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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • Oriental celebrates 125 years, Friday – Sunday, March 1 – 3.

    Every 25 years, Oriental celebrates its birthday. This year, the town is 125 years old.

    Sign up for the parade (themed on the Year of the Dragon), come listen to or join in on the storytelling, watch the live production of Breakfast at Brantley’s, check out the food and craft vendors at Lou Mac Park, join in the evening street dance, listen to live music, and more.

    Want to join the Town’s 125th Committee? Contact Sally Belangia at 252-671-9288, Ginger Barnett at 210-251-8174, or Linda Hoff at 252-617-2508.

    Join the Birthday parade. Theme is Year of the Dragon, though you’re encouraged to look to Oriental’s 125 year history for more inspiration.

  • Oriental History Museum presents Gone, But not Forgotten: The Changing Landscape of Oriental. Open now at the Oriental History Museum.

    Special hours for the 125th Birthday Celebration: Open Friday & Saturday 10a – 3p, and Sunday 1-3p.

    This special exhibit tells the story of the evolution of the town since its founding over 125 years ago.

    Local homes, businesses, and scenery were lost over time. Causes ranged from natural disasters to fires in wooden structures, advances in technology, or simple neglect.

    Yet those places and people are still fondly remembered today. Visit this special exhibit to see what Oriental once was like, “back in the day.”

    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: orientalhistorymuseum@gmail.com

  • Oriental’s monthly Town Board meeting is the first Tuesday of the month.

    Town Commissioners meet in the large boardroom at Town Hall at 8a, Tuesday, February 6.

    Agenda posted when available.

    Town Board meetings and workshops are open to the public.

  • Open Mic Night is live at the Silos Wednesday nights. 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.

  • Oriental’s government has several boards that meet on a monthly basis to discuss ongoing Town projects and business.

    All are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.

    Upcoming Monthly Board Meetings:
    • Board of Commissioners: Tuesday, 3/5 at 8a
    • Water Advisory Board: rescheduled to Friday, 3/8 at 9a
    • Harbor Waterfronts Committee: Thursday, 3/7 at 8a
    • Parks & Recreation: Tuesday, 3/12 at 3p
    • Town Board Retreat: Friday, 3/15 at 8a
    • Planning Board: Wednesday, 3/20 at 3p

    All boards meet at Town Hall, at the corner of Broad and Church Streets, in the large board room.

  • Join the Creative Card Making Class, Wednesday, March 13 at 10a -noon at the Oriental United Methodist Church. Meets the second Wednesday of the month.

    Meet up with friends to make cards and socialize. Class is led by Cheryl Mcaskill, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. Cheryl will provide most of the supplies as needed. Cost for paper and supplies is $25 / month.

    Advanced registration is required, contact Debora Steenson to register or for more information at 252-675-0909 or director@primetimepamlico.org.

    Held at the Oriental United Methodist Church at 404 Freemason St. in Oriental. This is a Prime Time event.

    Prime Time is a mission of the Oriental United Methodist Church. Prime Time provides benefits the 50 and above regardless of church or non-church affiliation. Prime Time provides services and activities promoting the physical, social, mental, and spiritual well being in the Oriental and surrounding areas.

  • Oriental United Methodist Church invites you to Songs & Sweets on Friday, March 15 at 7p.

    Musicians from the OUMC choir and congregation show off their musical talents. Enjoy pie and ice cream.

    This is a free event and you don’t have to be a member of the congregation to attend.

    Donations are gratefully accepted and support local children in foster care.

    Takes place in the OUMC Sanctuary at 404 Freemason Street in Oriental.

  • Oriental’s Town Board meets for its yearly budget retreat on Friday, March 15, 8a – approximately 2p. Commissioners will meet at Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

    At the retreat, Commissioners review the prior years’ projects, hear about the progress and budgets of the auxiliary boards, and discuss projects for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Agenda posted when available.

  • The Dragon Burn, hosted by the Pamlico Arts Council, is Saturday, March 16.

