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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • “Hey Mate, where are we?…Navigation Before GPS is the name of a special exhibit at Oriental’s History Museum. The exhibit covers traditional navigational methods for coastal piloting and off-shore cruising, along with the tools used back in the day before GPS. Visit the exhibit and maybe even find inspiration to learn these traditional methods as a backup on your next cruise. The exhibit opened on Sunday, January 31p with a lecture on Celestial Navigation by Don Charland, instructor at Wide World Marine Training. Before the exhibit ends in late May, two other navigation-related programs will be scheduled. For more information contact the museum at 252-249-1870 or museum@dockline.net. Museum hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free.

  • Norm Robins is the Village Gallery’s guest artist for the month of February. Primarily a water color artist, he also expresses himself through gouache, pastels, oils, and acrylics. Now a resident of Fairfield Harbor, Norm worked on murals and billboards as a sign painter in New York. He and other Korean War veterans in put on an art show about their experiences during that war some are now the Library of Congress. He has studied Japanese brush painting and paints Hebrew and Oriental calligraphy.

    Displaying the work of more than 30 local and regional artists, the Village Gallery is located at 300 Hodges Street and open during January and February from 10a till 5p Thursdays through Sundays. For more information visit villagegallerync.com or contact Judy Wayland at 252 249 1505 or call the Gallery during normal hours of operation at 252 249 0300.

  • Oriental Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 20-03 is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship Course beginning February 4th at the Station 19 Firehouse, on Straight Road in Oriental. Classes will meet from 6:30 to 9:15 PM on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting Thursday the 4th and run until February 25th.

    This is the most complete course on boating that the Coast Guard Auxiliary offers and will satisfy the North Carolina regulation requiring any person under the age of 26 operating a vessel with a 10 or more horsepower motor be certified in a NASBLA approved boating course. Successful completion of the course may also result in a lower boat insurance rate. Cost for the course is $40 per person or $55 for two sharing a book. egistrationo is required in advance and can be made by contacting Bob Webster at 252 2492426 or baldbuzzard@embarqmail.com

  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church is serving up its Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, on Tuesday, February 9 starting at 5:30p with continuous seating every half hour. It’ll be at the church at 402 Freemason St in Oriental. The public is invited. Donations accepted.

  • open mic nightHear 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.

  • Interested in volunteering at HeartWorks? You can be part of a dedicated group of volunteers who provide enrichment activities to the kids at HeartWorks’ 21st Century Community Learning Center. Learn more at an Open House/Orientation Session for new volunteers on Thursday, February 11 11 at 1p at HeartWorks on Hwy 55 in Bayboro. Volunteers are needed to mentor, teach literacy or math skills, arts & crafts, music, dance, chess, sports, gardening, the International Club to name a few. Short and long-term commitments are available to meet your schedule. Help is also needed with fundraising.

    For more information or if you would like to start helping sooner, please contact Katherine Hudson, Volunteer Coordinator, at 252-745-9703 or send an email to volunteer@heartworksNC.org

  • The Pamlico Animal Welfare Society – PAWS – holds a Yard Sale Saturday, February 13 from 9a-2p at the Women’s Club on Gilgo Road. Not only can you find some great stuff, you can also get your spring cleaning done early, and then donate items in good condition, large or small. (Please no clothes) Items can be dropped off at the Women’s Club Thursday, February 11th between 10a-1p or Friday, February 12th between 10a-2p PAWS asks that you please price your items to sell before donating. Volunteer to help on any of these days – even for a short while – and you set can shop before the doors open on Saturday. Questions? Call Christine@ 249-3513.

  • While your sailing time may fall off in the winter, you can still keep on top of your game. SCOO is once again holding a series of seminars to help you be more self-sufficient with your boat. Rigging, sail repair, engine work, brightwork are some of the topics covered in the 8 Tuesday and Thursday sessions happening from 10a-noon at Oriental’s Town Hall. Things kick off on Tuesday February 16 in a session titled, Why Oriental is the Sailing Capital of NC Mary Ann Parham talks about cruising in local waters. Click here for the full rundown of all the seminars.

  • The third and fifth Thursdays of the month are open jam session at Pamlico Community College. Next one is Thursday February 18 starting at 6p. It’s open to all. Bring your instrument – or voice – or just come to listen to the harmonies. It all happens at the Johnson Building Mall. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe. The public is welcome to attend. For more info, contact Jane Whitley (252-249-1851 ×3033 jwhitley@pamlicocc.edu or Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 × 3117 dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu

  • the playerOriental’s Old Theater presents Robert Altman’s The Player as its next Friday Flick, on February 19 at 7:30p. The 1992 movie was a sardonic take on power in Hollywood. Directed by Robert Altman and starring Tim Robbins, The Player is set around a murder that is less-a-whodunnit and more-a-who’ll-get-away-with-it. Admission is $5.50 and includes free popcorn. Box Office opens at 6:30p. Doors open at 7p. The Player is the main attraction and is preceded by a cartoon and the next episode of “The Complete Adventures of Flash Gordon.”

