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Norwegian Fish Houses - Pappy Khouri painting | December 1, 2023

Norwegian Fish Houses, a painting by Pappy Khouri. Pappy is the December Artist Of The Month at Village Gallery – your invited to the meet the artist at the show opening, Saturday from 2-5p.

Frosty Morning Rail November 2023 | November 30, 2023

A frosted rail overlooks a cool harbor. This photograph was gathered exclusively for very cool TownDock readers, like you.

November Full Moon Above Smith Creek | November 29, 2023

Tuesday night’s full moon, from Greens Creek looking back at Oriental. (Yvonne Larsen photo)

November's Nearly Empty Harbor | November 28, 2023

Oriental’s harbor, early Tuesday morning. With only one vessel at the free docks and two in the slips at Oriental Marina & Inn, the transient traffic heading south appears to be slowing down.

Foxy Lady, God's Grace | November 27, 2023

Foxy Lady and God’s Grace sharing the Garland Fulcher Seafood docks.

Turkey Peddler | November 24, 2023
Over 200 (one count said over 250) folks showed up Thanksgiving morning for the 2023 Turkey Pedal. A new wrinkle: multiple humans on bikes, dressed up as turkeys. TownDock crew was impressed… (click pic for more poultry pedal visuals)

The Turkey Knows | November 23, 2023

There can be disadvantages for being the center of attention. An unpardoned turkey. (Laura Turgeon drawing)

The Bikes Of Thanksgiving | November 22, 2023

On Thanksgiving morning every year a very simple tradition occurs: over 100 bicyclists gather near the town dock in front of The Bean. They then go for a lazy ride through town. You’re invited to the 2023 Turkey Pedal.

Melinda Penkava West Coast Walking | November 21, 2023

Melinda Penkava takes a walk on a West Coast beach. Her story is coming. (Jamie Knapp photo)

HarborCam | November 20, 2023 November Cormorant | November 18, 2023

A cormorant swims by an experienced looking trawler in Oriental’s harbor. (Click for the full view)

Jeffrey Logan at the Garland Fulcher Docks | November 17, 2023

A new-in-the-harbor trawler, visiting from Hilton Head Island, SC, was offloading their catch at the Garland Fulcher docks this morning: MV Jeffrey Logan.

November Morning at Oriental Harbor | November 16, 2023

Deep reflections on a still harbor.

Fishing Workboat at Dock | November 15, 2023
A shrimp decal sticks to the window of a small trawler. The workboat had an overnight stay at the Oriental Marina Inn Docks. (Click for more workboat views)

No Wake Pecan Grove | November 14, 2023

A reminder, at the entrance to Pecan Grove Marina. (Click for the full marina entrance scene)

Narwhal Reflection | November 13, 2023

SV Narwhal reflecting in her slip at Pecan Grove Marina.

Sunrise View from Pecan Grove Channel | November 11, 2023

Sunrise from the Pecan Grove channel.

Melinda Penkava-Smith | November 9, 2023
Melinda Penkava-Smith. January 21, 1959 – Nov 9, 2023. (Click, and scroll, to see more of Mel’s life)

Axe on ferry Kinakeet | November 8, 2023

Spotted on ferry Kinakeet, an axe ready for axe action.

Results Coming | November 7, 2023

447 votes were cast Tuesday in Oriental, over twice the voter participation from the last election. Results below…

2023 Commissioner Election Signs | November 7, 2023

The signs are out at Fire Station 19 – Oriental’s official polling location.

Monarch Fly-Away | November 6, 2023

Last week, four Monarch butterflies were released into Oriental. They’d been raised indoors by local residents, giving them a better chance of making it from egg to butterfly – without becoming dinner for something else. (Click for the big picture and swipe to see more)

Heading out at Sunrise | November 4, 2023

Two small fishing boats head out at sunrise.

Transom of SV Medicinal | November 3, 2023

Resting at dock in Pecan Grove, and perhaps a cue for your weekend: do something restorative….

Smith Creek Sunrise Oct 2023 | November 2, 2023

Autumn sunrise on Smith Creek.

Coati Crew Member | November 1, 2023

Some cruising boats have a crew member that’s a cat. Or a dog. There’s only one boat we recall with a Coati, an animal with roots in the mountains of Colombia. Meet Cali, in the The Shipping News.

