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Laughter is the best medicine

Tired of the rain? Looking for some fun activities to do? Try laughing more. Some researchers think laughter just might be the best medicine, helping you feel better and putting that spring back in your step. Arts of the Pamlico has just what the doctor ordered!

This weekend is the launch of AOP’s Aaarrrrt Putt Putt, a pirate-inspired golf course at the Turnage Theatre designed by an East Carolina University pirate/student Tyler Whitley. On Friday, AOP tried out its soon-to-be, nine-hole indoor/outdoor putt-putt golf course during the Spring Art Walk.

AOP’s Aaarrrt Putt Putt course will travel to Bath Fest on Saturday where you can play for $1, then back to the Arts of the Pamlico to be coupled with three more holes being created for the Aurora Fossil Festival. And by the Washington Summer Festival, all nine holes will be created and be ready to play at Crab Park. The course will be available indoors all summer at the Turnage Theatre on Wednesday evenings for $5 coins — glowing in the dark with pirate golf trickery.

More entertainment awaits today, with BCTMA jamming from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., a free stage workshop viewing of  “An Extra Penny” on stage in the palace theatre, then I.C. Comedy Troupe performs at 7 p.m. for $5.

Mark your calendars and don’t miss the first Washington Comedy Fest! I.C. Comedy and AOP are teaming up to bring you a weekend of stand-up, group and improv comedy June 8-9. Tickets are on sale now, $5 in advance cash/check or $7 online/credit card. Looking for free tickets? Come to the improv show tonight for a chance to win festival tickets!

The Arts of the Pamlico is a nonprofit organization and the state-designated regional arts council for Beaufort and Washington counties, serving eastern North Carolina and beyond. Learn more about local art walks and the comedy festival schedule at www.artsofthepamlico.org or call 252-946-2504. AOP is open evenings for events and Tuesdays through Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Debra Torrence is the executive director of Arts of the Pamlico.