The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce its participation in the 9th annual Clinton Art and Music Festival on August 23rd. The AHI will be hosting the second main stage of the festival; the other being the gazebo on the green.

The festival annually attracts over 5,000 people to Clinton who spend the day browsing the booths of juried artists and listening to music groups. In addition to having artists and musicians, the festival will include a number of demonstrations, including wood carving and pottery making. There will also be children’s activities, including rock painting, clay-making, and a “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo.”

The Clinton Art and Music Festival first began in 2006. Started as a small festival by the owner of a music shop in town, the festival has grown to become a staple tradition of summer in Clinton. The festival annually attracts enough artists to fill the village green and West Park Row. “It’s tripled in size,” says Ferris Betrus, Executive Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce. “It’s good for the community. It’s one of the best events we have for the community.”

The festival will host a total of 15 musical acts who will perform on nine stages throughout the day. The AHI and Gazebo on the village green will serve as the two primary stages and will alternate acts hourly. The AHI will host three acts throughout the day: The Rick Short Band at 1:00 PM, The Hot Club of Saratoga at 3:00 PM, and Sirsy at 5:00 PM.  For the past several years, the AHI has served as a stage for the event. “We’re pleased to have [the AHI] play a role in it,” said Betrus, “My favorite part of it is to see it all happen, and to see people have a good time and listen to the music. I really love the music. It’s a day of music, a day of artists, and a day of good food.

To learn more about the Clinton Art and Music Festival, or to see a full schedule of events, please visit