Highlights: Tunbridge Fair is Full of Music

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    Royalton native Alison "AliT" Turner is one of the many performers who will appear on multiple stages at the annual World's Fair in Tunbridge, Vt. Peter Jordan photograph

  • The dancers of the San Francisco-based troupe Bandaloop will perform their aerial choreography in Dartmouth College's Maffei Arts Plaza in three free shows on Friday. Courtesy photograph

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/15/2016 12:25:21 AM
Modified: 9/16/2016 5:54:07 PM

Growing up on a farm in the valley of the White River, Alison Turner rarely noticed the musicians playing in the Floral Hall gazebo, under the entertainment tent and on the grandstand during the Tunbridge World’s Fair.

“I was preoccupied with the rides and the food as a little kid,” Turner, a South Royalton High School graduate and singer-songwriter now in her mid-20s, admitted on Tuesday. “And during my high school years, it was mostly a social thing, hanging out with my friends.”

Two years and change out of Wagner College, on New York City’s Staten Island, Turner this weekend joins the parade of entertainers performing alongside the midway rides and games, the draft-animal pulling contests and the judging of livestock, handicrafts, outsized pumpkins and improbably-shaped zucchini.

“I’ve been going to the fair ever since elementary school, and I made it every year during college, too,” said Turner, who under the stage name AliT has been performing gigs around the Twin States over the last year and a half. “When I performed there for the first time last year, to actually be part of the fair was a good experience. I really enjoyed being able to see everyone in the community, to look out and see friends and family. And a lot of people who never heard me before got to see what I do, which is always cool.”

Turner will play her repertoire of alternative and indie-pop music on the gazebo at 1:30 and 4:30 on Saturday afternoon. Performers from Revels North will play there at 7:30 on Saturday night and at noon and 3 on Sunday.

“This will be our first year performing at the fair,” Revels North Program Director Laura Craft said on Tuesday. “We will be highlighting our Revels Traditions program, and also giving a peek at our Quebecois Christmas Revels show. There will be some singing by a contingent of the Revels Singers, some music by Band of Fools members and some storytelling.”

Four times a day, today through Saturday and twice on Sunday under the entertainment tent, the Ed Larkin Old Time Contra Dancers will strut their stuff. At the same venue each day, Steve Corning will juggle and perform magic tricks, Kilted Colin will tell jokes and Royalton Community Radio will host performances by a variety of musicians.

On the grandstand, the country music acts throughout the weekend will include Gillian Cardarelli and Jamie Lee Thurston on Friday night, then Native Tongue, Two Token Joker, Stone Bullet, Shout at the Devil and Bonfire on Saturday afternoon and night.

Sherri Lamberton, of Barre, Vt., leads her country band Sherri’s Jubilee onto the gazebo at 7 tonight.

And while Turner won’t rule out catching at least some of those acts before and after her own two sets on Saturday, her itinerary for the rest of the fair is set.

“I’m going to be there on Friday,” Turner said. “Hang out and eat fair food.”

For more information about entertainment options during the fair, visit tunbridgeworldsfair.com/schedules/fair.

Best Bets

In three performances on Friday afternoon, the spider-men and women of choreographer Amelia Rudolph’s Bandaloop ensemble defy gravity while dancing on the walls of Dartmouth College’s Black Family Center for the Visual Arts in Hanover. Overlooking the Hopkins Center’s Maffei Arts Plaza off Lebanon Street, Roel Seeber, Sarah Keeney, Danny Nguyen and Virginia Broyles move to compositions by Count Basie, Gideon Freudmann and Ben Jodovalkis at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30. To learn more, visit hop.dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-2422.

The Moving Spirit Dancers and the Valley Singers collaborate on performances of composer Sarah Saul’s new oratorio, The First Seven Days: A Creation Story for Our Times, at 4 on Saturday afternoon at the Universalist Church in Barnard and at the same time on Sunday at Woodstock’s North Universalist Chapel on Sunday afternoon. Joining the ensembles will be puppeteer Wayne Thompson and a children’s chorus. Admission is free.

