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Blog: Celebrating the Arts Vibe in Randolph – July Highlights

Posted July 02, 2024 by Mark Rosalbo

A world-class performance hall. Multiple art galleries. Subterranean concert venues. Art is a way of life here in Randolph, and when it comes to small town Vermont dining, we serve up more than just delicious food – we bring artistic energy! Here are a few events happening during the month of July: 

Chandler Center for the Arts - Where the arts and community meet

blue poster w mermaid swimmingThe Little Mermaid - Friday, Jul 12, 13, and 14 

Come to Randolph and see The Little Mermaid, Chandler’s Summer Youth Musical. Immerse yourself in the colorful undersea world of Ariel (played by Nuala Doyle), a headstrong mermaid with an extraordinary voice. Ariel yearns for a life on land and love with a human prince. In her pursuit, she defies her father and strikes a dangerous deal with Ursula (portrayed by Aubrey MacKenzie), the Sea Witch. Ariel must win the love of the prince (Andrew Champagne) without her voice, or she risks losing her soul. The show is directed by Josh Huffman, with Breydan Medbury as the Musical Director and Babs Mills as the Stage Manager, among many, many others! Doors open at 6:30 PM on July 12 and 13 and 1:30 on July 14. Don’t miss out. Get your tickets now! Get tickets.

group of singers performingCounterpoint Chorus: Brahms and Beethoven - Sunday, Jul 21 at 3

Experience an enchanting blend of folk traditions and classical music as three of Vermont’s premier classical instrumentalists unite with the vocalists of Counterpoint. This performance will feature the intense emotion of Johannes Brahms’s Zigeunerlieder, a selection of Ludwig van Beethoven’s interpretations of Scottish folksongs, and Béla Bartók’s unique arrangements of folksongs. Additionally, the concert will include piano trio movements by the remarkable Fanny Hensel and Clara Schumann. This event is a must-attend for those who appreciate the seamless fusion of folk and classical music traditions!

yellow event poster w dates and a grange hall in the centerBraintree Bluegrass Brunch - Sunday, July 28 at 12:00

The second in a series of three bluegrass shows at the historic Braintree Hill Meeting House. This outdoor live event features performances by the talented Marc Shapiro and Billy Corbett, and Timbernash.

Marc Shapiro and Billy Corbett, a Vermont and New Hampshire duo, blend new and traditional tunes into a mix of bluegrass and folk. With their banjo, guitar, and mandolin, they’ve made their mark in the New England music scene. 

Timbermash formed when the two members of Mountain Dog (Mark Burds and Justin Park) wanted to produce a more complete sound. They sought out talented friends to complete the band and are excited to give audiences an authentic string band experience. They will pull from many different influences to create an experience that is sure to thrill! 

The day will be filled with more than just music. Enjoy food from local food trucks, engage in fun activities for kids, and join a chill morning ride at 10:00. Gates open at 11:00. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience the vibrant bluegrass scene in the Heart of Vermont. See you there!

Playhouse Movie Theater - The oldest movie theater in Vermont

yellow poster w funny character in the mouth of another funny characterDespicable Me 4

From July 5 to 18, Gru joyfully embraces a fresh addition to his clan, Gru Jr., who is hell-bent on giving his father a hard time. Yet, their tranquil life is abruptly shattered when the notorious villain, Maxime Le Mal, breaks free from incarceration and swears vengeance upon Gru. Remember, the theater has air conditioning! Bring the whole family. Rated PG. Read more here for other July films and events. 

Galleries and Exhibits - New Shows

building w art in the windowPeople's Gallery - Yart Sale, Opening Reception Friday, July 5, from 5-8

People's is bringing art to the masses with their unique Y-Art Sale. Discover one-of-a-kind objects, original art pieces, and other curiosities you never knew you needed, all at reasonable prices or just come to check it out!

Get hands-on with a Finger Puppet Workshop during Opening Reception, or sit back and enjoy Weekly Film Screenings on Wednesdays after dark. The exhibit is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5 pm, and by appointment. To schedule a visit, please call 802-505-0353. Stay tuned to their Instagram for more updates.

