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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • This week, Oct 21-23, New Village Brewery has food trucks, live music, in-house and guest brews for on-site and take-away.

    Guest Brews:
    • Casita Brewing Co.: Festbier (Wiesn), Jampagne Citron Hard Seltzer, Blood Orange Göse
    • Nickelpoint Brewing Co.: Vienna Lager
    • Shortway Brewing Co.: Watermelon Göse, Oktoberfest ale, Carnival Ride Amber ale, Put a Meringue On It Göse, Kiwi Go Again Wheat ale, Cherry Point Stout (chocolate stout with black cherries), Rolling Heap farmhouse Belgian saison with cherry and lemon, Catawampus IPA.

    New Village Brewery beers on tap: High Water IPA, Red Beard’s Brown Ale, Chuck-Will’s-Widow Black IPA. Growler and crowler fills by request.

    Live Music:
    • Friday, 10/22, Capt. Bob & Friends, 6-8p
    • Saturday, 10/23, Brant Island Strings, 6-8p

    Food Trucks:
    • Friday, 10/22 – Jasmine Tasty Thai, 4-8p. Crab Rangoon, Thai Chicken Red Curry, Chicken Pad Thai, and more. Check out the full menu.
    • Saturday, 10/23 – Meraki Mediterranean Kafe 3-8p. Greek fries, chicken souvlaki, and gyros. Check out the full menu.

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

  • Walk through town enjoying the businesses and artists of Oriental, Friday October 22, from 5-7p.

    Walk through the village and visit 11 different retail and restaurant locations to watch artists as they work. Many will have completed work on sale, too. Musicians will be on the decks of the Village Gallery and ArtWorks Oriental to entertain guests.

    Find posters around town with a QR code for the map and artist identification.

    Brant Island Strings play on the ArtWorks Deck and Sue DeCarlo and Mark McKenzie play at The Village Gallery.

    The 19 artists and 11 locations are:
    Nautical Wheelers: Nancy Piner and Paul Delamar (sponsored by ArtWorks)
    Marsha’s Cottage: Tom McElroy and Manfred Rott (sponsored by Village Gallery)
    • M&M’s: Paula Rozov (ArtWorks)
    Provisions Company: Shelly Gayring (ArtWorks)
    Southern Surf: Daryn Martin (ArtWorks)
    Silos: Susan Cheatham (ArtWorks)
    Serendipity Spa: Julia McDonald (ArtWorks)
    Oriental Marina and Inn/Toucan Grill/Tiki Bar: Irene Goley (Village Gallery), Mary Anne Meador, Mary Kathryn Christensen, and Pam Tsiokanos (ArtWorks)
    Brantley’s: Paula Valinoti (Village Gallery)
    • Village Gallery: Rosalyn Kutchens and Pappy Khouri (Village Gallery)
    ArtWorks Oriental: Marguerite Garrett (ArtWorks) & Marguerite Chadwick Juner (Village Gallery)

    A Google Map of Art Walk is at this link.

  • The Lip Synco Final is here. Pamlico Arts hosts the 2020 – 21 Lip Synco Final at The Red Rooster, Friday October 22 @ 7p.

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

    All previous winners of quarter finals must attend in order to defend their titles. Competition is held at the open-air Red Rooster (behind the Silos).

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

  • Try a lot of chili and help the Old Theater raise funds. The 13th Annual Chili Cookoff is Saturday, Oct 23 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, and the Spirit award) 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.

  • A rib roast, 50/50 raffle, cash bar, and live music by Southern Hellcats – it’s the Rockin’ Rib Roast for Hope Clinic, Saturday, October 23rd.

    Starting at 6p and ending when the music stops. Tickets are $20, on sale at Nautical Wheelers, The Silos, and Hope Clinic.

    This is a fundraiser for Hope Clinic’s diabetes program needs, proudly sponsored by the Silos. (Hope Clinic dispenses over $5000 worth of diabetes testing and medical supplies their patients each year.)

    Hope Clinic is a non-profit providing free medical care to low-income, uninsured adults and free, outpatient addiction treatment to adults in Pamlico County and surrounding areas.

