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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • The Village Gallery’s Black Velvet Online Auction is April 30 – May 7. Items include:

    • Tiffany style lampshades
    • Pottery
    • Sculpture
    • Jewelry
    • Paintings
    • Spa Day for 4

    Items can be viewed online or in person at the Village Gallery.

    Bidding begins Friday April 30, 7a and ends Friday May 7, 5p. The auction is online at www.32auctions.com/BlackVelvetAuction2021.

    The Village Gallery is at 300 Hodges Street in Oriental, NC.

  • This week, May 6-8, New Village Brewery has food trucks, guest brews from two breweries, and music in the Beer Garden.

    Guest Brews: BrUtopia Brewing Co. – Irish Red Ale, Belgian Tripel, and a Bourbon Pecan Coffee Porter. From Brewery 99 – Witbier.

    Oriental brewed beers on tap: Whitecap American White Ale, Ol’ Store Ale, Red Beard’s Brown and Lili’s Breakfast Stout (all brewed on-site at New Village Brewery).

    Growler and crowler fills by request. New Village Brewery asks customers to practice social distancing.

    Music in the beer garden: Friday, 5/7: Brant Island Strings, 5 – 8p Brant Island Strings has rescheduled to May 21 due to weather.
    Saturday, 5/8: Big Jim Kohler Band, 5:30 – 8:30p.

    Food trucks:
    Friday 5/7: Anita’s Taqueria, 5-8p. Gorditas, Tacos, and Quesadillas. See the full menu here.
    Saturday 5/8: Jasmine Tasty Thai 4-8p. Spring rolls, red curry, and Pad Thai. Check out the full menu.

    Brewery Hours: Thursday 4-8p, Friday: 4-9p, Saturday: 2-9p.

  • Start your weekend with live music at The Red Rooster. Friday, May 7, Eric & Pat play on the Bantam Stage.

    Cash bar and order dinner on the Silos’ Chow Now app. Music starts at 7p. The Red Rooster is behind The Silos on the Broad Street extension in Oriental.

    Live Music in May:
    • 5/21 Ken Belangia
    • 5/28 Rick Huff
    • 5/29 SilosPalooza

  • Get rid of that stuff you no longer need just by leaving it at the curbside. On Saturday May 8, Oriental’s annual Brown/White goods pickup is happening.

    Have everything curbside by 7am. (In recent years, folks who put their white and brown goods out after 7a, missed out because the truck had already made its one pass down their street.

    They WILL pick up couches, chairs, appliances, tables, mattresses, bed headboards & frames, yard furniture and boxes.

    They WILL NOT pick up tires, electronics (TVs, computers, etc), construction debris, commodes, yard-waste, bagged household trash, or hazardous waste.

  • Here’s a chance get rid of those personal records and documents you don’t want anymore … and to be sure that they don’t fell into the hands of an identity thief.

    There is a Shred Event Saturday, May 8, from 9a – noon in the back parking lot of the Pamlico County Courthouse in Bayboro.

    It’s free. Bring up to 75 pounds of personal papers to be shredded. Sponsored by the Local Government Federal Credit Union. For more info call 252-745-4421.

  • Kayakers Bill Hines and Larry Summers will provide free paddle instruction Saturday May 8, 10a at the Oriental Wildlife Ramp.

    We are willing to help, anyone who shows, up the basics of kayaking including getting in and out of your kayaks. We will try to bring some extra kayaks down to provide a chance for those who do not have a kayak yet to get some experience. After a bit we will go out on a paddle. A short careful one for beginners and a longer one for experienced paddlers.

    For more information contact Larry Summers at 252-675-0467 or email: larsum@aol.com.

  • The Big Jim Kohler Band play at the Beer Garden at New Village Brewery, Saturday May 8, 5:30 – 8:30p.

    Food trucks, New Village and Guest brews on tap.

    Brewery opens and the Food Truck begins serving at 4p. Music starts at 5:30p.

  • The Village Gallery welcomes Kevin Fetzer as the May’s guest Artist of the Month.

    Kevin Fetzer is an acrylic artist who had been painting and creating art as a hobby for the past 12 years and has recently started painting full-time after spending 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry. A principal theme throughout his art is the use of nautical and nature inspired subjects, particularly the small harbors, boats and birds found in the small coastal towns of North Carolina.

    Kevin splits his time between his homes in New Jersey and Oriental, North Carolina.

    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.

  • Oriental’s History Museum celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment – giving women the right to vote – with a special exhibit through June: The Women’s Suffrage Movement

    The exhibit tells the story of the movement and the women and men who took part in the struggle. On display will be the Pamlico County 1920 women’s voter registration lists. Maybe your grandmother or great-grandmother registered to vote. Forty-nine women in Oriental did just that.

