Category Archives: Oriental

Move over Broadway — Here comes Old Theater!

ORIENTAL – Friends and fans of the community’s famous ‘Old Theater’ expect to see a blockbuster crowd this Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2 when director Bill Hand and his repertory of accomplished performers return for a stellar rendition of ‘Who Stole Father Christmas?’ The play, written by Hand, is an intriguing and interactive mystery, which brings back a talented ensemble from earlier this year – the cast of ‘Miss Marple’s Last Case.’ Who Stole Father Christmas? takes place at the North Pole. Father Christmas has been kidnapped! A ransom note is found and frui…

‘Killing a copperhead with a hoe!’

Critic explains exasperation over town vote! By Jim Barton | Guest Commentary Jim Barton ORIENTAL — Without any discussion and ignoring public safety concerns and comments raised at the Town Board meeting — as well as the recommendation for further study regarding firearms discharge policy by one member — the Town Commissioners have reaffirmed their authorization for the unrestricted use of .22 caliber firearms for ‘non life- threatening pest control on personal property.’ OPEN LETTER: I want to thank you and the Town Manager for the enlightening clarificatio…

Micro-brewery opens Sunday

One of the new craft beers takes its name from this memorable spot – now long gone – located along the Oriental waterfront. ORIENTAL – Frank and Lili Bacon exude faith and confidence that their new ‘micro-brewery’ – located on the main drag of this small waterfront community – will become a day-trip destination for beer lovers throughout eastern North Carolina. You’ve got to admire this young couple! The obstacles to just opening the doors of New Village Brewery & Taproom – much less to brewing tasty craft beers – have been steep. Lili recently authored an entertaini…

Encore Performance by the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band

On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 7 pm. in Lou Mac Park of Oriental. Croaker Festival, Inc. is sponsoring this event after an overwhelming response from the public following their performance at this year’s festival. Mark your calendars and bring a lawn chair to enjoy this evening with the band. To help with the costs for providing a meal and operating costs, donations will be accepted and can be mailed to Croaker Festival, Inc., PO Box 1067, Oriental, N.C. 28571.…

Interested in Genealogy?

GRANTSBORO — The Pamlico County Museum and Heritage Center will hold a volunteer training session on Thursday, August 24. This session is an orientation for volunteers who want to work in our Genealogy Room (Family History Center). It will cover the basics of what resources are available to assist our patrons and where volunteers may find them. It will also cover the cataloging of books and publications, pictures, etc. that are donated to the library as well as setting the volunteer schedule. The training will be held two times on the 24th, one session in the afternoon and one session at…

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…

Fire in Reelsboro requires aid from all of county’s volunteer fire departments

The house, seen here before the fire, is located on the south side on Highway 55 between Reelsboro and Olympia. REELSBORO – A residential fire Tuesday afternoon at 5152 Highway 55 in Reelsboro triggered a massive response. At one point, all of Pamlico County’s nine volunteer fire departments were on the scene – including more than 20 emergency vehicles and approximately 40 firefighters. One middle-aged white male – with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries – was transported by the Pamlico County Rescue Squad to Carolina East Medical Center. At the 40-minute mark of…

‘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…
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