Friday night was a perfect evening to celebrate the inaugural concert at River Dunes' brand new Amphitheater and Performing Arts pavilion. The concert was presented by the Pamlico Musical Society and featured an outstanding performance by Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra from Savannah, GA. The versatile 9 piece group played and sang always popular favorites from the Great American Songbook as well Motown and other more modern hits. Over 200 tickets were sold, and the crowd enjoyed picnic suppers along with the music as the sun set across Grace Harbor. We'll be hosting lots more outdoor concerts and events in our beautiful new venue in the future!
With Spring just around the corner, construction on the new additions to the Marina Village at River Dunes is progressing quickly. Interior work at The Chandlery and Provision Company is now underway with an estimated completion targeted for Fall, 2015. Just down the street, the Performing Arts Pavilion and Amphitheater will be ready for its inaugural concert on April 10th. Tickets are available for the 7:00 p.m. concert, featuring Jeremy Davis and the Equinox Orchestra, from the Pamlico Musical Society.
Recently, River Dunes Harbor Club was delighted to host the members and guests of the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited at their Sponsor Banquet. The attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner along with silent and live auctions. River Dunes Dining Services Manager, Kee, and her staff used some of the beautiful DU decoys along with indigenous plants to create a unique centerpiece for the buffet table.
The Pamlico Musical Society recentlty held the first in its series of concerts at River Dunes. The series is appropriately titled 'Recitals on the River'. Approximately 70 people enjoyed a late afternoon performance by the Mallarme Chamber Players, featuring harpsichord, recorder, and viola. Light appetizers were provided by River Dunes. The next concert will be the inaugural event at River Dunes harborside amphitheater on April 10th and will feature Jeremy Davis and The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.
This past weekend, a group of River Dunes owners gathered at the Harbor Club for lunch, followed by a session on "Fishing the Waters Around River Dunes", taught by guides from Down East Guide Service.
The guides talked about rigs, baits, lines and gave lots of tips for finding fish. The group practiced tying knots and then ventured outside for some casting practice.
More seminars on fishing, catching bait, and other water sports will be scheduled for later this spring.
Everywhere you look in River Dunes, building is going on! Our recent spell of good weather has allowed lots of progress to be made on the General Store, located just across the street from the Harbor Club.
Also underway is the outdoor amphitheater and performing arts pavilion, located on the marina. Great views for concerts and outdoor events! The first concert will be held on Friday, April 10 and will feature Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.
Another really exciting project is the first custom home going up in the Summerplace neighborhood. This home is designed to take advantage of some truly spectacular views!
General Store and Provision Company Underway in Harbor Village
The construction of the newest addition to River Dunes Harbor Village is underway! The General Store and Provision Company is being framed this week, and mild winter weather has provided an opportunity for things to move along at a good pace. The General Store will be the first of several commercial structures that will provide services for residents, boaters and guests in the community. ARK Development of North Carolina is the contractor for the project, and architectural design services are provided by Historical Concepts of Atlanta, GA.
Breaking Ground on the Harbor Village General Store
It's an exciting time at River Dunes as the construction of the General Store and Provision Company is now underway. The 1800 square foot facility, located just across Harborside Road from the Harbor Club, will add retail space to the current Harbor Village. Future structures planned for the Harbor Village include a post office and workout facility, a café/bakery that will offer casual indoor and outdoor dining, and a performing arts ampitheater.
River Dunes selected as one of Top 25 Marinas in North America
Oriental, NC – December 16, 2014 – The December issue of Power and Motoryacht Magazine featured their list of the top 25 marinas in North America that included only two North Carolina destinations. River Dunes, located minutes from the Intracoastal Waterway near Oriental NC, was selected by the editors as one of the top 25. The magazine reached out to its readers, friends on social media and Marinalife, its “partner in cruising”, to create the list of the best places to tie up in North America, based on actual boaters’ experiences.
Also rated a five-star marina by the readers of ActiveCaptain.com and voted 2013 Best Customer Service Marina by Marinalife readers, River Dunes Marina and Harbor Club are located at Mile Marker 173, just off the ICW, convenient to the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast of North Carolina.
The state-of-the-art marina offers floating docks within a protected 28 acre inland basin harbor with high speed fuel and other conveniences. Transient and leased slips are available.
World-class harbor amenities include a private club with casual and fine dining, pool, spas, Har-tru tennis courts, fitness facility, bicycles, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, guest boater facilities with steam showers and laundry, and harborside guest cottages.
An un-named reader who provided an endorsement for River Dunes’ inclusion in the list stated, “I have visited most marinas between Annapolis and Hilton Head, and this marina is the crown jewel.”
Oriental Dinghy Club enjoys Lunch and Annual Meeting at River Dunes
Members of the Oriental Dinghy Club held their Annual Meeting at River Dunes Harbor Club today. They enjoyed a lunch that featured Chef's Beef Brisket, German Potato Salad and Tomato Bisque along with various other sides and a dessert display.
The Harbor Club is a wonderful place to hold a meeting, corporate retreat, or special event. Call 252-249-0253 for more information.
2014 Property Owners Annual Homecoming Weekend
Mother Nature graced us with a beautiful sunny weekend for the festivities of the River Dunes Property Owners Association Homecoming Weekend and Annual Meeting. Owners enjoyed the warm weather on the deck of the Ura's waterfront home at a Welcome Picnic that kicked off the weekend's activities.
Saturday morning started bright and early with a tennis round robin, followed by a light breakfast on the Harbor Club Sun Porch. At 10:00, the Annual POA meeting was called to order and featured introductions, a recap of 2013 highlights and discussion of on-going and up-coming POA projects. Immediately following the meeting, lunch was served al fresco at the Duttry home in the Oyster Point neighborhood.
One of the highlights of the weekend was a presentation by Chief Al Spruill and SW Pamlico VFD members at the newly constructed Fire Sub-Station on Orchard Creek Road, just across from the entrance to River Dunes. Six River Dunes residents have already volunteered to serve with the VFD, a great start to our own Firefighter of the Month calendar!
Saturday afternoon activities included clay shooting on the riverside, an art show, rides on our restored 1948 Core Sounder "Miss Grace", and, a surprise activity - tours of the property by helicopter.
One of our owners took this amazing shot of the Harbor Club from the air! Thanks for sharing it.
Another highlight of the weekend was a Wine and Cheese, held at the Wild home and sponsored by The Red Rickshaw and Watermark Custom Homes of NC.
On Sunday morning, the weekend wrapped up with breakfast at the Harbor Club, a simple non-denominational Chapel service, and mimosas at the Huffines home, sponsored by Cindy Huffines Interior Design - complete with River Dunes frosted sugar cookies!
A good time was had by all this weekend; and it's hard to imagine how we'll top it next year. But we promise to be back next fall with more great food, good times, and fond memories made with new and old friends.
Oriental gets the Nod from Garden & Gun
River Dunes near neighbor Oriental, the sailing capital of North Carolina, recently received recognition from Garden & Gun magazine as #2 in its list of Southern Dream Towns. We couldn't agree more! There is nothing finer that the Carolina coast - great weather, excellent boating and a very laid-back lifestyle.
The invitation is always open to stay at one of our Guest Cottages at River Dunes and explore all the great things we offer in this area. Call us to make reservations for a visit this fall. We can be reached at 800-975-9565 or 252-249-0253.
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