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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • This weekend, June 21-24, The New Village Brewery is hosting a Tap Takeover by Big Boss Brewing Company (Raleigh, NC).

    Big Boss is Raleigh’s oldest operating brewery. Located in downtown’s industrial district, Big Boss attracts locals who gather over pints of beer, including the brown ale Bad Penny. World War II bombers inspired the brewery’s logo and the names of its beers: Angry Angel, Blanco Diablo, Hell’s Belle, among others.

    A selection of Big Boss brews will be available in the Taproom this Thursday thru Sunday, including:

    • Big Boss Lager, Munich-style Helles Lager (5%)
    • Bad Penny Brown Ale (5.5%)
    • Hell’s Belle Belgian Blonde Ale (7%)
    • Blanco Diablo Cucumber and Lime White Ale (4.3%)
    • Hipnotized Göse with Rose Hips, Sea Salt & Hibiscus (4.5%)
    • Loaded Dice IPA new release made with 5C hops (Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial & Comet)
    • Saints & Sinners, American Wild Ale

    The New Village Brewery & Taproom’s new Summer Hours are:
    Thursdays: 3 pm to 9 pm
    Fridays & Saturdays: 12 pm to 10 pm
    Sundays: 1 pm to 6 pm

  • Arts Council Annual Membership Meeting June 22 at 6p, at the Old Theater. The public is welcome. The film Tim’s Vermeer (A Penn & Teller Film) shown after the brief business meeting.

    From the council:

    This is an urgent meeting – we need a leader and the executive committee is incomplete. If we can’t find people to step into these positions, we may be voting to dissolve the council instead of the regular business of confirming election of board members.

    This is the only Arts Council in the state without any financial support from its county or municipality.

    What the Arts Council does:

    • Provide grants for the Pamlico Music Society
    • The Old Theater receives grants for many of the special events they produce
    • Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival receives money to underwrite the event
    • The Children’s Theater Workshop gets an annual stipend from the Arts Council for their June/July programs
    • Help with the high school band, provide an art scholarship for a deserving high school graduate, and underwrite outreach art programs in the public schools
    • Held the 2018 (15th annual) Art on the Neuse Art and Music Festival, bringing artists, visitors, and musicians to Oriental.

    This all happens with support of the Pamlico County Arts Council.

  • What do frisbees and coffee have in common?

    Stop by the Roastery on Friday, between 9a -3p to find out the answer to this and all your coffee questions.

    We’ll be demonstrating the Aeropress brewing system – a great option for your boat, camper or anywhere on the go.

    Croakertown Coffee can now be enjoyed at The Bean.

  • Before they play the Old Theater on Saturday, the Urban Gypsies will play the front porch of The Bean on Friday Night @ 6p.

    The Urban Gypsies combine island, gypsy, folk, sailing and tribal genres to make a music of their own. It’s drums, guitar, mandolin, and the Urban Gypsies’ voices.

    It’s just a taste of their full performance, so it will only run until 630p. Hodges St, from Water St. to Wall St. will be closed during that time.

  • Pamlico Amateur Radio Society holds its 2018 Field Day on June 23-24. This year the ham radio operators will set up at the Pamlico County Shrine Club, NC306 S., Grantsboro. The times to visit are Saturday, June 2 2 – 5p and Sunday June 24 8a – noon. This once a year event involves the entire United States and Canada, more than 35,000 radio amateurs operating from remote locations, contacting each other.

    If you ever wanted to talk on the radio to a HAM across the state or across the country, this is your chance. Local HAMS will show you the equipment, answer questions and “Get You On The Air”. Questions: Call Bill Michne at 252-249-1175 or email n4prs@arrl.com.

  • The Urban Gypsies of Florida are back – performing at the Old Theater 7:30p June 23.

    The Urban Gypsies combine island, gypsy, folk, sailing and tribal genres to make a music of their own. It’s drums, guitar, mandolin and the Urban Gypsies voices.

    General admission $18 with discounts available for theater members, military & students with ID. Tickets on sale at Nautical Wheelers (Oriental and New Bern), online at www.OldTheater.org and at the Old Theater box office on performance night.

  • The 2018 Dragon Boat Paddling season continues, as the Oriental Dragon Boat Club practices on June 15. It’s one of their semi-weekl practices – Sundays at 8:30a and Thursdays at 5:30p.*

    Interested in trying the sport? You can join in at a practice. The Club maintains a regulation 46-foot long dragon boat and provides you basic instruction, safety gear (PFD) and equipment (a paddle). All you have to bring is your own bottle of water. (Sun protection advisable, too.) New members of all ages and all experience levels welcomed. Just meet up at Clancy’s Marina – on Midyette near Hodges – to get the boat and paddles. Practices happen thru the warm seasons – weather permitting (i.e. no thunder or lightning). For more info, visit orientaldragonboatclub.org or contact Laurie Stockwell at svmisspearl@yahoo.com.

  • New Village Brewery & Taproom marks its One Year Anniversary with the 1st Annual Oriental Lily Jubilee: a month-long celebration of NC craft beer, art, music, nature and feminine power. To kick off the 2018 Jubilee, the brewery is hosting a Plein Air “Artist on Location” Event in the Beer Garden.

    Throughout the weekends of June 14-16 and 21–24, the Beer Garden is open to all artists to come and create original lily-inspired art en plein air with whatever medium they choose – oils, watercolor, ink, pencil, photography, pastels, etc.

    Afterward, artists will be invited to exhibit their works in a pop-up art expo at the brewery for a 3-week period. Artists will also have the option to donate their original artworks for a silent auction to benefit Girls on the Run Pamlico.

    The plein air art event is free and open to the public. For interested painters, a supply kit including acrylic paints and canvas is available for $20. Tables, chairs, table-top easels, brushes and water provided at no charge.

    Contact Lili with any questions and to reserve a supply kit (if desired). No need to pre-register. All ages welcome. Email: thenewvillagebrewery@gmail.com Phone: 202-450-8585

    In the last week of June 2017, just before The New Village Brewery’s opening day, a splendid Oriental Lily bloomed just beside the front doorsteps. That same week, local artist Marlene Miller gifted the brewery a painting of a lush Oriental Lily that hangs in the Brewery’s Taproom (at right in the image – click the image for a bigger view). The Oriental Lily has been such a good omen for the brewery that this year, the brewery planted 70 Oriental Lily bulbs in the beer garden.

  • Celebrate the publication of The Mother Tree Sunday, June 24 at 4:00 pm at The New Village Brewery and Taproom.

    The Mother Tree is the sequel to Hungry Mother Creek written by local author Heather W. Cobham, aka, Heather Brewer. There will be healthy appetizers, books for sale and of course tasty micro-brews. Heather will do a reading from The Mother Tree at 4:30.

    A portion of the proceeds from the book sale will be donated to the Pamlico County Community Foundation.

    If you haven’t read Hungry Mother Creek yet, you can purchase a copy at Nautical Wheelers, The Inland Waterway Provision Company, The New Village Brewery and Taproom and Paul’s Produce.

  • Open Sailing returns for 2018. Open Sailing @ Bow To Stern is on the 2nd & 4th Mondays in the warm weather months. On the 2nd Monday get out on the water on FJs and 420s. On the 4th Monday the sailing is on keelboats in the 25 ft range. $5/person (free for Bow To Stern members.) Rigging and beginner intro starts around 5p, launching about 5:30p, and you sail until 7p or so.

    The 4th Monday of every month is also a pot luck dinner. You don’t need to sail to attend the pot luck, just bring a dish and drink.

    You can take part in multiple short races or just enjoy some sailing. Please RSVP to Jim Edwards, 252-474-6000. Bow To Stern is at 290 Blackwell Point Loop Rd – for directions click here.

  • It’s said that there are children who only get breakfast and lunch due to the breakfast / lunch programs at school. In the months when there is no school – they can go hungry. Sailcraft Service is coordinating a Food Drive for the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina – the goal is to collect food to benefit these children. The food drive is June 25 – 29, 8a – 4p … bring your donations by Sailcraft Service boatyard in Oriental.

    The Food Bank needs: Canned Fruits, Vegetables, Meat, and low-sodium Soup in pop-top cans, Whole Grain Pasta, Brown Rice, Dried Beans, and Cereal, Peanut Butter. For Infants: Formula, Infant Cereal, Diapers, and Wipes. For Kids: Fruit Cups, Juice Boxes, Granola Bars, Crackers, Popcorn and Sugar-Free Pudding Cups.

    For further info, click here for the flyer.

  • 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 Oriental head out on the Neuse for the Wednesday Night Sail Race. Boats rendezvous at Oriental Marker #1 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.

