Belated birthday

Stone Mountain Arts opens at last
By SARA DONNELLY  |  July 5, 2006

Several months behind schedule, singer-songwriter Carol Noonan will finally open her Stone Mountain Arts Center on August 5 (see “The Arts in Your Neighborhood,” by Sara Donnelly, June 10, 2005). The center is set in the backyard of Noonan’s farmhouse in Brownfield, which itself is set in the shadow of the White Mountains. According to mapquest.com, the drive from downtown Portland to Stone Mountain Arts will take about an hour and a half, assuming you obey the speed limit. So it’s a trek. But if you want to check out acts like Dar Williams, Marty Stuart, and Ralph Stanley in a small venue, this little mountain hall is probably the place to get it done.

Noonan says construction on the center’s theater barn took more time than she and her husband had anticipated and this accounts for the delay. Work on the theater will likely continue up to opening day, as Noonan expects to work on interior touch-ups into August.

“I’m really excited,” she says. “I’ll be happy when we open the doors. We’re going to be right down to the wire, but we had to give ourselves a deadline.”

Noonan’s theater can seat up to 185 people, the farthest no more than 45 feet from the stage. She’s kicking off this season’s calendar with Prairie-Home-Companion style collaborative shows on August 5 and 6. Noonan will perform with several other artists including Mike Miclon, a Maine vaudevillian, and Gregg Morrow, an Irish pipe musician. Tickets for this show cost $35 per person, including hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Drop Noonan a line at info@carolnoonanmusic.com to learn more.

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