Performance troupe tests the water, then gives preview of performance

PORT TOWNSEND — The dress rehearsal went well. No one fell overboard.

But that wasn’t Stephen Bent’s greatest worry.

“I’m afraid that when we’re loading the instruments on board, we’ll drop them in the water,” he said.

Bent is the leader of the Fighting Instruments of Karma Chamber Band — and orchestra — which provides the music for the New Old Time Chautauqua’s performances and parades.

On Thursday, with the band playing, the Chautauquans took a test voyage on Port Townsend Bay in anticipation of leaving Sunday for a two-week boat tour.

“We’re going that’a way,” said Paul Magid, pointing east.

Magid is a former Port Townsend resident and one of the founders of the Flying Karamozov Brothers and the New Old Time Chautauqua.

The Chautauqua still is based here, organizing a tour of small towns every summer.

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