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May 2024 Town Board Meeting:

Statements called rumors, and how about an outdoor movie?. The Story

DANGER SHOAL: A New Sign in Whittaker Creek Channel:

Change to Whittaker Creek Channel Mark #3. The Story

Janice Frazier Coakley, 1960 - 2024:

Animal advocate, twin sister, loving wife & mother. The Story

2024 Town Wide Yard Sale:

Trinkets & Treasures. The Story

2024 Sailpack Regatta:

Collegiate sailors compete on the Neuse. The Story

Rezonings Denied, SUP Review Coming:

April Town Board Meeting 2024. The Story

Rumors Addressed, Questions Answered:

March Town Board Meeting 2024. The Story

Sailpack 2024 This Weekend:

Everything you need to know about this weekend. Guest Columnist

The 2024 Oriental In-Water Boat Show:

Motorboats, Sailboats, and a Masthead Float. The Story

Thanks to Neuse Neighbors Volunteers:

April is Volunteer Month. Letters To The Editor

2024 Pet Parade:

A pirate ship, a pun, and an impersonation. The Story

Douglas 'Doug' Wayne Gaither, 1945-2024:

Repairman, Husband, Helper. The Story

RV Park Proposed Near Whittaker Creek:

Residential to Multi-Use Rezoning Requested. The Story

Josephus "Jos" J. H. P. Muffels, 1953 - 2024:

Adventurer, Craftsman, Loving Husband. The Story

The Spring Break 'Trophy' Regatta:

Collegiate sailors train in Oriental. The Story

The 2024 Dragon Burn:

Smoke, fire, and ash. The Story

Chowder Chow-Down:

The 2024 Oriental Woman's Club Chowder CookOff. The Story

Letters: Thanks from the Friends of the Library:

Appreciation for the helping hands. Letters To The Editor

Wes Barbour and SV Summer Wind:

A boy and his sloop. The Shipping News

"You Are Wrong.":

February Town Special Meeting. The Story

Phillip Ira Sax, 1948 - 2024:

Solo sailor, celestial navigator, dear friend. The Story

Oriental's 125th Birthday Celebration Guide:

What's happening, where and when. The Story

Resignation, with Regrets:

"This was supposed to be my forever house". The Story

An Irritated Public & A Question Left Unanswered:

Febraury 2024 Town Board Meeting. The Story

Ground Breaking: A New Library Is Coming:

Work on a dedicated space begins. The Story

Worms Damage Dock, Cause Closure:

Waiting on bids, no time frame for a fix. The Story

Anna Ice, 1938 - 2024:

Loving friend, mother, and helper. The Story

48 Hour Film Project - 2024:

Small Town Filmmakers on the Big Screen. The Story

Alan Herlands, 1949 - 2023:

Family Man, Loving Husband, Commissioner. The Story

Winterization 2.0:

Get Your Boat Ready For Freezing Temps. Captain's Blog

A More Accessible Oriental:

Public input wanted. Letters To The Editor

Gerry Crowley, 1944 - 2023:

Commodore, Sailor, Volunteer, Friend. The Story

Dragons Ring in 2024:

A new dragon joins the run. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2024:

It takes a village to house a dragon. The Story

Pauline and SV Elektra:

Powered by wind, sun, and music. The Shipping News

The Nativity, A Few Carols, & Lots of Lights:

The other side of The Spirit of Christmas. The Story

2023 Spirit of Christmas Parade:

Candy, kids, and Santa. The Story

Barbara Gaines, 1937 - 2023:

Mother, educator, adventurous spirit. The Story

2023 December Town Board Meeting:

Two new Commissioners & legal questions about liaison position. The Story

2023 Spirit of Christmas Schedule:

What's happening, where and when. The Story

Village Gallery Is Closing Dec 24:

Gallery Founder Judy Wayland Writes In. The Story

PCC President Retiring:

Dr. Jim Ross retires. The Story

2023 Turkey Pedal:

500 wheels and a flock of turkeys. The Story

Giving Locally 2023:

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

The 2023 Spirit of Christmas is Coming:

How you can help out or join in. The Story

Melinda Penkava-Smith, 1959 - 2023:

Journalist, NPR Reporter, Rock DJ, Gardener, Wife & Friend. The Story

Bradley Scott Pickard, 1973 - 2023:

Adventure seeker & loving father. The Story

Election Results 2023:

Price, Roe, Litzenberger, Overcash, Crosser elected. The Story

Docked at Sea Harbour Yacht Club in Pierce Creek: S/V Noonday.

