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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • Hear some tunes, or sing some yourself on the stage at The Silos.

    Every Wednesday night at The Silos is Open Mic Night and it really is open to those who want to perform.

    Stop by for dinner or a beer and some great music. Open Mic starts at around 7p. The Silos is at 1111 Broad Street. Look for … the silos. Call 252-249-1050 for more info.

  • The Wednesday Night Sail – 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. The race does the “normal” US Sailing countdown. Just like a real race. This allows those new to racing an opportunity to learn and practice the start sequence.

    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 78a for communications. Social at the Tiki Bar after the race. Questions? Contact Joe Valinoti – joesail1@gmail.com.

  • The third and fifth Thursdays of the month mean open jam session at Pamlico Community College, starting at 6p. It’s open to all. Bring your instrument – or voice – or maybe only a chair to just come to listen to the harmonies. It all happens in PCC’s Delamar Center Auditorium. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe.

    For more info, contact Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 ext 3113 dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu.

  • This weekend July 19-22 New Village Brewery hosts a tap takeover by Huske Hardware House Brewery (Fayetteville, NC).

    Huske Hardware brews in a historic hardware store building – built in 1903. Some say Huske’s 1997 launch signaled the beginning of Fayetteville’s downtown rebirth. The brewery is 100% Veteran-owned.

    Huske brews on tap:
    Level Headed Blonde 5%, Saison de Huske (Belgian strong ale) 7.5%, Nor’Easter NE IPA 7%, Brick House IPA 7%, Killaman Irish Red 6%, Sledgehammer Stout 6.5% and Watermelon Wheat 5.5%.

    The Brewery is open Thursdays 3 – 9p, Friday & Saturday noon til 10p, Sundays 1 – 6p.

  • There is a public meeting regarding the Whittaker Creek Dredging Project, Thursday July 19, 7p at the Old Theater.

    The meeting is hosted by the Tourism Board. There will be a presentation from Town Manager Diane Miller addressing: What is being done with the Whittaker Creek Dredging Project, what do we need to do to secure the grants, and how the community will need to participate. Questions & rumors will be addressed.

    You are invited.

  • The 2018 Dragon Boat Paddling season continues, as the Oriental Dragon Boat Club practices on July 19. It’s one of their semi-weekly practices – Sundays at 8:30a and Thursdays at 5:30p.

    Interested in trying the sport? You can join in at a practice. The Club maintains a regulation 46-foot long dragon boat and provides you basic instruction, safety gear (PFD) and equipment (a paddle). All you have to bring is your own bottle of water. (Sun protection advisable, too.) New members of all ages and all experience levels welcomed. Just meet up at Clancy’s Marina – on Midyette near Hodges – to get the boat and paddles. Practices happen thru the warm seasons – weather permitting (i.e. no thunder or lightning). For more info, visit orientaldragonboatclub.org or contact Laurie Stockwell at svmisspearl@yahoo.com.

  • This Friday, Croakertown Roastery is serving up tea – its from the new collection of loose teas. From Sally at Croakertown:

    You will start to notice some exciting changes at the roastery over the next few weeks. We are planning something special for our customers on Friday, August 3rd, so mark your calendars.
    This week at the roastery we are swapping out our coffee cups for tea cups. Stop by on Friday 9am – 3pm and sample our new loose leaf teas.
    Starting August 2, we will be expanding our retail hours: Thursdays 7am – 11am, Fridays 7am- pm, Saturdays 7am – 11am.

    Stop by the Roastery on Friday, between 9a -3p

  • The Del Rios plays the Red Rooster Friday evening July 20 starting around 7p.

    The outdoor bar and stages are behind The Silos restaurant on upper Broad Street.

  • The Village Gallery welcomes painter Heather Sink as its guest artist for the month of July. Heather’s work is featured this month at the Gallery, 300 Hodges Street in Oriental.

    Heather, a native of Britain, lives in Beaufort. Heather belonged to two Plein Air groups in England and has continued to paint her surroundings in the places she has lived. For the past two years she has taught Plein Air workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Montorno, Italy and the Lake District in England.

  • Open Sailing returns for 2018. Open Sailing @ Bow To Stern is on the 2nd & 4th Mondays in the warm weather months. On the 2nd Monday get out on the water on FJs and 420s. On the 4th Monday the sailing is on keelboats in the 25 ft range. $5/person (free for Bow To Stern members.) Rigging and beginner intro starts around 5p, launching about 5:30p, and you sail until 7p or so.

    The 4th Monday of every month is also a pot luck dinner. You don’t need to sail to attend the pot luck, just bring a dish and drink.

    You can take part in multiple short races or just enjoy some sailing. Please RSVP to Jim Edwards, 252-474-6000. Bow To Stern is at 290 Blackwell Point Loop Rd – for directions click here.

  • Thursday July 26 it’s Astronomy Night in the Beer Garden at New Village Brewery. Astronomy Nights occur on the 2nd and 4th Thursday nights of the month.

    The theme for the July 26 astronomy night is TBD. Have your telescope ready.

  • Saturday July 28th Neuse Sailing Association sponsors its 12th Annual Charity Dinghy Poker Run. This year proceeds will be for the Benefit of Heartworks.

    Hands go on sale at 9:30am at the Tiki Bar at the Oriental Inn and Marina. The “Run” starts at 11am and ends at 1pm. Bring your dinghy, kayak, paddle board, canoe, bass boat, or t-top (no cabin cruisers please) and cruise the local waters “behind the bridge” drawing your cards at each dock you visit. Cards may also be drawn at the Tiki Bar if you don’t have a boat.

    $10/hand or $25/3 hands buys your hand, map and LUNCH, which will be served from 12:30 -? Live and Silent auctions and 50-50 raffle will be held after 1pm.

    Questions: Contact Alice Petree appinfiona@yahoo.com 703-628-8123

  • Sailcraft Service Boatyard is having a “Grand Re-Opening Open House” Saturday July 28 9a – 11a. Come meet the staff, see improvements to the yard and the addition of Mercury Outboard Engines. Continental breakfast catered by The Flame with Oriental’s own Croakertown Coffee served. Marine Max of Wrightsville Beach will show Boston Whaler and SeaRay boats. Also joining the Open House are Sailcraft sailboat partners Oriental Yacht Sales, Deaton Yacht Sales, Triton Yacht Sales and St. Barts Yachts. All past, present and future customers are welcome.

  • Girls On The Run of Pamlico County hosts a fundraiser Saturday, July 28 at New Village Brewery. It all starts at 4p with grilled hot dogs & craft beers from Carolina Brewing. At 5p live music – Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon. The brewery donates $1 for every pint sold. Hot dogs are free, donations accepted.

    Past participants have said, “Girls on the Run made me realize that I am the boss of my brain. I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.” Girls on the Run of Pamlico County is a non-profit program that works to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games.

  • Minnesott Golf & Country Club hosts the Midsummer Classic Golf Tournament August 3, 4 & 5.

    Format: Two Man Team
    Preflighted by lower handicap plus ½ higher handicap

    Saturday – Super Ball, Sunday – Palmy Ball. Cost: $320 per Team.

    Entry cost includes dinner Friday and Saturday for each player with one guest. Click here here for the flyer with all the info. For the entry form click here. Questions? Call 252-249-0813, ext 1.

  • The Oriental Dinghy Club (ORC) presents the Dragon’s Breath Regatta Aug 4 & 5. This the club’s premier event of the year. Race headquarters at Oriental Marina and Inn by the harbor. There are 3 classes:

    • Jib and Main (JAM) PHRF rating greater than 168
    • JAM PHRF rating equal to or less than 168
    • Spinnaker

    The weekend kicks off Friday night with Captain’s Registration from 5:30 – 7:30. Racing on the Neuse Saturday and Sunday. Skipper’s meeting Saturday morning 8a on the deck by the Tiki Bar. Saturday evening an Island Themed dinner. Awards Sunday at the Tiki Bar at the conclusion of the race day. Dragon’s Breath T-shirts can be purchased with the option of having your boat name on the front. Contact Nelda Coats at 252-639-1616 or neldacoats@gmail.com for more info. Early registration by August 1 – entries accepted up to 0730 on Friday, August 3 with a late fee. Registration & Regatta info form at this link, or contact Todd Cox at toddcoxvt@gmail.com or 802-999-7572.

