Boston Composer & Folk Singer

Aug 25, 7PM @ The Salty Dog Gallery


Julia Tkachenko & Jamie Hagedorn

Sep 5th @ The Salty Dog Gallery

Julia Tkachenko, violinist and Jamie Hagedorn, pianist will be playing at a recital September 5th for a reception of our new visual artists in the Gallery.


Watercolor Workshop with Phil Steel

Sep 6th @ The Salty Dog Gallery

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Fri Aug 5, 5PM @ The Salty Dog Gallery



Fri Aug 12, 7:30PM @ The Legion


Programs for the 2016 Concert Series

We plan to offer a variety of programs tailored to our island’s year-round and summer communities, and featuring the talents of local and visiting performers, artists and educators

Calendar of Events

Concerts | Celtic Sessions | Art Workshops | Music Workshops | Courses | Festivals | Recording Sessions | Creative Retreats

VGA Concert Series!

Concerts by local and visiting arts

Swans Island Artists Come Ashore

June 28 - July
The Salty Dog Gallery, Southwest Harbor

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Amy & The Engine

Sun Jul 10 @ 7PM
The Legion, Southwest Harbor

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Shakespeare Sleuths

Jul 12 @ 6PM
The Legion, Southwest Harbor

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Chris Ross & The North

Wed Jul 13 @ 7PM
The Legion, Southwest Harbor

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Collaborative Performance

Jul 20 @ 7PM
The Legion, Southwest Harbor

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Writing & Performing as Yourself (Docu-Theatre)

Jul 21 @ 5PM
The Legion, Southwest Harbor

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Andrea Beaton & Friends

Sat Jul 23 @ 7:30PM
The Legion, Southwest Harbor

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David Raitt & The Maine Line Band

Wed Jul 27 @ 7PM
The Legion, Southwest Harbor

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Paul Sullivan: An Intimate Evening

Sun Aug 5 @ 5PM
The Salty Dog Gallery, Southwest Harbor

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Howie Day & Connor Zwetsch

Fri Aug 12 @ 7:30PM
The Legion, Southwest Harbor
The Legion, Southwest Hbr

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The Salty Dog Gallery

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Barn Arts Collective

The Barn Arts Collective is a group of artists that create and encourage community through the practice and presentation of live arts events.

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Upcoming Events

Geoff Kaufman: Songs of the Sea - Oct 15, 6:30pm @ Island Watch

Mariner folk singer Geoff Kaufman will be back in Southwest Harbor to play and sing Ancient Ballads and Sea Chanties. His music was so popular in his earlier summer performance at The Salty Dog Gallery that many members of the audience requested that he entertain on the Island again. Through the sponsorship of the Village Green Arts Association, he will be entertaining at Island Watch , 73 Freeman Ridge Road in Southwest Harbor with its stunning view overlooking the harbor and the mountains beyond. Time is 6:30 PM, Saturday October, 15th. Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The cost of the performance is $15. For ticket purchase Call: 207-244-7229 or email

Finish Line Festival - Oct 16

Celebrate the MDI Marathon with the Village Green Arts in Southwest Harbor! View Map

Our musical lineup includes:

  • 9:30 - 10:30 Common Good Band
  • 10:45 - 11:45 Kelley Farm
  • 12:00 - 1:00 Crown Vics
  • 1:15 - 2:30 Frogpipe
  • 2:45 - 4:00 Jonesen’

Terry Kitchen - Boston Composer & Folk Singer

Boston Composer and Folk Singer Terry Kitchen will be entertaining in the gallery Thursday at 7 PM, August 25th.

Julia Tkachenko & Jamie Hagedorn

Julia Tkachenko, violinist and Jamie Hagedorn, pianist will be playing at a recital September 5th for a reception of our new visual artists in the Gallery.

Watercolor Workshop with Phil Steel

Phil will be teaching a 5 day watercolor painting workshop September 6th . For information about registering please call or e-mail 207-244-5918,

The 2016 VGA Summer Arts Workshop Series

Produced by the Barn Arts Collective & Presented at The Legion

This summer, the Village Green Arts Association is offering arts workshops for island residents and visitors of all ages as part of its core mission of arts education for the community. The Arts Workshop Series will give the public an opportunity to learn and practice skills and concepts related to the performing arts from professional artists in residence in June and July with the Barn Arts Collective.