Halloween Skeletons 2023 | October 31, 2023

The skeletons are out for Halloween. These are hanging out at the corner of Church and Broad Streets. Click for the big view, and to see the ghosts on Mildred St.

Halloween Doll 2023 | October 30, 2023

The night before Halloween. The dolls (and other decorations) are out. Find this one swinging on Mildred Street.

Elvis (the movie), Old Theater Sunday @ 3p | October 29, 2023

Elvis. Shows 3p Sunday, Oriental’s Old Theater.

Witches' Crawl 2023 | October 27, 2023

Yolanda Cristiani as Winifred Sanderson at the 2022 Witches’ Crawl. The witches return Saturday evening, October 28, at the corner of King & Neuse Streets. Little witches are invited to come out and dance at 5:45p. This year the witches dance to raise money for the new Library Building on Highway 55.

Starling on the Wind Indicator | October 25, 2023

Starlings hang out on a wind indicator in the morning. (Click for the full view)

Public Forum on Roads | October 24, 2023

Roads. Some are crumbling. And they’re costly. Commissioners have been trying to find a solution. Tonight, you’re invited to a public forum at Town Hall at 6:30p to give your insight on potential solutions. Find out more here.

Sunrise on Neuse Drive | October 23, 2023

The sunrise on Neuse Drive illuminates a bench facing the entrance to Whittaker Creek.

Angel Teresa Caroon | October 21, 2023

Teresa Caroon accepts the second place Spirit Award from Channel 12 News meteorologist Donnie Cox at Saturday’s Chili Cookoff.

It's Chili CookOff Time | October 20, 2023

There’s hot chili. Mild chili. Beef chili. Vegi chili. It’s all in brutal culinary competition Saturday at the annual Chili Cookoff, 11a – 1p on the Oriental Marina grounds. (click photo for shocking insider info)

57 Chevy Bel Air Headlight | October 19, 2023

Getting up close and personal with a ’57 Chevy Bel Air in Saturday’s Oriental Classic Car Show.

55 Chevy Bel Air Ornamentation | October 18, 2023

The Chevrolet bowtie with a bit of vintage dealer advertising. It’s on the trunk of a ’55 Chevy Bel Air at this past Saturday’s Oriental Car Show.

Stepping Stone in Morris Creek | October 17, 2023

Moored on Morris Creek.

Mariposa from Ricochet - Oriental Cup Regatta 2023 | October 16, 2023

Looking out at the Oriental Cup Regatta from the bow of SV Ricochet. (Christel Monmoine photo)

1960 MGA / Best In Show / Scott Warhover | October 14, 2023

Saturday’s Oriental Car Show was cut short by high winds and rain. A few minutes after noon the winners were hastily announced. The 2003 Best In Show award went to Scott Warhover’s 1960 MGA 1600. With rain pouring down, TownDock crew got Scott’s photo with the Best In Show trophy.

Car Show Winners | October 14, 2023

What do a 1936 Rolls Royce, a 1956 Ford pickup, a 1939 Packard and a 1956 Chevy Belair all have in common? They are all past Best In Show winners at the Oriental Car Show. The show is today, by the riverfront near Lou Mac Park. Free admission to see the cars.

Car Show Rain or Shine | October 13, 2023

The Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday, whatever the weather may bring.

Wizard at the 2019 Oriental Cup Regatta | October 12, 2023

The Oriental Cup Regatta begins tomorrow. Not the sailing – the registration, dinner & dancing, and a wee bit of partying before the sailing starts on Saturday. Which means you still have time to register. And you can do it online right here.

Through the Window | October 11, 2023

One of the porch venues of the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is a large boat house. With a packed room, some people listened at the windows.

Chevy Fins | October 10, 2023

What happened to fins? They’re back Saturday… the 2023 Oriental Car Show is coming. (click pic and you might find a fin close-up)

'appy Columbus Day | October 9, 2023

It really looks an improbable fleet. Happy Columbus Day dear reader.

Damn Tall Festival | October 8, 2023

It’s Damn Tall Buildings… playing so damn well that they got multiple mid-show standing ovations. The Damn Tall crew finished up the 2023 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival at the Riverfront Stage.

Gospel Ensemble @ Ol Front Porch | October 7, 2023
Some of us may need extra absolution: The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival shall provide. Crowd favorite The Gospel Ensemble perform twice twice today, at noon and again at 4p. The performances are at Oriental United Methodist Church.
Meanwhile, here’s some Gospel Ensemble from a previous OFPMF: