11379The Running of the Dragon has been a New Year’s tradition in Oriental since the 60s!  The dragon will once again make it’s annual appearance this New Year’s Eve in downtown Oriental.  The dragon will come out of hiding at 8:00pm and 11:30pm and make it’s way down Hodges Street.  Be sure to raid your kitchen cabinets for some noise makers to ward off the evil spirits and ring 2015….pots, pans and spoons seem to be the cooking utensils of choice for the locals.  Stick around to see the Croaker drop at midnight, Oriental’s version of the big ball drop.  Our neighborhood crew will be celebrating first at our clubhouse before heading to Oriental for the late run.  And don’t forget to touch the dragon for an extra dose of good luck for the New Year!

Just down the street in New Bern, there’s big time parties on opposite sides of the river at the Bridgepoint Hotel and the Double Tree, the Gala Ball at Stanley Hall, and many other NYE festivities throughout downtown.

13299After you’ve rung in the New Year in style, spend the first day of 2015 on the water with the annual Instead of Football Regatta.  It’s a pretty casual race, you can even motor if the winds aren’t in your favor.  The Regatta starts out from Oriental Marker #1 at noon on New Year’s Day, Thursday January 1, 2015.

Happy 2015 to all!

Pictures courtesy of TownDock.net