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News From The Village Updated Almost Daily
- Light Up Oriental Decorating Contest - Dec 2023
- Luminaria - Volunteer Schedule & Fundraising
- Open Mic Night @ The Silos - Wednesday
- Spirit of Christmas 2023, Dec 7 - 9
- Tree of Names and Lights 2023
- 2023 Lighted Kayak Flotilla - Dec 8
What's happening, where and when. The Story
Gallery Founder Judy Wayland Writes In. The Story
Dr. Jim Ross retires. The Story
500 wheels and a flock of turkeys. The Story
Area Non-Profits That Could Use Your Donations. The Story
How you can help out or join in. The Story
Journalist, NPR Reporter, Rock DJ, Gardener, Wife & Friend. The Story
Adventure seeker & loving father. The Story
Price, Roe, Litzenberger, Overcash, Crosser elected. The Story
The candidates up for election Nov 7. The Story
A ring-tailed crew member not seen before. The Shipping News
$2.159 million raised so far. The Story
The Whittaker Creek Channel. Letters To The Editor
A salute from across the pond. Letters To The Editor
The 2023 Chili Cookoff. The Story
Chili Cookoff Success. Letters To The Editor
The 2023 Oriental Classic Car Show. The Story
Why I am running for Oriental Town Commissioner. Letters To The Editor
The 2023 Oriental Cup Regatta. The Story
Sailor, Singer, Community Volunteer. The Story
How to vote in the November municipal elections. The Story
Ol' Front Porch Music Festival 2023. The Story
From the Ol' Front Porch Music Festival Board. Letters To The Editor
October 2023 Town Board Meeting. The Story
Getting that License. Captain's Blog
9 kinds of boats. Only one rubber chicken.. The Story
Birthdays, the Polar Plunge, and a Public Forum on Paving. The Story
Travel cat with a leash. Pet Of The Month
Rosenwald School makes the list. The Story
Music fans brave the heat. The Story
Hundreds Come Out For A Summer Tradition. The Story
"I’m just so devastated". Letters To The Editor
Traveler, Mother, Volunteer, Musician. The Story
Webster shows Woodies how it's done. The Story
Warm ocean temps could feed hurricanes. The Story
No chickens, but record setting fish. The Story
Thanks to the community. Letters To The Editor
Piggly Wiggly Party. The Story
Different year, same fight. The Story
Should the Town Join the Distressed?. The Story
43 years of Croaker Celebration. The Story
Educator, entrepreneur, family man. The Story
A cruising boat that's a family member. The Shipping News
The right prep makes for a calmer storm. Captain's Blog
Tracking The Fundraising Progress. The Story
Special Thanks. Letters To The Editor
Budget passes without funding roads. The Story
Marines seeking room to maneuver. The Story
• The winners of the Light Up Oriental contest will be announced Friday night at the star lighting on Hodges Street, instead of Thursday night at the Tree of Names & Lights ceremony.
• There is no Christmas Cantata at The First Baptist Church on Hodges Street this year. Instead, stop by Saturday for snacks, home-baked goods, and a Community Blessing on Saturday. Details for both are in the Spirit of Christmas Schedule.
The Live Nativity on Saturday afternoon is still in need of a few youngsters to fill out the ranks. From Children’s Theater director Yolanda Cristiani:
Contact Yolanda Cristiani at firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up at the last few rehearsals. There’s still time to join the Spirit of Christmas parade and help out with the town luminaria.
1:57p Looking for that Spirit of Christmas Schedule? The full details are coming.
Until then, here’s the executive summary:
Wednesday, December 6:
• Last day of judging for the Light Up Oriental decorating contest.
Thursday, December 7:
• Lighting of the Tree of Names and Lights in Lou Mac Park around 5p, including carols with the Pamlico Chorale.
Friday, December 8:
• Luminaries deployed around town
• Oriental Business Open Houses
• Lighted Engineless Flotilla in the Harbor ~ 5p
• Lighting of Christmas Star at the Harbor ~ 5:15p
• Light Up Oriental decorating contest winners announced
• Holiday Lip Sync at 8p at The Silos
Saturday, December 9:
• Breakfast with Santa at Brantley’s
• Kid’s free gingerbread house decorating at Brantley’s
• Jingle Bell Fun Run at 10a
• Business Open Houses
• Christmas Parade at 1p
• Holt’s Chapel Community Center Celebration at 2p
• Hot Chocolate at the Sargent Boat House at 3p
• Live Nativity at 3:30p
Commissioners Sandy Winfrey and David White did not run in the last election, ending their time on the Board. Mayor Belangia presented both with plaques for their service.
Sworn in were returning Commissioners Charlie Overcash, Allen Price, and Frank Roe, along with newly elected Commissioners Breena Litzenberger and Bonnie Crosser.
The new Board discussed Auxiliary Board liaison assignments, a potential future change in meeting times, and moved several agenda items to their next regular board meeting in February.
A full report is coming.
10:59a There’s a parade this coming weekend. The Spirit of Christmas parade, Saturday Dec 9 at 1p.
Parade Master Paul Fairbanks is here with a message for creative readers like you:
Visit or call Village Hardware, or sign up online at this link to enter yourself, your friends, your trailer or golf cart in the Spirit of Christmas Parade. Parade Master Paul will be in touch.
The Spirit of Christmas is coming.
First up: the Light up Oriental decorating contest. Judging begins tomorrow and winners are announced Friday evening at the kayak flotilla and star lighting on Hodges Street.
