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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • 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.

  • 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. 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 – joesail1@gmail.com.

  • Marlene Sykes has painted with watercolors for more than 50 years. She co-founded the Circle 10 artists’ cooperative in Oriental. In May, Marlene Sykes is the featured guest artist at the Village Gallery
    with selected works on display through the month. The public is also invited to an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, May 2 from 2-5p.
    Also on display are the works of the Gallery’s local and regional artists. Village Gallery, on Hodges Street across from the harbor, is open from 10a till 5p or by appointment. For more information, contact the Gallery during hours of operation at 252 249 0300, visit the website at www.villagegallerync.com, or contact Judy Wayland at 252 249 1505.

  • aon 2015 Celebrate the arts. The 12th Annual Art on the Neuse Outdoor Arts Festival happens on Saturday May 9th from 9a – 4p on the grounds of the Oriental Marina. Oriental’s only outdoor arts fest brings a wide selection of regional artists who show – and sell – their work. There’s music, too. It’s organized by the Pamlico County Arts Council. If you’re an artist who would like to take part and show and sell your work, click here for the application form. Entry fee is only $35.

    Art on the Neuse is free to attend. Here’s a glimpse of the 2013 Art on the Neuse Fest

  • As a complement to this year’s Art on the Neuse Arts Fest on May 9, there’ll be a tribute to an earlier artistic spark in Oriental – Joe Cox was born 100 years ago this year and to mark the occasion, some friends of his are staging a one-day retrospective of his work and the decades the NCSU School of Design professor and his wife Betsy spent in Oriental. joe cox oyc

    A one-day-only exhibition of some of Joe Cox’s work will take place from 8a-5p at the OYC, one of the places in town where Joe led painting workshops. (The house where they lived – at South Water and Hodges — still stands.)

    Look for a dragon run starting at 1p on Saturday as well. It is Joe and Betsy Cox and a few others we have to thank for dreaming up the dragon motif for a town named Oriental and the New Years’ Eve dragon run — ideas that bubbled to the surface more than 50 years ago. (Click here for another example of Joe Cox’s work.)

  • Got big items you want to get rid of that didn’t get sold in the Town Wide Yard Sale? A week later on Saturday May 9, Oriental has its spring big trash pickup — that is, the white and brown goods left at curbside by 7a. It’s a chance to clear away those unused appliances and furniture, upholstered and otherwise. No electronics, though. For more details — such as what are brown and white goods, click here.

  • Oriental Dinghy Club invites sailors to a pursuit race on Saturday May 9. ODC is encouraging more sailors to get out and race – they can provide coaches to sail with you on your boat as you sail the course out on the Neuse. Start times for boats determined by their PHRF rating. Race time is 1p. A BBQ Social will be held afterward for $15 per person. To RSVP and register contact OrientalDinghyClub@gmail.com If you’re not certain about your PHRF rating, contact ODC’s Bill Michne at 249-1175

  • Oriental’s _Children’s Theater Workshop celebrates its 20th year _this summer and the workshop is looking for a finely designed t-shirt to mark two decades of bringing high quality drama education to the County. There’s even a $200 prize if yours is chosen. Be creative. You may want to include “Summer Theater Workshop” “20th year” or “20th Anniversary” in your design. The contest is open to all, regardless of whether you’ve been involved with teh theater. Include your name and phone number and/or email with your entry, which can be sent to 1996ctw@gmail.com or be mailed or dropped off at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad St, Oriental, NC 2857 Deadline for your design entry in the 20th Anniversary Summer Theater Workshop Tee Shirt Design Contest is May 10th.

  • Open Sailing returns for spring at Bow To Stern Sailing. Open Sailing is done on FJs and Sunfish. It is every Monday – next opportunity comes May 11. $5/person and free for Bow To Stern members. Rigging and beginner intro starts around 4:30, launching about 5p, and you sail until 7p or so. Participate in multiple short races or just enjoy some sailing. Please RSVP to Jim Edwards, 252-474-6000. Bow To Stern is at 290 Blackwell Point Loop Rd – for directions click here.

  • Village Gallery holds it annual Black Velvet Fundraiser party on Friday May 15 from 4-7p at the Gallery on Hodges Street across from the harbor. It’s the 7th annual fundraiser for the gallery. Full bar, horsd’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 per person.

  • Oriental’s Old Theater brings Friday Flicks to the big screen on the third Fridays of the month. On May 15, Life of Pi will be shown.

    Tickets are $5.50 — includes popcorn and generally, a short movie or serial episode which starts at 7:30p.


  • The Pamlico County High School Category Five Show Choir will be presenting their annual spring showcase on May 15-17 in the Pamlico County Primary School Auditorium. After a semester immersed in choreography, music and pop vocal form, the students are calling this new show, Apocalypse. But it will not necessarily be in a minor key. The end-of-the-world theme will be presented via rock, country and even peppy pop.

    The shows on Friday and Saturday May 15 & 16 are dinner shows – Moore’s BBQ served up at 6:30 with the music after that. The Sunday show, a 2p matinee will feature the music alone. Tickets for the dinner shows are $20 and for the Sunday matinee, $10. Online purchase now available through www.showtix4u.com. To buy tickets in person, contact Karen Spruill or Jill Dietz (252-745-3151) at Pamlico High.

  • PCC FoundationFore! The Annual Pamlico Community College Foundation/Pepsi Cup Golf Tournament is happening on Saturday, May 16 at Minnesott Golf & Country Club. Proceeds go to provide financial aid for PCC students. Registration will be between 8:30-9:30a, and the shotgun start is at 9:30a. The $70 entry fee includes Continental breakfast, roast turkey lunch, golf, cart, 1 mulligan, and 1 “tee”. There’s also hole-in-one prizes, 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Limited to 92 golfers. To sign up or for more info, contact Brandi McCullough at 252-249-1851 ext 3010 or PCC President Cleve Cox, 252-249-1851 ext 3007.

  • Come out and meet other paddle boarders from the area on Saturday May 16 from 10a-noon at a Social Paddle for Stand-Up Paddlers. They’ll be starting out from the Wildlife Ramp at the end of Midyette Street. All levels are welcome. Heather Brewer says she’s organizing this because “it seems lots of folks are getting involved in this sport.” All levels of skill are welcomed. If you need to rent a paddle board call The Provision Company (252) 249-1797 For more info, contact Heather at heatherbrewer@att.net with questions

  • The next 3rd Saturday-of-the-month wine tasting at Nautical Wheelers is happening from 3-5p on Saturday May 16. Join them on the porch and sample the wide range of wines — a South African White Blend, French White Blend, French Chardonnay, Spanish Bobal Red, Argentina Malbec. Nautical Wheelers is at 411 Broad Street at Main.

  • The third and fifth Thursdays of the month are open jam session at Pamlico Community College. Next one is Thursday May 21 starting at 6p. It’s open to all. Bring your instrument – or voice. Or just come to listen. It all happens at the Johnson Building Mall. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe. Upcoming jams happen on June 18th,July 16th & 30th, August 20th

  • A new boat race coming up on June 5-6 at River Dunes – the Hope Regatta. It’ll feature pursuit racing for sailboats as well as a predicted log contest for power boaters. Registration and Notice of Race coming soon. The weekend aims to raise funds for the Hope Clinic which this year celebrates its “Sweet 16.” Since 1999, the clinic has been providing health care to the un- and under-insured in Pamlico County. (This year there will be no Leukemia Cup – the event that typically occurred in early June at River Dunes.)

  • The new Poet Laureate of North Carolina, Shelby Stephenson, comes to Oriental’s Old Theater on June 11 at 7:30p. The evening’s events are sponsored by the Pamlico Arts Council and hosted by the Poets of Pamlico.

