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The June 4 “Light River Junction: First Fridays with WRIF,” subtitled “A Night to Remember,” promises more of the social, casual, interactive, FREE outdoors arts that were enjoyed by many on the first event in the series, with an emphasis on the live music by local musicians that the late Dave Clark so lovingly curated for past First Fridays.

Clark, in fact, is the subject of a tribute video, “A Night to Remember,” which will be debuted that evening at 8 pm, created by Clark’s friend and musical partner, Rob Oxford. There are also performances by Wrensong, Rob, and others, and a throwback First Friday jam to community home movies. Join in the community art-making and get your hands on some film in a cameraless film workshop. Get your moves on with DJ Skar from 5-7 and again from 9:30 onward, and sink into memories of time and place (and the rowdy jams) at our Currier St. Main Stage. 

See the full schedule of events below.

“Light River Junction: First Fridays with WRIF” aims to revitalize White River Junction’s “First Friday” celebrations, disrupted by COVID, by attracting people of all ages back to the village through film and media arts. From May to August, WRIF will transform downtown parking lots into an attractive forum for safe dining and cinema viewing the first Friday of every month. Film will be projected in novel ways in spaces enhanced by local visual artists, with live performances and extended hours at shops and galleries throughout the village. This project is made possible by a Better Places grant from The Vermont Community Foundation (VCF), the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), and the Better Places partners for the revival of social interaction and economic activity through the arts in reimagined and ongoing ways that can offer inspiration to other Vermont communities.

WRIF is now welcoming submissions from Vermont & New Hampshire film & media artists for exhibition at Light River Junction: First Fridays with WRIF.

Photos by Rob Strong.

Time Location Activity Descriptions
5-7 pm Coolidge Parking Lot 16mm Cameraless Filmmaking Workshop A community filmmaking workshop led by local analog filmmaker Quinn Thomashow!
5-7 Out on the sidewalks Musical Performances The best local buskers presented by Here in the Valley!
5-7 Behind Revolution DJ Skar On the loading dock behind the shop there will be music and food.
7-8 Main Stage at Coolidge Parking Lot Musical Performances By Wrensong and many more…
8-8:30 Main Stage at Coolidge Parking Lot Debut of Dave Clark Tribute Video “A Night to Remember” celebrates the great Dave Clark and his many lasting impressions with the debut of a lovingly crafted tribute by his friend and musical partner, Rob Oxford.
8:30-9:30 Main Stage at Coolidge Parking Lot Musical Performances A traditional First Friday jam, accompanied by community home movies and films of memory and place.
9:30-10:30 Main Stage DJ Skar Late night DJ performance with visuals
8-10 pm Standard Company Tattoo CATV Playlist Local Archives curated by Chico Eastridge
5-9 pm Revolution & Scavenger Window Movies Clips from the Dave Clark tribute, home movies and movies of time and place.
8-10 pm Lampscapes Short films Films of time and place by Berit Brown, Ethan WL
8-10 pm Bell Building Projections Films of time and place…

Light River Junction Community Partners

Coolidge Hotel

Town of Hartford Parks & Recreation

CATV

Here in the Valley + HiTV

Vital Communities

Revolution

Scavenger

Lampscapes

Silver Screen, Inc

River People Art Agency