  • Nautical Wheelers hosts a wine tasting this weekend, Saturday, Oct 23 at 1, 2 & 3p.

    Chris Izzo with Johnson Brothers/Mutual Wines is in town, pouring and talking Italian wines.

    The wines are:
    • Castello del Poggio, Moscato d’Asit, Piedmont, Italy – 2020
    • Tenuta Ca’Bolani, Friuli Aquileia, PINOT GRIGIO, Venice, Italy-2019
    • Principi di Butera, Chardonnay, Sicily, Italy – 2018
    • Principi di Butera, Nero D’Avola, Sicily, Italy – 2018
    • Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre, Red Blend, Venice, Italy – 2017
    • Argiano, Rosso Toscano, Red Blend, Tuscany, Italy – 2018

    Find Nautical Wheelers in Oriental at 411 Broad Street, 252-249-0359.

  • Oriental’s History Museum showcases their new photography exhibit, “Birds in our Backyard.”

    Oriental is home (and vacation home) to several native and migratory species. A wide photo selection of these birds are on display, many from local photographers. The museum wants to know how many birds can you identify?

    Several of the wildlife photos will be up for raffle, with the drawing to take place at the Spirit of Christmas on Saturday, December 11. Like some of the Oriental’s avian visitors, this exhibit will only be here until February.

    The Oriental 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

  • The Village Gallery welcomes October’s Artist of the Month, Gosia Tojza.

    Gosia Tojza has lived in North Carolina for 17 years, using nature and landscapes for her inspiration.

    “Today no silence will stop me from painting, I have a lot to say, through beauty and small things in life. I translate the language of soul into colors and shapes. I appreciate the process and how meaningful it can be because I have watched it my whole life. The fragile soul in each of us can be found in the form, the colors, the shapes and strokes, this is why some paintings speak to us more than others. I am inspired by mysteries of nature, that sometimes are being taken for granted. And when  I paint, I feel as if though I am close to some kind of mystery.”

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    Teresa Conrads 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

  • Sushi returns to M&Ms Cafe Wednesday Oct 27, 5-8p.

    After that, Sushi is every Wed night & M&Ms.

    M&Ms is at 205 Water St. in Oriental.

  • As part of its continuing education program, Pamlico Community College again offers its continuing ed classes for October into November.

    • REFIT Dance Fitness, Wednesdays 6-7p – Free
    Quilting Arts – Tuesdays 1-4p , Nov 2 – Nov 30 – $65
    • Roadmap to Wellness, Dates TBD
    Traditional Ceramics at Kil N’ Thyme Ceramics Studios, Dates TBD
    Golf Lessons, Beginning & Intermediate, 8 classes, Daters TBD at Minnesott Golf & Country Club – $64
    Music Jams – Free & open to the public, call for start date and times
    Forums on National Interests – Free & open to the public, call for start date and times

    For course descriptions and more information, click here.

    For more information contact Denise Meyerson at PCC’s Cultural & Life Enrichment Program at 252-249-1851 Ext. 3113 or email dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu.

  • Bow to Stern Boating hosts Oriental’s second Halloween Regatta, Saturday, October 30.

    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. Racers should meet between the committee boat and the pumpkin buoy that is next to 1SC (Oriental 1). Course is announced at Judges’ boat at the starting line. Will be using the government marks (Adams Creek, Garbacon, and 1SC). Round with most windward leg first. Post-regatta festivities are at Bow to Stern, including a potluck dinner.

    Register online for the regatta at this link. Contact Bow to Stern Boating with any questions: 252-249-2424.

  • Saturday, October 30, the Witches of Silverbrooke present the 4th Witches’ Crawl at the corner of King & First Streets in Oriental.

    The witches perform the Witches’ Dance and take donations for a different charity every year. This year, they dance to benefit Hope Clinic.

    Donations can be made at the event, to any participating witch, or directly to Hope Clinic at hopeclinic.org.

    They perform at 6, 6:30, 7, and 7:30 at the corner of King & First Streets in Oriental, Saturday, Oct 30.

  • Pamlico Musical Society presents FY5 at The Old Theater, Friday, Nov 5, @ 7:30p. SOLD OUT.

    The music of Colorado’s FY5 is well-informed by country and bluegrass traditions, but not bound by them. A decidedly contemporary, 21st century sensibility informs their songwriting. Featuring strong singing and musicianship, the band strives to connect to listeners with stories of common struggles and big ideas.

    FY5 released their 4th studio album of all original material, The Way These Things Go, in early 2018. The band’s guitar player and primary songwriter, Mike Finders, won the Merlefest-Chris Austin songwriting contest in 2005 and 2006; it’s Mike’s songs and the band’s delivery that make this group special and their performances memorable.

    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.

    We are following state and local COVID guidelines and will provide updates as the date draws near.

  • Come learn to paint with artist Gosia Tojza at the Village Gallery, Nov 9, noon – 3p.

    This three hour class is $70, class size is limited. Upon registration, you will be contacted by Gosia regarding supplies needed for the class. Must register and pay in advance either in person at The Village Gallery or by phone at 252-249-0300.

    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 Stripes Friday, Nov 12, 7p at The Old Theater.

    Bill Murray plays John Winger – an aimless cabbie who joins the US Army with his best friend (played by Harold Ramis) thinking it will give them direction and excitement. They barely make it through basic training, and almost cause an international incident. Also starring John Candy, John Larroquette, and Sean Young. Rated R.

    Doors open at 6:30p, movie starts 7p. Admission is $6 (Military & Children under 13 – $5), includes FREE popcorn. 50/50 Raffle to benefit The Old Theater. Wine & beer by cash donation. No outside food or beverages.

    The Old Theater continues to follow state and local COVID-19 guidance. All are highly encouraged to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, when not actively eating or drinking. Shows are subject to cancellation based on COVID-19 guidance. The safety and health of the community is paramount.

    All proceeds go to the support of The Old Theater, a registered 501©(3) non-profit organization, located at 609 Broad Street Oriental, NC. Phone 252-249-0477.

  • The Ladies of the Neuse, Oriental Woman’s Club, host a “Handmade and Heartfelt” Holiday Bazaar, Saturday, November 13 from 9a – 1p.

    Items include handcrafted gift ideas, many made from natural or re-purposed materials. There are baked goods for sale like cookies by the pound. Also on offer: preserves, jams, jellies, pickled vegetables and fruit.

    Proceeds go to scholarships for Pamlico County high school seniors and mini-grants for teachers.

    The Oriental Woman’s Club is at 1007 Gilgo Rd, Oriental.

  • Pamlico Community College Foundation’s 11th Annual Great Oyster Revival and Chili Cookoff is Saturday, Nov 13, 3-5p.

    All the salty Newport River oysters and homemade chili you can eat for $30 (chili only tickets $15). Bring your oyster knife & gloves and come prepared to eat all you can.

    Featuring music by Brant Island Strings. Think you make a good pot of chili? Bring a crockpot of your best chili for a chance at a trophy and prize.

    Proceeds from the event directly support PCC students. Register your chili in advance by contacting Michelle Noevere at mnoevere@pamlicocc.edu or 252-249-1851 ext. 3084.

    Tickets available at Nautical Wheelers Oriental, PCC’s Bookstore, Bayboro Pharmacy, or purchase online at this link.

    Pamlico Community College is at 5049 Hwy 306 South in Grantsboro.

  • Pamlico Musical Society presents Solomon Eichner at The Old Theater, Sunday, Nov 14, @ 4p.

    Highly acclaimed, world-class piano soloist Solomon Eichner is renowned for his commanding performances of the romantic keyboard repertoire including Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff.

    A versatile young artist, Eichner debuted at Carnegie Hall after winning the “GoldenKey Debut” International Competition in New York City.

    He is equally at home with solo, chamber, and concerto performances. Eichner has performed in England, Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland and throughout the U.S.

    Solomon lives in Raleigh with his wife, where he is on staff at Campbell University as Collaborative Pianist.

    Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online here or at Nautical Wheelers at 411 Broad St. 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.