Participants at each event in the series will work with artists from New York City, who will be on the island developing a new piece of performance at the Barn. The interactive workshop sessions will foster growth, exploration and collaboration for participants working together on a variety of performance topics.

Participation is by donation and each workshop will last between an hour and an hour and a half. Proceeds from the series will benefit the VGA and the visiting teaching artists.

The tentative schedule for the series is below. Please contact Andrew Simon at for more information.

VGA Summer Workshop Series Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 22, 6pm – Movement and Performance – Eric Mercado

This workshop gives an overview of physical techniques used in creating a character and teaches ways of engaging a story through movement. We will do a warm-up and several exercises, culminating in a physical retelling of a well-known story. Please come prepared to move and wear comfortable clothing.

Thursday, June 23, 6pm – The Art of Drag and Queer Nightlife Performance – Bailey Williams *Ages 12 and up

This workshop is fun!!! Flashing memories of locker room secrets. Late-night almost muted episodes of Golden Girls. Hilary Duff’s music video for ‘Come Clean.’ Have you ever danced in front of a mirror wearing too much makeup? Have any cute skeletons in your closet that need to be set free? Come with a song in mind that was a guilty pleasure from a formative time in your life. Bring a notebook and pen.

Thursday, June 30, 5pm –Storytelling for the Theatre - Matt Minnicino

Tuesday, July 12, 6pm — Shakespeare Sleuths — FORGE

Everything you need to know about Shakespeare can be found in the language – if you know how to look for it! By exploring excerpts from the canon through physical and vocal exercises, FORGE’s Shakespeare Sleuths workshop encourages participating “detectives” to follow the metrical and rhetorical clues in the text, equipping them with the skills to “solve” Shakespeare plays and understand the language their own.

Wednesday, July 20, 7pm – Collaborative Performance - Rebecca Hirota

No scripts needed here! This workshop gives an introduction to the techniques used in creating theatre from scratch. You will learn how to create plays through collective thinking, collaboration and movement. Pulling from stories in our own lives as well as myths and tales of the past we will create a brand new piece of theatre unique to the workshop’s participants. Be ready to move and to play!

Thursday, July 21, 5pm – Writing and Performing as Yourself (Docu-Theatre) – The NY Neo-Futurists

This workshop is an introduction to the NY Neo-Futurists' aesthetic of creating theatre without characters or artifice—"you are who you are, you are where you are, you are doing what you're doing, and the time is now." Students will be lead through a warm-up and several performance and writing exercises that will culminate in the creation of their own 2-minute play, which they will then have the opportunity to perform. Students are asked to bring their unique brand of brilliance and maybe something to write on and with.

Swans Island Artists Come Ashore

When: June 28 - July, 2016
Where: The Salty Dog Gallery, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
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For over a year this show has been planned!
Phil and I are very pleased with the quality and diversity of artworks by Swans Island Painters and Craftsmen. Their work will be shown in The Salty Dog Gallery from June 28th through July, 2016. A reception to meet the artists will be held on July 3rd at 2:30 PM.

Music will be played by the Swans Island guitar musicians the Walker Brothers.
Delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

For those who are curious, Swans Island is one of the 15 off-shore islands that still are inhabited all year. The island is accessible by ferry, taking 40 minutes from Bass Harbor, Mount Desert Island to Swans Island.

Welcome these fine Artists and Craftsmen from Swans Island, Maine to show their work in The Salty Dog Gallery:

Miranda Batiste, John Bryan, Missy Crowell, Jessica Defrenn, Christine Dentremont, Meg Dreyer, Laura Farley, Gary Hoyle, Kathy Krafjack, Iver Lofving, Annmarie Maguire, Bev McAloon, Bill McMullin, Aby Milner, Hal Minis, Jennifer Pope and Jill Trask.

