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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • Pamlico High School Drama Club presents A Deadly Incentive, an interactive murder mystery dinner theater production at The Silos Restaurant. Final performances February 17 & 18. Seating begins at 5:45p, performance begins at 6:30p.

    A four course meal will be served during the entertainment: Guinness battered fish & chips, beer cheese soup in a bread bowl, cottage pie, and Irish Cream trifle. Drink specials will be available.

    Proceeds from this event will go to the PCHS Drama Club for funding of their spring play, Emma. Tickets are $35, reserved seating and available at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental. Tickets also available by simply emailing pchsdramaclubtickets@gmail.com (you will receive an auto-response to get your ticket info.) You can also call Lynn Whalen at 703-304-0668.

    All guests must be seated by 6:25pm. Late arrivals will not be admitted.

  • 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 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.

  • The Oriental Tourism Board invites business owners and non-profits to participate in a breakfast meeting Thursday February 21 8:30a @ Brantley’s Restaurant. The goal is sharing ideas and to provide an ideal venue for business networking.

    The meeting starts at 8:30a, but come early for breakfast (8a) and get to know other business owners. The breakfast meeting is a quarterly get-together.

  • 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.

    February 23: Brewing 101 – Auto Drip
    There’s more to auto drip brewing than you probably realize. We’ll show you a few simple tricks, help you troubleshoot your machine and process, and teach you how to brew a great pot of coffee with your auto drip machine.

  • Oriental’s sailing clubs (SCOO, NSA & ODC) are working together to present a winter series of seminars to help boaters improve their game. February 23 the session is 12 Volt Systems lead by Wade Ellison. 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.

    • Sat Mar 2: Race Management, ODC
    • Sat Mar 9: Docking in Wind, Capt. Rich Belliveau
    • Sat Mar 16: USCG Inspections/Safety At Sea, USGC
    • Sat Mar 23: NOAA NWS Weather Forecasting, Erik Heden NWS

  • SOLD OUT Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix… is a slapstick comedy dog show. Johnny leads over a dozen rescue dogs through challenging tricks as Johnny plays the straight man role. They have appeared with the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, on the David Letterman Show, Primetime Live, Circus of the Stars, Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus… even The White House. And now, finally, Oriental’s Old Theater.

    The comic dog show is Saturday February 23, 7:30p at The Old Theater. General Admission $18, with discounts available for Theater members, Military and Students with ID. Tickets on sale at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental; online at oldtheater.org, and at The Old Theater Box Office on performance night.

  • The Pamlico Community College Foundation invites you its 9th Annual Great Oyster Revival and Chili Cookoff on Saturday, February 23 from 3-5p on the PCC Campus. Bring your oyster knife & gloves and come prepared to eat all you can. For the chili cookoff, bring a crockpot of your best stuff – there will be 1st & 2nd place awards. Live music from Brant Island Strings. Silent auction & door prizes. Proceeds from the event directly support PCC students.

    Tickets are $30 and available at PCC’s Bookstore, Nautical Wheelers in Oriental and at Bayboro Pharmacy ($15 “chili only” tickets also available.) For more details – and to register for the Chili Cookoff – contact Michelle Noevere at 252-249-1851 (xtn 3084) or email mnoevre@pamlicocc.edu. Pamlico Community College is at 5049 Hwy 306 South in Grantsboro.

  • 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

  • After Florence, what are the plans for Pamlico County?

    The Conservative Women’s Caucus is sponsoring a panel discussion Tuesday, February 26 from 1-3p at the Pamlico County Heritage Museum in Grantsboro. On the panel: Paul Delamar, Chairman Pamlico County Board of Commissioners, Beth Buckshot, Director of Pamlico County Office of Economic Development, Paul Slobodian, President of the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce.

    Refreshments will follow. Contact the Conservative Women’s Caucus for more information: 252-232-4139

  • Neuse Neighbors Network is looking for volunteers. Neuse Neighbors Network is a non-profit 501©(3) organization dedicated to helping seniors over the age of 50 live independently in their own homes and remain active in their community for as long as possible. If you can give someone a ride, change a lightbulb, take a walk with a buddy, or help answer members’ phone calls, then NNN needs you.

    Orientation sessions for volunteers are happening on February 8 and 13 at Oriental Town Hall , and February 27 at Arapahoe United Methodist Church at 10a. Registration is required for volunteers.

    Find out more, including how to apply, here.

  • The Village Gallery welcomes watercolor artist CoraMae Zimmerman Pitkin as its guest artist for the month of February.

    CoraMae’s colorful art ranges from the wildly abstract to semi-realistic; from pure watercolor to batiks and mixed media. She has always loved art, but after an injury, art became her therapy. Her works have a story to tell and a story that created them. The Village Gallery is on Oriental’s harbor at 300 Hodges Street.

  • The Pamlico Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is having their annual Yard Sale on Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Oriental Women’s Club on Gilgo Road.

    This is the perfect opportunity to clean out your closets and garages! Donate items large or small in good condition. (Please no clothes). Items may be dropped off Thursday, February 28 between 10am and 1pm or Friday, March 1 between 10am and 2pm. Please price your items to sell.

    Can you volunteer for any of these days? Any questions? Call Christine @ 249-3513

  • Got a great chowder recipe? Put it to the test on St. Patty’s Day weekend at the Oriental Woman’s Club’s Eleventh Chowder Cook-off Saturday March 16, 2019 from 11:00a-1:00p at the Oriental Marina courtyard.

    $10 ticket gets you a chance to taste different kinds of chowders and vote for your fave.

  • The Pamlico GOP Precinct and County Conventions are at Brantley’s on March 9, 8:30 – 11:30a.

    8:30-9:30a: Buffet Breakfast
    9:30 – 10a: Precinct Meeting
    10:30-11:30a: Convention – Election of Delegates to District/State Conventions & County Officer Elections

    All registered county Republicans are welcome and encouraged to attend. Visitors & guests, please contact Dave Wickersham at 252-249-1472 or 252-269-4101.

    Brantley’s Village Restaurant is at 900 Broad St in Oriental.

  • The Pamlico County Arts Council’s 2019 Students’ Arts Calendar is now available. This calendar’s theme is Year of the Pig.

    Calendars can be purchased at Nautical Wheelers, Inland Waterway Provision Co, The Silos, Pamlico Library, Marsha’s Cottage, Axelson Chiropractic and Rachel’s Harborside Garden.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 March 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 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 26, 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. Over this winter’s holiday, the schedule is scaled back:

    Monday night sits : December 17 and January 14 Thursday morning sits: December 13, 20 & January 17

    The regular schedule resumes on January 14, 2019.

    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 252-635-7867, or 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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