Upper Valley Music Center teachers of piano, string and voice open the season of faculty recitals with a performance of chamber works of Antonin Dvorak, on Saturday afternoon at 4 in the Bach Room at the center on Hanover Street in Lebanon. For advance tickets ($15 for ages 12 and older) and more information, visit uvmusic.org.

The Japanese-drumming group Burlington Taiko completes a week of workshops and demonstrations of its art in the Claremont area with a performance at the Union Church Field in Claremont on Saturday night at 6. For more information, including opportunities to try out the drums on Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday morning, visit wcc-ma.org.

The Blue Rooster Band and Buzzkill Abby perform a “Political Diversity” concert at the East Thetford Pavilion on Saturday night from 7 to 10. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is $10. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Pavilion page on Facebook.

The Moonlighters perform the first of two weekly big-band concerts at the Hartland Recreation Center on Sunday afternoon at 3. While admission is free, donations are welcome. Proceeds from the Sept. 25 concert go toward equipment for the band.

The mother-daughter duo of cellist Cecylia Barczyk and pianist Elizabeth Borofsky plays works of Chopin, Barber and Piazzola, and of Luise Adolpha LeBeau, Melanie Bonis and Cecile Chaminade, at Dartmouth College’s Faulkner Recital Hall in Hanover on Sunday afternoon at 4. Part of Dartmouth’s Vaughan Recital Series, the free concert begins at 4. To learn more, visit music.dartmouth.edu.

Sunday night at 6:30, the Chandler Film Society screens Michael Moore’s most recent documentary, Where to Invade Next , in the Upper Gallery of the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. The maverick director of Roger and Me, Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 travels to several European countries to contrast their systems of health care, child care and prisons with the United States’. After the serving of refreshments at 5:45, film historian Rick Winston will introduce the movie at 6:30 and lead a discussion afterward. Admission is $9 for non-members of the film society. For more information, visit chandler-arts.org.

Looking Ahead

The AVA Gallery and Arts Center resumes The Mudroom, its monthly series of live sessions of storytelling, next Thursday night on the theme of “Creation Stories.” After refreshments at 6:30, the storytelling begins at 7 in the South Studio on the second floor, with live music from Never Too Late. Advance tickets cost $5 for AVA members and $7.50 for others, and tickets at the door are $10. To reserve seats and learn more, visit avagallery.org or call 603-448-3117.

The rock duo Don & Jenn sets the rhythm for dancing at the Colatina Exit in Bradford on Sept. 23, performing a benefit concert for the Bradford Public Library from 7 to 10 p.m.

Blues-guitar hero Buddy Guy will perform with guest Matt Anderson at the Lebanon Opera House at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25. To reserve tickets ($78 to $98) and learn more, visit lebanonoperahouse.org online or the box office at City Hall in person, or call 603-448-0400.

On the afternoon of Sept. 25, Revels North will begin the run-up to its Quebecois-themed Christmas Revels with a demonstration of French-Canadian culture, a potluck meal and a community dance at the East Thetford Pavilion. After a 1 p.m. rehearsal, Yann Falquet, guitarist and accordion player for the folk band Genticorum, will lead the demo at 4 and the dance at 6.

Theater/Performance Art

The Old Church Theater in Bradford opens a two-weekend run of the Michael McKeever comedy 37 Postcards, on Friday night at 7:30. Subsequent performances of the play, which explores a young man’s disorientation at unexpected changes in his hometown upon his return from years of travel, are scheduled for Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 4, at 7:30 the nights of Sept. 23 and 24 and at 4 the afternoon of Sept. 25. For tickets ($6 to $12) and more information, visit oldchurchtheater.org or call 802-222-3322.

Performer’s Playground is inviting aspiring actors ages 13 to 18 to its Newport studio on Sunday afternoon to audition for roles in the November staging of The Diary of Anne Frank. The auditions run from 1 to 3. To learn more about the auditions, at which applicants will be expected to read or perform a dramatic monologue and to perform “cold” reads, email amplifiedartsnhy@gmail.com. The Performer’s Playground is collaborating with The Academy, Amplified Arts’ early-career program, on this production of the Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and Tony Awards on Broadway.


Grantham’s Mike Cressey leads his band onto the stage at Colburn Park in Lebanon for a set of folk, rock and blues from 4 to 7 this afternoon, during the Lebanon Farmers’ Market.

