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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.
Oriental’s Town Board meets on Thursday, April 2 at 4p for an Agenda Workshop at Oriental’s Town Hall. This meeting is a preparation for the Board’s regularly scheduled first-Tuesday-of-the-month meeting on Tuesday, April 7. Like all meetings, these are open to the public. Check back for agenda which will be available here once made public.
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 plein 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 can be seen in his paintings of trees which make up much of his exhibition at the Village Gallery. As always, visitors can also see the works of the Gallery’s 30 resident artists. Hours are 10a-5p, Wednesday thru Sunday.
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.
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.
Heart works is holding and Open House for Volunteers on Tuesday, April 7 from 1-3p for those who would like to help with the after-school or summer programs. You might read to the younger kids or teach, among other thins, art, crafts, chess, sports, dance, math, music, gardening. It can be set up around your schedule. At the April 7 session, there’ll be info on a two-week literacy tutor training. Heartworks had initially held this workshop in February; despite the snow, a lot of would-be volunteers still showed up, but for those who couldn’t make it, Heartworks is having this second Open House/Information Session at HeartWorks, 709 Main Street, Bayboro. Please register in advance by calling 745-9703 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org If you can’t make the meeting, but want to find out more , visit heartworksnc.org
In July, Croakerfest turns 35. Croakerfest organizers note that for a 35th anniversary, Coral is the gift, which is why they’re making this year’s theme “Croaker, swimming among Coral”. Now, the Croaker Committee is looking for a T-shirt design based on this theme. Try your hand at designing this year’s T-shirt. Send a “rough draft” (using color) to PO Box 1067, Oriental N.C. 28571 or drop it by 209 Neuse Street in Oriental. Either way, get your entry in by April 8. The winning designer will get bragging rights with mention in the Croaker Festival Program and on the Croakerfest website
Meanwhile, with planning underway for the 2015 Croaker Festival, the Croaker Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on this year’s crew. Right now, the Croaker Fest needs help with Advertising/Sponsorships, Vendors, t-shirt Design, Croaker Booth, Baking contest, and Publicity. If you can spare some time please contact Cheryl Thompson at email@example.com or 252-249-0510.
Croakerfest always falls on the first Saturday in July. This year that means the Fourth of July. Festivities start the day before, on Friday, July 3.
It’s budget season for the Town of Oriental. How is the Town’s money spent? You can learn at several Town Board Budget Meetings in April. First is on Wednesday, April 8 at 10a, followed by another on Wednesday, April 22 also at 10a, and again on Thursday, April 30, right after the Town Board’s 4p Agenda Workshop. All meetings are at Town Hall and are open to the public
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. For a view of the 2014 boat show, click here.
The Oriental United Methodist Church is once again working with Stop Hunger Now to get food for those in need. On Saturday April 11 at 10a, volunteers will gather in the church Fellowship Hall to pack 10,000 meals. They figure it’ll take about 2 and a half hours. Volunteers are needed, and so are funds. The church needs to raise $2900 for the campaign this year and is selling “shares” for $25 (checks made out to OUMC with “Stop Hunger Now” on the memo line.) For more info, contact the church office at 252-249-1361 or Leigh Price at 252-249-1361
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.
Minnesott Golf & CC presents the 2nd Annual Majors at Minnesott golf tournament series, 4 four tournaments that correspond to the four Major golf tournaments on the PGA Tour. First up this year: The Masters at Minnesott – April 11 followed by The U.S. Open at Minnesott – June 20, The British Open at Minnesott – July 18, and The PGA at Minnesott – August 15. They’re supporting the Pamlico County High School Golf Program. 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 email@example.com.
(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.)
The third Thursday of the month is an open jam session at Pamlico Community College. Next one is Thursday April 16 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.)
Pamlico Community College will host a lecture and book-signing with Simon Spalding, author of “*Food at Sea” on Friday April 17 at 7p* in the college library. Food at Sea – Shipboard Cuisine from Ancient to Modern Times explores the food of 13th-century Spanish galleys, early explorers, navies of the 18th and 19th Centuries, all classes in early steamships and great ocean liners, among others. The lecture is free, and light refreshments will be served afterwards. Copies of Food at Sea – Shipboard Cuisine from Ancient to Modern Times will be available for purchase, and the author will be on hand to inscribe and sign copies. Pamlico Community College is at 5049 Hwy. 306, Grantsboro. Call 252-249-1851 x.3033 for more information.
