Art Beat shares information about programs and efforts of your regional arts council, Arts of the Pamlico (AOP), and arts events at the Historic Turnage Theatre and across the county. AOP presents and supports the provision of arts programming for the community and region.


AOP’s annual Holiday traditions continue this week at the Historic Turnage Theatre. The theatre is aglow with lighted Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments by local artists and art groups, which are for sale through December 21.


On December 6, the stage wreaths will twinkle overhead as you sing along with the Beaufort County Choral society during their annual Christmas Concert on stage at the Historic Turnage Theatre. The concert begins at 7 PM and is free, donations appreciated to support the Choral Society. Concessions will be for sale.


On December 7, the arts council’s 19th Annual Holiday Homes Tour takes place in Historic Washington. Virginia Finnerty is coordinating the event again this year. Virginia has put together an array of eight beautifully decorated homes never seen on this tour. Don’t miss the fabulous display of Nutcrackers at event sponsor The Rich Company’s headquarters near the Walmart shopping plaza which is a highlight of this annual tradition. Docents will greet you at every stop.

This year’s home docents include Liz Stallings, Gwen Edwards, David Edwards, Joe Woolard, Jayne Meisell, Brittany Lane, Brianna Dintino and Georgia Brown. Tickets are $20 cash/$22 credit card & $25 day of. Buy tickets at the theatre or online at www.artsofthepamlico.org, click on Events Calendar date.


AOP’s Holiday Shop returns on December 7 from 9 AM – 1 PM for youth and adults. Heather Thienpont has put together a variety of local art to buy or make on your own – paint an ornament with Liz for $5, paint a carved Santa face with Ed for $10, shop local art and books, handmade scarves, jewelry and more! All art for sale is $25 or less. Free gift wrapping included. Families can sign in and provide youth with up art & crafts shopping money to participate in the event. Youth may be signed in & dropped off to shop with an AOP elf between 9 – 12 Noon. Photos by Derek Cadzow with Santa will be offered at the Turnage as a fundraiser for Beaufort Hyde Partnership for Children’s teen mom program. If you’d like to volunteer to help with AOP’s holiday shop, please contact Thad at t.aleyaop@gmail.com or call AOP.


Written by Debra Torrence, Executive Director

To become or renew your membership, purchase tickets, sponsor an event, and/or learn more about the show visit www.artsofthepamlico.org or call 252-946-2504. AOP is located in its Historic Turnage Theatre at 150 West Main Street in Washington, NC.