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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • Oriental’s three sailing clubs, SCOO (Sailing Club of Oriental), ODC (Oriental Dinghy Club), and NSA (Neuse Sailing Association), sponsor the Nautical Co-Op of Oriental’s Winter Seminar Series.

    The seminars were postponed in November 2020 as a result of COVID-19, with the hope they can resume in March 2021.

    Some Zoom based seminars / presentations are now being planned for March. Details coming.

  • Book Sale by Friends of the Pamlico Library, March 1 -6, 9a – 3p. Must register to browse the books.

    To help adhere to COVID guidelines, Friends of the Pamlico Library have set up a schedule for patrons to browse the books inside the storage unit. Sign up for a 20 minute time slot on the hour, 20 minutes past the hour, or 40 minutes past the hour.

    Times are available, Monday – Saturday, 9a – 2:40p, and Friday until 4:40p. Send your name, email, phone number, and three times slots in order of preference to pamlicolibraryfriends@gmail.com. For example: John Doe, March 4, 9:20, 10:40, 1:00. You must register to browse the books. You will receive a reply email with your scheduled time.

    For more information, click here.

  • Next Oriental Town Board Meeting is Tuesday, March 2, 2021. has been cancelled. Commissioners will take up any town business at the Town Board Retreat on Friday, March 5.

  • True You Hair Studios Grand Opening Mar 2

    Formerly Indulgence Hair Salon, the business has changed ownership and names. The stylists – Ardella, Stacy, and Amber – remain the same.

    True You Hair Studios is closing Feb 21 – Mar 1 for upgrades. On March 2, stop by the grand opening to enter your name in a raffle for a chance to win freebies and set up your next appointment.

    True You Hair Studios is at 502 Main St in Oriental, at the corner of Main and Broad Streets.

  • 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.

  • Pamlico County Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry (PCFLO)’s monthly Mobile Food Truck is at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Wednesday, Mar 3.

    Line-up begins at 9a and food distribution begins as soon as food is received and sorted.

    Food is available to anyone in need and who resides in Pamlico County. Must show valid ID with residence in Pamlico County. The Mobile Food Truck is sponsored at the church on the first Wednesday of every month.

    St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church is at 1149 White Farm Rd.

  • Free Beekeeping Class with Master Beekeeper Henry Reid, Thursdays, 6:30p – 8p, March 4 – April 8.

    This six week class is offered on the Pamlico Community College campus in the Ned Everett Delamar Building. Socially distanced seating is limited; pre-registration and masks are required. Call 252-249-1851 ext 3113 to register.

  • Oriental’s Town Board meets for its yearly retreat on Friday March 5, 2021, 8a – approximately 3p. Commissioners will meet at Town Hall. The meeting will be available via Zoom, however the public can attend in person if they prefer.

    Commissioners will also take up any town business from the the cancelled monthly Town Board Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 2.

    The retreat is described as a chance for the Board “to discuss priorities for the upcoming budget year.” One item on the list: road repairs. A recent street assessment rated the roads, but only captured the condition of the roads and not other factors like poor drainage, standing water, and traffic volume. Commissioners will need to determine which roads will be first to receive repairs in the new fiscal year (beginning in July).

    Register for the Zoom link here.

    February Monthly Meeting Agenda
    Board Retreat Schedule

  • Oriental’s History Museum celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment – giving women the right to vote – with a special exhibit through June: The Women’s Suffrage Movement

    The exhibit tells the story of the movement and the women and men who took part in the struggle. On display will be the Pamlico County 1920 women’s voter registration lists. Maybe your grandmother or great-grandmother registered to vote. Forty-nine women in Oriental did just that.

    This exhibit closes the end of June. The museum is located at 802 Broad Street. Hours are Friday 11 – 1 and Saturday, 1 – 4. Not open on Sundays for the foreseeable future.The Museum is always free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information contact us at museum@dockline.net.

  • The Village Gallery welcomes Dan Beck as the March Guest Artist. An artists’ reception will be held Mar 6, from 2 – 5p at the Village Gallery.

    Before he committed to a life as an artists, Dan Beck was filling sketch books and journals with scenes from his jobs as a ranch hand, construction worker, infantryman, and more. Realizing his sketch books meant the most to him, he committed to an artistic path.

