Fall Birding Classes

October 3, 2017

Pamlico Community College’s Fall Bird Watching class starts Tuesday, October 3. Geared towards backyard bird watchers, the class consists of one classroom session followed by three field trips on consecutive Tuesdays.

Emphasis will be on fall warblers returning to the tropics, along with ducks and waterfowl returning to our waterways. Pauline Sterin will be the instructor. Registration for this October class begins Wednesday August 9. Update: the fall class has fillled up. There is a waiting list. More details are available online at Pamlicocc.edu, or call Denise Myerson of PCC at 252-249-1851 ext. 3113 or 252-617-1376.

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Start Date: Oct 03, 2017 12:00AM
End Date: 2017-10-04


Photo Credit: Lynn Hines of the Village Gallery in Oriental

Dragon Boat Races in Grace Harbor

August 11 - 12, 2017

Once again, River Dunes Grace Harbor will serve as the location for the 2017 Dragon Boat Races.  This colorful event features teams of racers from organizations and communities all over the Southeast.  Dragon Boats are the world’s largest flat water racing canoes, propelled by a crew of 20 rowers, plus a drummer and a steersperson.  Teamwork is everything in Dragon Boat racing, and synchronicity outweighs strength.  In addition to the dragon boat racing, other activities will include great food, music, kids activities, a parade of teams and much, much more for friends and family.

Last year, the team from River Dunes won the Team Spirit Award.  This year, they are going for the gold!

2017 Heart Ball in New Bern

February 18, 2017

2017 New Bern Heart Ball

Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM

New Bern Riverfront Convention Center |
203 S Front Street
New Bern, NC 28560

A New Bern tradition for over twenty years, the Heart Ball celebrates advances in the fight against heart disease & stroke in the Craven, Jones, and Pamlico communities.

$125/per person
Sponsorship opportunities also available.


Benefiting the American Heart Association & New Bern Heart Society

Antique Show in New Bern

February 10 - 12, 2017

Antiques Show & Sale

Friday, February 10, 2017: 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, February 11, 2017: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, February 12, 2017: 11:00am-4:00pm

New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
203 South Front Street
New Bern, NC 28560

Come play and shop at the New Bern Preservation Foundation’s 31st Annual Antiques Show & Sale with over 35 vendors.  Featuring furniture, rugs, china, jewelry, silver, toys, military items, art, collectibles and more.

Advance Tickets: $8 per person
Show Date Tickets: $10 per person

Benefiting the New Bern Preservation Foundation

Winter Feast at Tryon Palace in New Bern

January 27, 2017

WinterFeast: Oysters, Brews, and Comfort Foods

Friday, January 27, 2017
5:30pm – 8:30pm

Bate Commons, Mattocks Hall, North Carolina History Center
529 South Front Street
New Bern, NC 28560

Shuck your winter shell as Tryon Palace’s WinterFeast oyster roast returns to the North Carolina History Center in 2017.

Dive into a table full of fresh, local, steamed oysters, sample classic winter favorites like chowders, shrimp and grits, and jambalaya prepared by your favorite local chefs, and wash it down with a selection of delicious brews while enjoying a night out with friends and neighbors.

This indoor/outdoor event includes a cash bar and will be held at the North Carolina History Center (529 South Front St., New Bern, NC), where you can dance along to the DJ’s music, play a game of cornhole, or simply enjoy the view.

All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Tryon Palace Foundation.

Admission: $45 plus tax

Website: www.TryonPalace.org

Phone/E-mail: (252) 639-3500 / info@tryonpalace.org

Recital on the River at River Dunes

February 12, 2017

The Pamlico Musical Society presents classical guitarist and ECU Faculty member Dr. Elliot Frank and his gifted student ensemble.  Their skilled playing and beautiful melodies and rhythms will delight discriminating classic music lovers.

The Recital will be held upstairs in the Harbor Club at River Dunes, starting at 5:00 p.m.  Light refreshments and beverage service will be available.

Contact the Pamlico Musical Society for ticket information at pamlicomusic@gmail.com.

Spirit of Christmas

December 9 - 10, 2016

The classic Christmas story The Polar Express is the theme of the 2016 Spirit of Christmas parade, set for 1p on Saturday December 10. Still hear the magical Christmas bells? Be creative and show your Christmas magic through the theme.  If you’d like to participate, register by Friday, Dec 2nd by downloading a form from towndock.net and emailing it to Parade Master Scott Pickard at scottpickard73@gmail.com or drop it off at Nautical Wheelers, Village Hardware or Marsha’s Cottage.


Yes, Virginia, there will be a lighted boat flotilla as part of Oriental’s 2016 Spirit of Christmas festivities, on Saturday December 10. Joe Valinoti, who is organizing the event, says that boats will rendezvous at Oriental marker “1” at 1645 (that’s 4:45 p.m. in layman’s terms) and proceed on a prescribed route. For the entry form and flotilla instructions including slip assignments contact Joe at joesail1@gmail.com

This year Spirit Of Christmas is partnering with Heartworks. Donations towards Christmas dinners for area families in need are appreciated and encouraged. Drop off non-perishable food items at Marsha’s Cottage, Oriental Hardware or Nautical Wheelers between now and the day of the parade.

Glow Over the Bridge 5k

November 19, 2016

Join in the Fun!  In this race across the bridge to Pecan Grove and back to Lou Mac Park, participants light up in the dark (even before the race begins) by painting themselves.

