Better Festival May 25!

betterArts and Better Farm present Better Festival, the groups' annual open house and fundraiser, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 25. All proceeds from the event will fund arts and sustainability outreach initiatives in the North Country. The event is free and open to the public.

Here's more information about camping, the musical lineup, vendors, artists, food and refreshments, and games at the event. For regular updates, visit our event page by clicking here.

Campsites for the event are available for $10/person/night Friday through Monday. To make a reservation, please contact Better Farm at or (315) 482-2536. Campers are encouraged to bring in their own drinkable water. Restroom facilities will be provided.

Inside Gallery Stage

  • 11-12  Fox Richardson
  • 12-1    Ian Wagner  & Brian Purwin
  •   2-3    AmberLee Clement, Erin Fulton, Evan Wormwood
  •   4-5    Robert Finch
Outside Amphitheater Stage           
  • 1-2  Adam Netto & The Zebra Musselz
  • 3-4  Sarah Anne Ada
  •     4 Corey Walts, North Country Idol Champion 2013
  • 5-6  Open Jam 

  • Heath Photography will offer a photo booth where families, friends, or individuals can purchase an instant-portrait for $10, taken by the Heath Photography staff.
  • Wrecordsbymonkey is a Brooklyn-based design and lifestyle brand that bridges the worlds of fashion, art and music. The company uses reclaimed vinyl records to create handmade accessories with a low carbon footprint that relate to music lovers of every generation. Wrecordsbymonkey takes the most common records, 33 LPs, that you’re used to listening to and turns them into an unconventional material with a blank slate. 
  • Peace, Love and Pottery is a pottery line by Emily Shaughnessy. Her work features everything from mugs and plates to custom frames and nameplates. 
  • Stellar Creations/Made By Me Jewelry is a handmade jewelry line based out of Watertown, N.Y. 
  • Joan Applebaum, Joan Applebaum lives outside of Syracuse but has a camp on Grass Lake she frequents in the summers. Her work is
    primarily in acrylic paint or watercolor. Joan exhibits with the North Country Arts Council in Watertown, the Thousand Island Art Center in Clayton, and the Bay House Artisans in Alexandria Bay. 
  • Holly Boname, director of marketing for betterArts, has a 9-5 doing marketing work for Cornell Cooperative Extension out of Watertown. This will be her second year displaying photographs in the betterArts gallery.
  • Mike Brown,
  • Nicole Caldwell,
  • Erin Fulton,
  • Emily Shaughnessy 
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Alcoholic beverage purchases will require wristbands.
  • Pulled pork sandwiches
  • Hamburgers
  • Glaziers hot dogs
  • Veggie burgers
  • Sides: salads, chips, small dishes, cotton candy
  • Non-alcoholic drinks: water, iced tea, lemonade, soda
  • Alcoholic drinks: Beer, wine
Some games will require tickets (on sale at the main entrance for $1/each or 6 for $5), others will be free.
Ticketed Games and Activities
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Face Painting
  • Corn Hole, Bottle Toss, Fishing Game
Free Games and Activities
  • Arts 'n' crafts stations
  • Group mural
  • Horseshoes
  • Hula hoops

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.