Vinegar Hill Music Theater is opening this June in the former beloved Arundel Barn Playhouse. After many years offering entertaining summer stock theater, the Arundel Barn Playhouse completed its final season last. This historic property was sold to new owners Tim Harrington and Deb Lennon in December 2015. After spending the past several months having a large crew of workmen doing a host of renovations and additions, including new balcony seating boxes, a full service bar and upgraded acoustics and sound systems, the new Vinegar Hill Music Theater will bring top-flight musical entertainment to the Kennebunks throughout the summer.
Vinegar Hill Music Theater is southern Maine’s newest live arts entertainment venue. Its very first season will kick-off on June 24 with a gala event benefitting “Music on Main”, a Kennebunk non-profit community organization dedicated to bringing the Portland Symphony Orchestra to the Kennebunks each summer.
“We’re really excited to be able to bring a variety of musicians, authors and entertainers to the Kennebunks, and in such a unique and intimate setting,” said George Dvorsky, creative director of Vinegar Hill Music Theater. “We want Vinegar Hill to be a place for the community to gather, socialize, enjoy the gardens and watch some great performances.”
This historic barn and it’s adjoining farm were originally known as The Smith Sisters’ Farm. The barn was built in the late 1800’s and the property is still referred to by that name by many locals. However, the new name, Vinegar Hill, refers to traditional lore about the part of Arundel in which the farm and barn are located. It seems the place name is derived from Gaelic for “hill of the wood with the berries”.
We are excited to have this new entertainment venue available to our guests this summer and early fall. We too are looking forward to spending a few summer evenings at the Vinegar Hill Music Theater. These are recent pictures of the theater taken by Rick. They show the landscaping under way. Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield