Members of the Oriental Dinghy Club and the Harborfest Committee have been working hard to put together a fabulous weekend for racers and cruisers alike. Today the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions were finalized, and they should be appearing very soon on a sailing club website near you. This afternoon the final versions were sent to the Oriental Dinghy Club, Sailing Club Of Oriental, Neuse Yacht Racing Association and a few others. You can register here. We are looking forward to an exciting weekend of racing in a beautiful setting and hope all area racers and cruisers will join in the fun. See you at River Dunes.
Admission is FREE between 10 am and 4 pm for the live music at the River Dunes Amphitheater. Bring a lawn chair and come enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the shore of Grace harbor. Food served up by the Oriental Rotary Club, and beer, wine and soda will be available for sale courtesy of RA Jeffreys and Nautical Wheelers.
11 am-12 noon – Brant Island Stringsfeatures Perry Cheatham, Rick, and Ginny Vogt, sailing friends and life-long musicians. With two guitars, a mandolin, and complex vocal harmonies, their sound ranges from traditional bluegrass to classic rock to contemporary folk, all with their signature sound. They performed at both Harborfest and the Ol’ Front Porch Festival in 2015.
12:15-1:15 pm –Jill Williamson (and Buddy Rice) has been singing and performing since she was nine years old when she was discovered by a talent scout and subsequently was contracted to do TV commercials for three years. In her adult life she has sung lead in several bands and is currently booking jobs for her group, “Jill & The Authentics.” She resides in Pamlico County with her husband with whom she has raised two daughters. She’ll be accompanied by Buddy Rice playing guitar.
1:30-2:30 pmMIXX is an acoustical guitar duo featuring Jim Stark and Buddy Rice. They met in 1975 at works and very quickly realized that they both had similar musical interests. Over the years they have played in several music groups including The Country Band, Mainstream, and the first MIXX band and now the acoustic MIXX. They are partial to classic rock tunes by such groups as The Beatles, The Eagles, and too many to mention classic artists. Jim holds down lead vocals and rhythm guitar while Buddy sings and plays lead guitar.
2:30-3:30 pm – George Bailey is a solo singer/songwriter in the tradition of finger-style acoustic guitar who has shared the stage with the likes of Doc Watson, John Hammond, NRBQ, and The Gibson Brothers, to name a few. George’s playing will take you from the irresistible rhythms of calypso and Motown through blues and rock all the way to the coal mining hills of West Virginia. His own songs are liberally scattered throughout his performance telling the stories of life of the road as it has taken him from the mountains of northern New York, to California and to the North Carolina Coast. Although it is obvious from watching him that George loves playing his guitar, he will often say that it’s the singing he enjoys most, along with the satisfaction of giving his audience a smile and a song in their hearts. Come and join in the fun.
The countdown has begun. Registration forms are printed and being distributed. Online registration is live. We have recruited a number of great sponsors and could use a few more. If you’d like to support Harborfest, give HeartWorks a call at 252.745.9703. We’d love to tell you how you can help. In the meantime, peruse the links above to learn more about our exciting event this year which includes the addition of the Oriental Cup Regatta. it’s going to be a fun-filled, event-filled weekend. We hope to see you there.