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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • The Del Rios give their farewell performance Friday night, 7p at the Red Rooster.

    Patrick and Jennifer Del Rio met in Oriental. Patrick ‘discovered’ Jennifer singing Patsy Cline standards at Paradise Cove Marina a few years ago and persuaded her to join his band. They’ve been performing together ever since and were married in 2012. Now, they’re off to see America in an RV, but not before one last performance.

    The Red Rooster, an outdoor bar and stage, is located behind the Silos on the Broad Street extension in Oriental.

  • The Village Gallery welcomes Steve Hessler as its featured artist in June & July.

    Hessler calls his Village Gallery exhibition “Heading East.” For over 25 years, he’s been capturing Eastern North Carolina landscapes, beach scenes and fishing villages in oils on canvas.

    He is a member of The American Society of Marine Artists, North Carolina Plein Air Painters, and The Salmagundi Club of New York, and has been featured in Our State magazine.

    ​The Village Gallery is a cooperative gallery featuring the works of more than 40 member and consigned artists. The Gallery is staffed by its resident artists. ​ For more information about the Gallery, phone 252-249-0300 or visit during normal hours of operation from 10a til 5p Wed thru Sat beginning in June, 300 Hodges St. The gallery website is villagegallerync.com.

  • Sailors from Oriental head out on the Neuse for the Wednesday Night Sail Race. Boats rendezvous at Oriental Marker #1 on each Wednesday for a relatively carefree race around the government marks. Just show up. It’s always a bad sign when sailboats are closer than 6 ft, so your social distancing is covered.

    The race starts at 1730 GPS time . There is a warning horn at 1725 (usually) and again at the start. Which ever is more upwind, Garbacon or Adam’s Creek, is the weather mark, round the other as the leeward mark and finish at Oriental 1. VHF Channel 78 for communications. Questions? Contact Joe Valinoti – joesail1@gmail.com.

  • Open Mic Night is live at the Silos – in person. The music begins at 7p.

    Bring your instrument, your voice, or both. Music is upstairs in The Silos.

    The Silos is at 1111 Broad St Extension, Oriental, NC.

  • Start the weekend with some live tunes at The Red Rooster. This Friday, July 17, Ken Belangia plays on the Bantam Stage. Music starts at 7p.

    The Red Rooster is behind The Silos on the Broad Street extension in Oriental.

  • NYRA’s annual FREE race/cruise/party is the Parrothead Regatta, Saturday July 25, 2020, sailing down the Neuse from New Bern to Oriental.

    It is kind of a race, but it includes water cannons, pistols, and balloons. Inter-boat attacks are permitted and encouraged.

    The Parrothead Regatta has reserved town dock #2 for Saturday July 25.

  • Formerly the Bow to Stern One Design Regatta, the race is now open to all. August 8 & 9 is the 3rd Annual Bow To Stern Regatta. Sailors young, old (and in between) are invited to participate. The event is based out of Bow To Stern’s headquarters on Smith Creek.

    It’s camping, two days of racing, dinner & entertainment Saturday night. Saturday, the skippers meet at 9a. First horn at 11a, final race 3p. On Sunday, first horn 10a, final race 1p, awards and picnic 3p. Classes include all small boats and keel boats. Register on the Bow to Stern website here.

    Check out the first two years here:
    Bow to Stern One Design Regatta 2019
    • Bow to Stern One Design Regatta 2018

  • The rubber chicken returns. The 27th Greens Creek Challenge Regatta will be held on Saturday, September 19.

    This late-summer Oriental tradition features boats 20 feet and under racing on Greens Creek. There’s one other challenge… somewhere out there, a rubber chicken waits to be rescued.

    Sailors launch from Bow to Stern. Skippers Meeting is 9a. First horn is 11a. Picnic lunch at noon. Second horn at 1p. Awards at 5p. Classes include all boats 20 ft and under. Registration information can be found on the Bow to Stern website.

    Take a look at previous Challenges:
    Greens Creek Challenge 2019
    Greens Creek Challenge 2018
    Greens Creek Challenge 2008GCC, the earlier years

  • It’s become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah. The 2020 Oriental Boat Show — The Best Small Town Boat Show In America — has been rescheduled from April 17-19 to September 25-27.

    This 3-day Friday-Saturday-Sunday show* is organized by the Oriental Rotary Club and is the place to see boats and gear for boats.

    The show is now in the heart of Oriental, “downtown” on Hodges Street by the harbor. In-water boats are in the Oriental Marina slips and at the town dock.

