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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • 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.

  • Learn about our fine feathered friends. Tune up your musical skills.Those are just some of the skills you can gain through Cultural & Life Enrichment courses starting this month at Pamlico Community College.

    Sheryl McNair returns to lead the Spring Birding class which gets underway on March 20. Mandolin, banjo violin or ukulele instruction starts March 21. For the full listing of Pamlico Community College’s Cultural & Life Enrichment courses for the spring, click here.

  • This weekend Mar 22-24 New Village Brewery hosts a tap takeover by 217 Brew Works (Wilson, NC).

    217 Brew Works is located in the historic district of Wilson. No less than a dozen of their brews will be on tap this weekend, including:

    Meaning of Life, Red Ale (5.8%), Queen’s Parlour, Honey Ale (5.5%), Vick’s Choice, Sweet Potato Blonde Ale (4.8%), Kandagadda, India Sweet Potato Ale (6.5%), Ship in a Bottle, Oatmeal Stout (5.8%), Ides of March, Marzen (6.3%), Goat & Compass, English Pale Ale (6.0%), Cade’s Felony, English Light Ale (4%), Brute & Blaggard, Black Eyed Pea Black IPA (7.2%), Whirligig 1/2 Wit, IPA/Wheat Hybrid (6.8%), Muse & Milton, Double IPA (8%) & Erinn Go Brach, Irish Rye Stout (6%).

    The Brewery opens at noon Thursday through Saturday, closing around 10p. 702 Broad St, across from Town Hall.

  • The Old Theater is holding open auditions for The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree on March 22 & 27 at 6:30p. This musical comedy will be performed at Oriental’s Old Theater June 7-10.

    If you are auditioning you are asked to dress for movement and be prepared to sing a song. (and bring a list if potential scheduling conflicts.) There are othere ways to help with the production. Those interested in assisting behind the scenes are encouraged to attend as well.

    For more information, contact Lynn Whalen at 252-249-0581 or oldtheaterlynn@gmail

  • The Oriental Tree Board leads an Arbor Day celebration on Saturday March 24 with two free workshops. First, a Tree Pruning Workshop at 9a across from the Oriental’s Farmers’ Market on Hodges Street. Tree Board chair and retired professor of Urban Forestry, Bob Miller will show how properly pruning young trees can train them to be structurally sound, and resistant to hurricanes.

    The workshop then migrates to Lupton Park, for a 10:30a Tree Planting Demonstration. There, you can pick up tips on how to select and plant a tree to boost its chances of survival and a long life. It’s all free and open to the public. Lupton Park is
    on 3rd Avenue between Mildred and High Streets. More info, here.

  • On Saturdays for the past two months, SCOO and NSA have been presenting their winter seminar series to help boaters improve their game. This winter’s last session is Saturday March 24th. Race Management will be the topic. It’s from 9a-noon at Town Hall and free and open to the public.

  • The 2018 PAWS Pet Parade on Saturday, March 24 will be the 13th annual celebration of the canines in Oriental – where it’s always the Year of the Dog. The parade sets out on the streets near Lou Mac Park at 11a. Dogs and their humans can register from 10-11a that morning at the Lou Mac Park staging area.

    The entry fee is $5 per dog. All vaccinations must be up to date and PAWS asks that participants and spectators leash their dogs. Awards will be presented in many different categories. Canine costumes are optional but encouraged. Hot dogs will be for sale. The event raises funds for the Pamlico Animal Welfare Society and its spay/neuter program, pet food distribution and “New Leash on Life.” For a look at some recent pet parades, click here, and here.

  • The Pamlico County Democratic Party holds its annual Convention on Saturday, March 24 at the Pamlico County Courthouse. It is open to the general public – you don’t have to be a registered Democrat to attend. It’s an opportunity to meet some of the candidates running for seats on the county Board of Commissioners and Board of Education and in the Legislature.

    Special guests include Ginger Garner and Dorothea White, NC Senate District 2 hopefuls. (The May 5 primary will decide which of them runs in the fall for the seat now held by Republican Norm Sanderson.) The keynote speaker will be Tess Judge, the Democratic candidate for NC House District 6, the Outer Banks district that Pamlico County was mapped in to last year.

    The convention starts at 12:30p with a light lunch and will kick off the 2018 Elections Get Out the Vote Campaign. For more info, contact Jayne Stasser 252-617-9219 or visit PamlicoDemocrats.com.

  • The Unified Christian Network holds a community forum at Camp Caroline March 24. The stated goal is to bring together, in one place, all ministries and services in Pamlico County for a convention to identify the needs of the people of Pamlico County.

    This “Break Every Chain” 2018 Community Forum will open with an appearance by Dare Challenge, a men’s Christian residential recovery ministry, from Wanchese, NC. The Forum is open to the public.

