Mike Walker, Contributor


The Library and the Grange are excited to announce a series of free outdoor music and farm events this summer.

Will Patton Trio. Photo contributed

Will Patton Trio. Photo contributed.

“Grange on the Greens” will take place on four Thursdays—June 10, July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9—providing an opportunity to gather safely, enjoy music and food and learn about our local farms and food producers.

Library Director Margaret Woodruff explains, “We’re looking forward to seeing people get together safely this summer. There’ll be displays from local farms, music, and food options, too. We have been following closely the guidance from the State of Vermont on outdoor events and will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone”

The series will open on June 10 with Pete Sutherland and Oliver Scanlon. Pete is a warm-voiced singer, songsmith and accomplished multi-instrumentalist with potent originals, age-old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes. Pete Sutherland “covers the map” and shines with a “…pure spirit which infuses every bit of his music, and cannot fail to move all who hear him.” —American Festival of Fiddle Tunes. Joining Pete is his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon playing fiddle, viola, mandolin, foot percussion and vocals.

On July 8 the Burlington-based Shades of Blue VT will be playing R&B, blues and classics—bring your dancing shoes!

August features Addison County group Va-et-vient  (Come & Go). With backgrounds rich in Francophone cultures and language through lifelong experiences living and traveling in French-speaking lands, they create beautiful harmonies, teaching and engaging audiences. Since 2001, this band has carved out its place in New England and particularly in Quebec, where its ties to traditional musicians provide a fountain of resources in collections of songs, tunes and dances. Wherever they travel, they add to their repertoire of French, Quebecois, Cajun and Creole music.

And the season will end in September with Vermont mandolin virtuoso Will Patton playing jazz and Brazilian choro with his trio.

Va Et Vient. Photo contributed.

This great line up of top local performers has plenty of variety to appeal to all musical tastes. As well as being a fun way to spend an evening in town, you can donate to the fund to restore of the Lyceum Schoolhouse at Baptist Corners on Spear Street and help make it a resource for the whole community.

We’re grateful for the support of local companies and organizations. Pease Mountain Law, Cumbancha and Charlotte Community Music are supporting individual concerts, and Mow Electric! and College Essay Coach are season sponsors.

If you or your organization or company would like to get involved and support these events, please contact Mike Walker.

Look out for more information in the coming weeks.