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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street from 8-11a. To find out what’s for sale, visit the Farmers’ Market website, here. The OFM is also now offering a midweek market Next one is Wednesday, September 24 also from 8-11a. (That’s in addition to the Saturday, September 27 market.)

    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.

  • 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 10a-5p. The gallery’s display changes frequently with different artists and works presented.
  • 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.

  • Oriental’s Planning Board meets on September 25 at 4p to work on editing and updating the Town’s Growth Management Ordinance. The Planning Board has been working for months to streamline the GMO so that it is more reader friendly and understandable for those who want to build within the town limits. One aim it present the various building standards, now spread out over several chapters, in a more consolidated format. The meeting, at Town Hall, is open to the public.

  • Time once again to clear out those lazarettes and back corners and sell what you don’t need on your boat any more. The Inland Waterway Provision Company is holding a Nautical Flea Market on Saturday, Sept 27, 2014 from 8a-noon.

    Just 5 bucks to sign up. Space is limited – call Pat at 252-249-1797.

  • Paradise Cove Marina holds its potluck dinners every Saturday night. On Saturday September 27, it’s the NSA Fall Cruise with Robert McDuffy performing live. And on Sunday, September 28th the Capitol G Band plays.

    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.)

  • Oriental’s History Museum has 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. describe shot

    Admission is free. You can, though, buy a chance to win the handcrafted wood chest the Museum will be raffling at its Street Dance on October 11. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Only 200 tickets will be sold. All proceeds go to finance the museum’s operations. 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

  • The work of watercolor artist, Lynn Hines will be on display thru September at the Pamlico County Library. The exhibit, “The Beauty Is In The Detail” is made up of her paintings from Pamlico County as well as her travels beyond. The show is presented by The Pamlico County Arts Council and the Friends of the Pamlico Library, which for several years has given local artists a place to show their work.

  • Retired State Trooper James Collins will present a Safe Driving for Seniors session on Tuesday September 30 from 10-11:30a at Oriental Town Hall. He’ll go over ways to keep ones driving skills honed as well as updates on traffic laws, common causes of collisions, how to drive in bad weather and the limitations that medications can have on drivers. It’s free and presented by Prime Time Programs and Services for Adults. For more information, call 249-0213.

  • Marsha’s Cottage is having a fall party on Thursday October 2 and everyone’s invited. It’s a chance to refresh your look with the coming of the new season In addition to the new line of fall and winter clothing, there’ll be Laura Mercier cosmetics and makeovers. (Call Marsha to make appointment for that.) She’s also taking orders from the Fabulous Furs (faux furs) line and offering big discounts (wholesale + 20%). Refreshments served. It all starts at 10a and runs thru the day. Your “ticket” for admission: bring one gently used piece of clothing on a hanger for the Clothing Swap. (and then take another item home from the swap.) Marsha’s Cottage is on Wall Street facing the harbor end of Hodges Street. For more info, call Marsha at 249-0334.

  • Oriental Woman’s Club is selling BBQ lunches on Friday October 3rd from 11a-1p. There’ll be ‘Q, slaw and hushpuppies and cookies, with proceeds going towards maintenance of the Oriental Silverbrook Road Cemetery. (It is the OWC that is tasked with keeping the cemetery grounds looking trim, and that requires funding.) The BBQ, from Moores, will be take out only, with pickups at the OWC Clubhouse on Gilgo Road. Tickets are on sale at The Provision Company, Nautical Wheelers and Village Hardware as well as from OWC members. For more info on tix, contact Fay Bond at 249-1326.

    Gay Spruill Jordan has pulled together a narrative about the cemetery and some of those buried there. You can download it here. It offers interesting slices of life, earlier in Oriental’s history. (And Oriental’s History Museum will soon have a display featuring some related items.)

  • The Oriental Dragon Boat Club is hosting a BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday October 4, from 1 to 3p at the Oriental Marina. Menu will include pasture-raised pork, baked beans, slaw, sweet potato and roll, all expertly prepared by Jim Kellenberger. One hundred percent of each $10 donation helps pay for Oriental’s Dragon Boat, maintenance and insurance. Tickets are available at the Inland Waterway Provision Company, or from any member of the Dragon Boat Club. Don’t wait — this event sold out last year.

