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It's Sunday December 21, 2014

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Wiggly Pilings & Masts | December 20, 2014
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Pilings and masts go wiggly in the waters off of the OYC..


Dawsons Creek | December 19, 2014
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Looking out toward the Neuse from the Dawson’s Creek bridge. (Photo: Chuck Forrest)


Boat Burns, Sinks At Whittaker Pointe | December 18, 2014
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A fire on board a sailboat at Whittaker Pointe Marina Wednesday morning left the Endeavor 40’s hull submerged (look closely at left) and the finger pier charred. It wasn’t Lz Sea Dog’s first brush with disaster. The story here.


Lights of the Season, Oriental Harbor | December 17, 2014
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Lights of the season on the Oriental harbor. The Oriental Star was lighted during the Spirit of Christmas weekend.


Lighted Boats, Lighted Flakes | December 16, 2014
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No snow in the sky but some flakes were alight this weekend at the Spirit of Christmas in Oriental. These were on one of the lighted boats at Oriental Marina; the pink flamingo and palm tree, in background, were a few slips away.


Reindeer in 2014 Spirit of Christmas Parade | December 15, 2014
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Reindeer from the North Pole – by way of the tellers counter at First Citizens Bank — romped along the route in Saturday’s Spirt of Christmas parade.


Piping Pipers in 2014 Spirit of Christmas Parade | December 14, 2014
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The Eleven Piping Pipers bow in front of the Bean – as they did many times — in Saturday’s Spirit of Christmas parade. The procession also featured prancing and rolling reindeers, two pigs, princesses, trees, tractors, dogs, and lots of candy….


Spirit of Christmas - Catboat Alight | December 13, 2014
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Lighted boats and other festivities in and around the Town Dock and in Oriental’s harbor Friday night helped kick off the 2014 Spirit of Christmas. The Star Of Oriental was lit, carolers sang, and thousands (how many were there?) of luminaria lined village streets. Spirit Of Christmas in Oriental continues today…


Star Of Oriental | December 12, 2014

The Star Of Oriental… it lights tonight by the Town Dock on Hodges Street. Luminaria will be out tonight in the village… all part of Spirit Of Christmas today and Saturday in Oriental.


Luminaria - After Assembly | December 11, 2014

The bags were folded Tuesday. Today, it’s luminaria assembly at the Fire Station starting at 4:30p. You’re invited. Above is a bird’s eye view of assembled luminaria from last year.


Rubber Duck Crew | December 10, 2014

A grandmother started kayaking in Maine, bound for Guatemala. Deb Walters stopped in Oriental on her voyage south. This rubber duck is a symbolic part of the 2,500-mile kayak trek. Meet the duck, and voyager Deb Walters in The Shipping News.


Call Parade Master Paul | December 8, 2014
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Sighted on Broad Street: man focused on a phone. That would be Paul Fairbank – Parade Master for this Saturday’s Christmas Spirit Of Christmas Parade @ 1p. While Paul says we do have lots of floats, he feels we need a few more creative entries to make it perfect. Do your part. Call Paul. Enter the parade. Clear up a traffic hazard. It’s 252-249-0023 – from any style phone.


Grandmother Kayak Expedition Arrives | December 7, 2014
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The Grandma Kayak Expedition arrives… Deborah Walters arriving in Oriental Saturday. Oriental is about the half way mark down the US east coast for Deb… she is kayaking from Maine to Central America to raise money and awareness for a school for children in Guatemala. More info about the voyage coming later this week…


Horse Stable | December 6, 2014
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Yes, there are many boats in Oriental, but a fair number of horses and ponies, too. (Cue up the Lyle Lovett.) If you were to take a boat up the far reaches of a local creek, you might come upon this scene at the Forrest family’s stables. (Photo: Chuck Forrest)


Trawler Capt. Jeff On Oriental Harbor | December 5, 2014
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The wooden trawler Capt. Jeff docked at Garland Fulcher Seafood on Oriental’s Harbor. With a Swan Quarter port of call, it’s a frequent visitor to Oriental.


December Wedding | December 4, 2014

There’s a hitchin’ this weekend. Oriental gets its share of weddings – but not so many in December. Sean Pollin and Melissa Maybe are from Northern Virginia – but over the last decade Oriental kinda snuck into their hearts enough (Sean keeps a sailboat in Minnesott Beach) that they had to be married here. The photo above is from this July – right after Hurricane Arthur. Sean had just proposed on the shores of the Neuse. Melissa’s answer wasn’t Maybe. The wedding is this Sunday at St. Peter the Fisherman, reception at Oriental Marina & Inn. If you see some folks in slightly better than average Oriental fashion wear Sunday – congratulations will be in order.


Chinese Junk Through The Fog | December 3, 2014

A visiting steel Junk through the fog this morning at the Town Dock. We seem to get interesting boats on their journey south as the season grows later. Take a closer look on the deck of the Junk…


Skinny Buddha On Deck | December 3, 2014

A closer look at a visiting steel junk… reveals a patient statue on deck.


Trawler Block | December 2, 2014
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Some of the hardware that helps a trawler trawl. As seen on the docks at Garland Fulcher Seafood.


Salty Double Ender | December 1, 2014

A salty double-ender in the morning light at the Town Dock (it’s a custom build on a Westsail 32 hull – flush deck and pilot house added). The vessel shows evidence of a rare practice on ICW voyages… the sails have been deployed.