By Mary Beth Bowman
On a beautiful crisp January evening, the fifth annual Local Legends concert, presented by Responsible Growth Hinesburg, continued its tradition at Champlain Valley Union High School.
The event began with the Michele Fay Band with its lyrical renditions of both traditional and original songs. The Tenderbellies brought their youthful energy to the second set. Vermont legend Pete Sutherland and his Posse rounded out the concert.
Before the show and during intermissions, audience members enjoyed warm soup and tasty treats.
At the second intermission, Pete’s Posse provided the drumroll (the Posse stamping on their wooden boards) as 4-year-old Mitchie King, grandson of DeeDee and Peter Erb, picked the winning raffle ticket for the Vermont Folk Rocker donated by Jim Geier, and a gorgeous lap quilt donated by a local quilter.
Dick Adams of Hinesburg, a local treasure himself, was the lucky winner. Dick is a professor emeritus in the philosophy and religion department with a specialization in Native American Studies at Quinnipiac College. He spends most mornings at a small table at Bristol Bakery reading novels by Native Americans authors, corresponding by longhand to friends, or sketching notes and cards in gorgeous calligraphy.
The concert concluded with an encore of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” by all of the performers on stage. Its apropos refrain: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til its gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”
These generous sponsors helped defray the cost of the concert, which raised over $4,000 for Responsible Growth Hinesburg: Bristol Bakery, Champlain Valley Landscaping, Dee PT, Energy Futures Group, Hinesburgh Public House, Reiss Building and Renovation, Tailhook Towing as well as four anonymous sponsors. Marian Willmott designed the poster; 116 Wine and Spirits sold both raffle and concert tickets; Paisley Hippo donated sandwiches for the musicians. Thank you to all from RGH for this support.
Mary Beth Bowman is a member of Responsible Growth Hinesburg.