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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

Collegiate Regatta & A Pig Pickin':

2022 SailPack Regatta April 23-24. Guest Columnist




Line. Track. Blocks. They matter. The Captain’s Blog explains why.

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.

Wednesday November 16, 2022

10:04a November’s Town Board meeting had updates on the building construction at town dock #2, information on a potential bike share service at some marinas, and public comments on the potential uses of a grandfathered lot next to SailCraft.

Read the full report here.

This Saturday, there’s an opportunity to purchase antique hand tools at the Pamlico County Museum and Heritage Center.

Sam Myers writes in:

Tools range from several dozen original “Ford” logo wrenches like your grandfather had in his Model T running board-mounted toolbox to “International Harvester” wrenches to many others with rare and obscure manufacturer names.  Depending on rarity, tool prices will be just $1 for each or $5 for each.

Sale begins at Saturday, 8:30a. at the Heritage Center in Grantsboro.

Monday November 14, 2022

Thirty-seven degrees. That was this morning’s low temperature.

The high today? 57. Tomorrow it’ll be closer to 70. There’s a better than 50% chance of rain tomorrow, with east winds from 10 – 15 mph and gusts up to 25.

Thursday, high temps fall again, back down near 50 with overnight lows near 30. That’s freezing.

No big events this weekend. But it does give you time to get out your bike and get ready for the 2022 Turkey Pedal.

The Turkey Pedal happens Thanksgiving morning. You and your bike arrive on Hodges Street in front of The Bean at 9a. No registration or spandex necessary.

It’s an hour long, leisurely ride to the various boatyards and marinas in Oriental: Zimmerman’s, SailCraft, Whittaker Creek, and the Wildlife Ramp. The ride ends back at the Bean around 10ish.

Check out last year’s ride: 2021 Turkey Pedal

Saturday November 12, 2022

9:38a An unusual mix of cloud & light colors an image from HarborCam Saturday morning:

9:07a A Lighthouse Keeper. It’s a job that no longer exists, but today at Oriental’s History Museum, a couple who have studied and briefly played the role. They are there 2 – 3p.

Dilemmas with Dinner is a two act farce, about a dinner gone wrong. Live theater on the Old Theater stage tonight, 7:30p. Host & Toast is a holiday themed weekend at River Dune’s Idea House, today and Sunday. Bake Sale today at Oriental Womans Club, 9a-4p. Jasmine Tasty Thai food truck at New Village Brewery today, 4-8p.

The Oriental Recreation Park on Straight Rd is having an Open House, today, 11a-1p. There is a Veterans Day Drive Thru Chicken Dinner, today @ noon in the Fred Anderson Elementary School parking lot, Bayboro.

It’s all in What’s Happening.