2017 SOUTHERN VERMONT IDOL FINALE AUGUST 4 YOUTH CONTESTANTS, BROADWAY

(Bellows Falls VT) The finale of the 2017 Southern Vermont Idol singing competition was held on Friday, August 4 , on the mainstage of the Bellows Falls Opera House in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Youth contestants won trophies and cash prizes. Lanie Goodwin was first, Marlin Hubbard second, Anthony Mitchell third, Erlianyss Aviles fourth and Ezra Holloway fifth.

The top ten adult contestants – Zac Binney, Jaia Caron, Jennifer Cowdrey, Josh Delaney, Jamie Denno, Amber DiBona, Lara Germana, Mackenzie Hall, Allie McGahie and Sonya Robison –
performed a song of their choice, after which the audience and judges votes were tallied to determine the top six who would go on to perform a Broadway song. Finalists were Zac Binney, Jaia Caron, Josh Delaney, Lara Germana, Mackenzie Hall and Allie McGahie

The grand prize went to Allie McGahie, who received $1500 and a full-day recording session at Guilford Sound, a professional recording studio in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Second prize of $750 went to Zac Binney. The $500 third prize was awarded to Mackenzie Hall. Fourth prize of $250 was won by Lara Germana. The $150 fifth place was awarded to Josh Delaney, and sixth place of $100 went to Jaia Caron.

Donations of personal hygiene items, socks, peanut butter/jam and other food staples were accepted on behalf of Our Place Drop-In Center.

Sponsors were Bellows Falls Country Club, Charlesworks, Chroma Technologies, Dari Joy, Durand Toyota, Engrave-It, FACT TV, Gem Graphics, Gem Starz, Guilford Sound, Halladay’s, Rockingham Arts and Museum Project and SepticPro. All Idol contestants are defined as amateurs, a performer who engages in singing occasionally, paid or unpaid, rather than as a sole profession.

2017 SOUTHERN VERMONT IDOL FINALE AUGUST 4 YOUTH CONTESTANTS, BROADWAY

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31 July 2017
Contact: Susan MacNeil, 603.313.0052, susan@svidol.com www.southernvermontidol.com

(Bellows Falls VT) The finale of the 2017 Southern Vermont Idol event, a premier amateur singing competition in its 13th year, will be held on the mainstage of the 550-seat Bellows Falls Opera House on FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 AT 7PM.

Youth contestants who will perform for places in the Top Five are Erlianyss Aviles, Lanie Goodwin, Ezra Holloway, Marlin Hubbard and Anthony Mitchell.

And in a twist, all Top Ten adult contestants will continue on to the finale. Producer Susan MacNeil felt it was important to acknowledge the superior effort and talent this year. “This is the 13th year of the event, and never have the finalists been so dedicated and courageous. Many of our performers have not been in a competition before, yet they have risen to the occasion beautifully. So we will distribute cash prizes to the top 6 finalists instead of 4. And by allowing everyone to continue to the finale, they will have one last opportunity to perform for the judges and audience with a song of their choice. Those votes will be tallied, and these numbers will determine which six performers go on to sing their Broadway selection for our judging panel, comprised of David Stern, Joanne Mead and Steve Pro. The four contestants who do not continue on will be invited to perform their Broadway selection for the audience before the finale results are announced.”

The ten performers are Zac Binney, Jaia Caron, Jennifer Cowdrey, Josh Delaney, Jamie Denno, Amber DiBona, Lara Germana, Mackenzie Hall, Allie McGahie and Sonya Robison.

The top 6 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, fourth $250, fifth $150 and sixth $100. The top 5 youth will win trophies and cash prizes. All finalists will be invited to perform on stage during Old Home Days festivities on Saturday, August 5.

Purchase tickets online at www.southernvermontidol.com General admission tickets are $15, Seniors 65+ are $10, Youth 12 and under free, and VIP tickets (center orchestra rows) are $20. Tickets also available at the door. Donations of personal hygiene items, socks, peanut butter/jam and other food staples will be accepted for Our Place Drop-In Center throughout all five weeks of the event.