    Mr. Stephenson will be interviewed on the May 1 episode of North Carolina Now, on WUNC-TV PBS station at 7:30p.

  • Minnesott Golf & CC presents the 2nd Annual Majors at Minnesott golf tournament series, 4 four tournaments that correspond to the four Major golf tournaments on the PGA Tour. The Masters at Minnesott took place in April. Coming up next will be The U.S. Open at Minnesott on June 20, then The British Open at Minnesott – July 18, and The PGA at Minnesott – August 15. These will be one-day tournaments featuring both a Men’s Division and a Woman’s Division. All events will be handicapped-adjusted so everyone has a chance to walk away as the new Champion. For more information about The Majors at Minnesott, contact Angie Propst at 252-671-4643 or angie@orientalncwaterfront.com. It’s all to support the Pamlico County High School Golf Program.

    (Pamlico High placed 3rd last year in the Coastal Plains Conference and now in his 2nd year coaching, Scott Fitzgerald hopes to build on that success with some now seasoned golfers among the team of 11 young men and women. The high school team’s matches begin March 5, with the conference championship at Camp Lejeune on April 27.)

  • Croakerfest 2015 is happening on the first weekend in July – Friday July 3rd and Saturday the 4th. That would mean the festival finale – the fireworks display – would be on the Fourth of July.

  • The 2015 Oriental Cup Regatta is happening on the weekend of September 11-13. (It’s moving up a week from the more traditional third weekend in September.) It’s the 27th Annual and as in other years, the sailboat race and shore events raise funds for the Pamlico HS Booster Club’s Bill Harris Scholarship which goes to a student-athlete at Pamlico HS. More details coming. Larry Summers is organizing the event and says that “Appropriate Rituals are in process to insure good weather. Any special rituals for your own boat is the skipper’s responsibility.” For more info, contact Larry at 252-675-0467.

  • Coming up on the weekend of September 18-20 is HarborFest at River Dunes Grace Harbor. It’s the inaugural year for this fundraiser for Heartworks, which provides afterschool actiivites and other support services for children in Pamlico County. Save the date. More details coming…..

  • Oriental’s History Museum holds its 2nd 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.

  • Taste some good chili and help raise funds for Oriental’s Old Theater at the 8th Annual Chili Cookoff Oct 24. It takes place on the grounds of the Oriental Marina. More than a dozen chefs compete each year to be either the People’s Choice or the pick of the Judges — and sometimes both.

  • The Oriental Woman’s Club and Nautical Wheelers will present an Italian Night dinner and wine tasting on Friday May 8 at the OWClubhouse on Gilgo. The event starts a 6p. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at First Citizens Bank.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • oriental farmers market The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street from 8a-11a – the warm weather hours. At the Oriental Farmers’ Market, all of the items for sale are locally grown or locally made. Stop by and see for yourself. Local produce, baked goods, artisinal work can be found there. For more info visit the Farmers’ Market website, here.

  • Want to be part of a dragon boat team? The Oriental Dragon Boat Club welcomes new paddlers to join in. For the 2015 season practices are set for Sundays at 9a and Thursday evenings at 5:30p — 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 to help roll the boat down to the Wildlife Ramp.) Dress in comfy cloths, 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

  • 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 on Tuesdays at — please note the new time — 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’s at 1p (winter schedule), meeting at Lou Mac Park. It winds its way through the 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 recreational ride in Oriental, the Oriental Express Bicycle Club also goes on longer and faster rides on Sundays and Wednesdays. Sunday meet 1p at Lou Mac Park, Wednesday rides meet 3p at the Post Office parking lot. These are ‘no-drop’ rides focused on fitness and fun. For more info, check out the Bicycle Club’s web site. or call Doug Sligh 252-249-3362 and Cynthia Cochran 252-249-0761.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 6:30p. 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.

  • 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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