Category Archives: LOCAL EVENTS

Dragon Boat races rock at River Dunes

In Saturday morning’s parade, cancer survivor teams Dragons with a Cause from Oriental and . . . . . . Fight Like Mad from Charleston, exude emotion and proved to be crowd favorites. RIVER DUNES – By any measure, spectators and paddlers enjoyed many competitive races during the Eighth Annual Oriental Dragon Boat Festival, though by late Saturday afternoon everyone left the grounds of River Dunes thoroughly wet and muddy. At 11 am Saturday – just prior to the fifth race – organizers called a halt to all on-the-water activities. Out of deference to lightning and thunder, everyone hunke…

Parade of Teams & Opening Ceremony begin 9 am Saturday

HUNDREDS OF PADDLERS HEAD TO RIVER DUNES FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL COMPETITION! SPECTATORS FREE! On the outskirts of Oriental, the large River Dunes marina, known as Grace Harbor, is considered one of the pre-eminent Dragon Boat Racing venues in the entire southeast United States – ideal for a 300 meter, four-lane course. Look closely! You’ll see some home-grown talent among the red-shirted Oriental Dragon Boat Club – always a local crowd favorite!  By Flora Moorman RIVER DUNES — This Festival, now in its eighth year, exemplifies the true ‘Spirit’ that it takes to make a ‘dif…

Powerhouse ‘Charlotte Fury’ commits to Aug. 12 Dragon Boat Race & Festival

RIVER DUNES – ‘Charlotte Fury’ – acknowledged to be one of the best Dragon Boat squads in the southeast – signaled this week they are headed to Oriental and to River Dunes for the Aug. 12 event. Known as a ‘club team,’ which practices throughout the year both on Lake Norman and in other venues, the Charlotte squad last participated in 2012. “This is great news,” said Festival organizer. “When a team of this caliber shows up, the level of competition increases. Our sincere appreciation to each and every one of the Charlotte Fury paddlers. These guys and gals are absolutely wo…

‘Fight Like Mad’ Dragon Boat returns

Cancer Survivor Team from Charleston epitomizes spirit of Aug. 12 Festival RIVER DUNES — Dragon Boat Charleston’s All Cancer Survivor Team, ‘Fight Like Mad’ returns this year to the Annual Oriental Dragon Boat Race and Festival scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12 at Grace Harbor Marina. “We are paddling in honor of a dear member who is battling cancer with grace and ferocity,” said team spokesman Meagan Labriola. “She is a true survivor, just like all of the paddlers in this boat. There are new members and some veteran paddlers who will give it their all at the race in Orien…

Pepsi collectors headed to New Bern

The East Coast Pepsi Connection has grown dramatically since these founders met for the first time in New Bern during the summer of 2008. By June Frost NEW BERN — Ten years ago, the founders of the East Coast Pepsi Connection (ECPC) met for the first time here in New Bern. Eight people had a picnic at Fort Totten Park and invited local folks to bring their Pepsi Memorabilia to learn about and/or sell. Since then they have had similar picnics in locations along the East Coast. This year, 80 people are returning to celebrate the Connection’s 10th Anniversary! We have added activities includ…

Limbo Contest captivates audience

ORIENTAL — The fun and free Kids Park area at the annual Pamlico County Croaker Festival is always entertaining, but this year’s Limbo Contest proved to be one of the most competitive ever! Four agile, limber young men (from left: Landon, Walker, Owen and Oliver) each cleared the bar when it was lowered to just 18 inches above ground. Congratulations to this quartet of amazing athletes!…

Sign-ups begin for Aug. 12 Dragon Boat Festival

Among first: Two newcomers & veteran paddler from Florida RIVER DUNES – The eighth annual affair, scheduled for Grace Harbor Marina at River Dunes near Oriental, is shaping up to be the most popular competition yet. Teams and individual paddlers from throughout the Southeast have been bombarding the Festival’s website, www.orientaldragonboat.com, according to organizer Flora Moorman. “I really want to thank both Barbara Caudill and Nancy Christian from Raleigh,” said Moorman. “Earlier this year, for Chinese New Year, we promoted the Dragon Boat Festival at the Trian…

24th Anniversary Aurora Fossil Festival Schedule

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Spirited bidding for ancient artifacts starts at 3 p.m. Saturday

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Saturday lineup includes snappy, fun ‘lectures’

“The Cookiecutter Shark, Isistius: The Real Cookie Monster” Saturday, 10 am – Learning Center of Aurora Fossil Museum Victor Perez, Jr. started collecting fossil shark teeth when he was six years old. The curiosity and intrigue that came from collecting fossils led him to pursue a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences with a minor in Science Education. Victor is currently three years into his degree program and his dissertation research focuses on fossil sharks of Panama. His research interests are broad and allow him to practice many different fields of study, such as biology, che…
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