    This exhibit closes the end of June. The museum is located at 802 Broad Street. Hours are Friday 11 – 1 and Saturday, 1 – 4. Not open on Sundays for the foreseeable future.The Museum is always free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information contact us at museum@dockline.net.

  • 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.

  • Pamlico County Fishes & Loaves Outreach (PCFLO) food pantry’s monthly Mobile Food Truck is at the regular pickup location, St. Peter The Fisherman on White Farm Rd, Wednesday, May 5.

    Line-up begins at 9a and food distribution begins as soon as food is received and sorted.

    Food is available to anyone in need and who resides in Pamlico County. Must show valid ID with residence in Pamlico County. The Mobile Food Truck is sponsored on the first Wednesday of every month at St Peter The Fisherman on White Farm Rd.

    To read more about PCFLO, their new building, and their services, click here.

  • Sailors from (and near) Oriental head out on the Neuse for the Wednesday Night Sail Race. Boats rendezvous at Oriental Marker #1SC on each Wednesday for a relatively carefree race around the government marks. Just show up. The race does the “normal” US Sailing countdown. Just like a real race. This allows those new to racing an opportunity to learn and practice the start sequence.

    The race starts at 1800 GPS time. There is a warning horn at 1755 (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.

  • 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

  • The Hope Regala goes virtual, May 5 – 15. A BBQ dinner, a $10k Golden Raffle Ticket Drawing, and an Online Auction – all to benefit the mission of Hope Clinic in Pamlico County.

    • $10k Golden Raffle – All 200 tickets have been sold. Live drawing on 5/15.
    • BBQ Dinner Pickup – May 14, 5:30-6:30p, at Station 19 Fire House. $15 per meal. BBQ dinner with sides and dessert. Buy your BBQ dinner here.
    Online Auction – Bidding open May 5 – 15. Bid on a cabin in the mountains, a scenic plane ride, a wine package, and even a year of pies. View the auction catalog here.

    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.

  • The Old Theater presents A League of Their Own Friday, May 14, 8:30p outside at the Red Rooster behind The Silos.

    In 1943, professional baseball players were leaving for the war. Sisters Dottie Hinson and Kit Keller are scouted and recruited to play with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The movie follows their struggles to make the league a success while dealing with their own growing rivalry.

    Based on a true story and starring Geena Davis, Lori Petty, and Tom Hanks.

    Gates open at 8, movie starts 8:30p. The Red Rooster is behind The Silos on Highway 55 in Oriental. Bring your chair or park your golf cart. Admission by donation, includes FREE popcorn. There’s a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Old Theater.

    The Silos has burgers and fries, sodas and concessions for sale. Regular menu available for take out via Chow Now app. Cash bar with beer, wine, and soft drinks available. No outside food or beverages please, by order of the state.

    All proceeds from ticket donations and the 50/50 raffle will go to benefit the Old Theater, a registered 501©(3) non-profit organization, located at 609 Broad Street in Oriental, NC.

  • Get rid of the toxic waste at your home. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Saturday, May 15 9a – noon at Pamlico County Courthouse located at 202 Main St, Bayboro. Organized by the Coastal Environmental Partnership, this is about clearing away the things we have around our homes that shouldn’t go to the landfill.

    You can dispose of cans of paint, used motor oil, pesticides, gas, cooking oil, antifreeze, drain openers, paint thinners.

    There are things they cannot accept: gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, infectious, biological and radioactive wastes. And nothing from businesses, contractors or otherwise commercial sources. As for electronica, you can drop them off anytime during the year at the dump/transfer station on Hwy 306.

    For more info, contact Coastal Environmental Partnership at 252-633-1564 or call Pamlico County’s Solid Waste Mgmt office at 745-4240.

  • On May 16, 1862, the National Steamer Oriental ran aground in the waters off the Outer Banks. Decades later, legend has it, a little town along the water was named after the wreck by a former Outer Banks resident. Without that wreck, our little town wouldn’t be the same.

    An article from 2012 tells the tale: Shipwreck of The ‘Oriental’ 150 Years Ago This Month

    Happy Grounding Day.

  • Friday night, May 21, Brant Island Strings plays in the Beer Garden at New Village Brewery – 5-8p. (Originally scheduled for May 7, and rescheduled due to weather.)

    Food trucks, New Village and Guest brews on tap.

    Brewery opens and the Food Truck begins serving at 4p. Music starts at 5p.

  • Pamlico Arts hosts the third qualifying match of the Lip Synco Challenge at The Red Rooster, Saturday May 22 @ 6p.

