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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • Thanksgiving weekend, The New Village Brewery & Taproom will host a tap “Thanks-Over” by Dogfish Head Brewery (Milton, DE) Nov 24-25.

    It was Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione’s 90-Minute IPA that inspired New Village’s brewer, Frank Bacon, to first try his hand at home brewing in 2001. What’s so special about the 90-Minute IPA? With rich pine and fruity citrus hop aromas and a strong malt backbone, 90-Minute IPA had Esquire magazine calling it “perhaps the best IPA in America.” Come taste for yourself.

    Brews on tap include:
    61 Minute IPA (beer/wine hybrid) – 6.5%
    90 Minute IPA – 9%
    Carobock (chocolate weizenbock brown ale) – 8%
    Liquid Truth Serum IPA – 6.8%
    Midas Touch (beer/wine/mead hybrid ale) – 9%
    Namaste (Belgian witbier) – 4.8%
    Pennsylvania Tuxedo (Pale ale with spruce tips) – 8.5%
    Sea Quench Ale (session sour with lime peel & sea salt) – 4.9%

    The brewery will be closed Thanksgiving Day; but opens at noon on Fri & Sat and will remain open until around 10pm.

  • Do you know a child who could play an angel or a wise man? (They don’t actually have to be wise and angelic…. just act like they are.)

    As it does every year, Children’s Theater Workshop is seeking local children to play angels, wisemen, and other roles in the Live Nativity performed during the Spirit of Christmas in Oriental. The casting call for this year’s Live Nativity is Saturday, November 25 from 1-2p at Oriental United Methodist Church. Can’t make it then? Call Yolanda Cristiani at 828-421-7981 or email the Children’s Theater Workshop at 1996ctw@gmail.com. The Live Nativity performance will be at 3:30p Saturday December 9 at OUMC.

  • Chris Fulcher is seeking a CAMA major permit to construct 6 slips for trawlers on Oriental’s harbor to “provide additional docking facilities for the growing fishing fleet of Fulcher Point, LLC” The slips would be between TownDock #2 and Fulcher’s roofless building and adjacent to what had been public access right-of-way until the Town’s 2012 land swap with the fishing businessman. The CAMA application (downloadable here) also calls for dredging to 13 feet, and bulkheading the shore. Schematics of project, here.

    The project comes on the heels of Fulcher’s now-shelved plans for a trawler painting operation with 300 ton TravLift. No TravLift in the current proposal; it requests that the proposed dock platform(s)” be permitted to “exceed the allowable width of 6 feet” in order to support “small tracked or rubber tired equipment” used to lift parts on to and off of trawlers in order to make repairs or stock.

    As part of the CAMA process, public comment is to be considered if received before Saturday, November 25th or up until a decision is made. (CAMA also seeks comment from adjacent land owners; in this instance, the only adjacent property owner (by land) was the town of Oriental which did not oppose a permit.) Comments should be addressed to Braxton C, Davis, Director of Coastal Management,400 Commerce Ave, Morehead City, NC 28557. (click for Legal Notice that appeared in Pamlico News on Nov 1.)

  • Pamlico Progressives is launching a discussion series, How Governmental Policies Affect Pamlico County First up; a screening of Democracy for Sale on Monday November 27 at 6p at Oriental Town Hall. The documentary (featuring Zack Galifinakis) links big money to gerrymandering and decreased environmental and social protections. This event is free and open to the public.

    Click here for upcoming dates and topics. Most will be Monday evenings at Oriental Town Hall.

  • Hear some tunes, or sing some yourself on the stage at The Silos.

    Every Wednesday night at The Silos is Open Mic Night and it really is open to those who want to perform.

    Stop by for dinner or a beer and some great music. Open Mic starts between 6:30 and 7p. The Silos is at 1111 Broad Street. Look for … the silos. Call 252-249-1050 for more info.

  • The 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 ext 3033 jwhitley@pamlicocc.edu or Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 ext 3117 dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu.

  • The Village Gallery in Oriental welcomes Susan Henry as its guest artist for the month of November. Sue has been painting and studying art since 1968. After running her marine graphics business in Oriental for 3 decades, she immersed herself in plein air painting, studying in New England in the Cape Cod School colorist tradition. Everything in her November show will be oils she painted en plein air. She says that allows her to “capture the light…of a nautical moment in time.” Caught in those instants are kayaks, boatyards, cottages – from local shores as well as the coast of Maine and Monhegan Island.

