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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • The Village Gallery welcomes August’s Artists of the Month, Janet & David Jaworski. The artists’ reception is Saturday, August 7, 2 – 5p at the Village Gallery.

    Janet is a painter and David’s interest in photography evolved from hobby to passion since relocating from New England to North Carolina 9 years ago. The Carolina coastline and shore birds fascinated them both, becoming part of their repertoire.

    Janet’s style is realistic yet impressionistic. Her paintings attempt to capture the light, color, and sparkle she sees in the birds, waves and marshes. Her works have been collected widely in North Carolina and in New England.

    David is a doctor by profession, but always had an interest in photography. A series of workshops gave him the tools to create more serious works. David photographs in different lights and seasons, building a body of work that are works of art.

    “David and I are both happy and blessed to live and work in this area and it is my hope that it comes through with my artwork.” – Janet

    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.

  • Yoga classes at Serendipity Spa, Mon & Wed – 5:30-6:30p.

    Heather Hall teaches yoga twice a week, outside & below the spa. $15 a class. Enjoy the breeze from the Neuse while stretching in a relaxing outdoor space. Yoga classes also available for special events or small groups.

    Call ahead to reserve your spot at a Monday or Wednesday class, or to schedule a group class outside regular hours: 252-249-6360

  • 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, August 4.

    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.

  • Volunteers are needed at the HeartWorks’ AfterSchool Program. Information / Orientation Session for new Volunteers is Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021 at 2p at HeartWorks.

    Over 150 Kindergarten – 8th grade students who attend school in Pamlico County will be coming to the HeartWorks Afterschool Program for three (3) hours each weekday during this school year.

    Read with children, help with homework, review math facts, do arts & crafts, give music lessons, play board games, etc.. Such enrichment activities make a positive difference in the emotional and physical health of many children in Pamlico County.

    Volunteers choose the activity. A weekly commitment is NOT required. (If you are planning a big trip, don’t let that stop you from signing up to help.)

    Background checks are required prior to engaging with the children. Prospective volunteers need to be fully vaccinated prior to the meeting on August 4.

    HeartWorks is at 709 Main Street, Bayboro. Find out more about HeartWorks at heartworksnc.org.

  • 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

  • Oriental Museum’s special Exhibit ‘Dragon Town’ runs through July and features Oriental’s dragons and dragon events, as well as dragon lore. Oriental has been fascinated with dragons since the early 1960s when the first dragon appeared at the harbor to usher in the new year.

    Children and adults of all ages are encouraged to enter our dragon hunt. While enjoying your visit to town roam the streets searching for dragons. You’ll find them painted on rocks and fences, hiding in ponds, and guarding homes and mailboxes. Entry blanks and details are available inside the museum and on our front porch. There are prizes for finding Oriental’s dragons, and a raffle later this summer for dragon items.

    The gift shop is full of dragon articles for sale. Later this summer, visit the museum to “pet the Dragon” (details to come).

    ‘Dragon Town’ runs through the end of September, when the dragon hunt and the raffle will end. Oriental’s History Museum is at 802 Broad Street. Hours are: Friday 11-3 and Saturday 1-4. Admission is always free, donations gratefully accepted. For more information about the museum and this exhibit contact us: museum@dockline.net

  • ArtWorks’ resident acrylic artist Shelly Gayring teaches beginning & advanced acrylic pouring, August 6 or 7, 10a – 1p.

    During these hands on classes, you will learn how to measure, tint, and work the resin to safely and successfully create your own 5×5 beach scape. You will also learn tips and tricks to working with this medium.

    In the Advanced Class, special techniques for enhancing your work and further exploring acrylic pouring are the focus. PLEASE NOTE: You must have completed the Beginning Acrylic Pour Class with Shelly Gayring to enroll in the Advanced Class.

    The resin does need to cure, so participants should plan to pick up their creation the following day.

    Participants will be working with Resin/Epoxy, a potentially hazardous material that causes allergic reactions for some individuals. Please do not register for this class if you have a known allergy.

    Classes are $50. Enrollment in each class is limited to 5 people, 18 years old or older.

    Sign up for Beginning Acrylic Pour on Saturday, August 7, 10a-1p.
    Sign up for Advanced Acrylic Pour on Friday, August 6, 10a-1p..

