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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.

  • Prime Time and Vidant Health present “Planning for Your Future; A Series to be Experienced” beginning Wednesday, Jan 22, 2-4p at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church.

    Seminar Dates and Topics are:
    • Jan 22 – Intro to Advance Care Planning, An Inter-Active Experience
    • Feb 12 – Advance Care Planning Education – What You Need to Know
    • Feb 19 – Pre-Planning with the Assistance of Funeral Home Knowledge
    • Mar 11 – Being a Health Care Power of Attorney – What Does That Mean?
    • Mar 18 – Writing Your Own Obituary
    • Mar 25 – Understanding Hospice
    • Apr 22 – Completion of Your Advance Care Planning Documents
    • Apr 29 – Thinking About Planning Your Own Funeral? Start Here
    • May 6 – Wrap-up: Movie & Discussion

    Sessions are on Wednesdays, 2-4p. You do not have to attend every session, but registration for the first session is greatly encouraged as it helps organizers prepare appropriately. Contact Geri LaBreck to register: (252) 249-3687.

  • Pamlico Musical Society presents Black Market Trust @ The Old Theater Thursday, Jan 23.

    This Pop/Jazz group from Los Angeles melds two distinctly different vibes – one of a gypsy campfire, the other a slick metropolitan nightclub – into a cohesive, stylish sound. Black Market Trusts’s five world class musicians have traveled the globe recording and performing on the world’s biggest stages.

    The evening features vocal and instrumental material from The Great American Songbook infused with Django Reinhardt’s romantic and virtuosic flavor. With intricate vocal harmonies and a dash of Rat Pack-style comedy, The Black Market Trust is one of the premier live acts performing today.

    Tickets to this concert are $22 and are available in Oriental at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street, and online at www.pamlicomusic.org. Tickets for sold-out shows may become available at the door last minute. Check at the box office at 7:15. For more information, call 252-617-2125.

    The Old Theater on the corner of Broad St. and Church St. in Oriental.

  • Oriental’s sailing clubs (SCOO, NSA & ODC) are working together to present a winter 2020 series of seminars to help boaters improve their game. Sponsored by SCOO (Sailing Club of Oriental), ODC (Oriental Dinghy Club), NSA (Neuse Sailing Association), this year’s seminars run on Saturdays, January 18 – March 14, 9:30a @ Oriental Town Hall.

    Jan 25th – Risk Management Onboard – John Rahm
    Feb 1st – TBD
    Feb 8th – Diesel Maintenance – Darrell Foster
    Feb 15th – Sail Trim – Todd Cox
    Feb 22nd – Navigating Local Waters – Coast Guard Aux ( info about the Neuse and local waters, including info about local anchorages, Marinas and boatyards)
    Feb 29th – TBD
    March 7th – NOAA (discussion on weather)
    March 14th – First Aid Onboard – Erik Kindle

  • Oriental celebrates the Chinese New Year with a Dragon Run on Saturday, January 25. At 2p, The Chinese Dragon and team are bringing on the Year of the Rat. (We’ve been in the Year of the Pig.) The Dragon will makes its run on Hodges Street by the harbor.

    There are also associated “New Year” events the same day. There’s a cooking demonstration at the Oriental Farmers’ Market on Hodges, and restaurants (and a grocery store) serve Chinese Dishes for the New Year.

    Check out previous Chinese New Years in Oriental:
    Chinese New Year 2019 – Year of the Pig
    2018 Chinese New Year in Oriental
    2017 Chinese New Year in Oriental

  • Pamlico Arts Council holds the 2nd Annual Dragon Burn Saturday, Jan 25 at The Red Rooster (behind The Silos.) What’s a Dragon Burn?

    This year, an even bigger dragon is being constructed of wood (and stuff); last year’s was 20ft tall. And we’re gonna light it and watch it burn. Fear not – the Oriental Fire Dept. will be attending.

    The event begins at 4p, the dragon burns after sundown. Cash bar and food, live music by Saltwater Gold. Pamlico Arts members get in free. Memberships are $25 per individual at the gate, $50 for families.

    What’s a Dragon burn? Take a look at the the inaugural Dragon Burn for the answer.

  • Did you know there was a Boy Scout Troop in Oriental? Back in the early 1950s local resident Fred Latham started a troop with ten boys. For the next twenty years, over 81 boys from the local area became scouts in Troop 184.

