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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • 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.

  • Sailors from Oriental head 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. 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.

  • Hear that drum? 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 cloths, 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.

  • A great race for small sailboat sailors is coming up on Saturday, September 5. The Oriental Dinghy Club is presenting the 22nd Annual Greens Creek Challenge. It’s for boats under 20’ LOA but there’re no restrictions on age – Greens Creek is open to sailors young and older.

    They’ll be sailing a course that starts on the Neuse, goes under the bridge, past marks on Smith and Greens Creek and then under the bridge again to finish on the river. Skippers meeting is at 9:15a near the Wildlife Ramp. Race One at 10a has all sailors starting together. After lunch, at 1p, Race Two, a pursuit event, will feature a staggered start. Awards ceremony’s on Grace Evans’ lawn after the second race. For the Notice of Race and registration form, click here. Contact Beth Michne of ODC at 252-249-1175 or bmichne857@gmailcom with any questions. For more on the race, check out the story and photos from the 2014 Greens Creek Challenge, last year.)

  • The Village Gallery welcomes Pat Holscher, a national award winning watercolor artist as its guest artist for the months of September and October. Although she works in pastels, acrylics, and oils, she is primarily a watercolor artist. Her work stands out for its bold and vibrant colors — as well as drips and runs of those colors in integral parts of her paintings. Her work can be found in many private, municipal, and corporate collections. A resident of Washington, NC, she received a Gold Medal Award from the American Watercolor Society and has been juried into the Shenzhens Watercolor Biennial Show in China for the last two years.

    The public is invited to see her works and to meet Pat Holscher at an opening reception from 2-5p on Saturday, September 5. The Village Gallery is a cooperative gallery of local and regional artists open Wednesdays through Sundays 10a-5p. More information about the Gallery can be found at the Gallery website, here.

  • The 32nd Oar Race is coming on Saturday September 5 and will once again have sailboats racing from Fairfield Harbour to Oriental. Skippers’ meeting is at 8:30a, first warning is at 11a. This race commemorates the evacuation of Dunkirk and the perpetual award is an oar that was used during that historic maritime – and wartime – moment. (Click here for our story on the race’s storied background.)

    The Oar Race serves handily as a ‘feeder race’ for the next day’s Michelob Ultra Cup and its Oriental to New Bern run on Sunday, September 6. (Organizers do stress that there’s no requirement to take part in both — they are separate, stand-alone races.) Registration and more info on the Oar Race, here in the Notice of Race.

  • The Labor Day weekend tradition continues… The 29th Annual Michelob Ultra Cup Race from Oriental to New Bern sets out mid-morning on Sunday September 6. This “Race to Remember” raises funds for Alzheimers NC. Described as a “cruiser friendly, pursuit point-to-point race,” it is the other bookend to the Oar Race which, the day before – on Saturday Sept 5, will see boats and crews racing from Fairfield Harbor to Oriental. Sailors may choose to race in both, but are not obligated to. For registration and NOR to the 2015 Michelob Cup, click here.

  • Open Sailing has returned Bow To Stern Sailing. Open Sailing is done on FJs and Sunfish. It is every Monday – next opportunity comes Sept 7. $5/person and free for Bow To Stern members. Rigging and beginner intro starts around 5p, launching about 5:30p, and you sail until 7:30p or so. Participate in multiple short races or just enjoy some sailing. Please RSVP to Jim Edwards, 252-474-6000. Bow To Stern is at 290 Blackwell Point Loop Rd – for directions click here.

  • 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.

    Saturday, there’s the skippers’ meeting at 9 and race start at 11:30. Beef and shrimp dinner by the Toucan Grill at 6:30p and dancing to Saltwater Gold 8:30-midnight. Sunday morning, NSA provides the Bloody Mary’s at 9:30 with awards announced at 10:45a. Click here for entry form Larry Summers who is organizing the event says that “Appropriate rituals are in process to insure good weather.” For more info, contact Larry at 252-675-0467.

