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The Village Gallery presents the works of fiber artist Alice Engel Levinson, who is the Village Gallery’s guest artist for November and December.
In her recent works, the Gallery says, Levinson has been “moving the textile further off the wall” toward something sculptural. In creating her pieces, she starts with white cloth and then creates a complex layering of images, colors, textures — even text. She’s been invited to display her work next fall at the Italy Biannale. You can see it now at the Village Gallery, across from the Town Dock and harbor in Oriental. The Village Gallery, which features the works of many local artists, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10-5p
Selections from Handel’s Messiah, new arrangements of Christmas favorites and songs of Ravel and Peter Warlock make up a special holiday concert at 7:30p at Saturday December 20 to benefit Oriental’s Old Theater.
Soprano Abigail Mitchell and tenor Oliver Henderson will be performing, accompanied by pianist Eric Stellrecht. Mitchell was the winner of the 2011 International Vokal Genial Competition sponsored by the Munich Radio Orchestra and the top prize at the 2011 Concorso Vincenzo Bellini in Sicily. In London, at the Royal College of Music’s Opera School, she won the inaugural Georgina Joshi award, which provides $100,000 towards two years of tuition and living expenses. Henderson, an assistant professor of voice at Central Michigan University has been acclaimed for his “perfect comic timing.” He recently performed Haydn’s “Creation” at Carnegie Hall.
Proceeds from the evening go to the Old Theater. A Reception-to-Meet-the-Performers is included in the ticket, and will be held at Old Town Hall, 505 New St, immediately following the concert. Tickets are $10 and available at Nautical Wheelers. On the evening of the performance, the box office opens at 6:30p, doors open at 7p and the concert begins at 7:30p.
Paradise Cove Marina holds potluck dinners every Saturday night starting around 5p.
On Saturday Dec 20 Silver Creek performs on deck at Paradise Cove, starting up late afternoon and playing into the night.
Paradise Cove is also selling tickets for Bryan Mayer’s Dec 19 concert at the Old Theater – tickets $12.
The December lineup of events at Paradise Cove can be downloaded here. Boat slips and RV rentals are available, too. Paradise Cove Marina is at 1242 Paradise Shores Road. (From Oriental, take Straight Road til it ends, turn right and follow that for a while, then pass Whortonsville. Within a mile, Paradise Shores Road is on your right.)
Nautical Wheelers is offering tastes of wine on Saturday, December 20 from 3-5p. These are wines new to the shelves there and Steve Urso with Coastal Beverage will guide you through the tasting of a Brut from California, an Australian Smillon Sauvignon Blanc, Round Up Red form California, Paso Grande Carminere from Chile and a Cab Sauvignon out of Australia. Steve will also be serving a warm mulled blueberry NC wine for the holidays, called Santa Berry.
Sample the wines and give some as gifts this holiday. If the weather’s pleasant, look for them out on the porch and lawn. Otherwise they’ll be in a warmer spot inside.411 Broad Street, Oriental
The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street from 9a-12noon – the winter 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.
Oriental’s History Museum presents, “Good Eats: 100 Years of restaurants in Oriental thru January. It starts with the Croaker House at the Tumble Inn, and Bell’s Cafe dating to the 1920’s and touches on various eateries since. Oriental’s History Museum has also just updated its collection of artifacts and fossils thanks to a loan from the Aurora Fossil Museum. It’s a great exhibit for museum-goers of all ages. Stop in with your children and grandchildren to see the whale vertebrae, shark’s teeth and more. The museum is at 802 Broad Street and open Fridays 11a – 3p, Saturday 1 – 4pm and Sunday 1 – 4pm.
Meanwhile, the Museum really needs more volunteers. It’s a chance to learn about the Town’s history. Hours are very flexible. For more info, contact Sharon at email@example.com or call 249-3340.
Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 for the running of the Oriental New Years’ Eve Dragon. There are two runnings. The first run has typically been around 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 last December 31st’s festivities, here.
Every year Oriental has an alternative to New Year’s Day TV watching. The Instead of Football Regatta starts out from Oriental Marker #1 at noon on New Year’s Day, Thursday January 1, 2015. As touted by Tom Lathrop, this is the way to “rid yourself of all headaches from New Year’s Eve hangovers, visiting curmudgeons and unruly children and pets.” It’s also a great way to take in the first day of the year. You can sail, you can motor. No one’s really keeping score. Well, most aren’t. The mandatory (mandatory if you want to get fed) Skippers’ Meeting is after the race at 3p at M&M’s Restaurant. Soup’s usually served. Also, if you have any unwanted presents from the holidays, wrap them up (or bag them) to be re-gifted in a drawing of all the boat names (whose owners are present.) Any questions, contact Tom & Liz Lathrop at 252-249-2646 or Art & Elise Tierney at 252-249-2859.
