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Saturday August 27 10a-10p Vandemere hosts the Vandemere Waterfront Park Grand Opening and Celebration. It’s the fifth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Irene, which devastated Vandemere and much of Pamlico County. But now Vandemere is renewed. There will be boat rides, entertainment, silent auction, Marine Fisheries demonstrations… even helicopter rides. It caps off with a 7-10pm Street Dance – music by Saltwater Gold. Click here to see the flyer.
Oriental’s History Museum’s latest special exhibit commemorates the Oriental Woman’s Club 100 years of service and runs thru August. “Women Together – Making a Difference” covers the century of OWC thru its many projects – books provided to World War I soldiers, Cemetery Perpetual Care, Relay for Life, Girls on the Run, scholarships to Pamlico County graduating seniors, to name just a few. The museum, located at 802 Broad Street in Oriental, is open Fridays 11-3, Saturdays 1-4, and Sundays 1-4.. Admission is always free, though donations are welcomed. For more information contact the museum at email@example.com.
(Photo: OWC members in Oriental’s 1919 May Day Parade, at the corner of Broad & Hodges. The building is the no-longer-standing Pickles Hall.)
The Village Gallery welcomes oil painter Angela Tommaso Hellman as its guest artist for the month of August. Tommaso Hellman began painting when she was 5, taught by a neighboring artist on Staten Island. A graduate of Flagler College in St. Augustine she has worked as a graphic designer and taught elementary school art. She currently lives in Cary and is a member of the Waverly Artists Group. As her exhibit at the Village Gallery will show, figures, still lifes, landscapes and beach scenes are frequent subjects for her paintings.
The Village Gallery is a cooperative gallery showing the works of local and regional artists in a range of media. The Gallery, on Hodges across from the harbor, is open from 10a-5p Wednesday through Sunday.
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 7:00p 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.
The newly-formed River Time Civitan Club’s No Child Wet Behind campaign is underway. During the month of August they are collecting boxes of disposable diapers to give to low-income families in Pamlico County. Diapers can cost $100 a month and newborns can go thru 8-10 diapers a day – if changed when needed. As a Civitan press release notes, when money is tight, diapers may not be changed as often, which can lead to infection. That’s where the No Child Wet Behind campaign comes in.
Diaper donations may be brought to Oriental United Methodist Church, Arapahoe Charter School, Pamlico Pharmacy or the Pamlico Partnership For Children. Diapers for adults also welcomed. For more info on teh NCWB diaper drive contact Pamlico Partnership for Children 252.745.7850 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about River Time Civitan Club contact Loriann Harker 252.633.2218 or email@example.com.
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.
The race starts at 1730 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make this the season that you …learn to speak French or Italian.
Create jewelry. Quilt by machine. Tap into yoga in a chair. Or tai chi for arthritis. Those Pamlico Community College Cultural Enrichment Courses are being offered starting in September .More details on the courses, here.
On Saturday, September 3, Ravenz Bru plays the Tiki Bar at the Oriental Marina and Inn. They’re playing from 7:30-11p.
Coming up to the stage by the harbor: Scearce and Ketner on Friday September 16. That’s the opening night of the Fall Music Festival, with Saltwater Gold on Saturday September 17; Barefoot Wade October 22; Saltwater Gold at Halloween Fest, Sunday October 30. For more info, call 249-1818
It’s not every sailboat race that features a rubber chicken but one regatta in Oriental does. The Greens Creek Challenge, the race for boats 20 feet and under, happens on Labor Day Weekend – on Saturday, September 3. NOR and Registration here.
Tony Craig traveled the back roads of North Carolina, took photos of old general stores and interviewed their owners. They make up his book, Country Stores in North Carolina. You’ll have a chance to see to some of the country store photos at Oriental’s History Museum in a special exhibit opening on Sunday September 4 at 2 pm. Tony Craig will be there there signing his book and giving tips about how to take photos of historic landmarks. Also being exhibited will be the folk art of artist and illustrator Sue Blanchard, who draws on memories of growing up amidst old barn buildings, country stores and frayed quilts.
The museum will also be selling raffle tickets for sale 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 us at 252-249-1870 or email@example.com
Did Your Mother Come from Ireland? is the title of a Bing Crosby song, but also a performance of songs, storytelling, poetry as well as photography, all of it coming to the Old Theater on September 9-10. Performances start at 7:30p both Friday and Saturday nights.
