Pickin’ on the Pamlico returns this weekend

Published 7:38 pm Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A signature Beaufort County event is back on for 2019 after being blown off course by Hurricane Florence last September. This Saturday, Washington Harbor District Alliance will host its annual Pickin’ on the Pamlico at Festival Park, complete with all-you-can-eat low country boil, lively tunes and good company.

“We had Hurricane Florence last year and that kind of ruined our plans, so we wanted to come back with a bigger and better event,” said WHDA Executive Director Meg Howdy.

This year’s menu at Pickin’ on the Pamlico will be a little different from years before, with Same Power Ministries serving up a traditional low country boil of shrimp, corn, sausage and potatoes, complemented by sides of coleslaw and hushpuppies.

“It’s completely a meal in itself,” Howdy said. “… It really is a Southern get-together type of food where you’re sitting around the table just enjoying being with one another. It’s nothing too fancy, but all the flavors are there and it just kind of screams ‘The South.’”

Providing entertainment for the night, The Nigel Experience is a party band from Wake Forest that specializes in old school R&B, soul, Motown, beach music, rock and the latest hits. The band will keep the music coming until 9 p.m.

For WHDA, Pickin’ on the Pamlico is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year. For the past 14 years, it’s been a mainstay of local festivities, all at once offering a good time and supporting efforts to highlight the Washington business community.

“It really is just a celebration of our community, our beautiful, historic downtown and working together to help it thrive and grow,” Howdy said.

Pickin’ on the Pamlico is scheduled from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday night at Washington’s Festival Park. In the event of bad weather, the event will be moved indoors at the Harbor District Market on West Main Street.

Tickets for the event are available at two tiers: $25 per person for music only and $55 per person for music and all-you-can-eat low country boil. Table sponsorships are also available and a cash bar with wine and beer will be on site. Tickets can be purchased via a link at www.whda.org/pickin-on-the-pamlico.

“We’re really excited to spend time with family, friends and community members, just sitting around and enjoying the last bit of summer that we have,” Howdy said.