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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 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 – email@example.com.
From Town Hall: “Town Hall will close at 3pm on Thursday, July 2nd and be closed on Friday, July 3rd for the Independence Day holiday.”
Oriental’s big summertime do – Croakerfest – turns 35 this year. Croakerfest, the 2015 Edition, is happening on the first weekend in July – Friday July 3rd and Saturday the 4th. As is tradition, the fest starts on Friday afternoon with baking contests, pagaents and music from local band and chorale. Saturday features the parade and more attractions down by the Lou Mac Park waterfront. And in an alignment of the stars that happens every few years, Saturday’s festival finale – the fireworks display – will coincide with the Fourth of July.
The festival needs some financial help. For one, you can become a Sparkler and help pay for what is the biggest small town fireworks display around. There’s a list of the various fireworks — and resounding shells – you can sponsor at the Croakerfest website, making it easy to choose and pay. Checks may be sent to: Fireworks for Croaker Festival, PO Box 1067, Oriental, NC 28571.
Got a small boat? Race it in the Croakerfest Regatta on Saturday July 4. It’s become a popular Croakerfest event in recent years – drawing more competitors, not to mention spectators who watch from the Oriental bridge and the Lou Mac pier.
Paul Welles says it’s open to Sunfish, FJ, and Opti sailors of all ages who’ll be racing 3 or more times that afternoon. Racing starts at 1p. Registration at Grace Evans’ yard next to the Wildlife Ramp from 10-11:30a followed by the Competitors’ Meeting at11:30a. Refreshments and rewards just after the competition, at Grace Evans’ yard. Click here for more details including the Notice of Race and the registration form. For the story and photos of a recent Croakerfest Regatta, click here.
At the Village Gallery you can see photographic works by Sue Ellen Garner, who is the Village Gallery’s guest artist in July and August. An Air Force Veteran, Garner first got interested in photography while stationed in Athens, Greece and later earned a commercial photography degree from Northern Virginia Community College. She continually turns her focus to nature – and prefers to do very little, if any, altering of the image after taking the shot, which can be seen at her Village Gallery exhibit.
An opening reception will be held Saturday July 4 from 2-5p at the Gallery. The Village Gallery, at 300 Hodges Street on the harbor in Oriental, is open from 10a-5p Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information about The Village Gallery visit www.villagegallerync.com or contact Judy Wayland at 252 249 1505.
Open Sailing has returned Bow To Stern Sailing. Open Sailing is done on FJs and Sunfish. It is every Monday – next opportunity comes July 6. $5/person and free for Bow To Stern members. Rigging and beginner intro starts around 5:00p, 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.
If you want to run for a seat on the Oriental Town Board this November — or a seat in the governments of other Pamlico County towns — you have to declare your intentions during two weeks in July. Candidate filing is what it’s called and it starts on Monday, July 6 at noon and ends 11 days later, on July 17 at noon. You file at the Board of Elections office at the County Courthouse in Bayboro. For more info, contact Elections Supervisor, Lisa Bennett at 745-4821. Click here for a listing of the seats open for election this fall in Pamlico County’s municipalities, and for the guide to the early voting dates.
There are still some openings for students to take part in the 2015 Season of the Children’s Summer Theater Workshop. It’s open to students from 1st thru 12th grade. They’ll be coached in acting this year by Julia Youngsmith. The first sessions start June 29 and run thru July 10. (1st and 2nd graders attend from 9-noon, and 5th-6th-7th graders from 2-5p) The second sessions run July 13-24 with 3rd and 4th graders in the morning and 8-12th graders in the afternoon. Click here to download more info and the registration form. Cost of the two week workshop is $25, a price kept low thanks to many contributions in Oriental.
The third and fifth Thursdays of the month are open jam session at Pamlico Community College. Next one is Thursday July 16 starting at 6p. It’s open to all. Bring your instrument – or voice. Or just come to listen. It all happens at the Johnson Building Mall. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe. Upcoming jams happen on July 30th and August 20th.
Celebrate Oriental’s History Museum first 10 years. On Saturday, July 18 from 2-4p, Oriental’s History Museum will be serving up ice cream and cake along with some retrospective displays from the museum’s early days. Back in the summer of 2005 the museum opened its doors at 802 Broad Street with a little more than 100 artifacts. It now has more than 2,000 items depicting life in Oriental dating back to the mid 1800s. For more information contact the OHM at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. The Masters at Minnesott took place in April. Coming up next will be The British Open at Minnesott – July 18 and The PGA at Minnesott – August 15. 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. It’s all to support the Pamlico County High School Golf Program.
(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.
Tours for private parties can be scheduled for groups of four or more. Call 252-639-0447 for more info.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 at 5:30p — 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 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
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 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.