Tuesday May 28, 2024

1:53p Pastor Anne Sims of Oriental United Methodist Church writes in with a request:

Two outdoor chairs were forgotten at Lou Mac Park Sunday morning and were not there when we went back to check. If some Good Samaritan picked them up, they can be returned to Oriental UMC, or call 252-249-0213 for pickup.

The chairs are blue, and both fold and rock.

10:37a Friday through Saturday, the Dragon’s Breath Regatta invites sailboats of all kinds to compete in three different classes: Spinnaker, Jib & Main, and a Cruising class.

On the water at the 2022 Dragon’s Breath Regatta.

There’s a reason it’s called ‘the Dragon’s Breath’: it used to be in August when there was little wind and a lotta heat. Get the Notice of Race and Registration information here.

Own a Cape Dory? Join this weekend’s revitalized Cape Dory Rendezvous, also Friday to Sunday.

Oriental used to have a Cape Dory dealer on Whittaker Creek in the 1980s and 90s. Most of those boats are still hanging around near town.

This month’s Town Board meeting came with a quarrel – while Commissioners were out of the room. The May meeting report is here.

Monday May 27, 2024

3:55p You have another dinner option. A food truck (surprise visit) is at the brewery this afternoon, til 7p.

It’s Fusion Blue Cuisine. Menu here.

12:02p Some call him the world’s best drummer. And he’s playing in Oriental at the Old Theater tonight.

What makes Purdie so special?

Steely Dan talks about Bernard Purdie:

There’s a meet & greet, 5:30p at New Village Brewery. The show is 7p at the Old Theater. More here.

11:33a On the Neuse, gusts up to 25mph for later this afternoon & this evening, a Small Craft Advisory in effect from 3p through tonight for both the Neuse and the Pamlico Sound.

Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast
Weather Radar
Neuse River at Oriental Water Level Gauge

8:24a May you have a peaceful and pleasant Memorial Day dear reader. There are several events in and near town that celebrate the day:

• Memorial Day Observance Ceremony, 10a-10:30a, Pamlico County Courthouse in Bayboro

• Taps Played From Oriental Bridge @ Noon

• Taps Played At Oriental Harbor Village Marina, 3p, part of Taps Across America

More info in What’s Happening.

Today being a holiday, you may want to relax. Have a brew. In that spirit, New Village Brewery is open today from 2-7p.

There is a chance of severe weather this afternoon. From NOAA’s Newport NC office:

We are in a zone with a “slight chance.” More likely are simply thunderstorms and relatively high winds, mid afternoon.

Oriental NC Forecast
Neuse River Marine Forecast
Weather Radar

Sunday May 26, 2024

7:17a Today marks the 40th anniversary of a peaceful Oriental tradition – the Sunday sunrise service.

Oriental United Methodist Church celebrates 40 years of the morning Riverside Service, Sunday May 26, at 8:30a in Lou Mac Park. All are invited to attend.

The warm-weather tradition began with Rev. Gray Southern, who had attended a similar service while on a beach vacation. It seemed like it would be a good fit in Oriental. In 1984, he brought it to OUMC. We’re told the inaugural river service had just 6 in attendance – three congregants, Gray, Susan and their dog, Abby. Today will have a few dozen more.

Rev. Gray Southern is presiding over this morning’s anniversary service.

