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What’s your plan?:

No plan can turn out to be a bad plan. Captain's Blog

Grant Needed for Hodges Repair, Budget Agenda Set:

January 2022 Town Board Meeting. The Story

Dragon Rolls Through (Most of) Oriental:

New Year's Eve 2021 - 2022. The Story

Oil Spill Cleanup In The Harbor:

Coast Guard investigating spill source. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2022:

It takes a village to house a dragon. The Story

Jean Dexter, 1927 - 2021:

Mother and Artist. The Story

Hodges Street Seawall Separating:

Town Board Meeting December 2021. The Story

Thanks for the Spirit of Christmas:

Appreciation for the helpful. Letters To The Editor

John C. Bloom, 1945 - 2021:

Father, friend, and inquisitive soul. The Story

The 2021 Spirit of Christmas Parade:

Antlers, dogs & dinghies on wheels. The Story

The Spirit of Christmas 2021:

The village tradition returns. The Story

Veterinarian Dorothy Dimond Retires:

27 Years Helping Pets and their Humans. The Story

Schedule for Spirit of Christmas 2021:

What's happening, where and when. The Story

Oils and a Palette Knife:

Village Gallery's December Artist of the Month. The Story

The Season of Giving:

The List of Area Non-Profits That Could Use Your Donations. The Story

Coastal Conversations:

1,000 miles for a chat. The Shipping News

2021 Turkey Pedal:

96 cyclists, 5.25 miles. The Story

Vexillology:

Flag knowledge on display. Captain's Blog

Christkindlmarkt:

ArtWorks Oriental transforms into a German Christmas Market. The Story

Transparent Discussions and Decisions:

Questions about Premium Pay. Letters To The Editor

The Spirit of Christmas is Coming:

The Christmas Parade returns. The Story

Democracy In Action - The Count After The Vote:

Confusing report leads to questions about write-in votes. The Story

Clean Your Culvert or Pay a Fee:

Town Board Meeting November 2021. The Story

Watercolor & The Riverside Scene:

Village Gallery's November Artist of the Month. The Story

Art Walk Oriental:

Two galleries, 11 businesses, one event. The Story

Witches Crawl 2021:

Dancing for Hope Clinic. The Story

Election Results 2021:

Price, Roe, White, Winfrey, Overcash, Belangia Elected. The Story

2021 Municipal Elections:

Election info for Oriental & Minnesott Beach. The Story

Dragons on the Bench:

Students' art brings attention to public spaces. The Story

2021 Old Theater Chili Cookoff:

14 chefs, 300 plus patrons, and 70 gallons of chili. The Story

Hailing Ports:

It's about the boat, not you. Captain's Blog

The 2021 Oriental Classic Car Show:

100. A New record.. The Story

Jim Colavito, 1947 - 2021:

Dedicated teacher, passionate sailor, loving father. The Story

The 2021 Oriental Cup Regatta:

Three sailing clubs, one race. The Story

Rain or Shine, the Music Goes On:

The 2021 Ol' Front Porch Music Festival. The Story

OFPMF Thanks Oriental:

Rain Didn't Dampen The Music Festival. Letters To The Editor

From Poland to North Carolina:

Village Gallery's October Artist of the Month. The Story

Road Repair Plans, Speed Detection, and an Upcoming SUP:

October 2021 Town Board Meeting. The Story

Seeking a Board Seat:

Running for Oriental Town Commissioner . Letters To The Editor

Men at Work:

Nautical self-help. Captain's Blog

Tom Lathrop:

Meet the man and his boats. The Story

Fire Station 19 Honors 9/11 Anniversary:

The 20th Anniversary. The Story

New Bridge at Dawson Creek:

Scheduled to begin Summer 2022. The Story

Introducing MarineWeather.net:

Marine weather all in one place. The Story

Abstraction and Form in Watercolor:

Artists' Reception, Sept 4, 2-5p. The Story

The Man in the Photo:

Local knowledge required. The Story

A New Face at the Pamlico County Library:

Meet librarian Caitlin Kuhn. The Story

Heavy Weather Prep While Underway:

Prepping on the water. Captain's Blog



Drone Orville view of Oriental Harbor Marina. (click photo for more views)

Saturday January 15, 2022

11:18a Award winning bluegrass band “Circus No. 9” is in town today, with two performances.

There is a free “informance” at Holts Community Chapel, 2p this afternoon. Then tonight Pamlico Music Society presents Circus No. 9, 7:30p at the Old Theater. Some tickets still available, at this link.

