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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • 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. This year, by request from ODC, 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 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 78 for communications. Social at the Tiki Bar after the race. Questions? Contact Joe Valinoti – joesail1@gmail.com.

  • open mic nightHear 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 somewhere between 6:30 and 7p. The Silos is at 1111 Broad Street. Look for .. the silos. Call 252-249-1050 for more info.

  • Voters in Pamlico County can cast their ballots on Election Day – November 4 – or during the early voting period which runs between October 23 and November 1. Click here for the schedule. The early voting period has been shortened by a week as part of the voting changes made by the NC legislature last year, so that there are now 8 days of early voting. On four of those weekdays, October 27-30, polls will be open later, from 8a-8p. There is no longer Sunday voting. Voters cast their early ballots at the Board of Elections office in Bayboro. Voters are not required to present a picture ID this year.

  • friday flick something wickedWith a wary eye toward Halloween, Oriental’s Old Theater continues its Friday Flicks season October 24 with Something Wicked This Way Comes. A carnival that comes to a small town one autumn brings more than it first seems…. This 1983 Disney adaptation of the Ray Bradbury novel stars Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce and Diane Ladd Show time is 7:30 Tickets are $5.50 (includes free popcorn). Proceeds go to support the Old Theater’s operations

  • On Friday October 24, Hope Clinic is serving up chicken BBQ lunches with sweet potatoes, baked beans and slaw. The chicken’ll be cooked by Jim Kellenberger in this fundraiser for Hope Clinic which provides free primary medical care to residents of Pamlico County. Tickets are $10 and you can pick up your lunch between noon and 12:30p at the Oriental Fire Station or the Heritage Center in Grantsboro. For tickets, contact Lynn or Bill Hines at 571-0264.

  • Pamlico County Health Department is giving flu shots at Oriental Town Hall on Friday, October 24, 9a-noon. (After that, the one-day clinic moves to the Reelsboro Fire Department on Monday October 27 from 1-4p.) Shots are $25 per person. Free to those with Medicare and Medicaid who show their insurance card. For more info, call the Health Department in Bayboro at 745-5111.

  • The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street from 8-11a. Local produce, baked goods, artisinal work can be found there. Next market – Saturday Oct 25. To find out what’s for sale, visit the Farmers’ Market website, here.

    At the Oriental Farmers’ Market, the emphasis is on “local” — all of the items for sale are locally grown or locally made. The market turned 7 this year and it’s still growing – it now has two rows of vendors providing a great selection for a market in a town of our size. Stop by and see for yourself.

  • Paradise Cove Marina holds its potluck dinners every Saturday night. On Friday Oct 31, Paradise Cove holds its Halloween Party.

    The newly updated lineup of events at Paradise Cove can be downloaded here. Boat slips and RV rentals are available, too. Paradise Cove Marina is at 1242 Paradise Shores Road. (From Oriental, take Straight Road til it ends, turn right and follow that for a while, then pass Whortonsville. Within a mile, Paradise Shores Road is on your right.)

  • Ladies of the Neuse present an Adult Halloween Party on Saturday October 25 from 6:30-10p at the OWClubhouse. Costumes are encouraged. The evening includes performances by the Spirit Theater by ghost walker Dale Montgomery, a costume contest (prizes for funniest, scariest and most creative), fortune telling, ghost stories and dancing to music provided by DJ Cheryl Thompson. Tickets are $15 per person. Additinoally, there’ll be a pumpkin carving/decorating contest. And for an extra $5, take a hayride to the Old Cemetery on Silverbrook Road, with proceeds going to OWC’s maintenance of the cemetery. Tickets for the Adult Halloween Party are sold in advance only and can be purchased at Nautical Wheelers, The Provision Company and First Citizens Bank. Checks should be made payable to LON.