Make Southwest Harbor, Maine your vacation desination this summer!
To see future events offered in Southwest Harbor this summer, please see our website, and

Studio Two! "The Beatles Before America"

When: Sun, June 26 at 7:30 pm
Where: The Legion, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679

Hailed as “New England’s Best Beatles Tribute Band” Studio Two, continues its tour in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America. Studio Two is a headlining Beatles band that pays tribute to the early Beatles years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era. Featuring graduates from Berklee College of Music and Beatles devotees, Studio Two band mates met in a “cellar full of noise” in a town slightly west of Liverpool (Milford, New Hampshire!) to pay homage to the greatest rock band of all time. Band members are experienced musicians of today’s generation dedicated to preserving the memory and fan culture of The Beatles generation. By recreating the Fab Four’s music, appearance, instruments, and onstage banter, Studio Two performs your most favorite hits that will bring people to the dance floor. This is an all-ages show that generations of family will enjoy. There is a cash bar for 21+ . Valid photo ID required. Tickets - $20

Amy & The Engine

When: Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: The Legion - Municipal Parking Lot and Main Street, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679

The Boston-based pop rock band has only been around for a little over a year – and has already earned praise from some of Boston’s most beloved music curators and has even garnered national press. From nominations for the New England Music Award’s Best Songwriter, Best New Act, Pop Act of the Year, and The New England Deli’s Pop Act of the Year, to opening for national artists Vance Joy, Guster, Kacey Musgraves, and Racehl Platten, the question is who drives the Engine?

The answer: “the new it girl.” Scholastic songstress Amy Allen from South Portland, Maine writes “pop gold” songwriting you can rock out to.

A true 90s child, Allen’s vocal delivery feels like a conversation between lovers and friends, navigating the waters of complicated emotions filled with layers of regret, fear and worry. How do you find a lasting connection with someone? What happens when you hold onto love for too long? The music is brooding and truthful, yet still unquestionably pop, nodding to some of Allen's earliest influencers including Everclear, The Ronettes, and the Beach Boys among others. Combining her love for lyrics and her knack for pop melodies, Allen's irresistible songs hone into self-awareness and feelings of doubt that every young woman and man feels as they fly through their 20s. The result is retro pop music you can feel. Nostalgic, sun-shining 70s acoustic guitar, 50s and 60s girl-group influenced swoon-worthy harmonies, surf-rock guitar tones and soulful solos, Amy & The Engine’s rocket-fueled classic rock sound perfectly marries sun and sadness. All-ages show. Cash bar available with valid photo ID 21+ General Admission - $15

Chris Ross & The North

When: Wed, July 13th at 7PM
Where:The Legion, Southwest Harbor

The world Ross describes in his songs is one that’s probably very familiar to the devoted fanbase he’s developed. Does hard-drinking, hard-working, honest, wry, and, hidden behind a tough exterior, a well of intelligence and emotional depth come to mind? Add The North and the room is on fire. Any questions? All ages show. Cash bar with valid photo ID 21+ $15 General Admission

Andrea Beaton & Friends

When: Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 PM - 10 PM
Where: The Legion, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679

Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers. She is an award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist who is known for her powerful bow and driving style. She tours and teaches internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps and fiddling/dancing workshops. She has released 5 solo albums, one duo album with her father, Kinnon Beaton, and a book of her original tunes. she also recorded an album with her family "The Beaton Family of Mabou" in 2007 for the Smithsonian Institute. Most of her solo albums were nominated for awards, and her 2010 CD, 'Branches,' won the Canadian East Coast Music Awards "Instrumental Recording of the Year!" Andrea travels the globe, sharing her culture as well as exploring and writing contemporary tunes. Her music, dance and comical stories are sure to delight any audience.

David Raitt and The Maine Line Band

When: Wed, July 27th at 7PM
Where:The Legion, Southwest Harbor

David was born in New York City while his father, John Raitt, was starring in “Three Wishes for Jamie” on Broadway. John Raitt is a Broadway legend known for his starring roles in Carousel, Oklahoma, Pajama Game and Annie Get Your Gun. David also has a sister, Bonnie Raitt. A musical family, indeed! David began playing flute and piano at age six. At this time his father co-hosted “The Chevy Show” on NBC with Dinah Shore with David’s mother singer/pianist, Marjorie. As a teenager David played stand up bass with his sister Bonnie, as her first bass player,the Grammy award winning blues singer/songwriter and slide player as she began her career on the East coast coffee houses. They continued to play together on occasion at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and at the Gas Light in NYC in the early 70's. In recent years they have played together with Eddie Money, Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Carlos Santana, Robben Ford, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Vasser Clements, Jimmy Buffett, David Grisman, Taj Mahal, Jimmy Thackery, Alex DeGrassi, Tower of Power, Spencer Brewer, Garth Webber, Gene Parsons, Ronnie Beck, Dewayne Pate, Keith Gaudette and many others. Gonna' be fun show for music lovers of all ages. Cash bar available for 21+ Valid photo ID required.