  • The 2014 Neuse River Solo Race takes place Saturday, October 4. The Oriental Dinghy Club last year decided to entice more boats and people on the water and introduced a second – separate – competition: the Double-handed Race. It worked so well, that this year’s Neuse River Solo will do that again — a double handed race along with the traditional solo race. In order to qualify for the double-handed race, the ages of skipper and mate must total at least 150 years. The Notice of Race and Registration Notice may be downloaded here. Entry fee has been reduced this year to $25. Dinner tix are $12. Registration by September 29 avoids a late registration fee.

    Both the single-handed and double-handed races are for boats at least 20 feet long. For the story and photos from last years Solo & Double Handed races, click here.

  • 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 every Saturday night in October — October 4, 11, 18, 25. Tickets ten bucks. Cash works.

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

  • The Bean is bringing in tunes again – Saturday, October 4th 2014 starting at 7:00p it’s A Musical Extravaganza! North Carolina songwriter Eric-Scott Guthrie and Friends perform. Guthrie sings from the roots of folk music. The Bean will have ice cream and all The Bean beverages available (coffees, teas, smoothies, etc) plus you can BYOB wine or beer. Desserts by Amron Kali will be served up. It’s happening inside and outside (on the new & existing porches).

  • Pamlico Musical Society presents an evening of greengrass and other musical surprises on Saturday October 4 when I Draw Slow comes to Oriental’s Old Theater. I Draw SlowThe Dublin-based quintet is anything but slow. Their repertoire reflects roots in Americana with moods that swing between dark, complex melodies and bright spirit. As one reviewer put it, “there’s a real sense of I Draw Slow playing for the pure pleasure of it.” The show starts at 7:30p.

    Tickets to I Draw Slow are $22 and available by calling 252-249-3670, or online at www.pamlicomusic.org. You can also pick up tickets at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad St.

  • The Friends of the Pamlico Library’s fall book sale starts on Saturday October 4 at 9a and runs to 2p that day It’s a chance to buy books to curl up with this fall and winter. The books include classics, this year’s popular fiction, biography, history, politics, art, photography, inspirational, children’s among others. Prices on Saturday will be 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardbacks. The sale continues at the Library the following Monday thru Wednesday October 8 with prices reduced daily. It’s a great way to find a lot to read for only a little bit of money. Plus, the proceeds go toward more books and other improvements at the library. In advance of the sale, your donations of books are appreciated. For more info, call the library at 745-3515

  • OWC hosts a bingo afternoon on Tuesday Oct 7. Doors open at 12:30 with play beginning at 1p. 15 games to be played. Bring your marker and BYOB. Light snacks will be served. $10 for 2 sets, $15 for 4 and $20 for 6 sets. Proceeds go to benefit the OWC Scholarship Fund. It’s happening at the OWClubhouse on Gilgo.

  • Poet Claire Pittman leads a poetry workshop starting Tuesday October 7 (and on the following two Tuesdays.) Designed for those with some experience writing poetry, the workshop will include exercises such as poetry walks to help with learnign various forms of poetrey such as sestina and villanelle. A variety of approaches to writing poetry will be taken to help the poets enhance their work. Classes are from 1:15-3p. Offerred thru the Prime Time progam, the poetry class is $30 with payment to be collected at the first class. For more info, contact Prime Time at 249-0213 or Claire Pittman at 249-4958 or clairepittman @ msn.com

  • 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.

  • This November voters in Pamlico County will be deciding who represents them in the NC House and Senate for the next two years. There’s also the sheriff’s race. And of course, the every-two-years race for the US Congressional seat. To allow voters to see candidates directly, TownDock.net, the Pamlico News and Pamlico Community College have invited candidates to a Candidates Forum on Thursday October 9 at 7p at PCC’s Delamar Center.

    The candidates have responded to their invites and those taking part will be: Republican NC House Representative Michael Speciale and his challenger, Democrat Whit Whitley: State Senator Norman Sanderson and his challenger, Democrat Carr Ipock; Pamlico Sheriff Billy Sawyer and his Republican challenger, Chris Davis: and Marshall Adame, the Democratic candidate for the US Congress, 3rd District.

