Music, boating attract crowds this weekend

If you are interested in either music or boats, Washington NC was a great place to be this past weekend.

Event 1: BOCA Traditional Music Festival
When: April 27, 2019, 9 am till 10 pm
Where: Turnage Theater, 150 West Main Street, Washington, NC

Over on Main Street, the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association (BCTMA) put on their 11th annual music festival at Washington’s historic Turnage Theatre.

It was a day full of music — from anyone-welcome-jams in the morning to live bands in the afternoon and evening, culminating in a raffle drawing for two guitars including the coveted Martin DRS GT donated by BCTMA member Rob Cuthrell, and a two-hour river ride in a pontoon boat owned by another BCTMA member, Bob Daw.


  • Martin guitar: Duane Harris
  • Dean guitar: George Oliver (New Bern)
  • Pontoon boat “idle about”: Ben Hudson
  • Quilt: Kath Crouse (New Bern)

All performances at the event were free, but donations are normally encouraged at BCTMA events with all proceeds going to help fund a new roof at the theatre. “There are already water marks on the ceiling of the theatre from leaks in the roof. So it’s important to get the roof repaired,” said BCTMA chairperson Linda Boyer.

From the raffle, tickets, and sale of quilts, the association will be turning over close to $500 to Arts of the Pamlico for help with the roof work.

Event 2: Washington Marine Market & Boat Show
When: April 27, 2019, 9 am till 1 pm
Where: Pamlico River waterfront, Washington, NC

Meanwhile, down at the water’s edge, vendors plied their boating wares — from oars to motors to very large boats — in a kind of marine flea market dubbed the Marine Market. Potential buyers could enjoy a walk along the riverfront promenade in sunny but windy weather while checking out the best deals and bargains.

The most interesting thing for sale was this boat. It kind of looks like a small hovercraft.. what the heck is it? If you know, please tell us in the comments below.

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