St. J Final Fridays comes to Railroad Street | Culture & Leisure

Experience St. Johnsbury, the City of St. Johnsbury, and Catamount Film & Arts are teaming up to bring an all-new version of their #Getdowntown performance series to St. Johnsbury this summer. J Street Last Fridays will bring a street fair and nightlife vibe to Railroad Street on the last Friday nights of July 29 and August 26.

On each event date, beginning at 4 p.m., Railroad Street will be closed to motor vehicles and filled with free interactive live art demonstrations, fun family activities, a gallery walk, sales on the sidewalk, tasty treats, a beer garden and more. At 7 p.m., the event concludes with a free performance of the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Musical Series right in the heart of our downtown core. More details can be found at www.discoverstjohnsbury.com/finalfridays, by visiting the Welcome Center (51 Depot Square) or by calling 748-8575.

The first event will take place on Friday, June 24. Featured street fair programming includes a community mural to be created by the Caledonia Food Co-op; bespoke poems typed on site by Katherine Ferrier of Threadwrite; a gallery walk by St. J Art on the Street, with art exhibits and refreshments in shops and storefronts along Railroad Street and Eastern Avenue; live portrait drawing by Larry Golden; Dolcetti gelato; and much more, including bubble machines, food trucks, kids’ crafts, free giveaways and live music. Discover St. Johnsbury will be giving away a special giveaway of an #ilovestj shirt designed by Gypsy Coast Co. for those who complete the Downtown Scavenger Hunt during the event. Almost all activities are offered free of charge. Businesses along Railroad Street and Eastern Avenue will also stay open late and host sidewalk sales and activities.

At 7 p.m., the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Musical Series kicks off with its first performance of 2022 with Vermont actor Zach Nugent. Catamount Arts will bring its signature mobile stage to the heart of downtown St. Johnsbury, transforming Railroad Street into a summer concert hall to showcase Nugent’s soulful, rootsy, organic sound, making him one of most wanted guitarists in live music. stage. The Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, which partners with cities and towns across America to activate underutilized public spaces through the power of live music free, creating welcoming and inclusive destinations. Featuring a wide range of musical genres and cultural programs, Levitt concert halls and venues are community anchors where families, friends and neighbors of all ages and walks of life come together. Learn more at www.levitt.org.

“St. J Final Fridays combines family fun and nightlife that everyone can enjoy,” said Gillian Sewake, Director of Discovers St. Johnsbury. enormous generosity from community supporters, commercial sponsors and major grantmaking partnerships.”

In addition to support from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation for the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Musical Series mentioned above, St. J Final Fridays is supported by a grant from the Better Places Program, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development of Vermont, in partnership with the

Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Community Foundation and Patronicity. Better Places funds were obtained through the generosity of community members who supported a fundraising campaign that unlocked a 2:1 matching grant through the program. The full list of event sponsors and support community members can be viewed at: www.discoverstjohnsbury.com/finalfridays

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