A few decades ago, a bluegrass festival was held at Wilkes Community College to raise funds for a memorial garden to honor Merle Watson, a former WCC student and deceased son of the legendary Doc Watson. From a tiny beginning, the annual event now attracts tens of thousands of festival goers and scores of entertainers from the international stage.
Pamlico Community College will hold its first Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, March 8. Headlining will be 4EverAll, a group known all along the Crystal Coast and sponsored by the DownEast Folk Art Society. Joining 4EverAll will be Pamlico County’s own Harbor Sounds along with Simon Spalding and a number of other regional groups from all across Eastern North Carolina.
And, it’s all free. Attend – and wonder if years from now you can say that you were a charter attendee of a bluegrass festival of immense size and musical significance.
Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and it’s all free. And more, attendees can partake in a raffle to win a new guitar donated by Fuller Music of New Bern.
Scores gathered on the PCC campus Saturday, February 22, to indulge in chili & steamed oysters against a backdrop of classical flutes. Attendees searched for oyster pearls and the PCC Foundation searched for funds to expand opportunities for deserving students.
Above, PCC trustee and Pamlico County commissioner, Kenny Heath, ferried oysters from the steamer to the tables throughout the afternoon. Below, New Bern’s NewsChannel 12 weekend meteorologist, Ellen Bacca, was an honored guest who provided fair weather & great temperatures for the event. A native of Michigan, it was her very first oyster roast.
The deadline is fast approaching in March to apply for a scholarship for education majors funded by the Pamlico Partnership for Children
Sandy Johnson-Clark, Director of the PCC Small Business Center, has announced a learning opportunity for artists who desire to market and sell their work. The Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts is presenting a program in Greensboro, Saturday, Feb 22. This is a great opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists to learn from successful visual, performing and literary artists.
The conference is designed for creative professionals and features more than 20 speakers and includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon reception.
This applies only to those who absolutely can not make it to the PCC Foundation Oyster Revival on that same date.
“I just don’t see why more people can’t see this as the land of opportunity. But you have to want to see it and then take advantage of it.”
Mariel Jacome is known as MJ to her friends and classmates. MJ’s practical, yet joyful approach to both life and learning, should be contagious.
Her demeanor varies from delight when expressing joy at the opportunities afforded to her in Pamlico County, and deep concern that more of her contemporaries are not traveling along the path she has chosen.
Cosmetology students offer services to the public, Tue-Thurs, 9am-1pm at the Cosmetology School in Bayboro. Call 252-745-4249.