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Polar Plunge 2023 | January 29, 2023

Brave humans took part in the Polar Plunge Saturday at Oriental’s Miniscule Beach (officially John Bond Beach). 17 signed up, 15 went in (2 couldn’t make it). EMS was present (just in case). Thanks to thermal endurance, over 5k was raised. (click pic for more polar views)

Belted Kingfisher by the Duck Pond | January 28, 2023

A Belted Kingfisher surveys the Duck Pond.

Duck Pond Sunset | January 27, 2023

January sunset, viewed from the Duck Pond. (Bill Penkava photo)

Crashing Waves At Styrontown Beach | January 26, 2023

Crashing waves at Styrontown Beach as the storm approached Wednesday. (Ben Casey photo)

Peanut Butter and his Toy | January 24, 2023

This is Peanut Butter. He may just weigh 14 pounds, but he weighs in as Mister January, Pet Of The Month.

Year Of The Rabbit - Laura Turgeon Style | January 22, 2023

Celebrating the Year Of The Rabbit, Laura Turgeon style. The Rabbit touches the Dragon for good luck… (Laura Turgeon drawing)

Sunrise Over Oriental Harbor Marina | January 21, 2023

January sunrise over Oriental Harbor Marina

Boom Vang | January 20, 2023

It’s underutilized. It’s got a cool name. That would be the boom vang… the subject in January’s Captain’s Blog.

Camp Creek Boathouse | January 19, 2023

Boathouse through the fog, just off Camp Creek. (Ben Casey photo)

Chubby's Ribs | January 18, 2023

Mississippi style ribs. You can get them at Chubby’s BBQ. The new restaurant opens today. On Highway 55 at Trent Road in Merritt. (Click for the big view, scroll through to see more.)

Three Candle Morning | January 17, 2023

A candle lantern provides a warm, radiant glow on a wintry morning.

SpaceX Over Oriental | January 16, 2023

Sunday night’s SpaceX launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida was viewable in the skies over Oriental just a few minutes after liftoff. Thanks to Margaret Williams (Oriental video) and Greg Piner (Oriental photos)… plus SpaceX for the launch video.

Sunset @ Garland Fulcher Seafood | January 14, 2023

Sunset Friday night on Hodges Street: the Garland Fulcher Seafood shack, and in the background a glow on an old Pickles Row home on South Water Street. (Pat Stockwell photo)

January 2023 Frost on the Rail | January 13, 2023

Overnight temps dipped to 29 earlier this week, leaving frosty crystals on the rail by the harbor.

The Net House Restoration | January 12, 2023

Construction on the Net House – the building between the public restrooms and town dock #2 – is nearly complete. Wood from the original building was salvaged and used in the restoration. It lacks furniture, power, and internet, but the structure is (more or less) complete. (Click for more pictures of the Net House before and after.)

Wet Cormorant | January 11, 2023

A Cormorant, just emerged from the waters near Radio Island in Beaufort.

Sea Harbour Pierce Creek Sunrise 2022 | January 10, 2023

Sunrise over Pierce Creek, viewed from the Sea Harbour docks. (Scotty Sells photo)

Caped Crusader Sign @ Janiero Road | January 9, 2023

Caped Crusader infiltrates sign at Oriental & Janiero roads. (Ben Casey photo)

Schooner Moondrift | January 8, 2023

Schooner Moondrift, anchored in Oriental’s harbor. With a hailing port of Camden, Maine, the 39’ wooden vessel was built in British Columbia in 1982. (click pic for more Moondrift)

Moonlight Over Morris Creek | January 6, 2023

Moonlight over Morris Creek (just off Smith Creek) Friday morning.

At The Beginning - IOFR 23 | January 4, 2023

Vessels waiting for the sounding horn at the 2023 Instead of Football Regatta. Check out the New Year’s Day scene here. (Christel MonMoine Photo)

Coiled Dragon on New Year's | January 3, 2023

Fog descended on the harbor for the late New Year’s Eve Dragon Run. Click here to see more from New Year’s Eve 2022.

Ill Gatto and the Mark | January 2, 2023

Crew on Il Gatto eye the mark dubiously. While it looks like Il Gatto is about to hit the mark, somehow she just barely missed it. The vessel was one of about 50 on the water for Sunday’s Instead of Football Regatta.