  • Festival of All Seasons is the theme for the Annual Bazaar and Bake Sale at Arapahoe United Methodist Church on October 25 from 8a-2p. For sale — at very reasonable prices —will be many hand crafted works to use in your home or give as gifts. A checkerboard table with hand painted board and farm animals used for the pieces will be offered at a silent auction along with several other items. Shop the bake sale to eat now or freeze and use during the holidays. All the proceeds from the sale will benefit local charities supported by the church here in Pamlico County. It’s happenign in the Fellowship Hall of the Arapahoe UMC on Highway 306 South, at the corner of Bennett Road, in Minnesott Beach.

  • If you like to associate low stress and low intensity with sailing, the Oriental Dinghy Club has the sailboat race for you. ODC is holding a Pursuit Race on Saturday October 25, out on the Neuse, with the first starts at noon. This is for boats 20 feet and longer and is a pursuit race – the starts staggered according to handicap. With the slower boats going first, that reduces the chance of those terrifying clusters of hulls at the starting line.

    The “pursuit” in pursuit racing comes in the rush to the finish line. (Lower stress but still competitive.) This is all part of ODC’s efforts to get more folks out racing their boats. ODC’s even offering “ride along advisors” to be on board your boat to help with the intricacies of racing. They just ask that you register by Wednesday, Oct 22. More info and the NOR – Notice of Race – is here. Skippers Meeting is at 9:30a at Whittaker Pointe Marina.

  • On Saturday, October 25, St. Thomas Episcopal Church holds a Low Country Boil at the Shine Landing Club House from 5-7p. There’ll be shrimp, sausage, onions, potatoes & corn as well as beer, wine & sodas. Tickets are $50 a person with all of the proceeds going to the Outreach ministries at St Thomas, to address hunger needs in Pamlico County. Tickets are available until Thursday from any St . Thomas Outreach Committee member or by contacting Janice Cox at 252-515-6364.

  • macomberThe Village Gallery welcomes watercolorist Ed Macomber as its visiting artist for September and October. The recipient of numerous awards, Ed teaches watercolor and drawing in New Bern and several of his paintings of the Carolina Panthers are on display in their stadium in Charlotte. The Village Gallery, at 300 Hodges Street is across from the Town Dock and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10-5p. The gallery’s display changes frequently with different artists and works presented.
  • Oriental’s History Museum presents, “Good Eats: 100 Years of restaurants in Oriental thru January. It starts with the Croaker House at the Tumble Inn, and Bell’s Cafe dating to the 1920’s and touches on various eateries since. Oriental’s History Museum has also just updated its collection of artifacts and fossils thanks to a loan from the Aurora Fossil Museum. It’s a great exhibit for museum-goers of all ages. Stop in with your children and grandchildren to see the whale vertebrae, shark’s teeth and more. The museum is at 802 Broad Street and open Fridays 11a – 3p, Saturday 1 – 4pm and Sunday 1 – 4pm.

    Meanwhile, the Museum really needs more volunteers. It’s a chance to learn about the Town’s history. Hours are very flexible. For more info, contact Sharon at museum@dockline.net

    For more information contact us at museum@dockline.net or call 249-3340.

  • ghost walk Experience the ghosts and legends of Oriental. Walk along the waterfront and learn about hauntings and paranormal phenomena in a small town. Tours begin at the dinghy dock near M&M’s Restaurant, 8:30p & 11:30p Oct 31 (Halloween). Tickets are $10, $5 for children between 8 and 12. Cash works.

    Tours for private parties can be scheduled for groups of four or more. Call 252-639-0447 for more info.

  • The Garden Club of the Oriental Woman’s Club and the Village Gallery present the 4th Invitational Fine Crafts Show and Sale on Saturday November 1 from 9a-3p at the OWC Clubhouse at 1007 Gilgo Road. 20 artisans from Pamlico County and nearby will be showing and selling pottery, garden and yard art, baskets, gourd works, ceramic and cement offerings, scarves, beautifully finished wooden crafts as well as jewelry – wearable lampwork glass art, pins and handmade polymer clay and felt jewelry. PAWS will be selling hot dogs. OWC is selling cookies.
  • Alliance United Methodist Church invites the public to its Annual Christmas Bazaar on November 1. It starts at 8a when they’ll be serving sausage biscuit breakfasts . Lunch of BBQ sandwiches will be served at 11a. The church will be selling homemade jams and jellies, homemade Christmas wreaths, decorations and lots of sweet treats, and jewelry. Alliance United Methodist is on Old Main Street in Alliance near the Senior Citizen Center.

