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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • On the third Tuesday of the month the Craven/Pamlico Beekeepers Association meets to talk bees at the Craven County Cooperative Extension Center. They’re meeting Tuesday Jan 17. The informal “Bee Social” gets underway at 7p. The actual meeting starting at 7:30p and is open to the public. More on CPBA and local beekeeping at their website. The Craven Cooperative Extension Center is at 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern.

  • Learn how to converse in French. Or how to speak Italian. They’re among Pamlico Community College’s Cultural Enrichment Classes starting January 17. Also offered this winter: quilting on a sewing machine, aromatherapy, making jewelry, building a guitar from a cigar box. playing guitar, tips on getting published, and – don’t forget to look up – learn how to identify the birds here in Pamlico County.

    Tackle what ails you with chair yoga or tai chi. Pamlico Commnity College is again offering these classes at Oriental Town Hall, taught by Diana Petersen. Tai chi for arthritis will be held on Tuesdays, beginning January 10 at 3:30p – 8 classes/$45 Chair yoga on Thursdays, starting January 12 at 10:30a. Ten classes/$35.
    Click here for the list of classes.

    For more info (and possible schedule changes) contact: Jane Whitley 249-1851 ×3033 or Denise Meyerson) 249-1851 ×3117 dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu

  • Hear some tunes, or sing some yourself on the stage at The Silos.

    Every Wednesday night at The Silos is Open Mic Night and it really is open to those who want to perform.

    Stop by for dinner or a beer and some great music. Open Mic starts between 6:30 and 7p. The Silos is at 1111 Broad Street. Look for … the silos. Call 252-249-1050 for more info.

  • Oriental’s Planning Board meets on Wednesday January 18 at 3p at Town Hall. Meetings are open to the public. No agenda publicly yet available. (as of 1/16)

    Tourism Board meets on January 24 at 5:30p. Tree Board meets Jan 31 at 9a.

    Next Town Board meeting is scheduled for February 7 at 7p at which there will be a public hearing on a Special Use Permit requested for a microbrewery in the old Croakertown bldg.

    All meetings are open to the public, in accordance with NC Open Meetings law. Public comment periods occur at most meetings – however residents may find it more effective to talk with individual commissioners in advance of the meeting, in addition to stating their concerns publicly.

  • Pamlico Rescue provides paramedic emergency medical care in Pamlico County. But for most hours in the week, the ambulance service is based in Bayboro, and it can be 10 minutes from the time you call 911 in Oriental and the ambulance team’s arrival.

    That’s why the First Responder volunteers in communities such as Oriental and Florence are so important. They can get to the scene first and stabilize the patient in those first few minutes when medical care can be so crucial – literally a matter of life or death.

    More first responders are needed and you can be one of them. An Emergency Medical Technician training class is starting on Thursday January 19 at Pamlico Community College. The EMT course fee is waived for those who will be volunteer responders. More info here or by contacting Greg Skelly at PCC at gskelly@pamlicocc.edu or 249-1851 ext 3017

  • The tradition that began 8 years ago continues. The Old Theater will present a live feed of the Presidential Inauguration on Friday, January 20. Doors open to the public at 10:30a and will remain open until the end of the newly-installed President’s speech.

  • January’s Friday Flick is Mamma Mia – and will be playing on January 20 at Oriental’s Old Theater. The 2008 romantic comedy uses ABBA songs to tell the story of a bride-to-be’s search for her father. Cast includes Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Amanda Seyfried and Christine Baranski. Tickets are $5.50 and go on sale when the box office opens at 6:30p. Popcorn’s free. Showtime is 7:30p. Film will be preceded by another installment in the Flash Gordon series and a cartoon. All proceeds go to benefit the Old Theater.

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

  • When Andrea Bruce worked as a photojournalist in Iraq and Afghanistan, she tried, with her images, to drive home how the everyday lives of people there were changed by the wars going on around them. Andrea is once again looking for photos on a personal level – this time for a book and eventual exhibition about what citizenship, community and democracy mean to people in the US. Andrea kicked off “Our Democracy” just last month and did so here in Pamlico County, where she grew up.

    “Our Democracy” will include her photos and those submitted by the public in the US counties she visits over the next 2 years. She is also wanting to hear people’s views on democracy – how it exists, how it can disappear, where it needs help. As Andrea puts it, “a couple words or a sentence or even a paragraph on what democracy, citizenship, equality, or community means to them. What are the things in the county that need help, and what are its strengths. Anything is good.” Send your words – and recently taken photos that speak to them – to 4scoremore@gmail.com Photos should have been taken no more than a month or so ago. Deadline for submitting photos here in Pamlico County’ is in February. As a work in progress, Andrea is curating the photos on an Instagram feed at @ourdemocracy (Click on photo here for some of the shots already sent in.)

    For more background, see Andrea’s description of the project in this piece she wrote as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

  • The Village Gallery is open in January and February, Thursdays through Sundays from 10a until 5p. The Gallery, featuring the art of local and regional artists, is located at 300 Hodges Street in Oriental. The next reception at the Gallery will be Saturday, February 4 featuring the art of long time resident, artist and teacher, Robert Elijah (Bob) Pittman, who passed away in 2016.

    For more information, contact the Gallery during normal hours of operation at 252 249 0300, Judy Wayland at 252 249 1505, or visit their website at villagegallerync.com.

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

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

  • The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive on Friday January 27 from 11-3p at Grantsboro Town Hall. All types are needed. The Red Cross is issuing an emergency request for eligible blood donors.

    There has been a significant drop in blood donations in recent months and the Red Cross says it has an unprecedented blood shortage. Blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in. The American Red Cross must collect 14,000 units daily for patients at about 2,600 hospital nationwide. For more info contact Kristin Campbell Willis at the Eastern NC Donation Center in Greenville at (252)341-1325

  • The motion picture, Amazing Grace comes to the Old Theater screen Saturday January 28 at 7p. Amazing Grace is the story of William Wilberforce and the events which led to the abolition of slavery in England. Ioan Gruffudd stars as Wilberforce, Benedict Cumberbatch as William Pitt, and Albert Finney as John Newton.

    The story also includes the origin of the spiritual song, Amazing Grace. The film was rated Four Stars by the New York Observer, and “A Must-See” by O Magazine. This “Dollar Movie Night” is Sponsored by The Sound, a “church without walls” based in Oriental. Popcorn included. Doors open at 6:30.

  • The tradition in Asia goes back hundreds of years – Oriental’s catching up. In 2011, Oriental held its first dragon run to mark the Asian Lunar New Year. The new Asian/Chinese year begins January 28 and at 3 that Saturday afternoon, the serpentine dragon again runs down Hodges Street. Come on out to ring in this year.of the rooster. Click here for the story of the dragon’s first run.
  • Ken Laser brings 40 Year Fetish to the Village Gallery. Calm down, it’s a sculpture show. You can see it now thru December. the end of January.

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

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

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

  • The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society will be conducting an entry level (Technician) license course and examination on Thursday evenings, 7-9p, February 2nd thru March 30th at Pamlico Community College. The course and test sessions will be conducted by licensed amateur radio operators certified by the ARRL as instructors and examiners. There is no fee for the course itself but a textbook ($30) is strongly recommended. The exam fee is $15. For further information and to register, contact Bill Michne (WM3X) at 252-249-1175 or billmichne@embarqmail.com

  • Pamlico Musical Society presents Beleza on Saturday February 4 at 7:30p at the Old Theater. The husband and wife duo played here 3 years ago and once again bring a fusion of samba, funk, soul, blues, bossa nova, jazz and Spanish flamenco. Berto Sales’ incorporates a distinctive fingerpicking guitar style and Madeline playfully interprets songs in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Meanwhile, playback from a looping station that records parts of their live show lends a layering effect. Tickets are $22 and available at Nautical Wheelers, and online at www.pamlicomusic.org.

  • It’s been a few years, but this winter, Pamlico County’s Cooperative Extension office is once again offering a Master Gardener class, starting February 7. Learn about a range of horticultural topics – soil fertility, pest control, caring for plants, raising vegetables, lawn care.

    Classes will be held 9a to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 7 through the end of March at the Cooperative Extension office in Alliance. Application form is here. (Register by February 1.) More details on the course, here. Questions? Contact Daniel Simpson NC Cooperative Extension’s County Director/Agriculture Agent, at 252-745-4121

  • Planning your travels for next year? Hop on your bike for Cycle NC’s Coastal Ride when it returns to Oriental. Between Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30, 2017, some 1500 cyclists will come to Oriental for the 14th annual Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride. They’ll be riding throughout the county each day, and after their rides, return to Oriental. That weekend, Oriental will become their base camp. Hundreds will literally be camping — sleeping in tents on lawns along the South Avenue waterfront – others will stay in local lodging.

    As in the other years the Coastal Ride was here – see the 2014 ride herethe 2011 ride here – the organizers are looking for residents willing to take in a cyclist or two. More details coming. In meantime , if you want to take part as a cyclist that weekend the word is to hurry and sign up as CycleNC has a limit on the number of participants…

  • Croakerfest happens on the weekend of the first Saturday in July. July 1 is the first Saturday in July 2017. The yearly festival kicks off the Friday afternoon before with performances by the Pamlico Community Band and the Pamlico Chorale, Miss Croaker and Miss Minnow Pageants, baking contests and a street dance at Freemason and South. Saturday features the Croaker Parade, Croaker Regatta, and amusements for children as well as food and artisans’ booths. All of it is then capped with an outsized fireworks display. Photos of the 2016 Croakerfest Parade, here.

  • The 2017 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival on Friday and Saturday October 6 and 7 will once again bring musicians to town and turn Oriental’s porches in to stages.

    This will be the 4th annual OFPMF. If you’ve not been to any of the first three, here are links:


    More info coming. Volunteers will be needed.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • Avoid the longer lines and the drive to New Bern’s DMV office and take care of your driver’s license renewals at the DMV portable office solution that visits Pamlico County on the last Thursday of every month. Look for them in the kitchen of the courtroom annex. (This replaces the big DMV RV that rolled into Bayboro and parked outside the County Courthouse once a month.) Hours are 9a-4p

  • The new twelve-step group, Victorious! , meets at “Our Green House”, 403 Mildred St., in Oriental on Mondays at 7p. Men only. This group has been chartered by the national group Alcoholics Victorious.

    For more info, contact Eric, at 252-671-2330 or soundofmanyvoices@gmail.com

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

  • Alcoholics Anonymous meets in several locations in the area throughout the week.

    At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church on Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at noon. At Oriental United Methodist Church, 404 Freemason, a woman’s meeting Mondays at 1pm. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Freemason Street, Sundays at 7pm. At Pamlico County Senior Services, 800 Main Street, Alliance, Fridays at 8pm.

    There is also an Al-Anon group meeting Tuesday nights – from 7-8pm – at 403 Mildred Street.

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

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

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

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

    Contact Branson Dunn at 304-839-4131 pageese@yahoo.com or Katherine Hudson at 252-745-4510 for information about the date, time and location of the next group meeting.

  • Want to be part of a dragon boat team? Or at least check it all out? The Oriental Dragon Boat Club welcomes new paddlers to join in at their practices Sundays at 9a and Thursday evenings at 5:30p. They take off from the Wildlife Ramp at the end of Midyette Street. (The dragon boat, named Minerva, is stored just up Midyette Street at Clancy’s Marina, where the paddlers meet about a half hour earlier to help roll the boat down to the Wildlife Ramp.) Dress in comfy clothes, bring some water to drink. If you don’t have your own life jacket, the club has one you can wear. They also provide the paddles. For more info, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888. They practice from March thru mid-late-October.

  • Minnesott Golf and Country Club offers water aerobics at the MGCC pool Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9a.

    Monthly cost is $25 for non-members (free for members.)

    Call 252-249-0813 or email admin@minnesottgolf.com to register.

  • The Minnesott Mens’ and Ladies’ Golf Association holds a Golf Tournament every second Saturday of the month. Tee time is 9:15. Call Terry, at the pro shop at Minnesott (252 249 0813 and then press ‘1’ for the pro shop) for more information about joining the MGA/LGA, fees for golf as well as the tournaments.

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

  • Find yourself a bargain at the Hospice Thrift Shop. It’s moved to a new location in Bayboro – across from the Pamlico High School in the former Clover Farms Grocery Store. It’s bigge, brighter and has lots more items for sale. Hospice Thrift is open 10a to 4p Monday-Friday and 10a-1p on Saturday. All of the proceeds go to support Hospice of Pamlico County. Donations of gently used clothes, housewares, small appliances, knickknacks, bedding, books, office supplies and more are always appreciated and may be dropped off during shop hours at the store. For more info, contact the store manager at 745-5033.

  • Any Marine on active duty, retired, or honorably discharged with ninety days of active service is invited to join the Oriental Dragon Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

    The group meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1830 for dinner — meeting begins at 1900 — at the Oriental Fire Station 19 on Straight Road in Oriental. Among other projects during the year, the League organizes the Toys for Tots campaign.

    For additional information on joining this detachment, contact Commandant Bob Webster at 252-249-2426.

  • Share ideas with fellow anglers. The Lower Neuse Anglers Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at 6:30p. They meet at the Village Restaurant from February thru October and welcome members and non-members alike. For more info, contact Bob Dillard at gbobdillard @ gmail.com or 704/236-4716

  • The Oriental Paddle Group goes out kayaking on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, setting out from the Wildlife Resources Commission ramp at the end of Midyette Street at 8a. Come and join the group, led by Larry Summers and Bill Hines as they paddle up nearby creeks. One benefit of these jaunts is the birds you can see. As Liz Lathrop of the Pamlico Birders group put is, “We have had interesting birds each time. The birds are not as skittish when you approach in a noiseless kayak.”

  • Its first thrift store was such a success that Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County moved in to bigger quarters. It’s now in Grantsboro, at the intersection of 55 and 306, next to the Piggly Wiggly. As before, the store specializes in furnishings and fixtures for the home and the materials to help build it. Proceeds go to the Habitat efforts to build affordable housing in Pamlico County. If you have items to give to the store and you’d like the donations picked up, give the store a call at 745-1106. That’s also the number to call if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Habitat’s latest home construction project.

  • The Pamlico Chorale meets every Monday evening at 7p at The Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The Chorale performs in concert at least four times a year, including Spirit of Christmas weekend and opening the Croaker Festival. If you love to sing, the Chorale is the place to spend a few hours every Monday. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Carla Byrnes at 745-4793 or 670-4960.

  • Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6p. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up. For info about the club and meetings contact Paul Olson @ 675-3327. If you want to rent a tent, table or chairs call the Rotary order line at 649-3725. More info about Rotary at www.orientalrotary.org

  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 20-03 meets the first Wednesday each month at Fire Station # 19 on Straight Road, Oriental, at 7:30 PM. The meetings — which focus on boating safety, navigation and GPS, for instance — are open to the public. New members welcomed. For more info, contact the Auxiliary’s Bob Webster 252-249-2426

  • Handy with a hammer and nails? Pamlico County Senior Services needs more volunteers to help build handicap access ramps at the homes of some of Pamlico’s older residents. Senior Services provides the materials while volunteers led by Tim Balfour construct one ramp every month. Contact Tim at 745-3247 to offer a hand for the next project.

  • When you go to the bank, you can help the food bank feed those who don’t have enough to eat.

    Pamlico County Fishes And Loaves is collecting canned goods and has a drop-off point inside First Citizens Bank in Oriental. Fishes and Loaves is a cooperative effort of a number of churches and organizations in Pamlico County working to provide food to the hungry.

  • The Oriental Woman’s Club holds its meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm at the clubhouse at 1007 Gilgo Road. Guests are welcome. Meetings include refreshments, a special speaker and short business session. OWC is a service club focused on community service, as well as state, national and international concerns of women and children. The OWC awards several scholarships annually to Pamlico County High School graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level. For more information about club activities and membership, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888.

  • In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 800 shawls for those in need. The group meets Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am at the church to crochet or knit shawls and pray for the recipients of them. The weekly gatherings have brought together people from all walks of life and religious faiths. (And even non-knitters; if you don’t know how to knit, stop on by and get a lesson and join in.) Contact Leigh Price at 249-1361.

  • The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society meets at Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 9am on the last Saturday of every month (except June). They invite all HAMS and those interested in amateur radio to attend. For additional information, please call Gail (Wally) Wallace, KK4ASP, at 410-804-1750 or Bill Olah, KR4LO, at 252-249-0287.

  • 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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