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Cycle NC’s Coastal Ride returns to Oriental. Between Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30, some 1500 cyclists will come to Oriental for the 14th annual Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride. They’ll be riding throughout the county each day, and after their rides, return to Oriental. That weekend, Oriental will become their base camp. Hundreds will literally be camping — sleeping in tents on lawns along the South Avenue waterfront – others will stay in local lodging.
Wine tasting at Nautical Wheelers on Cycle NC weekend will be Friday April 28 at 4 & 5p. To be sampled: Cycles Gladiator – Merlot and Cabernet & Locations – White and Rose.
Upcoming Nautical Wheelers Uncorked wine tastings in Oriental:, Saturday, May 20 and Saturday, June 17.
Saltwater Gold plays at the Red Rooster on Friday evening April 28 starting around 7p. The outdoor roadhouse bar behind The Silos has plenty of room to dance.
Meanwhile, Friday night at OTown, Brant Island Strings is playing, also starting around 7p.
Upcoming shows at the Red Rooster – May 5 – The Delrios; May 19 – Bob the bass; May 26 -Shed Belly; May 27 – SILOSPALOOZA; June 16 – Ken Balangia; June 23 – Bob the Bass; July 14 – The Delrio’s; July 21 – Bob the Bass; July 28 – Ken Belangia
The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival may be 5 months away but cyclists in OrIental this weekend for CycleNC can get a taste of it on Saturday April 29 from 5-7p when Moores Creek Bluegrass will be performing. Shane Harris and his band will be playing at what’s come to be the OFPMF’s Main Stage lot at Freemason and South, across from Lou Mac Park. The show is happening during a BBQ dinner being served up for the cyclists registered for CycleNC . The concert – organized by the OFPMF – is open to the public as well. Buttons for the 2017 fest and T-shirts with the new OFPMF logo will be for sale.
For more than 2 years, cyclists from Oriental’s biking community and people with Parkinson’s Disease have teamed up on tandem bikes. Local physical therapist Jennifer Smart based the Park’nRide program on the idea that exercise is medicine and that cycling in particular could help ease the symptoms of the movement disorder. With the stronger cyclist, or captain, in the front seat setting the pace of 85RPM for 45 minutes, the person with PD on the back seat has to keep up, something many could not do on their own.
On Saturday April 29 from 6a-noon Jennifer and participants in thePark’nRide program will have tandems set up in front of The Bean to demonstrate and talk about how this “forced exercise” works. (More captains are needed for the growing number of people with PD who want to take part.)
Once again, the Sailing Club of Oriental and the Neuse Sailing Association are teaming up to present a series of seminars to help you be more self-sufficient with your boat. Rigging, sail repair, engine work are some of the topics covered in the classes from now thru early May. Most will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Town Hall though some will take place on Saturdays. Most are free. (For more info, contact Roger Hammer: 252-249-6080.)
UPDATE: The Saturday, April 29 – 9a-11a – Docking Basics, Maneuvering in Close Quarters seminar by World Wide Marine Traininghas been postponed.
Rounding out the season on May 6, from 9-12a – 12 Volt Systems, a session led by Wade Ellison.
In conjunction with the “Forgotten Landmarks” photography exhibit at Oriental’s History Museum, on Sunday, April 30 at 2p, Stan Allen will present a slide show on pre-Civil War houses in Oriental and Pamlico County. Since the age of 12, he’s studied early NC architecture, and has photographed many of the county’s early buildings -in particular, those in Oriental or only a few miles away. He’s also seen many of them slowly or suddenly disappear. By way of photos, memories, artifacts and some outright conjecture, Stan Allen will revisit those early structures during his presentation at the OHM.
Above, the Carraway House, which stood near the present day Town Beach. It was likely built circa 1800-1810 by its first owner, Henry Carraway, who is buried not far away in the small cemetery behind Fay Bond’s home. Stan Allen photographed the house in 1961 but is not certain when it came down.