    The Village Gallery, at 300 Hodges Street brings together – and shows the work of – more than 30 local and regional artists. For more information: visit the website villagegallerync.com or call the Gallery at 252 249 0300 during its open hours 10a-5p Wednesdays through Sundays.

  • The Red Rooster is hosting Rock & Roast on Friday December 1 starting at 6p. Feast on a bucket of oysters, the Silos award-winning clam chowder, and live music by Saltwater Gold in this fundraiser for Hope Clinic.

    Tickets are $20 and available at The Silos, Hope Clinic and Nautical Wheelers. Profits go to Hope Clinic and its efforts to provide free medical care to low-income, uninsured adults from Pamlico County and surrounding communities. Questions? Contact Sheri Rettew, Executive Director of Hope Clinic at (252) 745-5760.

  • The Oriental Dance Club holds a Kick Off the Holidays Dance Party on Friday, December 1, from 7-10p at the Oriental Women’s Clubhouse. A wide range of dance – Swing, Shag, Waltz, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Modern Dances all by request. $10/person – BYOB, snacks, mixers, and ice provided. Oriental Women’s Clubhouse is at 1007 Gilgo Rd., Oriental. Questions? Contact Rock Rockwell Subrock71@gmail.com 802-318-7493

  • The 5th Annual Chuck FONDEAUX rolls on Sunday December 3. It’s local cyclist, Chuck Forrest’s birthday ride and covers 106 miles of Pamlico, Craven and Beaufort County roads. Even if you don’t have 106 miles of cycling in you, you can pedal out with the group as they take off at 8:30 Sunday morning from in front of The Bean.

    For scenes from 2015’s Fondeaux, click here.

  • One of the more striking and memorable scenes at the Spirit of Christmas is that of luminaria lining – and lighting – Oriental’s main streets as the festivities kick off on Friday night, which this year falls on December 8. Those luminaries are not bought off the shelf. Rather, the pieces – white paper bag, candle, a weight to keep it stable – are assembled by volunteers in the days leading up to the Spirit of Christmas. You can be part of this spirited behind-the-scenes production. The schedule is:

    Tuesday December 5 starting at 4:30p – Bag Folding at the Toucan Grill (holiday music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar)

    Thursday December 7 starting at 3:30p – Candle Lighting and Bag Stuffing at the Station 19 Fire Station on Straight Rd. (Candles are momentarily lit to make it easier to light them curbside on Friday.)

    Friday December 8 at 3:30p – Loading the now-ready-for-prime-time luminarias on to trailers at the Fire Station so they can be placed along the streets.

    Marsha Paplham orchestrates this production of glow. Right now, she says “we are looking for volunteers with trailers to help distribute the candles.” If you can volunteer your truck-and-trailer for a couple of hours that Friday, Marsha asks that you call her at 249-0334 or 675-5142.

  • You can eat healthy over the holidays —— starting with goodies that can be good for you. On Wednesday December 6 at 4p, Katy Pugh, an RN and certified health coach, is offering a free seminar on making healthy holiday treats and snacks. It’ll be at Oriental Town Hall. Katy asks that those who plan to attend, contact her in advance ( katypugh @ gmail.com 919-496-8248 ) as she will be bringing samples and needs a head count.

  • The oil industry hopes to one day drill for oil off the NC coast. To locate the oil under the sea, off-shore seismic blasting has been proposed. How would that affect NC’s fishing and tourism industries? Seismic blasting is December’s topic in the Pamlico Progressives discussion series.

    On Thursday, December 7, at 6:30p, Rick Kearney, a retired environmental policy professor at NCSU and member of the NC Coastal Federation advisory committee will speak about the impacts of seismic blasting. Heather Deck, Director of Sound Rivers, will also be at the meeting at Brantley’s Village Restaurant

    There’s a 6p meet-and-greet before the 6:30p presentation. It is all open to the public. To estimate approximate seating, please email Bill Hines at bill.hines@ec.rr.com if you are planning on attending.

  • If you’ve experienced a significant loss ─ the death of a loved one, loss of health, the loss of a relationship or a job — the holidays can be especially tough. A one hour grief workshop on Thursday December 7 at the Pamlico Library may help you navigate the season. Pamlico Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, Catherine Cooper, LCSW will give attendees insight, tools, and resources to manage their grief during the holidays. This free workshop is designed for the grieving individual as well as loved ones, coworkers, friends, and school personnel. There will be two opportunities to attend – @ 11a & 6:30p. For more info, contact Hospice of Pamlico County at 745-5171.