Coming up – in May, on the 15th – the Friday Flick will be “Life of Pi.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oriental’s Marine Corps League holds its Annual SOS Dinner at the Silos Restaurant on Sunday April 19 from 4-7p. Local Marines will be serving Chris’s famous SOS (creamed beef over biscuits). Sides include baked beans and a medley of mixed vegetables. Iced tea is included. Live entertainment from Bob Laverty. Tickets are $10 and available at the Silos, Nautical Wheelers or from any Marine. Contact John Rahm at 675-9153 for tickets or additional info. Tickets are limited so buy them early…
Raise ten paws… On Saturday, April 25 the Pamlico Animal Welfare Society puts on its 10th Annual Paws Dog Parade at Lou Mac Park. Parade begins at 11a – with registration from 10-11a. (Those who want to register in advance may do so at the Bean on Saturday April 18th or Wednesday, April 22 from 10a-12noon. The entry fee is $5 for each dog and PAWS asks that all vaccinations be up to date and dogs properly leashed. Money raised goes to support the low cost spay/neuter voucher program, the pet food pantry and the New Leash on Life program which allows inmates at Pamlico Correctional Center to train dogs so the dogs may find a forever home after graduation. If you’d like, dress your doggie in a costume — honors are bestowed in many categories. Another option is to bribe a judge so your pet raises the most money for PAWS. The PAWS DOGS hot dog cart will be selling hot dogs with the fixings and drinks for the hungry humans. This year’s parade will be dedicated to the late-Skip Waters who served as head judge for the parades for many years.
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.
Time to take a moment to give back to that river. Saturday April 25 is the 2015 Neuse River Cleanup Day. You can pitch in from a kayak or canoe or shallow boat that’ll take you to the banks of the creeks. Or help out by removing the litter on roadsides alongside the ditches that lead to the river. Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation promotes the river cleanup. More details coming…
Oriental holds its 10th Annual Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday May 2 from 7a to noon.. Great inspiration to clear out all that stuff you don’t need. And of course, a concentrated area for treasure seekers. Last year, 93 households in Oriental took part.
On the day of the 2015 Oriental Town Wide Yard Sale, you can see them all on a map showing the households that’ll be part of the sale. Maps will be $1. To register – to get on the map – contact Marsha Paplham at 249-0334 or email@example.com
Oriental’s History Museum is offering a guided tour of its Feathered Friends of Oriental exhibit on Sunday, May 3 at 2p. Local birding enthusiast (and expert) Liz Lathrop will take you thru the photographs assembled in the Museum’s ‘indoor aviary” and will talk about spring warblers and other birds migrating through. The Museum is at 802 Broad Street in Oriental diagonally across from the Post Office. Museum hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free. For more information about this free program and the exhibit contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 12th Annual Art on the Neuse Outdoor Arts Festival on Saturday May 9th from 9a – 4p on the grounds of the Oriental Marina. Oriental’s only arts fest brings a wide selection of regional artists who show – and sell – their work. There’s music, too. 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. Entry fee is only $35. Deadline to register is April 24.
Art on the Neuse is free to attend. Here’s a glimpse of the 2013 Art on the Neuse Fest
As a complement to this year’s Art on the Neuse Arts Fest on May 9, there’ll be a tribute to an earlier artistic spark in Oriental. Some friends of the late Joe Cox are staging a one-day retrospective of his work and the decades the NCSU School of Design professor and his wife Betsy spent in Oriental. It is the Cox’s and a few others we have to thank for dreaming up the dragon motif for a town named Oriental and the New Years’ Eve dragon run more than 50 years ago. The house where they lived – at South Water and Hodges — still stands.
Plans are for the display and exhibition to take place at the OYC, one of the places in town where Joe led painting workshops. Right now, the organizers are asking those who have any of Joe Cox’s works — or memorabilia from the Cox’s years in Oriental — to loan them for this one-day display at OYC. is out for those with some of Joe Cox’s works to lend them for this one-day display at the OYC. Contact Stan Allen in New Bern at 252-633-4685. (Click here for another example of Joe Cox’s work.)
Village Gallery holds it annual Black Velvet Fundraiser party on Friday May 15 from 3-7p at the Gallery on Hodges Streeet across from the harbor.. More details coming soon…
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.
Coming up on the weekend of September 18-20 is HarborFest at River Dunes Grace Harbor. It’s the inaugural year for this fundraiser for Heartworks, which provides afterschool actiivites and other support services for children in Pamlico County. Save the date. More details coming…..
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 (email@example.com) or Barb Masinton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.