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6 September 2021 / Read more

Instrument Loan Program and Instrument Petting Zoo

Every instrument has a story, and YTV tries to make sure those stories are told (receive it-carry it-pass it on).
When someone makes a donation to YTV’s instrument collection, we ask them to write up a description about where and who the instrument came from.

16 March 2020 / Read more

Young Tradition Vermont cancellations

Young Tradition Vermont cancellations, verified on 3/15/20 by the Board of Directors. Disappointment is certainly at play, for everyone. The COVID-19 situation is the major variable. We aren’t canceling these activities without careful consideration of the risks (personal and organizational). If you are involved with any of these specific cancellations, you can expect additional detail, […]

23 November 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at the Vermont International Festival

You could make the difference for YTV in being able to carry out commitments to the Vermont International Festival on Wednesday December 4th and especially Friday December 6th.  Mark Sustic will be there for all of these activities, but to make it happen, we need to count on a few others helping out.  The Vermont […]

18 August 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Peacham Acoustic Music Festival 8/17/19

The Instrument Petting Zoo returned to the Peacham Acoustic Music Festival on Saturday August 17th with PJ Braine, Sarah King, Kevin and several others as zoo keepers.  New and returning friends, young and mature hands occupied the space and 3 hours trying out fiddles, banjos, guitars, ukes, accordions and more, sowing the seeds and supporting […]

19 July 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Charlotte Public Library 7/19/19

The Instrument Petting Zoo returned to the Charlotte Public Library on Friday July 19th with Suzanne Pellerin, her grandson and Mark Sustic as zoo keepers. On the hottest day of the year (so far – 96 at last check), about 55 young folks filled the space and time with parents, grandparents, librarians and caregivers trying […]

29 May 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Kids Day in Burlington

The Instrument Petting Zoo spent the day at Burlington Kids Day at Waterfront Park on May 11th. Over a 5-hour stretch (longer than we usually commit to!), hundreds of kids and families passed by the petting zoo tent and tried the instruments. We hope the opportunity sparked some future musical experiences! Here are a few […]

19 May 2019 / Read more

Music with A Message Children’s Festival at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall 5/18/19

Thanks to Romy and Ben Munkres and Kristin Bolton for representing Young Tradition Vermont at the Music with A Message Children’s Festival on 5/18/19, a celebration of the 100th birthday of Pete Seeger.  And thanks to Jennifer Moore and  the other organizers for inviting us.  We hope its just the first of other cross-lake collaborations and […]

16 May 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Kid’s Day in Burlington 5/11/19

The Instrument Petting Zoo was at Kid’s Day in Burlington on Saturday May 11th with Yasi Zeichner and Mark Sustic as zoo keepers.  Other than a self-imposed break for about 30 minutes, it was constant flow of children and families trying out fiddles, banjos, guitars, ukes, accordions and more for about 4 hours.  Always fun […]

9 May 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Kids Day 5/11/19

The Instrument Petting Zoo will be at Kid’s Day in Burlington on Saturday May 11th from 11am to 3pm, with Yasi Zeichner and Mark Sustic as zoo keepers More info about Kid’s Day here: https://enjoyburlington.com/event/kids-day/ Admission is free. A celebration of kids, for kids! The day kicks off at 9:30 am with a parade down […]

17 March 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo and Fiddleheads at the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival Ceili

Thanks to Ruth, Elizabeth and Elizabeth from the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival, Sarah King, Yasi Zeichner and all the Fiddleheads participants and the crew at City Hall, we were able to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an instrument petting zoo installation and a performance by Fiddleheads.  Dozens or families and children kept the instruments in […]

17 March 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo installation at the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival

Thanks to Bill Drislane for jumping in as zoo keeper, Ruth, Elizabeth and Elizabeth from the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival and everyone at the Fletcher Free Library, the Instrument Petting Zoo was available to several dozen children and their families.  All kinds of inventive ways to play instruments, including the ‘correct’ way…..  all in good […]

14 March 2019 / Read more

YTV and the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival

Young Tradition Vermont is involved with several events over the next few days as part of the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival.  The Instrument Petting Zoo will be part of activities at the Fletcher Free Library on Saturday 3/16 (late morning) and City Hall on Sunday 3/17 (early afternoon).  Fiddleheads perform with Sarah King and Yasi […]

24 February 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Smilie Memorial Elementary School 2/22/19

Thanks to the staff and students at the Smilie Memorial Elementary School in Bolton for hosting the instrument petting zoo on Friday, February 22.  Somewhere between 80 and 100 children had the chance to be inspired with and learn about how instruments are used in traditional music and dance.  And thanks to Yasi and Oli […]

2 February 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Kinderworks

YTV did an installation of its Instrument Petting Zoo at the Kinderworks child care center in Essex on 1/28/19.  Everyone got to try out a variety of stringed instruments, including ukes, guitars, mandolins, harps, Tibetan guitars, fiddles, banjos, dulcimers and more, and to play along on Leadbelly’s ‘Wasn’t That a Band!’ It was great! It […]

12 January 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo Update

Here are some places the Instrument Petting Zoo is going in the next few months: • 1/17/19 – UVM Early Childhood session with Chris Dorman at Davis Student Center • 1/21/19 – Baird 5 at UVM Medical Center • 1/28/19 – KinderWorks Childcare in Essex • 2/13/19-2/15/19 Folk Alliance International in Montreal (sampler of instruments […]

1 January 2019 / Read more

YTV at Highlight in Burlington

Thanks all for making what Young Tradition Vermont offered at the New Year’s Eve Highlight event in Burlington fun, well attended, rewarding, exhausting in the good ways…… Zach Williamson and everyone working with and for BCA and Signal Kitchen….. Barbara and the rest of the staff at Fletcher Free Library….. Aden and Prince for loading, […]

30 November 2018 / Read more

Petting Zoo at International Festival

Thanks to Ben, April, Yasi, Oli, Suzanne, Kerry, Andy and Linda, the Instrument Petting Zoo will be at the 26th Annual Vermont International Festival on Friday November 30 between 9am and 3pm.  This is Vermont’s major gathering of music, dance, song and crafts from all over the world, and great opportunity on Friday for Young […]

20 November 2018 / Read more

Looking for Zoo Keepers!

The Instrument Petting Zoo will be at the 26th Annual Vermont International Festival between 9am and 3pm at the Champlain Valley Exposition on 11/30/18, but to make it happen successfully we need some help!  We need help picking it up at Integrated Arts Academy on 11/29/18, setting it up on 11/30/18, 2 to 3 hours […]

31 August 2018 / Read more

New World Festival on 9/2/18

Young Tradition Vermont will be well represented at the New World Festival in Randolph on Sunday…..  2018 contest winners Romy and Ben Munkres performing and playing for dances, Touring Group members hosting a session in the early evening, the Instrument Petting Zoo in the afternoon.  Hope to see you there!

17 August 2018 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Peacham Acoustic Music Festival

Appreciation to Frank Miller and Patrice McDonough for inviting the instrument petting zoo to PAMFest again in 2018. We always have a good time there, with a great group of Festival-organized volunteers, assisting Sarah King and Mark Sustic this year.  We made a bunch of new friends, and got to visit with some good old […]