Galleries & Exhibits - Ongoing Shows

art poster w dates and info on the artistsART, Etc.  Ginger Elaine and John O'Donnell

ART, etc., continues the exhibits for June and July, featuring Ginger Elaine's work that celebrates connection, creativity, and conscientious living. As an “Art Alchemist,” she transforms everyday materials into wonderful pieces of art, each a testament to her talent and dedication to her craft. Also on display is Vermont-based photographer John O’Donnell, who has recently turned his lens skyward, capturing the ethereal beauty of the night sky. His latest work, a stunning series of the recent eclipse, showcases his ability to capture celestial events with remarkable clarity.

abstract w natural colors in squaresThe Gallery at Chandler - Nature's Palette Area Art Show

Nature's Palette. Get lost in nature's awe-inspiring colors, forms, and events, beautifully captured and interpreted by our talented local artists. This exhibit explores the profound connection between nature and human life, culture, thoughts, moods, dreams, and visions. How do you perceive nature’s wonders and colors? How does the natural world shape your artistry? The show runs from May 18 to July 6. Learn more here.

abstract blue and black squares over yellowThird Branch Pottery Gallery -  Pandemic Art

North Main Gallery presents Pandemic Art, the story of life during COVID-19 told through abstract paintings and music. For the artist, it is an ongoing experimental journey of mental health preservation through artistic exploration. 

bright colors and the artist's studio address and a birdAaart is Aaart

AAArt is AAART Studio + Gallery, situated at 27 North Main St., is the creative hub of Rachi Farrow, a revered local artist with several decades of experience. Rachi’s artistry is an exploration of our throwaway culture, transforming waste products and everyday objects into extraordinary art pieces. Her process involves fragmenting, reconfiguring, reusing, and resurrecting these discarded items, recycling them into unique works of art. The gallery, a testament to Rachi’s commitment to sustainability and creativity, welcomes visitors whenever the lights are on, offering a glimpse into the transformative power of art

white logo with letter W and RWhite River Craft Center 

The White River Craft Center (WRCC) is excited to offer Enhancing Selvedges this July 20 and 21. This session will guide you through the various elements that contribute to improving the selvedges in your handwoven creations. Gain insights into how the textile industry, professional weavers, and seasoned practitioners manage selvedges. Susan Rockwell will provide live demonstrations on a pre-warped loom, showcasing diverse selvedge techniques. Don’t miss this opportunity to refine your weaving skills! Register here

The WRCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities in art and hand crafting. Check out their website for their programming calendar

Live Music +

political USA hat with fireworks and patriotic colorsIndependence Day Fireworks, Wednesday, Jul 3 at dusk

Join us for a special evening at Farrs Hill, off Elm Street, on Wednesday, July 3rd. Parking will be available after 5:00 p.m. for a fee of $5 per car. Please note that no food will be provided this year. In case of rain, we have a backup plan! The event will be rescheduled to July 5th. Stay updated by checking the Randolph Village Fire Department’s Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you there!

tan and red poster for parade themed MAde in the USAThe White River Valley Chamber of Commerce's 4th of July Parade and Post Parade Festival

Mark your calendars for a day of patriotic festivities on Thursday, July 4! From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., join us in the heart of Downtown and at the Randolph Recreation Field for our annual Fourth of July parade and festival. We have an exciting lineup of entertainment and activities you won’t want to miss: food vendors, Babes Beer Garden, and fun for the kids, plus free swims at the pool and bounce houses in the pool ar!ea. The Duck Race is back We look forward to celebrating with you and your families!

people walking outside on the street and performers performingRACDC's First Friday, Friday, July 5 at 5:30

First Fridays is back on Merchant's Row! This festive gathering is designed to bring our community together, encouraging everyone to socialize, play, get to know their neighbors, and support our amazing local businesses.

From June to October, between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM, participate in a lively community atmosphere filled with live music, local artisans, and kid crafts galore. Plus, many of our restaurants and shops will be open late for your convenience!