Friday May 24, 2024

4:53p Slight chance of rain this weekend. Don’t be a baby – less than 30% – and there’s things to do out there.

Tonight Island Fyah Jamaican food truck serves up oxtails, plantains, and curries at the Brewery until 8p. Though the live music there is cancelled, it’s still happening down the road: Brant Island Strings play at the Red Rooster at 7p.

If you’d rather be inside, head to The Old Theater for Breakfast at Brantley’s. It starts at 7:30p.

Saturday morning starts with the Farmer’s Market on Hodges Street, 8-11p. Pick up trash for cash – and enjoy a bonfire by the river – at the Clean Sweep Extravaganza from 9a-7p.

At the Brewery at 5p, Kellenberger serves up BBQ with the fixin’s for YNTO – Youth Navigating Toward Opportunity. Hoff ‘n’ Finch get the people dancing in the beer garden at 6p.

Sunday morning, be at Lou Mac Park at 8:30 as Oriental United Methodist Church celebrates 40 years of their riverside service. And if you missed Breakfast at Brantley’s on Friday night – you have another chance Sunday afternoon at 3p.

It’s all in What’s Happening.

9:57a It’s opening night for Breakfast at Brantley’s.

Grab a seat at The Old Theater tonight at 7:30p, and watch the Breakfast at Brantley’s cast in action.

Set in the 1980s and focused on a group of breakfast regulars, the Brantley’s crew swap stories of town life, dish the latest gossip, fall in and out of love, and sing a song two while they’re at it.

Tickets $20 at Nautical Wheelers or at the door. Proceeds support Oriental’s History Museum.

It’s Memorial Day weekend. In years past, Silospalooza would be setting up today for the Saturday show. But times have changed – and so have the dates for the annual live music event.

Save the date; Silospalooza is now Saturday, June 22.

Wednesday May 22, 2024

2:15p Representatives from the National Weather Service are at Town Hall at 6p this evening.

The NWS holds a Hurricane Community Forum, discussing the impact of hurricanes on coastal communities and this year’s storm season.

This forum is free and open to all.

10:35a America’s finest small town grocery store just happens to be in Oriental. Piglet Maximum Leader Billy Flockhart is here with a summer update:

9:01a The fog has lifted. The Cherry Branch – Minnesott Beach Ferry is back in service.

8:09a While it’s clear as a bell in Oriental, the situation is a little different at the Ferry. From Cherry Branch:

ferry logoWe are currently suspending ferry operations due to low visibility from dense fog.

Tuesday May 21, 2024

7:52a Fog lifted… ferry back in action.

It’s still cloudy, but forecast to clear by mid-morning.

On the Neuse light 5-10 knot northeast and east winds today, becoming light southeast tonight.

5:15a Early morning fog has the ferry staying at the docks. From Cherry Branch:

ferry logoWe are currently suspending ferry operations due to low visibility from dense fog.
Monday May 20, 2024

4:11p Wednesday, May 22, have lunch with photographer Ben Casey and Prime Time, from noon to 1:15p.

Enjoy lunch and learn a few things about photography, storytelling, and Ben’s latest book Sound People.

Find out more about this free event, including where to RSVP, by clicking here.

9:27a Last night’s high water levels have receded a bit but are still covering parts of Hodges Street. Winds are northwest at 10-15 mph today and highs in the low 70s.

If you’re missing the warmer weather, wait a few days. Near 90 temps are forecast for Thursday and Friday.

Oriental Commissioners hold the 4th (and likely final) budget meeting at 4p today at Town Hall. Previous discussions have included raising staff salaries and eliminating one of the open Public Works positions.

County Commissioners have their second public board meeting tonight at 7p in Bayboro.

Sunday May 19, 2024

5:14p Winds from the north/northeast have water levels up 2 feet:

Levels on Hodges Street almost the same as the Duck Pond. The HarborCam live video view:

Water levels may go higher tonight – 15-20 knot NE winds forecast, with gusts to 25.

