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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • Learn Quick Watercolor Portraits with Karen Schaaf, May 17, 10a-4p at ArtWorks Oriental.

    Signature Water Color Artist, Karen Schaaf, teaches a one day, six hour workshop: Quick Portraits.  Using a limited, three color palette, Karen teaches a wet on wet process for painting face-only portraits.  These smaller quarter sheet works can be suitable for framing, but also can serve as sketches for larger planned watercolor paintings.

    Class is for those with basic watercolor experience & will focus on technique, using a table top easel (provided).  Artists are invited to bring their own favorite paints, brushes, and cold press 140 wt or better paper.  However, kits with all supplies necessary will be offered for an additional fee.  Supply list will be provided to enrollees.

    Class is limited to 10 students. May 17, 10a-4p. Cost: $125. Click here to register. Contact ArtWorks Oriental for more information: 206-406-1621, 518 Water Street, Oriental, NC 28571.

  • Prime Time hosts a Picnic in the Park with live entertainment, May 17, 12:30p-2p.

    Guitarist & vocalist Sue DeCarlo will lead a sing along. Bring your chair.

    Prime Time is working with Oriental Deli & Subs to offer a bag lunch. Choose ham, turkey, chicken salad or tuna salad sandwich wrap with lettuce & tomato. Each bag lunch will include ½ sandwich wrap with a pickle, chips, and dessert. Beverages of water, tea & lemonade will be available.

    Estimated value of bag lunch is $8/person. Donations requested for lunch. Each individual need to register separately. Click here to register.

    In the event of rain, the picnic will relocate to the OUMC Fellowship Hall.

    Please register by May 14, 2022.

  • Open Mic Night is live at the Silos. 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.

  • Sailors from (and near) Oriental head out on the Neuse for the Wednesday Night Sail Race. Boats rendezvous at Oriental Marker #1SC 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 1800 GPS time. There is a warning horn at 1755 (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.

  • Want to learn how to bellydance? Think you’re not tall, young, thin, coordinated, or flexible enough to dance? Think you can’t get a workout, improve your balance or flexibility unless you’re in a gym? Find out otherwise on Wednesdays @ 6p.

    Learn to dance with a group or on your own, slowly or with the beat, with just the steps of the dance or with props like veils and fans. Find out about the cultures, traditions, and dancers that influence today’s dance form.

    Wear relaxed clothing you can move in. Ages 16 and up. All body types welcomed. $40 a month. $12 drop-in.

    Classes have moved to The Old Theater in Oriental at 609 Broad Street. For more information, email dragonbellydance@gmail.com.

  • The Hope Regala is May 20 & 21, 2022. A BBQ dinner, a $10k Golden Raffle Ticket Drawing, and a Live & Silent Auction – all to benefit the mission of Hope Clinic in Pamlico County.

    There are special weekend packages for boats harbored at River Dunes.
    Friday night BBQ with music by Brant Island Strings. BBQ dinner cooked by Dennis Brinson and Reelsboro United Methodist Church ($15)
    The Saturday Night Regala features catered dinner under the big tent at River Duse, a live and silent auction, and entertainment by BTA Entertainment. ($75)
    There’s also the $10k Golden Raffle. Every ticket provides a 1 in 200 chance of winning $10K. If you buy the limit of 3 tickets, that’s a 1 in 67 chance. SOLD OUT

    Click here for ticket purchases, sponsorships, Boater’s Dream Packages or donations, or by calling Hope Clinic at 252-745-5760. You can buy Friday Night BBQ tickets (only) at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental (411 Broad Street).

    Hope Regala is a fundraiser bringing in 1/3 of the annual revenue for Hope Clinic, a community clinic in Pamlico County bringing medical care to the uninsured and underinsured, and comprehensive outpatient medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment through their New Beginnings program.

    Hope Clinic is at 203 North Street in Bayboro inside the Health Department.

  • Friday, May 20, beginning at 5:30p, at ArtWorks Oriental, the Oriental Woman’s Club gifts scholarships to Pamlico students.

    The Violet and Frank Cathers Scholarship for Art and the Inez S Hargrove Scholarship Winners from Pamlico County Schools.  Show your support for these young people as they embark upon their next chapter in life.  

    ArtWorks is at 518 S Water Street.  Refreshments will be served.