If you want to be on The Map for Oriental’s Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday May 6 you have a deadline coming up. Marsha Paplham asks that you register by this Sunday, April 30.
That yard sale map helps yard sale shoppers/treasure seekers find you. No charge to take part, so you have nothing to lose — other than a lot of Stuff you don’t need anymore. To register, call Marsha at Marsha’s Cottage 249-0334 and do your registering over the phone. Leaving a message is fine. Just do it by Sunday night.
The Village Gallery’s guest artist for April is Paula Rozov. Rozov works primarily in oils, but also paints in watercolors, acrylics, and at times uses clay and layers of tissue paper to create relief. A native of Bertie County, she has lived in Seattle, the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River, Philadelphia and – returning to her NC roots – now lives in Oriental.
The Village Gallery is open from 10a-5p Wednesday through Sundays and is located at 300 Hodges Street, across from the Oriental harbor. For more info: call Judy Wayland at 252 249 1505 or visit villagegallerync.com.
HeartWorks wants to provide its Summer Learning Program for 100 children in Pamlico County as it has in other years. For 7 weeks of the summer, 11 hours a day, the Bayboro-based kid-centered service has offered outdoor activities, academic support and mentoring. The challenge this year is that the grant that pays for the after-school and summer enrichment program evaporates in May.
That is why HeartWorks is now turning to the community, asking for tax-deductible contributions. $34 would defray the costs for one child for one day, $170 for a week, while $1200 would pay for one child’s 7 weeks. It’s seeking to raise $120,000. “The Board is committed to having the summer program this year,” says HeartWorks Board Member Katherine Hudson, “but with the support of the community we will be able to enroll 100 children and the program can be as full of the enrichment activities as in previous years.” To contribute and/or learn more, click here.
Oriental’s Old Theater wants to say thanks to everyone who’s helped it have a successful season.
For its Community Appreciation Day, the Old Theater Board will be serving up ice cream on Tuesday May 2 from 4-6p. You’re invited — scoops will be served at the brick plaza along the Church Street side of the Old Theater. Come on by…
Oriental’s Town Board holds its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 2, at 7p at Town Hall. On the agenda, which you can download here, is a public hearing for a Special Use Permit for another short term rental, i.e. vacation rental, in a residential neighborhood.
This time, it’s the owners of 405 Mildred Street who are seeking that STR SUP. Unlike the requirement that the owners/managers of B&B’s in residential neighborhoods live on premises, the SUP’s for short term rentals granted by the Town Board in recent months have not set such criteria for the out-of-town owners of those properties. The Public Hearing is the public’s last opportunity to comment on the short term rental SUP for 405 Mildred.
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.
Wednesday night racing is back for 2017. 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 – email@example.com.
Oriental’s History Museum’s new exhibit, showcases the work of local photographers and artists – amateur and professional – who’ve been documenting places we may pass everyday in Pamlico County: old barns, boats and boathouses, graveyards, bridges, houses, and stores. The idea behind this exhibit was to note the changes in places and to highlight structures that once stood in the area, only to have disappeared by way of backloader, gravity, or impenetrable tangles of smilax .
The museum’s volunteer curators called out for photos and drawings and the resulting exhibit that opened in early February will be up thru May. Oriental’s History Museum is located at 802 Broad Street in Oriental. Admission is always free. Hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday & Sunday 1-4. If you would like to share a photo or drawing or have any questions about this exhibit contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-249-1870.
Oriental Woman’s Club will be having a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on May 5 to raise funds for their scholarships awarded to Pamlico County students. For $25 per person you can enjoy a wine tasting by Nautical Wheelers, a self serve Taco Bar and a Mexican dinner with dessert. Tickets available at First Citizens and Nautical Wheelers in April.
Oriental’s Town Wide Yard Sale is Saturday morning May 6. Recent years have seen upwards of 70 yards taking part. Lots of one-of-a-kinds to find. And of course, one person’s treasure hunt is another person’s opportunity to de-clutter. No charge to take part – but there will be a registration to create the map of participating yards. Registration forms coming or just call Marsha Paplham at Marsha’s Cottage 249-0334 and do your registering over the phone.
