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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

Speeding Solutions for Hodges Street:

April 2022 Town Board Report. The Story

2022 Oriental In-Water Boat Show:

2,400 attendees welcome the boat show back. The Story

2022 Holy Week and Easter Celebrations in Oriental:

What it is and where you can worship. Guest Columnist

Waterbirds and Oysters:

Village Gallery's March Artist of the Month. The Story

Need a Tow?:

With insurance and without. Captain's Blog

2022 PAWS Pet Parade:

Pets take over Lou Mac Park. The Story

A Pro-Fence Public & Harbor Water Paint Pollution:

March 2022 Town Board Meeting. The Story

Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday:

What it all means. Guest Columnist

SailPack Returns to Oriental in April:

Sailing again after two years' hiatus. The Story

Stuff Experienced:

Small stuff can matter in a big way. Captain's Blog

Sam Rouse and SV Nortena:

Eagle Scout to Viking deckhand to solo sailor. The Shipping News

Paint Chip Pollution:

Red paint swirls in the harbor. The Story

Equipment Purchases and 300k Gallons of Water:

February 2022 Town Board Meeting. The Story

Vibrant Landscapes and Iridescent Earths:

Village Gallery's February Artist of the Month. The Story

Don Henderson, 1945-2022:

Father, Sailor, Attorney, Photographer. The Story

Ol' Front Porch Festival Promises Two Full Days Of Music:

More genres, more music for 2022. The Story

Groundhog Sees His Tiger:

Two traditions, one drawing. Drawing The Town

Eyes On The Ice:

Winter Scenes From A January Storm. The Story

I Have A Dream:

The famous speech, take one. Guest Columnist

In Honor & Memory 2021:

From the Tree of Names and Lights. The Story

What’s your plan?:

No plan can turn out to be a bad plan. Captain's Blog

Grant Needed for Hodges Repair, Budget Agenda Set:

January 2022 Town Board Meeting. The Story

Dragon Rolls Through (Most of) Oriental:

New Year's Eve 2021 - 2022. The Story

Oil Spill Cleanup In The Harbor:

Coast Guard investigating spill source. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2022:

It takes a village to house a dragon. The Story

Jean Dexter, 1927 - 2021:

Mother and Artist. The Story

Hodges Street Seawall Separating:

Town Board Meeting December 2021. The Story

Thanks for the Spirit of Christmas:

Appreciation for the helpful. Letters To The Editor

John C. Bloom, 1945 - 2021:

Father, friend, and inquisitive soul. The Story

The 2021 Spirit of Christmas Parade:

Antlers, dogs & dinghies on wheels. The Story

The Spirit of Christmas 2021:

The village tradition returns. The Story

Veterinarian Dorothy Dimond Retires:

27 Years Helping Pets and their Humans. The Story

Schedule for Spirit of Christmas 2021:

What's happening, where and when. The Story

Oils and a Palette Knife:

Village Gallery's December Artist of the Month. The Story



Sunday sunrise, onboard MV Liz.

Friday June 24, 2022

Tonight, Big Jim Kohler plays the in the Beer Garden from 6-8p and Ken Belangia plays at the Red Rooster beginning at 7p.

Saturday, the Parks & Rec Board sponsor a volunteer beautification project in Lupton Park from 9-11a.

Darrel Gibbs invites everyone to a Fish Fry fundraiser at Pilgrim’s Chapel Church on Silverbrook Rd, beginning at noon.

The Brewery hosts a tie-dye and paint event from 3-6p to get ready for their 5th Anniversary. At 730p, Abby Bryant & The Echoes play the Red Rooster in support of the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival.

Oriental’s History Museum has a WWII exhibit, featuring memorabilia from Oriental residents who served. It’s also the last weekend to catch the works of Marguerite Chadwick-Juner at the Village Gallery, including her Reef People series.

It’s all in What’s Happening.

Thursday June 23, 2022

4:03p Abby Bryant & The Echoes play The Red Rooster this Saturday, June 25.