  • Nautical Wheelers wine tasting weekend is set for Friday, May 20, 5-7p in New Bern & Sat, May 21, 2 & 3p in Oriental.

    Nautical Wheelers kicks off May wine tasting events with none other than Andy Woolgar of Elephants Wine Company.

    Andy hosts many of the wine tastings and has a vast knowledge of and love for South African wines.

    Here’s a sneak peek of what we will be tasting:

    • BE Vintners Two Dogs a Peacock & Horse Sauv Blanc
    • Camberley Prohibition White (Sauv Blanc/Semillon)
    • BE VintnersRose Rebel Free Run Pinotage Rose
    • BE Vintners Three men in a Tub Red Blend
    • Chamonix Rouge (Red Blend)
    • Camberley Illusion Pinotage

    Find Nautical Wheelers in Oriental at 411 Broad Street, 252-249-0359.

  • Oriental’s History Museum honors the men and women from Oriental who served in WWII with a new exhibit running Mar 11 – July 30.

    Over 120 men and women from Oriental went off to the war. A third were minorities. More than 12 families sent multiple sons into the service. eight of them gave their lives.

    The three sons of Daisy and Hampton Spruill all joined the Navy. Two Cooper sons, Lawrence and Harley, went into the Army; Lawrence did not survive. Brothers Hubert and Tom Smith and brothers John and Edward Bond all left Oriental for the war. William Preston Whitney, Sr., the first black fireman in Oriental, joined the Navy. Albert Lee Midyette was one of the original Merrill’s Marauders. You are invited to visit the exhibit and learn more about these soldiers (and others from the area) and how they served their country.

    The Oriental History Museum is at 802 Broad Street. Hours are: Friday 11-3 and Saturday 1-4. Admission is always free, donations gratefully accepted. For more information about the museum and this exhibit contact us: museum@dockline.net

    The photo is Merrill’s Marauders in the jungles of Burma.

  • Jonathan Blanchard plays at Holt’s Chapel May 20 and The Old Theater May 21.

    Jonathan Blanchard is a multi-talented artist, musician, historian, and storyteller. He brings an interactive concert and storytelling experience to The Old Theater in “History to Hip Hop.” Blanchard and his band chronicle the evolution of African American music from inspirational field songs to gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, funk, and hip hop. Soul singer, actor, songwriter, and performer rooted since childhood in the Memphis music scene, Blanchard is heavily influenced by artists such as Earth Wind and Fire, The Bar-Kays, and W.C. Handy. Blanchard’s delivery has a sound reminiscent of Barry White, Isaac Hayes, and Nat King Cole.

    For the May 21 performance, the Old Theater Box Office opens at 6:30p. Doors open at 7p. Show begins at 7:30p. Tickets $25 ($20 for members, military, and students) on sale now at this link www.oldtheater.org, at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental, and the Old Theater Box Office on the night of performance.

    Jonathan Blanchard teaches history through music and performs for Pamlico County youth and adults on Friday, May 20 at Holt’s Chapel Community Center, 136 Janiero Road, Oriental, NC 28571. Show starts at 6p and admission is free. The entire community is encouraged to attend.

    All proceeds go to support The Old Theater Corp., a registered 501©(3) non-profit organization.

  • The Village Gallery welcomes May’s Artists of the Month, Mark & Lynn Golitz.

    Mark and Lynn Golitz grew up in Pennsylvania. Mark is a potter and Lynn a painter. Both are inspired by the landscapes of Pennsylvania as well as the landscapes of their adult lives: the forests and woodlands of the United States and now the waters of the Outer Banks.

    Mark has been making ceramics full time since 2010 and has taught in studio and in the classroom. Lynn is a self-taught painter and occasional sculptor. Both have their work featured in various galleries and have been in Our State Magazine

    The Village Gallery is at 300 Hodges St in Oriental, open 10a until 5p, Wed – Sun. The Gallery displays the art of more than 30 member and consigned artists. For more information, call 252-249-0300 or visit villagegallerync.com.

  • Art as a meditative process. Learn Doodle Art with Colored Pencils, May 24, 10a-1p at ArtWorks Oriental.

    Resident ArtistVeronica Campos-Hallstrom guides students through the process of using doodles and colored pencils to achieve a higher sense of relaxation and well-being.

