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Heating Things Up at the Sixth Annual ‘Spice on Snow’ Festival


by Nat Frothingham

ToCajun Country Revival will  perform  during this year's Spice on Snow Festival
ToCajun Country Revival will perform
during this year’s Spice on Snow Festival

The four days and nights of this year’s sixth annual Summit School “Spice on Snow” Winter Music, Food and Dance Festival promise to stamp out the winter blahs with a warm (if not, hot) jolt of excitement through downtown Montpelier from Thursday, February 18 through Sunday, February 21.

That’s the festival — music, food and dance — but not any old music, food and dance. This year’s festival with its Cajun theme will feature Cajun food, dance and music.

Even though the theme is Cajun — that’s just the beginning. The festival will kick off on Thursday afternoon (February 18) with the Summit School’s Ukelele and World Music Chorus, at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, a free performance.

On Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. ($8) the Foghorn (old-time) Stringband from Portland, Oregon will provide the sound and beat for a square dance at the American Legion. And the Starline Rhythm Boys will perform (small cover charge) at Sweet Melissa’s from 8 to 11 p.m.

The merrymaking and music will continue on Friday, February 19 with old-time music from the Good Old Wagon, a free event for Happy Hour from 5 to 6 p.m. at La Puerta Negra.

This leads up to the festival’s centerpiece City Hall event — a Cajun dinner ($10) beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Cajun Dance with Cajun Country Revival ($15) from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.

On their website, Cajun Country Revival is described as a “veritable supergroup of American roots musicians. Comprised of Cajun musicians Jesse Lege and Joel Savoy and Portland, Oregon’s Foghorn Stringband, this group presents a music that seems to embody all the things that make life wonderful…”celebrating rather than ‘performing’ the music that brought them together: Cajun music and early Country music.”

Saturday, February 20 is a day of old-time and Cajun workshops including old-time fiddle, old-time banjo, old-time stringband, harmony singing, Cajun band, Cajun accordion, Cajun dance, Cajun fiddle, Cajun songs and a rich array of live music from the festival at venues all across downtown Montpelier through Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday evening the music and dancing begins again with The Sweetback Sisters at Bethany Church from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and a contra dance at the Grange from 8 to 11 p.m.

Do you get what’s happening: food, music, dance or as festival organizer Katie Trautz said in answer to three direct questions.

“Will it be rockn?” “Yes.”

“Will it be noisy?” “Yes.”

And one more question, “Will it be swampy?”

“Yes,” said Katie, “It’s swampy in all the right ways!”

Full festival schedule and ticket sales are available online at www.summit-school.org