    The show has about 100 exhibitors of nautical goods and services. Dealers and brokers bring in boats on land and to the slips at Oriental Harbor Marina. More details – including vendor application forms – are at OrientalBoatShow.com, For more info, contact boat show impresario Sam Myers 252-249-0228 or director@orientalboatshow.com

  • Have fun while supporting HeartWorks, a unique non-profit. HeartWorks provides counseling, day care, After-school and Summer programs to over 400 at-risk kids in Pamlico County each year.
    Arrive by land or sea to attend Harborfest for HeartWorks September 25-27, 2020 at Grace Harbor, River Dunes.

    There’s barbecue and live music on Friday night. Saturday night is the gala with live music, open bar, gourmet buffet, and live and silent auctions. Boaters can reserve a slip and stay for the weekend to enjoy all of the amenities at River Dunes plus breakfast on Sunday.

    Works of art, jewelry, trips, an oyster roast, or other items or experiences are needed to make the auction a success. To donate, call 252-745-9703 or drop by HeartWorks at 709 Main St., Bayboro.

  • The 7th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival will be on Friday-Sunday October 2-4, 2020. The original idea is still in play – walk around town and hear dozens of musicians playing on porches in Oriental. Then cap the Saturday off with a band headlining on the Riverfront Stage near Lou- Mac Park. A few years ago, the OFPMF expanded, starting on Friday afternoon and ending with a Sunday morning gospel on the Riverfront Stage.

    All performances are free. More info at olfrontporchmusicfestival.org

    The 2019 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival – headliners The Way Down Wanderers
    Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival 2018 – headliners Chatham County Line
    2017 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival – headliners The Red Clay Ramblers

  • The 6th annual Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday October 10, 2020. It offers what may be the most beautiful backdrop of any car show this side of the Pacific Coast Highway. All of it is free to see. It’s an open show with People’s Choice judging of the best of hot rods & customs, sports cars, muscle cars, pre ’50 antiques, ’50 -‘91 antiques, Vettes, pre ‘60s trucks, ’60 & newer trucks, and post ’91 moderns.

    Registration info at orientalclassiccarshow.com. or call 252-249-0228.

    See previous shows:
    5th Oriental Classc Car Show
    Classics, Customs & Moderns: The 2018 Oriental Car Show
    Classic Cars Gather In Oriental For 3rd Year
    1st Annual Oriental Classic Car Show

  • Get rid of that stuff you no longer need just by leaving it at the curbside. On Saturday May 9 October 10, Oriental’s annual Brown/White goods pickup is happening.

    Have everything curbside by 7am. (In recent years, folks who put their white and brown goods out after 7a, missed out because the truck had already made its one pass down their street.

    They WILL pick up couches, chairs, appliances, tables, mattresses, bed headboards & frames, yard furniture and boxes.

    They WILL NOT pick up tires, electronics (TVs, computers, etc), construction debris, commodes, yard-waste, bagged household trash, or hazardous waste.

  • Try a lot of chili and help the Old Theater raise funds. The 13th Annual Chili Cookoff is Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 at the Oriental Marina & Inn on the harbor in Oriental.

    It works like this: A dozen or so chefs bring their best chili, you buy a ticket, sample them and then vote for who you think should win the People’s Choice Award. (There’s also the Judge’s Pick, determined by a trio of judges.) Tix: $10 day of, and $9 in advance at Nautical Wheelers. All proceeds go to support The Old Theater, a non-profit organization.

    For more information or if you would like to participate as a Chef or Sponsor, please contact the Old Theater: 252-249-0477 or oldtheater@gmail.com.

    In the meantime, check out the chili from previous years:
    2019 Old Theater Chili Cookoff
    Chili Cookoff 2018
    • The 2015 Chili Cookoff.
    Scenes from the 2014 Chili Cookoff.

  • The 2020 Oriental Cup Regatta is set for the weekend of Oct 16-18 out on the Neuse, with Oriental once again the land-based center of activity.

    The date could move significantly to avoid hurricane activity. Registration, Notice of Race, and Sailing Instructions coming soon on the Oriental Cup Regatta Website.

    A look at past Oriental Cup Regattas:
    2019 Oriental Cup Regatta – the year there was an actual ‘cup’
    • 2018 Oriental Cup Regatta – cancelled due to Hurricane Florence
    Oriental Cup Regatta – 2017

  • Bow to Stern Boating hosts Oriental’s first Halloween Regatta, Saturday, October 31.