Sponsors include the Bellows Falls Country Club, Charlesworks, Chroma Technologies, Dari Joy, Durand Toyota, Engrave-It, FACT TV, Gem Graphics, Gem Starz, Guilford Sound, Halladay’s, Rockingham Arts and Museum Project and SepticPro. 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 event details. Contact Susan MacNeil at susan@svidol.com or call 603-313-0052 for more information.

2017 SOUTHERN VERMONT IDOL WEEK THREE SUNDAY, JULY 23

2017 SOUTHERN VERMONT IDOL WEEK THREE SUNDAY, JULY 23
YOUTH CONTESTANTS JOIN, FEATURES ROCK ‘N ROLL

(Bellows Falls VT) Week Three of the 2017 Southern Vermont Idol event, a premier amateur singing competition in its 13th year, will be held on the mainstage of the 550-seat Bellows Falls Opera House on Sunday, July 23 at 2pm. The event continues on Sunday, July 30 at 2pm, and the finale will be held on Friday, August 4 at 7pm during Old Home Days weekend.

Youth contestants ages 6-12 join in weeks 3, 4, and 5 and will perform at the beginning of the show: Erlianyss Aviles, Ezra Holloway, Marlin Hubbard, Lanie Goodwin and Anthony Mitchell. A special pre-show performance by the students of Gem Starz (formerly Le Studio) will kick off the Idol show on July 30.

Musical selections from artists inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame will be performed by Zac Binney, Jaia Caron, Morgan Carter, Jenna Cousineau, Jennifer Cowdrey, Bill Delaney, Josh Delaney, Jamie Denno, Amber DiBona, Lara Germana, Mackenzie Hall, Madison Jacques, Alexis Johndrown, Allie McGahie, Gina Richardson and Sonya Robison.

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 5.

The Emcee for the event is comedian, singer and entertainer Wade Garrett. Judges for July 13 are Steve Pro, Jeanie Levesque and Karen Bays Ducharme. Judges’ scores count for 50% of contestant total, and audience scores comprise the remaining 50%. Audience members will vote for both youth and adult contestants.

Purchase tickets online at www.southernvermontidol.com General admission tickets are $15, Seniors 65+ are $10, Youth 12 and under free, and VIP tickets (first four center rows) are $20. Tickets also available at the door. The Saxton’s River Inn will provide a cash bar and the concessions stand will be open. Donations of personal hygiene items, socks, peanut butter/jam and other food staples will be accepted for Our Place Drop-In Center throughout all five weeks of the event.

Sponsors include the Bellows Falls Country Club, Charlesworks, Chroma Technologies, Dari Joy, Durand Toyota, Engrave-It, FACT TV, Gem Graphics, Gem Starz, Guilford Sound, Halladay’s, Rockingham Arts and Museum Project and SepticPro. 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 event details. Contact Susan MacNeil at susan@svidol.com or call 603-313-0052 for more information.

2017 SOUTHERN VERMONT IDOL WEEK TWO JULY 13, FEATURES COUNTRY

(Bellows Falls VT) Week Two of the 2017 Southern Vermont Idol event, a premier amateur singing competition in its 13th year, will be held on the mainstage of the 550-seat Bellows Falls Opera House on Thursday, July 13 at 7pm. The event continues on Sunday, July 23 and 30 at 2pm; and the finale will be held on Friday, August 4 at 7pm during Old Home Days weekend.

Country music selections will be performed by Zac Binney, Jaia Caron, Morgan Carter, Jenna Cousineau, Jennifer Cowdrey, Bill Delaney, Josh Delaney, Jamie Denno, Amber DiBona, Lara Germana, Erin Girouard, Mackenzie Hall, Daniel Hartigan, Madison Jacques, Alexis Johndrown, Steven Judd, Allie McGahie, Gina Richardson and Sonya Robison.

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 5.

