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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • This week, June 13-17 at New Village Brewery: want to bring your own wine, cider, gluten-free or non-alcoholic beverage? Click here to find out how.

    New Village Brews: White Cap, Purdy’s Pale Ale, Chuck WIll’s Widow Black IPA

    NC Guest Breweries:
    • Railhouse
    • Mason Jar
    • Bearwaters Brewing
    • Raleigh Brewing Company
    • D9 Brewing Company
    • 7 Clans
    • Durty Bull Brewing Company
    • Big Boss Brewing

    • Friday, 6/14: Stick & Strings, 6 – 8p

    Sunday, 6/15: Father’s Day Celebration & Trivia with Emily @ 4p

    Food trucks:
    • Friday, 6/14: A Taste of Philly Food Truck, 4-8p. Nine different variations on the Cheesesteak, plus veggie, chicken parm, and meatball subs. See the all the offerings here.
    • Saturday, 6/15: Roadside Dogs Food Truck, 2-7p. Nathan’s all beef hot dogs, dirty pork bowl, chicken tenders, soup and more. See the whole menu here.
    • Sunday, 6/16: New Food Truck: Fusion Blue Cuisine, 4-7p

    New Village Brewery is open Thursday – Saturday, 2-9p, and on Sunday from 2-7p.

  • The Oriental History Museum announces their Summer Hat Exhibit, from Friday, now through Saturday, September 7.

    The Museum has an extensive collection of vintage hats for men and women.

    In the early part of the 1900s and up until the 1950s there were more than four millinery shops in Oriental. Everyone wore hats whenever they left home – to church, shopping, visiting, dances, everywhere.

    On Saturday July 13 is Mad Hatter’s Day: visitors of all ages are invited to try on hats from bygone eras.

    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: orientalhistorymuseum@gmail.com

  • Saturday is the Oriental Farmer’s Market, from 8a – 11a on Hodges Street near the harbor.

    Find fresh microgreens, honey & eggs, handmade soaps, candles, fishing gear, handmade wooden toys, seedlings, and more.

    Vendors set up by The Provision Company.

    As always, market is weather permitting.

  • Come out and meet two candidates running for NC Senate and and State House of Representatives: Tare “T” Davis & Mary Beedle.

    Saturday, June 15, 10a – noon at the Oriental Woman’s Club at 1007 Gilgo Road.

    Hosted by Chrystal Huth, Breena Litzenberger, and Terry Halpern.

  • Nautical Wheelers’ complimentary Wine Tasting is Friday, June 14 from 4-6p in new Bern, and Saturday, June 15 at 2p-4p in Oriental.

    Andy Woolgar could not make it for this month’s event, but there’s still wine to be had.

    Stop by Nautical Wheelers to try one of the following:

    • Sauvignon Blanc – Australia
    • Rosé – Australia
    • Chardonnay – Argentina
    • And a Mystery Red that Camilla is keeping secret.

    Camilla pours samples from the wine bar inside.

    Find Nautical Wheelers in Oriental at 411 Broad Street and at 202 A Craven St in New Bern. 252-249-0359.

  • Join the 61st Annual Ocracoke Regatta on Saturday, June 15, 2024.

    McCotters Marina in Washington & the Provision Company in Oriental sponsor the Pamlico Sailing Club’s annual regatta.

    This is a ~33 mile pursuit race to Ocracoke – with handicapping done at the start: slower boats start first, faster start last. There are spinnaker, non-spinnaker, and party classes. The party class is open to power and sail boats.

    Friday night, anchor or raft-up in the lee of Indian Island. Goose Creek is the alternative if the weather dictates.

    Starting line is between Marker #3 at Indian Island the RC Flag on the Committee Boat. Marker PP (Pamlico Point) is to starboard, Marker M (Inner Middle) is to port. Finish line is between Royal Shoal Marker #3 and the Orange Ball.

    The day wraps up at the awards party from 1800 – 1930 hrs across from the park service docks. Entry fees go to the Little Washington Sailing School.

