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Oriental Boat Show 2014 Working Skiff:

Boat Made & Raffled Off . The Story

Scenes From The Oriental Boat Show 2014:

Rotary's Move To In-Town Show A Success. The Story

Oriental Boat Show Nautical Flea Market:

Open Air Museum. The Story

Launching A Jeep:

Check your parking brake. The Story

Cycle NC 2014 Ride in Oriental:

1100 Cyclists, Many Wheels, One Dragon. The Story

Wurlitzer: Work Goes On:

Update on Red Lee Jukebox At Oriental Museum. The Story

Voter Registration Deadline Looms, Fewer Early Voting Hours:

Changes To Voting Laws Go Beyond Photo ID. The Story

Board Says No SUP for Extended Deck :

Calling A Deck A Deck. The Story

Oriental Local Knowledge:

A Readers' Guide On What To Look For. The Story

Window Shopping:

Like Ships In A Bottle. The Story

Chowder Cookoff 2014:

Scenes From The Competition. The Story

The Friday Morning Ladies:

What Happens At Brantley's, Stays At Brantley's. Drawing The Town

Passing The Hat For Pat:

A Good Response To Bad Check. The Story

Hope Clinic Ball 2014:

Annual Ball Is The Hope Clinic's Largest Fundraiser. The Story

Sailing Movies Worth Watching:

The Best. The Worst. Sometimes They Are The Same.. The Story

Letters: Croakerfest:

. Letters To The Editor

Scenes Of The Snow:

Third Fall In As Many Weeks Covers Oriental. The Story

Superbowl 2014 - TownDock Makes The Call:

Six Legs Of Experience. TownDock TV

Letters: Pete Seeger Remembered:

Life A Complicated Piece of Music. Letters To The Editor

Wedding At The Town Dock:

Ray & Peggy Tie The Knot. The Story

Miss January 2014 - Tiani:

Audience of One. Pet Of The Month

Cory Tyndall - Hollywood Bound:

Q & A With The Waiter Turned Actor. The Story

Dragon Runs Out On 2013 :

Croaker Drops In The New Year. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2014:

A Dragon Needs A Home, Too. The Story

Star Of Wonder:

...and Christmas On Church Street. Drawing The Town

December 2013 Mug Shots:

Cruelty & Consumption. Mug Shots

ODC 2013 Awards:

2013's Leading Skippers. The Story

Spirit of Christmas 2013 :

Parade: No White Xmas, But No Wet One Either. The Story

Charlie Wins:

Oriental Man Outsails America's Cupper. The Story

Friday Night Lights Open 2013 Spirit of Christmas:

High Lights: Kayaks, Luminaria, Boats, . The Story

A Guide To Local Giving:

Some Non-Profits In Our Area. The Story

Spirit Of Christmas Schedule 2013:

Friday & Saturday Events. The Story

Mister December 2013 - Captain:

Diver Dog. Pet Of The Month

Have You Seen Primadonna?:

Pat Stockwell Would Like To Know "Where's Pascal?". The Story

Letters: On Jurisdiction In Anchorage:

Case For Oriental Getting Control. Letters To The Editor

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Check the GPS… it looks like we’re at the boat show. This is from the cockpit of Charlie Garrett’s Oday 302… prospective buyers we’re checkin it out at the Oriental Boat Show Sunday.

Thursday April 17, 2014

Some call it a “Big Little Show”. Oriental may not have the biggest boat show on the planet, but it may be the best little boat show. TownDock.net was there:

Scenes From The Oriental Boat Show 2014

Oriental Boat Show 2014 Working Skiff

Oriental Boat Show Nautical Flea Market

Enjoy some almost perfect spring weather today & Friday… partly sunny, high near 60. Saturday has rain coming… then back to good stuff.

While Sunday may have been a big day for golf nationally (some guy named Bubba won a bright green jacket), Saturday two Pamlico golfers also won a green jacket. The Masters at Minnesott was a fundraiser for the recently re-established golf program at Pamlico High. Frankie Martin was the Men’s Champion, Mary Verdier won the Women’s.

