MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – For over four decades, the Village Green in Middlebury has been home to one of Vermont’s most unique events – the Festival on the Green.
Held each July, the weeklong festival draws hundreds of music lovers, and has largely kept the same minimalist ambience it used in its first installment back in 1979.
“We haven’t tried to grow and get bigger and more complicated,” said Pat Boera, a longtime volunteer. “We’ve really stuck to our focus on the music.”
Boera has volunteered since the first festival, and said people keep coming back to help out because of how important the event has become for Middlebury.
“It’s something that, over the years, multiple generations of families have enjoyed,” Boera said. “People who were small kids years ago are now parents coming back with their own kids.”
It’s not just volunteers and music fans finding themselves back on the Village Green, however – the festival has also inspired musicians. Joe Davidian performed with his band on Wednesday, and reflected on his first exposure to the festival.
“Ever since I was a little kid, I would come to the festival to listen to my father, who directs the Vermont Jazz Ensemble,” Davidian said. “It just feels very community oriented and I think that’s one of the main things I can appreciate.”
The festival will be running through Saturday and there’s a wide range of musicians still to come. For more information, visit their official website.