Here’s the band:

Today Meraki Mediterranean Kafe food truck is at New Village Brewery, 3 – 8p.

9:20a The local forecast has this warning: COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM SUNDAY TO 1 AM EST MONDAY …WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM SUNDAY TO 1 AM EST MONDAY

Any high waters in and near Oriental will not happen Sunday night during that advisory – it’s a wind direction thing.

Sunday is forecast to see 20-25 knot northeast winds on the Neuse and Pamlico Sound. Northeast winds do push water levels higher locally. But Sunday evening has 25-25 knot south winds forecast. Those south winds will bring water levels down locally. This is followed by a Monday forecast for west winds 15 To 20 knots, gusts to 30. That will push water levels even farther down.

Sunday will bring rain – up to 2 inches. Winds here are not expected to be above 30… but at the coast there are forecasts up to 40s, 50s and even 60 mph:

Oriental NC Forecast
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Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast

Wednesday January 12, 2022

1:01p Omicron is making its way through Pamlico County. In the last 7 days, there have been 98 COVID cases reported. The real number is likely higher, as it does not include those that may self test (over the counter tests are now common & inexpensive) and then not report a positive result.

Here’s the latest on COVID in Pamlico County and across the state.

12:07p It’s cold. While some do use their boats in the colder months, there is less boating going on now.

It’s a time when many sailors make plans. What’s your plan? That’s the question Captain John Rahm asks in this month’s Captain’s Blog.

8:12a There is dredging in the harbor this week. A barge with a crane is digging out spoils on the Point Pride Seafood side of the harbor. When the hold is full it is moved over the Garland Fulcher side, where the spoils are transferred to waiting dump trucks.

Drone Orville takes a look:

Tuesday January 11, 2022

1:10p Last night’s predicted low, 29. The overnight low measured at the Oriental Weather Station, 25.

Tonight’s forecast low is 21. Prepare accordingly.

Monday January 10, 2022

1:20p It’s going to get cold Tuesday night. Here are expected lows across eastern North Carolina.

But if you think we’re cold – here are wind chill numbers around the country:

8:02a At midnight, it was 65 degrees. It’s been plunging since then… 48 now – and mid 40s this afternoon.

…tonight may dip below 30. Tuesday night is the cold one – forecast low 21 degrees.

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Neuse River Marine Forecast
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Saturday January 8, 2022

7:30a Overnight temps dipped to 27 degrees. The sun will only warm us up to low 40s today, but Sunday brings a warm break – high near 65.

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Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast

Thursday January 6, 2022

2:20p Hodges Street needs significant repair, and the Net House will be harder to restore than initially thought. These were among the subjects at the January Oriental Town Board meeting.

11:38a The winter months are a slower time for events in Oriental… but February is bringing some entries for your calendar.

Saturday February 5 the Chinese Dragon will dance on Hodges at 2:30p – celebrating the Chinese New Year (it is the year of the tiger). That evening, Pamlico Arts hosts the 4th annual Dragon Burn at The Silos.

Coming later in February, the Old Theater plans to have a Mardi Gras parade Saturday February 26.

10:10a The ferry is operating on a reduced schedule. The culprit – COVID. From NCDOT:

ferry logo​The Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry route will be running an alternate schedule this week due to COVID cases and exposures. Currently, three employees have tested positive for the virus and five are under quarantine due to exposure.
As a result, the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach route will be running the following schedule between Jan. 6-10:
From Cherry Branch: 5a, 5:45a, 6:45a, 7:45a, 9a, 10a, 11a, noon, 1:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p, 8:30p and 10p.
From Minnesott Beach: 5:25a, 6:15a, 7:15a, 8:30a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:30a, 12:30p, 2p, 3p, 4p, 5p, 6p, 7p, 8p, 9p and 11p.
Wednesday January 5, 2022

11:30a Rick’s BBQ has new hours for the new year: now open Wednesday – Saturday 11a-7:30p (Wednesday is the new addition). Eat in or take out, 252-249-6400.

Tuesday January 4, 2022

2:20p Up until a couple weeks before New Year’s Eve, a return to the traditional Dragon Run was planned. But the Omicron COVID changed those plans. Instead, the Big Dragon toured town on a trailer, while the Chinese Dragon danced on Hodges. Here are photos from the night.

Monday January 3, 2022

1:57p Today high temp was 70 – at 8:37a this morning. Since then temperatures are diving… it is now 45… a 25 degree drop. From the Oriental Weather Station:

Tonight is forecast to dip below freezing.