    What’s a Dragon Burn? A dragon effigy is constructed behind the Red Rooster Bar (located behind the Silos Restaurant). There’s food, a cash bar, and music – the Southern Hellcats play the Red Rooster Stage. The Chinese Dragon will make an appearance, dancing through the crowd. The dragon burns after sundown.

    This is a ticketed event and membership drive. $25 for individuals, or $50 gets you and your family in the gate and signed as a member for the Pamlico County Arts Council.

    Purchase your tickets here. All proceeds benefit the Pamlico County Arts Council and their annual programs.

    The 4th Annual Dragon Burn.
    Fire Burns a Dragon and a Virus
    Dragons Bring in Chinese New Year in Oriental
    The 1st Annual Dragon Burn

  • The Oriental Woman’s Club’s 2024 Chowder Cook-off is Saturday March 16 from 11a – 1p.

    The cook-off attracts about a dozen cooks – they put their best chowder forward.

    A $10 ticket gets you a chance to taste different kinds of chowders and vote for your fave to win the People’s Choice Award. Cash only, please. Tickets available at the gate.

    Proceeds for this annual event help fund OWC’s charitable works & community service.

  • The Old Theater presents Magic is BS, Saturday, March 16 at 7:30p.

    Bryan Sanders, a 15-year comedy and magic veteran, performs his one-man show ‘Magic is BS’.

    One of the top entertainers in the Southeast, Sanders has been featured on America’s Got Talent. Engaging audiences with interactive, walk-around performances, Sanders delivers laughs and amazement.

    Although the magic is a great show for all ages, some adult humor may not be appropriate for children.

    Tickets are $20 for general admission. Old Theater members, military and students are $15. Wine and soft drinks available by donation. Available at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental and New Bern, and online at this link.

    Complimentary tickets need to be exchanged for regular tickets to assure seating in the event of a sold-out show. Questions – call the Old Theater at 252-249-0477.

    The Old Theater is on the corner of Church and Broad Streets in Oriental.

  • St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church presents its annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Sit-Down Dinner on Saturday March 16 from 6-9p.

    As part of the St. Patrick’s Day tradition, there’s live Irish music by The Murphy Family band. They’ll also be paying tribute to their family patriarch, Frank Murphy.

    Tickets are $35 per adult (includes wine or beer), $15 for children under 12. $25 for take-out at the door. Tickets available at Nautical Wheelers & Village Hardware, or at the church office from Tuesday – Thursday, 10a – 2p. Call the office before arriving: 252-249-3687. Cash or check only, please.

    St. Peter’s is at 1149 White Farm Road.

  • Pamlico Musical Society presents Galvin Cello at The Old Theater, Sunday, March 17 @ 7:30p.

    ‘The Galvins’ are cellists Sihao He, Sydney Lee, Haddon Kay, and Luiz Fernando Venturelli. Hailing from China, Brazil, South Korea, and the United States, the talented instrumentalists and friends met at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

    The group jumped into the music scene in 2021 after earning a silver medal in the Fischoff Competition, and then winning the Victor Elmaleh Competition in 2022. have teamed up to provide exceptional music “exceeding the expectations of traditional chamber music” ever since.

    “Their renditions as a group are glorious,” says Arnold Steinhardt, violinist of the Guarneri String Quartet.

    Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online here or at Nautical Wheelers at 411 Broad St. 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 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. It all happens in PCC’s Delamar Center Auditorium. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe. All levels of unplugged playing welcome.

    For more info, contact Denise McDermott 252-249-1851 ext 3113 dmcdermott@pamlicocc.edu.

  • Announcing The Gathering, Monday, March 25, 6p at The Bean.

    Work weekends? Is Sunday church not for you? You’re invited to check out The Gathering – a new group sponsored by Oriental United Methodist Church to make space for community and conversation in a non-traditional setting. There’s no hard sell – just a place to gather and talk.