  • The Garden Club of the Oriental Woman’s Club Bob Miller, professor emeritus of Urban Forestry will discuss the issues related to the science of climate change on Tuesday, September 15. The talk at the Garden Club meeting is open to the public and will be held in the OWC clubhouse at 1007 Gilgo. Refreshments will be served from 9 till 9:30a when the presentation begins. The presentation will last about 45 minutes with opportunities for questions and answers.

  • Author Faye Green gives a talk about her book, “Gertie,” on Tuesday, September 15 at 7p at Arapahoe United Methodist Church. Her novel of historical fiction is set in Maryland in the early 1900’s and icenters on a divorced woman raising her child in a small town. Faye Green started writing “Gertie” while living on Dawson Creek. She’ll be reading from her book as well as talking about her own story. The public is invited. The church is on Hwy 306 at Bennett Rd,

  • 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 after-school activities and other support services for children in Pamlico County.

    Friday night September 18 there’s a casual dinner and dance with Saltwater Gold. ($25 per person) Saturday September 19 features music at the new River Dunes amphitheater (among others, Gary and fiddler Dave of Molasses Creek hit the stage at noon.) There is also art and activities on the water. That’s all free. The Harborfest is capped by a Saturday night gala dinner dance – classic rock, country and beach musisc by The Entertainers and food by The Chelsea. ($75 per person) Have a boat? There’s even a Boater’s Special.
    You can now register & get tickets online for Harborfest – click here.
    For more info, contact Jim Ragan at jragan@embarqmail.com

  • Oriental’s Old Theater opens its new season of Friday Flicks on September 18 with a showing of Wind at 7:30p. Tickets are $5.50 (includes tax) and the popcorn’s free. As is tradition, the feature film will be preceded by a cartoon and the first episode of The Complete Adventures of Flash Gordon.

    Upcoming films in the Friday Flicks series include, Muscle Shoals to be shown October 16 in conjunction with the next day’s Ol’ Front Porch Music festival.; and on November 20, The Trouble With Harry Still further ahead, , Shop Around The Corner, Cabaret, The Player, and The Misfits .Click here for more details

  • mcwilliams Friday night September 18, Mac McWilliams is on deck at Water Street Grill. To his shows, he brings a mix of Texas swing, blues, country and non-genre music. Listen for some choice song picks, regardless of genre. Show starts circa 6:30p.
  • Hope Clinic is hosting its 1st Annual Coastal Carolina Car Show and BBQ on Saturday, September 26th in Bayboro at the parking lot of Pamlico High School. The car show runs from 10a-3p and the Dennis Brinson-cooked ‘cue will be served from 11a-1:30p. it’s $10 per plate. Admission to the car show is free to the public. Entry fees are charged per car, truck and motorcycle. While any age vehicle may be entered, only vehicles 25 years or older – 1990 model year – are eligible for judging.

    For more details and a mail-in registration form click here. Proceeds from the day go to Hope Clinc which provides health car to the uninsured in Pamlico County.

  • Oriental Dragon Boat Club holds an Octoberfest Celebration on Saturday, October 3 from 4-6p at the Oriental Marina & Inn. Dinner will include brats prepped by grillman Jim Kellenberger as well as German potato salad and German sauerkraut. The $15 ticket gets you one Sam Adams Octoberfest beer, a glass of wine or one soft driink. Tickets on sale at the farmers’ market & The Provision Company or via Linda Parker 249-0888, Bill Minchin 249-2199 or Ben Reese @ 675-3813. Money raised goes towards payment for the boat, insurance & maintenance.

  • Oriental’s History Museum holds its 2nd Annual Street Dance on Saturday October 10 from 4-7p in the parking lot in front of the Museum at 802 Broad Street. There’ll be a DJ, dancing, food, a Silent Auction and raffle of a Sea Chest. Auction items include gift baskets, pottery, art work, photography, gift certificates and more. Come on down to the dance — a revival of an Oriental tradition — and help support the Museum.

