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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • This weekend Jan 18 -20 New Village Brewery hosts a tap takeover by Wicked Weed Brewing Co. (Asheville, NC).

    Wicked Weed has a reputation for their Funkatorium creations, sours and barrel-aged specialty ales,and crisp, dry and supremely drinkable brews.

    Wicked Weed brews on tap: Pernicious IPA (7.3%), Freak Of Nature Double IPA (8.5%), Lunatic Blonde (6.5%), Calimost Grapefruit & Honey Gose (4.1%), Bourbon Barrel-Aged French Toast Imperial Stout (10%), Hop Cocoa Porter (6.5%), Ferme De Grand-Pere (7%).

    Local brews on tap too: New Village Brewery is releasing it’s 2nd batch of Ol’ Store Ale.

    The Brewery opens at noon Thursday through Saturday, closing around 10p. 702 Broad St, across from Town Hall.

  • Looking to improve your health and nutrition? Health coach Katy Hanna Pugh says it can be done by making small changes that are sustainable. On Thursday, January 18 @ 4p Katy is offering a free presentation on working with a health coach to achieve better well-being. It’s happening at 503 Church Street, #11 and starts at 4p. Call 919-496-8248 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.

  • 2018’s first Friday Flick, Pirate Radio, will be showing on January 19 at 7:30p at The Old Theater.

    Admission is $6 & includes free popcorn. Old Theater Member discount is $1. All proceeds go to support The Old Theater, a non-profit organization. Box Office opens at 6:30p. Doors open at 7p. 
Show starts at 7:30p.

    Upcoming movies in the Friday Flicks series, Kinky Boots February 16, Waking Ned Devine – March 16 , As Good As It Gets – April 13.

  • Pamlico Musical Society presents Svetlana & The Delancey Five on Saturday January 20 at the Old Theater. The NY swing band’s playlist includes 1920s-40s jazz standards and charismatic originals, a showcase for Svetlana’s graceful vocals and the band’s harmonies and instrumental chops. Jazzlive has described them as “very sweet & naughty.” Slip in to the world of the NY jazz club or the secret speakeasy, right on the Old Theater stage. There are still tickets – $22 – available at Nautical Wheelers or online at www.pamlicomusic.org.

    Other upcoming PaMuSo concerts at the Old Theater : Carrie Newcomer Thursday February 8 followed, a month later, by Harpeth Rising on Thursday March 8. Rounding out the 2017-18 season will be the Parker String Quartet performance on Friday April 20. Tix available online.

  • This Saturday Jan 20 Nautical Wheeler’s gets “Uncorked” with 5 Italian wines. Natalie from Advantage Distributing will be pouring:
    Palama Verdeca Salento, Giocato Gio Chardonnay, Sallier dela Tour Nero d’ Avola, Marchetti Due Amici, Poderi Elia Barbera d’ Asti.

    Tastings at 3p & 4p. Practice pronouncing vowels optional.

    Nautical Wheeler’s has retail locations in Oriental & New Bern. Future wine tastings in Oriental Feb 10, Mar 17, Apr 21 & May 19. In New Bern uncorkings coming up Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13 & May 11.

  • You’ll make a pizza and learn about dough while you’re at it – it’s all at The Silos. How to make regular dough, glutten free, how certain spices react when making dough. Dr Kim Daniels leads the class. Take the one night class January 23 or 30, starts 6:30p. You’ll not only learn, but you’ll end up with a pizza. Class is $20, includes beer or wine. Call 252-249-1050 to reserve your spot.

  • 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 Pamlico County Arts Council presents a new exhibition of artworks by local artists, Lynn Hines and Karen Van Gamper, at the Pamlico Library. Their exhibition is up and will run for the month of January 2018. The library is at 603 Main St, Bayboro.

  • Public education will be the next topic in the Pamlico Progressives’ How Governmental Policies Affect Pamlico County discussion series. The public is invited to take part in the public education discussion on Monday, January 29 at 6p at Oriental Town Hall.

    What are the indicators of excellent schools, and how do we measure up in Pamlico County?
    What are the intended and unintended consequences of our actions as we move towards school improvement in North Carolina?

    Click here for upcoming dates and topics in the video/discussion series. Most of the monthly sessions will be Monday evenings at Oriental Town Hall.

  • Please note: The Village Gallery is taking a short break to repaint and will reopen by January 11.

    Pappy Khouri is The Village Gallery’s current guest artist. Works by the impressionist oil painter will be on display in a special exhibit that has been extended through January.

    He started painting just 5 years ago and nowr, Pappy Khouri rarely goes a week without a brush in his hand. (“A hobby that has blossomed into a passion,” he calls it. Over time, he has developed a loose impressionist style. Look for it in scenes from around the county – both on and off the water — that make up his December show, Pamlico Horizons. More on the show, here.

    The Village Gallery is a cooperative fine art gallery of more than 30 member and consigned artists. Located at 300 Hodges Street – on Oriental’s harbor – the Gallery is open from 10a until 5pa Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit the Gallery website at villagegallerync.com.

  • Right outside Oriental on Janiero Road stands the Holt’s Chapel Community Center which had first been a Rosenwald school. It was one of 5,000 built for black students in the South between 1912-1932. These schools came to be thru a partnership of African-American communities with a Jewish philanthropist named Julius Rosenwald and educator Booker T. Washington, who wanted to improve educational opportunities for blacks.

    Aviva Kempner’s documentary, “Rosenwald,” presents this little-known chapter of American history. On Saturday, February 3 at 2p there’ll be a free showing of “Rosenwald” at Pamlico Community College’s Delamar Center, Doors open at 1:15p.m.   PCC is located at 5049 Hwy 306 S, Grantsboro. No charge for admission, though donations will be gratefully accepted and will go toward the ongoing restoration at Holt’s Chapel Community Center, (A new roof and windows are among the projects.)

  • Coyotes, bobcats and minks ..oh my. They are just some of the Pamlico County wildlife featured in a new exhibit opening on Sunday February 4 at 1p at Oriental’s History Museum. The various species – bears to weasels – are profiled alongside photos from local photographers. You’ll also have a chance to see a bobcat – (preserved by a taxidermist after the animal met an untimely death on Hwy 55 near Stonewall.) More, here.

    The exhibit will be up through mid-April. Oriental’s History Museum is located at 802 Broad Street in Oriental. Museum hours: Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free with donations gratefully accepted.

    The museum welcomes additional wildlife photos taken in the area. For more information contact the museum at museum@dockline.net.

  • Friends of the Pamlico County Library holds its winter book sale starting at 9a on Saturday, February 10. Choose from a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. Prices are fifty cents for paperbacks and one dollar for hardbacks. Friends of the Library helps support many library programs, assists in building up the book and DVD collections, and helps finance renovations. All proceeds from the book sale go directly to the library. Book sale hours on Saturday February 10 are 9 am to 2 pm. The sale will continue the following Monday through Wednesday, February 12-14. during regular library hours. On Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be a bag sale, further reducing the prices. For more info, call the library at 745-3515

  • 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:
  • One result of the 2016 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 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.

  • 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 twelve-step group, Victorious! , meets at 116 Main St., in Bayboro (the old Scotchman building) on Mondays at 8:15pm. Victorious! is recovery support group for people trying to overcome drug, alcohol or any life-controlling addiction. 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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