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  • Pamlico Musical Society presents cellist Natalie Clein, March 22 @ 7:30p.

    The artistry of British cello virtuoso Natalie Clein has been described as “mesmerizing” and “soaringly passionate.” She takes the stage with pianist Dina Vainshtein at the Old Theater on Friday, March 22 at 7:30p.

    With a global reputation as an artist of exceptional musicality and integrity, Clein won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 1994 at the age of 16. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Scholarship by the Royal College of Music and completed her studies with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. Awards continued, including the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians and the Classical Brit Award for Young British Performer of 2005. Clein is a Professor at the Royal College of Music London and Music Academy Rostock and the Artist-in-Residence at Oxford University. She plays the ‘Simpson’ Guadagnini cello of 1777. Her playing has been praised for its “astonishing range of colors and….wide variety of expressive styles.”

    Tickets to this concert are $22 and are available in Oriental at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street, and online at www.pamlicomusic.org. 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.

    For helping to make these concerts possible, Pamlico Musical Society wishes to thank our sponsors the Red Rickshaw, DetailXPerts of Eastern NC and Anne and Paul Manganaro.

  • Croakertown Coffee hosts a series of free clinics and brewing demos to help you learn to brew a great cup of coffee at home. It’s all called Coffee Brewing 101, at the Roastery on Saturday mornings at 9a, 10a, and 11a. Each session will last approximately 10-15 minutes.

    Saturday, March 23 – Brewing 101 – Espresso. Learn the essential steps to making espresso.

    Saturday, March 30 – Brewing 101 – Siphon brewing (vacuum pot.)

  • Oriental’s sailing clubs (SCOO, NSA & ODC) are working together to present a winter series of seminars to help boaters improve their game. March 23 the session is OAA NWS Weather Forecasting, lead by Erik Heden of the National Weather Service. Sessions will be at Town Hall from 9a-noon on Saturdays. Sessions are open to all – you don’t have to be a club member.

  • This week March 20-24, New Village Brewery has guest brews from Brice’s Brewing Co. (Garner, NC) and R&R Brewing (Mt. Olive, NC).

    Wed: taps feature Frank’s Breakfast Stout and the Lupulus Singulus (Single Hop) Ale with specialty hops from Newport, Rhode Island, and brews from Brice’s Brewing Co.

    Brice’s Brewing Co. on tap: That Boy Belgian Pale Ale (6%), Denouement Belgian Quad (9%), Table Side Confessions Belgian Tripel (9%), Intermezzo Belgian Dubbel (6.6%), Shorten The Road Dry Irish Stout (3.6%), Rudd’s Honey Lavender Saison (5.4%), Tropic of Cancer Tropical Stout (6.8%)

    R&R Brews will be tapped throughout the weekend.

    Thurs: Celebrate Frank’s birthday. Bake and bring your favorite apple pie to pair with the newest batch of Lili’s Breakfast Stout (Frank doesn’t favor cake). Vanilla ice cream is provided. The 2nd ale in New Village Brewery’s new Lupulus Singulus (Single Hop) series, spotlighting the Green Bullet hop from New Zealand, is released.

    New Village Brewery hosts a Food Truck every Friday, for lunch and dinner. Food Truck Friday for March 22 is Dank Burrito from noon to 7p.

    New Hours: Wed & Thurs, 3-9p; Fri & Sat, noon-10p; Sun, 2-6p.

  • The Unified Christian Network holds a community forum at Camp Caroline March 23, 2019. The stated goal is to bring together, in one place, all ministries and services in Pamlico County for a convention to identify the needs of the people of Pamlico County.

    This “Break Every Chain” 2019 Community Forum will open with an appearance by The Albemarle Challenge Choir. The Forum is open to the public.

    The forum program & schedule is here. For the Exhibitor signup form – click here.

    For more info email soundofmanyvoices@gmail.com or call Eric Dammeyer at 252-671-2330.

  • The Pamlico Democratic Party holds its Annual Convention on the afternoon of Saturday, March 23 at the Pamlico County Courthouse. The public is invited.

    The keynote speaker will be Justice Anita Earls of the North Carolina Supreme Court. A light lunch and delegate check-in begins at 12:30p. The convention convenes at 1:30p. More information at PamlicoDemocrats.com.

  • The Oriental Tree Board leads an Arbor Day celebration on Saturday March 23 with two free workshops in Lupton Park. First, a Tree Pruning Workshop at 10a. Tree Board chair and retired professor of Urban Forestry, Bob Miller will show how properly pruning young trees can train them to be structurally sound, and resistant to hurricanes.

