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The Pamlico Musical Society will host its annual Listening Session on Tuesday, December 1, from 6:30-7:30p at the Oriental Women’s Club. Music by performers being considered for the 2016-17 season will be presented. Come and let PaMuSo know your preferences. Free and open to the public. OWClubhouse is at 1007 Gilgo Drive.
Oriental’s Town Board holds its December meeting on Tuesday, December 1 at 7p at Oriental Town Hall. There’ll be the swearing in of the Board that will serve for the next 2 years. Meetings are open to the public.
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.
Oriental’s Old Theater presents Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play for a limited run December 4-6. It is a triple feature of some of the master director’s early works, The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps done as an old-fashioned radio show. That is, actors on stage reading their radio scripts and yes, a sound effects crew. Lynn Whalen directs this work by Joe Landry. Friday and Saturday Dec 4 & 5 performances are at 7:30p, the Sunday Dec 6 matinee is at 3p. Tickets are $16 general admission and $10 for students & active duty military w/ID. Old Theater member discount is available.
These radio plays have become popular productions at the Old Theater. Make sure you have a seat to sit on the edge of… Tickets for Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play are now on sale at Nautical Wheelers.
The Children’s Theater Workshop will be staging a Live Nativity at the Spirit of Christmas on December 12 at 3p on the lawn of Oriental United Methodist church. First, though, there will be a casting call for the Live Nativity on Saturday November 28 at 12 noon at the church. Characters will be assigned and parts given out, and there is a role – shepherds, sheep, wise men among others — for everyone who wants to participate. A 2nd casting call/rehearsal is set for noon on December 5. If a child is unable to be there for either casting call, other arrangements can be made. Contact Samantha Thall at 252-474-5009 or Trevor Messer at 828-989-2693 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pappy Khouri’s first involvement with the Village Gallery was as a member of the construction crew who designed the gallery, built the kiosks, painted the interior. Now, his own paintings are on the walls, and Pappy is the guest artist for December.
A reception will be held Saturday, December 12 from 2pm to 5pm. Pappy only started painting after he moved to Oriental in 2007. The paintings on display now are “about places I have been and people I have met.” His paintings will be in the Village Gallery during the month of December. It is located on Hodges, across from the harbor and is open from 10a-5p Wednesdays through Sundays.
Luminaria are a Spirit of Christmas tradition in Oriental. This year, like last year, the luminaria will line the streets on First though they need to be made. That happens in the week leading up to SOC:
- Folding of the bags at The Silos – Quick pre-burn of the candles.
- – Luminaria Assembly – putting candles in bags with stabilizing platform. This could take a while. Come help in shifts
- – 3:30p – Loading the luminaria on to trailers to then be set out in town for lighting on Friday night Got a trailer or pickup truck? They’re needed.
At their December meeting, Oriental’s Lower Neuse Anglers fishing club will be showing the recent documentary “Net Effect” on Tuesday December 8 at 6:30p at the meeting room at Brantley’s. David Snead (Exec Director CCA NC) will attend and answer any questions after the film. “Net Effect” presents both the recreational and commercial fishing perspectives on the continued decline of flounder and other fishing stocks. Several scenes and interviews were filmed in Oriental. The public is welcome to join fishing club members for the presentation. Contact Bob Dillard (704/236-4716) with any questions.
Oriental celebrates the holiday with Spirit of Christmas — on the second weekend in December — on Friday and Saturday December 11 & 12. Among the Friday traditions — the lighting of the Oriental Star at the Town Dock, caroling, a display of lighted boats, and the lighted small boat flotilla of canoes, kayaks and other motorless craft — in recent years, lighted kayaks lent a cheery glow to the harbor as the paddlers approached. And as a backdrop to it all,
Highlights on Saturday include the SOC Parade — at 1p again this year — and live nativity at the Methodist Church, lots of open houses at businesses and booths for charities around town.For scenes from Spirit of Christmas 2014, click here. and, click here for a view of the parade.
The opening night of Oriental’s Spirit of Christmas is Friday December 11 and it centers on the water and many lights upon it. On this night of lights, For instance, there’s the lighting of the Oriental Star down by the Town Dock. And the luminaria will line the streets and bridge. Want to be even closer to the water? There are two boat events you can take part in…
A lighted boat parade will pass through Oriental’s harbor around 5p. Here’s your chance to make your boat shine. Boats will gather at Marker 1 circa 4:30p and parade toward the bridge. Those participating can get a reserved slip at the new, free, Town Dock from Friday noon until Sunday noon. on a first to register basis. Some overflow slips will be available too – for free – for out of town boaters parading in the Christmas Flotilla. To make it all happen, contact Joe Valinoti at email@example.com
A bit later, comes Oriental’s newer tradition: the flotilla of lighted kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and any unmotorized dinghies. They’re a beautiful sight, the silhouettes at sunset and those twinkling lights appearing just over the horizon, as the paddlers work their way toward the Town Dock (after taking off from the Wildlife Ramp around 5p.) More small boats (motorless) welcomed – for more info, contact Larry Summers at 252-675-0467.
