A big day for the arts in little Jamaica, Vt.

Jamaica music series
Aldro Hibbard painting. Stock photo.

JAMAICA, Vt. – May 6 is a big day for little Jamaica, Vermont. “The Best Little Arts & Crafts Show in Vermont” will take place rain or shine at the Jamaica Town Hall on Rte. 100/30, Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Jamaica Historical Society, across the street from the Town Hall, will be open during the show hours. It’s also the day of the scheduled Ball Mountain Dam release at Jamaica State Park, when kayakers and rafters take on the white water of the West River. In the evening, the Jamaica Town Hall concert series kicks off with Elena & Boo of the NYC-based Demolition String Band, Saturday, May 6, 7-9 p.m. Jamaica Town Hall.

Jamaica music series
Boo Reiners and Elena Skye of the Demolition String Band. Photo provided.

Jamaica is no newcomer to the art scene. During the 1930’s Milton Avery and Aldro Hibbard often stayed in the area and created much of their work here. The Jamaica Historical Society, across the street from the Town Hall, will be open during the show as well, and the Hibbard and Avery exhibits will be highlighted.

At least a dozen of the artists come from Jamaica. Fred Maheux, a local weaver, will give a weaving demonstration as well as showing his own work for sale.  Ray Ballantine has been making children’s wooden toys for many years, and Eleanor Katz, a mosaic artist, will show a variety of mosaic pieces, from picture frames and vases to jewelry and furniture pieces. Linda Sheehan will show handcrafted Native American pieces, some of which are featured in the Jamaica Historical Society.

Fueled by a shared passion for country, rock ‘n roll, bluegrass and mountain music, the Demolition String Band has appeared as an opener for an eclectic range of acts such as The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Patti Smith, Ricky Skaggs, and Joan Osborne.

Handicapped accessible; roadside parking. Admission is free; refreshments will be available and children’s activities and crafts are planned as well. All events presented by the Jamaica Community Arts Council. For details, contact Jacki Brown at jackibrown1010@gmail.com.

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