A Very Intimate Evening with Paul Sullivan

When: Friday, August 5th at 5PM - 7PM
Where:The Salty Dog Gallery, 322 Main Street, Southwest Harbor

As a soloist, with his trio, and as a member of the Paul Winter Consort, he has played concert tours in most of the United States and Europe, as well as Croatia, Israel, Costa Rica, and Japan. He has performed among the dunes of the Negev Desert, in Leonard Bernstein’s living room, and on the stages of many of the world’s finest concert halls. He has also performed with some legendary orchestras, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, the Boston Pops under both Arthur Fiedler and Keith Lockhardt, and several regional orchestras around the US.. As a jazz player he has worked in some of New York’s most prestigious clubs, including Sweet Basil, The Village Vanguard, and Bradley’s. He has played with a wide variety of jazz masters from Benny Goodman to Tommy Flanagan, as well as Red Mitchell, Lou Donaldson, George Mraz, Gerry Hemingway, Marc Helias, Gene Bertoncini, Luciana Sousa, Cafe, Jane Ira Bloom, Pheeroan AkLaff, Eddie Daniels, Richard Stoltzman, Nana Vasconcelos, Glen Velez and many other luminaries. His 13 CDs have sold over 300 thousand copies and have won 3 Indie Awards. He His music has been broadcast internationally, as well as on all the major American networks, including National Public Radio. He received a Grammy Award for his work on the Paul Winter Consort CD, Silver Solstice. In the theater he has worked as a musical director, pianist, and conductor for many Off-Broadway and Broadway shows. He played keyboards and shared the conducting duties for the original production of the musical Nine, which won a Tony Award for Best Musical. He has also worked extensively in the dance world, playing piano for Merce Cunningham’s classes, and writing music for the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. He has also enjoyed a long friendship with the Pilobolus Dance Theater, for whom he has written over 15 scores. Through the years, Paul has also written music for a number of corporate clients. Recently he wrote more than an hour of musical cues for stage productions created for IBM’s Golden Circle Awards. He has also created music for video companies, software companies, and telephone companies. His compositions have been used in advertising for a broad spectrum of clients. In performance, Paul Sullivan creates a relaxed and intimate feeling with his audience through his pleasant and quirky observations about music and life. His warm and inviting personality, coupled with his world-class musicianship, wins over new listeners immediately and usually makes them life-long fans. Limited seating/limited tickets. All ages show. Ticket - $20

Howie Day and special guest Connor Zwetsch

When: Fri, Aug 12 at 7:30PM
Where: The Legion, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679

Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Day’s warm tenor voice “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put it. After sales of over a million albums and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road showcasing old favorites, as well as new material from his upcoming studio release. A native of Bangor, Maine, Day began playing piano at age five and guitar at age 12. By 15, he was writing his own songs and performing across New England. Shortly after graduating high school, Day became a fixture at college coffeehouses across the U.S. He wrote, financed and released his first effort, Australia, which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. The Boston Globe called Day “gorgeously seasoned, far beyond his years” with “a brave, beautiful singing voice.” During his relentless touring schedule, Day began experimenting with effects pedals and loop-sampling techniques as he performed, layering live percussion with vocal harmonies and guitar parts to become a veritable one-man band. He went on to sell over 30,000 copies of Australia as he navigated the independent music scene and continued to hone his craft. After signing with Epic Records, Day released his major-label debut, Stop All The World Now, and hit the road to support it. The constant promotion paid off: Stop was certified gold in the U.S. and spawned two Top 10 radio hits: “She Says” and the platinum single “Collide.” Connon Zwetch emanates a contagious kind of comfort on stage, letting audiences sit back and sink into her warm, sultry vibes. Her music is the coziness of empathy met with bare honesty and confessional lyrics; a view of ventured mountains seen from a back porch rocking chair. She invites her listeners to join in, stand up, sing along, and scream aloud. Her debut EP, “ What Comes After”, recorded at Bear Creek Studio with producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy), is an autobiographical collection that will resonate with all who are navigating love, loss, and the search for life’s silver linings. It’s a celebration of the big and small things: water wasted, bridges burned, gas station wine, and whatever it is that comes after. Show starts at 7:30pm. There is a cash bar for 21+. Photo ID required. Tickets- $20

