TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Festival Guild is changing the location of its summer arts programs in 2010.
Concerts and programs will be held at the Knights of Columbus Pavilion behind their hall on Montcalm Street.
Because age and continued vandalism have taken their toll on the tent and the stage - set up on the village green next to the Community Building in past summers - both are being retired.
This is the 31st year the Ticonderoga Festival Guild has brought arts programs to the community.
The Tuesday concert season opens on July 6 with a return of Towne Meeting. This group with their vintage and contemporary music was so well received in 2009, that they are coming back because of popular demand.
Following them on July 13 is the every popular Woods Tea Company of Vermont. The Hague Jazz Quartet will perform on July 20, followed by Adrenaline Hayride with dobro champion David Bevins of Chilson. Vickie Russell, songstress, will return on August 3; she played in Ticonderoga about four years ago. The Ticonderoga Community Band will perform for the final concert on Aug. 10.
The concerts are at 8 p.m. and the ticket charge is $10, with $5 for students.
Arts Trek XXVII will open on July 7 with the puppet people performing The Last Dragon. On Aug. 14 Kitty Jones will don her "Mother Earth" role for a workshop at the Heritage Museum, followed by a regular Arts Trek program. The Seagle Colony will present their 2010 children's opera, Jack and the Beanstalk, on July 21. On July 28, Richard Stillman will bring us his Pecos Bill's Wild West Show. On Aug. 4 ventriloquist Sylvia will open her Magic Trunk and show us her skills. To round up the summer, Tom Hanford will bring Old Colony Days to life on Aug. 11 with historical stories.
Arts Trek programs are at 10:15 on Wednesday mornings and are free to children and those who bring them.
An open mike night is scheduled tentatively for July 29, when local artists are invited to show off their talents.
For information on the guild go o line at www.ticonderogafestivalguild.org
The Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Inc., was established in 1980 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the performing arts in the Ticonderoga area.
The mission of the Ticonderoga Festival Guild is to promote, develop, sustain, present, and advance a diverse program of performing arts in the Ticonderoga area.