  • Next Oriental Town Board meeting is August 07. The Board holds regularly scheduled meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. Open to the public, meetings start at 7p and take place at Town Hall.

  • The rubber chicken returns. The 24th Greens Creek Challenge Regatta will be held on Saturday, September 1.* Closing in on a quarter century, this late-summer Oriental tradition features boats 20 feet and under racing on Greens Creek and one other challenge. (Somewhere out there, a rubber chicken waits to be rescued…)

    Click here for scenes from last years GCC and here to see it, a decade ago.

  • Craven-Pamlico Beekeeping Association is offering a Fall Bee School on September 15, 22 & 29. Area beekeepers will teach you what you need to know to become a beekeeper. The 3 Saturday classes take place at the Craven County Cooperative Extension building, 300 Industrial Drive in New Bern. Cost is $50 to cover course materials and 3 lunches and snacks. Register by Sept 3. To do so, or for more info, contact Bee School Administrator Dana Mahoney at danabanana@centurylink.net or 252-571-3117 (before 7p.)

  • 2018 Harborfest for HeartWorks will be taking place on the weekend of September 21 – 23 at River Dunes Grace Harbor. It’s the major fundraiser of the year for HeartWorks, the non-profit serving over 400 at-risk children in Pamlico County. Treat yourself to food, drink, dance bands, plus silent and live auctions. Come one or both nights. Salt Water Gold will play on Friday night and The Entertainers on Saturday. Come by land or sea to River Dunes Marina. Boaters can dock up to three nights and enjoy all sorts of amenities. Register here for Harborfest 2018. To reserve a boat slip call 252-745-9703.
  • The 2018 Oriental Cup Regatta is happening the weekend of September 14-15. Sailboat racing out on the Neuse with eats and entertainment on land, all to raise money for the Bill Harris Scholarship which goes to a college bound student athlete from Pamlico County.

  • The 5th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is coming up on Friday-Saturday October 5-6. The original idea is still in play – just walk around town and hear dozens of musicians playing on porches in Oriental. This year, the OFPMF expands, starting earlier on Friday afternoon. Porch performances are still free as is the finale Saturday afternoon by Chatham County Line on the Riverfront Stage. This year the Friday night concert will be Tellico, at the Red Rooster stage. (This is the one ticketed show at the OFPMF Check back here for info on tickets for Tellico.).

    Last year’s successful Food Park returns as well as the Artisans Village Market. 2018 OFPMF T-shirts are on sale now.For scenes from the 2017 OFPMF, click here.

  • The 4th annual Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday October 13, 2018. 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. 2018’s show will feature a new “Clunker Flea Market” and car parts swap meet.

    Want to put your car or truck in the show? Day-of registration starts at 8:30a Saturday with trophies awarded at 3p. Registration info at orientalclassiccarshow.com. or call 252-249-0228.

    Check previous shows:
    1st Annual Oriental Classic Car Show
    Classic Cars Gather In Oriental For 3rd Year

  • Got a killer chili recipe? Put it to the test at The Old Theater’s 2018 Chili Cookoff on Saturday, October 27. More than a dozen chefs from area restaurants and non-profits compete in this harborside event on the grounds of the Oriental Marina and Inn. Attendees get tastes and vote for their faves in this 4th Saturday in October annual fundraiser for the Old Theater. Check back for the call out for chefs…..

  • Ongoing Events:
  • 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.

    The group is current on break, and will restart Thursday July 12, 2018. Participation is free and each one-hour meeting will include 30 minutes of meditation practice led by participants, followed by discussion. They are “We keep it very simple,” says one of the organizers, Tony Noel. “The goal is mindfulness practice, first and foremost. We’ll intersperse meditations of various objectives and from various traditions.”

    The sessions are open to all, even those who have never meditated. You’re asked to gather just prior to 7 on Monday night or Thursday morning. Arrive no later than 7:10, when the doors are locked to assure uninterrupted practice.More on OMM here. or contact Shari Sias or Tony Noel at 252-635-7867, or togetherwesit@gmail.com.