    We are following state and local COVID guidelines and will provide updates as the date draws near.

  • 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

  • Non-profit waterway protection organization Sound Rivers invites you to the virtual premiere of A Sound River, online November 30 at 7p.

    Explore the past, present and future of Sound Rivers’ 40-year fight for a basic right — clean water — in this brand-new look at an old battle.

    A Sound River explores the beauty of North Carolina rivers, the industrial pollution that threatens them, the looming threat of climate change and the need for community action, as told by the voices of Sound Rivers. Hear from its founders and partners, those continuing the fight for clean water and environmental justice, and the Riverkeepers guarding the waterways that cover nearly a quarter of North Carolina.

    Celebrate your waterways, your communities and Sound Rivers at the premiere of A Sound River Nov. 30, followed by a live, virtual Q&A with filmmaker Rain Bennett, your Riverkeepers, and other stars of the documentary.

    RSVP here to receive your link to view the premiere on Nov. 30. Tickets are free, donations are greatly appreciated.

  • 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

  • The 4th Annual Dragon Burn, hosted by the Pamlico Arts Council, will be in February, 2022. Specific date to be determined.

    What’s a Dragon Burn? A dragon effigy is constructed behind the Red Rooster Bar (located behind the Silos Restaurant). Viewers gather to eat, drink, and listen to music beginning at 5p. The dragon burns after sundown.

    The 1st Annual Dragon Burn
    The 2nd Annual Dragon Burn
    The 3rd Annual Dragon Burn

  • The 2nd annual Classic Car Poker Run will be back in April 2022. Players start at Minnesott Golf & Country Club at 8:30a. Drive around Pamlico County picking up cards for your hand, finally finishing at Lou Mac Park in Oriental – at South Avenue on the Neuse River waterfront.

    This is a fund-raiser to support the Oriental Rotary Club’s charitable missions. Check-in starts at 8:30a. The event is open to all cars / all years. More info coming.

    Check out the First Annual Poker Run
    • Full House Wins Again

  • Oriental’s 2022 Town Wide Yard Sale is the first week in May, 2022 Lots of one-of-a-kinds to find among the households and yards. Trying to downsize? The yard sale can help you find new homes for those things.

    More info Coming.

    2021 Town Wide Yard Sale
    Town Wide Yard Sale Maps and information
    Bought. Sold. The 2018 Town Wide Yard Sale.
    Treasures for Sale at the 2019 Town Wide Yard Sale

  • The Hope Regala is in May 2022. A BBQ dinner, a $10k Golden Raffle Ticket Drawing, and an Online Auction – all to benefit the mission of Hope Clinic in Pamlico County.

    More info coming.

    Hope Regala is a fundraiser bringing in 1/3 of the annual revenue for Hope Clinic, a community clinic in Pamlico County bringing medical care to the uninsured and underinsured, and comprehensive outpatient medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment through their New Beginnings program.

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

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

    Happy Grounding Day.

  • Kick off the summer Oriental-style with Silospalooza 2022. Now in its 9th year, the outdoor music event on Saturday May 28 features bands at the Red Rooster stage and bar behind the Silos Restaurant.

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

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

    Check out photos and the story from previous~paloozas:
    Dancing into the Night – Silospalooza 2021
    Dancing at Silospalooza 2019
    Pizza, Soul & Rock n Roll – Silospalooza 2018
    Silospalooza 2017

  • 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 members are welcome to join. The UHOOS focus is on having fun while singing and playing together.  Anyone interested should contact Judy Styron at cjstyron@embarqmail.com.

    A starter group meets on Wednesdays at 2p in the fellowship hall of OUMC. This group plays three chord songs from the UHOO repertoire.  Anyone interested is invited to contact Claudia Bemis at csbemis@yahoo.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.

    Out of an abundance of caution, Oriental Mindfulness Meditation has suspended in-person practice.

    Friday morning sits will resume when public health guidelines indicate doing so is safe and appropriate. Resumption of practice will be announced here, and via the organization’s mailing list. To be included, 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

  • 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, check out orientalwomansclub.org.

  • 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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