Neuse & Bay River Marine Forecast
Oriental NC Forecast

Friday May 17, 2024

There are tunes in town tonight: At the brewery, Packhouse plays from 5:30p on (along with the BokaNina’s Pacific Island food truck, 4-8p). Ken Belangia is at the Red Rooster/Silos starting at 7p.

The Oriental Farmer’s Market has taken off this year. It’s packed again this weekend – all slots occupied. Candles, microgreens, honey, duck and chicken eggs and more. It runs Saturday morning 8a-11.

ODC hosts sail racing Saturday & Sunday this weekend. Saturday a PHRF race, for larger keel boats. Sunday, dinghy racing. The circus comes to Pamlico County Saturday – Family Fun Day is 10a – 1p, at the Pamlico County High School Football Field.

Wines Around The World is theme for Saturday’s Wine Tastings at Nautical Wheelers, 2 & 3p. Saturday at New Village Brewery its the Jasmine Tasty Thai food truck, 4-8p. Patrick Bliss plays beginning @ 5p. Patrick cancelled due to rainy forecast.

It’s all in What’s Happening.

Wednesday May 15, 2024

9:47a The 2024 Hurricane season runs June 1 – Nov 30.

The Tropical Weather Outlook from NHC / the National Hurricane Center (and found here on TownDock) used to follow those same dates. But a couple years back, enough early season storms had snuck in, that NHC began issuing the Tropical Outlook every year starting on May 15.

And here it is (kindly saying no tropical storm formation expected in the next 7 days):

Atlantic Tropical Storm Outlook

The longer form version (for weather geeks) is the Discussion:

Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

NOAA/NHC have announced they will release their 2024 season outlook next week, on May 23. TownDock will publish that, with a localized angle.

The waters of the Caribbean are warmer than they have ever been. If NHC’s forecast is similar to other 2024 storm season forecasts, one might expect a busy season to be the prediction.

Meanwhile, we do know the storm names on tap for 2024:


Oriental was fortunate not to get a significant storm visit in 2023 (or 2022, 2021 or 2020). The last hurricane to visit our town was Dorian in 2019. Here’s a high water view from Hurricane Dorian, Sept 6 at 7a:


Dorian delivered a 6ft 2 inch surge to Oriental. That’s a lot of water, but still 3 feet less than the waters from Hurricanes Florence (2018) and Irene (2011).

9:16a Plein Air painters take a break today; they’ll return to Oreintal Thursday, canvases in tow and some ready for sale.

Tonight is open mic night at The Silos at 7p, and the Wednesday Night Sail at 5:30p.

High near 80, southwest winds at 5 mph, and chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.

Two budget meetings were scheduled for the week: one Wednesday, one Thursday. Those have been rescheduled: budget meeting #3 is Thursday (tomorrow) at 9a. Meeting #4 is Monday at 4p. Both are open to the public.

Other rescheduled events: the monthly Jam Sessions at Pamlico Community College. A play and a graduation have bumped them off May’s calendar. The musical meetings will return in June.

Sad news to share: Oriental resident Janice Coakley has passed away. You can read her story here.

Tuesday May 14, 2024

11:10a Plein Air painting is going on in Oriental. “Plein Air” is French for outdoors – something about saying one is Plein Air pianting sounds a tad haughtier than just paintin’ outside.

As well as simply seeing the artists working (4 were spotted on or near the harbor this morning), there is an artist demo scheduled today from 4-6p by the harbor (likely to be cancelled by rain). The artwork being done will be available for sale: Today from 4-6p at the New Bern Farmers’ Market, again Thursday in Oriental at Barcos courtyard.

The weather may not cooperate for the artists this afternoon – rain is on the way.

Oriental NC Forecast
Neuse River Marine Forecast
Weather Radar

Friday May 10, 2024

4:10p White / Brown Goods pickup in Oriental is Saturday, May 11.

What are white / brown goods?

Appliances and furniture. Couches, chairs, appliances, tables, mattresses, bed headboards & frames, yard furniture and boxes.