    Then at 11a white oak will be planted and you can pick up tips on how to select and plant a tree to boost its chances of survival and a long life. It’s all free and open to the public. Lupton Park is on 3rd Avenue between Mildred and High Streets.

  • The Oriental History Museum is now displaying a special exhibit of memorabilia from the recently demolished Trawl Door building.

    The old brick building by the bridge, built in 1913, was torn down this past December. Many remember it as the Trawl Door Restaurant, however it had a long history and was home to many businesses over the years: general merchandise, the Delamar Brothers Store, gift shops, restaurants, yacht brokers, and more.

    The exhibit will run through April. If you would like more info or have any photos or other items you would like to share with the public at this exhibit please contact the museum at museum@dockline.net

  • The Village Gallery features works of Linda Werthwein, its guest artist for March. Her paintings are on display through the end of the month.

    Oceanic, equestrian and dance themes run through Werthwein’s works – both representational and abstract. Using blended oils and watercolors, including a unique Asian brush style, she has drawn from her life in coastal NC, and travels to the Caribbean, Central and South America and East Africa. She is a member of the NC Watercolor Society, and has taught art in a wide range of settings from NC public schools to a maximum security prison.

    The Village Gallery is located at 300 Hodges Street, across from Oriental’s harbor.

  • The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday from 8:30a-11:30a on Hodges Street between South Water and the harbor. There you’ll find produce, eggs and baked goods as well as plants and artisans’ work. The mix of vendors varies every week.

    If you have something locally made or locally grown, you’re welcome to sell it at the Oriental Farmers’ Market. To join the market contact Bob Lyon at lyon28571@embarqmail.com.

  • 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 returns for 2019 – 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 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.

  • As part of its continuing education program, Pamlico Community College again offers its continuing ed classes from mid March to May.

    • March: Birding, Wake Up Your Garden, Notary Public
    • April: Beginning & Intermediate Golf, GED/High School Equivalency, Bridge for Beginners (I & II), Phlebotomy Technician, Grant Writing, Chair Yoga/Meditation
    • May: Machine Quilting, Medication Aide, Shibori Fabric Dyeing, Ice Dyeing, Spinning Wool into Yarn

    Click here for full class schedule and descriptions through May.

    For more information contact Denise Meyerson at PCC’s Cultural & Life Enrichment Program at 252-249-1851 Ext. 3113 or 252-617-1376.

  • The 2019 PAWS Pet Parade on Saturday, March 30 will be the 14th annual celebration of the canines in Oriental – where it is always the Year of the Dog. 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. Canine costumes optional but encouraged. A new category has been added this year. The Junior Award highlights children that participate in the parade.

    Hot dogs will be for sale. This event raises funds for the Pamlico Animal Welfare Society and its spay/neuter program, pet food distribution and “New Leash on Life.” Have a look at previous pet parades:
    2018 PAWS Pet Parade
    2016 PAWS Pet Parade
    2015 PAWS Pet Parade

  • Next Oriental Town Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Open to the public, meetings start at 7p and take place at Town Hall.

    Agenda will be posted when available.

  • On Saturday, April 6 @ 9a, the Pamlico Amateur Radio Society will conduct examinations for all three classes of amateur radio licenses (Technician, General, and Extra) at Town Hall. The fee is $15.

    These exams are sponsored locally by the Pamlico Amateur Radio Society (PARS) and are offered four times a year.

    Any questions may be directed to the PARS club president Bill Michne WM3X, 252-249-1175 or N4PRS@arrl.net.

    PARS meets on the last Saturday of every month (except June) at Brantley’s Village Restaurant @ 9a. All amateur radio operators, their spouses and visitors are welcome to attend. Especially welcome are visiting sailors. Come early for breakfast.

  • The Pamlico Progressives host a community discussion April 8, 5p @ Oriental Town Hall – Gun Safety: What are the Best Ways to Keep America Safe?

    Review gun violence statistics and current NC gun laws. Learn about common sense gun safety alternatives, discuss what we can do to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe in the face of increasing gun violence. For more information, contact Diane Lemieux @ 802-318-1083

  • It’s budget time. Oriental’s Town Board has started work on the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The first of two town budget meetings take place April 10, 8-10a in the large board room.

    This meeting will focus on town revenue projections. The public is welcome to attend.

  • It’s become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah. The 2019 Oriental Boat Show — The Best Small Town Boat Show In America —is coming up April 12-14, 2019. 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. For 2019 the show moves to the heart of Oriental… it will be “downtown” on Hodges Street by the harbor. In water boats will be in the Oriental Marina slips and at the town dock.

