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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • Oriental United Methodist Church welcomes one and all to its Easter Week services. On Maundy Thursday, April 17 there’ll be a 7p service at the sanctuary at 404 Freemason Street. On Good Friday, April 18, a Tenebrae Service is at 7p. On Easter Sunday, April 20, there’ll be a combined service at 11a. OUMC is also part of the community Easter Sunrise Service at LouMac Park which starts at 6:15a. (Bring your own chair for that one. The church also asks that the public bring fresh flowers either of those Easter services to adorn the cross will be at both services.) OUMC is at 404 Freemason Street. For more info, contact Claudia Bemis at 634-8482.

    Pamlico United Methodist Church will hold its Sonrise Service at 7a on Easter Sunday, outside the church at 4288 Orchard Creek Road. Hot breakfast will be served afterward and the regular church service will take place right after that.

    St. Thomas Episcopal Church has Holy Eucharist Monday thru Thursday at noon. Maundy Thursday Liturgy on April 17 at 8p, Good Friday Liturgy with Reserved Sacrament, 12 noon on April 18, and that night, Stations of the Cross, 7p. On Holy Saturday April 19, the Great Vigil of Easter: Sung Mass at 8p. And on Easter Sunday, April 20, Holy Eucharist, 8a and 10:30a at St. Thomas.

  • The Red Cross holds a blood drive on Friday, April 18 from 1-6p at Oriental United Methodist Church. As a result of weather-related blood drive cancellations this winter, the Red Cross has experienced a shortfall of blood and platelet donations, so the need is especially great right. OUMC is at 404 Freemason Street. For more info, contact the Red Cross in Greenville at (252)341-1325

  • les misThe Old Theater’s Friday Flick for April 18 is “Les Miserables”. The Victor Hugo crew is there..Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, Fantine, Cosette. In this 2012 version, they’re played by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried with Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as well.

    Tickets are $5. (includes NC’s new tax on non-profits’ events) and they go on sale at 6:30p at the box office. Doors open at 7 and show starts at 7:30p. Ticket price gets you unlimited popcorn. Still at least one more Friday Flicks coming: on May 16, it’s “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks. Proceeds raised at Friday Flicks go toward the Old Theater’s ongoing operations.

  • The Sand Dollar Circle of Oriental United Methodist Church presents its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at 10a on the grounds of OUMC. The hunt is for children ages 0 – 10. The children need to bring only a basket or container in which to put their eggs – the eggs, prizes and refreshments will be provided. OUMC says its Easter egg hunt is open to “all children of the community as well as family members.” Visitors to the church family are invited to join in as well. You’ll find the church at 404 Freemason Street.

  • While you’re swabbing those decks for spring cleaning, how about clearing the lazarette of those boat bits you don’t need? Bring them to the Nautical Flea Market on Saturday April 19 from 8a-1p outside the Provision Company. It’s open to all but in order to make things run smoothly, it is necessary to contact Provision Company manager Pat Stockwell at 249-1797 or iwpc@dockline.net to let him know you’ll be there. (Or point your bike or feet to 305 Hodges St.) Come by to find a deal and be part of a great tradition, at a Provision Company Nautical Flea Market.

  • The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street from 8-11a.

    At the Oriental Farmers’ Market, the emphasis is on “local” — all of the items for sale are locally grown or locally made. The market will be 7 years old in July and it’s been growing a lot in the past year, providing a great selection for a market in a town of our size. Stop on by and see for yourself. . You can get an idea of what will be for sale this week by visiting OrientalFarmersMarket.com

  • At Paradise Cove Marina on Saturday, April 19, The Yacht Dogs will be performing. And being Saturday, a potluck dinner. April 26 brings on the potluck dinner, while on Sunday, April 27 Mac McWilliams will be performing starting at 3p. Read the full lineup for Paradise Cove in 2014, here.Boat slips and RV rentals are available, too.