    Upcoming Friday Flicks (usually on the 3rd Friday of the month): in March, The Misfits. On April 8, it’s Blue Skies, which was the first flick shown at the newly opened Mart Theater in May 1946. What’s now the Old Theater turns 70 in May.

  • Indoor Dragon Boat RaceLast February, Oriental hosted its first Indoor Dragon Boat Race – a first not only for town but the first in the entire US. The 2nd Annual Oriental Indoor Dragon Boat Race is happening on Saturday February 20, again, in the pool at Village Health and Fitness. Unlike the summer dragon boat races, where teams of 22 compete on multiple boats to cross the finish line first, the inside race has smaller competing teams sharing the same boat. The two competing teams face each other at midship and then see which team can outrow the other. Click here to see last year’s event.

    Each team has 8 people and there are several categories of teams: men’s, women’s, mixed, youth, seniors, cancer survivor. To register your team, click here: No admission charge for spectators to watch poolside. Chinese meal served at 4p; tickets are $10 and available at the Provision Company, Nautical Wheelers or Village Hardware or by contacting Flora Moorman, Dragon Boat Festival and Race Organizer at info@orientaldragonboat.com or 252-675-9424. Proceeds go to the Journey of Hope, cancer support group at Village Health and Fitness.More info, here.

  • Even if you didn’t think you liked chamber music, Revien Trio could change your mind.revien old theater pamlico musical society Pamlico Musical Society presents the Revien Trio on Saturday February 20 at 7:30p at Oriental’s Old Theater. The contemporary chamber ensemble – whose members hail from the Georgia Guitar Quartet – plays chamber music and rock using ‘found’ instrumentation. The trio incorporates tech and other enhancements and have been known to switch them up – you might hear guitars and cello used as percussion, or guitar strings fitted with found objects to sound more like a sitar. Tickets are $22 and sold online You can also purchase them a few weeks before the concert at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street.

  • Raise The Roof With Music & Voice: Harbor Sounds plays a benefit concert on Friday, February 26, from 7-9p at the Oriental Woman’s Club Clubhouse, 1007 Gilgo Road, Oriental. With their mix of bluegrass, folk, country & gospel the band is raising funds for the OWC Roof Fund – Donations Accepted. An old-fashioned Ice Cream Social will follow the concert. More info – OWC’s Carol McAdoo 745-7762.

  • The Pamlico Community College Foundation invites you to its annual oyster roast. The 6th Annual Great Oyster Revival is happening on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 3-5 pm on the PCC Campus. Bring your oyster knife & gloves and come prepared to eat all you can. In keeping with tradition, they’ll be serving up Chili too! Proceeds go to assist students with educational expenses and promote faculty and staff development efforts. For more details, contact Brandi McCullough at 252-249-1851 (xtn 3010). Pamlico Community College is at 5049 Hwy.306 South in Grantsboro

  • The Old Theater in Oriental presents It Happened in the Park, in 3 performances March 4-6. It’s a variety show with song and dance, directed and written by Ben Gaskill. Showtimes are 7:30p on Friday the March 4th and Saturday the March 5th, and 3P for the Sunday matinee. Tickets are $15 ($12 for students and active military.) They go on sale February 5 at Nautical Wheelers.

    4th and Saturday Tickets are $15 ($12 for students & active military) and go on sale February 5 at Nautical Wheelers – and the box office on performance dates.

  • Pamlico Community Band presents its Spring Concert on Saturday March 19 at 7p at Oriental’s Old Theater. Admission is free, though donations are welcomed. Doors open at 6:30 p.m

  • The Oriental Boat Show has become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah and the 2016 Oriental Boat Show is coming up April 8-10. 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 95 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. For more info contact boat show impresario Sam Myers 252-249-0228 or via email, salmonboone@embarqmail.com. For a view of the 2015 boat show, click here.

  • The 2016 Hope Ball will take place on the evening of April 16, 2016 at the New Bern Convention Center. This is the big fundraiser for the Hope Clinic. More information will be available after the first of the year.

  • Pamlico Community College Foundation presents its 16th Annual Pepsi Cup Golf Tournament Saturday May 21, 2016 at Minnesott Golf & Country Club. This is the community college’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds go to assist students with educational expenses and promote faculty and staff development efforts. Registration at 8:30a followed by a 9:30a Shotgun Start. The $70 entry fee – per individual player – includes cart & green fees, one mulligan & tee, a continental breakfast and luncheon. For more info, contact Brandi McCullough at 252-249-1851 (x3010).