Coming February 8 & 9, 2015 two seminars on weather for mariners. Sat Feb 8 is an all day course – Basic Weather for Mariners is designed to provide boaters with an understanding of basic marine meteorology. Taught by sailors and meteorologists Hank Pomeranz and Kim Curry from Southport, NC, you’ll learn basic meteorology, interpreting weather charts, and forecasting winds, seas, thunderstorms and other significant conditions effecting sailors and power boaters alike. $99 for the one day seminar.
Sun Feb 9 is a half day course, Wind Forecasting for Racing and Cruising Sailors. Improve your sailing experience and racing tactics. Learn short term forecasting of local weather and its effects on short term changes in the wind. $49 for the half day seminar. For more information on both classes click here.
Thursday February 19 is the date of the new lunar year in the Asian calendars, and in Oriental that means a dragon run. It’s the day when the Chinese Dragon crew will carry the orange-red serpentine dragon aloft on Hodges Street near the harbor. This will be Oriental’s 5th running to usher in an Asian New Year — the tradition in Oriental started in 2011. (Click here for that story.) Look for the dragon and its team in the afternoon. Bring handheld noisemakers to welcome in the Year of the Goat.
Pamlico Community College Foundation’s 4th Annual Great Oyster Revival is Sat Feb 28 2015 with proceeds to support the educational expenses of students truly in need. Steamed oysters, chili, and flutes. Starts 3p on the PCC campus (between Grantsboro and Arapahoe on 306 South). For information, call 252.249.1851 Ext. 3010.
The Oriental Boat Show has become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah and the 2015 Oriental Boat Show is coming up April 10-12. 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 90 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. If you are a vendor interested in the 2015 show, contact show organizer Sam Myers 252-249-0228 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. For a view of the 2014 boat show, click here.
Oriental’s History Museum holds its Tour of Historic Homes and Gardens on Saturday, April 18 from 10a to 4p. It’s a big fundraiser for the museum and a chance to see the insides and gardens of homes in Oriental. For more information contact: email@example.com
The 2015 Oriental Cup Regatta is happening on the weekend of September 18-20, 2015. The proceeds fund the Bill Harris Scholarship which has gone to a student athlete from Pamlico High School since 1991.
Oriental’s History Museum holds its 2nd Annual Street Dance on Saturday October 10, 2015.
The first Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival went over so well that the second annual OFPMF is planned for Saturday, October 17, 2015. Once again, front porches in Oriental will become stages for roots musicians. For a look at the first fest, click here.
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 UHOOs – the Ukulele Hoalohas of Oriental – get together and practice on Tuesdays at 4p. All are welcome to come to these practices at Sea Harbour Marina and Yacht Club — even if you’ve never played a ukulele before. All you need is a ukulele and a desire to have fun.
For more information contact Susan Banks (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Barb Masinton (email@example.com).
The Oriental Express Bicycle Club invites anyone with a bike to join them for their Recreational Ride on Saturday’s at 1p (winter schedule), meeting at Lou Mac Park. It winds its way through the Old Village and on to the Dolphin Point area. It’s about 8 miles and the pace is very undemanding. Conversational you might say. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off!
In addition to their Saturday recreational ride in Oriental, the Oriental Express Bicycle Club also goes on longer and faster rides on Sundays and Wednesdays. Sunday meet 1p at Lou Mac Park, Wednesday rides meet 3p at the Post Office parking lot. These are ‘no-drop’ rides focused on fitness and fun. For more info, check out the Bicycle Club’s web site. or call Doug Sligh 252-249-3362 and Cynthia Cochran 252-249-0761.
The Oriental Paddle Group goes out kayaking on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, setting out from the Wildlife Resources Commission ramp at the end of Midyette Street at 8a. Come and join the group, led by Larry Summers and Bill Hines as they paddle up nearby creeks. One benefit of these jaunts is the birds you can see. As Liz Lathrop of the Pamlico Birders group put is, “We have had interesting birds each time. The birds are not as skittish when you approach in a noiseless kayak.”
Alcoholics Anonymous meets in several locations in the area throughout the week.
At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church on Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursday at noon. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Freemason Street, Sundays at 8pm.
And at Rock of Zion Church on Hwy 306 in Grantsboro, on Fridays at 8pm.
There is also an Al-Anon group meeting Tuesday nights – from 7-8pm – at 403 Mildred Street.
Its first thrift store was such a success that Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County moved in to bigger quarters. It’s now in Grantsboro, at the intersection of 55 and 306, next to the Piggly Wiggly. As before, the store specializes in furnishings and fixtures for the home and the materials to help build it. Proceeds go to the Habitat efforts to build affordable housing in Pamlico County. If you have items to give to the store and you’d like the donations picked up, give the store a call at 745-1106. That’s also the number to call if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Habitat’s latest home construction project.