    More info about the forum here. See the event schedule – click here.

    For more info email soundofmanyvoices@gmail.com or call Eric Dammeyer at 252-671-2330.

  • The Village Gallery welcomes Leslie Anthony as its guest artist for the month of March.

    Now a resident of New Bern, Anthony is a native of northeast Pennsylvania, and began painting when she was 10. She has continued for 50 years. Of late, she paints mostly animals using a style that has evolved from tight control to more loosely flowing strokes. Before Leslie Anthony begins painting, she drips transparent paints on her canvas, the undercoating lending unexpected textures to the background of her works.

    The Village Gallery, a cooperative gallery with more than 30 member and consigned artists is at 300 Hodges Street, facing the harbor and is open from 10a until 5p Wednesdays through Sundays. For information about the Gallery, contact the Gallery at 252 249 0300 during normal hours of operation or Judy Wayland at 252-249-1505 or visit the Gallery website at villagegallerync.com.

  • Coyotes, bobcats and minks. They are just some of the Pamlico County wildlife featured in a new exhibit at Oriental’s History Museum. The various species – bears to weasels – are profiled alongside photos from local photographers. You’ll also have a chance to see a bobcat – (preserved by a taxidermist after the animal met an untimely death on Hwy 55 near Stonewall.) More, here.

    The exhibit will be up through mid-April. Oriental’s History Museum is located at 802 Broad Street in Oriental. Museum hours: Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free with donations gratefully accepted.

    The museum welcomes additional wildlife photos taken in the area. For more information on adding to the display, contact the museum at museum@dockline.net.

  • The Pamlico Community Band presents its spring concert on Saturday, March 24 at Oriental’s Old Theater. On their playlist for this 730p performance: Victory at Sea, Captain America March, selections from Mary Poppins, Marching Up Broadway Captain America March, Selections from Mary Poppins, Victory at Sea, Marching Up Broadway and Tales of Sea and Sail. The concert is free – no admission charged – though donations are gratefully accepted.

  • Pamlico Progressives series, “How Governmental Policies Affect Pamlico County” turns to the opioid crisis, The video, The Epidemic will be shown on Monday, March 26 āt 6p at Oriental Town Hall. You’re invited to view the video and afterward, join in as attendees discuss what the opioid crisis looks like in Pamlico County and how to address it,.

    Click here for upcoming dates and topics in the video/discussion series. Most of the monthly sessions will be Monday evenings at Oriental Town Hall.

  • 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 in PCC’s Delamar Center Auditorium. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe.

    For more info, contact Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 ext 3113 dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu.

  • Lots of sailors — young sailors — are coming to race on the Neuse just off of Oriental Friday through Sunday March 30 – April 1 in the 2018 Sailpack Interconference Regatta. The racing team from NC State Sailing is drawing a slew of college sailing teams from New York to Florida to come to Oriental for the competition. 18 teams have registered, more than 100 sailors are expected.

    The Sailpack has hosted invitational regattas in recent years here in Oriental – its coastal training waters or “2nd home” as coach Dana
    Magliola puts it. 2017’s ompetition marked a big turning point: the Sailpack Regatta became an official interconference event recognized by the ICSA, the governing body of college sailing. The schedule has racing beginning Saturday after a 9:30a skippers meeting and running til late afternoon. Sunday starts around the same time, ending by 2:30p.

    Want to help? Contact Jim Edwards 252-474-6000.

  • Art On The Neuse returns to Oriental on Saturday, May 12 from 10a-4a. Once again on the Saturday before Mothers’ Day, but in a new spot this year. Responding to artists’ requests, organizers of Art on the Neuse have moved the annual arts event to the Oriental Harbor Marina area, near O’Town. And for the first time, it will be a juried art show. The Pamlico Arts Council, which organizes Art on the Neuse, is also working to expand the variety of arts at the fest..

    Right now, there’s a call for artists. Deadline for applications is March 31.

  • Registration opens in March for this summer’s Children’s Theater Workshop. 2018 will be the program’s 23rd season of teaching children – from 1st through 12th grade – acting fundamentals and how to tell stories on stage using words, movement, and emotions. Theater activities and games are also part of the mix in the two-week sessions led by a theater arts drama coach at The Old Theater in Oriental.

    The 2018 Summer Workshop Schedule: For students who have just completed 1st/2nd grades: July 2-13, 9a-noon. Those who’ve finished 3rd/4th grades: July 16-27, 9a-noon. Students who just completed 5th-7th grades would attend July 2-13, 2-5pm while recent 8th-12th grade students would attend July 16-27, 2-5pm

    For more information or to register in March, see childrenstheateronc.com or email at 1996ctw@gmail.com.

