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Pamlico High School is hosting a Holiday Book Fair at the Pamlico County Library from Thursday December 5 to Tuesday December 10 during regular library hours. You’ll find books for Pre-K thru teens mainly, but among them are selections that adults would enjoy, too. Other gifts will be on sale as well. It’s a good chance to shop for grandchildren and help the community at the same time, as 50% of proceeds will go toward the purchase of new books in the library’s children and teen collections.
Here’s a thought – you can buy a book at the fair and then donate it to the Toys for Tots campaign right there at the library.
It was a little touch and go there but yes, there will be luminaria lighting the streets of Oriental for Spirit of Christmas on Saturday December 14. What’s needed right now are volunteer elves to turn the white paper bags and candles in to the magic lights and still more elves to set them out on the streets of downtown Oriental earlier that day.
The first task is to open and give the right folds to the white bags. Want to help? Bag folding’s happening at the Silos on Tuesday night, December 10 starting at 5:30p (It’s also BOGO pizza night there….) Then, two days later, the job of assembling the bags and their candles and weights will be happening at the Fire Station on Straight Road at 2p on Thursday December 12. (If you help out there, park your sleigh behind the fire house so that fire trucks and other rescue vehicles can get out if there’s an emergency call.) If you can loan a trailer or flatbed for a few days, you’d be an angel. Please call Marsha Paplham at 249-0334 for your halo.
Hear some tunes, or sing ‘em 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.
That second Saturday in December is coming up and in Oriental that means, Spirit of Christmas. Things get started on Friday night the 13th with the lighting of the Oriental star at the Town Dock at about 5:30p. There’ll be caroling before hand. There is an effort to have lots of lighted boats tie up around the Oriental harbor for everyone to see on Friday night – and on Saturday night as well. (Larry Summers is coordinating that – call him at 675-0467 to reserve your designated spot on the harbor.)
On Saturday December 14, the big event is the Spirit of Christmas parade in late afternoon. This year’s theme will be “White Christmas.” No charge to be in the parade – just let the Parade Meister know you’ll be there. (You can find Paul Fairbank at the hardware store – - or call him at 249-0023.)
Other events that day:
- Oriental Farmers Market extends its hours. It’ll be open with loads of locally produced goods from 8a-1p.
- Live Nativity at the Oriental United Methodist Church at 2p
- Heartworks will be set up at South Water and Hodges with hot chocolate, hot cider and S’mores made over the fire pit.
- Oriental’s History Museum will be open and selling freshly harvested mistletoe to support the museum’s work.
The Oriental Farmers’ Market’s happens every Saturday morning – year round – on Hodges Street. This week. for Spirit of Christmas, the market will be open longer, from 8a to 1p. The market’s emphasis is “local” — all of the items for sale are locally grown or locally made. Oriental Farmers’ Market turned 6 years old in July and have been growing larger this year, with a great selection for a market in a town of our size. To make room for everyone, there are now two rows of vendors at your Oriental Farmers’ Market. Stop on by. You can get an idea of what will be for sale this week by visiting OrientalFarmersMarket.com
Paradise Cove Marina is open Tuesdays-Sundays and 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. Paradise Shores Road is on your right.)
Candy Hargett, fiber artist and former Oriental resident is the Village Gallery’s guest artist for November and December. Stop in and see the exhibit of her work as well as work by Village Gallery’s own artists. The Gallery is located at 300 Hodges Street on the harbor and is open from 10a-5p Wednesday through Saturday.
Area Marines are gearing up for this year’s Marine Reserve Toys For Tots campaign in Pamlico County. The aim is to provide toys this Christmas for Pamlico County children whose families are in need. The Oriental Dragon Detachment of the Marine Corps League asks that you drop off new – but unwrapped – toys at any of the following locations around Pamlico County between now and Christmas: Town ‘N Country in Oriental, Village Hardware, Denton Pharmacy, Studio 55, Dollar General in Oriental and Grantsboro, First Citizens Bank in Oriental and Bayboro, Minnesott Golf and Country Club, Oriental Rotary Club, Pamlico Community College, Pamlico Pharmacy, SECU Grantsboro, and Wells Fargo Bank in Alliance.