The Toys for Pamlico Kids drive is underway. For a 12th year, Camp Seafarer, Pamlico County Social Services and the Chamber of Commerce’s Toys for Pamlico Kids is collecting educational games and new toys for children in the county, from newborns to age 18. Your generosity stays here in Pamlico County. The toys may be dropped off – by December 11 – unwrapped at: the Provision Company and the Pamlico News in Oriental; the Pamlico Library, Register of Deeds, Bd of Ed or Heartworks in Bayboro;Camp Seafarer or Dollar General in Arapahoe; Dept of Social Services in Alliance; or First South Bank or Piggly Wiggly in Grantsboro. Monetary contributions also welcomed and may be sent to the Chamber. PO Box 92, Grantsboro, 28529. For more info call 745-3008. If you know of a child in Pamlico County in need of a toy this holiday season, contact Debbie Green at DSS at 745-4086.
Run up Oriental’s only hill and raise funds for Hope Clinic at its first annual Reindeer Run 5K Race on Saturday, December 12 at 9a. The course runs across the Oriental Bridge and along the town’s waterfront in what Hope Clinic calls, “the most beautiful certified 5K course on the East Coast.” All proceeds benefit Hope Clinic, providing free medical care to low-income, uninsured adults in Pamlico County. Registration is $25 through November 27th and includes an event t-shirt. After that, the registration fee goes up to $30 through December 9th. Click here to register. For more info, email Hope Clinic.
Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2016 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. Bring pots, bring pans, and make your own music for the dragon.
After the end of that second dragon run, stick around the Hodges Street waterfront just a few minutes more: at midnight, the Oriental Croaker will drop from the mast of a sailboat at the Town Dock to welcome in the new year. Scenes from a recent December 31st’s festivities, here.
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
The Oriental Boat Show has become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah and the 2016 Oriental Boat Show is coming up April 8-10. This 3-day Friday-Saturday-Sunday show in the heart of Oriental is organized by the Oriental Rotary Club and is a great place to see lots of boats and marine gear. Last year, the show drew 95 exhibitors of nautical goods and services. Dealers and brokers bring in boats on land and in the slips at Oriental Harbor Marina – making many of the boats available for in-water sea trials. For more info, see the Oriental Boat Show website. For more info contact boat show impresario Sam Myers 252-249-0228 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. For a view of the 2015 boat show, click here.
The 2016 Hope Ball will take place on the evening of April 16, 2016 at the New Bern Convention Center. This is the big fundraiser for the Hope Clinic. More information will be available after the first of the year.
Pamlico Community College Foundation presents its 16th Annual Pepsi Cup Golf Tournament Saturday May 21, 2016 at Minnesott Golf & Country Club. This is the community college’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds go to assist students with educational expenses and promote faculty and staff development efforts. Registration at 8:30a followed by a 9:30a Shotgun Start. The $70 entry fee – per individual player – includes cart & green fees, one mulligan & tee, a continental breakfast and luncheon. For more info, contact Brandi McCullough at 252-249-1851 (x3010) 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 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.
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.
The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street from 8a-11a – the warm weather hours. At the Oriental Farmers’ Market, all of the items for sale are locally grown or locally made. Stop by and see for yourself. Local produce, baked goods, artisinal work can be found there. For more info visit the Farmers’ Market website, here. Market moves to its winter hours 9a-noon on November 7, 2015.
Share ideas with fellow anglers. The Lower Neuse Anglers Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at 6:30p. They meet at the Village Restaurant from February thru October and welcome members and non-members alike. For more info, contact Bob Dillard at gbobdillard @ gmail.com or 704/236-4716
The Oriental Paddle Group goes out kayaking on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, setting out from the Wildlife Resources Commission ramp at the end of Midyette Street at 8a. Come and join the group, led by Larry Summers and Bill Hines as they paddle up nearby creeks. One benefit of these jaunts is the birds you can see. As Liz Lathrop of the Pamlico Birders group put is, “We have had interesting birds each time. The birds are not as skittish when you approach in a noiseless kayak.”
Alcoholics Anonymous meets in several locations in the area throughout the week.
At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church on Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursday at noon. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Freemason Street, Sundays at 8pm.
And at Rock of Zion Church on Hwy 306 in Grantsboro, on Fridays at 8pm.
There is also an Al-Anon group meeting Tuesday nights – from 7-8pm – at 403 Mildred Street.
Its first thrift store was such a success that Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County moved in to bigger quarters. It’s now in Grantsboro, at the intersection of 55 and 306, next to the Piggly Wiggly. As before, the store specializes in furnishings and fixtures for the home and the materials to help build it. Proceeds go to the Habitat efforts to build affordable housing in Pamlico County. If you have items to give to the store and you’d like the donations picked up, give the store a call at 745-1106. That’s also the number to call if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Habitat’s latest home construction project.