  • One result of the 2016 election has been the founding of the group, Pamlico Progressives. They describe themselves as a nonpartisan, issue-driven group of “citizens working to affect change on local, state, and national issues.”

    Pamlico Progressives meets once a month. For location and time email contact pamlicoprogressives@gmail.com

  • 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-1p 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 745-5033.

  • A group of area cyclists gets together for rides each Saturday and Sunday and welcomes you to join them. Rides start at 10:30 from the Bean throughout the winter, as the weather permits. The start time with return to 8:30 after April 1.

    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.

  • Oriental’s Drummin’ Dragons get together every Thursday night from 7-8:30p. You’ll find them in Lou Mac Park on thse Thursday nights of 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.)

  • 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 Presdient 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.

  • A very active Pickleball community has formed in Pamlico County, and as reported (See story here) they play at the new gymnasium at Camp Caroline. You’re invited to join in. Play pickleball for exercise, friendship and fun, Even if you’ve never played the game. New players and beginners are welcome at all sessions. Equipment and introductory instruction are always available.

    They play at Camp Caroline 5 days a week in the fall, winter and spring . It’s Sundays only, when summer camp is in session. See schedule, here. Donations to Camp Caroline requested – $2/session. For more information, contact Deborah Bryant, 670-0117, debbryant@aol.com, Susan Dillard, 249-6100, rsusandillard@gmail.com or Camp Caroline Manager, Casey Perry caseysperry2@gmail.com, 252-299-3157.

  • 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 starting 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 at 116 Main St., in Bayboro (the old Scotchman building) on Mondays at 5:30pm. Victorious! is recovery support group for people trying to overcome drug, alcohol or any life-controlling addiction. This group has been chartered by the national group Alcoholics Victorious.

    For more info, contact Eric, at 252-671-2330 or soundofmanyvoices@gmail.com

  • 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’ and Ladies’ Golf Association holds a Golf Tournament every second Saturday of the month. Tee time is 9:15. Call Terry, at the pro shop at Minnesott (252 249 0813 and then press ‘1’ for the pro shop) for more information about joining the MGA/LGA, 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 1830 for dinner — meeting begins at 1900 — at the Oriental Fire Station 19 on Straight Road in Oriental. Among other projects during the year, the League organizes the Toys for Tots campaign.

    For additional information on joining this detachment, contact Commandant Bob Webster at 252-249-2426.

  • Share ideas with fellow anglers. The Lower Neuse Anglers Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at 6:30p. They meet at the Village Restaurant from February thru October 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.”

  • Its first thrift store was such a success that Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County moved in to bigger quarters. It’s now in Grantsboro, at the intersection of 55 and 306, next to the Piggly Wiggly. As before, the store specializes in furnishings and fixtures for the home and the materials to help build it. Proceeds go to the Habitat efforts to build affordable housing in Pamlico County. If you have items to give to the store and you’d like the donations picked up, give the store a call at 745-1106. That’s also the number to call if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Habitat’s latest home construction project.

  • 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. For info about the club and meetings contact Paul Olson @ 675-3327. 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 20-03 meets the first Wednesday each month at Fire Station # 19 on Straight Road, Oriental, at 7:30 PM. The meetings — which focus on boating safety, navigation and GPS, for instance — are open to the public. New members welcomed. For more info, contact the Auxiliary’s Bob Webster 252-249-2426

  • 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 graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level. For more information about club activities and membership, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888.

  • In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 800 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.

  • 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 Gail (Wally) Wallace, KK4ASP, at 410-804-1750 or Bill Olah, KR4LO, at 252-249-0287.

  • The Pamlico County Library hosts two book clubs. The Bookworm Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 2pm. The Beach Books Club – which takes on lighter fare – gets together on the second Tuesday, also at 2pm. New members welcome. Call the library at 745-315 for more info.

  • Go take a walk. The Oriental Walking Group sets out on a series of organized walks through the village on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet up with walk leaders Gary and Pat Leonard at Lou Mac Park for a 9am departure. Oriental’s a great town to walk around and the walking group may help you stay disciplined about getting fit. Pedometers and water bottles provided by the Flexfit program. Call the Leonards for details at 249-0138 or just show up.

  • 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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