The Old Theater’s Friday Flicks series continues on December 20 with Meet Me in St. Louis.” Starring Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien, this 1944 movie features songs such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and the “Trolley Song. Right before the movie, there’ll be another episode of Commander Cody. Doors open at 7p and box office at 6:30p. As always, your $5 admission includes free popcorn.
(Other upcoming Friday Flicks: The Majestic on January 17; and on February 21, whichever movie is the Academy Award Winner for Best Film of 2013; Les Miserables (2012 version) on April 18. (There will also be films – as yet unannounced – on March 21 and May 16.)
Heartworks holds an open house on Saturday December 21 and Santa will be there for the kids from 11a-2p. Heartworks – on Hwy 55 in Bayboro – will be open to the public from 11a-4p when the Bayboro Christmas parade starts.
The Red Cross returns to Oriental for a blood drive on Friday, December 27 from 1-6p at Oriental United Methodist Church. If you have questions, contact Kristin Campbell Willis with the Red Cross in Greenville at 252-341-1325.
Be out on Hodges Street on Saturday night, December 31 for the running of the Oriental New Years’ Eve Dragon.
Open up some worlds by teaching someone how to read. The Craven Literacy Council and Pamlico County Library are gearing up for a new round of literacy tutoring for adults this winter. Right now, they are seeking volunteers willing to teach adults who need help in learning to read or who are trying to master English as a Second Language. For would-be tutors there’s a 15 hour workshop. There’ll be an orientation session at the library on Thursday January 16 at 6p. Training starts on Monday, January 27 from 6-8p. Librarian Kat Clowers says they are also looking for students who want to learn to read. To register (both students and teachers) or to ask any questions, contact Kat at 745-3515.
“The Explosive Radioactive Theater Presents: 1946 (The Sequel)” a radio play within a play will be performed at the Old Theater on January 24-26. Details coming…
Oriental’s a town that celebrates New Year’s twice. First at December 31 and then again when the Chinese Lunar New Year happens, a date that depends on the moon’s phases. Since 2011, Oriental has marked this other new year with a dragon run down Hodges Street. The Asian Lunar New Year for 2014 is January 31 and with it, we’ll be going from the Year of the Snake to the Year of the Horse.
NC’s cycling organization, Cycle NC, returns to Oriental as its home base for the 2014 Spring Ride. Hundreds of bicyclists will be cycling around Pamlico County on the weekend of April 4-6, 2014. With many more cyclists in town than there are hotel rooms, there’ll be a lot of camping at Lou Mac Park and on lawns near the waterfront. In the past, some cyclists have stayed in local homes. As the event years, the call will go out for area residents who wish to open their homes to cyclists needing a room. More details coming. Meanwhile, here’s the TownDock.net story about Cycle NC’s 2011 Spring Ride in Oriental….
Look for a lot of Sunfish sailboats in Pamlico County in October of 2014. The International Sunfish Class Association has announced that its 2014 Sunfish Worlds will take place October 8 through 18 at Camp Sea Gull in Arapahoe and on the Neuse River. The competition will feature both adult and youth events and an international flavor.
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.”
Oriental’s Drummin’ Dragons get together every Thursday night from 7-8:30p. 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.)
Paddle with the Oriental Dragon Boaters. From April through October Oriental’s Dragon Boat group practices twice a week – Thursdays at 6p, and Saturdays at 8:30a. They meet at the Wildlife Ramp at the end of Midyette Street and the happily welcome newcomers of all ages and skill levels. No experience needed. Bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen, and water shoes. Oriental Dragon Boat Club will provide paddles, life jackets and instruction. (Note: they do not paddle in the event of thunder and/or lightning.)
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 8-9pm – at 403 Mildred Street.
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
Find a bargain in your clothes shopping and help Hospice of Pamlico County at the same time. The Hospice Thrift Shop on Highway 55 in Bayboro is now open from 10a to 4p Monday-Friday and 10a-1p on Saturday. 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. For more info, contact the store manager at 745-5033.
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.
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.
Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6:45pm. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up. For info about the club and meetings contact Jim Berry @ 249-3960.
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.
Its first thrift store was such a success that Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County moved in to bigger quarters. It’s now at 14172 Hwy 55 in Bayboro. Hours are 10-3, Monday thru Saturday. 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.
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.