The next event is The US Open at Minnesott, Saturday, June 14, 2014. The event sponsorship is still available – if you would like to step forward and support the PCHS competitive golf program, call Allen Propst, Tournament Director, at 252-671-4644 (cell) or email allenpropst@orientalncwaterfront.com.

Wednesday April 16, 2014

9:31a We’ve just come off of two big event weekends in Oriental. We get a breather for a week or two. But another big event on the horizon is the Art on the Neuse Outdoor Art and Music Festival on May 10 — that’s Mothers’ Day weekend. If you’re an artist, you can be part of it. Sign up’s happening now.

Pamlico Arts Council trying something new this year. PCAC has focussed on literature this year and brought some authors to Pamlico Public schools to do workshops with students. So for “Art on the Neuse,” here’s the deal: PCAC is challenging the artists – and the general public – to “Put A Word In.That is, to create one piece – painting, pottery, glasswork, you name the visual art – that weaves in the idea of words, and then bring it to the festival. Have a go at it – you’ve got a few weeks. Details are here. (Oh, and you can do a straight-ahead word art at the poetry readings that day, too.)

5:02aJust… when you thought you could put away that woolen coat, the Oriental Weather Forecast brings us tidings of temps in the low 50’s today. For a high.

The quartet of kayakers from Oriental who are paddling the Neuse River this week.. spent night two of their trek in Bentonville in Johnston County. They were sleeping out in tents last night, a chilly proposition. The four – Bill Hines, Jim Kellenberger, Fred Schultz and Larry Summers are paddling the 200+ miles to get a little publicity for the April 26 Neuse River Cleanup day. If you’re interested in doing your bit here, way downriver, there are a couple of ways. Click here. Or here.

We’re getting photos together – believe us, there were many to go thru — from the weekend’s Oriental Boat Show. A collection of photos from the Nautical Flea Market is here.

And a reminder: there’s another nautical flea market this Saturday alongside the Inland Waterway Provision Company. Call Pat if you want to be part of it. It’s free.

Tuesday April 15, 2014

A little rain must fall. And some thunder must storm. That’s your Oriental Weather Forecast for today.

Have a thought or observation about the recent Cycle NC weekend here in Oriental? By many, many accounts, the infusion of 1100 cyclists was a boon to the local economy, not to mention a pretty feel-good event overall. Local organizers — Doug Sligh and Mary Ann Parham — want some feedback about what could be done better. That discussion is this afternoon at 2 at Town Hall. Share your ideas…

One frequent visitor to Oriental, who’s been coming to town for years, wrote in the other day to say it would be great if the Cycle NC Coastal Ride weekend “came to Oriental every year.” For the past decade, Oriental has been on a three-year hosting rotation with two other coastal towns. That could be changing, and not in a way our reader might wish…

Ragan Williams with Cycle NC says that that organization will be meeting in coming weeks to decide if a 4th eastern, coastal town would be added to that list. That could mean a longer wait for the event.

Another adventure is underway this week. Four guys from Oriental – Creekeeper Bill Hines, Larry Summers, Fred Schultz and Neuse RiverKeeper Foundation President Jim Kellenberger are paddling their kayaks from Raleigh to here, to spread the word about the April 26th Neuse River Clean Up day. Plan was to launch yesterday from Falls Lake Dam and paddle downstream in kayaks laden down with all their food and camping gear. Could take 9 days says Bill, because they are making a point to stop and talk with those folks upstream about cleaning up the river.

Just the other day, a dozen kayakers wrapped up a similar journey here in Oriental — the cancer-awareness group, Hope Floats NC took 8 days to cover the 200+ miles of the Neuse. They landed at the dinghy dock on Saturday.

Oriental’s Tourism Board holds its monthly meeting tonight at 5:30p. Planning Board’s at 7p. In What’s Happening, the Red Cross has a blood drive on Friday. Also that night, it’s time for April’s Friday Flick at the Old Theater – Les Miserables is the feature that night…

Monday April 14, 2014

Sam Myers says over 1,500 people visited the Oriental Boat Show over the weekend. The move to Oriental Harbor Marina received a lot of support… folks seemed to appreciate the easy access to the event being right in the village.

