Market and music mingle

Published 9:02 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2012

If Certs can be two, two, two mints in one, then Washington can have two, two, two events in one day.

Those two events — the fourth-annual BoCO Music Festival and second-annual Marine Market — come to Washington’s waterfront April 28. The BoCO Music Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Festival Park. The Marine Market runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Stewart Parkway. The events are free.

The BoCO Music Festival will have a different look this year.

“What’s unique about it this year is that it’s all self-contained in one spot. In the past, we’ve had several different venues. We’ve done stuff at the Civic Center, at the Turnage, outdoor stages,” said Joey Toler, executive director of the Beaufort County Arts Council, which organizes the BoCO Music Festival. “This year, we’re putting everything in one place. It’s kind of one-stop shopping as far as the music festival.”

Toler said festival-goers — those who are at the waterfront about dusk — are in for a special treat.

“Besides an outstanding lineup of music, what’s really going to be different this year is we have a performance group called HoopDrum coming. They’ll be performing in between some of the music acts. At sunset, they’ll be doing a special fire performance,” Toler said. “It’s going to be fun. … They are certified to do what they do. They have license, a fire license, I guess. Plus, they are very safety conscious.”

While musicians are performing at Festival Park, the Marine Market will take up a good portion of Stewart Parkway.

“What we’re concentrating on is trying to get the most amount of variety we can out there on the waterfront as far as maritime or nautical equipment and everything that goes along with that,” said Beth Byrd, executive director of the Washington Harbor District Alliance, about the focus of the Marine Market. “We’ve got a guy coming in who does … an aggressive pursuit of the outdoor life. He has all kinds of performance-type apparel. We’ve got people out their with sunglasses. We’ve got new boats. We’ve got used boats. We’ve got the whole spectrum. We’ve got the antique fishing rods and reels.”

Toler explained the strategy of having the music festival and Marine Market on the same day.

“We think they would be complementary events. I remember last year the Marine Market was held a week after our music festival, or two weeks after. Actually I was out there and Beth (Byrd) and I at that time said, ‘We ought to do these at the same time.’ That would really give us a nice punch to that weekend. We think it’s going to help each other’s attendance. Partnerships are always great. When we can do something together like this, it helps us with our expenses, our city permit fees and things like that. We’re able to market those events instead of just one event, and that saves money as well,” Toler said. “We hope people who are coming for the Marine Market will wander over to the music festival and vice versa.”

Byrd said it makes sense to present both events on the same day.

“We thought if we could add a good day of entertainment along with all that shopping, we couldn’t miss,” Byrd said.

Past Marine Market participants will be back this year, including the N.C. Estuarium, Park Boat Company and the Carolinas Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club. Fresh, prepared seafood and landlubber grub will be available during the event. Also returning are roving pirates and George and Martha Washington, who are ready for photographic opportunities with festival-goers.

For more information about the two events, visit and

BoCO Music Festival Bands, Entertainers

  • Beaufort County Traditional Music Association jam session, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Linda Boyer, Rob Cuthrell and Chris Furlough, noon-12:20 p.m.
  • Bob Daw, 12:20 p.m.-12:40 p.m.
  • Stub Estey, 12:40 p.m.-1 p.m.
  • Bonita Miller, Sylvia Mish and Judy Cartwright, 1 p.m.-1:20 p.m.
  • Sidney Moore and friends, 1:20 p.m.-1:40 p.m.
  • Mitch Causway and friends, 1:40 p.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tiki Roadhouse, 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Still Water, 2:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Fishing Creek, 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • HoopDrum, 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and (fire show) 8 p.m.
  • Mandolin Orange, 4 p.m.
  • Mount Mariah, 5:30 p.m.
  • Onward, Soldiers, 7 p.m.
  • Carolina Still, 8:30 p.m.


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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