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2022 Turkey Pedal:

150 plus cyclists on a holiday ride. The Story

Traveling Crusade:

You've got one... maybe you should use it. Captain's Blog

Giving Locally 2022:

The List of Area Non-Profits That Could Use Your Donations. The Story

Schooner Huron Jewel:

A handbuilt dream. The Shipping News

Spirit of Christmas 2022 is on the Way:

Lights, a parade, gingerbread houses and more. The Story

Town Board Meeting November:

Cycle share may be coming, Hodges Street flooding reviewed. The Story

Paul R. Hawkins, 1950 - 2022:

Father, Husband, Sailor. The Story

Armed Robbery at Oriental Dollar General:

For a few hundred dollars.... The Story

Chili Cookoff 2022:

397 tasters cast their ballots. The Story

Richard 'Dick' Creighton, 1939 - 2022:

Husband, Father, Friend. The Story

New Bern's Cedar Grove Cemetery:

Historic cemetery open for GhostWalk. The Story

The Neuse: River Of The Year:

National recognition for local waters. The Story

Bodacious. TrailerTrash. Victorious.:

2022 Oriental Cup Regatta. The Story

2022 Oriental Classic Car Show:

Local and abroad, foreign and domestic. The Story

Ol' Front Porch Music Festival 2022:

The Sound of the Carolinas, Louisiana ... and Norway. The Story

Main Stage: Norwegian Bluegrass:

Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra performs for Dottie. The Story

Letter: Thank You to the Community:

Thank you from the Ol' Front Porch Music Festival. Letters To The Editor

Harborfest for HeartWorks 2022:

Gala raises funds for children's center. The Story

Fifteen and a Half Hours in the Neuse:

Brief swim turns into all-nighter. The Story

Greens Creeks Challenge 2022:

Oriental's small boat tradition. The Story

September Town Board Meeting:

Water line leaks, workshop topics, writing tickets. The Story

Get Lost in the Corn:

The making of a maze. The Story

Love and Contrasting Styles:

Dodi & John Groesser - September Artists of the Month. The Story

Just Another Day In Oriental:

Pirates, music, a wedding, life. The Story

Smoke in the Sky, Fire at Buccaneer Bay:

Volunteer fire departments save home. The Story

Teresa Badger, 1952 - 2022:

Volunteer, Educator, Mother. The Story

Missing Machinery, Net House a Go:

Town Board Meeting August 2022. The Story

Oil, Texture, and Landscapes:

Judy Crane - August Artist of the Month. The Story

It's the Water, Not the Wind:

NOAA presents Hurricane Prep Seminar at Town Hall. The Story

Letters: What's the Plan, Town Board?:

Lack of drainage on village roads. Letters To The Editor

Ashley, Apache, and SV Friends:

A new life on the water. The Shipping News

Logan's Run:

A simple lesson. Captain's Blog

CroakerFest is Back - Festival 2022:

Miss Minnow, Marines, and Firetrucks. The Story

Camp Don Lee Installs Living Shoreline:

With Help from the North Carolina Coastal Federation. The Story

July 2022 Town Meeting:

Employee Inflation Bonus, Tent Camping OK. The Story

The Wheeler Lesson:

A humbled Captain. Captain's Blog

Public Responds to Anonymous Flyer at Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Meeting June 2022. The Story

Experiments in Texture and Style:

The Art of Marguerite Chadwick-Juner. The Story

2022 Hope Regala:

Over 200 gather to celebrate Hope Clinic. The Story

The Fulla Bulla™ Effect:

Boats make ripples. Captain's Blog

Primary Elections 2022:

Where and When to Vote. The Story

2022 Town Wide Yard Sale:

Antiques, guitars, and Santa Claus. The Story

May 2022 Town Board Meeting:

Efficiency and Unrestricted Funds. The Story

Gary Johnston, 1946 - 2022:

Husband, Sailor, ODC Commodore. The Story

Letters: At-Large BOE Candidate Jamie Gibbs:

Hear from the candidate himself. Letters To The Editor

Loop Lovers meet the Bitter End:

An argument for losing an eye. Captain's Blog

Dan Steiger, 1940 - 2022:

Pilot, Jack-of-all-trades, family man. The Story

SailPack Regatta 2022:

Collegiate Sailing Returns to Oriental. The Story

A December sunrise at the Oriental Bridge, viewed from Smith Creek.