A tip of the hat to Sam and the Oriental Rotary Club… the crew that makes this happen. The boat show has become a key annual event for Oriental. It makes sense that a boating town has a boat show, but organizing it, selling it, all that goes into an event like this… it ain’t easy. Someone has to talk 90 vendors into showing up every year with boats and all that good boat stuff. It is a massive coordination effort. Oriental owes a big debt of thanks.

And yes, there will be a 2015 Oriental In-Water Boat Show, next April.

But wait. There’s more.

OK, more Nautical Flea Market. This coming Saturday the Inland Waterway Provision Company is holding their Nautical Flea Market, right on the parking lot adjacent to the store. It starts at 8a. It’s free for sellers…. just call Pat at the Provision Company and reserve your space. 252-249-1797.

Sunday April 13, 2014

Boating can be a beautiful thing. Some days, however, the stars align in a way one didn’t intend. Saturday was one of those days at the Wildlife boat ramp.

Sunshine… high upper 70s today. On the water easy 5-10 knot winds from the south.

Today is the final day for the 2014 Oriental In-Water Boat Show. Stop in between 11a – 3p. Links to the schedule and layout are just below on this page…

Saturday April 12, 2014

It’s one of those beautiful finally-spring mornings. The Oriental Weather Forecast has a high of 80 and gentle breezes. Fine day for a Boat Show. Which as it turns out, we have.

The 2014 Oriental In-Water Boat Show opened yesterday and runs thru tomorrow. This year it’s in town, stretching from Oriental Harbor Marina to the Oriental Dinghy Dock. Boats to see are in the water at the marina’s B and C docks, boats on the land near the boardwalk and tents everywhere. 90 vendors and and a schedule of seminars too.

Yesterday John Bloom took folks thru some of the key rules of racing , Mac Rubel laid out some truly practical advice on what to do when you have a medical emergency at sea (you can remove that fish hook) and Ben Casey gave insight in to shooting photos on the water (your boat is never perfectly still) Ben’s talking again today as are John Cole from the Weather Service, Claiborne Young and the Coast Guard. They’re inside where the Trawl Door restaurant had been…

In fact, here’s a map to show you where everything is. and here is the schedule of events.

As for parking, there are some parking lots run by non-profits a few blocks away. You can see where these are, here. You can of course, park on the street, though that’s kinda tough on some streets of Oriental — yesterday, we started seeing a hinky array of poles and ropes that some have put up to keep people from parking in front of their property.

The thing is, that area near the street i’n‘t their property. Those roughly ten feet in from the asphalt are public right of way. Those obstructions to keep people from parking shouldn’t be in the public right of way. And as close to the street as some of those obstructions are, they’re a hazard, as two vehicles can’t pass.

Oriental has always ‘“had character” but these poles and ropes and other obstructions push us over the line of “character” into the land of “goofy” and “cussed”. It just looks… dumb. Yes, visitors parking on residential streets is itself a two-way street. If you are driving in to town and do park in front of someone’s home, take care about gently pulling in to and out of the space so you don’t tear up the grass. We can all, y’know, get along.

Get out there, Bunky. It’s a beautiful day, there’s a boat show to see. And a Farmers’ Market that’s in full swing down on Hodges…

Friday April 11, 2014

Oriental Boat Show opens at noon today. No crossing the bridge this year — everything’s right in the Village down by the Oriental Harbor Marina. Nautical Flea market kicks off at noon. Lots of vendors to check in on.

The boat show always has seminars, and today’s three kick off at 2p. In one of ‘em, John Bloom talks about 10 situations you may get in to during a sailboat race. Kind of a “Racing for Cruisers” like those “Rocket Science For Poets” courses. Other seminars: medical emergencies on the water and getting the most out of your camera on the water. Go on, Bunky, you may learn something that could be helpful to know out on the water someday…..

Tickets go on sale today at Nautical Wheelers for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. And if you care to vote in any of the primaries and the school board nd supreme court elections on May 6, the final deadline to register is 5p today at the Courthouse in Bayboro. No longer can newcomers register when they go to do the early voting. Today’s it.