    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

  • Lots of sailors — young sailors — are coming to race on the Neuse just off of Oriental Friday through Sunday April 12 – 14 in the 2019 Sailpack Interconference Regatta. The racing team from NC State Sailing invites college sailing teams from New York to Florida to come to Oriental for the competition. In 2018 18 teams registered, with more than 100 collegiate sailors. The FJ sailboats and support are provided by Oriental’s Bow To Stern Boating. This year there is added interest – the 2019 Regatta is being held the same weekend as the Oriental Boat Show.

    The Sailpack has hosted invitational regattas in recent years here in Oriental – its coastal training waters or “2nd home” as coach Dana Magliola puts it. The Sailpack Regatta in Oriental is an official interconference event recognized by the ICSA, the governing body of college sailing. The schedule has racing beginning Saturday after a 9:30a skippers meeting and running til late afternoon. Sunday starts around the same time, ending by 2:30p. Volunteers are key to making this event happen. Want to help? Contact Jim Edwards 252-474-6000.

    Take a look at previous Sailpack Regattas:
    2018 Sailpack Regatta
    Jim & Mark – All About The Sailpack Regatta
    Sailpack 2017 Action
    Sailpack Regatta – Gratitude & Thanks

  • Pamlico Arts presents a photography exhibition at New Village Brewery, April 13: Portraits of Pamlico.

    Pamlico Arts is looking for photos that capture the essence – the many sides, scenes, and faces – of Pamlico County. Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit their work in seven different categories – Scenic, Nautical, Wildlife, Pets, Portrait, Still Life, Photojournalism – in black & white, color, or both.

    Work will be displayed at the Brewery, Saturday April 13. Awards will be given for best color and best black & white photo in each category. Pamlico Arts members and students 18 and younger receive discounts on entry fees. Renowned professional photographers will jury the work.

    Download the rules and registration information here.

  • 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.

  • Prime Time hosts a discussion on dementia April 17, 2-3:30p.

    It is not a training session. You’ll learn what dementia is, what it’s like to live with the disease, and some tips for communicating with people who have dementia. Everyone who attends is asked to turn their new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone living in your community. The action can be as big or as small as you choose—every action counts.

    Presented by January Brown, Human Services Planner-Family Caregiver Support Program. Registration is required. Click here to register.

    Prime Time provides services and activities promoting the physical, social, mental and spiritual well-being of the “50 plus” community in Oriental and surrounding areas. Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 404 Freemason Street, Oriental, NC.

  • Oriental’s Town Board has started work on the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The second of two town budget meetings take place April 24, 8-10a in the large board room.

    The public is welcome to attend.

  • The Old Theater presents “Life is Magic” on April 27 @ 7p. Joshua Lozoff has been studying and sharing magic around the world for twenty years.

    Joshua began his training after a chance encounter with a street magician. He has studied with master magicians on several continents and is regarded as one of the top magicians working today. His motto is “Life is Magic,” and he walks his talk by performing everywhere from penthouse suites to the streets of Guatemala City; sharing magic with Fortune 500 CEOs, folks on the street, and everyone in between.

    Performing April 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM at The Old Theater, 609 Broad Street, Oriental, NC.
    General Admission is $18.00 with discounts available for Theater members, Military and Students with ID.

    Tickets go on sale March 26, 2019 at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental; online at www.oldtheater.org , and at The Old Theater Box Office on performance night.

  • Oriental’s 2019 Town Wide Yard Sale is Saturday morning May 4. Lots of one-of-a-kinds to find among – what are usually – more than 75 households and yards. Trying to downsize? The TWYS can help you find new homes for those things. More details coming.

  • On May 18, the Jeff Little Trio plays the Red Rooster at 7p.

    Jeff Little grew up in Boone, North Carolina, listening to musicians playing Appalachian, Americana, and old time music. He listened to and learned from regional musicians, including Doc Watson. Those influences led Jeff to play traditional music in an unconventional manner: on the piano. He has a distinctive two-handed style influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition.

    This May 18 @ 7p, Jeff Little brings his unique style of Appalachian music to the Red Rooster.

    Advance ticket sales begin April 1 at www.olfrontporchmusicfestival.org, $22. Tickets will also be available at Nautical Wheelers beginning April 1 and at the door for $25. This performance is brought to you by the folks at the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival.

  • Kick off the summer Oriental-style with Silospalooza 2019. Now in its 7th year, the outdoor music event on Saturday May 25 will feature 8 bands at the Red Rooster stage and bar behind the Silos Restaurant. Music starts at noon and runs til near midnight. 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 outside at the Red Rooster bar all day. Live roosters walking 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:

  • Croakerfest 2019 is happening on the weekend of Friday June 28 thru Sunday June 30. More details closer to the event.

