Thank you one and all!

Saturday eveningHarborfest for HeartWorks and the Oriental Cup Regatta were a great success.  The weather was beautiful, the sailors had plenty of wind, the food was delicious, the crowd was generous, and the bands were great.  Thanks to everyone who attended, who sponsored, and who supported our event.  We especially appreciate all the volunteers who made it all happen.  Thank you one and all.


Final Day to Make Dinner Reservations

Sunrise at River Dunes

It looks like a beautiful weekend for a fundraiser out at lovely River Dunes.  The Oriental Cup Regatta is coming together, details are being finalized, and the energy level is definitely climbing.  We have some amazing live auction items and lots of wonderful silent auction donations awaiting your bids.  Both Saltwater Gold and Punch promise great dance music, and food by Roland’s Barbecue and The Chelsea is guaranteed to be delicious.  We hope you’ll join us.

To quote Mel Fisher, “Today is the day” we share the number of attendees with our caterers.  If you haven’t signed up, call us this morning at 252.745.9703, and let us know you’d like to come.  See you there.

Make reservations soon!


Harborfest for HeartWorks and Oriental Cup Regatta is quickly approaching.  While regatta registration is open until Friday night at 7:00pm, we would like to finalize reservations for other events before the end of the day on Monday, September 12.  We have to let our caterers know how many to expect.  Call 252.745.9703 Monday or register online here.

NAPA/Pamlico Parts is a strong supporter.

Silver Sponsor

For the second time in two years, Robbie Sadler at Pamlico Parts has become a silver sponsor for our event, donating $2,500 to assist HeartWorks continue its programs.  We are grateful for individuals and businesses like NAPA for honoring and supporting the work we do with over 400 children each year.  Whatever your automotive needs, drop by 13419 Hwy 55 in Alliance, and talk to the friendly staff at the store. They’ll do their best to serve you.

Kinetico Advanced Water Systems is Supporting Harborfest

Bronze sponsor

For the second year in a row, Kinetico will participate in our exciting event by providing an on-site water purifying machine available for everyone’s use and by donating a home filter system that retails for $1,200 to our auction.  Bring your refillable water bottles and enjoy the fresh taste of reverse osmosis water for their portable tap located behind the Gala tent near the Harbor Club.  We are pleased to have their support and to list them as a Bronze Sponsor.

Register for the Oriental Cup Regatta

Notice of Race

Members of the Oriental Dinghy Club and the Harborfest Committee have been working hard to put together a fabulous weekend for racers and cruisers alike.  Today the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions were finalized, and they should be appearing very soon on a sailing club website near you.  This afternoon the final versions were sent to the Oriental Dinghy Club, Sailing Club Of Oriental, Neuse Yacht Racing Association and a few others.  You can register here.  We are looking forward to an exciting weekend of racing in a beautiful setting and hope all area racers and cruisers will join in the fun.  See you at River Dunes.

Host Sponsor
Host Sponsor

Saturday’s Daytime Entertainers

RD AmphitheaterAdmission is FREE between 10 am and 4 pm for the live music at the River Dunes Amphitheater.  Bring a lawn chair and come enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the shore of Grace harbor.  Food served up by the Oriental Rotary Club, and beer, wine and soda will be available for sale courtesy of RA Jeffreys and Nautical Wheelers.

Perry Cheatham11 am-12 noonBrant Island Strings features Perry Cheatham, Rick, and Ginny Vogt,  sailing friends and life-long musicians.  With two guitars, a mandolin, and complex vocal harmonies, their sound ranges from traditional bluegrass to classic rock to contemporary folk, all with their signature sound.  They performed at both Harborfest and the Ol’ Front Porch Festival in 2015.



12:15-1:15 pmJill Williamson –Jill Williamson (and Buddy Rice) has been singing and performing since she was nine years old when she was discovered by a talent scout and subsequently was contracted to do TV commercials for three years. In her adult life she has sung lead in several bands and is currently booking jobs for her group, “Jill & The Authentics.” She resides in Pamlico County with her husband with whom she has raised two daughters.  She’ll be accompanied by Buddy Rice playing guitar.


Buddy Rice1:30-2:30 pm  MIXX is an acoustical guitar duo featuring Jim Stark and Buddy Rice.  They met in 1975 at works and very quickly realized that they both had similar musical interests.  Over the years they have played in several music groups including The Country Band, Mainstream, and the first MIXX band and now the acoustic MIXX.  They are partial to classic rock tunes by such groups as The Beatles, The Eagles, and too many to mention classic artists.  Jim holds down lead vocals and rhythm guitar while Buddy sings and plays lead guitar.

George Bailey2:30-3:30 pm – George Bailey  is a solo singer/songwriter in the tradition of finger-style acoustic guitar who has shared the stage with the likes of Doc Watson, John Hammond, NRBQ, and The Gibson Brothers, to name a few.  George’s playing will take you from the irresistible rhythms of calypso and Motown through blues and rock all the way to the coal mining hills of West Virginia.  His own songs are liberally scattered throughout his performance telling the stories of life of the road as it has taken him from the mountains of northern New York, to California and to the North Carolina Coast.  Although it is obvious from watching him that George loves playing his guitar, he will often say that it’s the singing he enjoys most, along with the satisfaction of giving his audience a smile and a song in their hearts.  Come and join in the fun.


Welcome to the official website for Harborfest for HeartWorks and the Oriental Cup 2016.

Save the Date cardThe countdown has begun.  Registration forms are printed and being distributed.  Online registration is live.  We have recruited a number of great sponsors and could use a few more. If you’d like to support Harborfest, give HeartWorks a call at 252.745.9703.  We’d love to tell you how you can help.  In the meantime, peruse the links above to learn more about our exciting event this year which includes the addition of the Oriental Cup Regatta. it’s going to be a fun-filled, event-filled weekend.  We hope to see you there.