    Dress up your boat and your crew for Halloween on the Water. Large Egyptian barges, middling pirate ships, dinghy-sized ferryboats on the River Styx – all vessels of all kinds are welcome to sail.

    New to racing? Practice your skills and learn the ropes at this pressure-free regatta.

    There will be food, prizes, and entertainment. Skipper’s Meeting, course info, and more coming. Register for this event at bowtosternboating.com

  • Oriental’s Thanksgiving morning bike ride is on for Thanksgiving 2020. Not a Spandex event. Plaid is acceptable.

    You’ll take your time and breath… talking with folks as you pedal along the roads in town. And work off some calories in advance of the big dinner later in the day. Show up at the Town Dock 9a on Thursday November 26 for the Thanksgiving bike ride around Oriental.

    The route follows the waterfront, visits the boatyards and a few of the marinas in the town limits and swings down Midyette Street and back to the harbor. No registration necessary. Just show up by the Town Dock (across from The Bean) at 9a.

    Take a look at previous Thanksgiving Day bike rides:
    Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2018
    Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2017

  • The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2020 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 11-12.

    Luminaria line the streets of Oriental. Businesses host open houses to say thank you to the community. There’s a live Nativity, several choirs performing Christmas favorites, a lighted (engineless) flotilla in the harbor, the lighting of the Star at town dock #1, a parade along the main streets, and the lighting of the Tree of Names and Lights in Lou Mac Park.

    The 2020 schedule will be published about a week before the event. Meanwhile, take a peek at Spirit of Christmas past:
    2019 Spirit fo Christmas Weekend
    2018 Spirit of Christmas Weekend

  • Ongoing Events:
  • A group of area cyclists gets together for rides each Saturday and Sunday and welcomes you to join them. Rides start at 8:30a from the Bean from spring to fall, as the weather permits.

    Saturday’s ride is about ten miles, at a conversational pace. Those who wish to can continue on a longer route at a faster pace. The Sunday ride is faster, with pace and distance decided by the riders, usually between 15-17 mph for 25-30 miles. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off! Questions? Contact Pat Thomaier at pthomaier@mindspring.com.

  • The Pamlico County Democratic Party meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 5p in the Pamlico Co Heritage Center at 10642 NC-55 in Grantsboro. For more information visit PamlicoDemocrats.com or call Jayne Stasser at 252-515-0844. Everyone Welcome!

  • OMM, the Oriental Mindfulness Meditation group meets twice weekly – Mondays at 7p and Thursdays at 7a at the Perry-Griffin Community Center, 300 High Street. Each one-hour meeting will include 30 – 40 minutes of meditation practice.

    The group’s sole focus is mindfulness: Developing and increasing the ability to focus on one thing (including nothing) by letting go of the distractions which too often prevent such focus. Sessions alternate weekly between guided practice, with vocal prompts to remind participants of techniques for clearing the mind and focusing it on a single object or process; and silent meditation, when participants hone these techniques without instruction.

    A small selection of instructional books and meditation scripts is kept on site for attendees’ reference. Books may be signed out for two weeks at a time.

    Sessions are free and open to all. The room opens at 7. Sits begin at 7:10 sharp Monday nights and Thursday mornings. Late arrivals will not be admitted once practice has commenced. Join the mailing list by writing togetherwesit@gmail.com to learn of (rare) cancellations.

  • Poets of Pamlico (POP), a small enthusiastic group of poets, beginners included, welcomes new members. We meet twice a month, first and third Wednesdays at 9:30a at Brantley’s to share our poems and give feedback in a congenial atmosphere. If interested, please email clairepittman003@gmail.com

    As facilitator of POP, Claire Pittman takes a real interest in seeing that Oriental poets, both new and those wanting to hone their skills, have a group to share their work. Claire’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications including Crucible, Tar River Poets, Here’s to the Land ( N.C. Poetry Society), Our Words and Barbaric Yawp.

  • The Pamlico Community Band begins its spring semester rehearsals on Tuesday, January 14 at 7pm in the Pamlico HS band room.

    Please join us if you play a band instrument or want to play again after an extended break.
    For further information call or text Chris 252-626-6928

  • People living with Parkinson’s Disease in and around Pamlico County now have a support group. Pamlico Parkinson’s Network provides a place to talk, as well as learn what those with PD can do – and what’s being done – to deal with the still-incurable condition. PPN meetings are open not only to people with Parkinson’s but also to those who care for – and about them.

    Starting in September, Pamlico Parkinson’s Network will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 2-3p at the Perry Griffin House, 300 High Street in Oriental. 300 High Street in Oriental. – For more info, contact Dave at dave@towndock.net, Kim 670-8987 or Mel at melindatowndock.net.

