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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • The Village Gallery features oil painter Janet Jaworski as its guest artist thru July. For over 30 years, Janet worked as a professional graphic designer and commercial art director in New England and then returned to her first love, painting, and studies at the Worcester Art Museum. Janet now lives and paints in NC, drawing on what she describes as “the amazing beauty around here. My husband and I take what we call meanders, poking down a road, going over another hill and waiting a few more moments for the change in light.” Inspired as well by movement and abstract shapes, she’s been creating looser, and more colorful canvases.

    The Village Gallery is a cooperative gallery focusing on local and regional art. The Gallery is on Hodges Street on the harbor and is open from 10a to 5p Wednesdays through Sundays. For more info: contact the Gallery at 252-249-0300 or visit the gallery website at: www.villagegallerync.com.

  • Open Sailing @ Bow To Stern has returned for the 2017 season and happens on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of every warm weather month. Get out on the water on FJs and Lasers. $5/person (free for Bow To Stern members.) Rigging and beginner intro starts around 5p, launching about 5:30p, and you sail until 7p or so.

    The 4th Monday of every month is also a pot luck dinner. You don’t need to sail to attend the pot luck, just bring a dish and drink.

    You can take part 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.

  • 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.

  • Wednesday night racing is back for 2017. 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 78a for communications. Social at the Tiki Bar after the race. Questions? Contact Joe Valinoti – joesail1@gmail.com.

  • Ken Belangia returns to the Red Rooster Friday evening July 28 starting around 7p. The outdoor bar and stages are behind The Silos restaurant on upper Broad Street.

  • Cap off the weekend right – with some tunes on the open air deck at O’Town. Someone’s playing just about every Sunday night circa 6-8p.

    O’Town’s at Oriental Harbor Marina, beside the Oriental Bridge.

  • Oriental’s History Museum is where Croaker Fest Tee-Shirts are hanging these days. The new exhibit marks this year’s festival – the 37th Annual – with an exhibit of the commemorative shirts.

    The collection is not yet complete – If you have a Croakerfest T from 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2011, 2013, the museum would love to add it to the exhibit. They don’t mind the condition of the shirt if it helps to complete the collection.

    The Croaker Ts will be on display until the end of July. Oriental’s History Museum is located at 802 Broad Street. Admission is always free (though donations happily accepted). Hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. For more information or to donate an item email museum@dockline.net.

  • Many people say that as they age, they want to remain in their own homes as long as they can. With that – and the large population of retirees in Oriental and nearby towns — in mind , some Pamlico residents spent the winter and spring brainstorming how to better help area seniors “Age in Place.”

    This steering committee found that a few hundred communities across the country have been setting up non-profit, grass-roots “Villages” where volunteers can provide basic services – something it would like to set up with several Pamlico County communities along the Neuse.

    One early step in that direction is first hearing what area residents say they’d want a “Village” to do. (Also, what they’d be willing to pay for it.) The public is invited to attend a meeting to give input and to learn more about Aging in Place and the Village concept. First meeting was on Tuesday July 11 (at 1p or 7p) at Oriental Town Hall. They’ll do it again on Wednesday, August 2 at 4p at Minnesott Golf and Country Club. For more info, click here.

  • Nautical Wheelers has expanded wine tastings with Nautical Wheelers Uncorked at its Oriental and New Bern stores. *Join Camilla and Bill on the porch – or inside in case of rain – at their Oriental store at 411 Broad Street or at the Nautical Wheelers in downtown New Bern.

    Upcoming Nautical Wheelers Uncorked wine tastings in Oriental: Saturday August 5, August 19,
    September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16

    And in New Bern on Fridays August 4, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8th

  • The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Frances Blaker, presents “Splendors of the Baroque,” a program featuring the music of Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Leclair, Rameau, and Pisendel.

    This 25-person period instrument ensemble includes baroque strings, oboes, flutes, bassoon, and timpani, as well as harpsichord and early horns. Concerts Friday, August 4 7:30p at Bethany Christian Church in Arapahoe and Saturday August 5 7:30p at Craven Community College. Suggested donation at the door: $15 general, $10 students/seniors, and children under 12 free. For more info call 704-560-0101.

  • The third and fifth Thursdays of the month mean open jam session at Pamlico Community College, starting at 6p. It’s open to all. Bring your instrument – or voice – or maybe only a chair to 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 2017 Greens Creek Challenge is set for Sept 2. It’s not every sailboat race that features a rubber chicken but one regatta in Oriental does. The Greens Creek Challenge, the race for boats 20 feet and under, happens on Labor Day Weekend – on Saturday, September 2. Registration info coming.