Sunday December 4, 2022

9:44a Pearl Harbor’s anniversary is December 7, but today is a Pearl Harbor Remembrance at Pamlico County’s Heritage Center. Multiple speakers will provide brief historical narratives, even including one who shares the Japanese perspective.

This Pearl Harbor Remembrance begins at 3:30p today at the Pamlico County Heritage Center & Museum in Grantsboro on Hwy 55. Admission is free.

An added Pearl Harbor note – there was naval ship named “Raleigh” at Pearl Harbor.

Launched in 1922, 555 ft long, the USS Raleigh was torpedoed on Dec 7, 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The vessel was able to be repaired, and served successfully on the Pacific from 1942-45. Post war, “Raleigh” was decommissioned (and later scrapped) in 1945.

USS Raleigh, after being torpedoed in 1941:

Raleigh looking proud in 1933 at San Diego:

Friday December 2, 2022

1:10p Cherry Branch Ferry has been working on ramp repairs, resulting in a reduce ferry schedule. From Cherry Branch:

ferry logoFrom Monday through Friday, Dec. 5-9, the schedule will be as follows:
• From Cherry Branch: 5a, 5:45a, 6:15a, 6:45a, 7:15a, 7:45a, 8:30a, 3:30p, 4p, 4:30p, 5p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p, 8:30p and 10p.
• From Minnesott Beach: 5:25a, 6:15a, 6:45a, 7:15a, 7:45a, 8:30a, 3:30p, 4p, 4:30p, 5p, 5:30p, 6p, 7p, 8p, 9p and 11p.
The route will resume its regular schedule as soon as the repairs are complete.

This weekend, food trucks at New Village Brewery have moved to winter hours. The Jerk Truck serves tonight from 2-7, Jasmine Tasty Thai on Saturday from 1-7. (They request you don’t park in the Town Hall parking lot today during business hours).

Friends of the Library have a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) Book Sale at the new library location Friday and Saturday, 10a – 6p.

Saturday, the Village Gallery hosts an artist’s reception for Pappy Khouri from 2-5p. The Pamlico County Band holds a free Holiday Concert at St. Peter the Fisherman at 7:30p.

On Sunday, the Pamlico County Heritage Center and Museum hosts a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at 3:30p.

It’s all in What’s Happening.

Thursday December 1, 2022

2:03p The New Village Brewery is on their winter schedule.

The new hours are: Thursday 2-8p; Friday 2-9p; and Saturday 12-9p. 

The weekend food trucks also begin serving two hours earlier – at 2p instead of 4p.

12:27p No fundraiser. No music. No food. It might sound like an empty affair, but the 2022 Turkey Pedal drew over 150 cyclists out of their homes for an easy-going ride around town. Check out the scene here.

Up next: Spirit of Christmas.

On December 5, judges roam through town, judging the decorated homes and businesses of Oriental for the Light up Oriental Contest.

Winners announced Friday, December 9 after the lighting of the star. Need inspiration? Take a look at the winners of the 2020 Light Up Oriental contest.

Your child may not be an angel, but they can play one in the Live Nativity. Contact Children’s Theater Workshop director Yolanda Cristiani at 828-421-7981 to get involved. There’s no fees, and only three rehearsals. See the rehearsal dates here.

Honor a loved one with an ornament on the Tree of Names and Lights. Names go on the tree December 8, and keep going on until December 31. This year, monies collected go to The Oriental History Museum and the Dottie Gray Ambulance Fund. Click here to find out how to submit a name.

And if you’re in the spirit to give, you can donate to the Red Cross Blood Drive today at St. Peter the Fisherman Church. Click here to see available times and make your appointment.

Wednesday November 30, 2022

9:14a A traveler. There are multiple definitions:

We’ll be skipping the traveling salesman kind. The Captain’s Blog focuses on #2 & #3, with an appeal for traveler use.

Rainy today through the evening. December will start off sunny with a high near 50 on Thursday and near 60 Friday.