    Experience the practice of drawing with a meditative process. Participation incorporates creating patterns using fine line ink pens and adding color with pencils and shading techniques. Students will also discover the use of unexpected solvents in their art.

    Find your zen through doodle art and gain confidence to advance to a new level in a future class. Materials needed will be supplied for class use. No prior art experience is required.

    Class is limited to 8 students.

    Tuesday, May 24. 10a – 1p. Cost: $40. Click here to register. Contact ArtWorks Oriental for more information: 206-406-1621, 518 Water Street, Oriental, NC 28571.

  • Kick off the summer Oriental-style with Silospalooza 2022. Now in its 9th year, the outdoor music event on Saturday May 28 features bands at the Red Rooster stage and bar behind the Silos Restaurant.

    Kick off Silospalooza Friday night, May 27, with the Southern Hellcats on the Main Stage at the Red Rooster.

    On Saturday, music starts at noon and runs til near midnight. There are two stages – the Big Rooster Stage in front of the grass dance floor and the Bantam Stage under the roadhouse bar roof.

    There is a pizza eating contest (at 5:30p) & a slip n’ slide, kiddy pools, games, water guns, face painting for the kids. Burgers, Dogs, Turkey Legs & Chicken Tenders are served outside at the Red Rooster bar all day. Liquor tent at the county line. Beer and wine available at the Red Rooster bar. Bring a chair and your dancing shoes…. and get yourself this year’s Silospalooza t-shirt.

    This year’s music lineup:
    • 2-3:30 Gary Dudley & the Maxtones
    • 4-5:30 Steel County Express
    • 6-7 Big The Jim Kohler Band
    • 7:30-9 Songs From the Road Band
    • 9:30-11 Bourderline

    Check out photos and the story from previous paloozas:
    Dancing into the Night – Silospalooza 2021
    Dancing at Silospalooza 2019
    Pizza, Soul & Rock n Roll – Silospalooza 2018
    Silospalooza 2017

  • New Village Brewery hosts a Thrift Store Prom, Jun 4, from 5-7p. The prom is a fundraiser to support scholarships for local kids to attend the Children’s Theater Summer Workshops at Oriental’s Old Theater.  The theme is “Prom through the Decades.”

    Attire must be formal or semi-formal, and should be used, upcycled, hand-made, borrowed or thrift shop purchased (NOT new). Costume prizes will be awarded for best attire for each decade (from Victorian era, or earlier thru the 2020s).

    This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $15 and will be available in advance and at the door. All ages welcome, must be 21 or over to purchase beer. 

    Live music by Eric & The Generations.

    New Village Brewery is at 702 Broad Street in Oriental.

  • Pamlico Community College’s Cultural & Life Enrichment Program is a non-curriculum, self-supporting program offering courses sourced from the skills of the community’s residents.

    Upcoming in the PCC Spring Program:
    Quilting Arts: Machine Applique Techniques: Tuesdays, May 3 – 17, 10a – 3p
    Beyond Bridge for Beginners – Scoring Review: May 10, 5-6:30p
    • Quilting Arts: Machine Embroidery Techniques: June 6 & 7, 10a – 3p

    For full course listings including descriptions, location, cost, and date & time, click here.

    For more information contact Denise Meyerson at PCC’s Cultural & Life Enrichment Program at 252-249-1851 Ext. 3113 or email dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu.

  • Get rid of the toxic waste at your home. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is moved to Saturday, June 11, 9a – 1p at Pamlico County Courthouse located at 202 Main St, Bayboro. Organized by the Coastal Environmental Partnership, this is about clearing away the things we have around our homes that shouldn’t go to the landfill.

    You can dispose of cans of paint (latex, oil, and paint thinner – 10 gal max), used motor oil, pesticides, gas, cooking oil, antifreeze, drain openers, paint thinners, batteries. Everything must be labeled – no mystery cans.

    There are things they cannot accept: gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, infectious, biological and radioactive wastes. And nothing from businesses, contractors or otherwise commercial sources. As for electronica, you can drop them off anytime during the year at the dump/transfer station on Hwy 306.

    For more info, contact Coastal Environmental Partnership at 252-633-1564 or call Pamlico County’s Solid Waste Mgmt office at 745-4240.

  • Abby Bryant & The Echoes play The Red Rooster, Saturday, June 25 @7:30p.