Patrick Clerkin and Lillian O’Connell base Did Your Mother Come from Ireland? on their experiences growing up 1st & 3rd generation Irish in New York & Chicago. All proceeds go to support The Old Theater & HOPE Clinic. Tickets are $20 and available as of August 12 at Nautical Wheelers (411 Broad St) and from HOPE Clinic Board Members. They’ll also be for sale at the Theater’s Box Office after 6:30p on the nights of performances.
November’s general elections are the focus of the Pamlico County NAACP’s monthly meeting on September 12 at the County Courthouse. Representatives of the Pamlico County Board of Elections are expected to attend and speak about the current rules on voter ID, early voting, same day registration, and out of precinct voting. All of those have been affected by restrictions passed by the Legislature’s GOP majority This summer, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the changes the Legislature made to the state’s voting laws intentionally discriminated against black citizens.
Other issues to be discussed will be solicited from the county political parties and candidates for office. If you have questions, contact Vice President Douglas Pearsall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-670-3494
September brings (at least the hope of) cooler weather, colorful leaves and bird migration. Many of the birds that arrived in the spring will be leaving to spend their winter in the tropics. But which ones are they? Liz Lathrop’s Fall Birding Class at Pamlico Community College will help you identify the many new arrivals and birds in migration in Pamlico County and on the coast.
The Fall Birding Class starts on Tuesday, September 13, at 9a in the Johnson Bldg at PCC for registration and a slide show on birds that may be seen, as well as info on binoculars. Subsequent classes will be field trips on Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4. Class is limited to 12, fee $30. To register, contact Denise Meyerson email@example.com, 252-249-1851 Ext. 3117 or Jane Whitley, firstname.lastname@example.org , 252-249-1851 Ext. 3033 to get on the list.
The third and fifth Thursdays of the month are open jam session at Pamlico Community College. Next one is Thursday September 15th 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. Upcoming jams are: September 29th, October 20th & November 17th. For more info, contact Jane Whitley (252-249-1851 ×3033 email@example.com or Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 × 3117 firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2016 Oriental Cup Regatta is moving to River Dunes and combining with HarborFest for HeartWorks on the same weekend – September 16-18. HarborFest will feature a casual feast of food and music on Friday evening, free music at the River Dunes Amphitheater Saturday from 11-4, and a Saturday night gala dinner dance, raffle, live and silent auction.
The Oriental Cup, for both casual and serious sailors, will feature around-the-buoys racing on Saturday and Sunday and a pursuit style race on Saturday only. Continental breakfast for sailors on Saturday. A boater’s special package will also be available boaters who wish to stay on their boats for the weekend. The OCR helps graduating high school student athletes thru the Bill Harris Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact HeartWorks at 252-745-9703.
Volunteers are needed to make the Harborfest happen – to check attendees in for the evening events, to help with logistics such as parking, to decorate, to be on hand on Saturday and to find items for the auctions. If you can lend a hand, contact the organizers at Heartworks at 745-9703 – it’d be much appreciated.
*The Oriental Food Initiative’s Food For Thought community read continues on
Monday September 26 at 6:30p with a discussion about Dan Buettner’s “”* It takes place at the Perry Griffin Fdtn Community Room on High Street, corner of First.
The idea behind Food for Thought is to read a book and then come together with others to talk about how some of the ideas can be put in to practice locally. You may even find things you can do right away. “The Blue Zones Solution” in particular, has a lot of such ideas.
OFI supports all businesses – farmers, shop owners, and restaurants – who make fresh foods available in town. It plans to hold the community book club discussions every 2-3 months. OFI also encourages you to check out the Food for Thought book swap – of books having to do with food – at the Provision Company.
Get rid of the toxic waste at your house. Coming up on Saturday, October 8 from 9a-noon is the next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Pamlico Courthouse parking lot. Basically, it’s about clearing away the kind of things we have around our homes that shouldn’t go to the landfill. You can dispose of cans of paint, used motor oil, pesticides, gas, cooking oil, antifreeze, drain openers, paint thinners.
There are things they will not take. For instance gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological and radioactive wastes. And nothing from businesses, contractors or otherwise commercial sources. As for electronica, you can drop them off anytime during the year at the dump/transfer station on Hwy 306. For more info, contact Bobbi Waters of Coastal Environmental Partnership at 252-633-1564 or e-mail her at email@example.com or call Pamlico County’s Solid Waste Mgmt office at 745-4240. and Pamlico Counties.
“All Lives Matter” is the topic of a special meeting on Monday, October 10 presented by the NAACP of Pamlico County. The meeting, which starts at 7p, takes place at the Pamlico County Courthouse. Pamlico Sheriff Chris Davis is scheduled to give short prepared remarks, followed by a question-and-answer segment with attendees. The public iswelcome to attend. For more info about this meeting contact branch President Chester Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-571-0892.
