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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

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

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

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

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

  • Neuse Neighbors Network is looking for volunteers. Neuse Neighbors Network is a non-profit 501©(3) organization dedicated to helping seniors over the age of 50 live independently in their own homes and remain active in their community for as long as possible.

    You can help make this community a better place to “age in place” for local seniors by joining the team of volunteers. As a volunteer, you control the amount of time and the type of help you can offer. If you can give someone a ride, change a lightbulb, take a walk with a buddy, or help answer members’ phone calls, then NNN needs you.

    An Orientation session for volunteers is happening Thursday August 22, 10a at Oriental Town Hall. You can sign up by clicking here. Call 252-665-8807 for more information.

  • The Oriental History Museum announces its new Mermaid exhibit featuring mermaids of all types, shapes, and sizes.

    Mermaids became popular because Hans Christian Anderson’s story The Little Mermaid (the book was published in 1837.) But mermaids, sirens, and mermen have been around since the time of ancient Greece. Visit the museum and learn about mermaids in mythology, literature, and film while taking a look at the mermaid collections from several area residents.

    This exhibit runs until mid September. Oriental’s History Museum is located at 802 Broad Street. Open Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4 and Sunday 1-4. Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted. For more information contact: 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.

  • The rubber chicken returns. The 26th Greens Creek Challenge Regatta will be held on Saturday, August 31.

    2019 celebrates the 26th Annual Greens Creek Regatta. This late-summer Oriental tradition features boats 20 feet and under racing on Greens Creek and one other challenge. (Somewhere out there, a rubber chicken waits to be rescued…)

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

  • As part of its continuing education program, Pamlico Community College again offers its continuing ed classes for August, September, and October.

    August Ukulele Workshop

    September T’ai Chi, Machine Quilting, Chair Yoga & Meditation, Learn Ukulele/Violin/Banjo/Mandolin/Guitar, Beginning/Intermediate Golf Lessons, Fall Bird Watching, Ayurveda Workshop

    October Learn to write a short story, Bridge for Beginners, Weaving on a Hula Hoop, Aromatherapy Workshop

    Also: Jewelry Making, Spinning Wool into Yarn, Traditional Ceramics

    Click here for full course descriptions, dates, and more. For more information contact Denise Meyerson at PCC’s Cultural & Life Enrichment Program at 252-249-1851 Ext. 3113 or 252-617-1376.

  • Pamlico Partnership for Children holds a Low Country Boil on September 13 @ 6p at Whittaker Pointe Marina.

    A Boiling Good Time is a fundraiser for Pamlico Partnership, a non-profit that provides hurricane relief, family intervention and outreach programs, and early childhood education in Pamlico County. The evening’s dinner will be accompanied by live music from Bryan Mayer and a silent auction.

    Tickets are $30. Sponsorships and donor opportunities are available. Click here to purchase tickets.

    For more information contact the Pamlico Partnership for Children: 252-745-7850

  • The OCR returns. The 2019 Oriental Cup Regatta will be held the weekend of September 13-15 out on the Neuse , with Oriental once again the land-based center of activity.

    For 2019 the Cup becomes a cooperative effort between Oriental’s three sailing clubs: ODC, SCOO & NSA. Details coming the week of August 19.

  • Oriental Woman’s Club hosts a Fashion Show showcasing Marsha’s Cottage New Fall Fashions Sunday Sept 15, 4:00-6:30p at the Woman’s Club on Gilgo Rd.

    Wine, punch and hors d’oeuvres served. Tickets $10, available at Nautical Wheelers and at the door.

  • The Oriental Tourism Board invites business owners and non-profits to participate in a breakfast meeting Thursday August 15 8:30a @ Brantley’s Restaurant. Coffee is provided. This meeting fosters sharing ideas and is a venue for business networking.

    The focus of this meeting is how local citizens can work together supporting the Cycle NC event that will visit Oriental in April 2020.

  • 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 27 – 29, 2019 at Grace Harbor, River Dunes. This 2-night event starts Friday with SaltWater Gold – The Band, beer, wine and Roland’s BBQ. Saturday night’s gala features music by The Entertainers, an Open Bar, a gourmet buffet by The Chelsea of New Bern, plus 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. To register for tickets for either night, sign up for the Boater’s Special, become a Gala Host or Sponsor go to heatworksnc.org

    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 6th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival will be on Friday-Sunday October 4-6, 2019. 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 year or two 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 on the 2019 OFPMF lineup coming …

  • The 5th annual Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday October 12, 2019. 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:
    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 12th Annual Chili Cookoff is Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 from 11a-1p 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.