    Doors open at 7p. Tickets are $20 in advance. There’s a cash bar on site. Bring your own chair.

    This is a fundraiser for the 2022 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, running from September 30 – October 1.

  • Croakerfest 2022 is happening on the weekend of Friday & Saturday, July 1 & 2.

    For two days Oriental celebrates with a parade, live music, the Marine Corps Band, the Little Miss Croaker & Minnow pageants, food and craft vendors. Saturday night, find your place along the waterfront to watch the fireworks from Oriental Bridge.

    More info coming.

  • It’s 15th Annual Charity Dinghy Poker Run Saturday, July 23 at Oriental Marina & Inn − on the Tiki Bar Deck. Presented by Oriental’s Nautical Co-op (NSA, SCOO and ODC.)

    The Oriental harbor and surrounding waters provide the card table for the Dinghy Poker Run. One card each is dealt from various docks in Smith and Greens Creeks. Players return to the Tiki Bar Deck and present their best five-card hand(s) to determine winnings.

    Hands $10 each, 3 for $25, go on sale at 9:30a. Poker Run begins at 11a. Food available at 12:30p. Silent and Live auctions. Cash Bar.

    Proceeds benefit the Pamlico Coastal Activity Council, in support of Pamlico youth sailing. For more information, or to volunteer to help or to donate auction items, contact Sharon Stephenson at srstephenson1420@gmail.com, 919-414-7719.

  • NYRA’s (Neuse Yacht Racing Association) annual FREE race/cruise/party is the Parrothead Regatta, Saturday July 23, 2022, sailing down the Neuse from New Bern to Oriental.

    It’s kind of a race, but it includes water cannons, pistols, and balloons. Inter-boat attacks are permitted and encouraged. The race starts at Marker #17 (across from Fairfield Harbour). Race ends at Oriental. Free social for all racers after.

    Both town docks at Oriental – the one at Hodges and the one near the pump out are reserved for NYRA on Saturday.

    Registration and NOR coming.
    Find out more about NYRA here.

  • The 2nd annual Classic Car Poker Run will be back in 2022, date TBD. The month isn’t set yet, but it may be one of the warmer ones. Players start at Minnesott Golf & Country Club at 8:30a. Drive around Pamlico County picking up cards for your hand, finally finishing at Lou Mac Park in Oriental – at South Avenue on the Neuse River waterfront.

    This is a fund-raiser to support the Oriental Rotary Club’s charitable missions. Check-in starts at 8:30a. The event is open to all cars / all years. More info coming.

    Check out the First Annual Poker Run
    • Full House Wins Again

  • Harborfest for HeartWorks 2022 will be held at HeartWorks this year. The one-night event will take place in the newly renovated and expanded Safe Harbor Youth Center in Bayboro on Saturday, September 24, 2022 starting at 5:30p.

    Support the children of Pamlico County while enjoying a Gala evening of drinks, dinner by The Chelsea and dancing to The Entertainers.

    Bid on items in the Live Auction and Silent Auction. Guests will be given tours of the lovely new classrooms and renovated facility.

    To make the auction a success, donations of works of art, crafts, jewelry, trips, oyster roasts, or other items and experiences are needed. To donate, call 252-745-9703 or drop by HeartWorks at 709 Main St., Bayboro.

  • The 8th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is set for Sept 30 – Oct 1, 2022.

    Walk around town and hear dozens of musicians playing on porches in Oriental. 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.

    More info at olfrontporch.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 8th annual Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday, October 8, 2022 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.

    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

  • Ongoing Events:
  • Have you been wanting to learn to play a musical instrument?  Have you started learning to play ukulele on your own but want to be a part of a group?  Then UHOOs may be just the group for you…

    The UKULELE HOALOHAs of ORIENTAL, better known as the UHOOs, meet every Tuesday from 2-4p at the fellowship hall of OUMC (404 Freemason Street).  When weather permits the group can often be found in Lou Mac Park.  New members are welcome to join. The UHOOS focus is on having fun while singing and playing together.  Anyone interested should contact Judy Styron at cjstyron@embarqmail.com.

    A starter group meets on Wednesdays at 2p in the fellowship hall of OUMC. This group plays three chord songs from the UHOO repertoire.  Anyone interested is invited to contact Claudia Bemis at csbemis@yahoo.com.