Francesca Blanchard serenades Feast and Field Market in Barnard with a set of acoustic indie folk tonight from 5:30 to 7:30.

Under the inspiration of Buddy Holly, David Bowie and other pop-music pioneers, Robert “Uncle Rock” Warren performs kid-oriented songs on Saturday afternoon at 3, at Broad Street Park in Claremont. Admission is free to the first of Dartmouth College’s HopStop shows of the 2016-2017 season.

In preparation for their holiday concerts on Dec. 3 and 4 in Woodstock, the Freelance Family Singers begin weekly rehearsals at Woodstock’s First Congregational Church on Tuesday night at 7. All ages are welcome. While the participation fees are $10 to $15, scholarships are available.


Wrapping up a weeklong visit to Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center in Hanover, street-dance pioneer Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray leads 15 fellow performers into the Moore Theater in Hanover tonight at 7 to stage FLEXN, which mixes the Brooklyn-born flex style of dance with visual storytelling and social commentary. The performance starts at 7. For tickets ($17 to $50) and more information, visit hop.dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-2422.

Bar and Club Circuit

The Squids rock the Lyme Inn tonight from 6:30 to 9:30.

Guitarist Michael Blum and bassist Jim Stinnett perform at the Canoe Club in Hanover at 6:30 Friday night. Following them to the microphone over the coming week with shows from 6:30 to 9:30 are pianist Randall Mullen on Saturday, Sullivan County-raised troubadour Cormac McCarthy on Tuesday and guitarist Tom Pirozzoli on Wednesday. Also, Nancy Tripp leads her jazz trio onto the stage on Sunday at noon. And on Monday night between 5:30 and 8:30, Marko the Magician performs his weekly sleight-of-hand.

The Gully Billies pull into Windsor Station tonight at 7 to play a set of Americana music. Following them to the venue over the coming week are Soulfix on Friday night at 9:30, Derek and the Demons on Saturday night at 10 and singer-songwriter Chris Powers on Tuesday night at 6.

Singer-songwriters Brian Warren and Mike Gareau appear at Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock tonight at 8. Singer-songwriter Alison “AliT” Turner appears Wednesday night at 8.

The Bradford-based Wild Roots trio performs at the tavern at Jesse’s in Hanover on Friday night starting at 5.

Bend in the River plays a set of Americana at the BoHo Cafe in White River Junction on Friday night at 7:30.

The Party Crashers invade Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners on Friday night at 9.

The Friday night lineup at the Upper Valley’s Salt hill Pubs features Muddy Ruckus with a set of Americana-tinged rock in Lebanon, bluesman John Lackard in Hanover and bluesman Arthur James and Northbound in Newport. Stepping to the microphone on Saturday night are The Squids in Hanover and About Gladys in Lebanon. All shows start at 9.

The Ya Dads string band plays in The Loft at the Silo Distillery in Windsor on Sunday from noon to 2.

Bow Thayer performs his weekly set of Americana at the Skinny Pancake in Hanover on Wednesday night starting at 7:30.

Open Mics

Ramunto’s Brick & Brew Pizza in Bridgewater hosts an open mic starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Participants get a free large cheese pizza.

String players of all ages and abilities are welcome at the weekly acoustic jam session at South Royalton’s BALE Commons on Friday night from 6:30 to 10.

Joe Stallsmith leads a weekly hootenanny of Americana, folk and bluegrass at Salt hill Pub in Hanover on Monday nights at 6.

Kerry Rosenthal hosts the monthly acoustic-jam session at the ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret on Tuesday night from 7 to 9. Singers as well as instrumentalists are welcome. While admission is free, donations are appreciated. For more information, visit artistreevt.org.

Bradford’s Colatina Exit holds an open mic on Tuesday nights at 8

The Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon runs an open mic on Tuesday nights, beginning at 8.

Jim Yeager hosts an open mic at Hartland’s Skunk Hollow Tavern, at 8:30 on Wednesday nights.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.comand at 603-727-3304.


The Moonlighters perform the first of two weekly big-band concerts at the Hartland Recreation Center on Sunday afternoon at 3. While admission is free, donations are welcome. An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed a set price for admission.

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