Arts
2:33 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

The Pocomoke City Arts Scene

What do a ballet, a rock band with an usual name, a restaurant and a silent auction have to do with each other?

They are all coming to downtown Pocomoke City, Maryland. The first few weeks in February in particular are a flurry of activity which residents hope will bring in both tourists and money.

First out of the gate is the Delmarva Discovery Center. They are hosting a Winter Wonderland Gala on Feb 4th. In addition to food and drinks, there will be live music and a silent auction.

Just down the street from the Discovery Center is the historic Mar-Va Theater. Built in 1927, the Mar-VA has been host to vaudeville performers, silent movies, plays and, more recently, the "Delmarva's got Talent". competition.  Now, for the first time, the Mar-Va is hosting a rock band, England's "Scars on 45". on Februrary 9th.

Mar-Va theatre manager Katy Flemming hopes to see more bands use the Mar-Va as a performing space.

For a completely different type of event, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland is also coming to the Mar-Va Theatre on Feb 11th. They will performing "Aladin".  This event is sponsored by the Worcester County Library Foundation, the Worcester County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Somerset County Library.

Visitors to Pocomoke City will soon have another option for entertainment. A new waterfront 120 seat restaurant is currently under construction. City Manager Russell Blake says the type of cuisine to be served is yet to be determined

With the new restaurant to open in May, Russell Blake says Pocomoke has the potential to become a must-stop tourist destination on the Eastern Shore.