Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Folk & Blues Festival highlights Labor Day weekend at Coolidge Site

Sept. 5 and 6 — PLYMOUTH NOTCH — The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site hosts the 11th annual Plymouth Folk & Blues Concerts on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5 and 6, 2 to 5 p.m. each day.  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. The concerts are free; a donation is suggested.


Saturday, Sept.  5

Jay Ottaway, 2-3 p.m.

Mare Wakefield, 3-4 p.m.

Hilton Park, 4-5 p.m.

Night Stage Jam Session/Open Mic with Jay Ottaway, 8-11 p.m.  at Ramunto’s Pizza, Bridgewater (all are welcome to play and listen).

Sunday, Sept. 6

Jim Gilmour, 2-3 p.m.

The Arrow & the Bow, 3-4 p.m.

Hayley Jane and The Primates, 4-5 p.m.

This year’s festival also features a food drive for the Vermont Food Bank (please bring non-perishable food items). Other highlights: face painting and children’s arts and crafts, wagon rides on Saturday, and barbecues at the Coolidge Site restaurant, The Wilder House.

Arrive a bit early on Saturday for a performance of Shakespeare Alive! at the Union Christian Church. This talented group from New York City will present a rollicking “bard-based variety show” at noon. Donations appreciated, this program is coordinated by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. For information contact [email protected] or call 802-672-3389 or 672-3773.

The Plymouth Folk & Blues Concerts are organized by Jay Ottaway and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. 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, visit the website,

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