Plymouth Notch Folk & Blues Festival September 5&6

Submitted by the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site

The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site hosts the sixth annual Plymouth Folk & Blues Concerts on September 5 and 6 from 2 to 5 p.m.

The event teams Vermont stars and nationally known musicians in a lively folk and blues festival held in the pure country air of historic Plymouth Notch.

"Each year this event has drawn more and more people as we have continued to attract some of the best local talent and national acts to perform," said John Dumville, Historic Sites Operations Chief for the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

The concerts are free; a donation is suggested. This year, the festival has been honored as a "Top 10 Fall Event" by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Among the acts featured are Jay Ottaway; Vermonter Phil Henry; Greg Klyma; Patrick Fitzsimmons; Lindsay Mac; and Craig Bickhardt. There will also be a jam session at the Wilder House restaurant Saturday night featuring blues guitarist and singer Larry Dougher.

This year's festival is also sponsoring a food drive for the Vermont Food Bank; attendees are asked to please bring non-perishable food items. Other highlights include children's songwriting events and face painting both days; wagon rides on Saturday; and a barbecue on Sunday beginning at noon at the site's restaurant, the Wilder House.

The event is organized by Jay Ottaway and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, and is generously supported by Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, Good Commons, Mountain Times, Plymouth Artisan Cheese, Sonicbids, Vermont Standard, and Wilder House Restaurant.

Plymouth Notch, considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country. Twelve buildings are open to the public including the Coolidge Homestead, Coolidge Birthplace, general store, village church, cheese factory and 1924 Summer White House office.

An outstanding collection of early agricultural equipment is displayed in the Wilder Barns, and the Aldrich House has a new exhibit this year: "A Lake Champlain Childhood: The Early Years of Grace Coolidge."

The concerts are held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, performances will be in the Union Christian Church at the Coolidge Site. For more information, call the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site at 672-3773, or visit the website: www.plymouthfolk.com

Schedule of Performers:

September 5. Jay Ottaway, Phil Henry, Greg Klyma, plus Tom Bianchi on the Kids' Stage

September 5. Jam Session at Wilder House Restaurant. Featuring Larry Dougher. 8 to 11 p.m.

September 6. Patrick Fitzsimmons, Lindsay Mac, Craig Bickhardt, plus Alastair Moock on the Kids' Stage.

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