    In the meantime, here are scenes from last year’s Croaker Festival honoring the humble fish.

  • The 2nd Annual Bow To Stern One Design Regatta is Saturday & Sunday August 10-11. The One Design Regatta invites sailors young, old (and in between) to participate. The event is based out of Bow To Stern’s headquarters on Smith Creek.

    There will be camping, two days of racing, dinner & entertainment Saturday night. More information and online registration will be available closer to the event.

    For more info call 252-249-2424.

  • The rubber chicken returns. The 26th Greens Creek Challenge Regatta will be held on Saturday, August 31.

    2019 celebrates the 26th Annual Greens Creek Regatta. This late-summer Oriental tradition features boats 20 feet and under racing on Greens Creek and one other challenge. (Somewhere out there, a rubber chicken waits to be rescued…)

    Click here for scenes from last years GCC and here to see it, a decade ago.

  • The 6th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival will be on Friday-Sunday October 4-6, 2019. The original idea is still in play – walk around town and hear dozens of musicians playing on porches in Oriental. Then cap the Saturday off with a band headlining on the Riverfront Stage near Lou- Mac Park. A year or two ago, the OFPMF expanded, starting on Friday afternoon and ending with a Sunday morning gospel on the Riverfront Stage. All performances are free. More info on the 2019 OFPMF lineup coming …

  • The 5th annual Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday October 12, 2019. 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.

    Registration info at orientalclassiccarshow.com. or call 252-249-0228.

    See previous shows:
    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 12th Annual Chili Cookoff is Saturday, Oct 28, 2019 from 11a-1p 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.

    In the meantime, check out: Chili Cookoff 2018 and The 2015 Chili Cookoff. and also scenes from the 2014 Chili Cookoff.

  • Oriental’s Thanksgiving morning bike ride is on for Thanksgiving 2019. Not a Spandex event. Plaid is acceptable.

    You’ll take your time and breath… talking with folks 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 28 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.

  • The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2019 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 13-14. Usually, there is a lighted small boat parade – the Paddler’s Lighted Flotilla – in the harbor on Friday night – along with the lighting of the Oriental Star and luminaria along the streets. Saturday’s events typically include the parade, live nativity and chorale music. And as always, there are the open houses at many businesses in town.

    You can participate in the parades or help out, or both.

    The 2019 schedule isn’t complete yet… meanwhile “take a peek at the schedule for Spirit of Christmas 2018: Schedule of events, click here

  • Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2020 at the running of the Oriental New Years’ Eve Dragon. There are two runnings – both starting and finishing at Hodges and South Water. The first run starts at 8p, the second around 11:30p and in recent years has had not one but two dragons as the Chinese dragon joins in on the late run. Bring pots, bring pans, and make your own music for the dragon.

    After the end of that second dragon run, stick around the Hodges Street waterfront just a few minutes more: at midnight, the Oriental Croaker will drop at Town Dock to welcome in the new year. Scenes from a recent December 31st’s festivities, here.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • The Pamlico County Democratic Party meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 5p in the Pamlico Co Heritage Center at 10642 NC-55 in Grantsboro. For more information visit PamlicoDemocrats.com or call Jayne Stasser at 252-515-0844. Everyone Welcome!

  • 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 minutes of meditation practice led by participants, followed by discussion. “We keep it very simple,” says one of the organizers, Tony Noel. “The goal is mindfulness practice, first and foremost. We intersperse meditations of various objectives and from various traditions.”

    The sessions are free and open to all, even if you’ve 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 togetherwesit@gmail.com.

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

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

  • The Pamlico Community Band rehearses every Tuesday @ 7p in the Pamlico County High School band room. All concert band musicians are welcome.

    If you play trumpet, clarinet, trombone, flute, baritone, saxophone, etc., we welcome you. For additional information call Chris at 252 626 6929.

  • 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 1p-2:30p 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 675-0180.

  • 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 PCRP Chairman Dave Wickersham @ 252-269-4101.

  • 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.)

  • 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 Presdient

  • 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, and there’s introductory instruction the first Friday of the month.

    They play pickleball at Camp Caroline most days of the week in the fall, winter and spring . Click here for current schedule. (It’s Sundays only, when summer camp is in session.) 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

    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 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 in the conference room in the Pamlico County Health Dept. in Bayboro on Mondays at 5:30pm.

    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.

  • 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 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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