The Emcee for the event is comedian, singer and entertainer Wade Garrett. Judges for July 13 are Steve Pro, Jeanie Levesque and Sam Maskell. Judges’ scores count for 50% of contestant total, and audience scores comprise the remaining 50%.

Purchase tickets online at www.rampartstickets.com. Seating is general admission; doors open at 6pm and show begins at 7pm. General admission tickets are $15, Seniors 65+ are $10, Youth 12 and under free, and VIP tickets (first three center rows) are $20. Tickets also available at the door. The Saxton’s River Inn will provide a cash bar and the concessions stand will be open. Donations of personal hygiene items, socks, peanut butter/jam and other food staples will be accepted for Our Place Drop-In Center throughout all five weeks of the event.

Youth contestants ages 6-12 include Erlianyss Aviles, Lanie Goodwin, Ezra Holloway, Marlin Hubbard and Anthony Mitchell. They will perform July 23, 30 and August 4. A special pre-show performance by the students of Gym Starz (formerly Le Studio) will kick off the Idol show on July 30.

Sponsors include Charlesworks, Chroma Technologies, Dari Joy, Durand Toyota, Engrave-It, FACT TV, Gem Graphics, Guilford Sound, Halladay’s, Rockingham Arts and Museum Project and SepticPro. 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 event details. TICKETS ON SALE at www.rampartstickets.com. Contact Susan MacNeil at susan@svidol.com or call 603-313-0052 for more information.

Contestants Chosen For 2017 Southern Vermont Idol

(Bellows Falls VT)  The 2017 Southern Vermont Idol event, a premier amateur singing competition in its 13th year, will be held on the mainstage of the 550-seat Bellows Falls Opera House over five weeks – Thursday, July 6 and 13 at 7pm;  Sunday, July 23 and 30 at 2pm;  and Friday, August 4 at 7pm.

 

Contestants ages 13+ will perform all five weeks, and be joined by youth contestants in weeks 3, 4 and 5.   Youth contestants ages 6-12 are:  from Vermont, Erlianyss Aviles, Ezra Holloway, Anthony Mitchell; from New Hampshire, Lanie Goodwin, Marlin Hubbard.   Adult contestants are:  from Vermont, Jaia Caron, Jenna Cousineau, Jennifer Cowdrey, Bill Delaney, Josh Delaney, Amber DiBona, Mackenzie Hall, Madison Jacques, Steven Judd, Allie McGahie, Gina Richardson and Sonya Robison;  from New Hampshire, Zac Binney, Morgan Carter,  Jamie Denno, Lara Germana, Daniel Hartigan and Alexis Johndrow; from Massachusetts, Erin Girouard.

 

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 5.

 

The Emcee for the event is comedian, singer and entertainer Wade Garrett.  Judges for July 6 are Joanne Mead, Bruce Murphy and 2007 grand prize winner, Karen Bays Ducharme who will also perform.  Judges’ scores count for 50% of contestant total, and audience scores comprise the remaining 50%.

 

Purchase tickets online at www.rampartstickets.com.  Seating is general admission;  doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 7pm.  VIP tickets available for purchase online.  Tickets available at door. The Saxton’s River Inn will provide a cash bar, and the Ladies of the Moose Lodge will offer baked goods for sale.   The concessions stand will be open.  Donations of personal hygiene items, socks, peanut butter/jam and other food staples will be accepted for Our Place Drop-In Center throughout all five weeks of the event.

 

Sponsors to date include Charlesworks, Durand Toyota, Engrave-It, FACT TV and SepticPro. All performers are defined as amateurs, a performer who engages in singing occasionally, paid or unpaid, rather than as a sole profession.  The Rockingham Arts and Museum Project serves as fiscal sponsor for the event.  Visit the website at http://southernvermontidol.com for event details.  TICKETS ON SALE at www.rampartstickets.com. Contact Susan MacNeil at susan@svidol.com or call 603-313-0052 for more information.

