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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • The 18th annual Pepsi Cup Golf Tournament for the Pamlico Community College Foundation hits the links on Saturday, May 19, 2017 at Minnesott Golf & Country Club.

    The event raises funds used to pay for student scholarships. Registration includes 8:30a continental breakfast, golf cart, round of golf starting at 9:30a, a mulligan, a tee and luncheon. It’s a superball tourney, with teams of four and a number of prizes. Hit a hole-in-one on # 5 and win a trip to Hawaii or $10,000 in cash.

    Registration is $70 ($55 for first responders) and can be done now at www.pamlicocc.edu/about-foundation.php. Contact Michelle Noevere at 252-249-1851, ext. 3084, email mnoevere@pamlicocc.edu, for more information about playing in the tournament or about sponsorship opportunities.

  • This weekend May 17-19 New Village Brewery hosts a Tap Takeover by Shortway Brewing Co. (Newport, NC).

    Shortway specializes in American Ales brewed on site in their 5 barrel brewery in nearby Newport.

    Shortway brews on tap:

    • Bridges Blend Coffee Stout (5.1%), Rich, dark-roasted coffee stout
    • Chatham St. Wheat (6.0%), Pale, refreshing ale with classic American hops
    • The Newporter (5.4%), smooth medium to full bodied porter with chocolate & nutty notes
    • Croatan Pale Ale (4.9%), big piney hop taste with citrusy aroma
    • Backwoods Bonfire Brown (5.1%), Smoky brown ale brewed with cherry wood smoked malts

    The New Village Brewhouse was shutdown for retooling the 1st quarter of this year. On Thursday, The New Village Brewery will be releasing their 1st batch of 2018, the first in a new series of Farmhouse Ales. While supplies last – the Farmhouse Saison (5.6%) will be tapped on Thursday at noon.

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

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

    Next Uncorked in Oriental is May 19. This Saturday will feature 2 Spanish wines and 4 Italian. Chris Izzo from Mutual Distributing is the guest and tastings will be held under the carport. Tastings in Oriental are typically at 3p & 4p.

  • The 2018 Dragon Boat Paddling season continues May 20, as the Oriental Dragon Boat Club resumes its semi-weekly practices on Sundays at 8:30a and Thursdays at 5:30p.

    Interested in trying the sport? You can join in at a practice. The Club maintains a regulation 46-foot long dragon boat and provides you basic instruction, safety gear (PFD) and equipment (a paddle). All you have to bring is your own bottle of water. (Sun protection advisable, too.) New members of all ages and all experience levels welcomed. Just meet up at Clancy’s Marina – on Midyette near Hodges – to get the boat and paddles. Practices happen thru the warm seasons – weather permitting (i.e. no thunder or lightning). For more info, visit orientaldragonboatclub.org or contact Laurie Stockwell at svmisspearl@yahoo.com.

  • A new exhibit at Oriental’s History Museum pays tribute to area residents who lost their lives while serving in War II, as well as Vietnam. Opening May 4, and running thru mid-June, the Fallen Heroes exhibit tells the stories and military history of these Oriental-area men who came from all branches of the military. (Among them, Hood Stephens, whose marker in Belgium’s Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery is in the photo at right.)

    Oriental’s History Museum is at 802 Broad Street. Hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free, donations gratefully accepted. For more information contact us: museum@dockline.net

  • 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.

  • The 2nd Marine Winged Aircraft Band returns to play Lou Mac Park, Wednesday May 23 at 6p. Bring your chairs and enjoy live music by the river. This is a free event.

    There is a collection to help feed the band after the concert. You can give at the concert or send in your donation early to: Croaker Festival, Inc. PO Box 1067, Oriental, NC 28571.

  • Kick off the summer Oriental-style with Silospalooza 2018. Now in its 6th year, the outdoor music event on Saturday May 26 will feature 8 bands at the Red Rooster stage and bar behind the Silos Restaurant. Music starts at noon and runs til near midnight. Two stages – the Big Rooster Stage in front of the grass dance floor and the Bantam Stage under the roadhouse bar roof.