    The Museum’s fall exhibit honors Oriental’s Boy Scout troops. Exhibit items, featuring memorabilia, troop history, scouting details and information, have been loaned to the museum by scouts from those troops.

    Oriental’s History Museum is located at 802 Broad Street. Hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday & Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free, donations gratefully accepted. For more information contact us: museum@dockline.net

  • 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.

  • As part of its continuing education program, Pamlico Community College again offers its continuing ed classes for Spring 2020.

    Courses have staggered starting times, check here for full course descriptions, dates, and more.

    January: Winter Bird Watching (Jan 7 – Feb 4), Beginning T’ai Chi (Jan 14 – Feb 13), Chair Yoga and Meditation (Jan 15 – March 18), Quilting Arts (Jan 21 – Feb 18).

    February: Intermediate T’ai Chi (Feb 18 – March 19)

    March: Ukulele workshop (Mar 2-6), Ukulele/Violin/Mandolin/Banjo or Guitar (Mar 18- Apr 22), Intro to Hoop Weaving (Mar 19), Advanced T’ai Chi (Mar 24 – Apr 23), Chair Yoga and Meditation (Mar 25 – May 20), Weaving on a Hoop Loom (Mar 26 – Apr 9), Spring Bird Watching (Mar 27 – Apr 17).

    April: Shibori Fabric Dyeing (Apr 8),

    TBD courses: Spinning Wool to Yarn, Traditional Ceramic Program, Bridge for Beginners, Golf Lessons, Roadmap to Wellness: Acupuncture & Auricular Acupuncture, Reflexology & Intro to Reiki

    REFIT Workout Program – most Tuesdays

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

  • The museum will open a special exhibit February 1 on the “War to End all Wars”. The exhibit will feature war history and tactics, North Carolina’s role in the war, Oriental’s role in the war, photos, and memorabilia from the museum’s collection as well as from a local friend of the museum.

    There were 33 men from Oriental who served in WWI, only one did not return. Lewis Mann died on October 18, 1918 of the Spanish flu. African American men from the 30th Division of the North Carolina National Guard along with other Allied troops were instrumental in helping breach the Hindenburg Line in September 1918; Germany requested an armistice one month later.

    The museum is located at 803 Broad Street. Hours are Friday 11 – 3, Saturday, 1 – 4, Sunday 1 – 4.

    Oriental’s History Museum is looking for memorabilia from World War One for this exhibit. If you have photos, letters, uniforms or other memorabilia and would be willing to loan them to the Museum for the exhibit – or if you want more information – please email Sharon at museum@dockline.net.

  • Pamlico Amateur Radio Society (PARS) holds an instruction course for the entry level Technician Class amateur radio operator license beginning Feb 3. The course runs Monday nights through March 30.

    Amateur radio operators use wireless technology to communicate with other amateurs around the corner, around the country, and around the world.

    The course covers FCC regulations, equipment, operating procedures, the fundamentals of wireless technology, and finishes with the license examination. Knowledge of Morse code is no longer a requirement for any amateur license.

    There is no course fee; only a book and examination fee, $33 and $15 respectively. Held at Pamlico Community College, 6:30p to 8:30p, Monday evenings from February 3 through March 30.

    For more information, and to register, contact Bill Michne at 252-249-1175 or by email to drmichne73@gmail.com

  • Pamlico Musical Society presents Barbra Lica for two performances on Valentine’s Day Friday, February 14.

    Juno-nominated Barbra Lica is a fast-rising Canadian jazz vocalist and songwriter. She approaches singing with her signature style stressing subtlety, grace, and storytelling.

    A seasoned act on the Canadian and American club and festival circuits, Barbra has performed everywhere from New York City’s legendary Birdland Jazz Club to Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. She’s headlined at festivals including Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and opened for the likes of Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Bob Dorough, and Terence Blanchard.

    Barbra conducts an informance, free and open to the public, at 1:30p at Oriental United Methodist Church, hosted by Prime Time. The evening performance is at The Old Theater at 7:30p. Both events are sponsored by the Pamlico Musical Society.

    The Oriental United Methodist Church ‘informance’ is free. The evening event is ticketed. Tickets to the concert are $22 and are available in Oriental at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street, and online at www.pamlicomusic.org. For more information, call 252-617-2125.

  • Give blood this Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb 14, at the Oriental Women’s Club, 11-3p.

    Schedule an appointment through the Red Cross at this link: www.redcrossblood.org

    Unsure of your upcoming schedule? Appointments are nice, but you can walk in and donate, too.