    Click here for Regatta registration and information. Have questions? Contact Mark at mark@mccottersmarina.com.

  • Tour seven new custom homes at Arlington Place Saturday, June 15 from 3-5p

    Arlington Place is a waterfront community in Minnesott Beach, with average elevations at 21 feet above sea level. It is some of the highest land in Pamlico County. Find your lot and build your custom home. Whether you’re looking for a cottage or an estate, a waterfront or forest view, there’s an opportunity to build it at Arlington Place.

    Arlington Place is at 57 Burton Farm Road in Arapahoe, NC 28510.

  • Pamlico County Board of Commissioners meets Monday evening, June 17 at 7p at the Pamlico County Courthouse. This meeting is open to the public.

    The meeting is in the Patsy Sadler Room at 7p, in the Courthouse Annex, unless there is a larger crowd. Then meetings are held in the second floor courtroom. The Courthouse is at 202 Main Street, Bayboro, NC 28515.

    June Mid-Month Agenda
    June Mid-Month Agenda Packet

    The Pamlico Board of Commissioners meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month.

  • Oriental’s government boards meet on a monthly basis to discuss ongoing Town projects and business.

    All are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.

    Upcoming Monthly Board Meetings:
    • Tourism Board: Tuesday, 6/18 at 5p
    • Planning Board: Thursday, 6/19 at 3p
    • Water Advisory Board: Thursday, 6/14 at 10a
    • Tree Board: Tuesday, 5/25 at 9a
    • Board of Commissioners: Tuesday, 7/2 at 6p
    • Parks & Recreation: Tuesday, 7/9 at 3p
    • Harbor Waterfronts Committee: Thursday , 7/11 at 8a

    All boards meet at Town Hall, at the corner of Broad and Church Streets, in the large board room.

  • Open Mic Night is live at the Silos Wednesday nights. 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.

  • The third and fifth Thursdays of the month mean open jam session at Pamlico Community College, starting at 6p. The May jam sessions have been cancelled. Jam sessions will return in June.

    It’s open to all. Bring your instrument – or voice – or maybe only a chair to just come to listen. It all happens in PCC’s Delamar Center Auditorium. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe. All levels of unplugged playing welcome.

    For more info, contact Denise McDermott 252-249-1851 ext 3113 dmcdermott@pamlicocc.edu.

  • Registration is open for this summer’s Children’s Theater Workshop.

    The Summer Theater Workshop is in it’s 28th year. It teaches children – from completed 1st through 12th grades – acting fundamentals and how to tell stories on stage using words, movement, and emotions.

    Held in July at the Old Theater in Oriental, a carefully selected & experienced theater arts teacher leads grade divided, two week sessions. The schedule for this summer is:

    • Completed 1st/2nd grades: July 1 to 12, 9a-noon
    • Completed 3rd/4th grades: July 15 to 26, 9a-noon
    • Completed 5th-7th grades: July 1 to 12, 2p-5p
    • Completed 8th-12th grades: July 15 to 26, 2p-5p

    Information and online registration is here. Have questions? Email 1996ctw@gmail.com or call Yolanda at 828-421-7981.

  • Start your weekend with Ken Belangia at The Red Rooster Pavilion, Friday, June 21 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.

    Hear live music every Friday night, April – September.

    Playing in June:
    • Ken Belangia – June 21
    • Brant Island Strings – June 28

  • Kick off the summer Oriental-style with Silospalooza 2024. Now in its 11th year, the outdoor music event is Saturday, June 22.

    On Saturday, music starts at two and runs til late. Playing on the Red Rooster stage:

    The Lineup:
    • 3 – 4:30 The Stagger Brothers (Folk / Rock)
    • 5 – 6:30 Heart Stop (Classic Rock)
    • 6:30 – 7 Pizza Eating Contest
    • 7 – 8:30p Lua Flora (Trippy Beach)
    • 9 – 10:30 Southern Hellcats (50s / 60s Rockabilly)

    The pizza eating contest is at 6:30p. Wings, Burgers, Hot Dogs & Chicken Tenders are served outside at the Red Rooster bar all day. Liquor tent at the county line (gate). 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:
    Silospalooza 2023
    Dancing into the Night – Silospalooza 2021
    Dancing at Silospalooza 2019

  • The Old Theater Presents Songs of the South, Saturday, June 22 @ 5:30p.