    Beck works in oils and, while being firmly rooted in Impressionism, is equally adept at figurative, still-life, and landscape. His paintings are in both private and corporate collections nationally, as well as in Canada, Japan, and the Middle East. Beck’s work is in the permanent collection of the Littleton Historical Museum in Littleton, CO and he has exhibited with the Phippen Museum in Prescott, AZ.

    He currently lives in Wilmington, NC with his family.

    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.

  • Rotary Club of Oriental’s annual BBQ chicken dinner is Saturday, March 6, 5-6p at St. Peter the Fisherman Church.

    Dinner includes 1/2 BBQ chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, roll, and dessert. All for $10.00. Take out only.

    Tickets available at Village Hardware, Nautical Wheelers, or see any Rotarian. St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church is at 1149 White Farm Rd.

  • Sound Rivers’ March Tell Me About it Tuesdays Science Series topic is Water-wise Farming, March 9, 7-8p.

    Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Matthew Starr talks with Eliza Lawdley, farm manager for the Bailey & Sarah Williamson Preserve – a public open space – in eastern Wake County. Eliza will share an overview of the Preserve with a special focus on the partnering farmers on the site and water-wise farming practices. Join the conversation or just listen in. Zoom registration information is here or email info@soundrivers.org.

    Sound Rivers is a nonprofit organization guarding the health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. On the second Tuesday of the month, Riverkeepers and their guests talk about issues affecting the river waters and the health of those who live there.

  • The Oriental Woman’s Club’s 2021 Chowder Cookoff was set for March 13. It has been cancelled due to COVID-19 The cookoff typically attracts about a dozen cooks, pitting their chowder against one another on the lawn of the Oriental Marina & Inn.

    The Chowder Cookoff is expected to return in March 2022.

    Check here for the 2019 Cookoff story. For a view of the 2018 Cook-Off, click here.

  • The 3rd Annual Dragon Burn, hosted by the Pamlico Arts Council, is set for Saturday, March 20, 2021.

    What’s a Dragon Burn? A dragon effigy is constructed behind the Red Rooster Bar (located behind the Silos Restaurant). Viewers gather to eat, drink, and listen to music beginning at 4p. The dragon burns after sundown.

    Attendance will be limited, following state guidelines for outdoor events.

    • This year guests will be the Dragon Drummers. Bring a wooden spoon and a pot or pan, and make noise as the Dragon burns.
    • Bring dollars. The lighting of the dragon will be auctioned off in a live auction that evening, starting at $100. Winning bid gets to light the fuse. Ticket purchasing information coming. Memberships are $25 per individual, $50 for families.

    The 1st Annual Dragon Burn
    The 2nd Dragon Burn

  • The Sailpack Interconference Regatta is tentatively scheduled for April 24 -25, 2021.

    There are plans in the works for the collegiate regatta, hosted by the NC State Sailpack sailing team, to return to Oriental. To adapt to COVID regulations, this will be a smaller event than usual. More information and updates coming in March.

    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.

    FJ sailboats and support are provided by Oriental’s Bow To Stern Boating.

    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

  • Pamlico Arts hosts the third qualifying match of the Lip Synco Challenge at The Red Rooster, Saturday April 3 @ 7p.

    Wow your fellow Lip Sync-ers with your performance. Come in costume or in your street clothes, as a solo act or group.

    Winners are brought back to face off at the Lip Synco Finale on May 8. Sign up your act at The Silos Restaurant by March 31. Enjoy the entertainment at the open-air Red Rooster (behind the Silos).

    This is a free event. Proceeds from People’s Choice voting benefits Pamlico County Arts Council.

  • Give blood Friday, April 9, at the Oriental Women’s Club, 12-4:30p.

    Appointments necessary. No walk-ins will be accepted due to social distancing requirements. Make an appointment by going to to www.redcrossblood.org to schedule.

    Have questions about coronavirus and blood donation – including when you can give if you’ve had the vaccine?

    The Women’s Club is at 1007 Gilgo Rd.

  • The 2nd annual Classic Car Poker Run is Saturday, April 10, 2021. 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 Saturday April 10 at 8:30a. The event is open to all cars / all years. More info coming.

    Check out the First Annual Poker Run

  • Herb Lady, aka Dorita Boyd, is making her annual visit to Oriental on Saturday April 10 with a wide array of herb plants from her Raindrop Ridge Farm near Little Washington. As in previous years, Dorita will have garden-variety, as well as hard-to-find herbs at the Oriental Farmers’ Market (open 8-11a every Saturday).

