Our 19th Year!
The Ripton Community Coffee House is a non-profit concert series held the first Saturday of each month throughout the year (except for August). Concerts are held in The Ripton Community House located at 1305 Vermont Route 125, Ripton, Vermont, a block up from the Ripton General Store, just next to the town office.
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After thousands of concerts across tens-of-thousands of miles, Ruth Ungar & Mike Merenda have emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos. As story-tellers, as singers, as poets and as parents (they tour with their two small children), Mike + Ruthy are heralds of an American cultural awakening that values honesty and togetherness, prefers grit to glitz, and revels in the old-fashioned telling of a story. Described as “rich, vintage Americana” by Time Out NY, Mike + Ruthy’s 2012 Woody Guthrie collaboration “My New York City” is being hailed as one of the most gorgeous pieces ever to have come out of the archive.
Mike + Ruthy can hold an intimate audience in the palm of their hands, and then when it's festival season it's time to crank it up a notch and expand the band. An Americana mix of bass, drums and pedal steel add swirl and stomp, making their set even more powerful, and fun for the big stage.
“Mike + Ruthy have become a force to be reckoned with in the acoustic music world, and [The NYC EP] proves their mettle . . . Bold banjos rule, fiery fiddles run wild, and an expansive sound that threatens to raise the rafters prevails.” – The Daily Freeman”
"I'm obsessed with 'My New York City.' Mike + Ruthy are a national treasure." - Anais Mitchell
Doors open at 7:00
Since we started the Ripton Community Coffee House in May 1995, we have been very fortunate to have a consistent, enthusiastic, and attentive audience at each performance.
The coffeehouse is held in the historic Ripton Community House, a beautiful wood frame meeting hall with a small balcony. It seats about 120 people.
Our concerts start at 7:30 with a 45-50 minute open mic set (generally very interesting).There are 4-12 minute slots available. Call 802-388-972 to sign up no more than 2 weeks before the next coffee house. This is followed by an intermission during which beverages and baked goods are available. The money generated by the refreshment sales benefit a different local non-profit organization each month. The featured performer(s) then do a single set that begins between 8:30 and 9:00. The set lasts an hour to an hour and a quarter.
There are no advance ticket sales. Admission at the door
$10.00, $8.00 for teens and seniors & $3 for children.
Our concerts are publicized in area newspapers and radio stations. In addition, the concerts are announced by posters at area locations.
There is no alcohol or smoking allowed at the Ripton Community House.
The Ripton Community Coffee House is extremely fortunate to have our coffee donated by the Vermont Coffee Company. In addition to being passionate about roasting delicious organic coffee, the Vermont Coffee Company is also dedicated to fair trade: buying their coffee at a price that provides a living wage and covers production costs for the farmers. They are also good local citizens. Please support them.
NEAT-TV (Northeast Addison Television) is a community television station located in Bristol, Vermont, serving Bristol, New Haven, Starksboro, Lincoln, Monkton, and Huntington. They often record our coffeehouses for broadcast on Comcast Channel 16 in that area. You can also watch the videos of our coffeehouse performances online via NEAT's Video on Demand. Just click here and then choose "Music". You'll see a selection of recent coffeehouses listed.
Farm Fresh Radio 102.9 has been very supportive of our efforts. They have played music from our artists on their radio station, and also kept everyone involved with the coffeehouse happily tuned into their wonderful eclectic mix of music. If you are in the Champlain Valley, give these guys a listen. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, community-supported radio.
We have received generous support from the Vermont Arts Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The continued health and growth of arts in our communities are greatly helped by their efforts. We are very grateful for their assistance. If you also support the work of these important organizations, please be sure to let your elected representatives know how you feel.
The Ripton Community Coffee House is a member organization of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (the Folk Alliance for short), an organization that brings together musicians, dancers, presenters, radio stations, record companies and others. They work year-round as advocates for the folk music and dance industry. They also host an annual conference every February -- four days of non-stop workshops, music and fun. Some serious work gets done there as well.
Our local regional chapter of the Folk Alliance is the Northeast Regional (NERFA) NERFA hosts an annual conference every November that is smaller and easier to deal with than the full Folk Alliance one, but certainly no less productive or fun. These organizations have been very helpful to us. We appreciate the incredible efforts the people from both organizations have made in support of folk music.
Open Mic Performers can sign up for one of the five slots starting two weeks before the next concert by calling Andrea Chesman or Richard Ruane at 802-388-9782. It is a ten-minute slot. Please don't use email to sign up for the open mike.
To arrange to have your non-profit organization provide refreshments at a concert or for more information about the Ripton Community Coffee House, contact Andrea Chesman or Richard Ruane at 802-388-9782 or via email at email@example.com.
Performers interested in being a featured performer should read the Booking Guidlines page.