Tuesday November 29, 2022

8:35a Giving Tuesday. It’s an opportunity to support the local charities that support the community.

Whether you donate on Giving Tuesday, or simply in the holiday season, here’s a list of local non-profits that are key to local life.

Thursday November 24, 2022

10:37a Today was the 17th annual TownDock Turkey Pedal – the event debuted in 2005. In 2005 a couple dozen attended.

This morning, Eric Kindle counted the bikes (and riders) on Link Lane. There were over 150.

Bikes and bicyclists by the harbor, just before departure:

8:08a Happy Thanksgiving dear reader. The Turkey Pedal gets underway @ 9a, Hodges Street across from The Bean. Just show up on your fave bicycle. $50 rusty bikes and ten thousand dollar carbon fiber bikes – all welcome.

FYI, The Bean is open today, 7a-4p. Should you have a sweet potato emergency, The Piglet is also open today, 7a-1p.

Wednesday November 23, 2022

8:55a The Children’s Theater Workshop is looking for children. Every year during Spirit of Christmas, the Children’s Theater Workshop performs the Nativity at the Oriental United Methodist Church.

There are speaking parts, non-speaking parts, and a few for those just learning their barnyard animal sounds.

There are three dress rehearsals. The performance is Dec 10 at 3:30p during Spirit of Christmas. Click here for full details.

Partly sunny and mid 60s for Thursday’s Turkey Pedal. No spandex or racing gear required. Just show up on Hodges Street in front of The Bean at 9a with your bicycle of choice and take a leisurely ride through Oriental.

Tuesday November 22, 2022

2:29p Sixty feet on deck. Seventy-eight feet overall length. The wooden Schooner Huron Jewel visited Oriental in early November. Take a look onboard and meet the crew… in the Shipping News.

11:50a Thanksgiving week means a special schedule for Garland Fulcher Seafood on Hodges St. Buddy & crew are open today & Wednesday 10a-5p, closed Thanksgiving, then back Friday & Saturday 10a-5p.

Oriental’s Piggly Wiggly will be open Thanksgiving Day, 7a-1p (normal hours are 7a-8p, 7 days a week). The Bean will be open Thanksgiving Day, 7a – 4p. The Thanksgiving Day Bike Ride (the Turkey Pedal) starts and finishes on Hodges across from The Bean.

The Toucan Grill is open 12 noon – 5:00p Thanksgiving Day, reservations recommended.

M&Ms Cafe, The Silos, Barcos, Brantleys, Oriental Deli & New Village Brewery are all off Thanksgiving Day, back open Friday (The Silos opens 4p Friday).

Monday November 21, 2022

1:03p While you may be anticipating the Turkey Pedal and the good eats you’ll indulge in this week, you may also want to contemplate your plans for Oriental’s next big event: The Spirit of Christmas.

Find out how to participate in the Light Up Oriental contest, the Spirit of Christmas Parade, or the lighted kayak & paddleboard flotilla. Learn how to get your loved ones’ name on the Tree of Names & Lights, where you can hear seasonal songs, how to enter the gingerbread house contest, or where to have breakfast with Santa.

It’s the 2022 Spirit of Christmas.

Saturday November 19, 2022
Today was the Chuck Fondeaux – a 100 mile birthday bike ride. The ride began 12 or 13 years ago, Chuck says.
It’s a way to celebrate his birthday (he’s 67 today) and his love of cycling.
Friday November 18, 2022

Plays, house tours, wine tastings, and more. No large events are scheduled this weekend, but there’s still plenty going on.

It’s the last weekend for The Old Theater’s production of the farce Dilemmas with Dinner, or tout the Southern Living Magazine 2022 Idea House, decorated for the holidays and open for tours through Sunday.

Saturday, rare hand tools are up for sale at the Pamlico County Museum and Heritage Center starting at 8:30a. At 2 & 3p, Nautical Wheelers hosts a free wine tasting with the theme ‘French Connection’. Meraki Mediterranean Kafe starts serving at 3p at the Brewery.

You can also check out the lighthouse exhibit at Oriental’s history Museum, the work of Dan Beck at The Village Gallery, or the free African Culture Workshop in New Bern.

It’s all in What’s Happening.