    Meanwhile, here’s the story and lots of photos from the 2014 Greens Creek Challenge. Click here to go back a bit more in time, to the 2008 GCC.—-

  • The OCR returns. The 2017 Oriental Cup Regatta will be held the weekend of September 15-17 out on the Neuse , with Oriental once again the land-based center of activity. The weekend of sailboat racing is the big fundraiser for the Bill Harris scholarship funds which benefits for a Pamlico County student athlete. Michele Bessette is organizing the 2017 OCR and will have more specific information out soon.

  • Harborfest for HeartWorks returns September 22 through 24 with great food and good music hosted by River Dunes. Funds raised over the weekend help HeartWorks’ provide counseling, day care, after school and all-day summer programs for over 400 at-risk children and their families in and near Pamlico County.

    It begins with a casual party on Friday the 22nd starting at 5:30pm with dinner from Roland’s Barbecue, music by Saltwater Gold, and a 50/50 raffle. On Saturday evening, a gala with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and buffet catered by The Chelsea, a live and a silent auction, and music from The Entertainers. More here. Registration forms, here. Boaters who register may dock at River Dunes for three nights.

  • The 2017 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival on Friday and Saturday October 6 and 7 will once again bring musicians to town and turn Oriental’s porches in to stages where the public can watch free of charge.. The OFPMF has lined up the Red Clay Ramblers to close this year’s festival – they’ll be playing Saturday afternoon, October 7. That will be a free performance.

    This year the festival gets an earlier start – with several bands playing on porches on Friday afternoon. Then, on Friday night October 6, Dom Flemons of the former NC Chocolate Drops performs at the Old Theater. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon. (More on the RCR and Dom Flemons, here.)

    This will be the 4th annual OFPMF. If you’ve not been to any of the first three, here are links:

    Volunteers are needed to help with a range of things. To find out how you can help, contact Dawn Hoyle at dwhoyle@gmail.com or (252) 249-2069.

  • MumFest 2017 is Oct 13-15 in New Bern.

  • Oriental’s Rotary Club rolls out its 3rd Annual Classic Car Show on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Lou Mac Park. Cars of all eras will span the Neuse RIver waterfront. All of it is free to see. It’s an open show with People’s Choice judging of the best of hot rods & customs, sports cars, muscle cars, pre ’50 antiques, ’50 -‘91 antiques, Vettes, pre ‘60s trucks, ’60 & newer trucks, and post ’91 moderns.

    Want to put your car or truck in the show? Day-of registration starts at 8:30a Saturday with trophies awarded at 3p. Registration info coming. More info at 252-249-0228.

    Check out the 2015 show:
    1st Annual Oriental Classic Car Show

  • The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2017 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 8-9. Recent years have featured a lighted small boat parade in the harbor on Friday night and a parade on Saturday along with a live nativity.

  • Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2018 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 in recent years the late run has had not one but two dragons as the Chinese dragon joins in. Bring pots, bring pans, and make your own music for the dragon. Scenes from a recent December 31st’s festivities, 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 thse 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.)

  • OMM, the Oriental Mindfulness Meditation group meets twice weekly – Mondays at 7p and Thursdays at 7a at the Perry-Griffin Community Center, 300 High Street.

    Participation is free and each one-hour meeting will include 30 minutes of meditation practice led by participants, followed by discussion. They are “keeping it very simple,” says one of the organizers, Tony Noel. “The goal is mindfulness practice, first and foremost, since it is foundational to all practice. We’ll intersperse meditations of various objectives and from various traditions.”

    As they have been since the OMM group formed this winter, the sessions are open to all, even those who have never meditated. You’re asked to arrive several minutes before the hour. Admittance will be restricted during practice itself – with doors shutting at 7:10. More on OMM here or contact Shari Sias or Tony Noel at 252-635-7867, or togetherwesit@gmail.com.

  • The 2017 Dragon Boat Paddling season is here. The Oriental Dragon Boat Club holds its semi-weekly practices on Thursdays at 5:30p and on Sundays at 8:30a. The Club maintains a regulation 46-foot long dragon boat and provides you basic instruction, safety gear (PFD) and equipment (a paddle). Just bring your own bottle of water. The Club is welcoming new members of all ages and all experience levels. Anyone interested in trying the sport can join in at a practice. Just meet up at Clancy’s Marina – on Midyette near Hodges – to get the boat and paddles.

    More info, here. Practices happen thru the warm seasons – weather permitting (i.e. no thunder or lightning). For more info contact Linda Parker at 249-0888 parkerlp210@gmail.com .