    In the meantime, check out: Chili Cookoff 2018 and The 2015 Chili Cookoff. and also scenes from the 2014 Chili Cookoff.

  • Oriental’s Thanksgiving morning bike ride is on for Thanksgiving 2019. 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 28 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.

  • The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2019 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 13-14. Usually, there is a lighted small boat parade – the Paddler’s Lighted Flotilla – in the harbor on Friday night – along with the lighting of the Oriental Star and luminaria along the streets. Saturday’s events typically include the parade, live nativity and chorale music. And as always, there are the open houses at many businesses in town.

    You can participate in the parades or help out, or both.

    The 2019 schedule isn’t complete yet… meanwhile “take a peek at the schedule for Spirit of Christmas 2018: Schedule of events, click here

  • Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2020 at the running of the Oriental New Years’ Eve Dragon. There are two runnings – both starting and finishing at Hodges and South Water. The first run starts at 8p, the second around 11:30p and in recent years has had not one but two dragons as the Chinese dragon joins in on the late run. Bring pots, bring pans, and make your own music for the dragon.

    After the end of that second dragon run, stick around the Hodges Street waterfront just a few minutes more: at midnight, the Oriental Croaker will drop at Town Dock to welcome in the new year. Scenes from a recent December 31st’s festivities, here.

  • 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.

  • 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 minutes of meditation practice led by participants, followed by discussion. “We keep it very simple,” says one of the organizers, Tony Noel. “The goal is mindfulness practice, first and foremost. We intersperse meditations of various objectives and from various traditions.”

    The sessions are free and open to all, even if you’ve never meditated. You’re asked to gather just prior to 7 on Monday night or Thursday morning. Arrive no later than 7:10, when the doors are locked to assure uninterrupted practice. More on OMM here or contact Shari Sias or Tony Noel at 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. Most recently, she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

  • The Pamlico Community Band rehearses every Tuesday @ 7p in the Pamlico County High School band room. All concert band musicians are welcome.

    If you play trumpet, clarinet, trombone, flute, baritone, saxophone, etc., we welcome you. For additional information call Chris at 252 626 6929.

  • 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 1p-2:30p 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 PCRP Chairman Dave Wickersham @ 252-269-4101.

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

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

  • Find yourself a bargain at the Hospice Thrift Shop in Bayboro – across from the Pamlico High School. Hospice Thrift is open 10a to 4p Monday-Friday and 10a-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 745-5033.

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

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

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

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

  • 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 Presdient
    truesister2@yahoo.com

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

  • 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 – $2/session. For more information, contact Deborah Bryant, 670-0117, debbryant@aol.com, Susan Dillard, 249-6100, rsusandillard@gmail.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 starting at 7:30p and is open to the public. More on CPBA and local beekeeping at their website. The Craven Cooperative Extension Center is at 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern.

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

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

  • The twelve-step group, Victorious! , meets in the conference room in the Pamlico County Health Dept. in Bayboro on Mondays at 5:30pm.

    Victorious! is recovery support group for people trying to overcome drug, alcohol or any life-controlling addiction. This group has been chartered by the national group Alcoholics Victorious.

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

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

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

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

  • The Minnesott Mens’ and Ladies’ Golf Association holds a Golf Tournament every second Saturday of the month. Tee time is 9:15. Call Terry, at the pro shop at Minnesott (252 249 0813 and then press ‘1’ for the pro shop) for more information about joining the MGA/LGA, fees for golf as well as the tournaments.

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

    The group meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1830 for dinner — meeting begins at 1900 — at the Oriental Fire Station 19 on Straight Road in Oriental. Among other projects during the year, the League organizes the Toys for Tots campaign.

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

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

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

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

  • Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6p. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up. For info about the club and meetings contact Paul Olson @ 675-3327. If you want to rent a tent, table or chairs call the Rotary order line at 649-3725. More info about Rotary at www.orientalrotary.org

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

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

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

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

  • The Oriental Woman’s Club holds its meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm at the clubhouse at 1007 Gilgo Road. Guests are welcome. Meetings include refreshments, a special speaker and short business session. OWC is a service club focused on community service, as well as state, national and international concerns of women and children. The OWC awards several scholarships annually to Pamlico County High School graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level. For more information about club activities and membership, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888.

  • The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society meets at Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 9am on the last Saturday of every month (except June). They invite all HAMS and those interested in amateur radio to attend. For additional information, please call Gail (Wally) Wallace, KK4ASP, at 410-804-1750 or Bill Olah, KR4LO, at 252-249-0287.

  • The Pamlico County Library hosts two book clubs. The Bookworm 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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