They need to be curbside tomorrow before 7a. Curbside tonight might be better. Pickup starts early and there’s only one pass.

2:22p A book sale, a Mother’s Day tribute, and a Gala for charity. It’s all happening this weekend.

At 5p tonight, food truck All About Churros serves up empanadas and churros at The New Village Brewery. Sticks & Strings play in the beer garden with guest Helt Oncale at 6p.

Down the road at The Red Rooster, The Mad Fiddler is on Bantam Stage at 7p.

Hope Clinic’s BBQ fundraiser starts at 6p tonight, with a preview of the silent auction items.

Get fresh eggs, soaps, and greens at the Oriental Farmer’s Market Saturday morning, 8-11a. Friends of The Pamlico County Library have their ‘Bring Your Own Bag’ book sale from 10a – 2p in the library parking lot in Bayboro.

The Mad Fiddler plays in the Brewery beer garden Saturday at 5p, and Roadside Dogs Food Truck serves on site from noon to 7p.

Saturday night’s Hope Regala starts at 5:30p. (Both Hope Clinic weekend events are sold out.)

Mother’s Day is Sunday. Dee Dee King & Friends host a musical Mother’s Day Tribute. There’s a free musical workshop for the kids at 1p. The big show starts at 5p.

New Village Brewery is open Sunday, with food truck Frank’s Franks serving starting at 2p. Dee Dee & Friends are there from 7-9pfor an after-party and meet & greet.

It’s all in What’s Happening.

Thursday May 9, 2024

2:15p Live HarborCam video is back.

Some tree trimming to clear the HarborCam view coming in the next few days.

8:23a The Foreign Landers are at The Old Theater tonight. Have a listen:

More about tonight’s performance here.

The Old Theater’s Summer Film Festival, set to begin May 17, is cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

Wednesday May 8, 2024

7:53a Lots going on in and around Oriental today.

At 9a, Commissioners meet at Town Hall for budget meeting #2. At 10a, Prime Time hosts a card making class at OUMC.

The county wide Rabies & Microchip Clinic starts at 3p at Grantsboro Town Hall.

Sailors meet on the water at 5:30p for the Wednesday Night Sail, and musicians gather at the Silos at 7p for Open Mic Night.

The details for Wednesday’s events are all in What’s Happening.

Tuesday May 7, 2024

3:46p Commissioners meet this evening at 6p for the monthly Town Board Meeting.

Tonight’s agenda is here.

Wednesday morning, Commissioners meet at 9a at Town Hall for the second Budget discussion.

One of the topics they’ll need to discuss: hiring several new employees. Since March, Oriental has lost two employees, with two more on the way out.

Public Works Director and Water Plant ORC Andrew Cox left in March. He’d been with town for 11 years. Tammy Cox, Deputy Finance Director, who has also been with the town 11 years, will leave in June when school ends.
Thomas Jones.

Thomas Jones’ last day was April 19. He was with town for 5 years.

Demetrius Green’s last day is this Friday, May 10. He has been with Oriental for 18 years.

There are now two employees left in Public Works: Daniel Early (8 years) and Joshua Gibson (25 years).

Since 2021, Public Works has had a staff of five. Before then, it was six.

11:12a Free plants. Games, old and new. Furniture for your home, and your pet.

It was all at Saturday’s annual Town Wide Yard Sale.

Partly sunny today, with southwest winds at 10-15mph. High in the mid 80s with a 50% chance of rain.

Monday May 6, 2024

9:23a Summer – it has arrived. Near 90 degree temps coming this week. Take a look:

Two Board Meetings happening this week:

Pamlico County Board of Commissioners meets tonight at 7p in Bayboro
Oriental Commissioners meet Tuesday night at 6p at Town Hall

Coming later this week: a rabies / microchip clinics for your pets, live music from The Foreign Landers at The Old Theater, a creative card making class, the Wednesday night sail, and The Hope Regala.