    Songs of the South band members hail from the mountains of Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. In 2019 they started covering songs by country music legends Alabama. Now, they tour performing their Alabama tribute.

    Songs of the South put on an energetic performance, playing through Alabama’s discography, and faithfully performing the country music bands’ #1 hits.

    Tickets are $30 for general admission. $25 for OT members, military, and students. Kids under 6 free. Get your tickets online here.

    Tickets may also be purchased at Nautical Wheelers at their Oriental and New Bern locations. Tickets for sold-out shows may become available at the door last minute. Check at the box office at 4:30p. Doors open at 5p. Wine and soft drinks available by donation. For more information, call 252-249-0477.

  • Croakerfest 2024 is happening Friday & Saturday, July 5 & 6

    For two days Oriental celebrates the July 4 weekend by closing down village roads and setting up the Croaker Festival. Join in or visit the following events:

    • Baking Contest
    • Miss Minnow & Croaker Queen Pageants
    • The Croaker Festival Parade
    • The Marine Corps Band
    • Coloring Contest for the kids
    • Croaker Regatta
    • Fireworks from the Oriental Bridge

    Check out previous events:
    CroakerFest is Back – Festival 2022

  • The Craven – Pamlico Regional Library Book / Tech Mobile is in Oriental on Friday, July 5, 10a – noon at the Piggly Wiggly.

    The Book / Tech mobile brings books, wifi hot spots, and laptops you can check out with your library card. While there, you can use the Book / Tech Mobile’s free wifi and stream free movies on Hoopla – a library app you can use on your phone. Learn how to access over 600 free educational classes, and learn more about the Library’s free resources.

    Don’t have a library card? You can get one while you’re there. Have a book to pick up at the library? Call ahead and have the Book / Tech Mobile bring it to you. (If you check out your books at the Book / Tech Mobile, you have 30 days to keep them instead of two weeks.)

    The Book / Tech Mobile visits Oriental on the first Friday of every month.

    The Pamlico County Regional Library is located at 603 Main St, Bayboro, NC 28515. Have questions? Call the Library at 252-745-3515.

  • The Croakerfest Regatta is Saturday, July 6. The race is open to FJs, Sunfish, and 420s. Check-in at 0830, Captain’s Meeting at 0900, first gun at noon. No races after 1515.

    Refreshments and awards immediately afterwards at Bow to Stern Boating. Want to race but don’t have a boat? Rentals available from Bow To Stern Boating. For questions, rentals, or registration, call or email Bow to Stern: 252-249-2424 or info@bowtosternboating.com.

    Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, and Course Diagrams coming.

  • Join the Oriental Dinghy Club (ODC) on the water Saturday July 13 & Sunday July 14 beginning at 1p.

    Saturday is the PHRF race, for large keelboat racing.

    Sunday, it’s dinghy racing. Boats smaller than 20’ like: Sunfish, Lasers, Wayfarers, FJs, 420s, Vanguards and any other centerboard/ dagger board boats 20’ or less.

    ODC holds races at least one weekend a month, and you’re invited to join. Don’t know how to race? ODC holds racing clinics to teach the intricacies of racing.