  • 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

  • Come learn to paint with artist Gosia Tojza at the Village Gallery, August 9, noon – 3p. The August 20 class has sold out.

    The class is $70 and class size is limited. Upon registration, you will be contacted by the artist with regard to supplies you will need to bring to the class. Register in person at The Village Gallery.

    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.

  • Cloth. Color. Pattern and Design. Join expert weaver Julia McDonald on August 14, 10a-1p for an Introduction to Round Weaving.

    Begin by choosing colored cloth strips for the design. Learn to assemble strips on the round loom to create the bicycle spoke foundation. Then learn how to twine the warp and weft strips together to create your piece.

    Julia will instruct students on design, scaling a project up or down, creating finished edges, using a rectangular loom, and more.

    Class size is limited to 6 students, 18 years and older. All materials are provided. Cost is $50 per student.

    Click here to register for this class.

  • Come learn to paint with artist Gosia Tojza at the Village Gallery, August 20 from noon – 3p. SOLD OUT

    The class is $70 and class size is limited. Upon registration, you will be contacted by the artist with regard to supplies you will need to bring to the class. Register in person at The Village Gallery.

    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.

  • The Old Theater presents Lethal Weapon Saturday, August 21, 8:30p outside at the Red Rooster behind The Silos.

    The ready-to-retire Detective Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) finds himself paired with the distraught & self-destructive cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson). The two have to navigate their odd-couple partnership while hunting down a drug dealer called ‘The General’.

    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.

  • Color Pencil Artist Donna Slade teaches a 2-day workshop, August 28 & 29, 10a-4p each day at ArtWorks Oriental.

    This 2-day workshop is designed to introduce basic colored pencil techniques and terminology through exercises that demonstrate pencil pressure, cross-hatching, modeling, grisaille, blending, color mixing and layering. Various grades/brands of pencils and different types of paper will also be discussed.

    Please note: Though this class is presented as colored pencil instruction, the techniques and principles being taught easily inform other mediums where an understanding of color, shading, and realism are necessary.

    On the second day, participants will complete a simple painting using the techniques practiced in the exercises. No prior-colored pencil experience is needed. Some drawing would be helpful.

    ArtWorks is assembling a class kit for this class that students may purchase. If, however, you are already working in colored pencil, please contact us for the list of very specific pencils and other supplies you must use for this class.

    $200 plus class kit of $57 (kit optional, see above). Class is limited to 12 people. Saturday & Sunday, August 28 & 29, 10a – 4p each day.

    Register for this course here.

  • The Oriental Woman’s Club is sponsoring a Charity Golf Tournament on Aug 28 at Minnesott Yacht, Golf & Country Club.

    Shotgun Start at 9a. Tournament fee is $60 per player. Includes green fee, golf cart, 2 mulligans, Continental breakfast and lunch.

    $10,000 to the player who gets a hole-in-one on #5. Other prizes for men’s first place, women’s first place, and more.

    After the tournament is lunch, 50/50 raffle and awards.

    To register, pick up a brochure at First Citizen’s Bank in Oriental or click here to view the brochure & registration.

    The club is organized exclusively for charitable purposes and is a non-profit within the meaning of Section 501©(3). Donations are tax deductible.

  • The Village Gallery and the Pamlico Chamber host The Dog Days of Summer, Aug 28, 11a-2p at The Village Gallery.

    Bring your four-legged, furry friends to this event – all to support PAWS (Pamlico Animal Welfare Society). There’s live music, door prizes, Reiki demonstrations, and animal themed gifts for purchase.

    Get your pet’s photo taken, meet with pet care providers, and purchase a hot dog from the The PAWS Hot Dog cart.

    You can drop off pet food and supplies at the gallery – they will donate all to PAWS in their mission to help the animals of Pamlico County. All other proceeds and donations also benefit PAWS.

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

  • On September 4, 10a – 6p, the Holts Chapel Community Center celebrates being the oldest African American School still in use (as a community center) in Pamlico County.

    The Rosenwald School in Pamlico was built in 1921 by Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington. It is one of over 5,000 schools built by the project to educate African Americans in rural communities, when schools were still segregated. Of those 5,000 buildings, only an estimated 10-12% are still in existence.

    Holt’s Chapel Community Center invites everyone to come celebrate with them September 4. There’s free food, entertainment, and a bounce house for the kids.

