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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • Election Day is November 8th but you can vote early starting on Thursday October 20. Early voting runs thru November 5, the Saturday before Election Day at the Pamlico Board of Elections at the County Courthouse in Bayboro.

    While it is too late to register to vote and vote on Election Day, it is still possible to register to vote if you then vote at the same time during this early voting period. To view the schedule, click here.Questions? Contact supervisor Lisa Bennett or the staff at the BOE at 745-4821.

  • George Bailey plays Friday Oct 21 starting 7:30p at the Red Rooster Bar.

    The Red Rooster is located behind The Silos restaurant on Hwy 55.

  • Here’s a voting experience where you get to try a lot of chili and help the Old Theater raise funds. The 9th Annual Chili Cookoff is happening on Saturday, Oct 22 from 11a-1:30p at the Oriental Marina & Inn on the harbor in Oriental. Awards at 2p.

    It works like this: A dozen or so chefs bring their best chili, you buy a ticket, sample them and then vote for who you think should win the People’s Choice Award. (There’s also the Judge’s Pick, determined by a trio of judges.) A click here will discover this year’s chili chefs. Tix: $10. All proceeds go to support The Old Theater, a non-profit organization. This year the proceeds go to fix The Old Theater roof (it needs it).

    Chili. By the harbor. Life is pretty good hombre. While you wait, here is a look at the 2014 Chili Cookoff and the 2015 Chili Cookoff.

  • The Pamlico County Republican Party holds its Annual GOP Turkey Dinner, Saturday, October 22 at 6:30p. It will take place at the The Delamar Center at Pamlico County Community College in Grantsboro. Tickets are $30, and available by calling GOP Headquarters, 252-745-0737. All are welcome to attend, the Pamlico GOP says, “during this Very Exciting Election Time.”

  • The Oriental Dragon Boat Club’s holds an Oktoberfest celebration – Sunday, October 23 from 4-6p at the Oriental Marina and Inn. Come and celebrate the coming of Fall with great food and music. It’s a fundraiser to help replace the roof and HVAC of The Old Theater.

    The feast will include brats grilled by Jim Kellenberger, German sauerkraut, German potato salad being and a beverage — either One Samuel Adams Octoberfest beer, a glass of wine, or one soft drink. Tickets are $15 and available at the Farmer’s Market & The Provision Company. You can also contact Linda Parker at 249-0888, Bill Minchin at 249-2199, or Ben Reese at 675-3813.

    In the event of inclement weather (which led to cancellation of last year’s) the Oktoberfest will take place at the Oriental Woman’s Club.

  • Open Sailing @ Bow To Stern Sailing. Open Sailing is done on FJs and Sunfish. It is every Monday. $5/person and free for Bow To Stern members. Rigging and beginner intro starts around 5p, launching about 5:30p, and you sail until 7p or so.

    Participate in multiple short races or just enjoy some sailing. Please RSVP to Jim Edwards, 252-474-6000. Bow To Stern is at 290 Blackwell Point Loop Rd – for directions click here.

  • Tony Craig traveled the back roads of North Carolina, took photos of old general stores that became part of his book, Country Stores of NC. You can see some of those photos in a special exhibit now thru December at Oriental’s History Museum. Also on display is the work of artist and illustrator Sue Blanchard, who draws on memories of growing up among old barn buildings, country stores and frayed quilts.

    The museum is also selling raffle tickets for a handcrafted wine rack to be raffled at the museum’s annual membership meeting on November 5. The Museum is located at 802 Broad Street in Oriental. Hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free. For more information contact them at 252-249-1870 or museum@dockline.net.

  • Paula Rozov is the October guest artist at the Village Gallery. Rozov has lived in Seattle, the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River, Philadelphia and now Oriental. Her roots go to rural North Carolina and Bertie County where she grew up.

    She found her mentor in Aidron Duckworth who “fiercely challenged and encouraged her through years of study in formal drawing and painting”. Rozov finished a degree in art from Norwich University with a thesis and full gallery show. Her final study was “When God Was a Man”.

    The Village Gallery is open from 10a-5p Wednesday through Sundays.

  • The Pamlico County Republican Party meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:30p at the 2016 Pamlico GOP Headquarters in Bayboro. The next meeting scheduled before the November 8th election will be October 25th at 6:30pm. The GOP says it welcomes new members and volunteers – whether they be conservative, Democratic, Republican or unaffiliated. GOP headquarters is open 10a – 6p M thru F, and Saturdays, 10a – 3p and is located at 14172 Highway 55 in the Old Habitat Restore building. For more info, call 252-745-0737

  • 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.

  • Sailors from Oriental head out on the Neuse for the Wednesday Night Sail Race. Boats rendezvous at Oriental Marker #1 on each Wednesday for a relatively carefree race around the government marks. Just show up. The race does the “normal” US Sailing countdown. Just like a real race. This allows those new to racing an opportunity to learn and practice the start sequence.

    New time (as the sun sets earlier) >> The race starts at 1700 GPS time. There is a warning horn at 1725 (usually) and again at the start. Which ever is more upwind, Garbacon or Adam’s Creek, is the weather mark, round the other as the leeward mark and finish at Oriental 1. VHF Channel 78a for communications. Social at the Tiki Bar after the race. Questions? Contact Joe Valinoti – joesail1@gmail.com.