    Register at the ODC website or contact Commodore Bob Slook for more information: ODCCommodore@gmail.com

    Get on the water with the ODC racing fleet:
    • June 1 – 2: Dragon’s Breath Regatta
    • June 8 – 9: PHRF Race Saturday & Dinghy Race Sunday
    • July 13 – 14: PHRF Race Saturday & Dinghy Race Sunday
    • July 27: Dinghy Poker Run
    • August 10 – 11: PHRF Race Saturday & Dinghy Race Sunday
    • September 21 – 22: PHRF Race Saturday & Dinghy Race Sunday
    • October 11 – 13: Oriental Cup Regatta
    • October 19 – 20: PHRF Race Saturday & Dinghy Race Sunday
    • November 2 – 3: PHRF Race Saturday & Dinghy Race Sunday
    • November 9 – 10: PHRF Race Saturday & Dinghy Race Sunday
    • January 1: Instead of Football Regatta

  • Nautical Wheelers’ complimentary Wine Tasting is Friday, July 12 from 4-6p in new Bern, and Saturday, July 13 at 2p & 3p in Oriental.

    Save the date for upcoming wine tastings at Nautical Wheelers. Wine list coming.

    Find Nautical Wheelers in Oriental at 411 Broad Street and at 202 A Craven St in New Bern. 252-249-0359.

  • The Craven-Pamlico Regional Library holds a Stop Motion Animation Contest. Entries due July 15.

    By yourself, or with a group, create an original 60 second (or less) Stop Motion Video on one of the following topics:
    • Adventure in the library
    • Adventure with a reading buddy
    • Literary themed adventure

    The video must use a physical object moved in small increments and photographed at every step. Use blocks, claymation, cut-outs, puppets, or even a reading buddy.

    You must also allow the Library to use your video (or screenshots of the video) in their advertising and in the library.

    Prizes are awarded for stop motion videos submitted by a group and an individual. Entries must be received by midnight, Monday, July 15, 2024. Winners announced Wednesday, July 31.

    Get more information and submit your video here.

    Click play to find out how to make your own Stop Motion Video:

  • NYRA’s (Neuse Yacht Racing Association) annual FREE race/cruise/party is the Parrothead Regatta, Saturday July 20, 2024, 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.

    Find out more about NYRA here.

  • The 17th Annual Charity Dinghy Poker Run Saturday, July 27 at Oriental Marina & Inn − on the Tiki Bar Deck. Presented by Oriental’s Nautical Co-op (NSA, SCOO and ODC) and open to all.

    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.

    You do not need a dinghy – or know how to pay poker. Hands can be drawn at the Tiki Bar Deck and there’s plenty of folks to help you out.

    Hands $10 each, 3 for $25, go on sale at 9:30a. Poker Run begins at 11a, runs until 12:30p. Food available at 12:30p. Silent and Live auctions, 50/50 raffle held after lunch. Cash Bar.

    Proceeds benefit the Pamlico Coastal Activities Council, in support of Pamlico youth sailing, and Oriental United Methodist Church, which sponsors swimming lessons for disadvantaged kids. For more information, or to volunteer to help or to donate auction items, contact Sharon Stephenson at srstephenson1420@gmail.com, 919-414-7719.

  • The Pirate Jam is Saturday, Aug 31 on the water in front of Teach’s Point. Music begins around 1p.

    Paddle or row, power or sail to Teach’s Point (also called Dewey Point) where Smith and Greens Creek meet to listen – and lounge – from your own vessel. No attendance by land is allowed as the bands are based on private property.

    Pirate Jam Lineup coming

    Get your 2024 Pirate Jam Burgee by saving up $100 in receipts from Pirate Jam sponsors. Full sponsor info coming.

    Pirate Jam is sponsored by the Pamlico County Arts Council, a 501©3 non-profit committed to bringing diverse arts to Pamlico County.

    See Previous Years’ Pirate Jams:
    • “Pirate Jam plays to a Floating Audience:“news/pirate-jam-plays-to-a-floating-audience
    Music in the Creeks

  • Nautical Wheelers invites you to a South African Braai, Saturday August 24.

    Enjoy a South African Braai (similar to a BBQ) with Bobby Wallace, winemaker at Off The Record Wines.

    This is a special ticketed event. More information coming.

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

  • The rubber chicken returns. The 33rd Greens Creek Challenge Regatta is Saturday, September 14.

    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.

    Greens Creek NOR coming.

