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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • 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.

  • November 3, from 1 – 2p, join ArtWorks for the Salon Series for Art Lovers at the Perry Griffin House.

    Love art? Learn new ways to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment, as well as your understanding of art in general with ArtWorks’ Salon Series For Art Lovers on the first Thursday of the month.

    A different artist leads the discussion every month. Learn techniques for interpreting the nuances of a particular artwork, its color, the brush strokes, the mastery of the scene portrayed, and the emotions it generates.

    This is a free event. The Perry Griffin Foundation Community Room is at 300 High Street in Oriental, NC. For more information, contact Carla Fisher at carla@artworksonc.org.

  • Give blood at St. Peter the Fisherman, Thursday, Dec 1 from 1 – 5p.

    Make an appointment by going to to www.redcrossblood.org and typing in zip code 28571 to find St. Peters. Click ‘see times’ to pick your spot. You can also call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767. An Amazon gift card will sent to all donors.

    To find St. Peter’s: 1149 White Farm Road, Oriental, NC, off either Route 55 (from Bayboro turn left directly onto White Farm Road from 55 East) OR from the village heading West on 55 to Straight Road (right turn) and then another right onto White Farm Road.

    Saint Peter’s is on the left down the road apiece.

  • The Pamlico Musical Society wants your input on performers it’s thinking of booking for the 2023-2024 season. Lend them your ears at a public Listening Session on Thursday evening, December 1 at the Oriental Woman’s Club. The listening session begins at 6p.

    The feedback from those attending helps determine which musical acts the Musical Society will bring to Oriental in the upcoming season. There’s no charge to attend the listening session – nor do you need to be a member of the Musical Society (though you are welcome to join.)

    For more information call 252-617-2125 or visit www.pamlicomusic.org.

    The Oriental Woman’s Club is at 1007 Gilgo Drive.

  • The Tree of Names and Lights goes live Thursday, December 8 at 5:30p at Lou Mac Park and will remain up until New Year’s Day. You can contribute and get your loved ones’ name on the tree up until Dec. 31. 2022.

    The tree is an Oriental tradition, revived in 2019 by unofficial Oriental historian Grace Evans. It honors and memorializes residents and loved ones (people and pets). Grace’s daughter Meta Jones continues the tradition for her late mother.

    For a $5 donation, one candle ornament with the name of your loved one is hand made and placed on the Tree of Names and Lights in Lou Mac Park. A red bow on the candle means ‘In Honor of’, a green bow is ‘In Memory of’.

    Donations go to a different charity each year. Donations will be split between two charities this year: The Oriental History Museum and the Oriental Ambulance/first responders Dottie Gray fund.

    Please send all information (In Honor or In Memory, and the name) and your donations to:
    Meta Jones
    301 Midyette Street
    Oriental, NC 28571
    Make checks out to: The Tree of Lights

    Have your donations in to Meta by Monday, December 7 to get them on the tree before the lighting. Names will be posted online after the first of the year.

    Check out the tree from years past:
    In Honor & Memory 2021
    In Honor & Memory 2020
    In Honor & Memory; The Tree of Names and Lights

  • Do you know a child who could play an angel or a wise man? (They don’t actually have to be wise and angelic…. just act like they are.)

    To sign up your child email the Children’s Theater Workshop at 1996ctw@gmail.com. You can also call or text Children’s Theater Director Yolanda Cristiani at 828-421-7981.

    The Live Nativity performance will be at 3:30p Saturday December 10 at OUMC (Oriental United Methodist Church).

    Rehearsal dates are:
    • Saturday 12/3: casting call & rehearsal 1p-2p
    • Wednesday 12/7: rehearsal 4:30-6p
    • Friday 12/9: full dress rehearsal 4-5p
    • Saturday 12/10: Cast arrives at 2:45p, Performance is 3:30p on the front lawn of OUMC.

    Oriental United Methodist Church is at 404 Freemason St. in Oriental, NC.

  • Lights, garlands, and a few moving parts. Oriental’s decorating contest for the Spirit of Christmas runs throughout December, but is judged Monday, Dec 5, 2022. This year, the Oriental Woman’s Club is in charge of the contest.

    Winners will be announced at the Lighting of the Star, Friday night, Dec 9.

    There are winners in six categories, for both businesses and residents:
    • Nauti-est (most nautical)
    • Griswold (best lights)
    • Reason for the Season (best nativity)
    • Most Inflated (best inflatables)
    • Most Whimsical

    There will also be awards for Best Overall:
    • Most Beautiful Home
    • Best Decorated Business

    Check out past events:
    2020 Light Up Oriental

  • Tour Southern Living Magazine’s 2022 Idea House at River Dunes, Thursdays – Saturdays, 10a – 5p, and Sundays noon – 5p.

    Created, built, and designed under the direction of Southern Living Magazine, the 4,000 sq ft home has “the very latest in home innovation, coastal design, local artisan details and outdoor living.”

    The home has indoor and outdoor dining rooms, a detached garage and office space, a master suite, 2 more bedrooms and a total of 4 1/2 bathrooms.

    Tickets for the idea house tour are $20 plus tax. Proceeds benefit local non-profits HeartWorks, Hope Clinic, and Pamlico Partnership for Children. Purchase tickets here.

  • The Friends of the Pamlico Library sponsor a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) Book Sale, Dec 2 & 3.

    Friends of the Pamlico Library host a December Book Sale, Friday Dec 2 and Saturday Dec 3, 10a-6p both days.

    Stock up on your winter reading: bring your own bag, fill it full, and pay per bag – not per book – by donation.

    Book sale will be at the new Library site at on Highway 55 in Alliance, the site of the old Hardee’s Building.

  • Oriental’s History Museum presents a new exhibit: Lighthouses on our Coast, September 16 through January 2023.

    The Oriental History Museum’s new exhibit explores the long history of lighthouse lore in the area and of the seven lighthouses from Corolla down to Oak Island along the North Carolina Coast. The Steamer Oriental went aground on the Outer Banks near the original site of the Bodie Island Lighthouse.

    The surrounding area is home to several small lighthouses; most famously are the remains of the Broad Creek Lighthouse once manned by the Quidley family of the town of Pamlico. An Oriental family worked as volunteers at the Cape Lookout lighthouse wearing costumes, living in the lighthouse and describing the life of a keeper and family.

    Come find out what lights a lighthouse…what do the various patterns and colorings of the lighthouses mean…which lighthouse and keeper’s home was moved… which lighthouses are still in operation…what it’s like being a keeper…were there female keepers?

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

  • The Pamlico Community Band performs a free holiday concert Saturday, Dec 3 @ 7:30p at St. Peter the Fisherman.

    Come listen to Sleigh Ride, a swing variation of Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear, and other seasonal favorites.

    This hour-long concert is free to attend.

    St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church is at 1149 White Farm Rd, Oriental, NC 28571.

  • The Village Gallery welcomes December’s Artist of the Month, Pappy Khouri. Visit Pappy at the artist reception, Saturday Dec 3, from 2-5p.

    Pappy began his painting career almost a decade ago. He works in an impressionistic style, fostered by workshops with artists Dan Beck, Gosia Tojza and more. He’s also been known to do plein air paintings of Oriental Harbor, while standing on the deck of the Village Gallery (his studio is inside).

    “I invite you to sit in one of the rocking chairs on the porch of The Village Gallery in Oriental, North Carolina. In front of you is the town’s working harbor. Colorful shrimp boats, visiting sailboats, recreational powerboats, an occasional dolphin and lots of sightseers. This is where I draw my inspiration. I love to paint the harbor and the boats that frequent it.” Pappy has eighteen new pieces on display this December.

    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.

  • The Old Theater presents an Actor’s Workshop, Sept 12 – Dec 12, Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8p.

    This is a free workshop. Participants will work on monologues, character preparation, scene and script study.

    Workshops are informal, creative and fun. The objective is to inspire participants to adapt roles and experiences into emotion and character. Each workshop focuses on developing different aspects of the actor’s trade, both individually and in groups on stage.

    To enroll, email Pat Nocera at pc.oldtheater@gmail.com. Bring a notebook and a pen.

  • Every year, luminaria are set out on the curbs of Oriental for the Spirit of Christmas weekend. But they need help getting there.

    Help light up the streets of Oriental this year by helping with one of the following luminaria activities:

    Bag Folding at the Toucan, Dec 6 at 4:30p with holiday music & cash bar
    Bag Assembly & distribution. Meet at Station 19 Firehouse, Dec 9 at 1p. No candles this year – luminaries are battery powered. Bring a trailer if you have one to load and distribute lights.
    Luminary Pick Up, Dec 11 at 8a – Four volunteers are needed to pick up luminaries and bring them to Station 19.
    Luminary Pack Up, Dec 11 at 1p – Volunteers pack away wooden blocks and tea lights for the next year. Also at Station 19.

