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Looking for arts and cultural close to home? Art Beat, from the team at the Arts of the Pamlico’s (AOP) to learn about arts and cultural programming offered in Beaufort County is an opportunity to learn about arts activities in your own backyard.

Friedrich Nietzsche once said “Without music, life would be a mistake.” AOP has a blossoming schedule of music on the horizon for the next few months. Nearly every genre will be touched on in the next several months.

On April 27, the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association brings the 11th annual BOCO Festival from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM at the Turnage Theatre in Downtown Washington.

There will be free fun music all day and evening for the whole family. John Howie, Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff is the rockabilly country headliner band.  Admission is free, donations are appreciated. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale. The festival is co-sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico.

Donations made during the festival will go to our “Raise the Roof” Campaign Fund for the Turnage Theatre. Come enjoy the whole day or just stay for a few events. Don’t miss this good time!

AOP is also starting a summer music concert series “Sundays in the Park” begins May Festival Park Downtown Washington, NC with Squier Red and the Blues Band.

Other acts that are scheduled to appear include: June 16, Emerald City Big Band, July 21 Smokehouse, August 18 Guitars & Friends, September 8, Rural Route Romance from 2 – 4 PM. The concerts are free with donations appreciated. Sponsors include Moss Landing Harbor Homes, Beaufort County Administration and WCTI TV. Bring a blanket or chair & picnics! Pets on leashes are welcome.

Broadway on the Big Screen this month is a musical. These professional quality theatrical productions are on the big screen at the Historic Turnage Theatre each month.  Join us on Sunday, April 28 AOP is pleased to bring one of the most beloved musicals to our patrons, “The King and I.”

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

AOP’s Historic Turnage Theatre is located at 150 West Main St. Washington, NC 27889. To learn more about this event or future events, please visit AOP’s website at

Written by Debra Torrence, Executive Director, Crystal Holman, Weekend Coordinator and Rachel Isaac, Children’s Programming Director.

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