2:50p The end of an era – as a phrase it may seem cliché. But in this instance, it fits.
Since 2009 Village Gallery has provided a beautiful and active location for artists to show their work. It’s been a key part of Oriental.
Later this month, that will come to an end. Gallery founder and owner Judy Wayland writes in with more.
10:34a Today is the last day of the 2023 hurricane season – it officially runs from June 1 through Nov 31. This year was kind re hurricanes – most storms stayed out mid-Atlantic.
Only one hurricane made a US landfall this year – Hurricane Idalia – arriving as a category 3 storm Aug. 30 at the Florida panhandle. (After an overland route, it rained on us.)
Locally, Tropical Storm Ophelia visited Sept 23, making landfall near Emerald Isle. We got wind & rain, but nothing too memorable.
Here are all the storms of 2023 on one graphic (note all the Atlantic only tracks):
12:16p Dr. Jim Ross has served Pamlico Community College as president since 2016. During his tenure, the college has won national awards and added key new programs.
The Pamlico Community Band performs an hour-long program of holiday favorites Friday, Dec 1. There’s no fee to get in – just bring your holiday cheer to St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church at 7:30p.
Last night, temps dipped down to 26. Today high is forecast to get to the mid 40s, then drop back down to near 30 tonight. Warmer weather is predicted tomorrow: a high in the mid 50s, rising to the mid 60s by the weekend.
4:40p Turkey costumes. Turkey feathers.
While making out your lists this year, consider the nearby non-profits that help out locally. Those that have a direct impact on the community.
High today near 50. If you have sensitive plants – or boats – we’re going well below freezing tonight.
It’s forecast to be in the mid-twenties overnight. Northwest winds at 10-15 mph (with gusts up to 25mph) will add to the chill.
Overnight lows are expected to rise later this week – up to the mid 50s.
4:41p Over 500 wheels. Crisp air. Sunshine. It’s become an Oriental tradition: The Annual Thanksgiving morning Turkey Pedal.
Thanksgiving 2023 was the highest attended ever, some 250 riders. TownDock’s Video crew was there:
During the second weekend in December, Oriental goes all out for the holidays with a parade, seasonal lights, decorating contests, flotillas, a tree & a star lighting, and business open houses.
It’s driven by volunteers and those who want to make the season special.
Find out what’s coming – and how you can join in or help out with the 2023 Spirit of Christmas.
Sunny. Dry. Today’s high might reach 60.
See ya out there for a bike ride.
Word is, you forgot to get apple cider and sweet potatoes. The Piglet is open today til 1p to save your reputation.
2:10p TownDock.net co-founder Melinda Penkava-Smith passed away Thursday, Nov 9. You can read about her life here.
Services will be held in spring, 2024.
9:56a Two-tenths of an inch. That’s how much rain we’ve seen this morning.
Skies were briefly clear this morning, but the rain will continue into the afternoon.
What does that mean for tomorrow? Clear and cool weather for the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Pedal.
In consideration of last minute holiday grocery needs, the Piggly Wiggly is staying open until 9p tonight.
And for those super last minute needs, the Piglet is open Thanksgiving Day 7a – 1p tomorrow.
7:34a Today at nine, St. Peter Catholic Church opens the doors on their annual Gourmet Bake Sale.
Monday evening, the Board of Commissioners held a Special Meeting. The purpose: discuss the various town boards & their functions, and the duties of Commissioners within town government and as board liaisons.
One topic that came up: moving monthly meeting times back to the evenings. Two years before, they were at 7p.
Though no decisions will be made until the December 5 Town Board meeting, Commissioners have tentatively agreed to begin a six month trial of evening meetings.
Meaning that in January 2024, Town Board meetings will likely be held at 6p (not 7p like before) on Tuesday evenings – at least for the first half of the year.
9:46a The Oriental Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting for this evening at 5p.
It’s a pre-organizational meeting for the newly elected and incoming Board of Commissioners, who will be sworn in a the December 5 Town Meeting. Tonight’s meeting is at Town Hall and open to the public.
In the county, Pamlico County Commissioners meet tonight at 7p for their second monthly meeting. It’s also open to the public, at the County Courthouse Annex.
High in the mid-60s today, with rain in the forecast Tuesday and Wednesday.
6:37a If you’re in the area of Alligator Creek Rd or Gibbtown Rd, you’re on the Pamlico County water lines. Last evening a line was cut and water pressure was low or non-existent there and in nearby areas.
The County advises boiling your water for 24-48 hours after water pressure is restored, to kill any bacteria that might have entered the system.
Saturday, the Farmer’s Market open on Hodges Street from 8-11a.
In the afternoon, La Cocina del Coqui serves from 3-8p at the Brewery. It’s also Princess Bride Day at the Brewery, from 3-7p. Come dressed as your favorite character from the movie, play movie trivia, and watch (or join) the movie reenactments.
Sunday, The Bonafides of New Bern perform a matinee of their Fleetwood Mac Tribute at the The Old Theater at 3p. (Their Saturday evening show is sold out).
To find out what else is going, check out What’s Happening.
This coming Sunday, daytime temps are forecast to drop 10 degrees. Low tonight in the mid 50s.
Sad news to share: Carlton Maxwell Muse passed away last weekend. Carlton was a veteran of the Coast Guard and a commercial fisherman. He lived with his family in Little Pamlico.
Services are at 11a today at Pamlico Methodist Church.
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