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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • Pappy Khouri began painting after moving to Oriental a decade ago. HIs first involvement with the Village Gallery was as a member of the construction crew who designed the gallery, built the kiosks, painted the interior. Now, his own paintings are on the walls . As the guest artist for the month, Pappy Khouri’s works will be on display at the Village Gallery thru the end of December.

    As a cooperative, the Village Gallery displays and sells the works of more than 30 member and guest artists. Give the gift of art this holiday season – check out the mini gallery. Village Gallery is across from the harbor on Hodges Street and is open 10a-5p Wednesdays through Sundays. For morre ,information visit villagegallerync.com or contact the Gallery at 252 249 0300 or Judy Wayland at 252 249 1505.

  • 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 Malpass Brothers were planning to play at Oriental’s Old Theater in October but that show was cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew 7:30p. It has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 15 at 7:30p. In this Pamlico Musical Society show,the 20-something duo brings fraternal harmonies to the stage along with pitch-perfect channelling of classic country artists such as Merle and Johnny and Hank and some tunes of their own. Your original ticket for October’s show will get you in the door, If you purchased your ticket through ShowClix, print out your ticket and bring it with you.

    If you require more tickets or are unable to attend, contact PaMuSo at pamlicomusic@gmail.com or 252-617-2125.

    Tickets to concerts make great gifts. Plenty to choose from. Coming up in PaMuSo’s 2016-17 season, Iron Horse Bluegrass on January 14, Beleza on February 4, Kate McGarry & The Tough Get Growing Ensemble on February 25, Melinda Doolittle on March 18 all at the Old Theater. On Feb. 12 at River Dunes,
    Elliot Frank and ECU Guitar Ensemble – that concert is Sold Out. Closing out the season – on Saturday, Apr. 8 – Balsam Range, outdoors at the Red Rooster.

  • Tony Craig traveled the back roads of North Carolina, took photos of old general stores that became part of his book, Country Stores of NC. You can see some of those photos in a special exhibit now thru December at Oriental’s History Museum. Also on display is the work of artist and illustrator Sue Blanchard, who draws on memories of growing up among old barn buildings, country stores and frayed quilts.

    The Museum is located at 802 Broad Street in Oriental. Hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free. For more information contact them at 252-249-1870 or museum@dockline.net.

  • Take a moment to donate your life saving blood. The American Red Cross returns to Oriental for a Blood Drive on Friday, December 16 from 1-6p at Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Enter on 3rd Ave – between the corner of Church / Freemason and Mildred Streets.

  • White Christmas is coming. Maybe not weatherwise but on Friday December 16 the 1954 movie will be shown at Oriental’s Old Theater, the latest in the Friday Flicks series. Danny Kaye, BIng Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Allen star. Tickets are $5.50 and go on sale when the box office opens at 6:30p. Popcorn’s free. Film will be preceded by another installment in the Flash Gordon series and a cartoon. All proceeds go to benefit the Old Theater.

    Friday Flicks generally roll on the 3rd Friday of the month. Upcoming: Mama Mia – January 20. Don Juan DeMarco – Feb 17. El Dorado – Mar 17. Hitchcock’s The Birds – April 14. Blast From the Past May 19

  • Minnesott Golf and Country Club celebrates the season with a Holiday Breakfast on Saturday December 17 at 8:30a. $6 for members, $7 for guests, children free. There’ll be a Best Ugly Xmas Sweater competition and a Family Jingle Bell Putt Putt Challenge, and the Ho Ho Scramble dwith Santa’s Favorite Reindeer. Free Chili Cookies and Cocoa post-golf. Signups encouraged, which you can do by calling MGCC 249-0813. For more details, click here or contact Val Calcavecchia at value2ad@yahoo.com or 514-5641. Volunteers are also collecting donations so that 10 families whose children attend Heartworks will have gifts this holiday season.

  • There are times when what you may need most is to just call a time out. Maybe even meditate. Tony Noel and and Shari Sias, a married couple here in Oriental, want to start a meditation group that would meet twice a week to, as they put it, “come together and ‘sit.‘”

    …. there will be no social component; no wine-and-cheese gatherings, pot lucks, or any of the other extra-activity events often attached to group activities. Our goal is singular and simple: To hold regularly-scheduled, timed group mediation sessions, free of any obligation to attend and *free of cost * in the hope that their availability might aid participants in establishing or extending pursuit of their individual paths.
    Shari is experienced in guided imagery meditation; Tony has followed a spiritual path for many years.More on what they are proposing, here. Those interested are asked to get in touch at 252-635-7867 by January 15.

  • Ken Laser brings 40 Year Fetish to the Village Gallery. Calm down, it’s a sculpture show. You can see it now thru December.

    Ken is an architect and artist trained in New York (he is a resident of Oriental & Manhattan). He studied drawing at Parsons, printmaking and drawing at the National Academy of Design, and sculpture at The Sculpture Center. His architecture degree is from Pratt Institute. Ken designs residential and commercial projects including homes, offices, art galleries, and film studios. He has designed and built theater sets, costumes, furniture, and jewelry.

    As Ken explains, “Fetishism is the attributing of inherent value or power to particular objects.” “40 Year Fetish” is the title because sculptures in the show make use of his 40-year collection of nails, screws and bolts left over from dozens, perhaps hundreds of projects. When he moved from place to place, they moved with him. He finally found a use for them.

    The Village Gallery is open from 10a-5p Wednesday through Sundays.

  • A call-out for photos from Oriental’s History Museum for its upcoming art exhibit, “Oriental’s Forgotten Landmarks.” The museum is looking for photos and drawings of places in and near Oriental. Whether you’re a local artist or photographer – amateur and professional, the point here is to take photos or create drawings of your favorite landmarks and familiar sights: old barns, boats & boathouses, graveyards, bridges, houses, stores, gas stations. Then, get them to the museum by mid-January to be part of this exhibit.

    Noted landscape photographer, author, and cartoonist, Tony Craig, is offering a $50 prize for the “Best of Show” entry. The exhibit will open with a reception on Sunday, February 5, 2017 and run through May. For more information contact the museum at orientalhistorymuseum@gmail.com or 252-249-1870.

  • Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2017 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 has not one but two dragons — the Chinese dragon joins in on this run. 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 a recent December 31st’s festivities, here.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • Migraineurs is a new support group for people who get migraines and for their friends, family, or caregivers as well. Meetings, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, are mainly an opportunity to meet new people, tell stories, offer advice, and share a snack. Meetings start at 5p and are held at Oriental United Methodist Church. Enter through the Felllowship Hall on Third Ave and walk to the end of the hall. The group will be in the George Duffie conference room on the left. For more info: contact Lynn Crothers – lynncrothers@gmail.com or (612) 707-3788.

  • 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 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.
    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.

  • The third and fifth Thursdays of the month are open jam session at Pamlico Community College. starting at 6p. It’s open to all. Bring your instrument – or voice – or maybe only a chair to just come to listen to the harmonies. It all happens at the Johnson Building Mall. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe. The public is welcome to attend. For more info, contact Jane Whitley (252-249-1851 ×3033 jwhitley@pamlicocc.edu or Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 × 3117 dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu

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

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

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

    Contact Branson Dunn at 304-839-4131 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.

  • The NAACP of Pamlico County holds its regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month at 6p at the Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church at 314 Water Street in Bayboro. All interested persons are invited and welcome to attend.

  • 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.

  • 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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