Over the past decade as the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor has attracted an increasing number of nationally and internationally known touring musical acts, one weekend each spring is reserved to celebrate local talent during the joyous ritual of the Hometown Hootenanny. The Hometown Hootenanny is led by the inimitable Garry Blackman, of Boothbay. The night of music and stories is slated for Saturday, April 14, beginning at 7 p.m.
Blackman and fellow hootenanny house-band members Tim Sprague and Dick Spofford make up the Murky Water Band, and they have just returned from the North American Country Music Association’s international competition in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., where they were recognized on that national stage. Blackman family member Nataleigh Goozie captured a third-place Horizons Award, and Sprague received a third place for both Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. Blackman brought home a second-place award in the Best Instrumentalist category. The Hometown Hootenanny will celebrate these talented musicians as well as at least a dozen others.
Country and bluegrass music is typically well-represented during the evening, but audience members should be prepared for almost anything from the seasoned group of musicians who will take to the stage throughout the evening. Doors for seating open at 6:30 p.m.; music begins at 7 p.m.
Advance discounted tickets are available directly from the box office for $10, cash or check. The box office, at 86 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor, is open Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Regularly priced tickets are $15 and are available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and at the door the night of the show. The evening is open to all ages and is a fundraiser for the opera house. The Hometown Hootenanny musicians donate their time and talents to help with the continuing operations of the historic building.
The evening will also include a pie raffle.
The opera house’s bar will open at 6:30 p.m. that evening, featuring skilled mixologist Alva Achorn, and the Friends of the Opera House will be serving desserts and coffee as well. All proceeds will go to benefit the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, which is online at boothbayoperahouse.com.