  • The Pamlico County Republican Party meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:30p in the Pamlico County Courthouse Annex Room in Bayboro. All are welcome to attend. For more information visit PamlicoGOP.com or call Chairman Dave Wickersham @ 252-269-4101.

  • We are a concerned group of citizens who seek to bring about change by focusing on issues that affect our community and by holding elected officials accountable. We seek to let our collective voices be heard to influence positive change.

    We meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 4:00 at the Pamlico County Heritage Museum at 10642 NC-55, Grantsboro, NC. All are welcome to join us. For more information, call Diane Lemieux at 802-318-1083.

  • Find yourself a bargain at the Hospice Thrift Shop in Bayboro – across from the Pamlico High School. Hospice Thrift is open 10a to 4p Monday-Friday and 10a-4p on Saturday. All of the proceeds go to support Hospice of Pamlico County.

    Donations of gently used clothes, housewares, small appliances, knickknacks, bedding, books, office supplies and more are always appreciated and may be dropped off during shop hours at the store. For more info, contact the store manager at 252-745-5033.

  • Oriental’s Drummin’ Dragons get together every Thursday night from 7-8:30p. You’ll find them in Lou Mac Park on Thursday nights in summer, weather permitting. (In the winter months, they gather at the Perry Griffin House – 300 High Street.)

    All are invited – come on by and learn to drum. (They have some spare drums for you to try.)

  • In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 1650 shawls for those in need. The group meets Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am at the church to crochet or knit shawls and pray for the recipients of them.

    The weekly gatherings have brought together people from all walks of life and religious faiths. (And even non-knitters; if you don’t know how to knit, stop on by and get a lesson and join in.) Contact Leigh Price at 249-1361 with any questions.

  • The NAACP of Pamlico County holds its regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month at 6p at the Pamlico County Senior Services Center at 800 Main St, Alliance. All interested persons are invited and welcome to attend.

    For more info, contact chapter President Doug Pearsall at nellie98@embarqmail.com or Hattie Harrell, 1st Vice President truesister2@yahoo.com

  • Oriental Mayor Sally Belangia holds office hours from 8-9a on Wednesdays at Town Hall. It’s a chance for constituents to talk with the Mayor. Appointments not necessary.

  • Community Pickleball continues to grow in Pamlico County as more people go to the gymnasium at Camp Caroline to play for exercise, friendship and fun. see story here, You’re invited to join in and play pickleball even if you’ve never played the game before. New players and beginners welcomed – equipment is available, and there’s introductory instruction the first Friday of the month.

    They play pickleball at Camp Caroline most days of the week in the fall, winter and spring . Click here for current schedule. (It’s Sundays only, when summer camp is in session.) Donations to Camp Caroline requested – $3/session. For more information, contact Deborah Bryant, 252-670-0117, debbryant@aol.com.

    Players can also play on the Oriental Town Court at the corner of 3rd Ave. and Vandemere.

  • On the third Tuesday of the month the Craven/Pamlico Beekeepers Association meets to talk bees at the Craven County Cooperative Extension Center. The informal “Bee Social” gets underway at 7p. The actual meeting starts at 7:30p and is open to the public. More on CPBA and local beekeeping at their website. The Craven Cooperative Extension Center is at 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous meets throughout the week at several locations in the area: At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church on Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at noon. At Oriental United Methodist Church, 404 Freemason, a woman’s meeting Mondays at 1pm. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Freemason Street, Sundays at 7pm. At Pamlico County Senior Services, 800 Main Street, Alliance, Fridays at 8pm.

    There is also an Al-Anon group meeting Tuesday nights from 7-8pm at 403 Mildred Street. It is open to all. For more info on the Al-Anon meeting contact Gregory Green at 252 838 2425.

  • The twelve-step group, Victorious! , meets in the conference room in the Pamlico County Health Dept. in Bayboro on Mondays at 6 pm.

    Victorious! is recovery support group for people trying to overcome drug, alcohol or any life-controlling addiction. This group is partnered with the New Beginnings Program of Hope Clinic. Call Eric for further information: 252.671.2330

  • Avoid the longer lines and the drive to New Bern’s DMV office and take care of your driver’s license renewals at the DMV portable office solution that visits Pamlico County on the last Thursday of every month. Look for them in the kitchen of the courtroom annex. (This replaces the big DMV RV that rolled into Bayboro and parked outside the County Courthouse once a month.) Hours are 9a-4p

  • The Pamlico Survivors of Suicide Support Group (SOS) is a free support group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. Whether it happened recently or decades ago, all are welcome to attend these sessions which are led by experienced counselors.