  • Dealing with the grief from loss of a spouse, parent, child, sibling or friend? A new group has formed to help those dealing with loss. The Grief Support Group meets Wednesdays @ 2p at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in the common room.

    Grief can be difficult and painful, and the length and difficulty of the grieving process varies with each unique situation. Grief has no timetable and it can be cyclical. Emotions can come and go for weeks, months, and even years. Understanding the emotions of grief can be an important step in the healing process.

    The group, led by Father Bruce – a trained and experienced hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor – helps provide ongoing emotional and spiritual support for as long as you might need.

    St. Thomas Episcopal Church is located at 402 Freemason St. in Oriental. The common room is directly next to the sanctuary. If you have questions, call the church office at: 252-692-0481

  • Oriental’s recycling center, at the Oriental Recreation Park behind Fire Station 19, is staffed and open on Tuesdays, April 1 – Oct 31: 7:30a-6p and Nov 1 – Mar 31: 7:30a – 5:30p.

    Pamlico County operates and maintains staffed convenience drop-off sites for residential recycling only. Each site is scheduled for one day/week, from 7:30a-6p. At 6p, recycling bins will be removed until the following week:

    Monday: Reelsboro (5656 Hwy NC 55 East)
    Tuesday: Oriental (Oriental Recreation Park – 130 Straight Rd)
    Wednesday: Arapahoe – (Gary’s Restaurant Hwy 306 S)
    Wednesday: Hobucken – (Hobucken Community Parking Area)
    Thursday: Bayboro – (3rd Street Across from Courthouse Parking)
    Thursday: Vandemere – (Hwy 304 Cash Corner)

    The Grantsboro Transfer Station Recycling Convenience drop-off site will remain open the same days and hours as the Grantsboro Transfer Station: Mon-Fri 8:30a-4p, Sat 7:30a – noon. Convenience drop-off sites are closed on holidays.

    There is a fine of $500 for any illegal dumping in Oriental.

    For additional information contact Garry Cooper at (252)745-2094 or Jesse Bloomberg at (252)745-3283.

  • 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. In the fall, the start time shifts to 10a.

    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 in a single paceline format. The Sunday ride is faster, with pace and distance decided by the riders, usually between 15-17 mph for 25-30 miles in a single paceline format. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off! Questions? Contact Keith Gapen at Keith.gapen@gmail.com.

  • The Pamlico County Democratic Party meets ‘virtually’ on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 5:30p. For more information on attending, email PamlicoDems@gmail.com

  • Can’t hear yourself think? Oriental Mindfulness Meditation can help.

    Out of an abundance of caution, Oriental Mindfulness Meditation has suspended in-person practice.

    Friday morning sits will resume when public health guidelines indicate doing so is safe and appropriate. Resumption of practice will be announced here, and via the organization’s mailing list. To be included, email togetherwesit@gmail.com.

  • 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.

  • 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 Sunday afternoon from 3-4:30p. You’ll find them in Lou Mac Park on Sunday afternoons in summer, weather permitting. In inclement weather, they gather at the Methodist Fellowship Hall (and possibly for the winter).

    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. Due to COVID 19, there have been changes to procedures and schedules for playing at Camp Caroline.

    Play is open to Pamlico County Residents Only
    Play is by Reservation Only on Signup Genius
    Play is Limited to 12 people at a time and 2 courts
    Health Questionnaire, Waiver and Temperature Reading Required of all players
    Masks are Required when not social distancing

    They play pickleball at Camp Caroline Mon – Fri, 9a-12p – $4/session. For more information and a link to SignupGenius, contact Alice Petree: 703-628-8123, pamlicopickleball@gmail.com or 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 at 600 Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8p. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 400 Freemason Street, Sundays at 7p. And behind Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 900 Broad Street, Friday at 8p.

    “If you want to drink, that’s your business… If you want to stop drinking, that’s ours.” Alcoholics Anonymous New Bern Hotline:(252) 633-3716

    Al-Anon – for those worried about someone with a drinking problem – meets Tuesday nights from 7-8pm at 403 Mildred Street. It is open to all.

    For a list of other meetings in Pamlico County, including Narcotics Anonymous, click here.

  • 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 Beth Obenshain @ 919-932-0874. 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

  • 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, check out orientalwomansclub.org.

  • 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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