    From Pastor Anne Sims: “We’ll always have a very brief devotional thought and prayer time, and lots of time to get to know one another and maybe play games or share in other common interests. We’ll be meeting the last Monday of each month at 6p at The Bean. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have.”

    Call 252-249-0213 or email asims@nccumc.org.

  • The 2024 PAWS Pet Parade is scheduled for Saturday, March 30

    It is the 17th annual celebration of the canines in Oriental. The parade sets out on the streets near Lou Mac Park at 11a. Dogs and their humans can register from 10-11a that morning at the Lou Mac Park staging area.

    The entry fee is $5 per dog. All vaccinations must be up to date and PAWS asks that participants and spectators leash their dogs. Awards presented in numerous categories. Creative canine costumes are optional but highly encouraged. Prizes awarded in many categories, including bribing a judge to raise the most amount of money.

    The PAWS hot dog cart will have refreshments available for purchase. Proceeds from the parade and hot dog cart are used to assist the animals of Pamlico County.

    Have a look at previous pet parades:
    2023 PAWS Pet Parade
    2022 PAWS Pet Parade
    2019 PAWS Pet Parade

  • Memorial services for Melinda Penkava-Smith will be held in Lou Mac Park, Saturday April 6 at 11a.

    Melinda passed in November. She was a radio DJ, NPR reporter, and co-founder of TownDock.net.

    Read Melinda’s story here.

  • It’s become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah. The 2024 Oriental Boat Show — The Best Small Town Boat Show In America —is April 12-14.

    This 3-day Friday-Saturday-Sunday show is organized by the Oriental Rotary Club and is the place to see boats and gear for boats.

    The Oriental Boat Show has about 100 exhibitors of nautical goods and services. Dealers and brokers bring in boats on land and to the slips at Oriental Marina & Inn. For more info, contact boat show organizers John Barlow 336-312-6522, Sally Belangia 252-671-9288 or email director@orientalboatshow.com.

    Friday April 12, noon til 6p – admission $10.00 (includes rest of weekend)
    Saturday April 13, 10a til 6p – admission $10.00 (includes rest of weekend)
    Sunday April 14, 10a til 3p – admission $5.00

  • April 23 & 25, 5:30 – 7:30p, Women 16 and up are invited to register for “Empowerment Self-Defense for Women” at Pamlico County Community College.

    Darla Bolon teaches the class. Learn effective prevention skills in a safe and supportive environment. Participants practice setting appropriate psychological and physical boundaries and other strategies intended to reduce vulnerability to becoming a target of violence. This class involves physical techniques anyone can learn, regardless of physical skill or abilities.

    Darla Bolon has 35+ years of counseling experience with an emphasis on working with victims of crime. She is a certified Self-Defense Instructor with the American Women’s Self-Defense Association and the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation.
    Her specialty is educating people about their personal safety and empowering them to become their own best protectors.

    Fee is $25 for both classes. Pre-registration is required – call Denise at 252-249-1851 × 3113 or email: dmcdermott@pamlicocc.edu. For specific questions about the class, contact Darla at 614-327-7209, darlabolon@gmail.com.

  • The Old Theater presents Alex Williams, Saturday, April 27 at 3p and 7:30p.

    Alex Williams is a singer/composer and multi-instrumental performer. Raised in New Jersey, Williams debuted with his hometown heroes Kool and the Gang and was part of the production of Ladies Night and the Joanna single.

    Sampling from Stevie Wonder, Hall & Oats, The Commodores, Kenny Loggins and more, Williams records his arrangements on piano and guitar, using them as a part of the live musical experience.

    Tickets are $20 for general admission. Old Theater members, military and students are $15. Wine and soft drinks available by donation. Available at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental and New Bern, and online at this link.

    Complimentary tickets need to be exchanged for regular tickets to assure seating in the event of a sold-out show. Questions – call the Old Theater at 252-249-0477.