  • The 2021 Hope Regala is going virtual – with a BBQ dinner pick-up – May 14 – 15.

    The weekend includes a BBQ Dinner pick-up on Friday, May 14, live online auction and $10K Golden Raffle Ticket on Saturday, May 15.

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

    Auction, sponsorship, raffle ticket, and BBQ Dinner information coming soon.

  • 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 2021. Now in its 8th year, the outdoor music event on Saturday May 29 features bands at the Red Rooster stage and bar behind the Silos Restaurant. (Date may change due to COVID)

    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.

    Burgers, Dogs, Turkey Legs & Chicken Tenders are served outside at the Red Rooster bar all day. Live roosters walk 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
    Silospalooza 2015

  • Croakerfest 2021 has not yet officially been announced. If it does, it would likely be Friday-Sunday, July 2-4. (Dates may change due to COVID)

    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 on for Saturday, July 3. The race is open to Lasers, FJs, Sunfish, and 420s. Skipper’s Meeting is at 0900 First horn is at 1100 and final race is at 1400.

    Refreshments and awards at 1600 on the lawn at Bow to Stern boating.

    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 7 & 8 is the 3rd Annual Bow To Stern Regatta.

    Sailors young, old (and in between) are invited to participate. The event is based out of Bow To Stern’s headquarters on Smith Creek.

    It’s camping, two days of racing, dinner & entertainment Saturday night. Saturday, the skippers meet at 9a. First horn at 11a, final race 3p. On Sunday, first horn 10a, final race 1p, awards and picnic 3p. Classes include all small boats and keel boats. Registration information 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 is Saturday, September 18.

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

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

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

  • It’s become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah. The 2021 Oriental Boat Show — The Best Small Town Boat Show In America —is coming up Sept 24 – 26. 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 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.

  • Arrive by land or sea to attend Harborfest for HeartWorks, September 24-26, 2021 at Grace Harbor, River Dunes.

    Have fun while supporting HeartWorks, a unique non-profit providing counseling, day care, after-school and summer programs to over 400 at-risk kids in Pamlico County each year.

    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 and cabins, 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 is set for October 8-10, 2021.

    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 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 2021 Oriental Cup Regatta is set for the weekend of Oct 15-17 out on the Neuse.

    For 2021 the Cup continues as a cooperative effort between Oriental’s three sailing clubs: ODC, SCOO & NSA.

    NOR and Registration info coming. The cup web site is orientalcupregatta.com.

    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

  • -The 7th annual Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday, October 16, 2021. 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

  • Try a lot of chili and help the Old Theater raise funds. The 13th Annual Chili Cookoff is Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 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.

  • Bow to Stern Boating hosts Oriental’s second 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, – all vessels of all kinds are welcome to sail. Be creative with your decorations.

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

    Start at 11a Saturday, Oct 30 between the Committee (Judges’) boat and the Pumpkin Buoy beside marker 1AC. Course is announced at Judges’ boat at the starting line. Will be using the government marks (Adams Creek, Garbacon, and 1AC). Round with most windward leg first. Post regatta festivities are at Bow to Stern.

    Contact Bow to Stern Boating with any questions: 252-249-2424.

  • Oriental’s Thanksgiving morning bike ride is on for Thanksgiving 2021. Not a Spandex event. Plaid is acceptable.

    You’ll take your time 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 25 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:
    Two Rides, One Event: 2020 Thanksgiving Day Bike Ride
    Tour de Oriental: The 2019 Thanksgiving Bike Ride
    Bikes, Trikes, and Tandems: The Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2018

  • Lights, garlands, and a few moving parts. Oriental’s decorating contest for the Spirit of Christmas runs throughout December, but is judged beginning Monday, Dec 6, 2021.

    There are winners in six categories, for both businesses and residents.

    See the winners, and the prize, from the 2020 Light Up Oriental contest

  • The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2021 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 10-11.

    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, and the Light Up Oriental decorating contest for residents and businesses.

    The 2021 schedule will be published about a week before the event. Meanwhile, take a peek at Spirit of Christmas past:
    Spirit of Christmas 2020
    2019 Spirit of Christmas Weekend
    2018 Spirit of Christmas Weekend

  • Ongoing Events:
  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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