Ocrafolk Music and Storytelling Fest returns June 2-4

By on April 18, 2023

(Photos by Eakin Howard)

The 23rd annual Ocrafolk Music and Storytelling Festival will be held on Ocracoke Island, NC on the grounds of the Berkley Manor and surrounding properties, June 2-4, 2023.  The celebration features musicians, storytellers, artisans, and characters of Ocracoke Island and beyond.

2023 Performers include Cold Chocolate, Burnett Sisters Band, Larry and Joe, Fiddin Earl White, Blue Cactus, Josh Goforth, Donald Davis, After School Surf Club, Wyldwood, Beleza, Raphael Papo & Caroline Felkins, Berto & Vincent, Martin Garrish, Molasses Creek, Coyote, Aaron Caswell Duo, Paperhand Puppets, mahaloJazz, Bob and Jeanne Zentz, Jef the Mime, Ana Luisa Chavez, Ballet Folklorico de Ocracoke, Green Grass Cloggers, Katy Mitchell, Dusty Old Bones, Noah Daniel, Madame Presidents, artisans, family activities and more.

Only accessible by ferry, Ocracoke Island is an enchanting step out of modern times into a world of captivating natural beauty, rich maritime history, ghostly shipwrecks, heroic lifesavers, crafty pirates, and a community of 1000 independently minded residents. This remote location attracts visitors from around the world who come for the 13 miles of undeveloped beaches, the intimate village nestled around a small harbor, kayaking, boating & fishing, some of the best seafood and restaurants in the region, and events like the Ocrafolk Festival.

This unique celebration creates a special community between performers and audience, one that brings fans back year after year. In addition to the performances at four stages, there are local kid’s activities (like making fish print Ts with the catch-of-the-day from the local fish house), a traditional Ocracoke Island square dance, a giant puppet parade, workshops, and a fabulous artisan village to wander through. And if you feel the need to get a bite to eat or stretch your legs, you can stroll to nearby village restaurants or take free village shuttles.

Although lodging on the island books out for the two weeks surrounding the Ocrafolk Festival, don’t let that deter you . . . just make your Ocracoke reservations early, or travel down from Hatteras Island to the north. To book tickets or for more details on the event visit¬†¬†www.ocracokealive.org. For more information on visiting Ocracoke Island, visit¬†www.visitocracokenc.com.

Ocrafolk Festival is produced by Ocracoke Alive, a community non-profit committed to enriching the Ocracoke Island community by encouraging and sponsoring cultural, artistic, educational, and environmental activities. Proceeds from Ocrafolk Festival support critical student and community programs.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: RooÔ¨Āng

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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