Irish Night @ Island Watch

Celtic & Irish Music from the Finest Bands in Maine & New Hampshire

Date: April 16th
Time:6-7:30pm, Party & Session After!
Tickets: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Village Green Arts
Reservations: Call 207-244-7894
Location: Creative Center at Island Watch, 73 Freeman Ridge Road, Southwest Harbor, ME (Google Maps)

Join us for an evening of Celtic & Irish music from some of the finest musicians in Maine and New Hampshire! This concert will feature Doolally’s beautiful songs and dances, Twisted Strings’ blazing reels and jigs, Fiona Howell’s breathtaking Gaelic songs, Daryne Rockett’s stunning Celtic harp, Ray Lambert’s brilliant Quebecois tunes, Chris Gray’s exceptional uilleann piping, and much more! This is the fifth event in The Village Green Arts’ inaugural concert series, and it is sure to be another unforgettable evening of entertainment!

The Village Green Arts Association is a new non-profit dedicated to fostering community and the arts in Southwest Harbor, through a revitalized Village Green, and through the development of local venues into world-class creative destinations and centers for the arts.

Visit our website at and contact us at 244-7229 for more info about this exciting project and upcoming events in this concert series! Upcoming events include The Crown Vics & Trisha Mason at Coda on May 5th, Warp Trio at the Salty Dog on April 24th, and much more!

The Warp Trio @ The Salty Dog!

Sunday April 24th at 5:30 PM, at the Salty Dog Gallery

Tickets: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Village Green Arts
Contact: 207-244-5918,
Location: The Salty Dog Gallery, 322 Main St., Southwest Harbor, ME

The Warp Trio thrilled a capacity audience last July at The Salty Dog Gallery, and will wow the audience again in the Gallery, Sunday April 24th at 5:30 PM

From New York City comes The Warp Trio, who are on the cutting edge. Their work lies at the intersection of a chamber music ensemble, rock band, and an art project. Mikael Darmanie (Piano), Ju Young Lee (Cello), and Josh Henderson (Violin) are pushing the boundaries of music interpretation, through interdisciplinary collaborations and eclectic programming that includes electrifying original material, dynamic interpretations of popular music, improvisation, and unique takes on classical repertoire.

There will be hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments to compliment the music at The Salty Dog Gallery, 322 Main St.. Southwest Harbor, ME. Phone 207-244-5918 e-mail: .A $10 per person donation is requested.

To find out more about these musicians check out the following.


Will Woodson & Eric McDonald

Traditional Scottish & Cape Breton Music from New England’s Premier Duo!

Date: April 4th
Time:6:30-8:30, Open Trad Session After!
Tickets: $15
Reservations: Call 207-244-7894 or Buy Tickets Online
Location: Creative Center at Island Watch, 73 Freeman Ridge Road, Southwest Harbor, ME (Google Maps)

Join Will Woodson and Eric McDonald, two of today’s finest young proponents of traditional Scottish & Cape Breton music, for an evening of roaring reels and lilting jigs, haunting ballads and poignant eighteenth-century waltzes. Experience Will’s fluid and wildly inventive Scottish border piping, his powerfully rhythmic flute playing, and Eric’s rich guitar and deftly played mandolin. This is Traditional Scottish music that pulls no punches! The fourth event in our Winter/Spring Concert Series, this performance by Will Woodson and Eric McDonald is sure to be another brilliant evening of entertainment!

Hear Selections from Will & Eric’s excellent new album at

The Coda Cabaret!

Date: March 19 at 8pm
Tickets: $15 – to benefit the Village Green Arts
Location: Coda Restaurant, 18 Village Green Way, Southwest Harbor

The Village Green Arts Association will be partnering with the Barn Arts Collective and the new dining destination Coda to bring you The Coda Cabaret on March 19th, a titillating two-act variety show with music, comedy, and film! The third event in our Winter Concert Series, The Coda Cabaret is sure to be another brilliant evening of entertainment!