    Paradise Cove Marina is at 1242 Paradise Shores Road. (From Oriental, take Straight Road til it ends, turn right and follow that for a while, then pass Whortonsville. Paradise Shores Road is on your right.)

  • Where There’s Smoke… There’s Fire is the Oriental History Museum’s exhibit about the volunteer fire department that serves the town. museum fireVisit the Museum to see the collection of firefighting memorabilia donated by former firefighters. The exhibit runs through April. (If you have any fire department memorabilia that you would like to loan the museum, it’d be much appreciated.) Oriental’s History Museum and Welcome Center is located at 802 Broad Street in Oriental. Hours are: Friday 11 am – 3 pm, Saturday 1 – 4 pm and Sunday 1 – 4 pm. Admission to the Museum is always free and donations are gladly accepted. For more information contact museum@dockline.net.

  • The Village Gallery presents the works of Chris Wagner, who is its guest artist for March and April. Primarily working in watercolor, Wagner conveys heightened atmospheres in his paintings. By nature a light medium, Wagner’s watercolors tend to be darker though he finds ways to balance the most extreme of light colors with the darkest. “That is how life is,” he says. “It’s a constant goal in my paintings. If I don’t see the balance before the painting, the subject matter does not interest me.” His work will be on display thru the end of April. The Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 11-4.
  • Yes, electronics are so good that GPS can take you anywhere. Great stuff… until the electronics fail. That’s when you want the paper charts that don’t need batteries. USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 20-03 is offering The Weekend Navigator course beginning Tuesday April 22nd and ending May 1st at Station 19 on Straight Road in Oriental. It is designed to teach you how to navigate in the digital age, by teaching you the time honored techniques of chart plotting and compass navigation that is the basis for electronic navigation using your GPS and chart plotters.

    There will be plenty of hands-on practical exercises during each class. Cost is $40 per person or $50 for two sharing text. Participants will be required to provide charting instruments and local chart 11548. Registration is required. Contact Bob Webster at 252-249-2426 or at baldbuzzard@embarqmail.com

  • The return of warm weather means you’ll find sailors from Oriental 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. This year, by request from ODC, 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 78 for communications. Social at the Tiki Bar after the race. Questions? Contact Joe Valinoti – joesail1@gmail.com.

  • open mic nightHear some tunes, or sing ‘em 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.

  • Oriental’s Town Board will spend the next few months working out the Town’s budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The third of those budget workshops will be held on Wednesday April 23, at 4p, at Oriental’s Town Hall. The meetings are open to the public.

  • Here’s a chance to do something about the litter that floats up our creeks. riverkeeperOn Saturday April 26, Neuse Riverkeepers sponsor the 12th Annual Neuse River Cleanup. They’ll be cleaning the waters and land near it thruought the day in Oriental and Pamlico County. They need volunteers and, to make the cleanup easier, some shallow draft boats. Trash bags, gloves and orange vests will be provided. Individuals, as well as civic groups and churches and schools are encouraged to take part. Contact Bill Hines at 252-571-0264 or bill.hines@ec.rr.com, so he can coordinate the volunteers. This coincides with a town wide cleanup that day in Oriental.

  • The Pamlico Animal Welfare Society has been hosting a pet parade for 9 years now… which makes it 63 in human years. PAWS hosts its Spring Dog Parade at 11a Saturday, April 26 starting at Lou Mac Park. Skip Waters, meteorologist at WCTI will once again be one of the hosts. Each year dozens of dogs — as many as 100 sometimes — have taken part. Costumes are optional, but encouraged (and the basis of a lot of the awards.) Drinks and PAWS hotdogs will be served, with all the fixin’s. Registration is $5 per dog and begins at 10a – the parade sets out at 11a. Awards ceremony circa noon. Proceeds go to the Pamlico Animal Welfare Society and its work on spaying and neutering and the New Leash On Life dog-training programs at the Pamlico prison. For more info, contact Christine Garman, 252-249-3513

  • Oriental’s Parks and Recreation Committee is looking for volunteers to help clean up the Oriental Town Beach on Saturday April 26 from 9a-1p. This will be part of the Neuse River Clean Up Day and any amount of time that you can spare – one hour or the full four hours – would be appreciated. The big goal – at what some call Miniscule Beach – is to remove the prickly weeds in the sand so that folks can freely walk barefoot. If you could bring your own gloves, bucket and rake, it’d help the effort. Please call Sue Magnuson at 249-2096 for info and to let her know how many wlll be helping

  • yard saleIt’s never too early to get started on the spring cleaning and in Oriental, it’s become a tradition to have a time and place to sell those things. Oriental’s annual Town Wide Yard Sale is happening on Saturday, May 3 from 7a to noon. It’s a treasure trove of bargains for those browsing for those one-of-a-kind finds. Last year, more than 80 households took part and had their yards on the map for the sale. (The maps help you locate the yards with sales going on, and the maps will be for sale themselves that morning.)

    If you’d like to take part, contact Jennifer Del Rio at 671-5103 or jcraft827@gmail.com. To get on the map, provide her with your name, street address of the sale and a contact phone number. Only yards within the Oriental Town limits may appear on the Yard Sale map. Registration forms will also be available at Village Hardware soon.

    Meanwhile, if you don’t want to sell, but have things you’d like to give away, the Oriental History Museum will gladly take your donations and sell them at its tables. Proceeds will go toward the Museum’s ongoing work to recognize and tell Oriental’s history. Details coming on that too, though you can contact the museum at museum@dockline.net

  • The Town of Oriental’s tennis court at Lupton Park recent was redone, thanks to a combination of privae and public money. A Cinco de Mayo Mexican Luncheon on Saturday, May 3 from noon to 2p at the Oriental Marina aims to raise funds for some additional touches such as benches, a backboard, water fountain and a storage shed for brooms. The Cinco de Mayo luncheon – complete with guitarists and songs en espanol — will be happening at the courtyard of the Oriental Marina and Inn and will feature chicken fajitas, beans and rice, guacamole, salsa and chips. Iced tea and water go with it. Desserts and cerveza sold separately. Contact Carol Small for tickets at 249-0140. (This is happening the same day as the Town Wide Yard Sale – stop by for a bite.)

  • The cycling’s really good here and so less than a month after Cycle NC’s big weekend, there’s another opportunity. The 3rd Annual Cyclists Goin’ Coastal benefiting the NC Coastal Land Trust is happening May 3 out of River Dunes. There’s an 8 am start — and 5, 30, 50, 75 & 100 mile routes along the roads of Pamlico & Craven counties. Finish is at River Dunes, too and the after ride celebration will take place at the River Dune’s marina area next to clubhouse.  

    Early bird discounts if you register by April 11 – $50 for Coastal Land Trust members. (If you rode in the 2013 ride – you are a member.) For more info, click here. Over the course of 22 years, the NC Coastal Land Trust has acquired — and so protect — more than 61,000 acres in the coastal plain of North Carolina, including more than 7,500 acres in Craven, Beaufort, and Pamlico Counties. You may even be riding by some of it on May 3…..

  • Want to get in on Oriental’s sailboat racing scene? How about improving your sailing skills and getting more confident on the water? The Oriental Dinghy Club’s many races thru the year can help. Coming up on Sunday May 4 at 2p, the ODC is holding a recruitment race. It’s for those — with or without racing experience — who have thought about racing on the Neuse. The short race on the 4th will give you a chance to experience the sport from the inside. For more details and to make arrangements for sailing that day, contact John Bloom at bloomjc@gmail.com

  • Oriental’s Village Gallery holds its 6th annual Black Velvet Event on Friday May 9 from 4-7p at the Gallery. The event raises funds to support the operation of the Gallery, which is a fine art, not-for-profit cooperative. village gallery Come by — browse for art work, enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and full bar, visit with the artists, and place your bids in the silent auction. Auction items are works of art donated by the Gallery’s member and exhibiting artists. Look for works in oil, pastels, acrylic, photography, jewelry, watercolor, pottery, glass, and more.

    Tickets are $25 and will be for sale at the gallery before April 30th. The Gallery is located at 300 Hodges Street and is open from 10-5 Wednesday through Sunday. For more information contact the Gallery at 252-249-0300 during business hours or at info@villagegallerync.com.

  • Oriental’s Old Theater presents “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” on May 9-11. The musical comedy based on the Charles M. Schulz cartoon strip will be on the stage Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30p and Sunday afternoon at 3p.charlie brown Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children under 12. Old Theater members discount applies. Tickets go on sale Friday April 11 at Nautical Wheelers. They’ll also be on sale at the box office on performance days. Proceeds go to the Old Theater.

  • “Put A Word In” is the theme for the 11th Annual Art on the Neuse Outdoor Arts Festival on Saturday May 10 on the harbor in Oriental. AON Poster Red Sky This event – now in its 11th year – brings a wide selection of regional artists who show – and sell – their work. It’s organized by the Pamlico County Arts Council. If you’re an artist who would like to take part and show and sell your work, click here for the application form. Deadline to register is April 26.

    The Arts Council has brought authors and writing workshops to Pamlico County Schools this year. So, to highlight its focus on literature, Art on the Neuse artists are encouraged to “Put A Word In” this year. That is, work words – whether it be letters, phrases, or literary figures for example – in to one piece of their art. The public is invited to submit one such work as well. The works will be judged and awards given. There’ll also be poetry readings between the musical acts on the stage. (And this year’s poster will be on sale, too.)

    Art on the Neuse is free to attend – so come celebrate the arts in Pamlico County and support the year-round efforts of the Arts Council to do the same. Here’s a glimpse of last year’s Art on the Neuse Fest

  • After a long absence, the sailboat racers aboard Lightning Class boats are returning to Oriental on the weekend of May 17-18 for their Southeast Division races. About 15-20 boats are expected to race, launching from the Wildlife Ramp on Midyette Street and working from Grace Evans’ lawn. Each boat typically has crews of 3-4. A small informal group of sailors in Oriental, many connected with the Oriental Dinghy Club, has been trying to encourage more sailboat races here. Their efforts seem to have paid off with this Lightning event as well as the Sunfish Masters in May and the Sunfish International races in October.

  • Town of Oriental residents can put large appliances and furniture out for curbside pickup on Saturday May 17. Items should be placed at the curb by 7a. The truck will make one trip down each street. The white goods eligible for pickup include refrigerators, freezers, hot water heaters, air conditioning units, washers, dryers, and dishwashers. The brown goods include softer items — chairs, tables, sofas, mattresses, beds. No household trash computers or hazardous material will be picked up. Please limit pickup to (5) five items and separate white goods from brown goods. The pickup is for Oriental residents only.

  • Save the date, golfers. Pamlico Community College Foundation is presenting its annual golf tournament at Minnesott Beach on Saturday May 17. This is the big fundraiser for the PCC Foundation. Hit a few balls and help the Foundation help students at the school. Details to come.

  • Pamlico County Arts Council works throughout the year to support the arts and to encourage more residents here to find art .. or the artist in themselves. It also sees to it that arts groups in the county receive grants. On the evening of May 22, the Pamlico Arts Council invites the public to the Old Theater in Oriental for an evening of film and also to hold a brief annual meeting for its members. Come learn about what the Arts Council does, its plans for the coming year and enjoy some films. (They’d welcome you as a new member too.)

  • The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation celebrates kayaking and canoeing on Memorial Day weekend, with the Paddling in Pamlico Festival from May 23 to 26. There’ll be lessons for beginner kayakers, paddle racing, fishing from the kayaks and canoes, birding and wine tasting and paddling on waters near Oriental, Bayboro, Dawson Creek, Goose Creek. There’ll be campsites available too. For more info, click here.

  • silospalooza
    First was so good, the Silos is doing it again. The 2nd Annual Silospalooza will be happening on Saturday May 24 starting at 2p. Great music from four bands on the outdoor stage at the Silos — Opry Band (Traditional Country) start at 2:15. Then the Rhythm Doctors (Rockabilly) at 3:30, Blues Casters (Classic Rock) at 5p, The Eli Craig Band (Country.Classic) from Raleigh at 7p and Saltwater Gold (Rock/R&B/Soul) from 9-11:30. There’ll be a pizza eating contest, a free pig pickin’, beer sampling, door prizes, the Bud Girls, too. More details coming… Meanwhile, here’s the story on last year’s inaugural event.

  • The Sunfish US Masters Regatta comes to Oriental on May 31 and June 1. The Oriental Dinghy Club has the honor of hosting this national regatta for sailors over 40. (This is separate from the Sunfish Worlds – an international event open to all ages) which will be happening later in the year – in October – at Camps Seafarer and Seagull. Check back for more details on the US Masters in Oriental.

  • The Leukemia Cup Regatta is happening the weekend of June 6-8. Two days of boat racing on the Neuse, as well as the on-shore dinner and dancing at River Dunes, all to raise funds for the NC Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    You can register online at this link.

    Check out the coverage of last year’s Leukemia Cup.

  • jonathan byrdPamlico Musical Society presents two performances on Saturday June 14 with Jacob Johnson, followed by Jonathan Byrd and his band, The Pick Up Cowboys. The free performances will take place on the grounds of the Oriental Marina from 4:30-8p. Jacob Johnson’s story-telling style and flashy guitar embody what he calls “neo-acoustic folk funk.” NC-native Jonathan Byrd (at right) has racked up 7 albums and been described as “a folk singer with the heart of a rock and roll band.” If it rains, the shows will move indoors to the Old Theater.

  • Minnesott Golf & Country Club is hosting four golf tournaments called “The Majors at Minnesott”, corresponding with the four major golf tournaments of the PGA Tour. The tournaments are designed to help support the Pamlico High Golf Team.

    The next tournament, the US Open at Minnesott will be held on June 14 – when the US Open takes place. Other upcoming Majors @ Minnesott are: the British Open at Minnesott (July 19) and the PGA at Minnesott (August 9). (The first tournament was The Masters at Minnesott, played on the same April weekend as The Masters in Augusta.) Organizer Allen Propst states “This is an individual stroke-play tournament based on handicap and USGA rules apply. You can put together your own foursome or we will put you in a foursome. We want everyone to have fun and take ownership of the fact that they are promoting youth golf.” For more info, contact Allen Propst, Tournament Director, 252-671-4644.

  • First weekend in July means it’s time for Oriental’s biggest summer event: Croakerfest, which this year falls on July 4-5. It starts on Friday afternoon, July 4 with baking contests, a Croaker Queen and Miss Minnow pagaents, performances by the Pamlico Community Band and the Pamlico Chorale. Vendors and food sellers set up at Lou Mac Park. On Saturday July 5 comes the parade at 10a. In the afternoon, many small sailboats gather for the Croakerfest Regatta Saturday night there’s a big fireworks display.

    Volunteers are always needed and that’s especially the case this year. New in town? Come on out and help with making Croakerfest happen at the organizing meeting on March 8 at Brantley’s Restaurant at 9a. In meantime, here’s a look at the 2013 Croakerfest parade and at the sailing out on the river in the 2013 Croakerfest Regatta

  • The Green’s Creek Challenge, the race for boats under 20 feet is scheduled for Saturday September 6. Oriental Dinghy Club is organizing the race. Photos from the Greens Creek Regatta of a few years ago, are here.

  • Musicians used to gather on the front porch of the late Lucille and Billy Truitt’s Ole Store on South Water Street. The store has been gone for years, but now, it’s the inspiration for the The First Old Front Porch Music Festival, on Saturday September 13 from 11a-6p. Sponsored by Oriental United Methodist Church it’ll feature area musicians at OUMC and St. Thomas Episcopal Church, right next door. There’ll also be a jamming tent outside.The emphasis will be on local talents…not only music but with local food and craft vendors in the Methodist parking lot. For more info call Dottie Osmun 617-0540

  • The 301st Neuse River Solo Race takes place Saturday, October 4. The Oriental Dinghy Club last year decided to entice more boats and people on the water and introduced a second – separate – competition: the Double-handed Race. In order to qualify for the double-handed race, the ages of skipper and mate must total at least 150 years. It was a success so they’re doing it all again….

    Both the single-handed and double-handed races are for boats at least 20 feet long. For the story and photos from last years Solo & Double Handed races, click here.

  • Look for a lot of Sunfish sailboats in Pamlico County in October of 2014. The International Sunfish Class Association has announced that its 2014 Sunfish Worlds will take place October 8 through 18 at Camp Sea Gull in Arapahoe and on the Neuse River. The competition will feature both adult and youth events and an international flavor.

  • Oriental’s History Museum presents a Street Dance on Saturday October 11 from 4-7p. In doing so, the museum is reviving a tradition – at various times in Oriental’s history, people would gather and dance in the streets. The music changed, but the idea didn’t. More details on the October 11 Street Dance — which will be in front of the Museum on Broad Street — are coming. Music, dancing, food and silent auction will be part of the lineup. The Museum’s working to get the Wurlitzer fixed so that it can play 45’s, too.

    The Street Dance is a big fundraiser for the History Museum which relies entirely on contributions from supporters. (The museum gets no money from the Town.) If you’d like to be a sponsor for the October 11 street dance — or sign up as a member or would like any other information about the OHM, contact the museum at museum@dockline.net

  • Mark your calendar now for the Old Theater’s Chili Cookoff. It’s coming on Saturday October 18. More details coming about how to participate and put your chili in the running.

  • Oriental celebrates the holiday with Spirit of Christmas — on the second weekend in December which this year falls on Friday and Saturday December 12 and 13. Friday night’s activities have included the lighting of the Oriental Star at the Town Dock, caroling, a display of lighted boats — last year a half dozen lighted kayaks, lent a cheery glow to the harbor as the paddlers approached. Saturday’s highlights include the SOC Parade, live nativity at the Methodist Church, lots of open houses at businesses and stands for charities around town. Luminaria light the streets on one night. For a look at Spirit of Christmas 2013, click here.

  • Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 for the running of the Oriental New Years’ Eve Dragon. There are two runnings. The first run has typically been around 8p, the second around 11:30p. 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 last December 31st’s festivities, here.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • The Oriental Express Bicycle Club invites anyone with a bike to join them for their Recreational Ride on Saturday mornings. It winds its way through th 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 morning recreational ride in Oriental, the Oriental Express Bicycle Club also goes on longer and faster rides on Sundays and Wednesdays. These are ‘no-drop’ rides focused on fitness and fun. For more info, including the days, locations and times, check out the Bicycle Club’s web site. or call Doug Sligh 249-3362 and Cynthia Cochran 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’s Drummin’ Dragons get together every Thursday night from 7-8:30p. 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.)

  • Paddle with the Oriental Dragon Boaters. From April through October Oriental’s Dragon Boat group practices twice a week – Thursdays at 6p, and Saturdays at 8:30a. They meet at the Wildlife Ramp at the end of Midyette Street and the happily welcome newcomers of all ages and skill levels. No experience needed. Bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen, and water shoes. Oriental Dragon Boat Club will provide paddles, life jackets and instruction. (Note: they do not paddle in the event of thunder and/or lightning.)

    Information on Dragon Boating can be found at orientaldragonboat.com.

  • 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 7p. 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.

  • Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6:45pm. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up. For info about the club and meetings contact Jim Berry @ 249-3960.

  • 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.

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