Marsha also says that Habitat will make a town wide pick-up after the yard sale for those unsold items that you don’t want to have around anymore. You will have to contact Habitat to make sure they know to stop at your yard.
If you are downsizing your collection of Things, but don’t want to be out there selling, you can donate items to Prime Time, the program for those 50 and older. To arrange a time to drop off your items or to have them picked up, call 252-371-1600 XTN
(no clothing or shoes, they ask)
Got a Velvet Elvis looking for a new stage? Your chance to find a good home for The King is coming up. At Oriental’s Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 6 the Ol’ Front Porch Music Fest will be having their Out of The Attic – Art On The Porch Sale.
Here’s how it works: if you’re tired of keeping works of art in storage, donate them to the OFPMF, which will then offer them for sale on May 6 on the porch at Town Hall. All proceeds go to help pay for this year’s music fest.
for everyone to enjoy. Bring on your paintings, pottery, sculpture, framed photography, hand-made decorative works, fabric art .. art supplies, musical instruments, books related to art gratefully accepted as well. And yes, your Velvet Elvii, too. To donate and make arrangements to drop off your art now, contact OFPMF’s Art Sale Curator Trish Mead at 252-675-9818 email@example.com
The Village Gallery in Oriental hosts its 9th annual Black Velvet Affair Friday, May 12, from 4-7p. This is the big yearly event supporting the arts and cooperative artists at Village Gallery. Contact Judy Wayland at 252 249 1505 for more information.
Art on the Neuse, Oriental’s Art and Music Festival will celebrate its 14th year Saturday, May 13. The Arts Festival runs from 9 to 5pm at the Oriental Marina Inn Courtyard on the harbor just off Hodges Street.
Sponsored by the Pamlico County Arts Council, Art on the Neuse is a showcase for more than 40 artists and craftspeople. Live music from Harborsounds, Ed Terry, Ken Belangia and Jazzomine will play all day. A commemorative poster will be on sale, this year featuring the work of Susan Henry. The 11“X17” posters are $10.
Admission to the event is free.
Oriental/NYC choreographer Wendy Osserman has a new production, Warrior Women premiering on Monday May 15 and Tuesday May 16 at 7:30p at Orringer Auditorium, Craven Community. Warrior Women tackles the challenges women on active duty face in the military. Dancers Angel Richelle Pinkston and Michelle Sims tell their stories through dance, song and words, confronting both their power and vulnerability. More on the performaence, here. TIckets on sale at Nautical Wheelers.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 × 3117 email@example.com
The Pamlico County Public Library is hosting an exhibit of art created by K-12 students of Pamlico public schools. The public is invited to view the works in the exhibit, Springing into Art. It will be up through May and may be viewed whenever the library is open.
Pamlico Community College is offering several Cultural & Life Enrichment programs.
In the Roadmap to Wellness Series Michele Musella teaches a range of holistic healing techniques on Tuesdays 6-8p It continues with Roadmap & Exploring Chakra Health – June 6, $15; Aromatherapy – June 13, 20 & 27, $65 plus supplies.
To register or for more info contact Denise Meyerson at 249-1851 ×3117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hope Regatta is coming June 9-11 and once again will be based at River Dunes. The weekend includes pursuit racing on the Neuse for sailboat crews, a gala dinner, and auctions – silent and live. 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.
More details to follow. The Hope Regatta is the clinic’s big fundraiser, taking the place – this year at least – of the Hope Ball. Hope’s Executive Director, in a letter in late February, cited rising overhead costs for not putting on the Hope Ball.
Croakerfest happens on the weekend of the first Saturday in July. July 1 is the first Saturday in July 2017. The yearly festival kicks off the Friday afternoon before with performances by the Pamlico Community Band and the Pamlico Chorale, Miss Croaker and Miss Minnow Pageants, baking contests and a street dance at Freemason and South. Saturday features the Croaker Parade, Croaker Regatta, and amusements for children as well as food and artisans’ booths. All of it is then capped with an outsized fireworks display. Photos of the 2016 Croakerfest Parade, here.