    Contact Branson Dunn at 304-839-4131 pageese@yahoo.com or Katherine Hudson at 252-745-4510 for information about the date, time and location of the next group meeting.

  • The Minnesott Mens’ Golf Association holds a Golf Tournament every second Saturday of the month.

    Tee time is 9:15. Call the Golf Shop at Minnesott (252-249-0813 and press ‘1’ for the Golf Shop) for more information about joining the MGA. Fees for golf as well as the tournaments.

  • Any Marine on active duty, retired, or honorably discharged with ninety days of active service is invited to join the Oriental Dragon Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

    The group meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1800 for dinner — meeting begins at 1900 — at the Oriental Fire Station 19 on Straight Road in Oriental. The Dragon Detachment participates in Toys for Tots, Spirit of Christmas, Croakerfest, the Marine Corps Birthday, as well as national initiatives.

    For additional information on joining this detachment, contact Commandant Marty Musella at 252-249-0694. Semper Fi.

  • Share ideas with fellow anglers. The Lower Neuse Anglers Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at 6:30p. They meet at Brantley’s restaurant every month on the second Tuesday at 6:30p, and welcome members and non-members alike. For more info, contact Bob Dillard at gbobdillard @ gmail.com or 704/236-4716

  • The Oriental Paddle Group goes out kayaking on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, setting out from the Wildlife Resources Commission ramp at the end of Midyette Street at 8a. Come and join the group, led by Larry Summers and Bill Hines as they paddle up nearby creeks. One benefit of these jaunts is the birds you can see. As Liz Lathrop of the Pamlico Birders group put is, “We have had interesting birds each time. The birds are not as skittish when you approach in a noiseless kayak.”

  • The Pamlico Chorale meets every Monday evening at 7p at The Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The Chorale performs in concert at least four times a year, including Spirit of Christmas weekend and opening the Croaker Festival. If you love to sing, the Chorale is the place to spend a few hours every Monday. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Carla Byrnes at 745-4793 or 670-4960.

  • Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6p. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up, and they produce our wonderful in-water boat show and classic car show too. For info about the club and meetings contact President Dan Giro @ 252-665-3059. If you want to rent a tent, table or chairs call the Rotary order line at 649-3725. More info about Rotary at www.orientalrotary.org

  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 20-04 meets the 1st Thursday of every month at University of Mount Olive on Trent Road in New Bern. The meetings — which focus on boating safety, navigation and GPS, for instance — are open to the public.

    New members welcomed. Contact Mike Ott (860) 617-0698 or Keith Gapen 252-639-0734 for more info.

  • Handy with a hammer and nails? Pamlico County Senior Services needs more volunteers to help build handicap access ramps at the homes of some of Pamlico’s older residents. Senior Services provides the materials while volunteers led by Tim Balfour construct one ramp every month. Contact Tim at 745-3247 to offer a hand for the next project.

  • When you go to the bank, you can help the food bank feed those who don’t have enough to eat.

    Pamlico County Fishes And Loaves is collecting canned goods and has a drop-off point inside First Citizens Bank in Oriental. Fishes and Loaves is a cooperative effort of a number of churches and organizations in Pamlico County working to provide food to the hungry.

  • The Oriental Woman’s Club holds its meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm at the clubhouse at 1007 Gilgo Road.

    Guests are welcome. Meetings include refreshments, a special speaker and short business session.

    OWC is a service club focused on community service, as well as state, national and international concerns of women and children. The OWC awards several scholarships annually to Pamlico County High School and Arapahoe Charter School graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level.

    For more information about club activities and membership, contact Gwen Rhodes at 215-356-6303.

  • The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society meets at Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 9am on the last Saturday of every month (except June). They invite all HAMS and those interested in amateur radio to attend. For additional information, please call Bill Michne WM3X, drmichne73@gmail.com, 252-249-1175 or visit our website at N4PRS.org.

  • The Pamlico County Library hosts two book clubs. The Bookworm Book Club meets on the third Monday of the month from 1-3p. The Beach Book Club – which takes on lighter fare – gets together on the second Thursday every month from 9-10a. New members welcome. Call the library at 745-3515 for more info.

  • Friends of the Pamlico County Library meets the first Thursday of the month at 11am at the library on Highway 55 in Bayboro. This is the group of folks who help sustain the library. For info, call 745-3515.

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