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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • The tradition continues… Oriental’s Thanksgiving morning bike ride is on again for 2014. Show up at the Town Dock 9a on Thursday November 27 for the Thanksgiving bike ride around Oriental. It’s a leisurely thing — you’ll have time and breath to talk with other folks as you pedal along the roads in town.

    The route follows the waterfront, visits the boatyards and most of the marinas in the town limits and swings down Midyette Street and back to the harbor. No registration necessary. Just show up by the Town Dock (across from The Bean) at 9a.

  • The Village Gallery presents the works of fiber artist Alice Engel Levinson, who is the Village Gallery’s guest artist for November and December.

    In her recent works, the Gallery says, Levinson has been “moving the textile further off the wall” toward something sculptural. In creating her pieces, she starts with white cloth and then creates a complex layering of images, colors, textures — even text. She’s been invited to display her work next fall at the Italy Biannale. You can see it now at the Village Gallery, across from the Town Dock and harbor in Oriental. The Village Gallery, which features the works of many local artists, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10-5p

  • Children of all ages are invited to attend a November 29 casting call for the Live Nativity at the 2014 Spirit of Christmas. It will be held between 10a and 1p at the Fellowship Hall of Oriental United Methodist Church, where characters will be assigned and costumed. The Children’s Theater Workshop is looking for a few noble wise men, as well as humble shepherds, small sheep, heavenly angels of all ages and sizes, and the main cast of characters. Parents and friends are urged to come and assist the players in presenting this lovely pageant. Any who would like to participate and cannot attend the November 29 meeting should call Macy Watts at (252) 670-3091 and she will arrange another time.

    Rehearsals will be on Wednesday, December 3 from 4:30-5:30p, Wednesday, December 10 from 4:30 to 6p and there will be a dress rehearsal on Friday, December 12 at 4:30p. The Live Nativity will be happening at 3p on Saturday, December 13.

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

  • Oriental’s History Museum presents, “Good Eats: 100 Years of restaurants in Oriental thru January. It starts with the Croaker House at the Tumble Inn, and Bell’s Cafe dating to the 1920’s and touches on various eateries since. Oriental’s History Museum has also just updated its collection of artifacts and fossils thanks to a loan from the Aurora Fossil Museum. It’s a great exhibit for museum-goers of all ages. Stop in with your children and grandchildren to see the whale vertebrae, shark’s teeth and more. The museum is at 802 Broad Street and open Fridays 11a – 3p, Saturday 1 – 4pm and Sunday 1 – 4pm.

    Meanwhile, the Museum really needs more volunteers. It’s a chance to learn about the Town’s history. Hours are very flexible. For more info, contact Sharon at museum@dockline.net or call 249-3340.

  • Paradise Cove Marina holds potluck dinners every Saturday night starting around 5p.

    On Saturday November 29 Bryan Mayer performs (Mayer performs again Sat Dec 6).

    The newly updated lineup of events at Paradise Cove can be downloaded 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. Within a mile, Paradise Shores Road is on your right.)

  • daphne thomas woodburn bearPamlico Arts Council and Pamlico Library present an exhibition of pygrograhic art by Daphne Thomas in November at the library. Wood provides the canvas for the finely detailed images of nature that Daphne creates with a wood burner. She has a background in biology and pen and ink illustrations (they can be seen in the guide, Salamanders of the US and Canada), but on setting up a home studio near Oriental 10 years ago, Daphne began to apply the fine detailing of pen and ink to the art of pyrography her grandmother had done. Daphne uses wood that’s been cast away and brings new life to it.

  • There are ways, other than graffiti on a wall, to express yourself regarding a public restroom. At its meeting on Tuesday, December 2 at 7p, Oriental’s Town Board will hear public comment on plans to construct public restrooms at the South Avenue property adjacent to Town Dock 2.

    Click here to see the proposed site plan. and,here for the interior./

  • 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 somewhere between 6:30 and 7p. The Silos is at 1111 Broad Street. Look for .. the silos. Call 252-249-1050 for more info.

  • The Old Theater is holding auditions on December 8, 9 & 10 from 7–9 p for “Love Letters,” a play written by A.R. Gurney and a runner up for a Pulitzer prize. It will be directed by Jackie Mahan and presented March 13, 14 & 15. There are two characters in “Love Letters,” a rebellious woman and a straitlaced man who have corresponded for half a century. For the two actors, there’s very limited line memorization needed as the letters are read on stage. Oriental’s production of “Love Letters” presents other opportunities for behind-the-scenes volunteers (light props, set, costume work) For more info, contact Jackie Mahan, 252-249-1340 or jax.mahan@gmail.com.
  • Oriental’s Old Theater’s Friday Flick for December is Joyeux Noel, showing on Friday December 12 at 7:30p. The 2005 film is based on the remarkable story that unfolded during WWI, on Christmas Eve of 1914. On the western front of the war, German, French and British troops declared a truce and shared a few moments of friendship. That truce, however, was unauthorized, and when their superiors learned of it, there were consequences to pay.

    Joyeux Noel was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006. Tickets to the Old Theater’s Friday Flicks screening are $5.50. That includes popcorn. Box office opens at 6:30p, doors at 7p, le movie rolls at 7:30p. All proceeds go to the support of The Old Theater, a non-profit organization.

  • Oriental’s 2014 Spirit of Christmas parade comes on Saturday December 13 and in a change, it will start this year at 1p. Chief Parade Elf, Paul Fairbank says that’ll make for a warmer parade with more daylight than starting later in the afternoon. Being in the parade will be free as always; registration starts mid-November. The theme for the 2014 Spirit parade – Favorite Christmas Movies.

    And remember… the 2014 Spirit of Christmas Parade will be at…. 1p.

  • 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.

  • Every year Oriental has an alternative to New Year’s Day TV watching. The Instead of Football Regatta starts out from Oriental Marker #1 at noon on New Year’s Day, Wednesday January 1, 2015. As touted by Tom Lathrop, this is the way to “rid yourself of all headaches from New Year’s Eve hangovers, visiting curmudgeons and unruly children and pets.” It’s also a great way to take in the first day of the year. You can sail, you can motor. No one’s really keeping score. Well, most aren’t. The mandatory (mandatory if you want to get fed) Skippers’ Meeting is after the race at 3p at M&M’s Restaurant. Soup’s usually served. Also, if you have any unwanted presents from the holidays, wrap them up (or bag them) to be re-gifted in a drawing of all the boat names (whose owners are present.) Any questions, contact Tom & Liz Lathrop at 252-249-2646 or Art & Elise Tierney at 252-249-2859.

               • Photos and story from the Jan 1 2013 Instead Of Football Regatta.
               • Photos and story from the Jan 1 2012 Instead Of Football Regatta.
               • The windless 2011 Instead Of Football Regatta.

  • 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, salmonboone@embarqmail.com. For a view of the 2014 boat show, click here.

  • The 2015 Oriental Cup Regatta is happening on the weekend of September 18-20, 2015. The proceeds fund the Bill Harris Scholarship which has gone to a student athlete from Pamlico High School since 1991.

  • 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.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • 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 4p. 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 (skbanks01@gmail.com) or Barb Masinton (barb.masinton@gmail.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.

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