    Wow your fellow Lip Sync-ers with your performance. Come in costume or in your street clothes, as a solo act or group.

    Winners will be brought back to face off at the Lip Synco Finale, date TBD. Sign up your act at The Silos Restaurant. Enjoy the entertainment at the open-air Red Rooster (behind the Silos).

    This is a free event. Proceeds from People’s Choice voting benefits Pamlico County Arts Council.

  • Kick off the summer Oriental-style with Silospalooza 2021. Now in its 8th year, the outdoor music event on Saturday May 29 features bands at the Red Rooster stage and bar behind the Silos Restaurant. (Date may change due to COVID)

    Music starts at noon and runs til near midnight. There are two stages – the Big Rooster Stage in front of the grass dance floor and the Bantam Stage under the roadhouse bar roof.

    Burgers, Dogs, Turkey Legs & Chicken Tenders are served outside at the Red Rooster bar all day. Live roosters walk the grounds (please don’t eat them.) Liquor tent at the county line. Beer and wine available at the Red Rooster bar. Bring a chair and your dancing shoes…. and get yourself this year’s Silospalooza t-shirt.

    Check out photos and the story from previous~paloozas:
    Dancing at Silospalooza 2019
    Pizza, Soul & Rock n Roll – Silospalooza 2018
    Silospalooza 2017
    Silospalooza 2015

  • Start your weekend with live music at The Red Rooster. Friday, June 4, Daniels & Stratton play on the Bantam Stage.

    Cash bar and order dinner on the Silos’ Chow Now app. Music starts at 7p. The Red Rooster is behind The Silos on the Broad Street extension in Oriental.

    Live Music in June:
    • 6/4 Daniels & Stratton
    • 6/11 Eric & Pat
    • 6/18 Ken Belangia
    • 6/25 Rick Huff

  • Oriental Dinghy club hosts the Oriental Open June 13 at Bow to Stern Boating Center on Smith Creek.

    For boats 20’ and under. If you don’t have a boat, you can rent one from Bow to Stern.

    Skipper’s meeting is at 9, 1st race is at 11a. No races begin after 3p. Oriental Open Notice of Race (NOR)

    For further information please contact Christel Monmoine e-mail: christelm08@yahoo.com, 919-824-8785.

  • Oriental welcomes the Flounder Festival & Friday July 2 – Saturday July 3. The fireworks are Friday night, launching from the bridge.

    The parade is 10a Saturday, but how the parade is done will be determined by how/if gathering rules are relaxed in North Carolina before July. If the gathering limits remain, the parade still will happen, but with a change. Small mini parades will run through town. You just see it from your driveway as it passes… no gathering issues. If gathering rules are relaxed before July, the regular style parade will be on Broad Street.

    Music at the Tiki Bar Friday and Saturday nights. A pagent will be held. Arts & crafts vendors. Food booths run by non-profits are invited to participate.

    The fireworks show is big – it costs about $10,000. This gets paid for by donations. Checks can be made out to “Spirit of Independence” and either sent to or dropped off at 204 Wall Street, Oriental, NC 28571.

    If you have questions about the 2021 Flounder Festival, contact Marsha Paplham at 252-675-5142.

  • Start your weekend with live music at The Red Rooster. Friday, July 2, Brant Island Strings play on the Bantam Stage.

    Cash bar and order dinner on the Silos’ Chow Now app. Music starts at 7p. The Red Rooster is behind The Silos on the Broad Street extension in Oriental.

    Live Music in July:
    • 7/2 Brant Island Strings
    • 7/9 Hank Barbee
    • 7/16 Ken Belangia
    • 7/23 Rick Huff

  • The Croakerfest Regatta is on for Saturday, July 3. The race is open to Lasers, FJs, Sunfish, and 420s. Skipper’s Meeting is at 0900 First horn is at 1100 and final race is at 1400.

    Refreshments and awards at 1600 on the lawn at Bow to Stern boating.

    Boat rentals are available from Bow To Stern Boating Center (252-474-6000 or 252-249-2424).

    Registration, Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, and Course Diagrams are coming.

  • Start your weekend with live music at The Red Rooster. Friday, August 6, Daniels & Stratton play on the Bantam Stage.

    Cash bar and order dinner on the Silos’ Chow Now app. Music starts at 7p. The Red Rooster is behind The Silos on the Broad Street extension in Oriental.

    Live Music in August:
    • 8/6 Daniels & Stratton
    • 8/13 Ken Balangia
    • 8/20 Mac Mc Williams

  • Formerly the Bow to Stern One Design Regatta, the race is now open to all. August 7 & 8 is the 3rd Annual Bow To Stern Regatta.