    For questions, rentals, or registration, call or email Bow to Stern: 252-249-2424 or info@bowtosternboating.com.

    Take a look at previous Challenges:
    Greens Creek Challenge 2023
    Greens Creek Challenge 2022
    Greens Creek Challenge 2008GCC, the earlier years

  • Harborfest for HeartWorks 2024 is Saturday, September 28 at 5:30p.

    Support over 400 at-risk Pamlico County children who attend free Afterschool and Summer Programs and/or receive counseling at StillWaters. Attend Harborfest for HeartWorks, a Gala evening of drinks, live music and dancing, a live auction, and a tour of the classrooms and renovated facilities.

    Enjoy an open bar and a gourmet buffet. Bid on trips, oyster roasts, works of art, basketball tickets, and more in the live and online auctions.

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

    HeartWorks is a 501©(3) nonprofit community service agency. “Our mission is to address the underserved mental and physical health needs of youth and their families in Pamlico County and surrounding areas. Education is the cornerstone of our efforts. Nurturing is our method.”

  • The 10th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is set for Oct 4 & 5, 2024.

    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.

    The lineup is coming.

    Fingerpickin’ Champions & Bluegrass New Yorkers
    Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival 2022
    The 2019 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival – headliners The Way Down Wanderers

  • The 2024 Oriental Cup Regatta is set for the weekend of Oct 11-13 out on the Neuse.

    The Cup continues as a cooperative effort between Oriental’s three sailing clubs: ODC, SCOO & NSA.

    Register at the Cup web site: orientalcupregatta.com.

    A look at past Oriental Cup Regattas:
    A Storm, A Ripped Sail, and a Trophy Cup
    Bodacious. TrailerTrash. Victorious.
    The 2021 Oriental Cup Regatta

  • The annual Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday, October 12, 2024. Check-in starts at 8:30a. Trophies awarded at 2:30p.

    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.

    Register online or Saturday morning at the show.

    Find out more about Oriental’s Classic Car Show here.

    See previous shows:
    Rain and Roadsters – the 2023 Oriental Classic Car Show
    2022 Oriental Classic Car Show
    The 2021 Classic Car Show

  • Try a lot of chili and help the Old Theater raise funds. The 16th Annual Chili Cook-off is Saturday, Oct 26 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.) Tickets are $10 at the gate. You can get to-go orders (16.oz) of your favorite left-over chili from the chef of your choice (purchased at the HQ table).

    Individually wrapped baked goods will be on sale for $1 at the Bake Sale Table. Chili to-go-orders are placed at the Headquarters Table, $5 for 16 oz of leftover chili from the Chef of your choice. 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, Volunteer, or Sponsor, please contact the Old Theater: 919-221-5362 or vp@oldtheater.org.

    In the meantime, check out the chili from previous years:
    Hundreds Turn Up for a Chili Meltdown
    2022 Chili Cook-off
    2021 Old Theater Chili Cook-off

  • Oriental’s Thanksgiving morning bike ride is on for Thanksgiving 2024. 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 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.

    Take a look at previous Thanksgiving Day bike rides:
    2023 Turkey Pedal
    2022 Turkey Pedal
    2021 Turkey Pedal
    Two Rides, One Event: 2020 Thanksgiving Day Bike Ride

  • Lights, garlands, and a few moving parts. Oriental’s decorating contest for the Spirit of Christmas runs throughout December, but is judged Monday, Dec 9 – Wednesday, Dec 11.

    There are four residential categories this year:
    • Most Traditional
    • Most Whimsical
    • Most Nautical
    • Most Lights

    Businesses compete for the Most Decorated Business.

    Winners are announced Friday, December 13, at the engineless flotilla and star lighting on Hodges Street.

  • Oriental celebrates The Spirit of Christmas the second weekend in December, Thursday, Dec 12 – Saturday, Dec 14.

    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, 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 2024 Spirit of Christmas schedule will be published about a week before the event.