  • The Old Theater presents Eugene Ionesco’s Exit The King November 7 & 8 at 7:30p and a November 9 matinee. Exit the King is an absurdist take on ego and mortality, set in the crumbling throne-room of the palace in an unnamed country where a 400-year old king is about to die. The play was first produced in 1963, starring Alec Guinness, and returned to Broadway in 2009. The Old Theater’s production is directed by Bill Hand and features Per Erichsen, Jackie Mahan, Nancy Hitchcock, Gail Vergato, Jan Dique and Caroline and Emmie James.. Tickets are $14 and now on sale now at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental and the New Bern Civic Theater box office. For more information, contact the Old Theater at 249-0477.

  • It’s Beerfest Minnesott – Minnesott Golf and Country Club Sat Nov 8 starting at 5:30p. Craft beers will be featured along with authentic German food prepared by Minnesott’s chef, Bruce Thomas. The Chuck Eatmon Band, with vocalist Jill Williamson and sax player Bob Tyson will perform. Beer tents open at 5:30, the band starts playing at 7p. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate and the price includes the tented beer, drinks, food and entertainment. For more info and tickets visit minnesottgolf.com or purchase tickets at the Live Oak Grill at Minnesott Golf and Country Club.

  • Pamlico Musical Society is bringing the Annie Moses Band to the Pamlico High School auditorium on Sunday night November 9. The family of classically trained musicians who play bluegrass and folk, and have played Carnegie Hall and the Opry. Their most recent album, Rhapsody in Bluegrass, fuses Appalachian bluegrass and Irish fiddle with familiar classical themes and American roots and features music merges inspired by George Gershwin and Aaron Copland. The Annie Moses band quickly sold out their Old Theater show on Nov 10. Due to high demand and a long waiting list, PaMuSo is bringing them for another night, November 9, at the PCHS auditorium. Tickets are $22 and available by calling 252-249-3670, or online at www.pamlicomusic.org.

  • On November 21, Oriental’s Old Theater presents Nebraska as its Friday Flick for November. The 2013 movie is the odyssey of a man who believes he’s a sweepstakes winner — after all, that’s what the letter said — and who travels under that delusion to Lincoln, Nebraska to retrieve his prize. Alexander Payne directed this black and white film. Tickets are $5.50 (includes the new tax) and can be purchased at the box office, which opens at 6:30p. Doors open at 7p and the show starts at 7:30p. Popcorn is free and included in the ticket price.

  • Oriental celebrates the holiday with Spirit of Christmas — on the second weekend in December which this year falls on Friday and Saturday December 12 and 13. Friday night’s activities have included the lighting of the Oriental Star at the Town Dock, caroling, a display of lighted boats — last year a half dozen lighted kayaks, lent a cheery glow to the harbor as the paddlers approached. Saturday’s highlights include the SOC Parade, live nativity at the Methodist Church, lots of open houses at businesses and stands for charities around town. Luminaria light the streets on one night. For a look at Spirit of Christmas 2013, click here.

  • Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 for the running of the Oriental New Years’ Eve Dragon. There are two runnings. The first run has typically been around 8p, the second around 11:30p. Bring pots, bring pans, and make your own music for the dragon.

    After the end of that second dragon run, stick around the Hodges Street waterfront just a few minutes more: at midnight, the Oriental Croaker will drop from the mast of a sailboat at the Town Dock to welcome in the new year. Scenes from last December 31st’s festivities, here.

  • The 2015 Oriental Cup Regatta is happening on the weekend of September 18-20, 2015. The proceeds fund the Bill Harris Scholarship which has gone to a student athlete from Pamlico High School since 1991.

