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2016 Croakerfest Parade Cooligans | June 11, 2021

Shriner Cooligans take over Broad St. during the 2016 Croakerfest Parade. This year’s parade is Saturday, July 3. Sign up for the parade here.

Rick Smith & The Boys | June 10, 2021

Rick Smith (center) during his time in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan, 50 some years ago. Rick passed away this April. Read his story here.

Windmill Pointe Sunrise | June 9, 2021

Sunrise over a home at Windmill Pointe. (Matt McCotter photo)

Bayfield 36 Blue Bay | June 8, 2021

The clipper bow of cutter Blue Bay, a Bayfield 36 at the town dock. (click pic for more views)

Pelican on the Water | June 6, 2021

A pelican takes a flying break on the Neuse.

Pickleball Dragon | June 5, 2021

Dragons often appear throughout town without warning: as dragon eggs, decorated ventilation pipes, and decorations in the gardens. But one dragon had a briefer stay than most: the dragon at the Picklball courts at Lupton Park. Parks and Recreations Chairman Bonnie Crosser didn’t know who the artist was or where it came from. The only clue? A small sticker reading ‘Team Quirky’. After hanging out for several weeks, the dragon is now gone. It is unknown if it was liberated by the artist or someone else. (Click for the bigger pic and scroll to see the full Pickleball Court Dragon.)

Lou Mac Park June 2021 | June 4, 2021

It’s no longer raining. Take in the sunny(ish) view from Lou Mac Park.

Radar Jun 4 2021 | June 4, 2021

Rainy radar image from early Friday morning. 1.07 inches of rain has already fallen this morning, most of it before 5a. Click here to see the animated TownDock.net Radar view.

SV Ikati | June 3, 2021

Crew on SV Ikati move forward as the boat maneuvers into the fuel dock Thursday morning. (Click for the bigger picture and more)

Silospalooza Hitchhiker | June 2, 2021

Bartender Michelle Sherman helped out an unexpected guest while working at Silospalooza this weekend. Her hitchhiker was transported from the bar to the pond behind the Red Rooster without incident. Check out the rest of the scene at the event that kicks off summer in Oriental – SilosPalooza.

Oriental Steamer Mural | June 1, 2021

A mural, in pieces, leans against the front window of the Oriental Steamer – the empty red brick building at the corner of Broad and Hodges Streets. The building, one of the oldest in Oriental, is being gutted for demolition. (Click for the big view and scroll for more)

Palooza Bubbles | May 31, 2021

The 8th year of Silospalooza was Saturday. It’s a music festival… with bubbles. Bluesman Jim Kohler’s wife, Kathleen Kohlar, was a featured singer as well as a keeper of bubbles. (Andrea Bruce photo)

Red Rooster at Silospalooza 2021 | May 30, 2021

The evening scene at the Red Rooster bar, Silospalooza 2021.

Rainy Radar in May | May 30, 2021

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Pizza Eating at Silospalooza 2019 | May 29, 2021

A young contestant at the 2019 Silospalooza pizza eating contest… It’s happening again today. The Silospalooza music festival starts at noon.

Blue Moon Bow Sprit | May 28, 2021

Kent Murphy and Jacquie DeGroff visited Oriental on their 69 ft aluminum ketch Blue Moon. He was once a lobsterman and she was a teacher. Now, they charter guests out of Nantucket.

SV Blue Moon | May 27, 2021

Blue Moon and her crew visited Oriental recently. They stopped over on their way north. Once there, Blue Moon and crew will have a new mission: charter boat in Nantucket. Story coming.

Fishing Sunrise | May 26, 2021

Sunrise from the fishing trawler of Endurance Seafood. (Larry Tribby photo)

MV Surprise | May 25, 2021

The docks in Oriental’s harbor saw a fair bit of cruising traffic this weekend. Surprise was one of several motor powered vessels docked at Oriental Marina. (Click for the bigger picture and scroll for the foggy weekend view)

Hank Barbee & Dust Parade - coming to SilosPalooza | May 24, 2021

Coming to SilosPalooza this Saturday is Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade. They play surfy/jazz-rock and bluesy/soul rhythms in a style compared to Steely Dan or Dire Straits. Dust Parade is one of 7 acts playing SilosPalooza, an all day music festival this Saturday, May 29.

Great Blue Heron at King's Street | May 23, 2021

A Great Blue Heron on the riprap at the end of King’s Street.

Ketch in the fog | May 22, 2021

A visiting ketch underway in Saturday morning’s fog.

FoggyPecanCam Saturday | May 22, 2021

The foggy view from PecanCam this morning

Don't fish the bombing range | May 21, 2021

Did you know there’s bombing targets in the Neuse? Fishing Guide Captain Bobby Brewer has some advice for identifying and avoiding them.

HarborCam Friday Morning | May 21, 2021

Oriental’s harbor early Friday morning.

Parades Past - Flounder Fest is on | May 19, 2021

A Sudan Shriner Cooligan rides in the 2019 CroakerFest parade. There is no Croaker Festival this year, however residents thought there should still be a celebration. It’s called Flounder Fest, and it’s happening July 2-3, 2021. There will be fireworks. And a parade. Information on Flounder Fest, and how you can be a part of it, is below.

Joan Bontempo @ ArtWorks | May 18, 2021

Folded clay fired into sculptures – these are two of Artists Joan Bontempo’s pieces on display at ArtWorks Oriental. The artists’ studio / gallery space / classroom was just an idea in February of this year. In late April, ArtWorks Oriental welcomed its first visitors.

The Barnett Dragon | May 17, 2021

A new dragon has appeared in Oriental. Made of white pine and standing on the stump of a large bald cypress that had to be cut down, this 8 foot tall dragon rises over the back deck of Ginger and Captain Bob Barnett on Freemason. If that’s not impressive enough, this dragon created with a chainsaw. Sculptor Corey Lancaster of Boon Hill Gallery says two hatching dragon eggs (also chainsaw carved) will soon join the dragon. (Click for the bigger picture and the full 8 ft view)