    Until then, check out last year’s event coverage:
    The 2023 Spirit of Christmas Parade
    The Nativity, A few Carols, and Lots of Lights

  • The 2024 Spirit of Christmas Engineless Flotilla is Friday evening December 13 at 5p (unless the weather turns). Engineless & sail-less vessels (kayaks / canoes / dinghies / paddleboards / etc) festoon themselves and their craft in lights and other seasonal decorations, and make their way into Oriental Harbor at dusk.

    If you want to participate, meet at the Oriental Wildlife ramp (301 Midyette St, Oriental, NC 28571) at 4:30p, launching at 4:45p and paddling into Oriental Harbor at 5p. Arrival time depends on how long it takes to set up your boat. You’ll have help at the ramp if you need it – just get there early.

    If you are coming from another launching area please plan on being able to enter the harbor at 5:05p.

    Call Larry Summers @ 252-675-0467 if you have any questions about the event. No engines or sails, please. For safety, please wear life vests and carry whistles. It’s a short paddle, but much of it (especially returning) is in the dark.

  • Floats & golf carts, businesses & non-profits, and the Shriners, too. They all show up for the Spirit of Christmas Parade. You can, too.

    This year’s parade is Saturday, December 14 at 1p.

    Parade entry information coming in November.

    Lineup is on Ragan Rd. Enter the parade lineup from Neuse Drive. Do not attempt to enter Ragan Rd from Broad Street (Hwy 55). It makes a terrible mess. Really.

    For participation inspiration, check out parades from the previous years:
    The 2023 Spirit of Christmas Parade
    A Parade, Paddleboards, a Dragon and a Grinch
    The 2021 Spirit of Christmas Parade

  • Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2025 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: 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 Dragon Runs past:
    A Dragon Rolls Through Oriental New Year’s Eve
    Dragons Run on Hodges – New Year’s Eve 2019 into 2020
    Two Dragons and a Croaker – New Year’s Eve 2018 into 2019

  • The 32nd annual Instead of Football Regatta is January 1, 2025

    A sailing alternative to TV, and a loosely organized one at that, it’s become an Oriental New Year’s tradition. Sailors meet at noon on Monday, Jan 1 at Oriental marker #1 (SC1). Warning horn is at 11:55a.

    Marks are: Adams Creek #1, Garbacon #7, finish at Oriental #1 (SC1). Sailing direction/course change announced on Channel 72 prior to start.

    There are no rules or sailing instructions. The first skipper that asks for directions or instructions will be drawn, quartered, and forced to walk the plank.

    There is a Mandatory Skipper’s Meeting after the race at 3p at The Silos (race cancelled or not). Bring a nautical or fun gift or re-gift for the drawing…all boats participating are included. Must be present to win.

    For more information contact Todd Cox at 802-999-7572.

    Check out the event from years past:
    A Hazy Instead of Football Regatta
    Forty+ Boats on New Year’s Day
    Instead of Football Regatta 2019

  • Ongoing Events:
  • Own a Cape Dory? Then you’re invited to join the Cape Dory Sailboat Owner’s Association – Carolina’s Fleet.

    Their mission is to advance the sport and enjoyment of sailing; to promote the education, technical interest, and knowledge of their members members; and to foster and enjoy a welcoming collegial fellowship and social environment among the owners of Cape Dory Sailboats.

    The CDSOA hold quarterly meetings that include presentations on a range of topics: from sailing techniques to technical topics. Presentations are geared toward skill improvement and enjoyment of the Cape Dory.

    CDSOA also hold rendezvous and fleet cruises throughout the year for all members.

    To learn more about the CDSOA and to join the Carolinas Fleet visit CapeDorySOA.org, and click on the “New Members Sign Up” link. There you will also find a link to the CD forum, a huge database of information on Cape Dory sailboats.

  • Pamlico Community Band rehearses every Tuesday from 7-8:30p at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church.

    The band performs three concerts per year: in the spring, opening of the Fourth of July Croaker Festival, and Christmas.

    All levels and ages of musicians welcome. Auditions not required; just show up with your instrument. Our focus is the joy of making and sharing music while having fun.