  • A new exhibit at Oriental’s History Museum pays tribute to area residents who lost their lives while serving in War II, as well as Vietnam. Opening May 4, and running thru mid-June, the Fallen Heroes exhibit tells the stories and military history of these Oriental-area men who came from all branches of the military. (Among them, Hood Stephens, whose marker in Belgium’s Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery is in the photo at right.)

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

  • The Village Gallery turns 10 this year and to celebrate, the gallery on Oriental’s harbor invited some of North Carolina’s best artists from a variety of mediums to show their works. You can see the resulting special exhibit during the months of May and June. Visitors are invited to stop into the Gallery at 300 Hodges Street any time during normal business hours Wednesdays through Sundays from 10a until 5p.

    Among the artists are painters Jean Dexter and Russell Yerkes, (watercolors); Lissa McGowan, Steven Moore, and Janet Jaworski, (acrylics); Gosia Tojza, and Dan Beck, (oils); Jay DeChesere, (pastels) and more 3-dimensionally speaking, potter Shelly Mathiot; Michael Brown, (wood); and Jay Shavone, (aluminum.) Many of the artists will be attending the reception held during the Gallery’s Annual Black Velvet Fund Raising Event on Friday, May 18.

  • Croakerfest 2018 is happening on the weekend of Friday June 29 thru Sunday July 1. Headlining music act this year – The Embers, of beach music fame. Check back for more details about Oriental’s biggest summer festival. Click here for scenes from the 2017 Croaker Festival

    (A scheduling note: Croakerfest typically takes place on the weekend-with-the-first-Saturday-of-July. Some years that Saturday has been as far into the month as July 7, which would have been the case again this year. The 2018 Croakerfest was scheduled far a week earlier because, Croakerfest organizer Cheryl Thompson says, it was the weekend The Embers could play. Another factor was the festival coming after the 4th of July. )

  • An interfaith service is planned for July 1, the Sunday before Independence Day at Lou Mac Park at 10a. All are welcome to attend this community service. Bring your own chair.

    If you have questions, contact Pastor Grady Simpson of the Free Will Baptist Church at 745-4545.

  • Registration is open for this summer’s Children’s Theater Workshop. 2018 will be the program’s 23rd season of teaching children – from 1st through 12th grade – acting fundamentals and how to tell stories on stage using words, movement, and emotions. Theater activities and games are also part of the mix in the two-week sessions led by a theater arts drama coach at The Old Theater in Oriental.

    The 2018 Summer Workshop Schedule: For students who have just completed 1st/2nd grades: July 2-13, 9a-noon. Those who’ve finished 3rd/4th grades: July 16-27, 9a-noon. Students who just completed 5th-7th grades would attend July 2-13, 2-5pm while recent 8th-12th grade students would attend July 16-27, 2-5pm

    For more information or to register, see childrenstheateronc.com or email at 1996ctw@gmail.com.

  • The Pamlico County Democratic Party holds its annual dinner and fundraiser on July 14 at Pamlico Community College’s Delamar Center. The festivities begin at 5p with gospel music from Dupree Jarvis and choir, with Keith Canon soloing. After a dinner of chicken or pork BBQ, hearty salad and homemade desserts, there’ll be dancing to the oldies. Tickets are $25 per person and available at the Inland Provision Company and Nautical Wheelers, More info at pamlicodemocrats.com.

  • 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.

  • Next Oriental Town Board meeting is June 28 at 8 AM. The Board holds regularly scheduled meetings on the first Tuesday of every month but due to the July 4th Holiday, July’s meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 28 at 8a.

    June 28 was originally scheduled as a special meeting.

  • Craven-Pamlico Beekeeping Association is offering a Fall Bee School on September 15, 22 & 29. Area beekeepers will teach you what you need to know to become a beekeeper. The 3 Saturday classes take place at the Craven County Cooperative Extension building, 300 Industrial Drive in New Bern. Cost is $50 to cover course materials and 3 lunches and snacks. Register by Sept 3. To do so, or for more info, contact Bee School Administrator Dana Mahoney at danabanana@centurylink.net or 252-571-3117 (before 7p.)