Registration – and the painting – begin at 4:30p at Lou Mac Park. Race will start at 6:00 pm, with an after party from 7-8:30 pm with music by Saltwater Gold and food by Oriental Rotary. They will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks . Cost is $30 if you register online at racesonline.com or $35 the night of the race. That gets you a t-shirt, glow paint & accessories. For more info: www.hospiceofpamlico.org or 252-745-5171

See more at: https://racesonline.com/events/hospice-of-pamlico-county-s-glow-over-the-bridge-5k-fun-run#sthash.6Rs6qiyR.dpuf

Director: Patty Mills, Hospice of Pamlico County
Phone: 252-497-0529
Distance: 5K
When: 11/19/2016 6:00 pm
Where: Lou Mac Park Oriental, NC


Turkey Trot 5k

November 26, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!  Burn off some of those T-Day calories by joining in our first Annual River Dunes Turkey Trot.

This fun run 5k will start at Grace Harbor Provision Company, run through River Dunes, around Grace Harbor and finish at the Chapel. The Provision Company will be open at 8:00 am for warm ups and hot coffee. Afterwards, fresh fruit and healthy breakfast options will be available for a cool down.

RSVP to provisions@riverdunes.com. Open to property owners, members, family and guests.


Ghost Walk in New Bern

October 27 - 29, 2016

Ghostwalk is a family-friendly event that combines historic stories, talented local actors, and a look at some of New Bern’s historic sites not normally open to the public, in a self-guided tour.

This year you will meet many of the colorful and quirky characters who lived here throughout the centuries and continue to haunt our fair city.  As night falls in New Bern’s Historic District October 27-29 these ghostly characters will reappear, so be on the lookout!

Meet spirits at 20 different historic ghost haunts including homes, churches, and theaters.  Enjoy the ghostly actors who will share their spirited stories in the very locations that their characters lived and visited.

Tickets are good for all three nights and are available at the following locations:

  • New Bern Historical Society, 511 Broad St., ph. 252-638-8558
  • Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St., ph. 252-638-2577
  • Craven County Convention & Visitors Center, 203 S. Front St., ph. 252-637-9400
  • Harris Teeter, 2019 S. Glenburnie Rd., ph. 252-514-0060
  • Mitchell Hardware, 215 Craven St., ph. 252-638-4261.

North Carolina Seafood Festival

September 30 - October 2, 2016

From its beginning in 1987, The NC Seafood Festival has called the beautiful Morehead City Waterfront, located on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina home. Today, the Festival hosts hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors for a weekend of all things “Seafood” and “Sea-Fun”, the first full weekend in October.

The rich cultural traditions of eastern North Carolina come together with music, craftsmen, artists, storytellers and more. Boat builders, net hangers, crab pot makers, quilters, decoy carvers, oar makers and more will share their crafts of yesterday and today. This time offers us all the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with policy makers, commercial fishermen, seafood specialists and educators as we strive to work together to preserve North Carolina’s seafood industry.

Visit the NC Seafood Festival this year and we know you won’t go away hungry. From traditional “Down East” Clam Chowder, Shrimp Burgers and Charcoal Mullet to Sea Urchin on a stick, Calamari and Marinated Eel – all are available for you to sample during the Festival. Friday night starts with a Habitat for Humanity Fish Fry. Saturday and Sunday feature nearly 100 individual booths sponsored by restaurants, civic organizations, school groups and churches all featuring their own interpretation of the best North Carolina has to offer from the bounty of the sea.

Labor Day Weekend Activities

September 2 - 5, 2016

Friday, September 2

8:00 – 5:00   Grace Harbor Provision Company Open.

10:00 – 5:00   Pool Cabana Open with “Clean Out the Cooler” Beer Specials all day.  Lunch will be served from 11:00 to 3:00.  Choose from the Pool Menu; or the Harbor Club Lunch Menu on the second floor screened porch with appropriate cover up and shoes, or inside the Harbor Club with regular attire.

6:00 – 9:00   Dinner at the Harbor Club will feature a menu* with Chef Robert’s “Grown in North Carolina” offerings.

Saturday, September 3

8:00 – 5:00   Grace Harbor Provision Company Open.

10:00 – 5:00   Pool Cabana Open with “Clean Out the Cooler” Beer Specials all day.  Lunch will be served from 11:00 to 3:00.  Choose from the Pool Menu; or the Harbor Club Lunch Menu on the second floor screened porch with appropriate cover up and shoes, or inside the Harbor Club with regular attire.

10:00   The River Dunes Cup – Champagne, Cupcakes and Croquet on the Lawn.  Cut-throat Rules and Prizes for the winning team.  Beer, Champagne & Cupcakes on the porch.

6:00 – 9:00   Dinner at the Harbor Club will feature a menu with Chef Robert’s “Grown in North Carolina” offerings.

*Menu options will be sent in more detail in next week’s email update and printed out at the Harbor Club.

Sunday, September 4

8:00 – 5:00   Grace Harbor Provision Company Open.

10:00 – 5:00   Pool Cabana Open with “Clean Out the Cooler” Beer Specials from 12:00 noon until 5:00.  Lunch will be served from the Pool Menu from 11:00 to 3:00.  Lunch is also available on the second floor screened porch with appropriate cover up and shoes or inside the Harbor Club with regular attire.

6:00 – 8:00   Labor Day Picnic Dinner at the Harbor Club.  All your casual favorites including fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, lots of delicious salads and sides and banana pudding for dessert served buffet style in the dining room.  $20 per person++.

8:00   Join us for the Big Labor Day Movie.

Monday, September 5

8:00 – 5:00  Grace Harbor Provision Company Open.

10:00 – 5:00   Pool Cabana Open with “Clean Out the Cooler” Beer Specials all day.  Hot Dogs and all the trimmings served for lunch from 11:00 to 3:00.