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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.
At the Oriental Farmers’ Market, the emphasis is on “local” — all of the items for sale are locally grown or locally made. The market will be 7 years old later this month and it’s been growing a lot in the past year, providing a great selection for a market in a town of our size. Stop on by and see for yourself.
Paradise Cove Marina holds its potluck dinners every Saturday night. Next one is July 26. On August 9 Bob Laverty returns to the dock.
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.)
Come Fly with Me, an exhibit of aerial photos of Oriental and the surrounding area will be at Oriental’s History Museum through the summer. The exhibit showcases the work of pilot and photographer Dick Verdier of Oriental. The exhibition will also feature other aerial views of Oriental taken over the years, which are part of the Museum’s permanent collection. You can see a large 1990 view of town and, as others have done already, pick out and label your home on the large photo. By popular demand, the exhibit will run through the summer. The Museum is located at 802 Broad Street. Hours are Friday 11-3, Saturday and Sunday 1-4. For information on the exhibit or to volunteer at the museum, contact: email@example.com.
While you’re there you can 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.
Located on the harbor in Oriental, on Hodges Street, Village Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10-5. Exhibits change often. (And check out the gallery of miniature works there too…)
Oriental’s Town Board holds its next meeting on August 5, as that is the first Tuesday of the month. Meetings start at 7p, at Town Hall, and are of course, open to the public. On the agenda: discussion of the recently installed permanent electric boxes for Croakerfest, setting up an ongoing Harbor Waterfronts Board, changes to the Town’s Docking Ordinance, adopted earlier this year. In the Town Manager’s Report: the Town’s policy of not picking up hurricane debris unless a State of Disaster is declared and FEMA money comes through. (Hurricane Arthur led to neither but some homeowners were expecting the debris to be taken away.) The agenda can be downloaded, here.
There are also some vacancies on the Tourism Board, Planning Board, Water Board and the about-to-be-official Harbor Waterfronts panel. Those interested should contact Town Hall at 249-0555.
The Old Theater is holding auditions on August 5 & 6 at 7p for a November production of Eugene Ionesco’s Exit The King.
There’ll also be auditions on Saturday 9 & 10 at 2p in New Bern at the Athens Cafe on Pollock Street. Exit the King is an absurdist exploration of ego and mortality, set in the crumbling throne-room of the palace in an unnamed country. It was first produced in 1963, starring Alec Guinness, and successfully revived to great acclaim on Broadway in 2009. The Old Theater’s production will be directed by Bill Hand.
The play has six roles, three men & three women to portray 20 years and older. Also needed , 2-3 dancers – not gender or age specific — who will not have to speak any lines. Performance dates will be November 7 & 8 at 7:30 and November 9 in Oriental. There’s also the possibility of a December 13 performance in New Bern. Those who are trying out should prepare a one minute monologue and will be asked to read from the script. For more information, contact the Old Theater at 252-249-0477.
The return of warm weather means you’ll find sailors from Oriental 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 1730 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
An already busy year for regattas in Oriental just got busier. For the first time, the Morehead City Boat Club’s Hoop Pole Regatta, normally held on Adams Creek, will be playing out in Oriental on Saturday, August 9. It’s open to young sailors, 16 and under who are sailing one-design boats 20 feet and under. (3 or more boats of a kind constitute a class.) The Bow-to-Stern Boating Center on Smith Creek will be the land base for the race. 40 boats are expected to compete. First race, says Bow to Stern’s Jim Edwards, starts at 10a. More details, including NOR, to follow.
The 5th Annual Oriental Dragon Boat Festival will take place on August 8-9 at River Dunes. Teams will be getting in some practice sessions on Friday afternoon with the first races starting at 10:30a on Saturday August 9. The festival moved last year to the calmer at River Dunes’ Grace Harbor after its few years contending with the sometimes devilish Neuse waters off of Oriental. Even if you’re not competing, you’re welcome to attend at River Dunes and watch the competition which stretches out in to the mid-afternoon on Saturday. (To get a taste of the event, here’s the story about an earlier Dragon Boat Festival – which may explain better why the festival has since sought the more protected waters at River Dunes.)
An organizer says that because of the calmer waters, more teams are returning this year. There’s still room for more teams to compete (teams are 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and one helmsman/helmswoman.) To register, you may download the Team registration form here. If you don’t have a team, it’s also possible to register as an individual. For more info, contact festival organizer Flora Moorman at 675-9424 or email@example.com
Minnesott Golf & Country Club, in 2014, is hosting four golf tournaments called The Majors at Minnesott, corresponding with the four major golf tournaments of the PGA Tour. The tournaments are designed to help support the Pamlico High Golf Team.
The final tournament Majors @ Minnesott will be the PGA at Minnesott on August 9. Organizer Allen Propst states “You can put together your own foursome or we will put you in a foursome. We want everyone to have fun and take ownership of the fact that they are promoting youth golf.” For more info, contact Allen Propst, Tournament Director, 252-671-4644.
Four students who took Ben Casey’s photojournalism course at Pamlico Community College this spring decided to continue the Continuing Education once the class ended. They banded together for weekend field trips to further their photography. The result of that is, First Exposure an exhibition of the works of Patti Chance, Herman Turnage, Melissa Watson, and Darlene Willis that will be presented in a group show at the Pamlico County Library in Bayboro, during July and August. The exhibition is presented by the Pamlico County Library and the Pamlico County Arts Council, which works to support the arts and encourage new artists.
The Town of Oriental’s Board of Adjustment will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 19 at 2p regarding an RV that’s set up – and being inhabited – on the grounds of Whittaker Creek Harbor marina. According to Town Hall, Whittaker Creek Harbor marina owner Knute Bysheim sought a Grandfather exception regarding RV and Travel Trailer accommodations. Town Manager Diane Miller – who is also Oriental’s Land Use Administrator – denied it. In response to this denial, Bysheim has requested a hearing before the Town of Oriental Board of Adjustment. Testimony will be heard from the Complainant as well as surrounding property owners who may be affected by this request. For more info, contact Town Hall at 252-249-0555. The hearing will be held at Town Hall.
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 on these Saturday nights: August 30, September 20 and all the Saturday nights in October. 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 Green’s Creek Challenge, the race for boats under 20 feet is scheduled for Saturday September 6. Oriental Dinghy Club is organizing the race. Photos from the Greens Creek Regatta of a few years ago, are here.
Musicians used to gather on the front porch of the late Lucille and Billy Truitt’s Ole Store on South Water Street. The store has been gone for years, but now, it’s the inspiration for the The First Old Front Porch Music Festival, on Saturday September 13 from noon to 4p Sponsored by Oriental United Methodist Church this event will feature area bands on front porches along Broad Street from Town Hall to the old Old Hotel and down to the corner of South Water and New Streets, the location, in the day, of The Ole Store.
The emphasis will be on local talents…not only music but also local food and craft vendors. For more info on the festival, call Dottie Osmun at 617-0540.
The 301st 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. In order to qualify for the double-handed race, the ages of skipper and mate must total at least 150 years. It was a success so they’re doing it all again….
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.
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.
To allow voters to see candidates directly, TownDock.net and Pamlico Community College are holding a Candidates Forum on Thursday October 9 7p at PCC’s Delamar Center.
Oriental’s History Museum presents a 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. The October 11 Street Dance will be in front of the Museum on Broad Street and will feature music, dancing, food and silent auction to raise funds for the museum. The Wurlitzer that used to be in Red Lee’s grill has been fixed and will be playing that day, along a DJ.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calendar now for the Old Theater’s Chili Cookoff. It’s coming on Saturday October 18. More details coming about how to participate and put your chili in the running.
If 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
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.
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.)
The UHOOs – the Ukulele Hoalohas of Oriental – get together and practice twice weekly. The days are now 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 (email@example.com) or Barb Masinton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fifth grade students at Fred A. Anderson Elementary School will be learning how to play the ukulele this fall. For that, they’ll need two dozen ukes. That’s why the UHOO’s are asking folks to donate to help buy the 24 ukuleles. They cost $45 apiece in an arrangement with a music store in New Bern. To donate and get more information, contact Susan or Barb.
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.
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.