  • Pamlico Community College Foundation presents its 5th Annual Brinson Dinner Dance & Art Show Saturday October 10 at PCC Delamar Center 5:30-10pm. Beach & boogie served up by the Carolina Coast Band. Proceeds go to assist the family members of Pamlico County EMS workers & Firefighters. Tickets $25 for dinner & dancing, with a special rate of $15 for those just wanting to cut the rug. This year will feature the works of Pamlico County artists as an added bonus. For more info, contact Brandi McCullough at 252-249-1851 (x3010) or Dr. Cleve Cox at 252-249-1851 (x3007).

  • Get rid of your household hazardous waste in one clean swoop on Saturday, October 10 from 9a-noon at the next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Pamlico Courthouse parking lot. Here’s your chance to dispose of cans of paint, used motor oil, pesticides, gas, cooking oil, antifreeze in an environmentally safe way. Basically, it’s about the kind of things we have around our homes that shouldn’t go to the landfill. (Just so you know, they will not accept commercial waste, gas cylinders, explosives, ammo or infectious, biological or radioactive wastes. As for electronics, you can drop them off at the dump/transfer station on Hwy 306 throughout the year. For more info, contact Bobbi Waters of Coastal Environmental Partnership at 252-633-1564 or e-mail her at bobbi@crswma.com or call Pamlico County’s Solid Waste Mgmt office at 745-4240.

  • The first Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival went over so well that the second annual OFPMF is planned for Saturday, October 17. Once again, front porches in Oriental will become stages for roots musicians from 11a to 4p. This year a concert has been added to the festival. Singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett will be performing in the late afternoon on stage at the Methodist parsonage lot at Freemason and South Streets. First up will be The Carmonas. front porch musisc

    Right now, there’s a call-out for porches, musicians and artisans (who would sell their works at a country market that day.) For links to application forms and how to get involved, click here.

    Want to be an angel? This year, it’s possible to sponsor various aspects of the festival, from individual porches, to the concert finale, to even the portajohns. More details and the sonsor form, here. To raise some funds for the fest, there are also 2015 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival buttons you can wear to show support for — and help advertise — the festival. You can get them (cost is $5) at Nautical Wheelers. Or call Donna Luh at 252-249-1190.

    For a look at the first fest, click here.
  • ghost walk Experience the ghosts and legends of Oriental. Walk along the waterfront and learn about hauntings and paranormal phenomena in a small town. Tours begin at the dinghy dock near M&M’s Restaurant, 8:30p on October 23 & 24 Tickets are $10, children are free. Cash works.

    Tours for private parties can be scheduled for groups of four or more. Call 252-639-0447 for more info.

  • Taste some good chili and help raise funds for Oriental’s Old Theater at the 8th Annual Chili Cookoff Oct 24. From 11a-2p, the chili contest 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.

  • 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) or Dr. Cleve Cox at 252-249-1851 (xtn 3007). Pamlico Community College is at 5049 Hwy.306 South in Grantsboro

  • Pamlico Community College Foundation presents its 16th Annual Pepsi Cup Golf Tournament Saturday May 21 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) or Dr. Cleve Cox at 252-249-1851 (x3007).

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

  • The Oriental Woman’s Club and Nautical Wheelers will present an Italian Night dinner and wine tasting on Friday May 8 at the OWClubhouse on Gilgo. The event starts a 6p. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at First Citizens Bank.

  • Pamlico County’s Ag Extension Service offers a workshop on Landscape Plants and Caring for Them here in Pamlico County on Saturday, June 20 from 10a to noon at the Oriental Farmers Market. Other upcoming workshops, on the third Saturdays of the month are July 18, Canning Vegetables 101; August 15th, Fall Vegetable Gardening. For more info, contact Ag Extension in Alliance at 252-745-4121.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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