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Light up Oriental 2022
Will Santa pay my electric bill?
December 15, 2022

L
ights appear this time of year anyway, but a little competition brings out more. The Oriental Woman’s Club took over the organization of this year’s Light Up Oriental contest, choosing the competition themes.

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Nautical Wheelers wrapped their tree in lights and glowing orbs.

The appointed judges (town Commissioners) went through Oriental, looking for the best. The winners are as follows:

Nautiest (most nautical):
• Phyllis & Sherrill Styron, 109 Pittman Circle
• Inland Waterway Provision Company

The Griswold Award (most lights):
• Steven Smith & Claudine Fields, 701 Broad Street
• The Tiki Bar at Toucan Grill

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The courtyard of the Tiki Bar at The Toucan Grill and Oriental Marina & Inn.

Reason for the Season (best Nativity):
• Diane & Bill Ennett, 310 Whittaker Point Road
• Oriental United Methodist Church

Most Inflated (best inflatables):
• Iris Cooper, 200 Whittaker Point Road
• First Citizens Bank

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Santa and his reindeer at First Citizens Bank.

Most Whimsical:
• Michelle & Kenneth Schaffer, 508 Midyette Street
• Nautical Wheelers

Overall Best Decorated / Beautiful:
• Hugh & Dixie Midyette, 5605 Styron Drive
• Oriental Village Veterinary Hospital

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The Oriental Village Veterinary Office won for Best Overall Business.
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A lighted Nativity scene on the way to Whittaker Creek.
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This home on Hodges Street is a stunner.
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Christmas Trees at the Neuse River Suites, the second floor of a King Street home, and in a front yard on Gilgo Road.
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The ‘Old Hotel’ at the corner of Broad and Hodges Streets. Santa catching fish with a penguin, complete with inflatable outboard motor.
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Not all Santas were the inflatable kind.
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The large oak in the middle of Lou Mac Park, still decorated with doves from the Oriental United Methodist Church’s summer & fall morning services.

Posted Thursday December 15, 2022 by Allison DeWeese


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