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For decades, Oriental has celebrated Croakerfest on the first Saturday in July. While it just may seem to magically unfold, it comes to you thanks to a team of volunteers who have pulled it all together. This year, many more volunteers are especially needed — as well as a chief organizer. So is an infusion of cash to pay for the events, including the fireworks display on Saturday night. Your help is needed.
Come on out and help with making Croakerfest happen. New hands on deck would be greatly appreciated. There’ll be a Croakerfest organizational meeting on Saturday March 8 at 9a at Brantley’s Restaurant. Join in the brainstorming. In meantime, here’s a look at the 2013 Croakerfest parade and at the sailing out on the river in the 2013 Croakerfest Regatta
The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street. For January, February and March, the hours are 9a-noon. The market’s emphasis is “local” — all of the items for sale are locally grown or locally made. Oriental Farmers’ Market will be 7 years old in July 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. . You can get an idea of what will be for sale this week by visiting OrientalFarmersMarket.com And mark your calendar for the first Saturday in April (the 5th) when Dorita Boyd of Raindrop Ridge Farm returns for her once-a-year visit. She sells a wide array of herbs, including many that are hard to find.
There’ll be a heavy concentration of banjos, guitars, mandolins, autoharps, fiddles, and upright bass at Pamlico Community College in early March. PCC presents its first annual Bluegrass & Gospel Festival on Saturday March 8 from 11a-4p. There’ll be 5 hours of music on three stages as well as a pickers’ tent. The festival is free. Groups performing include, Harbor Sounds, Marvin Walker, Gumbo Lily, Bethany Christian Church Gospel Ensemble, 4EverAll, the Wilson Family. A new acoustic guitar will be raffled off to benefit the College. For more info on the event, contact Leigh Russell at PCC at 252-249-1851 There’s room under the tents for more musicians, too. To perform at the Festival, contact Simon Spalding at 252-636-1256.
Paradise Cove springs in to springtime action in March. On Saturday March 8, come by for the potluck dinner. On Saturday March 15, join in the St. Patty’s Day Party w/Irish-themed pot luck dinner and the Capitol G Band performing live. On Saturdays March 22 and 29 bring a dish for more pot luck dinners at the Captain’s Bar. Boat slips and RV rentals are available.
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. Paradise Shores Road is on your right.)
Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire. It’s the Oriental History Museum’s new exhibit about the volunteer fire department that serves the town. Visit the Museum to see the collection of firefighting memorabilia donated by former firefighters. The exhibit runs through April. (If you have any fire department memorabilia that you would like to loan the museum, it’d be grateful.) The Museum is located at 802 Broad Street in Oriental. Hours are: Friday 11 am – 3 pm, Saturday 1 – 4 pm and Sunday 1 – 4 pm. Admission to the Museum is always free and donations are gladly accepted. For more information contact email@example.com.
The Neuse River Foundation hosts its 11th Annual Taste of Coastal Carolina on Tuesday, March 11 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. 31 restaurants, caterers and food trucks from the region will be offering samples of their food. General admission tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Gor general admission ticketholders the feasting begins at 6:30p. (Patron level tickets are available for $100; the Patron reception begins at 5:45p) In Oriental, you can get tickets at Nautical Wheelers. Act quickly. Last year’s event was completely sold out…. This is the big fundraiser of the year for the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation, which works to advocate for and protect the river off our shores.
The Sailing Club Of Oriental (SCOO) is holding a series of Winter Seminars about sailing & boating. Seminars are at Oriental Town Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
* Tuesday March 11 – First Aid for Emergencies and CPR Certification – Class 1 – 10a-12:30p – Taught by Eric Kindle – You’re welcome to just attend the classes for free without getting certified, but to obtain your CPR Certification you’ll need to attend the two classes and pay a small fee. Please contact Joe Glorioso as 249-2404 if you plan to attend so they can arrange for the proper equipment.
* Thursday March 13 – First Aid for Emergencies and CPR Certification – Class 2 – 10a-12:30p
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.
Arapahoe United Methodist Church holds its Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Wednesday March 12. Starting at 6p, the delicious homemade meal of corned beef and cabbage with fresh red potatoes, Mark’s famous glazed carrots, Irish soda bread and carrot cake for desert will be available for eating in or taking out. This is an important fundraiser for Pamlico County Fishes & Loaves Outreach, a food bank for the needy here in Pamlico County. In each of the past two years, this dinner has raised approximately $2000 for the food bank. The dinner is $13 per person and you will need a ticket, which you can get in advance by calling Pam Yurko at 249-0828 or Mark Yurko at 617-0669. Arapahoe Methodist is on Hwy 306 South at Bennett Road at the Minnesott Beach Town line.
The Oriental Women’s Club is holding their 7th Annual Chowder Cookoff on Saturday, March 15 from 11:30a-1:30p on the lawn of the Oriental Marina. Right now, the call goes out for chefs — restaurants, fire stations, and individuals to sign up to compete. If you are interested, please contact Gay Webster at 249-2426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are $10 and will be available at the gate. Harbor Sounds will be playing. Proceeds benefit the works of the OWC. Prizes will be awarded by the judges & there’ll also be awards for the peoples’ favorites as well as a competition between fire stations.
St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church is holding its annual St. Patrick’s Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Saturday, March 15 starting at 6p. In addition to the meal (corned beef and cabbage) there’ll also be robust Irish musical entertainment by the Frank Murphy Family. Tickets are $17 per adult — and includes beer and wine with the dinner. Take-out dinners are $14 each (with no alcoholic beverage included.) It’ll be at the Parish Center at 1149 White Farm Road in Oriental. Tickets are available at Nautical Wheelers and Village Hardware. You can also make reservations by calling Carol Brookman at 252 670-5625. This lively event always sells out, so get tix early.
Help celebrate a 10th birthday. The Pamlico Community Band, which started a decade ago this year, presents its spring concert on Saturday March 15 at 7:30p at Oriental’s Old Theater. One of the conductors will be Jim Durham, who by day, directs the Pamlico Schools bands – some of his students from the high school will be performing. Among the selections, “It Is Well Within My Soul” and “Chorale and Shaker Dance”, a variation of “‘Tis The Gift To Be Simple.” Becky Ackisss will also be conducting the band through some more pop numbers such as “Legends Of The Fall” and “Highlights From Oliver.” Admission is free, though donations are welcomed. There’ll be a bake sale during the concert where you can try out your best Oliver, “Please, sir, I want some more.”
This year’s Leukemia Cup Regatta will be happening the weekend of June 6-8. A Leukemia Cup kickoff gathering is planned for Saturday March 15 starting at 5p at River Dunes with sailing legend and national Leukemia Cup Regatta chairman Gary Jobson. RSVP now by contacting Emily Blust at 919-367-4072 or email@example.com.
The June 6-8 Leukemia Cup will feature two days of boat racing on the Neuse, as well as the on-shore dinner and dancing at River Dunes, all to raise funds for the NC Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Meantime, check out the coverage of last year’s Leukemia Cup.
The Red Cross holds a blood drive on Saturday March 15 from 9a-1p at Broad Creek United Church of Christ on Trent Road in Merritt. As a result of weather-related blood drive cancellations, the Red Cross has experienced a shortfall of blood and platelet donations, so the need is especially great right now. Another blood drive is set for Friday March 21 from 11a-3p at the Pamlico Chamber of Commerce in Grantsboro. For more info, contact the Red Cross in Greenville at (252)341-1325
Oriental’s Tourism Board holds its monthly meeting on Tuesday March 18 at 5:30p at Town Hall. At 7p that same evening, Oriental’s Planning Board will meet.
The Old Theater’s Friday Flick for March 21 is “Unfinished Song”. The story: recently widowed Arthur turns to the unconventional choir his late wife sang in. The 2012 film won praise for its casting – Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton and Christopher Eccleston. Tickets are $6 (that price includes NC’s new tax on non-profits’ events). They go on sale at 6:30p at the box office. Doors open at 7 and show starts at 7:30p. Still more Friday Flicks are coming: on April 18, the 2012 version of “Les Miserables” and on May 16, “Captain Phillips”, starring Tom Hanks. Proceeds raised go toward the Old Theater’s ongoing operations.
Arapahoe Charter School holds its 2014 Spring Fling 5k Race on Saturday March 22. It starts at 9a from the clubhouse of Arlington Place and both the 1 mile and 5 K courses wind through Arlington Place. Proceeds go to support ACS to pay for resources and help children in need.
Kids 10 and under may take part in the Kids’ Fun Run/Walk for a $12 entry fee. The Youth 5K Run/Walk for those 15 and under is also a $12 entry fee, while the Adult 5K Run/Walk is a $20 entry fee. Awards will be given out to top runners. Each individual registered will receive a bag full of goodies. Register now. Click here for registration form. You can pick up your packet March 21 at the ACS PE office or on the Saturday of the event. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamlico Musical Society presents Sachal Vasandani on Saturday March 22 at 7:30p at the Old Theater. Tickets are $20 and will be available at Nautical Wheelers or on line at the Musical Society’s website.
Here’s a safe way to get rid of those pesticides you have around the house. Bring them to the Pamlico County Pesticide Collection Day on Wednesday March 26 from 10a-2p at the Pamlico County Heritage Center in Grantsboro. That’s at 10642 NC Hwy 55 not far from the intersection with Hwy 306. Household and farm and yard pesticides may be dropped off. The Extension Office says they have to have labels, or a semblance of a label on them so that they know what they’re taking in. If you have questions, contact Ag Extension Agent Daniel Simpson at 745-4121.
The Neuse Sailing Association is holding its annual NSA Shrimperoo on Saturday, March 29th, 2-4 pm at the Oriental Marina. The event is open to all current members, those joining at the event and those interested in becoming members ($5). Shrimp and complimentary beverages will be provided by the NSA…..just bring a covered dish or dessert to share.
The Arapahoe United Methodist Church is holding its Annual Flea Market and Bake Sale on March 29 at the church on Hwy 306. Doors open at 8a and they’ll be open til most of the items sell out. Contact Barbara Gould, 249-2843, with questions or if you have donations for the sale. The funds raised will help support the local mission work of the church here in Pamlico County.
The Pamlico Chorale will be presenting their Spring Concert Saturday March 29 at 7:30p and on Sunday March 30th at 3p. The tickets are a donation of $5 and available in advance at Nautical Wheelers, Village Hardware or from any Chorale members. If you live outside the area and wish to make arrangements for tickets, contact Carla Byrnes at 252-745-4693 of 670-4960 (One note: right after singing the “Salute To The Armed Forces”, there’ll be a collection for the American Heroes Home Build Project in Pamlico County: a home for a young wounded veteran chosen by Military Missions in Action a 501©(3). Checks may be made out to MMJA.)
SOS. Same ole Stuff is the polite term. But nobody really says that. They say _____ on a shingle. The classic military meal. The Oriental Marine Corps League is holding a fundraiser, Sunday March 30, seventeen hundred hours to twenty hundred. That’s 5 to 8p for us civilians. It’s at The Silos. Marine Chef Ray Everest claims his SOS recipe is actually good. Tickets $7 in advance, just ask your favorite village Marine ($8 at the door).
NC’s cycling organization, Cycle NC, returns to Oriental as its home base for the 2014 Spring Ride. Hundreds of bicyclists will be cycling around Pamlico County on the weekend of April 4-6, 2014. With many more cyclists in town than there are hotel rooms, there’ll be a lot of camping at Lou Mac Park and on lawns near the waterfront. In the past, some cyclists have stayed in local homes. As the event years, the call will go out for area residents who wish to open their homes to cyclists needing a room. More details coming. Meanwhile, here’s the TownDock.net story about Cycle NC’s 2011 Spring Ride in Oriental….
The 2014 Oriental Boat Show happens April 11-13 – Friday thru Sunday – moving in 2014 into the village to Oriental Harbor Marina. Oriental’s Rotary sponsors and organizes the event which features in-water boats to peruse as well as boats on land and many vendors, workshops and demonstrations and a nautical flea market. For details on how to take part, visit the boat show website, here. For a view of the 2013 show, here’re the story and photos.
The Old Theater’s Friday Flick for April 18 is “Les Miserables”. It’ll be the 2012 version. Tickets are $6 (includes NC’s new tax on non-profits’ events) and go on sale at 6:30p at the box office. Doors open at 7 and show starts at 7:30p. Ticket price gets you unlimited popcorn and an episode in a serial as the pre-show. Still more Friday Flicks are coming: on May 16, “Captain Phillips”, starring Tom Hanks. Proceeds raised go toward the Old Theater’s ongoing operations.
Here’s a chance to do something about the litter that floats up our creeks. On Saturday April 26, Neuse Riverkeepers sponsor the 12th Annual Neuse River Cleanup. They’ll be cleaning the waters and land near it thruought the day in Oriental and Pamlico County. They need volunteers and, to make the cleanup easier, some shallow draft boats. Trash bags, gloves and orange vests will be provided. Individuals, as well as civic groups and churches and schools are encouraged to take part. Contact Bill Hines at 252-571-0264 or email@example.com, so he can coordinate the volunteers. This coincides with a town wide cleanup that day in Oriental.
The Pamlico Animal Welfare Society has been hosting a pet parade for 9 years now… which makes it 63 in human years. PAWS hosts its Spring Dog Parade at 11a Saturday, April 26 starting at Lou Mac Park. Skip Waters, meteorologist at WCTI will once again be one of the hosts. Each year dozens of dogs — as many as 100 sometimes — have taken part. Costumes are optional, but encouraged (and the basis of a lot of the awards.) Drinks and PAWS hotdogs will be served, with all the fixin’s. Registration is $5 per dog and begins at 10a – the parade sets out at 11a. Awards ceremony circa noon. Proceeds go to the Pamlico Animal Welfare Society and its work on spaying and neutering and the New Leash On Life dog-training programs at the Pamlico prison. For more info, contact Christine Garman, 252-249-3513
It’s never too early to get started on the spring cleaning and in Oriental, it’s become a tradition to have a time and place to sell those things. Oriental’s annual Town Wide Yard Sale is happening on Saturday, May 3. It’s a treasure trove of bargains for those browsing for those one-of-a-kind finds. Last year, more than 80 households took part and had their yards on the map for the sale. (The maps help you locate the yards with sales going on, and the maps will be for sale themselves that morning.) More info on registration (it’s free) will be coming soon. Check back.
Meanwhile, if you don’t want to sell, but have things you’d like to give away, the Oriental History Museum will gladly take your donations and sell them at its tables. Proceeds will go toward the Museum’s ongoing work to recognize and tell Oriental’s history. Details coming on that too, though you can contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate creativity at Art on the Neuse on Saturday May 10 on the harbor in Oriental. This event – now in its 11th year – brings a wide selection of regional artists who show – and sell – their work. It’s organized by the Pamlico County Arts Council. More details coming on how to show your work. Here’s a glimpse of last year’s Art on the Neuse Fest
After a long absence, the sailboat racers aboard Lightning Class boats are returning to Oriental on the weekend of May 17-18 for their Southeast Division races. About 15-20 boats are expected to race, launching from the Wildlife Ramp on Midyette Street and working from Grace Evans’ lawn. Each boat typically has crews of 3-4. A small informal group of sailors in Oriental, many connected with the Oriental Dinghy Club, has been trying to encourage more sailboat races here. Their efforts seem to have paid off with this Lightning event as well as the Sunfish Masters in May and the Sunfish International races in October.
The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation celebrates kayaking and canoeing on Memorial Day weekend, with the Paddling in Pamlico Festival from May 23 to 26. There’ll be lessons for beginner kayakers, paddle racing, fishing from the kayaks and canoes, birding and wine tasting and paddling on waters near Oriental, Bayboro, Dawson Creek, Goose Creek. There’ll be campsites available too. For more info, click here.
The Sunfish US Masters Regatta comes to Oriental on May 31 and June 1. The Oriental Dinghy Club has the honor of hosting this national regatta for sailors over 40. (This is separate from the Sunfish Worlds – an international event open to all ages) which will be happening later in the year – in October – at Camps Seafarer and Seagull. Check back for more details on the US Masters in Oriental.
The Leukemia Cup Regatta is happening the weekend of June 6-8. Two days of boat racing on the Neuse, as well as the on-shore dinner and dancing at River Dunes, all to raise funds for the NC Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A kickoff gathering is planned for Saturday March 15. More details coming.. Meantime, check out the coverage of last year’s Leukemia Cup.
First weekend in July means it’s time for Oriental’s biggest summer event: Croakerfest, which this year falls on July 4-5. It starts on Friday afternoon, July 4 with baking contests, a Croaker Queen and Miss Minnow pagaents, performances by the Pamlico Community Band and the Pamlico Chorale. Vendors and food sellers set up at Lou Mac Park. On Saturday July 5 comes the parade at 10a. In the afternoon, many small sailboats gather for the Croakerfest Regatta Saturday night there’s a big fireworks display.
Volunteers are always needed and that’s especially the case this year. New in town? Come on out and help with making Croakerfest happen at the organizing meeting on March 8 at Brantley’s Restaurant at 9a. In meantime, here’s a look at the 2013 Croakerfest parade and at the sailing out on the river in the 2013 Croakerfest Regatta
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Oriental Paddle Group goes out kayaking on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, setting out from the Wildlife Resources Commission ramp at the end of Midyette Street at 8a. Come and join the group, led by Larry Summers and Bill Hines as they paddle up nearby creeks. One benefit of these jaunts is the birds you can see. As Liz Lathrop of the Pamlico Birders group put is, “We have had interesting birds each time. The birds are not as skittish when you approach in a noiseless kayak.”
Oriental’s Drummin’ Dragons get together every Thursday night from 7-8:30p. In the winter months, they gather at the Perry Griffin House – 300 High Street. All are invited – come on by and learn to drum. (They have some spare drums for you to try.)
Paddle with the Oriental Dragon Boaters. From April through October Oriental’s Dragon Boat group practices twice a week – Thursdays at 6p, and Saturdays at 8:30a. They meet at the Wildlife Ramp at the end of Midyette Street and the happily welcome newcomers of all ages and skill levels. No experience needed. Bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen, and water shoes. Oriental Dragon Boat Club will provide paddles, life jackets and instruction. (Note: they do not paddle in the event of thunder and/or lightning.)
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
The Oriental Express Bicycle Club invites anyone with a bike to join them for their Recreational Ride on Saturday mornings. It winds its way through th Old Village and on to the Dolphin Point area. It’s about 8 miles and the pace is very undemanding. Conversational you might say. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off!
In addition to their Saturday morning recreational ride in Oriental, the Oriental Express Bicycle Club also goes on longer and faster rides on Sundays and Wednesdays. These are ‘no-drop’ rides focused on fitness and fun. For more info, including the days, locations and times, check out the Bicycle Club’s web site. or call Doug Sligh 249-3362 and Cynthia Cochran 249-0761.
Handy with a hammer and nails? Pamlico County Senior Services needs more volunteers to help build handicap access ramps at the homes of some of Pamlico’s older residents. Senior Services provides the materials while volunteers led by Tim Balfour construct one ramp every month. Contact Tim at 745-3247 to offer a hand for the next project.
The Pamlico Chorale meets every Monday evening at 7p at The Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The Chorale performs in concert at least four times a year, including Spirit of Christmas weekend and opening the Croaker Festival. If you love to sing, the Chorale is the place to spend a few hours every Monday. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Carla Byrnes at 745-4793 or 670-4960.
Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6:45pm. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up. For info about the club and meetings contact Jim Berry @ 249-3960.
Pamlico County Fishes And Loaves is collecting canned goods and they have a drop-off point inside First Citizens Bank in Oriental. Fishes and Loaves is a cooperative effort of a number of churches and organizations in Pamlico County working to provide food to the hungry.
The Oriental Woman’s Club holds its meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm at the clubhouse at 1007 Gilgo Road. Guests are welcome. Meetings include refreshments, a special speaker and short business session. OWC is a service club focused on community service, as well as state, national and international concerns of women and children. The OWC awards several scholarships annually to Pamlico County High School graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level. For more information about club activities and membership, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888.
Its first thrift store was such a success that Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County moved in to bigger quarters. It’s now at 14172 Hwy 55 in Bayboro. Hours are 10-3, Monday thru Saturday. As before, the store specializes in furnishings and fixtures for the home and the materials to help build it. Proceeds go to the Habitat efforts to build affordable housing in Pamlico County. If you have items to give to the store and you’d like the donations picked up, give the store a call at 745-1106. That’s also the number to call if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Habitat’s latest home construction project.
In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 800 shawls for those in need. The group meets Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am at the church to crochet or knit shawls and pray for the recipients of them. The weekly gatherings have brought together people from all walks of life and religious faiths. (And even non-knitters; if you don’t know how to knit, stop on by and get a lesson and join in.) Contact Leigh Price at 249-1361.
In Haiti the need is still great, and here in Oriental you can still help. Oriental’s United Methodist Church continues to collect bags of dried beans and bags of rice for Haitian earthquake victims. Thanks to generous donations in January, a truckload was sent to MERCI, the Methodist disaster relief center in Goldsboro, which is sending regular shipments to Haiti. Contributions of rice and beans greatly appreciated at the Methodist Church at Freemason and Church Streets. Cash may also be dropped off at the church office. For more info, contact Nancy Huff at 249-0732.
The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society meets at Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 9am on the last Saturday of every month (except June). They invite all HAMS and those interested in amateur radio to attend. For additional information, please call Gail (Wally) Wallace, KK4ASP, at 410-804-1750 or Bill Olah, KR4LO, at 252-249-0287.
Avoid the longer lines and drive to New Bern’s DMV office and take care of your driver’s license renewals at the DMV mobile unit that visits Pamlico County once every month. The big DMV RV is set up outside the County Health Department (behind the courthouse in Bayboro) on the second Thursday after the first Monday of the month. Hours are 9a-3p.
The Pamlico County Library hosts two book clubs. The Bookworm Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 2pm. The Beach Books Club – which takes on lighter fare – gets together on the second Tuesday, also at 2pm. New members welcome. Call the library at 745-315 for more info.
Go take a walk! The Oriental Walking Group sets out on a series of organized walks through the village on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet up with walk leaders Gary and Pat Leonard at Lou Mac Park for a 9am departure. Oriental’s a great town to walk around and the walking group may help you stay disciplined about getting fit. Pedometers and water bottles provided by the Flexfit program of Heartworks. Call the Leonards for details at 249-0138 or just show up.
Friends of the Pamlico County Library meets the first Thursday of the month at 11am at the library on Highway 55 in Bayboro. This is the group of folks who help sustain the library. For info, call 745-3515.