19 CONTESTANTS CONTINUE ON JULY 16 IN WEEK TWO OF SV IDOL

The second week of Southern Vermont Idol continues on July 16. The 13th annual premier amateur singing competition encompasses five weeks – July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 5 – and is held at the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont.

The 19 contestants who will continue are: London Bremel, Julie Cermola, Rachel Cote, Jennifer Cousineau, Mackenzie Hall, Madison Jacques, David Ramos, Gina Richardson, Izzy Serebrov, Leah Silva and Rachel Spigel from Vermont; and Joshua Delaney, Zoe Ferrin, Lara Germana, Daniel Hartigan, Alexandra Perez, Bailey Tucker, Elizabeth Varone and Colin Whitcomb from New Hampshire. Youth contestants perform in weeks 3 and 4 of the event.

The top four finalists from the teen/adult group have a chance to win the grand prize of $1500 and a full-day recording session at Guilford Sound, a professional recording studio in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Second prize is $750, third $500 and fourth $250. The top four youth ages 6-12 will win trophies, cash and prizes. All finalists will be invited to perform on stage during Old Home Days festivities on Saturday, August 6.

Emcee for the event is comedian, singer and entertainer Wade Garrett. Judges for July 16 are Jeanie Levesque of North Walpole, Kelly Darling Snow of Keene and JoJo Mead of Swanzey. Judges’ scores count for 50% and audience scores comprise 50% of total score.

Purchase tickets online at Here in three categories: youth age 12 and under, senior age 62 and over, or general admission. The door opens at 6pm to secure seating and the show begins at 7pm. Food and drink will be available through the Moose Lodge. No outside food or beverages may be brought in.

Net proceeds benefit the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP), a nonprofit organization in Bellows Falls, Vermont. RAMP celebrates 20 years of commitment to integrating the arts into the community by creating effective partnerships that initiate and support accessibility, affordable housing, artist town meetings, public art initiatives and policy making. www.ramp-vt.org

Vermont sponsors include: Athens Pizza, Bart Energy, Cota and Cota, Dari Joy, FACT TV, Halladay’s, Outnumbered Grill, Sovernet, Vermont Country Store, WOOL Radio of Bellows Falls; Brattleboro Ford Subaru, The Marina of Brattleboro; Guilford Sound of Guilford. New Hampshire sponsors include Charlesworks of Peterborough; Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods and Walpole Creamery of Walpole; Clark Mortenson Insurance, EngraveIt, Gem Graphics, Monadnock Broadcasting Group, Septic Pro, Silver Direct of Keene.

All performers are defined as amateurs, a performer who engages in singing occasionally, paid or unpaid, rather than as a sole profession. For details and online ticket purchases. Contact Susan MacNeil at susan@svidol.com or call 603-313-0052 for more information.

TOP CONTESTANTS CHOSEN FOR SOUTHERN VERMONT IDOL

After three audition cycles, contestants have been chosen to compete in the first of five elimination rounds for Southern Vermont Idol on Saturday, July 9. The 13th annual premier amateur singing competition encompasses five weeks - July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 5 - and will be held at the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Contestants ages 13+ will perform all five weeks, and be joined by youth contestants in weeks 3, 4 and 5. Youth contestants are: from Vermont, Cristo Buckley, Jaia Caron, Aaliyah Cox, Ezra Holloway; from New Hampshire, Scottie Perez, Hannah Sheltra; from Massachusetts, Nobaleigh Laraba. Teen contestants are: from Vermont, London Bremel, Matilda Caldwell, Mackenzie Hall, Madison Jacques, Taylor Patterson, Izzy Serebrov, Leah Silva, and Rachel Spigel; from New Hampshire, Joshua Delaney, Lara Germana, Gabriella Klema, Alexandra Perez, and Bailey Tucker. Adult contestants are: from Vermont, Julie Cermola, Jennifer Cousineau, David Ramos and Gina Richardson; from New Hampshire, Morgan Carter, Rachel Cote, Zoe Ferrin, Daniel Hartigan, Elizabeth Varone and Colin Whitcomb.

The top 4 adults have a chance to win the grand prize of $1500 and a full-day recording session at Guilford Sound, a professional recording studio in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Second prize is $750, third $500 and fourth $250. The top 4 youth will win trophies, cash and prizes. All finalists will be invited to perform on stage during Old Home Days festivities on Saturday, August 6.

The Emcee for the event is comedian, singer and entertainer Wade Garrett. Judges for July 9 are Jeanie Levesque of North Walpole, Samantha Maskell of Bellows Falls and Steve Pro of Keene. Judges’ scores count for 50% of contestant total, and audience scores comprise the remaining 50%. Purchase tickets online at www.southernvermontidol.com in three categories: youth age 12 and under, senior age 62 and over, or general admission. The door opens at 6pm to secure seating and the show begins at 7pm. Food and drink will be available through the Moose Lodge. No outside food or beverages may be brought in.

Net proceeds benefit the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP), a nonprofit organization in Bellows Falls, Vermont. RAMP celebrates 20 years of commitment to integrating the arts into the community by creating effective partnerships that initiate and support accessibility, affordable housing, artist town meetings, public art initiatives and policy making. www.ramp-vt.org

All performers are defined as amateurs, a performer who engages in singing occasionally, paid or unpaid, rather than as a sole profession. Visit the website at http://southernvermontidol.com for details and online ticket purchases. Contact Susan MacNeil at susan@svidol.com or call 603-313-0052 for more information.

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Rockingham Arts & Museum Project

Net proceeds benefit the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP), a nonprofit organization in Bellows Falls, Vermont celebrating 20 years in 2016! RAMPS’s mission is to integrate the arts into the long-term sustainability of the community by creating effective partnerships that initiate and support accessibility, affordable housing, artist town meetings, public art initiatives and policy making.

Learn more about Rockingham Arts & Museum Project at http://www.ramp-vt.org