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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • This week Dec 12-15, New Village Brewery has four of its own beers on tap and guest brews on tap from Four Saints Brewing Co. (Asheboro, NC).

    Four Saints Brews on tap: Omie Blonde Ale, Bitter Brothers ESB Ale, Potter’s Clay Amber Ale, Stout One, Plum Passionate Fruited Sour (plum and passionfruit), St. Augustine Jalapeño Smoked Brown Ale, Belgian-style Pumpkin Ale, Genesis Belgian-style Dubbel, Impending Grace Imperial Stout, Entitled Pilsner, Yoga Pants Latte, Hefeweizen German Wheat Ale

    New Village Brews on tap: Whitecap American White Ale, Purdy’s Pale Ale, Chuck-Will’s Widow Black IPA, and Red Beard’s Brown Ale.

    Friday 12/13: Salty Sistas Food Truck, serving noon – 7:30p. Lobster rolls, coconut shrimp, and beef lumpia. Full menu here.

    Saturday 12/14: Dank Burrito Food Truck, serving noon – 7:30p. Carne Asada, Prime Rib Cheesesteak, or Asian Pulled Pork. Full menu here. Santa and his elves visit between 6-7p. Live music from Songs from the Road Band, 5:30-8p.

    Sunday 12/15: Sunday offers something for everyone – Football on the big screen, relax on the porch, quiet time in the beer garden, or board games with friends. Noon – 7p.

    Brewery Hours: Thurs – 3-9p. Fri & Sat noon-10p, Sun noon to 7p.

  • Pamlico Musical Society presents acoustic Americana duo Danika and The Jeb on Friday, Dec 13 @7:30p.

    The duo, Danika Holmes and Jeb Hart, describe their style of music as “kind of country, kind of soulful, and kind of poppy.” Danika and The Jeb have produced five albums, toured the U.S. and Europe, and opened for mainstream heavyweights such as Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, Tracy Lawrence, and Phil Vassar.

    This December, Danika and The Jeb perform a combination of holiday favorites, their own original songs, and their own take on American Songbook standards at The Old Theater in Oriental, NC.

    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.

  • One of the more striking and memorable scenes at the Spirit of Christmas is that of luminaria lining – and lighting – Oriental’s main streets Friday and Saturday nights.

    Those luminaries are not bought off the shelf. Rather, the pieces – white paper bag, candle, a weight to keep it stable – are assembled by volunteers in the days leading up to the Spirit of Christmas.

    Marsha Paplham orchestrates this production of glow. She is always looking for volunteers to help from start to finish, especially if you have a truck or trailer to help with distribution. To help out, give Marsha a call at 249-0334 or 675-5142.

    Tuesday December 10, starting at 4:30p – Bag Folding at the Toucan Grill (holiday music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar)

    The Candle Lighting and Bag Stuffing at Fire Station 19 has been canceled. Due to inclement weather this weekend, there will be no luminaria set out for the Spirit of Christmas.

    Thursday December 12, starting at 3:30p – Candle Lighting and Bag Stuffing at Fire Station 19 on Straight Rd. (Candles are momentarily lit to make it easier to light them when curbside.)

    Friday December 3, at 3:30p – Loading the now-ready-for-prime-time luminaria on trailers at the Fire Station so they can be placed along the streets.

  • Sample the wines and chat with Santa at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental on Friday, December 13. Wine tasting is from noon – 4p.

    Santa will be on the Nautical Wheeler’s porch from 2-3p.

    Wines for the Spirit of Christmas are:
    • La Terre Chardonnay from California
    • Ink Monster Zinfandel from Puglia, Italy

    The tastings are held under the weather-friendly carport at the back of the store. Nautical Wheelers is at 411 Broad St in Oriental.

  • The Pamlico Chorale presents its Spirit of Christmas concert on Friday, December 13 at 7p and again on Saturday, December 14 at 7p. The chorale will be singing a variety of sacred and secular seasonal favorites. The concerts will take place at Oriental United Methodist Church at 404 Freemason Street. They are free of charge.

  • The Oriental Dragon Detachment of the Marine Corps League is conducting its annual Toys for Tots campaign through December 16. Collection boxes are located throughout Pamlico County. Visit any of the listed locations below to make your donation of a new unwrapped toy, and help less fortunate children in Pamlico County.

    All toys collected remain in Pamlico County.

    Toys for Tots Locations:
    Aggies, Brantley’s, CVS Pharmacy, Diversified Auto
    Dollar General in Arapahoe, Grantsboro, & Oriental
    First Citizens Bank in Bayboro & Oriental
    Hardison’s Tire, Indulgence, Karen’s Spa, McDonald’s in Grantsboro
    M & M’s, Oriental Deli, Pamlico High School, Pamlico Pharmacy
    Piggly Wiggly, SEFCU in Grantsboro, Silos Restaurant
    Studio 55, Village Hardware, Village Health & Fitness
    Walmart, Wells Fargo Bank in Alliance

  • The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2019 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 13-14. 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.

    The parade is Saturday – this year the parade will start at 2:30p. Just after the parade folks will gather at Lou Mac Park for a tree lighting at 4:00p. The theme for the 2019 Spirit Of Christmas Parade is My Traditional Christmas. Whatever a traditional Christmas means where you are from (folks in Oriental are from all over and come from many traditions) share that in your Christmas parade entry.

    There are parade registration forms at the hardware store on Broad Street, or you can register to be in the Spirit Of Christmas parade online – click here.