  • Oriental’s History Museum holds its 2nd Annual Street Dance on Saturday October 10, 2015.

  • The first Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival went over so well that the second annual OFPMF is planned for Saturday, October 17, 2015. Once again, front porches in Oriental will become stages for roots musicians. For a look at the first fest, click here.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • Oriental’s Drummin’ Dragons get together every Thursday night from 7-8:30p. You’ll find them in Lou Mac Park on those Thursday nights of summer, weather permitting. (In the winter months, they gather at the Perry Griffin House – 300 High Street.) All are invited – come on by and learn to drum. (They have some spare drums for you to try.)

  • ukulele UHOOThe UHOOs – the Ukulele Hoalohas of Oriental – get together and practice on Tuesdays at 4p. All are welcome to come to these practices at Sea Harbour Marina and Yacht Club — even if you’ve never played a ukulele before. All you need is a ukulele and a desire to have fun. For more information contact Susan Banks (skbanks01@gmail.com) or Barb Masinton (barb.masinton@gmail.com).

  • The Oriental Express Bicycle Club invites anyone with a bike to join them for their Recreational Ride on Saturday mornings. It winds its way through th 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 morning recreational ride in Oriental, the Oriental Express Bicycle Club also goes on longer and faster rides on Sundays and Wednesdays. These are ‘no-drop’ rides focused on fitness and fun. For more info, including the days, locations and times, check out the Bicycle Club’s web site. or call Doug Sligh 249-3362 and Cynthia Cochran 249-0761.

  • The Oriental Paddle Group goes out kayaking on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, setting out from the Wildlife Resources Commission ramp at the end of Midyette Street at 8a. Come and join the group, led by Larry Summers and Bill Hines as they paddle up nearby creeks. One benefit of these jaunts is the birds you can see. As Liz Lathrop of the Pamlico Birders group put is, “We have had interesting birds each time. The birds are not as skittish when you approach in a noiseless kayak.”

  • Alcoholics Anonymous meets in several locations in the area throughout the week.
    At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church on Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursday at noon. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Freemason Street, Sundays at 8pm.
    And at Rock of Zion Church on Hwy 306 in Grantsboro, on Fridays at 8pm.

    There is also an Al-Anon group meeting Tuesday nights – from 7-8pm – at 403 Mildred Street.

  • Its first thrift store was such a success that Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County moved in to bigger quarters. It’s now in Grantsboro, at the intersection of 55 and 306, next to the Piggly Wiggly. As before, the store specializes in furnishings and fixtures for the home and the materials to help build it. Proceeds go to the Habitat efforts to build affordable housing in Pamlico County. If you have items to give to the store and you’d like the donations picked up, give the store a call at 745-1106. That’s also the number to call if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Habitat’s latest home construction project.

  • Find a bargain in your clothes shopping and help Hospice of Pamlico County at the same time. The Hospice Thrift Shop in Alliance is open from 10a to 4p Monday-Friday and 10a-1p on Saturday. All winter and fall clothing is half price through February 22 and starting February 24, all clothing will be $1 a piece. The changeover to spring and summer clothing is coming on March 10. You really can score some fine threads there. All of the proceeds go to support Hospice of Pamlico County. Donations of gently used clothes, housewares, small appliances, knickknacks, bedding, books, office supplies and more are always appreciated and may be dropped off during shop hours at the store at 13626 NC Hwy. 55E, Alliance. For more info, contact the store manager at 745-5033.

  • Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6p. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up. For info about the club and meetings contact Paul Olson @ 675-3327. If you want to rent a tent, table or chairs call the Rotary order line at 649-3725. More info about Rotary at www.orientalrotary.org

  • Any Marine on active duty, retired, or honorably discharged with ninety days of active service is invited to join the Oriental “Dragon” Detachment of the Marine Corps League which meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1830 for dinner — meeting begins at 1900 — at the Oriental Fire Station 19 on Straight Road in Oriental. For additional information on joining this detachment, contact Commandant George Steenson at 252-249-3117.