    Sailors young, old (and in between) are invited to participate. The event is based out of Bow To Stern’s headquarters on Smith Creek.

    It’s camping, two days of racing, dinner & entertainment Saturday night. Saturday, the skippers meet at 9a. First horn at 11a, final race 3p. On Sunday, first horn 10a, final race 1p, awards and picnic 3p. Classes include all small boats and keel boats. Registration information coming.

    Check out the first two years here:
    Bow to Stern One Design Regatta 2019
    • Bow to Stern One Design Regatta 2018

  • The rubber chicken returns. The 27th Greens Creek Challenge Regatta is Saturday, September 18.

    This late-summer Oriental tradition features boats 20 feet and under racing on Greens Creek. There’s one other challenge… somewhere out there, a rubber chicken waits to be rescued.

    Sailors launch from Bow to Stern. Skippers Meeting is 9a. First horn is 11a. Picnic lunch at noon. Second horn at 1p. Awards at 5p. Classes include all boats 20 ft and under. Registration information coming.

    Take a look at previous Challenges:
    Greens Creek Challenge 2019
    Greens Creek Challenge 2018
    Greens Creek Challenge 2008GCC, the earlier years

  • It’s become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah. The 2021 Oriental Boat Show — The Best Small Town Boat Show In America —is coming up Sept 24 – 26. 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 show has about 100 exhibitors of nautical goods and services. Dealers and brokers bring in boats on land and to the slips at Oriental Harbor Marina. More details – including vendor application forms – are at OrientalBoatShow.com. For more info, contact boat show impresario Sam Myers 252-249-0228 or director@orientalboatshow.com.

  • Arrive by land or sea to attend Harborfest for HeartWorks, September 24-26, 2021 at Grace Harbor, River Dunes.

    Have fun while supporting HeartWorks, a unique non-profit providing counseling, day care, after-school and summer programs to over 400 at-risk kids in Pamlico County each year.

    There’s barbecue and live music on Friday night. Saturday night is the gala with live music, open bar, gourmet buffet, and live and silent auctions. Boaters can reserve a slip and stay for the weekend to enjoy all of the amenities at River Dunes plus breakfast on Sunday.

    Works of art, jewelry, trips and cabins, an oyster roast, or other items or experiences are needed to make the auction a success. To donate, call 252-745-9703 or drop by HeartWorks at 709 Main St., Bayboro.

  • The 7th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is set for October 8-10, 2021.

    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. A few years ago, the OFPMF expanded, starting on Friday afternoon and ending with a Sunday morning gospel on the Riverfront Stage.

    More info at olfrontporchmusicfestival.org

    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

  • The 2021 Oriental Cup Regatta is set for the weekend of Oct 15-17 out on the Neuse.

    For 2021 the Cup continues as a cooperative effort between Oriental’s three sailing clubs: ODC, SCOO & NSA.

    NOR and Registration info coming. The cup web site is orientalcupregatta.com.

    A look at past Oriental Cup Regattas:
    2019 Oriental Cup Regatta – the year there was an actual ‘cup’
    • 2018 Oriental Cup Regatta – cancelled due to Hurricane Florence
    Oriental Cup Regatta – 2017

  • -The 7th annual Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday, October 16, 2021. 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.

    See previous shows:
    5th Oriental Classc Car Show
    Classics, Customs & Moderns: The 2018 Oriental Car Show
    Classic Cars Gather In Oriental For 3rd Year
    1st Annual Oriental Classic Car Show

  • Try a lot of chili and help the Old Theater raise funds. The 13th Annual Chili Cookoff is Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 at the Oriental Marina & Inn on the harbor in Oriental.

    It works like this: A dozen or so chefs bring their best chili, you buy a ticket, sample them and then vote for who you think should win the People’s Choice Award. (There’s also the Judge’s Pick, determined by a trio of judges.) Tix: $10 day of, and $9 in advance at Nautical Wheelers. All proceeds go to support The Old Theater, a non-profit organization.

    For more information or if you would like to participate as a Chef or Sponsor, please contact the Old Theater: 252-249-0477 or oldtheater@gmail.com.

    In the meantime, check out the chili from previous years:
    2019 Old Theater Chili Cookoff
    Chili Cookoff 2018
    • The 2015 Chili Cookoff.
    Scenes from the 2014 Chili Cookoff.

  • Bow to Stern Boating hosts Oriental’s second Halloween Regatta, Saturday, October 31.

    Dress up your boat and your crew for Halloween on the Water. Large Egyptian barges, middling pirate ships, dinghy-sized ferryboats, – all vessels of all kinds are welcome to sail. Be creative with your decorations.