    For more information contact Chris Mele at 252-626-6928. St. Peter is at 1149 White Farm Road in Oriental.

  • The Pamlico County Library hosts a mystery book club the second Wednesday of each month at 5p.

    Each month a novel selected from the winners of the annual Edgar Awards will be discussed.

    For more info please contact the library at 252-745-3515. Pamlico County Library is located at 603 Main Street in Bayboro.
  • 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 OUMC (404 Freemason Street). New members are welcome to join.

    There are ongoing classes for beginners and intermediates. To sign up for classes, Contact Claudia Bemis at csbemis@yahoo.com. To join UHOOs, contact Judy Styron at cjstyron@embarqmail.com.

    The UHOOS focus on having fun while singing and playing together, and periodically perform at events.

  • 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 10a from the Bean from fall to spring, as the weather permits. In the spring, the start time shifts to 8:30a.

    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 in a single paceline format. The Sunday ride is faster, with pace and distance decided by the riders, usually between 15-17 mph for 25-30 miles in a single paceline format. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off! Questions? Contact Keith Gapen at Keith.gapen@gmail.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

  • 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.

  • The Pamlico Progressives 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, and by letting their collective voices be be heard to influence positive change.

    Pamlico Progressives meet as needed. All are welcome to join. For more information, follow on Facebook or 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 Oriental United 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.) Have questions before you go? Contact Doug Carmichael at Dougcarmichael@embarqmail.com.

  • 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.

  • You’re invited to join in and play Pickleball even if you’ve never played the game before. New players and beginners welcomed – equipment available if you don’t have your own.

    Play is open to residents and visitors alike, by Reservation only on Signup Genius. For information on rules, how to play, and a link to Signup Genius to register, email pamlicopickleball@gmail.com.

    During fall, winter and spring, courts are open every day of the week,10a-12p every day except Sunday when times are 1-3p. Cost is $2 per player. A medical waiver must be completed yearly. Summer play is Friday 1-3p, Saturday and Sunday 10a-12p. If the courts are closed due to a conflict of activities at Camp Caroline, the closure will be noted on SignUp Genius.

    Players can also play on the Oriental Town Court at the corner of 3rd Ave. and Vandemere.

    TownDock.net visited the Pickleball players in 2017. See story here.

  • 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.

  • Concerned about your drinking? Help is available.

    Alcoholics Anonymous meets throughout the week at several locations in the area: At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church at 600 Ragan Road in Oriental, Tuesdays at 8p, and again Friday nights at 8p. (2nd brick building on the left).

    At Alliance United Methodist Church at 687 Main Street in Bayboro, Thursday at 7:30p (a great meeting for new members).

    At St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 402 Freemason Street in Oriental, Sunday at 7p.

    “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

    Al-Anon – for those worried about someone with a drinking problem – meets Tuesday at 7p at 403 Mildred Street. It is open to all.

    Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) – At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church at 600 Ragan Road in Oriental (2nd brick building on left). Open Meeting Tuesdays from 6:30-6:70p. Women’s Group Saturday 6:30p.

    Narcotics Anonymous – A group atmosphere which provides help from peers, and offers an on-going support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Never Alone – meets Wednesday at 7p at Alliance United Methodist Church, 687 Main Street in Bayboro.

    For a list of other meetings in Pamlico County, including Narcotics Anonymous, click here.

  • 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 Friday mornings, setting out from the Wildlife Resources Commission ramp at the end of Midyette Street at 9a. 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.”

    Call Bill Hines by Thursday evening prior to let them know you’ll be joining Friday morning: 252-571-0264.

  • The Pamlico Chorale meets every Monday, 4 – 5:30p 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 membership chair Phyllis Yodlowski at 252-671-6076 or pyodlowski@gmail.com.

    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

  • 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.

  • Friends of the Pamlico County Library meets at the library on Highway 55 in Bayboro. This is the group of folks who help sustain the library. For info, call 252-745-3515.

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