  • The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2017 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 8-9. Recent years have featured a lighted small boat parade in the harbor on Friday night and a parade on Saturday along with a live nativity.

  • Oriental’s Spirit of Christmas gets going on Friday December 8…and it’s about lights. The festival’s newest tradition, the Paddle Flotilla of lighted motorless small boats, should be coming in to view in the harbor around5p/sunset. Better yet, you can be part of it – festoon your kayak, canoe, SUP with lights and join the nautical parade. Larry Summers, who is organizing the December 8 flotilla says,

    “If you would like, please join us with your decorated paddled or rowed vessel. We will meet at the Oriental Wildlife Ramp at 4:30p for a 4:45p departure. (If you need to decorate at the ramp, please come earlier.) It is a xrelatively short paddle and we will stay within the Oriental Harbor. Sunset is around 5p. With luck and clear skies we might catch the sunset over Greens Creek. If you are launching from somewhere other than the Wildlife Ramp try to time it so you arrive in the harbor at about 5p.”
    Once in the harbor, the paddlers parade back and forth near the spectators who’ve come to the Town Docks and Hodges Street waterfront to watch the flotilla and the lighting of the Oriental Star (circa 5:30p) accompanied by some holiday songs. Questions? Contact Larry Summers at 252-675-0467.

  • Brighten the holidays for a child in Pamlico County. Presents for Pamlico Kids collects and distributes toys to deserving boys and girls in Pamlico County. Collection is underway thru December 8. Unwrapped educational games as well as toys for children (from newly born to 18 years of age) can be dropped off at various locations in the county. Gift cards recommended for teens,Click here for drop off locations and details on making a tax-deductuible donation that would be used to buy toys. The presents will be distributed December 13 and 14 from 9a-5p at Camp Seafarer. To sign up a child in need, contact Pamlico County DSS at 252-745-4086 Camp Seafarer at 252-249-1212 by Dec 1. The Presents for Pamlico Kids effort is organized by the County Chamber of Commerce and Camps Seagull and Seafarer.

  • The Pamlico County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, December 12 at 5:30p in the Bayboro Courthouse Annex Room, 202 Main Street, Bayboro. For more info contact Jayne Stasser 617-9219.

  • The Old Theater’s next Friday Flick is Mousehunt showing on December 15.

    Nathan Lane and Lee Evans star in this dark comedy from 1997 about two brothers who inherit a house with a cunning mouse they try – repeatedly – to evict. Tix are $6. Popcorn’s free. Showtime is 7:30p

  • – All performances Sold Out –
    Oriental’s Old Theater and O’Town Restaurant are teaming up again, this time for a dinner theater production of Scrooge’s Christmas on December 18, 19 and 20 at O’Town’s Pub. Scrooge’s Christmas is a Ken Jones adaption of the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, with an emphasis on the ghost story – Jacob Marley’s ghost narrates. Seating at 5:30p; performance begins at 6:30p.

    Tickets are $40 per person – which includes a full course meal (alcoholic beverages not included) inside O’Town’s cozy pub where the play will unfold. Advance ticket sales only – no tickets available at the door. This is a limited engagement, with seating limited to 50 guests per night. O’Town Pub is at 518 Water Street, near the base of the Oriental bridge. – All performances Sold Out –

  • Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2018 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 in recent years the late run has had not one but two dragons as the Chinese dragon joins in. Bring pots, bring pans, and make your own music for the dragon. Scenes from a recent December 31st’s festivities, here.

  • It’s become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah. The 2018 Oriental Boat Show — The Best Small Town Boat Show In America —is coming up April 13-15. 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.

    The 2017 show had more than 100 exhibitors of nautical goods and services. Dealers and brokers bring in boats on land and to the slips at Oriental Harbor Marina – many of the boats are available for in-water sea trials. More details – including vendor application forms – are at OrientalBoatShow.com, For more info, contact boat show impresario Sam Myers 252-249-0228 or director@orientalboatshow.com

  • Croakerfest 2018 is happening on the weekend of June 30 – July 1. Check back for more details about Oriental’s biggest summer festival.. Click here for scenes from the 2017 Croaker Festival
  • The *5th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival will take place on Friday-
    Saturday October 5-6, 2018.* Look for dozens of musicians playing on porches in Oriental. For scenes from the 2017 OFPMF, click here.

