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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • Next Oriental Town Board Meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 1 has been cancelled.

    Town Manager Diane Miller says there is no outstanding town business for the rest of the year.

    The Town Board meets on the first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is at 7p January 5, 2021, at Town Hall in the large boardroom.

  • Oriental’s recycling center, at the Oriental Recreation Park behind Fire Station 19, is staffed and open on Tuesdays, from 7:30a-6p.

    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.

  • Help support Pamlico Partnership for Children by booking three singing Partnership Elves in December.

    Surprise your spouse or significant other, co-worker, boss or office staff, a child or group, loved one or special friend with the Partnership Elves. They can appear at work or school, at a restaurant, boat, and more.

    To schedule your elves call 252-745-7850 or text 602-573-194, or email Michelle at michelle@pamlicopartnership.org. $50 is the recommended donation to spread Elfing Cheer.

  • Hope Clinic hosts a Pork BBQ lunch takeout fundraiser at two locations December 4.

    Pork BBQ by Dennis Brinson with coleslaw and baked beans from Charlie’s Restaurant and Brantley’s Village Restaurant.

    To get a plate, purchase a $10 lunch ticket at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental, at Bayboro Pharmacy, or Aggie’s Hope Clinic. Tickets are limited. Contact Yolanda at yolanda@hopeclinic.net or at 828-421-7981.

    Pick up your lunch on Friday, December 4 at Bayboro Baptist Church at 1010 Main St in Bayboro from 11a-12:30p or at Oriental Fire Station 19 at 182 Straight Road in Oriental from 11:30a-12:30p.

    Funds go to Hope Clinic, a private non-profit providing free medical care to needy and underinsured residents of Pamlico County.

  • Pappy Khouri is The Village Gallery’s featured artist for December, beginning with a reception on Saturday, December 5 from 2-5p.

    He started painting 7 years ago when another gallery artist, Gosia Tojia, began encouraging and mentoring his artwork. Now, Pappy Khouri rarely goes a week without a brush in his hand. (“A hobby that has blossomed into a passion,” he calls it.) Over time, he has developed a loose impressionist style.

    Khouri’s works on display include scenes from Pamlico County in a mix of styles, from soft pastels to brightly colored oils.

    The Gallery is at 300 Hodges Street in Oriental. The Village Gallery is open from 10a until 5p Wednesdays through Sundays and displays the art of more than 30 member and consigned artists, primarily from Down East. For more information, telephone the Gallery during normal hours of operation at 252-249-0300 or visit villagegallerync.com.

  • 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.

  • The Village Gallery welcomes Janet Jaworski as November’s Guest Artist.

    Janet spent a 30 year career as a graphic designer and art director before going back to take art classes after her children were in high school. She credits the Worcester Museum of Art for her continuing interest. She takes inspiration for her paintings from the light, movement and abstractions, and from the Carolina Coast.

    She and her photographer husband often collaborate in their artistic endeavors. For more information about her work please visit her website at janetjaworskiart.com.

    The Gallery is at 300 Hodges Street in Oriental. The Village Gallery is open from 10a until 5p Wednesdays through Sundays and displays the art of more than 30 member and consigned artists, primarily from Down East. For more information, telephone the Gallery during normal hours of operation at 252-249-0300 or visit villagegallerync.com.

  • PrimeTime sponsors ‘Living Well Through Color’, a complimentary online session about the meaning and power of color in every day life, Tuesday, Dec 8, 1:30-2:30p.

    Presented by Michele Musella, RN, MSN, Doctor of Integrative Medicine. Click here to learn more about Michele and the class, and to register.

    This is a free online event sponsored by PrimeTime.

  • Oriental’s History Museum presents a special exhibit: Weathering the Storms: History of Eastern North Carolina Hurricanes.

    Oriental, and the eastern coast of North Carolina, are no strangers to the floods and destruction caused by hurricanes. What do you know about those that have visited Oriental and the surrounding area? Many senior residents still remember the Hurricane of 1933 that washed away part of Oriental’s waterfront.

    Visit the Museum’s new exhibit and learn about each of these hurricanes…Bertha, Connie, Ione, Isabel, Irene, Florence, and Dennis to name a few. Maps, descriptions, and photos tell a cautionary and educational story about Eastern North Carolina during hurricane season. (Photo taken on Broad Street during Hurricane Dennis in 1999, by the Pamlico News)

    This exhibit runs through January 2021. The museum is located at 802 Broad Street. Open Friday 11 – 1, Saturday, 1 – 4 only. The Museum is always free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information contact us at museum@dockline.net.

  • The Tree of Names and Lights goes live Thursday, December 10 at 5:30p in Lou Mac Park and will remain up until New Year’s Day (weather permitting).

    The tree is an Oriental tradition, revived in 2019 by unofficial Oriental historian and nonagenarian Grace Evans. It honors and memorializes residents and loved ones (people and pets).

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

    Donations go to a different charity each year. This year, it’s Oriental’s volunteer fire department, Station 19 on Straight Rd. Donations will help with the cost of replacing their air packs.

    Please send all information (In Honor or In Memory, and the name) and donations to:
    Grace Evans
    PO Box 355
    Oriental, NC 28571
    Make checks out to: Southeast Pamlico VFD

    Donations will be accepted through (and added to the tree until) December 31, 2020.

  • The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2020 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 11-12.

    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.

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

  • Oriental’s three sailing clubs, SCOO (Sailing Club of Oriental), ODC (Oriental Dinghy Club), and NSA (Neuse Sailing Association), sponsor the Nautical Co-Op of Oriental’s Winter Seminar Series.

    The seminars were postponed in November 2020 as a result of COVID-19, with the hope they can resume in March 2021.

    Updates coming in 2021.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • 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 on Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at noon. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Freemason Street, Sundays at 7pm. At Pamlico County Senior Services, 800 Main Street, Alliance, Fridays at 8pm.

    There is also an Al-Anon group meeting Tuesday nights from 7-8pm at 403 Mildred Street. It is open to all. For more info on the Al-Anon meeting contact Gregory Green at 252 838 2425.

  • The twelve-step group, Victorious! , meets in the conference room in the Pamlico County Health Dept. in Bayboro on Mondays at 6 pm.

    Victorious! is recovery support group for people trying to overcome drug, alcohol or any life-controlling addiction. This group is partnered with the New Beginnings Program of Hope Clinic. Call Eric for further information: 252.671.2330

  • 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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