  • Share ideas with fellow anglers. The Lower Neuse Anglers Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at 7p. They meet at the Village Restaurant and welcome members and non-members alike. For more info, contact Ron Zielinski at 249-2128.

  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 20-03 meets the first Wednesday each month at Fire Station # 19 on Straight Road, Oriental, at 7:30 PM. The meetings — which focus on boating safety, navigation and GPS, for instance — are open to the public. New members welcomed. For more info, contact the Auxiliary’s Bob Webster 252-249-2426

  • Handy with a hammer and nails? Pamlico County Senior Services needs more volunteers to help build handicap access ramps at the homes of some of Pamlico’s older residents. Senior Services provides the materials while volunteers led by Tim Balfour construct one ramp every month. Contact Tim at 745-3247 to offer a hand for the next project.

  • The Pamlico Chorale meets every Monday evening at 7p at The Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The Chorale performs in concert at least four times a year, including Spirit of Christmas weekend and opening the Croaker Festival. If you love to sing, the Chorale is the place to spend a few hours every Monday. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Carla Byrnes at 745-4793 or 670-4960.

  • When you go to the bank, you can help the food bank feed those who don’t have enough to eat.

    Pamlico County Fishes And Loaves is collecting canned goods and they have a drop-off point inside First Citizens Bank in Oriental. Fishes and Loaves is a cooperative effort of a number of churches and organizations in Pamlico County working to provide food to the hungry.

  • The Oriental Woman’s Club holds its meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm at the clubhouse at 1007 Gilgo Road. Guests are welcome. Meetings include refreshments, a special speaker and short business session. OWC is a service club focused on community service, as well as state, national and international concerns of women and children. The OWC awards several scholarships annually to Pamlico County High School graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level. For more information about club activities and membership, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888.

  • In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 800 shawls for those in need. The group meets Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am at the church to crochet or knit shawls and pray for the recipients of them. The weekly gatherings have brought together people from all walks of life and religious faiths. (And even non-knitters; if you don’t know how to knit, stop on by and get a lesson and join in.) Contact Leigh Price at 249-1361.

  • In Haiti the need is still great, and here in Oriental you can still help. Oriental’s United Methodist Church continues to collect bags of dried beans and bags of rice for Haitian earthquake victims. Thanks to generous donations in January, a truckload was sent to MERCI, the Methodist disaster relief center in Goldsboro, which is sending regular shipments to Haiti. Contributions of rice and beans greatly appreciated at the Methodist Church at Freemason and Church Streets. Cash may also be dropped off at the church office. For more info, contact Nancy Huff at 249-0732.

  • The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society meets at Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 9am on the last Saturday of every month (except June). They invite all HAMS and those interested in amateur radio to attend. For additional information, please call Gail (Wally) Wallace, KK4ASP, at 410-804-1750 or Bill Olah, KR4LO, at 252-249-0287.

  • Avoid the longer lines and drive to New Bern’s DMV office and take care of your driver’s license renewals at the DMV mobile unit that visits Pamlico County once every month. The big DMV RV is set up outside the County Health Department (behind the courthouse in Bayboro) on the second Thursday after the first Monday of the month. Hours are 9a-3p.

  • The Pamlico County Library hosts two book clubs. The Bookworm Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 2pm. The Beach Books Club – which takes on lighter fare – gets together on the second Tuesday, also at 2pm. New members welcome. Call the library at 745-315 for more info.

  • Go take a walk! The Oriental Walking Group sets out on a series of organized walks through the village on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet up with walk leaders Gary and Pat Leonard at Lou Mac Park for a 9am departure. Oriental’s a great town to walk around and the walking group may help you stay disciplined about getting fit. Pedometers and water bottles provided by the Flexfit program of Heartworks. Call the Leonards for details at 249-0138 or just show up.

  • Friends of the Pamlico County Library meets the first Thursday of the month at 11am at the library on Highway 55 in Bayboro. This is the group of folks who help sustain the library. For info, call 745-3515.

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