  • A group of area cyclists gets together for rides several days every week and welcomes you to join them. All rides start at 8:30a On Saturdays, a recreational ride sets out from in front of The Bean then through the Old Village and on to Dolphin Point. It’s about 10 miles and the pace is conversational. Those who wish to can go on an additional and faster ride.

    They also go on longer and faster rides on Sundays and Wednesdays starting at 8:30a at The Bean distance and pace tbd by riders. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30a, the ride sets out from Belangia’s in Arapahoe, again with distance and pace tbd by riders. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off! Questions? Contact Pat Thomaier at pthomaier @ mindspring.com

  • The NAACP of Pamlico County holds its regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month at 6p at the Pamlico County Senior Services Center at 800 Main st, Alliance. All interested persons are invited and welcome to attend.
    For more info, contact chapter President Doug Pearsall at nellie98 embarqmail.com or Hattie Harrell,1st Vice Presdient truesister2 yahoo.com

  • Oriental Mayor Sally Belangia holds office hours from 8-9a on Wednesdays at Town Hall. It’s a chance for constituents to talk with the Mayor. Appointments not necessary.

  • One result of last fall’s election has been the founding of the group, Pamlico Progressives. They describe themselves as a nonpartisan, issue-driven group of “citizens working to affect change on local, state, and national issues.”

    Pamlico Progressives meets once a month. For location and time email contact pamlicoprogressives@gmail.com

  • A very active Pickleball community has formed in Pamlico County, and as reported (See story here) they play at the new gymnasium at Camp Caroline. You’re invited to join in. Play pickleball for exercise, friendship and fun, Even if you’ve never played the game. New players and beginners are welcome at all sessions. Equipment and introductory instruction are always available.

    They play at Camp Caroline 5 days a week in the fall, winter and spring . It’s Sundays only, when summer camp is in session. See schedule, here. Donations to Camp Caroline requested – $2/session. For more information, contact Deborah Bryant, 670-0117, debbryant@aol.com, Susan Dillard, 249-6100, rsusandillard@gmail.com or Camp Caroline Manager, Casey Perry caseysperry2@gmail.com, 252-299-3157.

  • On the third Tuesday of the month the Craven/Pamlico Beekeepers Association meets to talk bees at the Craven County Cooperative Extension Center. The informal “Bee Social” gets underway at 7p. The actual meeting starting at 7:30p and is open to the public. More on CPBA and local beekeeping at their website. The Craven Cooperative Extension Center is at 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous meets throughout the week at several locations in the area: At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church on Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at noon. At Oriental United Methodist Church, 404 Freemason, a woman’s meeting Mondays at 1pm. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Freemason Street, Sundays at 7pm. At Pamlico County Senior Services, 800 Main Street, Alliance, Fridays at 8pm.

    There is also an Al-Anon group meeting Tuesday nights from 7-8pm at 403 Mildred Street. It is open to all. For more info on the Al-Anon meeting contact Gregory Green at 252 838 2425.

  • The new twelve-step group, Victorious! , meets at “Our Green House”, 403 Mildred St., in Oriental on Mondays at 7p. Men only. This group has been chartered by the national group Alcoholics Victorious.

    For more info, contact Eric, at 252-671-2330 or soundofmanyvoices@gmail.com

  • Avoid the longer lines and the drive to New Bern’s DMV office and take care of your driver’s license renewals at the DMV portable office solution that visits Pamlico County on the last Thursday of every month. Look for them in the kitchen of the courtroom annex. (This replaces the big DMV RV that rolled into Bayboro and parked outside the County Courthouse once a month.) Hours are 9a-4p

  • The Pamlico Survivors of Suicide Support Group (SOS) is a free support group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. Whether it happened recently or decades ago, all are welcome to attend these sessions which are led by experienced counselors.

    Contact Branson Dunn at 304-839-4131 pageese@yahoo.com or Katherine Hudson at 252-745-4510 for information about the date, time and location of the next group meeting.

  • Want to be part of a dragon boat team? Or at least check it all out? The Oriental Dragon Boat Club welcomes new paddlers to join in at their practices Sundays at 9a and Thursday evenings at 5:30p. 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 about a half hour earlier 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.

  • Minnesott Golf and Country Club offers water aerobics at the MGCC pool Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9a.

    Monthly cost is $25 for non-members (free for members.)

    Call 252-249-0813 or email admin@minnesottgolf.com to register.

  • The Minnesott Mens’ and Ladies’ Golf Association holds a Golf Tournament every second Saturday of the month. 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, fees for golf as well as the tournaments.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    The group 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. Among other projects during the year, the League organizes the Toys for Tots campaign.

    For additional information on joining this detachment, contact Commandant Bob Webster at 252-249-2426.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 has 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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