  • Oriental’s History Museum says it’s time to celebrate history with your feet. To do that, the Museum is holding Jukebox Jam Street Dance on Saturday October 11 from 4-7p. In doing so, the museum is reviving a tradition of people gathering and dancing in the streets. The music changed over time, but the idea didn’t. It’s also a celebration of the Wurlitzer that used to be in Red Lee’s Grill. After a decade and a half of silence, the jukebox has been fixed and will be playing that day, along with a DJ and Oriental’s ukulele band, the UHOOs. In addition to the music and dancing, there’ll be food and a silent auction to raise funds for the museum. Among the items on auction are great holiday gifts — gift certificates to restaurants, works by local artists, a finely crafted wooden jewelry box, custom made pottery to name just a few.

    The Street Dance is a big fundraiser for the History Museum which relies entirely on contributions from supporters. (The museum gets no money from the Town.) If you’d like to be a sponsor for the October 11 street dance — or sign up as a member or would like any other information about the OHM, contact the museum at museum@dockline.net

  • Help clean up Pamlico County, one roadside ditch at a time. The Big Sweep will take place on Saturday October 11 from 10a-2p. The Pamlico Extension Service can provide the trash bags, gloves, reporting cards if you’ll spend an hour or so picking up litter whether it be in a park, a waterway, a beach or along the side of a road. To get things coordinted or more info, contact Daniel Simpson, Pamlico County Extension agent at 745-4121. This year, there will be a dumpster placed at Gary’s Restaurant in Arapahoe so that trash can be dumped without a fee.1

    Meanwhile, you can get rid of your household hazardous waste that same Saturday, October 11 from 9a-noon at the Pamlico County Courthouse parking lot. The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is a chance to dispose of cans of paint, used motor oil, pesticides, gas, cooking oil, antifreeze in an environmentally safe way. Basically, it’s about the kind of things we have around our homes that shouldn’t go to the landfill. (Just so you know, they will not accept commercial waste, gas cylinders, explosives, ammo or infectious, biological or radioactive wastes. For more info, contact Bobbi Waters at 252-633-1564 or e-mail her at bobbi@crswma.com.

  • The Old Theater’s Chili Cookoff is coming on Saturday October 18 from 11a-2p. It’s your chance to be declared the Judge’s Choice or the People’s Choice. In this benefit for the Old Theater, chefs provide at least 5 gallons of chili that the chefs ladle out for folks to sample. For more information, or to sign up, contact Ellyn Speciale (252-249-0896) or Nelda Coats (252-639-1616)

  • The Oriental Rotary Club will be holding its annual Barbecued Chicken Dinner on Saturday October 18 from 5-7p at the Oriental Woman’s Clubhouse. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Nautical Wheeler’s, First Citizen’s Bank or from any Rotarian. Dinners include half of a chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, dinner roll, dessert and iced tea. Take-outs will be available. Proceeds go toward the Rotary Scholarship Fund. The OWClubhouse is at 1007 Gilgo Road.

  • history bluegrass umbrellaIf you missed the inaugural performance of The History of Bluegrass by the Harbor Sounds at the Old Theater a while back, you’ll have another chance to see it on Sunday evening October 19th at 6p at the Oriental United Methodist Church. Sponsored by the church’s Sara Veal Circle, you’ll also be able to enjoy a silent auction and homemade pies and ice cream after the show in the Fellowship Hall. OUMC is at 404 Freemason Street, Oriental

  • The St. Thomas Episcopal Church Women host “Home Town Fashions” on Sunday, October 19 from 2:30-5p. The fashion show takes place at the Oriental Woman’s Club and will include fashions by Marsha’s Cottage and Nautical Wheelers where you may also purchase tickets ($12) in advance of the show. In addition to the new lines of clothing, there’ll be food, entertainment, and door prizes. For more info, contact Carol McAdoo at 745-7762.

  • Oriental’s Old Theater continues its Friday Flicks season October 24 with Something Wicked This Way Comes. Show time is 7:30 Tickets are $5.50 (includes free popcorn). Proceeds go to support the Old Theater’s operations

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 second 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:
  • Paddling season’s here. The Oriental Dragon Boat Club holds its semi-weekly practices on Thursdays at 6p and for the summer, on Sundays at 8:30a at the Wildlife Ramp on Midyette Street.

    That’s the schedule, weather permitting (i.e. no thunder or lightning). The Club maintains a regulation 46-foot long dragon boat and provides basic instruction, safety gear and equipment. 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 show up….

  • 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 twice weekly. The days are now Tuesdays at 4p and Thursdays at 3:30p. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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