    The Old Theater is on the corner of Church and Broad Streets in Oriental.

  • Breakfast At Brantley’s has been rescheduled for Friday, May 24 at 7:30p & Sunday, May 26 at 3p at The Old Theater.

    Your tickets from March will be good for those days.. If you’d like a refund, please head to Nautical Wheelers starting Sunday, March 3.

    A group of Oriental regulars, known as The Breakfast Bunch, open Brantley’s every morning. Sitting at their special table, in their special seats, they eat heartily and pontificate on the latest town gossip. There’s unrequited love, marriage (again!), yankees, singing farmers, live music, and 15 songs.

    It will be a breakfast to remember.

    Based on real Oriental residents from the 1980s. Written by Bill Gould, directed by Ben Gaskill, and performed by The Dragon’s Den Theatrical Troupe.

    Tickets are $20. Available at Nautical Wheelers and at the door of The Old Theater.

    Proceeds from the performance go to Oriental’s History Museum. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available for anyone wishing to promote their business, or to help support the troupe so that we may continue to ‘play.’ To find out more, email dragonsdentheatricaltroupe@gmail.com.

  • NYRA’s (Neuse Yacht Racing Association) annual FREE race/cruise/party is the Parrothead Regatta, Saturday July 20, 2024, sailing down the Neuse from New Bern to Oriental.

    It’s kind of a race, but it includes water cannons, pistols, and balloons. Inter-boat attacks are permitted and encouraged. The race starts at Marker #17 (across from Fairfield Harbour). Race ends at Oriental. Free social for all racers after.

    Both town docks at Oriental – the one at Hodges and the one near the pump out are reserved for NYRA on Saturday.

    Find out more about NYRA here.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • Pamlico Community Band rehearses every Tuesday from 7-8:30p at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church.

    The band performs three concerts per year: in the spring, opening of the Fourth of July Croaker Festival, and Christmas.

    All levels and ages of musicians welcome. Auditions not required; just show up with your instrument. Our focus is the joy of making and sharing music while having fun.

    For more information contact Chris Mele at 252-626-6928. St. Peter is at 1149 White Farm Road in Oriental.

  • The Pamlico County Library hosts a mystery book club the second Wednesday of each month at 5p. 

    Each month a novel selected from the winners of the annual Edgar Awards will be discussed. 

    For more info please contact the library at 252-745-3515. Pamlico County Library is located at 603 Main Street in Bayboro.
  • 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 OUMC (404 Freemason Street).  New members are welcome to join. The UHOOS’ focus is on having fun while singing and playing together.  They periodically perform at events.

    Anyone interested should contact Claudia Bemis at csbemis@yahoo.com or Judy Styron at cjstyron@embarqmail.com.

    Beginners welcome to come at 1p and get help with the basics.  Please contact Claudia if considering the beginner’s class.

  • 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

  • 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.

    For more info, contact Dave at dave@towndock.net, Kim at 670-8987 or Mel at melinda@towndock.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.

  • You’re invited to join in and play Pickleball even if you’ve never played the game before. New players and beginners welcomed – equipment available if you don’t have your own.

    Play is open to residents and visitors alike, by Reservation only on Signup Genius. For  information on rules, how to play, and a link to Signup Genius to register, email pamlicopickleball@gmail.com.

    During fall, winter and spring, courts are open every day of the week,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.

    Players can also play on the Oriental Town Court at the corner of 3rd Ave. and Vandemere.

    TownDock.net visited the Pickleball players in 2017. See story here.

  • 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 Friday mornings, setting out from the Wildlife Resources Commission ramp at the end of Midyette Street at 9a. 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.”

    Call Bill Hines by Thursday evening prior to let them know you’ll be joining Friday morning: 252-571-0264.

  • The Pamlico Chorale meets every Monday, 4 – 5:30p 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 membership chair Phyllis Yodlowski at 252-671-6076 or pyodlowski@gmail.com.

    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

  • 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.

  • 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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