Harborfest for HeartWorks returns September 22 through 24 with great food and good music hosted by River Dunes. Funds raised over the weekend help HeartWorks’ provide counseling, day care, after school and all-day summer programs for over 400 at-risk children and their families in and near Pamlico County.
It begins with a casual party on Friday the 22nd starting at 5:30pm with dinnE Roland’s Barbecue, music by Saltwater Gold, and a 50/50 raffle. On Saturday evening, a gala with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and buffet catered by The Chelsea, a live and a silent auction, and music from The Entertainers. “Registration forms, here.”:ghttps://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/HeartworksChildrensMedicalHom/registrationform.html Boaters who register may dock at River Dunes for three nights.
The 2017 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival on Friday and Saturday October 6 and 7 will once again bring musicians to town and turn Oriental’s porches in to stages where the public can watch free of charge.. The OFPMF has lined up the Red Clay Ramblers to close this year’s festival – they’ll be playing Saturday afternoon, October 7. That will be a free performance.
This year the festival gets an earlier start – with several bands playing on porches on Friday afternoon. Then, on Friday night October 6, Dom Flemons of the former NC Chocolate Drops performs at the Old Theater. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon. (More on the RCR and Dom Flemons, here.)
This will be the 4th annual OFPMF. If you’ve not been to any of the first three, here are links:
Volunteers are needed to help with a range of things. To find out how you can help, contact Dawn Hoyle at email@example.com or (252) 249-2069.
OMM, the newly-formed 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 “keeping it very simple,” says one of the organizers, Tony Noel. “The goal is mindfulness practice first and foremost, since it is foundational to all practice. We’ll intersperse meditations of various objectives and from various traditions.”
Open to all, even if you’ve never meditated.You’re asked to please arrive several minutes before the hour – admittance will be restricted during practice itself. More on OMM here or contact Shari Sias or Tony Noel at 252-635-7867, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A group of area cyclists gets together for rides several days every week and welcomes you to join them. All rides start at 8:30a On Saturdays, a recreational ride sets out from in front of The Bean then through the Old Village and on to Dolphin Point. It’s about 10 miles and the pace is conversational. Those who wish to can go on an additional and faster ride.
They also go on longer and faster rides on Sundays and Wednesdays starting at 8:30a at The Bean distance and pace tbd by riders. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30a, the ride sets out from Belangia’s in Arapahoe, again with distance and pace tbd by riders. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off! Questions? Contact Pat Thomaier at pthomaier @ mindspring.com
The NAACP of Pamlico County holds its regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month at 6p at the Pamlico County Senior Services Center at 800 Main st, Alliance. All interested persons are invited and welcome to attend.
For more info, contact chapter President Doug Pearsall at nellie98
embarqmail.com or Hattie Harrell,1st Vice Presdient
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.
One result of last fall’s 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 the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 5-6:30 p at the Pamlico County Courthouse. The Courthouse is at 202 Main Street, Bayboro. Meetings take place in either the Courtroom or the Annex. For more info, contact email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, Susan Dillard, 249-6100, email@example.com or Camp Caroline Manager, Casey perry firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 new twelve-step group, Victorious! , meets at “Our Green House”, 403 Mildred St., in Oriental on Mondays at 7p. Men only. This group has been chartered by the national group Alcoholics Victorious.
For more info, contact Eric, at 252-671-2330 or email@example.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
Migraineurs is a new support group for people who get migraines and for their friends, family, or caregivers as well. Meetings, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, are mainly an opportunity to meet new people, tell stories, offer advice, and share a snack. Meetings start at 5p and are held at Oriental United Methodist Church. Enter through the Felllowship Hall on Third Ave and walk to the end of the hall. The group will be in the George Duffie conference room on the left. For more info: contact Lynn Crothers – firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 707-3788.
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 email@example.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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.