The Skinny on Last Saturday's Summerfest

Last week's Summerfest fundraiser for arts and cultural outreach in the North Country brought out more than 200 people to Redwood, N.Y., to enjoy eight musical acts, an overnight open-jam session, a gallery space filled with pieces by area and visiting artists, a cookout complete with organic produce grown on-site, handmade items for sale, and campsites for weekend guests.
betterArts board members Holly Boname and Amberlee Clement greet visitors at Summerfest.
The festival, put on annually by Redwood-based nonprofit betterArts, was held at Better Farm and is designed to increase local access to arts and music in the North Country. To that end, there was no admission fee; and performers volunteered their time, energy, and travel to make the event a success. Special thanks go out to an unbelievable cast of volunteers who spent months preparing for the festival, and of course the musicians and bands who made everything happen:

Fox Richardson
Robert Finch
The Aristocrats
Joe Marrero of The Great Fraud
O. Red
Mike Brown
Glenn Cheesman
Brian Purwin
Crow's Landing
Stone White
The generosity and support of visitors to Summerfest has helped betterArts complete its annual outreach initiatives; which include this Saturday's Exceptional Family Arts and Wellness Expo at Better Farm, a host of autumn and spring activities like free workshops, gallery openings, artist residencies, and arts 'n' crafts events with local programs including Watertown Hospice, area hospitals, Chamber of Commerce events, after-school programs, and more.
Thank you to everyone who came out in droves to support the arts! We hope to see many of you from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at this Saturday's Exceptional Family Arts and Wellness Expo at Better Farm! Click here for more details.

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.