July 5th will feature musical guests Jennings & McComber. Let’s celebrate our community spirit and support local businesses together! See you there. 

hip hop band poster yellow and blackThe Underground - Listening Room Hip Hop Night, Friday, Jul 5, from 7 to 10

Join Vincent for an evening of rhythm, rhyme, and raw energy as he brings together some talented names in hip hop. Modist, a Vermont emcee with over 12 years in the scene, is back after a two-year hiatus, ready to wow us with his unique blend of alternative hip hop, jazz, and emo. Claytone, formerly known as Drive, is a lyricist at heart. With his complex rhyme schemes and multifaceted lyrics, he’s set to change the tone of Hip Hop as we know it. The Funky Diabetic, a nominee in four categories in last year’s VTHH Awards, is known for his straightforward, humble approach and electrifying energy onstage. Big Homie Wes, a relevant name in hip hop, brings over a decade of experience in songwriting, music production, DJ’ing, engineering, and recording. And last, Phil Dog, a local rapper from San Bernardino, California, will be there to round off this incredible lineup.

Tickets are just $14 in advance and $17 on the day of the show. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM. This is a BYOB event and open to all ages. Get tickets

red and yellow punk poster The Underground - Listening Room -Doom Service w/ Little Low & Happy Just to See You, Friday, Jul 19, from 7 to 10

Get ready for a night of punk and indie rock! Join Vincent for a concert featuring Doom Service, a punk band from Burlington known for their 90’s influenced songs about pressing worldly issues. Little Low is a band making emo jams with members from Save Ends, No Trigger, and Beartrap. And Happy Just to See You, an indie-rock band from southern New Hampshire and Boston for fans of Pavement, The Weakerthans, and Deathcab for Cutie.

Tickets are $14 in advance or $17 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. You’re welcome to BYOBGet tickets

music poster green with people playing The Underground - Listening Room - Luminous Crush and Rick Redington & Tuff Luv, Friday, Jul 26, from 7 to 10

Luminous CrushLaura Molinelli and Bay Campbell bring dream pop alt-country harmony bliss, supported by Christian Heins (bass), Bill Conley (pedal steel, dobro, lap steel), and Andy Simmons (drums). Touring with their newly pressed vinyl Anthology, they cover Vermont and New York State, partly funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Vermont Arts Council. 

Rick Redington & Tuff Luv—Rick Redington and his band Tuff Luv bring sunshine and rhythm, with Heather "Boom Boom" Lynne on bass and drummers David "Trichomes" Lewis and Jay "Crazy Legs" Osborn

Tickets are $14 in advance or $17 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. You’re welcome to BYOB.

w & g letters in black and whiteWit & Grit - Trivia Night, Friday, Jul 26

Wit & Grit Trivia Night: "Summer Vacation!" Get ready to put your knowledge to the ultimate test at Wit & Grit's Trivia Night. Doors open at 5:00, and the games begin at 6:00.


Within just a few blocks, Randolph offers a culinary journey like no other. Prepare your taste buds for a fusion of flavors, from Italian delights to tantalizing Northern Thai cuisine, and everything in between. And here's the exciting part - these restaurants aren't just places to eat, most double as visual art galleries, live music venues, or sometimes both! Talk about a dining experience that feeds your soul. So, buckle up and get ready to savor the creativity at these awesome eateries:

Saap Thai - James Beard Award Winner

One Main Tap & Grill - Farm-to-table, locally inspired cuisine, and craft beer 

East Garden - Chinese 

Short Notice - shareable small plates

Chef’s Market - sandwiches & specialty groceries

Randolph Village Pizza - family-friendly Italian

Wee Bird Bagel Café - best bagels ever

Wit & Grit - breakfast and lunch classics with unique style

Windy Lane Bakehouse - freshly baked sweets and savories 

Prince Street Cafe - classic bowling alley breakfast and lunch

So, what are you waiting for? Go have some fun!

The arts vibe here is passionate, supportive, and inclusive.