Find a bargain in your clothes shopping and help Hospice of Pamlico County at the same time. The Hospice Thrift Shop in Alliance is open from 10a to 4p Monday-Friday and 10a-1p on Saturday. All winter and fall clothing is half price through February 22 and starting February 24, all clothing will be $1 a piece. The changeover to spring and summer clothing is coming on March 10. You really can score some fine threads there. All of the proceeds go to support Hospice of Pamlico County. Donations of gently used clothes, housewares, small appliances, knickknacks, bedding, books, office supplies and more are always appreciated and may be dropped off during shop hours at the store at 13626 NC Hwy. 55E, Alliance. For more info, contact the store manager at 745-5033.
Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6p. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up. For info about the club and meetings contact Paul Olson @ 675-3327. If you want to rent a tent, table or chairs call the Rotary order line at 649-3725. More info about Rotary at www.orientalrotary.org
Any Marine on active duty, retired, or honorably discharged with ninety days of active service is invited to join the Oriental “Dragon” Detachment of the Marine Corps League which meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1830 for dinner — meeting begins at 1900 — at the Oriental Fire Station 19 on Straight Road in Oriental. For additional information on joining this detachment, contact Commandant George Steenson at 252-249-3117.
Share ideas with fellow anglers. The Lower Neuse Anglers Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at 6:30p. They meet at the Village Restaurant and welcome members and non-members alike. For more info, contact Ron Zielinski at 249-2128.
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 20-03 meets the first Wednesday each month at Fire Station # 19 on Straight Road, Oriental, at 7:30 PM. The meetings — which focus on boating safety, navigation and GPS, for instance — are open to the public. New members welcomed. For more info, contact the Auxiliary’s Bob Webster 252-249-2426
Handy with a hammer and nails? Pamlico County Senior Services needs more volunteers to help build handicap access ramps at the homes of some of Pamlico’s older residents. Senior Services provides the materials while volunteers led by Tim Balfour construct one ramp every month. Contact Tim at 745-3247 to offer a hand for the next project.
The Pamlico Chorale meets every Monday evening at 7p at The Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The Chorale performs in concert at least four times a year, including Spirit of Christmas weekend and opening the Croaker Festival. If you love to sing, the Chorale is the place to spend a few hours every Monday. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Carla Byrnes at 745-4793 or 670-4960.
When you go to the bank, you can help the food bank feed those who don’t have enough to eat.
Pamlico County Fishes And Loaves is collecting canned goods and they have a drop-off point inside First Citizens Bank in Oriental. Fishes and Loaves is a cooperative effort of a number of churches and organizations in Pamlico County working to provide food to the hungry.
The Oriental Woman’s Club holds its meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm at the clubhouse at 1007 Gilgo Road. Guests are welcome. Meetings include refreshments, a special speaker and short business session. OWC is a service club focused on community service, as well as state, national and international concerns of women and children. The OWC awards several scholarships annually to Pamlico County High School graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level. For more information about club activities and membership, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888.
In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 800 shawls for those in need. The group meets Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am at the church to crochet or knit shawls and pray for the recipients of them. The weekly gatherings have brought together people from all walks of life and religious faiths. (And even non-knitters; if you don’t know how to knit, stop on by and get a lesson and join in.) Contact Leigh Price at 249-1361.
In Haiti the need is still great, and here in Oriental you can still help. Oriental’s United Methodist Church continues to collect bags of dried beans and bags of rice for Haitian earthquake victims. Thanks to generous donations in January, a truckload was sent to MERCI, the Methodist disaster relief center in Goldsboro, which is sending regular shipments to Haiti. Contributions of rice and beans greatly appreciated at the Methodist Church at Freemason and Church Streets. Cash may also be dropped off at the church office. For more info, contact Nancy Huff at 249-0732.
The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society meets at Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 9am on the last Saturday of every month (except June). They invite all HAMS and those interested in amateur radio to attend. For additional information, please call Gail (Wally) Wallace, KK4ASP, at 410-804-1750 or Bill Olah, KR4LO, at 252-249-0287.
Avoid the longer lines and drive to New Bern’s DMV office and take care of your driver’s license renewals at the DMV mobile unit that visits Pamlico County once every month. The big DMV RV is set up outside the County Health Department (behind the courthouse in Bayboro) on the second Thursday after the first Monday of the month. Hours are 9a-3p.
The Pamlico County Library hosts two book clubs. The Bookworm Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 2pm. The Beach Books Club – which takes on lighter fare – gets together on the second Tuesday, also at 2pm. New members welcome. Call the library at 745-315 for more info.
Go take a walk! The Oriental Walking Group sets out on a series of organized walks through the village on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet up with walk leaders Gary and Pat Leonard at Lou Mac Park for a 9am departure. Oriental’s a great town to walk around and the walking group may help you stay disciplined about getting fit. Pedometers and water bottles provided by the Flexfit program of Heartworks. Call the Leonards for details at 249-0138 or just show up.
Friends of the Pamlico County Library meets the first Thursday of the month at 11am at the library on Highway 55 in Bayboro. This is the group of folks who help sustain the library. For info, call 745-3515.