    New to racing? Practice your skills and learn the ropes at this pressure-free regatta.

    Start at 11a Saturday, Oct 30 between the Committee (Judges’) boat and the Pumpkin Buoy beside marker 1AC. Course is announced at Judges’ boat at the starting line. Will be using the government marks (Adams Creek, Garbacon, and 1AC). Round with most windward leg first. Post regatta festivities are at Bow to Stern.

    Contact Bow to Stern Boating with any questions: 252-249-2424.

  • Oriental’s Thanksgiving morning bike ride is on for Thanksgiving 2021. Not a Spandex event. Plaid is acceptable.

    You’ll take your time as you pedal along the roads in town. And work off some calories in advance of the big dinner later in the day. Show up at the Town Dock 9a on Thursday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving bike ride around Oriental.

    The route follows the waterfront, visits the boatyards and a few of the marinas in the town limits and swings down Midyette Street and back to the harbor.

    No registration necessary. Just show up by the Town Dock (across from The Bean) at 9a.

    Take a look at previous Thanksgiving Day bike rides:
    Two Rides, One Event: 2020 Thanksgiving Day Bike Ride
    Tour de Oriental: The 2019 Thanksgiving Bike Ride
    Bikes, Trikes, and Tandems: The Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2018

  • Lights, garlands, and a few moving parts. Oriental’s decorating contest for the Spirit of Christmas runs throughout December, but is judged beginning Monday, Dec 6, 2021.

    There are winners in six categories, for both businesses and residents.

    See the winners, and the prize, from the 2020 Light Up Oriental contest

  • The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2021 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 10-11.

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

  • Ongoing Events:
  • 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 8:30a from the Bean from spring to fall, as the weather permits.

    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.

  • 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

  • OMM, the Oriental Mindfulness Meditation group meets twice weekly – Mondays at 7p and Thursdays at 7a at the Perry-Griffin Community Center, 300 High Street. Each one-hour meeting will include 30 – 40 minutes of meditation practice.

    The group’s sole focus is mindfulness: Developing and increasing the ability to focus on one thing (including nothing) by letting go of the distractions which too often prevent such focus. Sessions alternate weekly between guided practice, with vocal prompts to remind participants of techniques for clearing the mind and focusing it on a single object or process; and silent meditation, when participants hone these techniques without instruction.

    A small selection of instructional books and meditation scripts is kept on site for attendees’ reference. Books may be signed out for two weeks at a time.

    Sessions are free and open to all. The room opens at 7. Sits begin at 7:10 sharp Monday nights and Thursday mornings. Late arrivals will not be admitted once practice has commenced. Join the mailing list by writing togetherwesit@gmail.com to learn of (rare) cancellations.

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

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

  • In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 1650 shawls for those in need. The group meets Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am at the church to crochet or knit shawls and pray for the recipients of them.

    The weekly gatherings have brought together people from all walks of life and religious faiths. (And even non-knitters; if you don’t know how to knit, stop on by and get a lesson and join in.) Contact Leigh Price at 249-1361 with any questions.

  • The NAACP of Pamlico County holds its regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month at 6p at the Pamlico County Senior Services Center at 800 Main St, Alliance. All interested persons are invited and welcome to attend.

    For more info, contact chapter President Doug Pearsall at nellie98@embarqmail.com or Hattie Harrell, 1st Vice 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. Due to COVID 19, there have been changes to procedures and schedules for playing at Camp Caroline.

    Play is open to Pamlico County Residents Only
    Play is by Reservation Only on Signup Genius
    Play is Limited to 12 people at a time and 2 courts
    Health Questionnaire, Waiver and Temperature Reading Required of all players
    Masks are Required when not social distancing

    They play pickleball at Camp Caroline Mon – Fri, 9a-12p – $4/session. For more information and a link to SignupGenius, contact Alice Petree: 703-628-8123, pamlicopickleball@gmail.com or Deborah Bryant, 252-670-0117, debbryant@aol.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.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous meets throughout the week at several locations in the area: At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church at 600 Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8p. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 400 Freemason Street, Sundays at 7p. And temporarily behind Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 900 Broad Street, Friday at 8p.

    “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

    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.

  • 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’ 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 President Dan Giro @ 252-665-3059. 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 20-04 meets the 1st Thursday of every month at University of Mount Olive on Trent Road in New Bern. The meetings — which focus on boating safety, navigation and GPS, for instance — are open to the public.

    New members welcomed. Contact Mike Ott (860) 617-0698 or Keith Gapen 252-639-0734 for more info.

  • 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, contact Gwen Rhodes at 215-356-6303.

  • 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 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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