    Big Rooster Stage Schedule

    • Ken Belangia (Country) 12:00 – 1:00p
    • The Del Rios (Folk) 1:30 – 2:00p
    • Peace Soldier (Country) 2:30 – 3:30p
    • Brant Island Strings (Folk) 4:00 – 5:00p
    • Pizza Eating Contest 5:00 – 5:30p
    • Lighthouse (Beach) 5:30 – 6:30p
    • Joe Brown Band (Soul) 7:00 – 8:30p
    • Saltwater Gold (Rock N Roll) 9:00 – 11:30p

    Bantam Stage Schedule

    • Billy from West Virginia (Country) 5:00 – 5:30p
    • Billy from West Virginia (Country) 6:30 – 7:00p

    Burgers, Dogs, Turkey Legs & Chicken Tenders outside at the Red Rooster bar all day. Live roosters walking the grounds (please don’t eat them.) Liquor tent at the county line. Beer and wine available at the Red Rooster bar. 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:

  • The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society (Ham Radio Club) hosts a National Weather Service SKYWARN class Saturday May 26 10:30a – Noon in the back meeting room at Brantley’s Village Restaurant. The class is instructed by Erik Heden, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS Office in Newport NC. The class is free.

    Basic SKYWARN teaches you about severe weather hazards and preparedness along with how to report severe weather to the National Weather Service. Topics include severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, lightning, flooding, squall lines, bow echoes, derochoes and supercells.

    Pre-registration is requested – click here. Questions? Email erik.heden@noaa.gov

  • The Village Gallery turns 10 this year and to celebrate, the gallery on Oriental’s harbor invited some of North Carolina’s best artists from a variety of mediums to show their works. You can see the resulting special exhibit during the months of May and June. Visitors are invited to stop into the Gallery at 300 Hodges Street any time during normal business hours Wednesdays through Sundays from 10a until 5p.

    Among the artists are painters Jean Dexter and Russell Yerkes, (watercolors); Lissa McGowan, Steven Moore, and Janet Jaworski, (acrylics); Gosia Tojza, and Dan Beck, (oils); Jay DeChesere, (pastels) and more 3-dimensionally speaking, potter Shelly Mathiot; Michael Brown, (wood); and Jay Shavone, (aluminum.) Many of the artists will be attending the reception held during the Gallery’s Annual Black Velvet Fund Raising Event on Friday, May 18.

  • 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.

  • Don Lee Camp and Retreat Center is holding a 5k Turtle Trot on Saturday June 2 at 6:30a in Arapahoe. The course begins at the beach at Don Lee, winds through neighboring country roads, and returns racers to the camp for a post-race breakfast.

    Early registration is only $30.00 before May 26th, $35.00 day of the race. All students can join the fun for $25.00 and any groups of 10 or more are $20.00 each. A Turtle Trot 5K T-shirt and breakfast are included with your registration (breakfast only $5.00 for non-runners/walkers, please call ahead if you intend on using this option).

    Day-of registration and check-in will begin at 6:30am on Saturday June 2nd with the run/walk beginning at 7:30am. Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers.

    Have a question? Email or call: info@donleecenter.org, 252-249-1106 × 27

    Or register online here.

  • Next Oriental Town Board meeting is June 5. The Board holds regularly scheduled meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. Open to the public, meetings start at 7p and take place at Town Hall.

  • The 2018 Hope Regala (not a typo) is happening June 8-10 at River Dunes. The weekend includes BBQ and music, a gala dinner, and auctions – silent and live. There is no racing this year – which is how the regatta becomes the regala – but you can still bring your sail or power boat. Register your boat for the regala and enjoy 3 nights at River Dunes at the docks, along with all the festivities. It’s all a big fundraiser for the Hope Clinic which provides medical care to those in Pamlico County who are un- or under insured, and comprehensive outpatient medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment through their New Beginnings program.