  • The Friends of the Pamlico Library’s fall book sale starts on Saturday, November 5 at 9a. (This was originally scheduled for October 8 but storm concerns postponed it.) Among the books for sale are classics, current popular fiction, biography, history, politics, art, photography, inspirational, children’s. Prices on Saturday will be paperbacks for 50 cents and $1 for hardbacks. The sale runs to 2p that day and then continues at the Library the following Monday thru Wednesday with prices reduced daily. It’s a great way to replenish your personal library. Plus, the proceeds go toward more books and other improvements at the library.

    In advance of the sale, your donations of books are appreciated. For more info, call the library at 745-3515

  • Saxophone quartets are a rarity but you get a chance to hear the Donald Sinta Quartet on Sunday, November 6 at 5:30p at River Dunes Harbor Club. It’s the latest in The Pamlico Musical Society’s “Recitals on the River “Series. The event begins at 5p at the River Dunes Harbor Club in Oriental with a chance to meet the performers in an intimate setting and enjoy a beverage and light hors d’oeuvres. The concert begins at 5:30.

    Hailed as “…a tight-knit ensemble exploding with power and virtuosity and an un-concealable ambition to connect with its newly found listeners” the Donald Sinta Quartet performs entirely from memory. It formed 6 years ago and was named for U of Michigan Saxophone Professor Donald Sinta. The group’s diverse repertoire spans centuries and covers the great string quartet works by Dvorak, Schubert, and Shostakovich as well as new commissions by emerging composers.

    Tickets to this concert $30 are available at Nautical Wheelers and online at www.pamlicomusic.org. Tickets for sold-out shows may become available at the last minute. For more infor, call 252-617-2125.

  • Arapahoe United Methodist Church holds its Festival of All Seasons Bazaar and Bake Sale on Saturday November 12 from 8 til 11a. Offered for sale will be many hand crafted items that make great gifts. This year a special table will be set up for children to create their own Christmas ornament from specially prepared pinecones. In addition to the regular cakes and pies at the Bake Sale there will also be a “cookie walk” – where you can compile an assortment of cookies to buy and freeze for the upcoming holidays. Perfect for when you are entertaining or give as a tasty gift.

    All the proceeds from the sale will benefit local charities supported by the church here at home, in Pamlico County. The Bazaar and Bake Sale happens in the Fellowship Hall of the Arapahoe UMC located on Highway 306 South, at the corner of Bennett Road in Minnesott Beach. For more info, call Gail Hartsough, 252-249-2267.

  • Pamlico County’s Veterans Day parade is Saturday, November 12 in Bayboro. Parade begins at 10a.. For more info, contact Gail Vergato, County Veterans’ Affairs co-ordinator at 252-745-4086 X 289.

  • The third and fifth Thursdays of the month are open jam session at Pamlico Community College. Next one is Thursday November 17th. starting at 6p. It’s open to all. Bring your instrument – or voice – or maybe only a chair to just come to listen to the harmonies. It all happens at the Johnson Building Mall. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe. The public is welcome to attend. For more info, contact Jane Whitley (252-249-1851 ×3033 jwhitley@pamlicocc.edu or Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 × 3117 dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu

  • The Old Theater’s November Friday Flick is “My Fellow Americans” It’ll be shown on Friday Nov 18 at 7:30p. Tickets are $5.50 and go on sale when the box office opens at 6:30p. Popcprn’s free. Fillm will be preceded by another installment in the Flash Gordon series and a cartoon. All proceeds go to benefit the Old Theater.

  • He has sung with Madonna and Chaka Khan, and been a soloist for the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall. On Saturday, November 19, countertenor Terry Barber performs at the Old Theater in Oriental. This Pamlico Musical Society concert begins at 7:30p.

    With an extraordinary vocal range, and fluency in many languages and musical styles, he crafts what the Los Angeles Times calls “performances of great vitality and verve” and “breathes new life into everything he sings.” Formerly of the Grammy-winning group, Chanticleer, Terry Barber sings works for baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano in French, German, English, Latin, and Italian, including works by Leonard Cohen, Brahms, Caccini, Bernstein, among others

    Tickets are $22 and are available in Oriental at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street, and online at www.pamlicomusic.org. (Tickets for sold-out shows may become available at the door last minute. Check at the box office at 7:15p.)

  • The Malpass Brothers were planning to play at Oriental’s Old Theater in October but that show was cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew 7:30p. It has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 15 at 7:30p. In this Pamlico Musical Society show,the 20-something duo brings fraternal harmonies to the stage along with pitch-perfect channelling of classic country artists such as Merle and Johnny and Hank and some tunes of their own. Your original ticket for October’s show will get you in the door, If you purchased your ticket through ShowClix, print out your ticket and bring it with you.

    If you require more tickets or are unable to attend, contact PaMuSo at pamlicomusic@gmail.com or 252-617-2125.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • Oriental’s Drummin’ Dragons get together every Thursday night from 7-8:30p. You’ll find them in Lou Mac Park on thse Thursday nights of summer, weather permitting. (In the winter months, they gather at the Perry Griffin House – 300 High Street.)

    All are invited – come on by and learn to drum. (They have some spare drums for you to try.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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