Want to be part of a dragon boat team? The Oriental Dragon Boat Club welcomes new paddlers to join in. For the 2015 season practices are set for They take off from the Wildlife Ramp at the end of Midyette Street. (The dragon boat, named Minerva, is stored just up Midyette Street at Clancy’s Marina, where the paddlers meet around 5:30p to help roll the boat down to the Wildlife Ramp.) Dress in comfy clothes, bring some water to drink. If you don’t have your own life jacket, the club has one you can wear. They also provide the paddles. For more info, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888. They practice from March thru mid-late-October.
Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6p. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up. For info about the club and meetings contact Paul Olson @ 675-3327. If you want to rent a tent, table or chairs call the Rotary order line at 649-3725. More info about Rotary at www.orientalrotary.org
Any Marine on active duty, retired, or honorably discharged with ninety days of active service is invited to join the Oriental “Dragon” Detachment of the Marine Corps League which meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1830 for dinner — meeting begins at 1900 — at the Oriental Fire Station 19 on Straight Road in Oriental. For additional information on joining this detachment, contact Commandant George Steenson at 252-249-3117.
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 20-03 meets the first Wednesday each month at Fire Station # 19 on Straight Road, Oriental, at 7:30 PM. The meetings — which focus on boating safety, navigation and GPS, for instance — are open to the public. New members welcomed. For more info, contact the Auxiliary’s Bob Webster 252-249-2426
Handy with a hammer and nails? Pamlico County Senior Services needs more volunteers to help build handicap access ramps at the homes of some of Pamlico’s older residents. Senior Services provides the materials while volunteers led by Tim Balfour construct one ramp every month. Contact Tim at 745-3247 to offer a hand for the next project.
The Pamlico Chorale meets every Monday evening at 7p at The Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The Chorale performs in concert at least four times a year, including Spirit of Christmas weekend and opening the Croaker Festival. If you love to sing, the Chorale is the place to spend a few hours every Monday. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Carla Byrnes at 745-4793 or 670-4960.
When you go to the bank, you can help the food bank feed those who don’t have enough to eat.
Pamlico County Fishes And Loaves is collecting canned goods and they have a drop-off point inside First Citizens Bank in Oriental. Fishes and Loaves is a cooperative effort of a number of churches and organizations in Pamlico County working to provide food to the hungry.
The Oriental Woman’s Club holds its meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm at the clubhouse at 1007 Gilgo Road. Guests are welcome. Meetings include refreshments, a special speaker and short business session. OWC is a service club focused on community service, as well as state, national and international concerns of women and children. The OWC awards several scholarships annually to Pamlico County High School graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level. For more information about club activities and membership, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888.
In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 800 shawls for those in need. The group meets Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am at the church to crochet or knit shawls and pray for the recipients of them. The weekly gatherings have brought together people from all walks of life and religious faiths. (And even non-knitters; if you don’t know how to knit, stop on by and get a lesson and join in.) Contact Leigh Price at 249-1361.
In Haiti the need is still great, and here in Oriental you can still help. Oriental’s United Methodist Church continues to collect bags of dried beans and bags of rice for Haitian earthquake victims. Thanks to generous donations in January, a truckload was sent to MERCI, the Methodist disaster relief center in Goldsboro, which is sending regular shipments to Haiti. Contributions of rice and beans greatly appreciated at the Methodist Church at Freemason and Church Streets. Cash may also be dropped off at the church office. For more info, contact Nancy Huff at 249-0732.
The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society meets at Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 9am on the last Saturday of every month (except June). They invite all HAMS and those interested in amateur radio to attend. For additional information, please call Gail (Wally) Wallace, KK4ASP, at 410-804-1750 or Bill Olah, KR4LO, at 252-249-0287.
Avoid the longer lines and drive to New Bern’s DMV office and take care of your driver’s license renewals at the DMV mobile unit that visits Pamlico County once every month. The big DMV RV is set up outside the County Health Department (behind the courthouse in Bayboro) on the second Thursday after the first Monday of the month. Hours are 9a-3p.
The Pamlico County Library hosts two book clubs. The Bookworm Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 2pm. The Beach Books Club – which takes on lighter fare – gets together on the second Tuesday, also at 2pm. New members welcome. Call the library at 745-315 for more info.
Go take a walk! The Oriental Walking Group sets out on a series of organized walks through the village on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet up with walk leaders Gary and Pat Leonard at Lou Mac Park for a 9am departure. Oriental’s a great town to walk around and the walking group may help you stay disciplined about getting fit. Pedometers and water bottles provided by the Flexfit program of Heartworks. Call the Leonards for details at 249-0138 or just show up.
Friends of the Pamlico County Library meets the first Thursday of the month at 11am at the library on Highway 55 in Bayboro. This is the group of folks who help sustain the library. For info, call 745-3515.