2017 Southern Vermont Idol Call for Auditions

(Bellows Falls VT) Much to the delight of producer Susan MacNeil, the 2017 Southern Vermont Idol event will be held on the main stage of the Bellows Falls Opera House in downtown Bellows Falls, VT.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled,” said MacNeil. “This is the 13th year I’ve produced the event, our second year in Bellows Falls and we are finally able to offer a real stage to our performers in the beautiful 550-seat Opera House! Being in front of an audience in this setting really enhances the experience for our contestants and audience alike. A larger stage means that singers can accompany themselves on guitar or keyboard this year as well, something I’ve always wanted to do but wasn’t able to until now.”

Two audition dates have been set in the Lower Theatre of the Opera House for both youth (ages 6-12) and adult (13+) contestants. Performers should be prepared to sing a full song and can bring their own CD, email an MP3 music file in advance to susan@svidol.com or perform acapella. This year, singers will be allowed to accompany themselves on guitar or keyboard during the event.

Adult audition fee is $30 per audition, and youth is $10 per audition. If auditioning twice, the higher score will be considered. Register at the door or online here at SouthernVermontIdol.com. Pre-registered contestants will perform first before walk-in performers.

2016 winners, Izzy Serebrov in the adult category and Christo Buckley in the youth category, will not be eligible to compete in 2017. The adult grand prize remains $1500 cash and a day in the Guilford Sound recording studio. Returning as Emcee is Wade “The Great” Garrett.

For more information, watch for social media posts on Facebook, email us at susan@svidol.com or call 603.313.0052.

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SOUTHERN VERMONT IDOL 2016 Youth and Adult Winners Chosen!

A total of 10 finalists vied for prizes at the finale of Southern Vermont Idol, held on August 5 at the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont. Winners were ranked according to the results of audience and judges’ ballots. Judges for the finale were David Stern, Artistic Director of Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, VT; Steve Pro, front man for his band The Ticket of Keene; and Bruce Murphy, HKS realtor and 2004 co-founder of Keene Idol.

Youth finalists received trophies and cash awards underwritten by Durand Toyota of Westminster, VT. In 4th place Scottie J. Perez of Claremont, NH; 3rd place Ezra Holloway of Saxtons River, VT; 2nd place Jaia Caron of Saxtons River, VT: 1st place Cristo Buckley of Manchester Center, VT.

Adult finalists received trophies and cash awards as well. Second, fifth and sixth places were underwritten by Septic Pro of Brattleboro, VT and Keene, NH, and fourth place was underwritten by Lisai’s Market of Bellows Falls and Chester, VT. Grand prize winner Izzy Serebrov of Essex and Bellows Falls received $1500 and a day in the recording studio of Guilford Sound; Mackenzie Hall of Bellows Falls received $750; Lara Germana of Keene, NH received $500; Julie Cermola of Bellows Falls received $250; Daniel Hartigan of Walpole, NH received $150; and Joshua Delaney of Claremont, NH received $100.

Finalists performed on stage at the Waypoint Center during Bellows Falls Old Home Days festivities on Saturday, August 6. Idol Emcee Wade Garrett, DJ Aime Theroux and sound engineer Erik Dustin provided technical assistance.

The event benefitted the nonprofit Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) celebrating 20 years in 2016. Vermont sponsors include: Athens Pizza, Bart Energy, Cota and Cota, Dari Joy, FACT TV, Halladay’s, Lisai’s Markets, Outnumbered Grill, Sovernet, Vermont Country Store, WOOL Radio of Bellows Falls; Durand Toyota of Westminster; Brattleboro Ford Subaru, The Marina of Brattleboro; Guilford Sound of Guilford. New Hampshire sponsors include Charlesworks of Peterborough; Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods, Costume Ladies and Walpole Creamery of Walpole; Clark Mortenson Insurance, EngraveIt, Gem Graphics, Monadnock Broadcasting Group, Septic Pro, Silver Direct of Keene.