The 3rd Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is coming — Saturday, October 15 — and once again, turning front porches in Oriental into stages for dozens of ‘roots’ musicians. On that Saturday you can take in lots of live performances just by strolling thru the village. 30 musical acts will be playing this year and there’ll be a concert with Shiloh Hills and The Carmonas at the end of the day near the river.
New this year: a Village Marketplace is planned to take place on Hodges Street between Broad and South Water. (That section of the street will be closed to traffic that day.) The Festival welcomes vendors to sell their handmade works. Not-for-profit-groups may also set up with a booth. More food vendors would be welcome.
As laid-back as the OFPMF may appear, it takes a fair bit of organizing. Volunteers are needed at the porches. And to keep the festival going strong, the festival is seeking sponsors. Golf carts are needed to drives some attendees from venue to venue – if you can spare for a few hours, contact Warren Johnson at 249-1667. For more info on all the opportnities to take part, click here. If you would like to volunteer in some other way with the Festival, contact Dottie Osmun: 252-617-0540 or email@example.com In the meantime, OFPMF buttons are for sale – $5 – with proceeds going to the festival.
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-2p at the Oriental Marina & Inn on the harbor in Oriental.
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.) Tix: $10. All proceeds go to support The Old Theater, a non-profit organization.
Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2017 at the running of the Oriental New Years’ Eve Dragon. There are two runnings – both starting and finishing at Hodges and South Water. The first run starts at 8p, the second around 11:30p and has not one but two dragons — the Chinese dragon joins in on this run. Bring pots, bring pans, and make your own music for the dragon.
After the end of that second dragon run, stick around the Hodges Street waterfront just a few minutes more: at midnight, the Oriental Croaker will drop from the mast of a sailboat at the Town Dock to welcome in the new year. Scenes from a recent December 31st’s festivities, here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.com to register.
Paddling season’s here. The Oriental Dragon Boat Club holds its semi-weekly practices on Thursdays at 5:30p and on Sundays at 9a. Whlle they take off from the Wildlife Ramp on Midyette Street they first gather at Clancy’s Marina to get the boat and paddles.
That’s the schedule – weather permitting (i.e. no thunder or lightning). The Club maintains a regulation 46-foot long dragon boat and provides basic instruction, safety gear and equipment. 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 show up…. For more info contact Linda Parker at 249-0888. .
The Oriental Express Bicycle Club invites anyone with a bike to join them for their Recreational Ride on Saturday’s, 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. Ride times change based on time of year – and even that day’s weather. For more info, call Doug Sligh 252-249-3362 and Cynthia Cochran 252-249-0761.
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.
The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street from 8a-11a – the warm weather hours. At the Oriental Farmers’ Market, all of the items for sale are locally grown or locally made.
Local produce, baked goods, artisinal work can be found there. Stop by and see for yourself. For more info visit the Farmers’ Market website, here. Market moves to its winter hours 9a-noon on November 7, 2015.
Share ideas with fellow anglers. The Lower Neuse Anglers Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at 6:30p. They meet at the Village Restaurant from February thru October and welcome members and non-members alike. For more info, contact Bob Dillard at gbobdillard @ gmail.com or 704/236-4716
The Oriental Paddle Group goes out kayaking on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, setting out from the Wildlife Resources Commission ramp at the end of Midyette Street at 8a. Come and join the group, led by Larry Summers and Bill Hines as they paddle up nearby creeks. One benefit of these jaunts is the birds you can see. As Liz Lathrop of the Pamlico Birders group put is, “We have had interesting birds each time. The birds are not as skittish when you approach in a noiseless kayak.”
Alcoholics Anonymous meets in several locations in the area throughout the week.
At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church on Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursday at noon. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Freemason Street, Sundays at 8pm.
And at Rock of Zion Church on Hwy 306 in Grantsboro, on Fridays at 8pm.
There is also an Al-Anon group meeting Tuesday nights – from 7-8pm – at 403 Mildred Street.
Its first thrift store was such a success that Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County moved in to bigger quarters. It’s now in Grantsboro, at the intersection of 55 and 306, next to the Piggly Wiggly. As before, the store specializes in furnishings and fixtures for the home and the materials to help build it. Proceeds go to the Habitat efforts to build affordable housing in Pamlico County. If you have items to give to the store and you’d like the donations picked up, give the store a call at 745-1106. That’s also the number to call if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Habitat’s latest home construction project.
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.