    Holt’s Chapel Community Center is at 136 Janiero Rd. Ads can be purchased  for $25, $50, $75 or $100 for a full page. For more information contact Teresa Badger 252-249-1251, 252-229-2678, tdbadger@gmail.com

  • 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

  • The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival presents an OctoberFest Fundraiser, Saturday September 18, 4-8p in the beer garden at New Village Brewery. Featuring live music by Jill and Shane, plus Jimmy Kellenberger’s famous brats for a $10 donation per plate.

    But there’s more. It’s a contest for “Best Potato Salad.” Bring your best, you could be crowned the Potato Salad King/Queen.

  • 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.

  • Harborfest for HeartWorks 2021 will be held at HeartWorks this year. The one-night event will take place in the newly renovated and expanded Safe Harbor Youth Center in Bayboro on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 5:30p - 12 midnight.

    Support the children of Pamlico County while enjoying a Gala evening of drinks, dinner by The Chelsea and dancing to The Entertainers.

    Bid on items in the Live Auction and Silent Auction. Guests will be given tours of the lovely new classrooms and renovated facility.

    To make the auction a success, donations of works of art, crafts, jewelry, trips, oyster roasts, or other items and experiences are needed. To donate, call 252-745-9703 or drop by HeartWorks at 709 Main St., Bayboro.

    Buy your tickets or become a sponsor by going to HarborFestNC.com.

  • 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

  • It’s 15th Annual Charity Dinghy Poker Run Saturday, July 23 at Oriental Marina & Inn − on the Tiki Bar Deck. Presented by Oriental’s Nautical Coop (NSA, SCOO and ODC.)

    The Oriental harbor and surrounding waters provide the card table for the Dinghy Poker Run. One card each is dealt from various docks in Smith and Greens Creeks. Players return to the Tiki Bar Deck and present their best five-card hand(s) to determine winnings.

    Hands $10 each, 3 for $25, go on sale at 9:30a. Poker Run begins at 11a. Food available at 12:30p. Silent and Live auctions. Cash Bar.

    Proceeds benefit the Pamlico Coastal Activity Council, in support of Pamlico youth sailing. For more information, or to volunteer to help or to donate auction items, contact Sharon Stephenson at srstephenson1420@gmail.com, 919-414-7719.

  • NYRA’s (Neuse Yacht Racing Association) annual FREE race/cruise/party is the Parrothead Regatta, Saturday July 23, 2022, sailing down the Neuse from New Bern to Oriental.

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

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

    Registration and NOR coming.
    Find out more about NYRA here.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • Have you been wanting to learn to play a musical instrument?  Have you started learning to play ukulele on your own but want to be a part of a group?  Then UHOOs may be just the group for you…  

    The UKULELE HOALOHAs of ORIENTAL, better known as the UHOOs, meet every Tuesday from 2-4p at the fellowship hall of OUMC (404 Freemason Street).  When weather permits the group can often be found in Lou Mac Park.  New uke players are welcomed to join the group. The focus of the group is to have fun while singing and playing together.

    The current beginners’ class is on hiatus until Sept 21.  Anyone interested is invited to contact Claudia Bemis at csbemis@yahoo.com or Judy Styron at cjstyron@embarqmail.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

  • 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

  • Can’t hear yourself think? Oriental Mindfulness Meditation can help with that. Starting July 9, at 8a each Friday (except holidays), silence beckons at the Perry-Griffin Community Center, 300 High Street.

    OMM exists to provide a reliable, silent environment for the cultivation of mindfulness: The ability to focus on just one thing by letting go of mental “noise.” Attendees may bring a small object to focus on; choose from a selection of meditation texts and scripts; or simply sit as they practice, in silence, and at their own pace.

    Practice is free and open to all. Please arrive, situate yourself, and commence practice as silently as possible, considerate of those already present. A chime at 8:50 signals the end of practice, after which speech is permitted.

    Chairs are available, or bring your own zafu or other posture aid. To be notified of (rare) cancellations, email 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.

  • 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 Sunday afternoon from 3-4:30p. You’ll find them in Lou Mac Park on Sunday afternoons in summer, weather permitting. In inclement weather, they gather at the Methodist Fellowship Hall (and possibly for the winter).

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

  • 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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