams, Michael Buble. Listen for a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, & Elvis as well, Tickets to Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra’s performance are $22 and available by calling 252-249-3670, or online at www.pamlicomusic.org. You can also pick up tickets at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad St in Oriental.
The Oriental Boat Show has become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah and the 2015 Oriental Boat Show is coming up April 10-12. This 3-day Friday-Saturday-Sunday show in the heart of Oriental is organized by the Oriental Rotary Club and is a great place to see lots of boats and marine gear. Last year, the show drew 90 exhibitors of nautical goods and services. Dealers and brokers bring in boats on land and in the slips at Oriental Harbor Marina – making many of the boats available for in-water sea trials. For more info, see the Oriental Boat Show website. If you are a vendor interested in the 2015 show, contact show organizer Sam Myers 252-249-0228 or via email, email@example.com. For a view of the 2014 boat show, click here.
Arapahoe United Methodist Church will hold its Annual Flea Market and Bake Sale on Saturday April 11 starting at 8a in the Fellowship Hall, located on Hwy 306 South at Bennett Road The sale ends when most items have been sold, usually about 10:30a. Members and friends of the church donate a variety of items and bake delicious treats in order to raise funds that help support the church’s local mission work here in Pamlico County. For more info or if you wish to make a donation for the sale – contact Barbara Gould, 249-2843.
The Minnesott Golf & CC is supporting the Pamlico County High School Golf Program again this year with the* 2nd Annual Majors at Minnesott golf tournament series.* Each of the four tournaments will be a one day event that corresponds with the four Major golf tournaments on the PGA Tour. * On schedule this year: * The Masters at Minnesott – April 11, The U.S. Open at Minnesott – June 20, The British Open at Minnesott – July 18, and The PGA at Minnesott – August 15. These will be one-day tournaments featuring both a Men’s Division and a Woman’s Division. All events will be handicapped-adjusted so everyone has a chance to walk away as the new Champion. For more information about The Majors at Minnesott, contact Angie Propst at 252-671-4643 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Pamlico High placed 3rd last year in the Coastal Plains Conference and now in his 2nd year coaching, Scott Fitzgerald hopes to build on that success with some now seasoned golfers among the team of 11 young men and women. The high school team’s matches begin March 5, with the conference championship at Camp Lejeune on April 27.)
Oriental’s History Museum holds its Tour of Historic Homes and Gardens on Saturday, April 18 from 10a to 4p. It’s a big fundraiser for the museum and a chance to see the insides and gardens of homes in Oriental. For more information contact: email@example.com
The Pamlico Chorale presents its Spring Concert, “Looking on the Bright Side”, on the weekend of April 25 and 26 at the Old Theater. The chorale is under the direction of Anne Watson, with accompaniment by Stephanie de Fiori. Show times are Saturday, April 25 at 7:30p and again on Sunday, April 26 at 3p. Tickets are $5 and available at Nautical Wheelers, and Marsha’s Cottage in Oriental.
Oriental holds its 10th Annual Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday May 2 from 7a to noon.. On the day of the sale, you can get a map of all the households that’ll be part of the sale. Maps will be $1. To register – to get on the map – contact Town Hall at 249-0555.
Croakerfest 2015 is happening on the first weekend in July – Friday July 3rd and Saturday the 4th. That would mean the festival finale – the fireworks display – would be on the Fourth of July.
The 2015 Oriental Cup Regatta is happening on the weekend of September 11-13. (It’s moving up a week from the more traditional third weekend in September.) It’s the 27th Annual and as in other years, the sailboat race and shore events raise funds for the Pamlico HS Booster Club’s Bill Harris Scholarship which goes to a student-athlete at Pamlico HS. More details coming. Larry Summers is organizing the event and says that “Appropriate Rituals are in process to insure good weather. Any special rituals for your own boat is the skipper’s responsibility.” For more info, contact Larry at 252-675-0467.
Oriental’s History Museum holds its 2nd Annual Street Dance on Saturday October 10, 2015.
The first Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival went over so well that the second annual OFPMF is planned for Saturday, October 17, 2015. Once again, front porches in Oriental will become stages for roots musicians. For a look at the first fest, click here.
Taste some good chili and help raise funds for Oriental’s Old Theater at the 8th Annual Chili Cookoff Oct 24. It takes place on the grounds of the Oriental Marina. More than a dozen chefs compete each year to be either the People’s Choice or the pick of the Judges — and sometimes both.
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 UHOOs – the Ukulele Hoalohas of Oriental – get together and practice on Tuesdays at — please note the new time — 3:30p. All are welcome to come to these practices at Sea Harbour Marina and Yacht Club — even if you’ve never played a ukulele before. All you need is a ukulele and a desire to have fun.
For more information contact Susan Banks (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Barb Masinton (email@example.com).
The Oriental Express Bicycle Club invites anyone with a bike to join them for their Recreational Ride on Saturday’s at 1p (winter schedule), 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 and Wednesdays. Sunday meet 1p at Lou Mac Park, Wednesday rides meet 3p at the Post Office parking lot. These are ‘no-drop’ rides focused on fitness and fun. For more info, check out the Bicycle Club’s web site. or call Doug Sligh 252-249-3362 and Cynthia Cochran 252-249-0761.
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.
Find a bargain in your clothes shopping and help Hospice of Pamlico County at the same time. The Hospice Thrift Shop in Alliance is open from 10a to 4p Monday-Friday and 10a-1p on Saturday. All winter and fall clothing is half price through February 22 and starting February 24, all clothing will be $1 a piece. The changeover to spring and summer clothing is coming on March 10. You really can score some fine threads there. 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 at 13626 NC Hwy. 55E, Alliance. For more info, contact the store manager at 745-5033.
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.
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 and welcome members and non-members alike. For more info, contact Ron Zielinski at 249-2128.
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.