  • Oriental United Methodist Church will hold its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 10a at the church. All children – 10 and under – and family members of the church and community, as well as visitors of the church family are welcome and invited to take part. The children will only need to bring a basket or container in which to put their eggs. Eggs, prizes and refreshments will be provided by OUMC’s Sand Dollar Circle.

  • Oriental Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 20-03 is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship Course beginning April 3 at the Station 19 rehouse on Straight Road in Oriental. Classes will meet from 6:30 to 9:15 PM on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting Thursday the 3rdh and running until April 19th.

    This is the most complete course on boating that the Coast Guard Auxiliary offers and will satisfy the North Carolina regulation for those people required to be certified in a safety class. Completion of this course will generally result in a savings for boat insurance.

    Cost for the course is $40 per person or $55 for two sharing a book. Registration is required in advance and can be made by contacting Bob Webster at 252 249-2426 or baldbuzzard@embarqmail.com
  • In May, voters will choose several members of the Pamlico County Board of Education. The Pamlico Progressives sponsor a Board of Education Candidates Forum April 10 6p at the Pamlico County Courthouse. What do you want for the Pamllico public schools? You can help develop questions that the candidates will be asked. Send your suggested questions, topics , to Diane Lemieux dhlemieux@gmail.com by March 16.

    The Board of Education races are non-partisan (no R, or D or L after anyone’s name) and will be decided on May 8. That Election Day, voters also go to the polls if they want to vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries in advance of November’s general election. Early voting starts April 19.

  • Ten years ago, Pamlico County Fishes and Loaves Outreach formed to provide food to residents in need. PCFLO celebrates its 10th Anniversary with an Evening Of Entertainment Tesday, April 10 starting at 5:30p at St. Peter The Fisherman church hall on White Farm Road. This fundraiser will feature local entertainment, food, and a silent auction.  All proceeds will go directly to help PCFLO purchase food and hygiene items for the needy in Pamlico County.  

    Tickets are $20 per person and available thru St. Peter’s, Nautical Wheelers and Village Hardware. For more information, contact Bill Miles at 717-887-0157 or Eileen Miles at 252-249-2302.

  • It’s become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah. The 2018 Oriental Boat Show — The Best Small Town Boat Show In America —is coming up April 13-15. 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.

    The 2017 show had more than 100 exhibitors of nautical goods and services. Dealers and brokers bring in boats on land and to the slips at Oriental Harbor Marina – many of the boats are available for in-water sea trials. More details – including vendor application forms – are at OrientalBoatShow.com, For more info, contact boat show impresario Sam Myers 252-249-0228 or director@orientalboatshow.com

  • Nautical Wheelers gets Uncorked with monthly wine tastings at both the Oriental & New Bern stores.

    The next wine tasting at Nautical Wheelers’ downtown New Bern location is April 13 from 5 – 7p. (and again on May 11.) Next Uncorked in Oriental is Saturday April 21 and then, May 19. Tastings in Oriental are typically at 3p & 4p.

  • Come dancing… Oriental Dance Club’s Spring Fling is Friday, April 13 from 7-10p at the Arlington Place Clubhouse. All are welcome. $10 per person. BYOB. Snacks and setups provided. The Clubhouse is at the entrance to Arlington Placer, 35 Loblolly Lane, Minnesott Beach. RSVP Lynne Pedersen 252 249 2296 or email lynnepedersen@embarqail.com

  • Like many people who stroll the streets of Oriental, you may have stopped to take in stop to take in the view of a home or yard. You have a chance to venture into some of them for 6 hours on Saturday, April 21 during the Tour of Homes. From 10a to 4p, you can visit more than a half dozen homes. in this fundraiser for Oriental’s History Museum and St. Thomas Episcopal Church Women.

    The list of homes includes the old Town Hall, jail and Electric Light Plant, an updated condo in the old Grade School House, a South Avenue home with Craftsman-style details; another South Avenue home with stunning river views, an updated home with gardens front and back; on a boat house built up and out of what had been the Pentecostal Holiness Church; a modern-style home on Whittaker Creek graced by a Zen garden.

    Tickets – $20 – will be available in April at Nautical Wheelers and at Oriental’s History Museum (802 Broad Street. Hours: Fri 11-3, Sat 1-4, Sun 1-4. . On the day of the Tour, tickets will be available at any home on the Tour and at the Museum, Click here for more info, or contact the Museum at museum@dockline.net or 252-249-3340.

