'Summerfest' This Saturday!

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betterArts' Second Annual Summerfest kicks off at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 17, at Better Farm in Redwood.

The free event, which features local vendors selling handmade goods, a gallery filled with art to enjoy and purchase, and half a dozen musical acts (plus a late-night jam session for anyone who would like to participate) is put on every year by betterArts in order to increase access to cultural opportunities in the North Country.

Because this is a free event, betterArts asks visitors to not bring their own refreshments onto festival grounds; but to instead show their support for free events like this by purchasing food and beverages at the on-site concession stand. That menu includes beer, wine, soda, juice, burgers (veggie and meat), hot dogs, and a variety of side dishes all homemade from the fresh produce growing at Better Farm. Attendees are also encouraged to bring along lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

All proceeds from concessions (and a percentage of all art and products sold by vendors) go directly toward arts and sustainability outreach in the North Country. Campsites are also available for overnight lodging at a rate of $10/person/night; please email info@betterfarm.org for further information.

The set schedule is as follows:

  • Stone White, 4:30 p.m.
  • The Aristocrats, 5:30 p.m.
  • Fox Richardson, 7:00 p.m.
  • Crow's Landing, 8:00 p.m.
  • Robert J. Finch, 9 p.m. 
  • The Great Fraud 10 p.m.
  • Open Jam 11 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. For the most up-to-date information and directions, visit www.betterarts.org/summerfest. RSVP here.

betterArts is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose purpose is to increase access to the arts in the North Country and beyond through the provisions of free and low-cost workshops, gallery openings, performances, festivals, and artist residencies. To learn more or to make a donation, visit www.betterarts.org.


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.