  • Got a killer chili recipe? Put it to the test at The Old Theater’s 2018 Chili Cookoff on Saturday, October 27. More than a dozen chefs from area restaurants and non-profits compete in this harborside event on the grounds of the Oriental Marina and Inn. Attendees get tastes and vote for their faves in this 4th Saturday in October annual fundraiser for the Old Theater. Check back for the call out for chefs…..

  • Ongoing Events:
  • A group of area cyclists gets together for rides each Saturday and Sunday and welcomes you to join them. Rides start at 10:30 from the Bean throughout the winter, as the weather permits. The start time with return to 8:30 after April 1.

    Saturday’s ride is about ten miles, at a conversational pace. Those who wish to can continue on a longer route at a faster pace. The Sunday ride is faster, with pace and distance decided by the riders, usually between 15-17 mph for 25-30 miles. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off! Questions? Contact Pat Thomaier at pthomaier@mindspring.com.

  • OMM, the Oriental Mindfulness Meditation group meets twice weekly – Mondays at 7p and Thursdays at 7a at the Perry-Griffin Community Center, 300 High Street.

    Participation is free and each one-hour meeting will include 30 minutes of meditation practice led by participants, followed by discussion. They are “We keep it very simple,” says one of the organizers, Tony Noel. “The goal is mindfulness practice, first and foremost. We’ll intersperse meditations of various objectives and from various traditions.”

    As they have been since the OMM group formed this past winter, the sessions are open to all, even those who have never meditated. You’re asked to arrive several minutes before the hour. Admittance will be restricted during practice itself – with doors shutting at 7:10. More on OMM here or contact Shari Sias or Tony Noel at 252-635-7867, or togetherwesit@gmail.com.

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

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

  • The 2017 Dragon Boat Paddling season is here. The Oriental Dragon Boat Club holds its semi-weekly practices on Thursdays at 5:30p and on Sundays at 8:30a. The Club maintains a regulation 46-foot long dragon boat and provides you basic instruction, safety gear (PFD) and equipment (a paddle). Just bring your own bottle of water. 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 meet up at Clancy’s Marina – on Midyette near Hodges – to get the boat and paddles.

    More info, here. Practices happen thru the warm seasons – weather permitting (i.e. no thunder or lightning). For more info contact Linda Parker at 249-0888 parkerlp210@gmail.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 truesister2 yahoo.com

  • Oriental Mayor Sally Belangia holds office hours from 8-9a on Wednesdays at Town Hall. It’s a chance for constituents to talk with the Mayor. Appointments not necessary.

  • 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 once a month. For location and time email contact pamlicoprogressives@gmail.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, debbryant@aol.com, Susan Dillard, 249-6100, rsusandillard@gmail.com or Camp Caroline Manager, Casey Perry caseysperry2@gmail.com, 252-299-3157.

  • On the third Tuesday of the month the Craven/Pamlico Beekeepers Association meets to talk bees at the Craven County Cooperative Extension Center. The informal “Bee Social” gets underway at 7p. The actual meeting starting at 7:30p and is open to the public. More on CPBA and local beekeeping at their website. The Craven Cooperative Extension Center is at 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous meets throughout the week at several locations in the area: At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church on Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at noon. At Oriental United Methodist Church, 404 Freemason, a woman’s meeting Mondays at 1pm. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Freemason Street, Sundays at 7pm. At Pamlico County Senior Services, 800 Main Street, Alliance, Fridays at 8pm.

    There is also an Al-Anon group meeting Tuesday nights from 7-8pm at 403 Mildred Street. It is open to all. For more info on the Al-Anon meeting contact Gregory Green at 252 838 2425.

  • The 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 soundofmanyvoices@gmail.com

  • Avoid the longer lines and the drive to New Bern’s DMV office and take care of your driver’s license renewals at the DMV portable office solution that visits Pamlico County on the last Thursday of every month. Look for them in the kitchen of the courtroom annex. (This replaces the big DMV RV that rolled into Bayboro and parked outside the County Courthouse once a month.) Hours are 9a-4p

  • The Pamlico Survivors of Suicide Support Group (SOS) is a free support group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. Whether it happened recently or decades ago, all are welcome to attend these sessions which are led by experienced counselors.

    Contact Branson Dunn at 304-839-4131 pageese@yahoo.com or Katherine Hudson at 252-745-4510 for information about the date, time and location of the next group meeting.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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