    The Women’s Club is at 1007 Gilgo Rd.

  • The Pamlico Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is having a Yard Sale Saturday, February 22, 9-2p, at the Oriental Woman’s Club on Gilgo Road.

    Get your spring cleaning done early and donate items in good condition, large or small. (PLEASE NO CLOTHES.)

    Price your items to sell and drop off Thursday, February 20 or 21, from 10a – 1p. Donate to a great cause.

    Come Saturday to buy. Call Christine @249-3513 with any questions. Volunteers would be welcome on any of these days, even for a short while!

  • Meet State Senator Erica D. Smith, Democratic candidate for United States Senate on January 23, 12-2p, at Gatlin’s Creek Community Center, 2712 Don Lee Road, Arapahoe NC.

    Senator Smith has served in the NC Senate since 2015.

  • Prime Time presents a hands on training session in how to use Google Mail, Google Calendar, and other Google applications, Wednesday, Feb 26, 2-3:30p at Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

    Marjorie Dufek leads the course. In addition to Mail and Calendar, participants will explore Google Docs (for word processing), Google Sheets (for spreadsheets) and Google Drive (for file storage). The software is free and the applications work together. Be sure to bring a laptop computer, smartphone, or tablet to this workshop.

    Light refreshments will follow. Click here to register for this event.

    OUMC Fellowship Hall is at 404 Freemason Street, Oriental, NC 28571.

  • The 2020 PAWS Pet Parade on Saturday, March 28 will be the 15th annual celebration of the canines in Oriental – where it is always the Year of the Dog. The parade sets out on the streets near Lou Mac Park at 11a. Dogs and their humans can register from 10-11a that morning at the Lou Mac Park staging area.

    The entry fee is $5 per dog. All vaccinations must be up to date and PAWS asks that participants and spectators leash their dogs. Awards presented in numerous categories. Canine costumes encouraged. A new category has been added this year: the Junior Award highlights children who participate in the parade.

    Hot dogs for sale. The parade raises funds for the Pamlico Animal Welfare Society and its spay/neuter program, pet food distribution and “New Leash on Life” program. Have a look at previous pet parades:
    2019 PAWS Pet Parade
    2018 PAWS Pet Parade
    2016 PAWS Pet Parade

  • Collegiate sailors are coming to race on the Neuse just off of Oriental in April 2020 for the Sailpack Interconference Regatta. The racing team from NC State Sailing invites college sailing teams from New York to Florida to come to Oriental for the competition. In 2019, 18 teams from 16 universities competed in the regatta. FJ sailboats and support are provided by Oriental’s Bow To Stern Boating.

    The Sailpack has hosted invitational regattas in recent years here in Oriental – its coastal training waters or “2nd home” as coach Dana Magliola puts it. The Sailpack Regatta in Oriental is an official interconference event recognized by the ICSA, the governing body of college sailing. Volunteers are key to making this event happen. Want to help? Contact Jim Edwards 252-474-6000.

    Take a look at previous Sailpack Regattas:
    2019 Sailpack Regatta
    2018 Sailpack Regatta
    Jim & Mark – All About The Sailpack Regatta
    Sailpack 2017 Action
    Sailpack Regatta – Gratitude & Thanks

  • 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 —is coming up April 7-19, 2020. 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

  • Cycle NC’s Coastal Ride returns to Oriental. Between Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26, 2020 some 1500 cyclists will come to Oriental for the 17th annual Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride. They’ll be riding throughout the county each day, and after their rides, return to Oriental. That weekend, Oriental will become their base camp. Hundreds will literally be camping — sleeping in tents on lawns along the South Avenue waterfront – others will stay in local lodging.

    For scenes ferom other years the Coastal Ride was here – see the 2014 ride herethe 2011 ride here

  • Hope Clinic holds their annual Hope Regala Weekend, May 15-17 at River Dunes. Come out for a fabulous time for a great cause as they “Fill the Harbor with Fun.”

    Friday night features award winning barbecue and live bluegrass music from Harbor Sounds. Saturday evening’s Gala event includes a cocktail reception, catered dinner, live auction, live music and dancing, and drawing of the $10K Golden Raffle winner.

    Enjoy 3 nights’ dockage at River Dunes’ Grace Harbor for your sailboat or power boat with boat registration – related amenities included.