  • Croakerfest is always the weekend-with-the-first-Saturday in July. The 2016 Croakerfest is happening Friday-Saturday July 1 and 2.

  • The 3rd Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is coming — Saturday, October 15, 2016. Once again, front porches in Oriental will become stages for dozens of ‘roots’ musicians so that on that Saturday you can take in lots of live performances just by strolling thru the village. Look for a concert at the end of the day near the river, too. To see the 2015 OFPMF, click here.

  • Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2017 at the running of the Oriental New Years’ Eve Dragon. There are two runnings – both starting and finishing at Hodges and South Water. The first run starts at 8p, the second around 11:30p and has not one but two dragons — the Chinese dragon joins in on this run. Bring pots, bring pans, and make your own music for the dragon.

    After the end of that second dragon run, stick around the Hodges Street waterfront just a few minutes more: at midnight, the Oriental Croaker will drop from the mast of a sailboat at the Town Dock to welcome in the new year. Scenes from a recent December 31st’s festivities, here.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • The Minnesott Mens’ and Ladies’ Golf Association holds a Breakfast and Golf Tournament every second Saturday of the month. Breakfast is served at 8:30, 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.

  • 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. Check the bike club web site for current ride times. These are ‘no-drop’ rides focused on fitness and fun. For more info, check out orientalexpressbikeclub.com or call Doug Sligh 252-249-3362 and Cynthia Cochran 252-249-0761.

  • Oriental’s Drummin’ Dragons get together every Thursday night from 7-8:30p. You’ll find them in Lou Mac Park on those Thursday nights of summer, weather permitting. (In the winter months, they gather at the Perry Griffin House – 300 High Street.) All are invited – come on by and learn to drum. (They have some spare drums for you to try.)

  • The NAACP of Pamlico County holds its regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month at 6p at the Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church at 314 Water Street in Bayboro. All interested persons are invited and welcome to attend.

  • Find yourself a bargain at the Hospice Thrift Shop. It’s moved to a new location in Bayboro – across from the Pamlico High School in the former Clover Farms Grocery Store. It’s bigge, brighter and has lots more items for sale. Hospice Thrift is open 10a to 4p Monday-Friday and 10a-1p on Saturday. All of the proceeds go to support Hospice of Pamlico County. Donations of gently used clothes, housewares, small appliances, knickknacks, bedding, books, office supplies and more are always appreciated and may be dropped off during shop hours at the store. For more info, contact the store manager at 745-5033.

  • oriental farmers market The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street from 8a-11a – the warm weather hours. At the Oriental Farmers’ Market, all of the items for sale are locally grown or locally made. Stop by and see for yourself. Local produce, baked goods, artisinal work can be found there. For more info visit the Farmers’ Market website, here. Market moves to its winter hours 9a-noon on November 7, 2015.

  • Share ideas with fellow anglers. The Lower Neuse Anglers Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at 6:30p. They meet at the Village Restaurant from February thru October and welcome members and non-members alike. For more info, contact Bob Dillard at gbobdillard @ gmail.com or 704/236-4716

  • The Oriental Paddle Group goes out kayaking on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, setting out from the Wildlife Resources Commission ramp at the end of Midyette Street at 8a. Come and join the group, led by Larry Summers and Bill Hines as they paddle up nearby creeks. One benefit of these jaunts is the birds you can see. As Liz Lathrop of the Pamlico Birders group put is, “We have had interesting birds each time. The birds are not as skittish when you approach in a noiseless kayak.”

  • Alcoholics Anonymous meets in several locations in the area throughout the week.
    At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church on Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursday at noon. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Freemason Street, Sundays at 8pm.
    And at Rock of Zion Church on Hwy 306 in Grantsboro, on Fridays at 8pm.

    There is also an Al-Anon group meeting Tuesday nights – from 7-8pm – at 403 Mildred Street.

  • Its first thrift store was such a success that Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County moved in to bigger quarters. It’s now in Grantsboro, at the intersection of 55 and 306, next to the Piggly Wiggly. As before, the store specializes in furnishings and fixtures for the home and the materials to help build it. Proceeds go to the Habitat efforts to build affordable housing in Pamlico County. If you have items to give to the store and you’d like the donations picked up, give the store a call at 745-1106. That’s also the number to call if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Habitat’s latest home construction project.