Abby grew up singing in church as a music minister’s daughter, eventually choosing music as her path in life. She’s since moved out of the choir loft and onto the stage with her band The Echoes.

Get your tickets here, bring your chairs, and listen to Abby & The Echoes perform vintage-inspired Americana and soul.

This special concert is a fundraiser for the The Old Front Porch Music Festival – Oriental’s Weekend Music Festival happening on the porches of the Village.

Doors open at 7p. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Cash bar on site and food available for order from The Silos.

The Old Front Porch Music Festival runs from September 30 – October 1.

10:52a Commissioners voted to give an immediate, one-time $500 cost of living adjustment to all Town Hall employees except the Town Manager. After months of searching, the Net House may finally have a contractor, and Commissioner Overcash responds to a citizen’s letter about due diligence.

Story coming.

8:04a July’s Town Board Meeting is in session this morning at Town Hall. The meeting was moved from July 5 to ensure a quorum.

Mid 80s today, with humidity is currently at 90%. Small chance of rain this afternoon. NE winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday June 22, 2022

1:43p Drew’s Dragon, a paper sculpture of a dragon crawling out of the pages of The Mystery of the Fire Dragon, a Nancy Drew novel.

The sculpture was purchased and donated to the children’s wing of the Pamlico County Library. Tomorrow at 2p, artist Terri Fridley will be at the Pamlico County Library to discuss her work and Drew’s Dragon.

The Cherry Branch Ferry Service reports that repairs have been made to the M/V Neuse and it has been cleared for use. The ferry service is back on schedule.

Interested in being part of The Old Theater? The Board is looking for a House / Box Office Manager, Treasurer, and Publicity Manager. If you’re interested, contact Old Theater President Carla Fisher at oldtheater@gmail.com.

9:00a The Cherry Branch – Minnesott Beach Ferry is on a one boat schedule.

ferry logo M/V Neuse is out of service with a steering casualty so Cherry Branch is running one boat on Kinnakeet’s Schedule (NOT our normal one boat schedule).

The boat will be from Cherry Branch at 930, 1030, 1130, 1230. From Minnesott Beach at 9, 10, 11, 12.

High today near 90, and SW winds around 10-15 mph. A 50% chance of rain later this evening, and S winds at 10 mph later this evening.

Tuesday June 21, 2022

11:29a Oriental’s Town Board Meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month. The July meeting falls on the 5th – the day after Independence Day. To ensure a quorum is present, Commissioners voted to move the meeting to this Thursday, June 23, at 8a.

The meeting draft agenda has been posted.

In Oriental and Pamlico County, the July 4th holiday is celebrated with the Croaker Festival – happening Friday & Saturday, July 1 & 2.

Join the Croaker Festival Parade or watch from Broad or Hodges Streets. Take part in the Baking Contest – there’s adult and kid categories. Watch Little Miss Minnow and the Croaker Queen get their crowns.

Sail in the Croaker Festival Regatta. Listen to the Marine Corps Band play by the river. Stroll through the food and craft vendors along South Avenue.

And then watch the fireworks launch from Oriental Bridge on Saturday night.

Check out the TownDock.net Croaker Festival Guide here.

8:24 Trash not picked up yesterday? There’s a reason. From Town Manager Diane Miller:

One of GFL’s trucks broke down in town during their route.  Some folks may not be picked up.  Please leave bins out until emptied.

If the daylight seems to hang around longer than usual today, you’re not imagining things. It’s the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere).

Mid-80s today, then highs near 90 for the rest of the week.

Oriental NC Forecast
Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast
TownDock streams NOAA Weather Radio Online

Monday June 20, 2022

6:24a There is a mermaid at the town dock this morning. Come on by and talk (and get your picture taken) with her between 8 and 10a.

This is semi-normal in Oriental – this mermaid has been visiting Oriental (and town dock #1) for the past several years.

The mermaid goes by Ani Ostendorff when she doesn’t have a fin.