  • In celebration of the 300th Anniversary of Blackbeard’s escapades – and ultimate demise – off the North Carolina coast, Oriental’s Old Theater presents its production of The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree, on Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9 at 7:30p and a matinee on Sunday June 10 at 3p. A special performance date for community club members will be on Thursday, June 7.

    This musical comedy set on board a pirated ship in the late 1800’s, is suitable for all ages. Tickets for The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree are $18 general admission and $16 for military and Old Theater members. They are for sale at Nautical Wheelers (Oriental and New Bern) and online at www.oldtheater.org. A group rate is available for club members attending the June 7 performance (email oldtheater@gmail.com for details). Tickets may also be available on performance dates at the Old Theater box office.* The Old Theater is at 609 Broad Street.

  • Friends of the Pamlico County Library holds its spring book sale starting at 9a on Saturday, June 9 and continuing through Wednesday, June 13. Pick up some good summer reading from a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. Prices are fifty cents for paperbacks and one dollar for hardbacks.

    All proceeds from the book sale go directly to the library. Friends of the Library helps support many library programs, and assists in building up the book and DVD collections. The Spring Book Sale hours are Saturday 9a to 2 p and then Monday through Wednesday June 11-13 the sale will be continue during regular library hours. On Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be a bag sale, further reducing the prices. For more info, call the library at 745-3515

  • Need summer reading material? Friends of the Pamlico County Library holds its Spring Book Sale starting at 9a on Saturday, June 9 and continuing through Wednesday, June 13. Choose from a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction.

    Prices are fifty cents for paperbacks and one dollar for hardbacks. Stock up for your summer beach reading. Friends of the Library helps support many library programs, and assists in building up the book and DVD collections. All proceeds from the book sale go directly to the library.

    Hours on Saturday are 9 am to 2 pm. Monday through Wednesday the sale will be continue during regular library hours. On Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be a bag sale, further reducing the prices. For more info, call the library at 745-3515

  • 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. )

  • 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, see childrenstheateronc.com or email at 1996ctw@gmail.com.

  • Craven-Pamlico Beekeeping Association is offering a Fall Bee School on September 15, 22 & 29. Area beekeepers will teach you what you need to know to become a beekeeper. The 3 Saturday classes take place at the Craven County Cooperative Extension building, 300 Industrial Drive in New Bern. Cost is $50 to cover course materials and 3 lunches and snacks. Register by Sept 3. To do so, or for more info, contact Bee School Administrator Dana Mahoney at danabanana@centurylink.net or 252-571-3117 (before 7p.)

  • 2018 Harborfest for HeartWorks will be taking place on the weekend of September 21 – 23 at River Dunes Grace Harbor. It’s the major fundraiser of the year for HeartWorks, the non-profit serving over 400 at-risk children in Pamlico County. Treat yourself to food, drink, dance bands, plus silent and live auctions. Come one or both nights. Salt Water Gold will play on Friday night and The Entertainers on Saturday. Come by land or sea to River Dunes Marina. Boaters can dock up to three nights and enjoy all sorts of amenities. Register here for Harborfest 2018. To reserve a boat slip call 252-745-9703.
  • 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 is coming up on Friday-Saturday October 5-6. The original idea is still in play – just walk around town and hear dozens of musicians playing on porches in Oriental. This year, the OFPMF expands, starting earlier on Friday afternoon. Porch performances are still free as is the finale Saturday afternoon by Chatham County Line on the Riverfront Stage. This year the Friday night concert will be Tellico, at the Red Rooster stage. (This is the one ticketed show at the OFPMF Check back here for info on tickets for Tellico.).

    Last year’s successful Food Park returns as well as the Artisans Village Market. 2018 OFPMF T-shirts are on sale now.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 January 2017, the sessions are open to all, even those who have never meditated. You’re asked to gather just prior to 7 on Monday night or Thursday morning. Arrive no later than 7:10, when the doors are locked to assure uninterrupted practice.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 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.

  • 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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