    Both the Toucan and the Red Rooster will have holiday music and a cash bar. Most activities take about an hour. This year, luminaria will be constructed with candles.

    Click here for more information, and to choose where and when you’d like to help.

    For questions, call Bonnie Crosser at 303-725-6364.

  • Want to learn how to bellydance? Think you’re not tall, young, thin, coordinated, or flexible enough to dance? Think you can’t get a workout, improve your balance or flexibility unless you’re in a gym? Find out otherwise Tuesday evenings. Beginner’s Class at 5:30p.

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

    Wear relaxed clothing you can move in. Ages 16 and up. All body types welcomed. $30 a month. $10 drop-in.

    For more information, email dragonbellydance@gmail.com.

  • Pamlico Musical Society welcomes Masters of Soul to the Old Theater Thursday, December 8 @ 7:30p.

    Take a break from the chaos of the holiday season with “A Motown Christmas” – a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music, including the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by these celebrated artists.

    The show featuring stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances backed by a live band. Based in Virginia Beach, the group has performed to numerous sold-out audiences, garnering rave reviews across the country.

    Tickets to Masters of Soul are $25 and are available in Oriental at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street, and online at www.pamlicomusic.org.

    For more information, call 252-617-2125.

  • The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas, December 8-10.

    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, 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 2022 schedule will be published about a week before the event. Meanwhile, take a peek at Spirit of Christmas past:
    The Spirit of Christmas 2021
    Spirit of Christmas 2020
    2019 Spirit of Christmas Weekend
    2018 Spirit of Christmas Weekend

  • The Miscreants’ Christmas plays at The Old Theater, Dec 9, 10, & 11. Performances at 7:30p Friday & Saturday night, and 3p on Sunday.

    Father Christmas is kidnapped a week before his big day and it’s up to Mother Christmas and the ‘Council of Fictional Christmas Characters’ to solve the mystery.

    In this comedy seasonal spoof by Bill Hand, characters interact with the audience in order to solve the mystery.

    Admission is $20 for the general public or $15 for members, military and children. Purchase tickets at Nautical Wheelers or at the door. Online link coming.

    Box Office opens one hour before the show. Doors open 30 minutes before show begins.

    If you would like more information about this show, please call 919-221-5362 or email oldtheater@gmail.com. The Old Theater is at 609 Broad Street in Oriental NC.

  • The 2022 Spirit of Christmas kayak/canoe/dinghy/paddle board flotilla will take place on Friday evening December 9 (unless the weather turns). Engineless & sail-less vessels festoon themselves and their craft in lights and other seasonal decorations, and make their way into Oriental Harbor at dusk.

    If you want to participate, 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. Arrival time depends on how long it takes to set up your boat. You’ll have help at the ramp if you need it – just get there early.

    If you are coming from another launching area please plan on being able to enter the harbor at 5p.

    Call 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. It’s a short paddle, but much of it (especially returning) is in the dark.

  • Create your culinary art piece and display it this season at the Pamlico Arts Council Gingerbread House Contest, Dec 10 at Brantley’s Restaurant.

    Awards given for Judge’s Choice and People’s choice. There’s also Mini Gingerbread and a Gingerbread Man decorating for kids.

    Gingerbread Houses should be dropped off by 10:30a on Sat, Dec 10. People’s Choice voting begins at 11a. Awards at 3:30p

    Kid’s gingerbread house decorating is 9a – noon. Come have breakfast with Santa at Brantley’s and decorate your gingerbread house, too.

    There are 25 kits, first come first served. Sugar cookies will also be available for decorating.

    For more information, email pamlicoarts@gmail.com. Pamlico County Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Pamlico County.

  • Tuesday, December 29, the Dazzling Dancers present the 2nd Annual Kwanzaa Workshop, at the Craven County Library Auditorium at 5p.

    This free workshop involves discussion about the 7 principles of Kwanzaa, New Bern Black History, theater creativity skills, cooking lessons, a unity dance and drum circle, and more.

    The auditorium is at 400 Johnson Street in New Bern. Have questions? Call Aniyah at 252-670-9230 for more details.

  • Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2022 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: 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 Dragon Runs past:
    A Dragon Rolls Through Oriental New Year’s Eve
    • Dragons Run on Hodges – New Year’s Eve 2019 into 2020
    Two Dragons and a Croaker – New Year’s Eve 2018 into 2019

  • The 30th annual Instead of Football Regatta is January 1, 2023

    A sailing alternative to TV, and a loosely organized one at that, it’s become an Oriental New Year’s tradition. Sailors meet at noon on Saturday, Jan 1 at Oriental marker #1 (SC1). Warning horn is at 11:55a.

    Marks are: Adams Creek #1, Garbacon #7, finish at Oriental #1 (SC1). Sailing direction/course change announced on Channel 72 prior to start.

    There are no rules or sailing instructions. The first skipper that asks for directions or instructions will be drawn, quartered, and forced to walk the plank.

    There is a Mandatory Skipper’s Meeting after the race at 3p at The Silos (race cancelled or not). Bring a nautical or fun gift or re-gift for the drawing…all boats participating are included. Must be present to win.

    Need more info? Call Nelda Coats at 252-639-1616, or email at neldacoats@gmail.com.

    Check out the event from years past:
    • A Hazy Instead of Football Regatta
    • Forty+ Boats on New Year’s Day
    Instead of Football Regatta 2019

  • The Hope Regala is May 5 & 6, 2023. A BBQ dinner, a $10k Golden Raffle Ticket Drawing, and a Live & Silent Auction – all to benefit the mission of Hope Clinic in Pamlico County.

    There are special weekend packages for boats harbored at River Dunes.
    Friday night BBQ with live music.
    The Saturday Night Regala features catered dinner under the big tent at River Dunes, a live and silent auction, and live entertainment.
    • There’s also the $10k Golden Raffle. Every ticket provides a 1 in 200 chance of winning $10K. If you buy the limit of 3 tickets, that’s a 1 in 67 chance.

    There’s rumor of a sailing regatta in 2023.

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

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

  • The 9th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is set for Oct 6 & 7, 2023.

    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.

    Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival 2022
    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A group of area cyclists gets together for rides each Saturday and Sunday and welcomes you to join them. Rides start at 10a from the Bean from fall to spring, as the weather permits. In the spring, the start time shifts to 8:30a.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    All are invited – come on by and learn to drum. (They have some spare drums for you to try.) Have questions before you go? Contact Doug Carmichael at Dougcarmichael@embarqmail.com.

  • 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.

    Play is open to residents and visitors alike, but due to COVID, play is limited to 18 people.
    Play is by Reservation Only on Signup Genius

    During fall, winter and spring, courts are open every day of the week except Thursday.  Times are 10a-12p every day except Sunday when times are 1-3p.  Cost is $2 per player.  A medical waiver must be completed yearly.  Summer play is Friday 1-3p, Saturday and Sunday 10a-12p.  If the courts are closed due to a conflict of activities at Camp Caroline, the closure will be noted on SignUp Genius.

    For more information and a link to SignupGenius, contact email pamlicopickleball@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 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.

  • Concerned about your drinking? Help is available.

    Alcoholics Anonymous meets throughout the week at several locations in the area: At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church at 600 Ragan Road in Oriental, Tuesdays at 8p, and again Friday nights at 8p. (2nd brick building on the left).

    At Alliance United Methodist Church at 687 Main Street in Bayboro, Thursday at 7:30p (a great meeting for new members).

    At St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 402 Freemason Street in Oriental, Sunday at 7p.

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

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

    Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) – At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church at 600 Ragan Road in Oriental (2nd brick building on left). Open Meeting Tuesdays from 6:30-6:70p. Women’s Group Saturday 6:30p.

    Narcotics Anonymous – A group atmosphere which provides help from peers, and offers an on-going support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Never Alone – meets Wednesday at 7p at Alliance United Methodist Church, 687 Main Street in Bayboro.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6p. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up, and they produce our wonderful in-water boat show and classic car show too. For info about the club and meetings contact Beth Obenshain @ 919-932-0874. If you want to rent a tent, table or chairs call the Rotary order line at 649-3725. More info about Rotary at www.orientalrotary.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For more information about club activities and membership, check out orientalwomansclub.org.

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

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

  • Friends of the Pamlico County Library meets at the library on Highway 55 in Bayboro. This is the group of folks who help sustain the library. For info, call 252-745-3515.

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