Sunday June 19, 2022

A brief hot weather reprieve today – high near 80. Monday high in the mid 80s and a return to near 90 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Village Gallery’s featured artist for June is Marguerite Chadwick-Juner. Her work ranges from photorealistic to impressionism, wall-sized murals to notebook-sized paintings. She’s inspired by light, by the oceans, and by the scenes around her.

Take a look at Marguerite’s work here or today at The Village Gallery between noon and 5p.


Detail from Emperors Enjoy Monet by Marguerite Chadwick-Juner.

Saturday June 18, 2022

8:32a Play golf for a cause this morning with Mt. Vernon Lodge #359. They’re raising money for the NC Masonic Home for Children. Registration going on now, shotgun start at 9a at Minnesott Beach Golf & Country Club.

At 11a, join friends in Lou Mac Park for a celebration of life for Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival co-founder Dottie Osmun.

Nautical Wheelers on Broad St. hosts wine tastings under the porch at 2 & 3p.

Pamlico Youth Navigating Toward Opportunity (YNTO) hosts the 3rd annual Juneteenth Celebration at Pamlico Middle School starting at 4p.

Want to know what else is going on in and around Oriental? It’s all in What’s Happening.

Friday June 17, 2022

4:57p Salty Sistas food truck will not be at the Brewery this evening. Lili and Frank invite you to bring your own eats to the beer garden.

3:37p Next Saturday, the Old Front Porch Music Festival presents Abby Bryant & The Echoes, playing at The Red Rooster at 7:30p.

Have a listen:

This special concert is a fundraiser for the The Old Front Porch Music Festival – Oriental’s Weekend Music Festival happening on the porches of the Village.

Doors open at 7p. Tickets are $20. There’s a cash bar on site and you can order food from The Silos out front. Seating is limited, so bring your own chair.

The Old Front Porch Music Festival runs from September 30 – October 1. Purchase your tickets online for Abby & The Echoes here.

Tomorrow afternoon at 11a is a celebration of life in Lou Mac Park for one of the co-founders of The Old Front Porch Music Festival: Dottie Osmun. Friends, family, and residents are invited to bring a chair, sit by the water, and celebrate Dottie’s life.

11:11a No matter your accomplishments in life, you can still lose to a pre-teen girl. It’s a lesson Captain John Rahm had to learn and he shares it with you in this month’s Captain’s Blog.

Big Jim Kohler and his blues band play at the Red Rooster tonight at 7p. Captain Bob & Friends play in the Beer Garden at thew Brewery at 6p.

A heat advisory is in effect today until late this evening. High today in the mid 90’s and a heat index near 110 this afternoon.

Thursday June 16, 2022

10:21a Saturday at 9a, Mt. Vernon Lodge hosts the Superball Golf Outing at the Minnesott Beach Golf & Country Club.

Register to play by calling Raymond Tingle at 252-474-4307 or sign up Saturday morning at 8a. Shotgun start at 9a. All sponsorship monies go to support the NC Masonic Home for Children.

High in the mid 80s today and partly cloudy. Light and variable winds becoming se at 10 mph this afternoon.

Wednesday June 15, 2022

9:36a The Wednesday Night Sail is a little earlier this week – the casual race around the marks starts at 5:30 from marker #1SC. Warning signal is at 5:25.

Also happening tonight – bellydancing at the Old Theater at 6p and Open Mic Night at the Silos at 7p.

Tomorrow, have lunch and learn dyeing techniques with fiber artist Julia McDonald at The Red Rooster – a special menu is provided for lunch.

High temps are near 90 today through Saturday. Sunday the high drops to near 80.

Oriental NC Forecast
Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast
TownDock streams NOAA Weather Radio Online

Tuesday June 14, 2022

9:53a June’s Town Board Meeting was packed. And long. An anonymous flyer raised meeting attendance. The Town Auditor presented his findings to the Board of Commissioners. A budget for the coming year was passed – and included increased rates for water and trash.

It’s all in the June Meeting Report.