Arts festival is coming to town and bringing local bands
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READSBORO- The 2012 Readsboro Arts Festival will be held Saturday, September 15, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Readsboro Central School, 301 Phelps Lane. Now in its sixth year, the festival will feature the creative work of artists and craftspeople from the southern Vermont area and include performances by local musicians and free art-making activities for all ages. Lunch and snacks are available at the festival cafe.

Artists and craftspeople will be exhibiting a wide variety of fine art and crafts including painting, prints, photography, blown glass, jewelry, baskets, wood, quilts and fiber arts, and pottery.

Come listen to some of the best music in southern Vermont. Readsboro family group Blueberry Buckle will be opening the Readsboro Arts Festival at 10 am with Cate on fiddle, Savannah on drums, and their father Tom playing guitar.

The Dusty Pilgrims play string band music with a repertoire that covers bluegrass, swing, folk, blues, rock, string jazz, and more. The trio plays tunes about highwaymen, gamblers, travelers in search of lost love, and weary souls just trying to make it back home. The Dusty Pilgrims are Dave Arnold on mandolin, guitar, and vocals; Rob Macgregor on guitar and vocals; and Jason Saltman on stand-up bass. Performing at 11 am.

Performing at noon is flute quartet Flootissimo. Members are flutists Laura Botkin, Amara Cunningham, Deb Kilyanczik, and Jen Kramer. In addition to the traditional C flute, Flootisimo regularly includes piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute in their performances. Flootissmo plays a variety of classical and modern music including ragtime, Brazilian Choro music, Latin American dances, jazz tunes, Irish and Celtic favorites, and arrangements of the classical masters.

Kim & Sharon, Vermont’s “Appalachian Americana” duo, are known for Kim’ DeCell’s resolute voice and unique guitar stylings, backed by Sharon Levenson’s Weber mandolin playing and vocals. Kim and Sharon will be performing at 1 pm.

Atom Planet plays fresh acoustic pop music. The trio comprises Jay Cook on upright bass, accordion, and piano; Bob Everingham on bass, guitar, and mandolin; and Libby Garafalo on lead vocals, guitar, and percussion. Their music is lively and uplifting, and Libby’s incomparable voice is smooth and haunting. Performing at 2 pm

Dan, Gary, and Megan MacArthur have lived their entire lives on MacArthur Road in Marlboro, and grew up listening to the traditional folksongs sung and played by their mother Margaret MacArthur. This rich background, and their rural lifestyle influence their music as they continue the tradition of performing ballads, songs of country life, and fiddle tunes.

Megan’s voice, called “a clear fluid instrument” in SingOut magazine, is complemented by Dan and Gary’s great singing and stirring harmonies. With Dan’s talented guitar work, homemade songs, Gary’s skillful mandolin and fiddle playing, and Megan on bass, the MacArthur Family creates a sound that effortlessly carries the listener deep into the history and culture of traditional Vermont life. The MacArthur Family performs at 3 pm.

Admission is free. For information call (802) 423-7706, or email

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