Foggy NYE 2023 | January 1, 2023

On New Year’s Eve fog set in for the later Dragon Run. Here Christel Monmoine touches the dragon for good luck in the coming year.

Sunday HarborCam | January 1, 2023 Dragon Head Awaits | December 31, 2022

The Dragon is ready (dental pearls delicately arranged). Here, the Dragon waits with anticipation for his/her big night ahead. Rain? Not gonna stop it. The Dragon runs tonight at 8:00p and again at 11:30p. It’s all on Hodges Street near the harbor.

A Dragon On Hodges | December 30, 2022

This New Year’s Eve, there’s a threat of rain. But the Dragon is not deterred – it will make the runs at 8p and 11:30p.

Chaz's Toy, With Piling | December 30, 2022

A still harbor.

Coast Guard Buoy Tender | December 29, 2022

Coast Guard buoy tender anchored in Adams Creek. Or as the rest of us humans call it – an impressive gov’t vessel that works on buoys and markers.

Capt Jimmy | December 28, 2022

Tucked away on Radio Island (adjoining Morehead) is an old marine railway: Gillikan Marine Railways. Capt Jimmy was docked at the entrance. (Click for the big view and more)

Dragon Needs a Lair | December 27, 2022

If you touch the Dragon on New Year’s Eve, it’s said to bring good luck. But for the Dragon to make the runs (and bring luck in the new year), it needs a place to stay. That’s where you come in. Become a Patron of the Dragon and help the Dragon stay in its lair. All Dragon Patron slots have been filled – Thank you

December 26 Frozen Harbor | December 26, 2022

Gulls found an alternative resting this place this morning: the frozen harbor.

Christmas Fireplace 2022 | December 24, 2022
Get closer to the screen. Feel the warmth. Merry Christmas from the TownDock crew…
Veterinary Christmas Tree | December 24, 2022

Christmas Eve – the tree is lit. This one decorates the side of the Village Veterinary Office.

Naughty | December 23, 2022

Last minute checks of navigation charts, and a look at the list of the naughty & nice children of Oriental.

Olivier and Marika | December 21, 2022

Olivier and Marika aboard SV Capitaine Bontems, a Niagara 35. The young couple hail from Québec … read more in The Shipping News.

Pelican and Cormorant in Beaufort | December 20, 2022

A pelican and cormorant, out for a morning swim in the waters near Beaufort. (Click for the big view and more.)

The Dragon Run Returns | December 19, 2022

For the last two years, COVID caused the Dragon to have an alternative plan (the Dragon was run on a trailer though Oriental to help keep crowds sparse and people safe). This New Year’s Eve, it the traditional Dragon Run returns to Hodges Street. On December 31, the Dragon Runs at 8p and 11:30p.

Marker 8 @ Sunrise | December 18, 2022

December sunrise at marker #8, at the entrance to Oriental’s harbor. (click pic for more marker views)

Longline Fishing Vessel Sinful | December 16, 2022

Longline fishing vessel Sinful, virtuously photographed on the ICW near Morehead City. (click pic for more)

Traditional Lights On Hodges | December 15, 2022

A stunning display of traditional Christmas lights & decorations – it’s the Cordes’ home on Hodges Street. Here’s a look at the Christmas lights of Oriental… and winners of the Light Up Oriental contest.

Lighted Corgi | December 15, 2022

This lighted Corgi is part of Oriental Village Veterinary’s Christmas light display. Here’s a look at the Christmas lights of Oriental… and winners of the Light Up Oriental contest.

Sunrise @ Bock Marine | December 14, 2022

Sunrise at Bock Marine on Adams Creek

Church Dog in the Window | December 13, 2022

Looking out a truck window during the Spirit of Christmas, a dog surveys the crowd.

Angels keeping watch | December 12, 2022

Angels keeping watch at Saturday’s Live Nativity at Oriental United Methodist Church.

Floating Dragon | December 10, 2022

The lighted Kayak parade Friday night included a floating dragon. (click pic for more lit views. Allison DeWeese photos)

Christmas Carolers on Broad St. | December 9, 2022

Listen closely. You can hear the carols in your brain. (two dimensional carolers spotted on Broad Street)

Tree Of Names - Lights Tonight | December 8, 2022

The Tree Of Names & Lights… official lighting @ 5:30p tonight at Lou Mac park. You’re invited.