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Volunteer fire departments save home. The Story
Volunteer, Educator, Mother. The Story
Town Board Meeting August 2022. The Story
Judy Crane - August Artist of the Month. The Story
NOAA presents Hurricane Prep Seminar at Town Hall. The Story
Lack of drainage on village roads. Letters To The Editor
A new life on the water. The Shipping News
A simple lesson. Captain's Blog
Miss Minnow, Marines, and Firetrucks. The Story
With Help from the North Carolina Coastal Federation. The Story
Employee Inflation Bonus, Tent Camping OK. The Story
A humbled Captain. Captain's Blog
Town Board Meeting June 2022. The Story
The Art of Marguerite Chadwick-Juner. The Story
Over 200 gather to celebrate Hope Clinic. The Story
Boats make ripples. Captain's Blog
Where and When to Vote. The Story
Antiques, guitars, and Santa Claus. The Story
Efficiency and Unrestricted Funds. The Story
Husband, Sailor, ODC Commodore. The Story
Hear from the candidate himself. Letters To The Editor
An argument for losing an eye. Captain's Blog
Pilot, Jack-of-all-trades, family man. The Story
Collegiate Sailing Returns to Oriental. The Story
2022 SailPack Regatta April 23-24. Guest Columnist
April 2022 Town Board Report. The Story
2,400 attendees welcome the boat show back. The Story
What it is and where you can worship. Guest Columnist
Village Gallery's March Artist of the Month. The Story
With insurance and without. Captain's Blog
Pets take over Lou Mac Park. The Story
March 2022 Town Board Meeting. The Story
What it all means. Guest Columnist
Sailing again after two years' hiatus. The Story
Small stuff can matter in a big way. Captain's Blog
Eagle Scout to Viking deckhand to solo sailor. The Shipping News
Red paint swirls in the harbor. The Story
February 2022 Town Board Meeting. The Story
Village Gallery's February Artist of the Month. The Story
Father, Sailor, Attorney, Photographer. The Story
More genres, more music for 2022. The Story
Two traditions, one drawing. Drawing The Town
Winter Scenes From A January Storm. The Story
The famous speech, take one. Guest Columnist
From the Tree of Names and Lights. The Story
No plan can turn out to be a bad plan. Captain's Blog
January 2022 Town Board Meeting. The Story
New Year's Eve 2021 - 2022. The Story
2:59p A dredging barge has been docked in Oriental Harbor some time. It’s back at work this week, this time at Oriental Marina & Inn. Tom McElheney told TownDock.net this is a maintenance dredge, intended to deepen the slips to 6 1/2 feet.
Take a look at the dredge in action today:
McElheney expects dredging to be finished before the weekend, barring any unexpected delays.
1:51p Candidate for US Senate Cheri Beasley will be at the Pamlico Heritage Center today from 3- 4p as part of her Standing Up For NC Tour.
10:24a Oriental’s own Dragon Boat Racing Team, The Dragon Masters, won this weekend’s Dragon Boat Races at River Dunes.
Dragon Master crew member Darlene Marquart said her crew’s average age was in the high sixties. Their youngest crew member is 42.
The Dragon Masters beat out eight other teams for the win, including two teams of Marines. Story coming.
Cooler weather ahead, and some rain. High temps near 80 today and 80% chance of thunderstorms tomorrow. High temps are forecast to range between low to mid eighties for the rest of the week.
High in the mid 80s. Winds out of the northwest around 10 mph. It’s a good day to enjoy watermelon at the Bonds’.
It’s an annual tradition – the 52nd year. And everyone is invited. It’s even at a reasonable time – 4p.
The Watermelon feast can be found on the lawn across from John Bond (aka Minuscule) Beach on Neuse Drive.
11:01a The Oriental Weather Station reports about a quarter of an inch of rain has fallen today. So far.
After weeks of near 90 degree weather and heat indexes ranging between 100 and 110, today’s rain may be viewed as a welcome respite.
