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Hey St. Johnsbury! #Getdowntown!
Hey St. Johnsbury! #Getdowntown!

Saturday, September 12 and 26

Location:
Downtown St. Johnsbury

Admission: Free!

Sponsors: Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, Town of St. Johnsbury, Discover St. Johnsbury, St. Johnsbury Parks and Rec, NEK Gravel

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, Catamount Arts, and the Town of St. Johnsbury and it's partners want you to #getdowntown! Join your neighbors for a safe, downtown experience on September 12th and 26th featuring Vermont musicians and performers, food trucks, gravel rides, shopping, and the grand opening of the Three Rivers Trailhead Center! Performers will be safely spread out downtown to encourage outdoor walking and sidewalk shopping. Masks are required. Agency of Human Services and United Way will help promote event safety by distributing masks and hand sanitizer to those who need them.

#getdowntown on your bike! St. Johnsbury Recreation and NEK Gravel have organized "No drop" gravel rides on both 9/12 & 9/26. All are welcome! These are not a races. Rides will depart at 11:15am from Three Rivers Trailhead Center at 195 Bay St. 13.4 miles; 1271 feet of climbing; epic views!

Artists:

September 12

Bryan Blanchette
3pm
St. Johnsbury Welcome Center
55 Depot Square
St. Johnsbury, VT

Bryan Blanchette is an Abenaki Singer/Songwriter, and Berklee College of Music Alumni who has been singing on the North East Powwow drum circuit for over twenty years. Bryan is currently writing, performing, and recording contemporary Abenaki and “Abenglish” language songs with an infusion of both contemporary and traditional instruments.

Mikahely


2:30pm & 4pm
418 Railroad Street
St. Johnsbury, VT

Mikahely hails from the beautiful island of Madagascar, but his music is out of this world! A self-taught musician, he draws inspiration from traditional Malagasy rhythms to create his own unique sound on guitar and valiha (a zither-like instrument made from bamboo). Having toured in Madagascar and Europe, he now brings his music to new audiences in the United States. He is also featured in the documentary Guitar Madagascar.

Modern Times Theater

1:30pm & 3pm
Three Rivers Trailhead Center
195 Bay Street
St. Johnsbury, VT

Modern Times Theater delights crowds with a fresh take on the entertainment styles of the past, including novelty music, handmade puppetry, and classic comedy. Husband and wife performers Justin Lander and Rose Friedman have been adapting and updating Punch and Judy shows, and performing original variety acts with Vermont Vaudeville for over a decade. They strive to present quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

September 26

Three Rivers Trailhead Center Grand Opening @1:00 pm

Troy Wunderle

1:30pm & 3:00 pm
Three Rivers Trailhead Center
195 Bay Street
St. Johnsbury, VT

Troy Wunderle is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of art, and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He is a former international performer with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. For the past fourteen years he has toured throughout the United States as a freelance performer and employee of Vermont's own Circus Smirkus. His antics have been featured on the Disney channel, The Today Show, Martha Stewart, Chronicle, Fetch, Fox and Friends and America's Funniest Home Videos. Troy is Big Top Tour Artistic Director of Circus Smirkus, Director of Clowning for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and founder of Wunderle's Big Top Adventures LLC.

Rajnii Eddins

2:30 pm
St. Johnsbury Welcome Center
55 Depot Square
St. Johnsbury, VT

Originally from Seattle Washington, Spoken Word Poet/ Emcee and Teaching Artist Rajnii Eddins has been engaging diverse community audiences for over 27 years. He was the youngest member of the Afrikan American Writers Alliance at age 11 and has been actively sharing with youth and community in Vermont since 2010. His latest work Their Names Are Mine aims to confront white supremacy while emphasizing the need to affirm our mutual humanity.

Emerald Rae

4:00 pm
418 Railroad Street
St. Johnsbury, VT

Emerald Rae is a fiddler and folksinger from the seaside town of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Roots Music Report hails her as “a spell-caster of no small skill… maxing out her axe’s potential in the service of her consistently compelling melodies” and recognizes her self-titled 2018 release as “one of the year’s more fetching releases”. She was chosen as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, has appeared at Philadelphia Folk Festival and is currently on tour around the Northeastern USA and Canada. Pairing ornamented vocals with groovy percussive fiddle, Emerald pushes the boundaries of the imagination with a refreshingly colorful palate.

Funding for this community project was made possible by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation. THE MORTIMER & MIMI LEVITT FOUNDATION is dedicated to reinvigorating America’s public spaces through creative placemaking and creating opportunities for everyone to experience the performing arts. The need for more third places—those informal gathering spots outside the realms of home and the workplace—has become increasingly clear in today’s world and guides us in our community-driven efforts. Our goal is to reflect the best of American city life by creating community and social interaction among people of all ages and backgrounds; empowering cities across America to reclaim green spaces and reinvigorate public spaces; and ensuring the performing arts are accessible to all through high quality, free concerts.

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