The upcoming Watertown Music and Arts Festival will honor one of its founders.
Over two decades ago, Sharon McComb, co-founded the city's Jazz Festival with John Jewell. With $6,000 and six bands - they held the inaugural event in 1996. Each summer since, hundreds have descended onto Watertown to hear cool tunes.
The event expanded over the years. Around 2009, the name was changed to the Watertown Music and Arts Festival to incorporate artisans, rock, rhythm and blues into the festival.
Friends remember McComb as one of the event's biggest cheerleaders. McComb, a nurse, owned the Watertown Bed and Breakfast and also served on the City Council. McComb passed away in December 2016. She was 74-years-old.
"She started all of this," said Misty Hardy, of Lulu's Café. Hardy added that six bands will play the 2017 festival on Saturday, July 8th beginning at 4 p.m. including Eight O'Five Jive, Lisa Donelson and Just Us, The Jazz Alliance, David L. Harris Quartet, The Vantrease Jazz Band, and The Blues Brokers.
Festival goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the live music on the Watertown Square.