SOUTHERN VERMONT IDOL Youth and Adult Finalists Announced

After four weeks of intense competition, it’s Broadway and choice song selections this week for the finalists of Southern Vermont Idol at the finale on Friday, August 5. The premier amateur singing competition is held at the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Because voting was so close among the top six adult contestants, the decision was made to expand the top tier from four to six contestants! Finalists are Julie Cermola, Mackenzie Hall and Izzy Serebrov from Vermont; and Joshua Delaney, Lara Germana and Daniel Hartigan from New Hampshire.

Four youth finalists will also perform a song of their choice prior to the adults. Scottie J. Perez of Claremont, NH, Cristo Buckley of Manchester Center, VT, and Jaia Caron and Ezra Holloway of Saxtons River, VT will all take the stage.

The top six finalists from the adult group have a chance to win the grand prize of $1500 and a full-day recording session at Guilford Sound, a professional studio in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Second, fifth and sixth prizes are underwritten by Septic Pro with offices in Brattleboro, VT and Keene, NH. The top four youth ages 6-12 will win trophies and cash prizes underwritten by Durand Toyota of Westminster, VT.

Ballots will be collected after all performances have concluded and tallied by an independent team in order to award prizes at the end of the evening. During ballot tallying, singers Holly Brewer, Allie McGahie and Zac Binney will perform on stage for the audience.

All finalists are invited to perform from 11am-Noon at the Waypoint Center during Bellows Falls Old Home Days festivities on Saturday, August 6. Idol Emcee Wade Garrett will host the show and Idol DJ Aime Theroux will oversee music selections.

Judges for the August 5 finale are David Stern, Artistic Director of Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, VT; Steve Pro, front man for his band The Ticket of Keene; and Bruce Murphy, HKS realtor and 2004 co-founder of Keene Idol. Judges’ scores count for 50% and audience scores comprise 50% of total score. Emcee Wade Garrett is a comedian, entertainer and professional announcer from Keene, NH. Aime Theroux is a professional DJ from Bellows Falls, VT.

Purchase tickets online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2518071 in three categories: youth age 12 and under, senior age 62 and over, or general admission. The door opens at 6pm to secure general admission 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; Durand Toyota of Westminster; Brattleboro Ford Subaru, The Marina of Brattleboro; Guilford Sound of Guilford. New Hampshire sponsors include Charlesworks of Peterborough; Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods, Costume Ladies 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.

YOUTH CONTESTANTS JOIN ADULTS IN WEEK 3 OF SOUTHERN VERMONT IDOL

Four youth contestants will join the remaining 17 adult contestants on Saturday, July 23 for Week 3 of Southern Vermont Idol. 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.

Youth contestants will perform a song of their choice prior to the adults and are from Vermont: Jaia Carone and Ezra Holloway of Saxtons River, Cristo Buckley of Manchester Center and Hannah Sheltra of Bellows Falls.

Adult contestants will perform a song from the 70s: London Bremel, Julie Cermola, Rachel Cote, Jennifer Cousineau, Mackenzie Hall, Madison Jacques, David Ramos, Izzy Serebrov, Leah Silva and Rachel Spigel from Vermont; and Joshua Delaney, Zoe Ferrin, Lara Germana, Daniel Hartigan, Alexandra Perez, Bailey Tucker and Colin Whitcomb from New Hampshire.

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 from 11am-Noon. Idol Emcee Wade Garrett will host the show.

Garrett is a comedian, singer, entertainer and professional announcer from Keene, NH. Music and sound provided by Aimé Theroux. Judges for July 23 are Jeanie Levesque of North Walpole, Samantha Maskell of Bellows Falls and Steve Pro of Keene. Judges’ scores count for 50% and audience scores comprise 50% of total score.

Purchase tickets online HERE, in three categories: youth age 12 and under, senior age 62 and over, or general admission. The door opens at 6pm to secure general admission 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, Costume Ladies 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. Contact Susan MacNeil at susan@svidol.com or call 603-313-0052 for more information.

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.