And it looks like it will be with us most of the day. Take a look at the TownDock Radar:
At the Brewery, Big Jim Kohler Band
plays from 6-8p has cancelled due to rain, Meraki Mediterranean Food Truck serves from 3-8p. Brant Island Strings is onstage at the Red Rooster at 7p.
Saturday is the Dragons’ Breath Regatta on the Neuse and the Dragon Boat Races in Grace Harbor.
Sunday, everyone (visitors and residents alike) is invited to enjoy Watermelon at the Bonds’ at 4p.
It’s all in What’s Happening.
10:42a In 2010, the first Dragon Boat race was held in Oriental. These long, low boats held rows of paddlers, a steer person to guide the direction, and a drummer to help keep a steady beat.
In 2010, they raced in the water (and waves) off Lou Mac Park. It occasionally resulted in scenes like this:
The event has since moved to the calmer waters of Grace Harbor at River Dunes. Races are this Saturday, August 13. Captain’s Meetings start at 8a, followed by opening ceremonies, parade of boats and more.
Races begin around 9:45a. The event is free, but consider bringing along a non-perishable food item to donate to Pamlico County Fish & Loaves.
8:05a The tropical wave west of Africa, Invest 97, ain’t gonna become a storm. From NHC:
9:45a You may have noticed a lot of shrimp trawlers out on the river lately. TownDock visited fisherman Keith Bruno to find out more:
The disturbance off Africa, Invest 97, is looking less likely to become a tropical storm system. From NHC:
Plumes of smoke over the water are a usual thing around Oriental, especially when looking out from Lou Mac Park to the bombing range in the Neuse.
But the smoke seen this morning was not in its usual place: it rose above Buccaneer Bay. Check out the scene, and the response from fire fighters here.
8:36a That tropical wave just off Africa has continued to develop… it is now being tracked as Invest 97. Here are two early views of the potential forecast track:
This disturbance has a medium chance of becoming tropical depression later this week. The next name on tap for the 2022 season is Danielle, followed by Earl, Fiona and Gaston.
The final performance of Who Killed Mr. O’Blatherskite is today at 3p, on the Oriental Old Theater stage.
More 90+ degree heat today. It gets a bit worse mid-week, reaching the mid nineties. Then next weekend a break may be in store… cooler mid 80s highs are forecast for Saturday & Sunday.
It’s been quiet on the Atlantic, but that could be about to change. From NHC:
This disturbance isn’t even an Invest yet, but there is an initial indication of a probable track:
Near 90 and heat index values above 100 today. Light and variable winds becoming SE winds at 10 mph this afternoon. Very slight chance of rain later today.
Anita’s Authentic Taqueria Food Truck at the Village Brewery, a new artist at the Village Gallery, and a play at The Old Theater.
Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out What’s Happening.
5:07p Teresa Badger was an educator for Pamlico County Schools for 30 years and a driving force in the restoration of Holt’s Chapel Community Center. She passed away August 1. Her services with be Saturday & Sunday in New Bern. More about the life of Teresa Jones Badger is here.
10:42a A warm August weekend ahead. Mostly sunny, temps near 90, and winds out of the south / southeast up to 10 mph.
A dead railroad baron, a motley crew of suspects, and a murder in need of solving. Who Killed Mr. O’Blatherskite is an interactive comedy where the suspects and the audience try to figure out whodunnit.
Performances are at the Old Theater Friday and Saturday at 7p, and Sunday at 3p. Get your tickets online here or pick them up in Oriental at Nautical Wheelers on Broad Street.
Visit with The Village Gallery’s August Artist of the Month, Judy Crane, Saturday from 2 – 5p. Crane is known for her soothing landscapes and calming palette.
Want to know what’s going on int Oriental? It’s all in What’s Happening.
12:10p An excavator sold out from under the town and a contractor to take on restoration of the Net House on Oriental’s harbor.