  • Want to be part of a dragon boat team? The Oriental Dragon Boat Club welcomes new paddlers to join in. For the 2015 season practices are set for Sundays at 9a and Thursday evenings around 6p. They take off from the Wildlife Ramp at the end of Midyette Street. (The dragon boat, named Minerva, is stored just up Midyette Street at Clancy’s Marina, where the paddlers meet around 5:30p to help roll the boat down to the Wildlife Ramp.) Dress in comfy clothes, bring some water to drink. If you don’t have your own life jacket, the club has one you can wear. They also provide the paddles. For more info, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888. They practice from March thru mid-late-October.

  • Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6p. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up. For info about the club and meetings contact Paul Olson @ 675-3327. If you want to rent a tent, table or chairs call the Rotary order line at 649-3725. More info about Rotary at www.orientalrotary.org

  • Any Marine on active duty, retired, or honorably discharged with ninety days of active service is invited to join the Oriental “Dragon” Detachment of the Marine Corps League which meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1830 for dinner — meeting begins at 1900 — at the Oriental Fire Station 19 on Straight Road in Oriental. For additional information on joining this detachment, contact Commandant George Steenson at 252-249-3117.

  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 20-03 meets the first Wednesday each month at Fire Station # 19 on Straight Road, Oriental, at 7:30 PM. The meetings — which focus on boating safety, navigation and GPS, for instance — are open to the public. New members welcomed. For more info, contact the Auxiliary’s Bob Webster 252-249-2426

  • Handy with a hammer and nails? Pamlico County Senior Services needs more volunteers to help build handicap access ramps at the homes of some of Pamlico’s older residents. Senior Services provides the materials while volunteers led by Tim Balfour construct one ramp every month. Contact Tim at 745-3247 to offer a hand for the next project.

  • The Pamlico Chorale meets every Monday evening at 7p at The Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The Chorale performs in concert at least four times a year, including Spirit of Christmas weekend and opening the Croaker Festival. If you love to sing, the Chorale is the place to spend a few hours every Monday. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Carla Byrnes at 745-4793 or 670-4960.

  • When you go to the bank, you can help the food bank feed those who don’t have enough to eat.

    Pamlico County Fishes And Loaves is collecting canned goods and they have a drop-off point inside First Citizens Bank in Oriental. Fishes and Loaves is a cooperative effort of a number of churches and organizations in Pamlico County working to provide food to the hungry.

  • The Oriental Woman’s Club holds its meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm at the clubhouse at 1007 Gilgo Road. Guests are welcome. Meetings include refreshments, a special speaker and short business session. OWC is a service club focused on community service, as well as state, national and international concerns of women and children. The OWC awards several scholarships annually to Pamlico County High School graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level. For more information about club activities and membership, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888.

  • In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 800 shawls for those in need. The group meets Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am at the church to crochet or knit shawls and pray for the recipients of them. The weekly gatherings have brought together people from all walks of life and religious faiths. (And even non-knitters; if you don’t know how to knit, stop on by and get a lesson and join in.) Contact Leigh Price at 249-1361.

  • In Haiti the need is still great, and here in Oriental you can still help. Oriental’s United Methodist Church continues to collect bags of dried beans and bags of rice for Haitian earthquake victims. Thanks to generous donations in January, a truckload was sent to MERCI, the Methodist disaster relief center in Goldsboro, which is sending regular shipments to Haiti. Contributions of rice and beans greatly appreciated at the Methodist Church at Freemason and Church Streets. Cash may also be dropped off at the church office. For more info, contact Nancy Huff at 249-0732.

  • The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society meets at Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 9am on the last Saturday of every month (except June). They invite all HAMS and those interested in amateur radio to attend. For additional information, please call Gail (Wally) Wallace, KK4ASP, at 410-804-1750 or Bill Olah, KR4LO, at 252-249-0287.

  • Avoid the longer lines and drive to New Bern’s DMV office and take care of your driver’s license renewals at the DMV mobile unit that visits Pamlico County once every month. The big DMV RV is set up outside the County Health Department (behind the courthouse in Bayboro) on the second Thursday after the first Monday of the month. Hours are 9a-3p.

  • The Pamlico County Library hosts two book clubs. The Bookworm Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 2pm. The Beach Books Club – which takes on lighter fare – gets together on the second Tuesday, also at 2pm. New members welcome. Call the library at 745-315 for more info.

  • Go take a walk! The Oriental Walking Group sets out on a series of organized walks through the village on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet up with walk leaders Gary and Pat Leonard at Lou Mac Park for a 9am departure. Oriental’s a great town to walk around and the walking group may help you stay disciplined about getting fit. Pedometers and water bottles provided by the Flexfit program of Heartworks. Call the Leonards for details at 249-0138 or just show up.

  • Friends of the Pamlico County Library meets the first Thursday of the month at 11am at the library on Highway 55 in Bayboro. This is the group of folks who help sustain the library. For info, call 745-3515.

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