12:44p A note from Dragon Master Jim Edwards:

A big thank you to all who helped make the 2021 Dragon Drive possible again.  Special thanks to Ashwood Turf Farm and the Spruill Family for use of their trailer, Village Hardware for supplies, and the many other people who helped get him ready and bring him to life for the ride. (Keith and the Crew at Towndock; Jim, Stephanie, Karen, Nicole and Alexis Edwards, Garrett, Willow, Drayk, and Brylan Lutz; Tommy and Tracy Myatt; Scott, Tristan, Sammy, Stephanie, Hayden Guess; Finola and Harry Corbett; George and Debra Steenson).
The dragon enjoyed meeting many people and posing for pictures Friday afternoon, dancing with the Chinese dragon, and tried to dance the whole route throughout town. 
It takes a village to make all New Year’s Eve festivities happen and the Village truly came out to watch.  We hope that 2022 is a great year and that the dragon will be walking on Hodges Street for all to touch on New Year’s Eve 2022.

Jim adds an apology for folks at Dolphin Point. The Dragon did head out there, but made a wrong turn and ran through Whittaker Point instead.

Here’s the big Dragon on Hodges New Year’s Eve:

10:39a The weather has impacted the Minnesott Beach/Cherry Branch ferry schedule.

ferry logo Cherry Branch operation has suspended runs due to winds/tides. Last scheduled departure was 10:30a from Minnesott Beach.

9:39a 2022. It’s easy to write.

Weather has changed on a dime this morning, and it will do it again this afternoon. Weather radar shows a wall of rain heading east and away from us. It delivered a very quick half inch of rain earlier… between 8 and 9a.

It is now sunny and 67. Tonight it will be clear… and temps sneaking just below freezing. While we have a cold week ahead… mid 60s temps are expected to return late this weekend.

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Neuse River Marine Forecast
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Friday December 31, 2021

7:04p At 8p tonight, the Dragon begins it’s New Year’s Eve tour. The Dragon Roll Map for tonight:


Click for the big map

The Chinese Dragon will dance on Hodges, after the big Dragon rolls through. The Dragon dance should begin about 8:20p. Organizers ask that you bring noisemakers, and wear a mask.

2:35p The Dragon head is waiting to be petted this afternoon… at the corner of South Water & Hodges by Garland Fulcher Seafood:

10:55a Pet the Dragon for good luck… it’s an Oriental tradition. With the Dragon rolling through town tonight, you can’t pet it then.

But you can pet it this afternoon. The Dragon will be set up at Hodges & South Water Street (near Garland Fulcher Fish Market) from 2 til 5p. Stop by and get your dose of Dragon good luck.

9:43a This morning there is a BoatUS crew deploying booms on the harbor to contain an oil spill. Here’s the story.

8:20a The band / New Year’s Eve party scheduled for tonight at New Village Brewery has been cancelled. From Lili:

We have decided out of concern for the health and safety of our community at this time of high COVID and non-COVID related illnesses circulating to cancel the band scheduled to perform for New Year’s Eve. We will be open and operating our normal hours Friday and Saturday. We ask that all customers wear masks regardless of vaccination status when not actively eating or drinking. The band’s performance will be rescheduled in the next month or two.
Thank you for understanding. Wishing all a healthy and happy New Year.
Thursday December 30, 2021

1:12p The rise in COVID cases from the Omicron variant has CarolinaEast Medical Center limiting visits to one visitor at a time per patient starting Monday Jan 3. More info here.

9:47a Here’s a recap of what’s goin’ on New Year’s Eve.

The Big Dragon will be rolling… on a trailer (just like last year). It all starts at 8p… and visits much of town. There’s even a map showing you where and what times.

The Chinese Dragon (that dances) gets into the mix, too. After the Big Dragon rolls by Hodges Street (about 8:15p ish)… Oriental Police will close Hodges to traffic. Then, the Chinese Dragon comes for about a 20 minute show.

No Dragon runs late this year, and no Croaker Drop at midnight. Hopefully come 2022-2023 we won’t be in COVID variant limbo anymore, and a “normal” Oriental New Year’s Eve can return.

New Year’s Day has one of Oriental’s magic moments… the Instead Of Football Regatta often sees near 100 boats. It is sort of a sailboat “race” – but not really. It is simply a reason to get out on the water. And powerboats join in too. Be out near Marker #1 at noon, and the regatta will begins its calm route around the Neuse.

New Year’s Day is forecast to see mid 70s & sunshine for the afternoon.