    Hope Clinic has been caring for the community for 20 years, providing free medical care, prescription medications, referrals, lab work, and chronic disease management for low-income uninsured adults in Pamlico County and surrounding communities.

    Make a difference and help raise funds so less fortunate neighbors can lead their best possible lives.

    Questions? Contact Sheri Rettew, Executive Director of Hope Clinic, at (252) 745-5760.

  • Arbor Day is Friday, April 24 . The Oriental Tree Board celebrates with a free planting and pruning workshop followed by an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony.

    Tree Expert Extraordinaire Bob Miller is your instructor. It’s all at Lupton Park, at Mildred and Third Ave.

    More info coming.

  • North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green visits Oriental May 1 & 2, 2020.

    Appointed NC Poet Laureate in 2018, she is the first African American, and third woman to hold the title. The author of eight collections of poetry, Ms. Green is published in over eighty national and international anthologies.

    Ms. Green makes two appearances at Holts Chapel Community Center:
    Friday, May 1 at 6p Ms. Green reads her work and discusses how Culture and Personal Experience Inform a Writer’s Work. A reception follows. The event is free and open to adults.
    Saturday, May 2, 10-12p Ms. Green leads a writing workshop. Admission is free.

    Holt’s Chapel Community Center is an historic Rosenwald School, one of 5,000 structures built in the 1920’s by Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington to bring education to black students in the South.

    Presented by the Poets of Pamlico in partnership with the Pamlico Arts Council.

  • On May 16, 1862, the National Steamer Oriental ran aground in the waters off the Outer Banks. Decades later, legend has it, a little town along the water was named after the wreck by a former Outer Banks resident. Without that wreck, our little town wouldn’t be the same.

    An article from 2012 tells the tale: Shipwreck of The ‘Oriental’ 150 Years Ago This Month

    Happy Grounding Day.

  • Kick off the summer Oriental-style with Silospalooza 2020 on Saturday, May 23. The outdoor music event features bands at the Red Rooster (behind Silos restaurant) from noon, ‘til near midnight. Music plays on two stages – the Big Rooster Stage in front of the grass dance floor and the Bantam Stage under the roadhouse bar roof.

    Band list coming soon.

    Burgers, hot dogs, turkey legs & chicken tenders outside at the Red Rooster bar all day. Pizza eating contest at noon. Live roosters walking the grounds (please don’t eat them.) 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.

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

  • Croakerfest 2020 is happening on the weekend of Friday – Sunday, July 3-5.

    The festival celebrating the humble Croaker fish also celebrates Independence Day. Streets along the waterfront close down and are taken over by vendors, kid’s rides, musical acts on the main stage (including the Marine Corps Band), the Miss Minnow and Croaker Queen pageants, and a baking competition. There’s a parade through the main streets of town and fireworks from the Oriental Bridge.

    Here are Scenes from Croaker Festival 2018 and Croaker Festival 2019.

  • The Croakerfest Regatta is Saturday, July 4. The race is open to FJs, Sunfish, and 420s. Skipper’s Meeting is at 1130a and the first race begins at 1p.

    Refreshments and awards immediately afterwards on the lawn at Grace Evan’s house next to the Wildlife ramp.

    Boat rentals are available from Bow To Stern Boating Center (252-474-6000 or 252-249-2424).

    Registration, Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, and Course Diagrams are coming.

  • 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. Registration info coming.

    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 from 8:15 – 8:45. Event begins at 9a. More info coming.

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

  • 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

  • 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 17-18 out on the Neuse, with Oriental once again the land-based center of activity.

    The date could move significantly to avoid hurricane activity.

    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.

  • 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:
  • 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 goal,” says co-founders, Shari Sias, “is mindfulness practice. Training oneself to have greater control of one’s thoughts, up to and including having none at all.” The group practices silent meditation primarily, though attendees are welcome to choose a meditation from a collection of scripts on-site. They can follow the script in silence for their personal “sit,” or read aloud so those gathered who wish may follow along. The collection includes various meditations (freedom from thought, chakra cleanses, visualizations).

    A small selection of books, instructional and philosophic, are kept on-site. Attendees may sign them 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 of sits.

  • 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 675-0180.

  • 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.

  • A group of area cyclists gets together for rides each Saturday and Sunday and welcomes you to join them. Rides start at 10:00a from the Bean throughout the winter, as the weather permits. The start time will return to 8:30a 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 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 graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level. For more information about club activities and membership, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888.

  • 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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