Brownfield, ME: Stone Mountain Music
The audiences loved it, too, especially the monthly Stone Mountain Live shows — Maine’s version of “A Prairie Home Companion”. Today, Carol not only writes and produces them but also works the kitchen shift with Jeff and their neighbors. Just before 8, she whips off her apron, lets down her hair, and makes her way through the crowded tables.
Stepping onstage, with the barn’s tall windows glowing dusk blue behind her, with tree limbs twinkling on either side and Oriental rugs at her feet, Carol stands in the intimacy of what could be her living room — but what just may be New England’s finest listening room.
The bar closes; food service stops. She takes up her guitar, and the musicians join in. Gradually, she lets the details of work ease away and the music fill in. At some point, she catches Jeff’s smile and knows he’s thinking the same thing she is: “We created this, but now it’s gone beyond us.” The applause thunders, and the audience belts out the closing refrain:
Well, we’ve come to the end of our little show.
Please drive safe and please drive slow.
As you drive down the hill, please check out your brakes.
We don’t want you to run into Irving Potter’s place.
It’s Brownfield, after all — a lovely, unlikely place.
Stone Mountain Arts Center
695 Dugway Road, Brownfield, ME.
Performances are year-round. For a calendar of upcoming events, contact: 866-227-6523; stonemountainartscenter.com