Furnace Town folk concert
The Appalachian music group Blue Plate Special headlines today's edition of the Furnace Town mini-concert series. The one-hour show begins at 3 p.m. at the Old Nazareth Church on the grounds of historic Furnace Town. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.
Blue Plate Special features fiddler Annie Williams of Salisbury, banjo strummer Kate Brett of North Carolina and guitarist Kevin Enoch of Ohio playing traditional Appalachian folk music.
The Old Nazareth Church is one of several restored mid-19th century buildings that make up Furnace Town, a re-creation of the village that once stood around the Nassawango iron furnace near Snow Hill. Today's concertgoers also can tour the 25-acre ++ historic village and see demonstrations of old-time broom-making and blacksmithing crafts.
For more information, call 632-2032.
Ray Charles to perform
Musical great Ray Charles will perform at the Ocean City Convention Center Wednesday at 8 p.m. Known for his hits "Georgia on My Mind," "Born to Lose" and a bluesy version of "America the Beautiful," Mr. Charles has 10 Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the halls of fame of rhythm and blues, jazz and rock and roll.
He'll perform with the Raeletts and the Ray Charles Orchestra. Comedian Paul Lennon is the opening act. Tickets for the show are $17.50 and are available at the Convention Center box office or by calling 289-8314 or toll-free (800) 626-2326. The center is at 40th Street and Coastal Highway.
The 17th annual Small Boat Fishing Tournament, sponsored by the Ocean City Marlin Club, will take place next weekend. Anyone fishing in a boat 30 feet long or less is welcome to compete.
The tournament will take place Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and next Sunday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the man, woman and youth (14 or under) catching the heaviest bluefish, flounder, sea bass, marlin, tuna, dolphin, shark and trout during the two-day event.
Registration is $50 for adults and $25 for youngsters. To sign up, visit the Ocean City Marlin Club at St. Louis Avenue and Talbot Street on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 289-6363.