  • 2018 Harborfest for HeartWorks will be taking place on the weekend of September 21 – 23 at River Dunes Grace Harbor. It’s the major fundraiser of the year for HeartWorks, the non-profit serving over 400 at-risk children in Pamlico County. Treat yourself to food, drink, dance bands, plus silent and live auctions. Come one or both nights. Salt Water Gold will play on Friday night and The Entertainers on Saturday. Come by land or sea to River Dunes Marina. Boaters can dock up to three nights and enjoy all sorts of amenities. Register here for Harborfest 2018. To reserve a boat slip call 252-745-9703.
  • The 2018 Oriental Cup Regatta is happening the weekend of September 14-15. Sailboat racing out on the Neuse with eats and entertainment on land, all to raise money for the Bill Harris Scholarship which goes to a college bound student athlete from Pamlico County.

  • The 5th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is coming up on Friday-Saturday October 5-6. The original idea is still in play – just walk around town and hear dozens of musicians playing on porches in Oriental. This year, the OFPMF expands, starting earlier on Friday afternoon. Porch performances are still free as is the finale Saturday afternoon by Chatham County Line on the Riverfront Stage. This year the Friday night concert will be Tellico, at the Red Rooster stage. (This is the one ticketed show at the OFPMF Check back here for info on tickets for Tellico.).

    Last year’s successful Food Park returns as well as the Artisans Village Market. 2018 OFPMF T-shirts are on sale now.For scenes from the 2017 OFPMF, click here.

  • The 4th annual Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday October 13, 2018. 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. 2018’s show will feature a new “Clunker Flea Market” and car parts swap meet.

    Want to put your car or truck in the show? Day-of registration starts at 8:30a Saturday with trophies awarded at 3p. Registration info at orientalclassiccarshow.com. or call 252-249-0228.

    Check previous shows:
    1st Annual Oriental Classic Car Show
    Classic Cars Gather In Oriental For 3rd Year

  • Got a killer chili recipe? Put it to the test at The Old Theater’s 2018 Chili Cookoff on Saturday, October 27. More than a dozen chefs from area restaurants and non-profits compete in this harborside event on the grounds of the Oriental Marina and Inn. Attendees get tastes and vote for their faves in this 4th Saturday in October annual fundraiser for the Old Theater. Check back for the call out for chefs…..

  • Ongoing Events:
  • 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.

    Participation is free and each one-hour meeting will include 30 minutes of meditation practice led by participants, followed by discussion. They are “We keep it very simple,” says one of the organizers, Tony Noel. “The goal is mindfulness practice, first and foremost. We’ll intersperse meditations of various objectives and from various traditions.”

    As they have been since the OMM group formed in January 2017, the sessions are open to all, even those who have 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 252-635-7867, or togetherwesit@gmail.com.

  • 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-1p 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.)

  • 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.

  • A very active Pickleball community has formed in Pamlico County, and as reported (See story here) they play at the new gymnasium at Camp Caroline. You’re invited to join in. Play pickleball for exercise, friendship and fun, Even if you’ve never played the game. New players and beginners are welcome at all sessions. Equipment and introductory instruction are always available.

    They play at Camp Caroline 5 days a week in the fall, winter and spring . It’s Sundays only, when summer camp is in session. See schedule, here. 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 or Camp Caroline Manager, Casey Perry caseysperry2@gmail.com, 252-299-3157.

  • 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 at 116 Main St., in Bayboro (the old Scotchman building) on Mondays at 8:15pm. 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.”

  • Its first thrift store was such a success that Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County moved in to bigger quarters. It’s now in Grantsboro, at the intersection of 55 and 306, next to the Piggly Wiggly. As before, the store specializes in furnishings and fixtures for the home and the materials to help build it. Proceeds go to the Habitat efforts to build affordable housing in Pamlico County. If you have items to give to the store and you’d like the donations picked up, give the store a call at 745-1106. That’s also the number to call if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Habitat’s latest home construction project.

  • 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.

  • In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 800 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.

  • 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 Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 2pm. The Beach Books Club – which takes on lighter fare – gets together on the second Tuesday, also at 2pm. New members welcome. Call the library at 745-315 for more info.

  • Go take a walk. The Oriental Walking Group sets out on a series of organized walks through the village on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet up with walk leaders Gary and Pat Leonard at Lou Mac Park for a 9am departure. Oriental’s a great town to walk around and the walking group may help you stay disciplined about getting fit. Pedometers and water bottles provided by the Flexfit program. Call the Leonards for details at 249-0138 or just show up.

  • 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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