  • Pamlico Musical Society closes out its 20th season with Rissi Palmer in a free-for-the-community concert Friday, May 4, 7:30p, at the Red Rooster. Palmer’s 2007 Top 40 debut single, “Country Girl,” made her the first African-American female to chart a country song in 2 decades. Since her debut album, Rissi has released two albums on her own indie label Baldilocks LLC, including the children’s album Best Day Ever and her critically acclaimed EP, The Back Porch Sessions. She is currently working on a new album scheduled for release this year. The concert is free; bring a chair. The Red Rooster is behind The Silos on upper Broad Street. For more info, call 617-2125.

  • Oriental’s Town Wide Yard Sale is Saturday morning May 5, 2018. Lots of one-of-a-kinds to find among what usually is more than 60 yards. Here are scenes from a recent TWYS.

    Habitat For Humanity will make a town wide pick-up after the yard sale for those unsold items that you don’t want to have around anymore. You will have to contact Habitat to make sure they know to stop at your yard.

    If you are downsizing your Collection Of Things, but don’t want to be out there selling, you can donate items to Prime Time, the program for those 50 and older. To arrange a time to drop off your items or to have them picked up, call 252-371-1600.

  • Kick off the summer Oriental-style with Silospalooza 2018. Now in its 6th year, the outdoor music event on Saturday May 26 will feature 10 bands at the Red Rooster stage and bar behind the Silos Restaurant. Music starts at noon and runs til midnight and comes from 2 stages – the Big Rooster Stage in front of the grass dance floor and the Bantam Stage under the roadhouse bar roof.

    Gospel Sunday May 27, times TBD.

    Silospalooza 2018 is two days (OK, a day and a half). Camp over Saturday night (bring your tent) next to the Red Rooster pond. Sunday morning May 27 will feature breakfast served at The Silos plus live gospel performed on stage. Beer and wine available at the Red Rooster bar Saturday. Bring a chair and your dancing shoes…. and get yourself this year’s Silospalooza t-shirt.

    Check out photos and the story from previous paloozas:

  • Croakerfest 2018 is happening on the weekend of Friday June 29 thru Sunday July 1. Headlining music act this year – The Embers, of beach music fame. Check back for more details about Oriental’s biggest summer festival. Click here for scenes from the 2017 Croaker Festival

    (A scheduling note: Croakerfest typically takes place on the weekend-with-the-first-Saturday-of-July. Some years that Saturday has been as far into the month as July 7, which would have been the case again this year. The 2018 Croakerfest was scheduled far a week earlier because, Croakerfest organizer Cheryl Thompson says, it was the weekend The Embers could play. Another factor was the festival coming after the 4th of July. )

  • The 2018 Oriental Cup Regatta is happening the weekend of September 14-15. Sailboat racing out on the Neuse with eats and entertainment on land, all to raise money for the Bill Harris Scholarship which goes to a college bound student athlete from Pamlico County.

  • The *5th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival will take place on Friday-
    Saturday October 5-6, 2018.* Look for dozens of musicians playing on porches in Oriental. For scenes from the 2017 OFPMF, click here.

  • The 4th annual Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday October 13, 2018. It offers what may be the most beautiful backdrop of any car show this side of the Pacific Coast Highway. 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. 2018’s show will feature a new “Clunker Flea Market” and car parts swap meet.

    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 at orientalclassiccarshow.com. or call 252-249-0228.

    Check previous shows:
    1st Annual Oriental Classic Car Show
    Classic Cars Gather In Oriental For 3rd Year

  • Got a killer chili recipe? Put it to the test at The Old Theater’s 2018 Chili Cookoff on Saturday, October 27. More than a dozen chefs from area restaurants and non-profits compete in this harborside event on the grounds of the Oriental Marina and Inn. Attendees get tastes and vote for their faves in this 4th Saturday in October annual fundraiser for the Old Theater. Check back for the call out for chefs…..

  • Ongoing Events:
  • 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 “We keep it very simple,” says one of the organizers, Tony Noel. “The goal is mindfulness practice, first and foremost. We’ll intersperse meditations of various objectives and from various traditions.”

    As they have been since the OMM group formed in JJanuary 2017, 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.

  • One result of the 2016 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 group of area cyclists gets together for rides each Saturday and Sunday and welcomes you to join them. Rides start at 10:30 from the Bean throughout the winter, as the weather permits. The start time with return to 8:30 after April 1.

    Saturday’s ride is about ten miles, at a conversational pace. Those who wish to can continue on a longer route at a faster pace. The Sunday ride is faster, with pace and distance decided by the riders, usually between 15-17 mph for 25-30 miles. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off! Questions? Contact Pat Thomaier at pthomaier@mindspring.com.

  • 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.)

  • 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 .

  • 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.

  • 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 twelve-step group, Victorious! , meets at 116 Main St., in Bayboro (the old Scotchman building) on Mondays at 8:15pm. Victorious! is recovery support group for people trying to overcome drug, alcohol or any life-controlling addiction. 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. 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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