    Saturday’s events also include a live nativity and chorale music. And as always, there are the open houses at many businesses in town.

    The 2019 schedule will be published about a week before the event. Meanwhile “take a peek at the schedule for Spirit of Christmas 2018: Schedule of events, click here

  • The 2019 Oriental lighted kayak/canoe/dinghy/paddle board flotilla will take place on Friday evening December 13 Saturday evening, December 14. The dates have changed due to adverse weather conditions.

    Meet at the Oriental Wildlife ramp (301 Midyette St, Oriental, NC 28571) at 4:30p, launching at 4:45p and paddling into Oriental Harbor at 5p.

    If you are coming from another launching area please plan on being able to enter the harbor at 5p. Call or email Larry Summers @ 252-675-0467 if you have any questions about the event. No engines or sails, please. For safety, please wear life vests and carry whistles.

  • Oriental resident Grace Evans is reviving an old tradition: The Tree of Names and Lights. For a $5 donation, and candle ornament with the name of a loved one (person or pet) is placed on the Tree of Names and Lights in Lou Mac Park. A red bow on the candle is ‘In Honor of’ and a green bow is ‘In Memory of’.

    The tree is lit at 4p, Saturday Dec 14, after the Spirit of Christmas parade. It will remain up until New Year’s Day (weather permitting).

    Please send all information (In Honor or In Memory, and the name) and donations to:
    Grace Evans
    PO Box 355
    Oriental, NC 28571
    Make checks out to: OBCF, and in the memo write: Ocracoke Disaster Relief

    Donations will be accepted through (and added to the tree until) December 31, 2019. Donations will go to the Ocracoke Recovery Fund managed by the Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF).

  • Saturday, December 14, from 4-9p, Iron Horsemen MC holds the 1st Annual Veteran’s Fundraiser at the Red Rooster.

    $10 at the door, and all donations go to the Pamlico County Chapter of Disabled American Veteran’s transportation program which transports veterans to and from VA appointments.

    Live music by The Joe Baes Project, raffles & prizes. The Red Rooster is behind the Silos Restaurant at 1111 Broad St extension in Oriental.

  • Pamlico Arts hosts the Lip Synco Holiday Challenge at The Silos Restaurant, Saturday December 14 @ 7p.

    Come wow your fellow Lip Sync-ers with your rendition of a seasonal favorite. You can come in costume, dressed up for the holidays, or in your street clothes.

    The Lip Sync Holiday Challenge will be held on the main stage, upstairs inside The Silos.

    This is a free event. Proceeds from People’s Choice voting benefits Pamlico Arts Council. Please bring non-perishable, non-expired food for Fishes and Loaves Outreach.

  • Football Sunday @ The Silos begins Sunday at noon… staying open ‘til the last team leaves the field.

    Now open on Sunday, The Silos has two TVs and a new menu just for the games. Game food & brews are waiting on you.

  • 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

  • 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 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.

  • Give blood Friday, Dec 20, at the Oriental Women’s Club, 1-6p. Make an appointment by calling Jean Jerger at 919-622-7344 or going to to www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.

    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.

  • December’s Friday Flicks movie is Wonder, playing Friday, Dec 20 @ 7p.

    Wonder is a true story of a young boy born with facial differences that have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, until now. Auggie Pullman becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade.

    As his family, new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s journey will unite them and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

    Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay.

    Admission is $6 & includes free popcorn. Old Theater Member discount is $1. All proceeds go to support The Old Theater, a non-profit organization. Box Office opens at 6:00p. Doors open at 6:30p. 
Show starts at 7:00p.

  • The Old Theater is holding a special screening of The Polar Express December 22 @ 2p.

    On Christmas Eve, a young boy boards powerful magical train headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’s home. The doubting boy finds adventure on the extraordinary train ride, embarking on a journey of self-discovery. He learns that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

    Doors open at 1:30p. Movie starts at 2:00 p.m. Admission $6.00 (Member discount available), children under 14 are free. Includes FREE Hot chocolate, homemade cookies, and candy canes, all of which is provided by The Old Theater board members. Attire: Jammies, if desired.

  • 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.

  • On January 1, a lot of Oriental gets out on the water – as an alternative to watching football on TV. This New Year’s Day, 2020, will be the running of the 27th Annual Instead of Football Regatta. It starts out from Oriental Marker #1 at noon on New Year’s Day. Warning horn at 11:55a. The Regatta’s a great way to take in the first day of the year. You can sail, you can motor. No one’s really keeping score. (See race coverage, here.)

    The official optional “mandatory” Skippers’ Meeting is after the race at 3p at The Silos. Bring a small wrapped gift – re-gifting is perfectly acceptable – for the drawings. More info coming closer to Jan 1.

  • This time of year, waterfowl return from their northern breeding grounds to winter here with resident and migrant songbirds, as well as hawks and owls.

    Instructors Sheryl McNair and Diane Midness show you how to identify the birds at the Winter Birding Class at Pamlico Community College, Tuesdays, January 7 – Feb 4 (no class Jan 14).

    First class will meet in the PCC Johnson Building at 9:00am for a slide show, discussion of fall migration, birding optics and techniques with a short field trip afterwards. Subsequent classes will be held in the field with early morning meeting times.

    Tuesdays, January 7 – Feb 4 (no class Jan 14) $35 per person (4 classes)

    Class is limited and preregistration is required. Contact Denise Meyerson, 252-249-1851, ext 3113 or dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu.

  • 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.

    Start time and additional info coming soon. Fear not – the Oriental Fire Dept. will be attending.

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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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