ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 3 NUMBER 4 * * All Arts News On the Web * * APRIL, 1999


      ArtBits always features a calendar of the goings on of Franklin County artists. Check out these events around Franklin County.


      The annual meeting of the members of the All Arts Council of Franklin County, originally scheduled for March 4, was cancelled. The meeting will be held on Thursday April 1, 1999, at 7 p.m. in the Collins-Perley Sprots Complex in St Albans. At the annual meeting, members will elect up to 7 directors, report on major projects including the Artist Register and the ArTrain, and plan the 1999 season. AAC members vote, can serve on the board of directors, hold office, and support cultural events around Franklin County.
      "We're going to have this meeting, even if the weather kills us," said AAC Secretary Anne Harper.
      The following directors' terms expire in 1999: Chris Bouchard, Dick Harper (chair), Dave Kiefner, and Ania Modzelewski. There is also one open position to be filled with nominations from the floor.
      Control of the Arts Council rests with the membership. Members may vote, serve on the board of directors; attend meetings; receive news, priority seating, educational opportunities, and discounts; network with other artists and other members; attend member-only celebrations; and meet artists. All residents of the service area may join the AAC with full voting rights; people residing outside the service area may join the AAC, but have no voting rights.


      Diane Smith says, "I'm an athlete, not an artist."
      Why do we think of dance as part of the arts? "It's funny, because I have a Bachelor of Science," she said, stressing the science. "The ballet, the jazz, and the tap are artistic" but all the anatomy and kinesiology are science and sport. Diane has choreographed and danced in the Lyric shows at the Flynn Theatre in Burlington as entertainment and art.
      "I've done every kind of dance there is," she said, including most ethnic favorites. "College was modern [dance] but I'm a jazz dancer. I love jazz and I love tap. In grade school, my favorite was ballet."
      Diane is now a dance teacher and the varsity cheerleading coach at BFA-St Albans.
      "I started dancing when I was 8," Diane said. She joined two dance companies in high school, then received a B.S. in Dance from Illinois State. She traveled to Europe with the American Heritage dancers for summer festivals. "We performed in villages with other dancers doing ethnic dances from Italy, Scotland, France Turkey. Now I teach jazz, tap, ballroom, and pre-school movement to 3 year olds to adults." She says that Chicago's Gus Giordano was an awesome jazz teacher; she also studied with Sophie Maslow who was 88 when she put a modern show together.
      New York City called but her first job and her equity card came in summer stock in Lake George. She then toured with the Madison Square Garden-Roger Hess Productions, a childrens' show. "I was Tweety Bird. We had huge 70-pound costumes" for part of the show, and also danced as more normal sized people. She played the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden, the Orpheus Theater in Boston, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and tons of other places. "In Mexico City, we were part of a circus with the same company. Then I moved to Vermont." In Burlington she danced and worked for Nancy Lee Watkins who brought the very popular Ketch Troupe to Franklin County several years ago.
      Diane moved her business to St Albans from Burlington in 1985. She started above Simple Pleasures, moved to Kingman Street above the American Legion, then down Lake Street behind Guay's Market, and now to Duke's Fitness Center.
      She discovered that there is no graduate level dance program nearby, so she is back in an undergrad program, studying occupational therapy at Champlain College and will graduate in May. "So I've gone on with the health field. I will continue dancing and will be certified to teach spinning and aerobics." Spinning is a cardiovascular workout on a stationery bike. Equipped with a 35 pound wheel and variable resistance, the bike offers standing, jumping, and hill climbing exercises in a 45-minute class with music.
      A single mom with two children, David, 18, and Susannah, 7, Diane has a dog, two cats, and never a dull moment. "The dog is going blind and deaf and has Alzheimer's and is very, very sweet and mellow."


      Ray Bushey was born and raised on what was once a turkey farm on Tabor's Point. He has lived in Franklin County most of his life.
      "I spent two years away," he said, "touring the west coast with Kevin Agosti in a group called Liberty. "He got me into the original side of music, songs more your own instead of going out in the bars playing cover tunes."
      Starting in 1966, Ray played in bands for 25 years. He cut his teeth on the Beatles and Rolling Stones, but dabbled in country with Agosti. He played original rock and roll and joined Greafe in the 70s. "Nobby and I started a group called Pheelix. That was the first band that sax player Joe Moore played in here."
      "I've been lucky to rub shoulders with a lot of great musicians," he said. "The high points have been playing with Nobby and with Kevin Agosti. Nobby turned me inward and learn about feeling music instead of just playing the notes." He started with the Kon-taks, named after the cold remedy (the hyphen was a broken capsule), and played with The Sound, Back Page, Allard Brothers, Car Tune, Liberty, Johnny Green and the Green Men, and the Boppers "as a last hurrah. Lately I've been sitting in with East Coast Muscle."
      Ray did three shows with the Drifters in 1982. "It was a chance encounter. They were playing in the club owned by our bass player." Their guitar player was ill. There were three Drifters groups at the time including the Fabulous Drifters and the World Famous Drifters. Like the Platters, they had about 100 members drifting in and out over the years. "I had a lot of fun and got to play all the Drifters songs I grew up with."
      Agosti also started Ray's interest in production and studio work.
      "I gave up the bands when Lorinda and I started a family." They have three girls, Rhea, 3, Amanda, 6, and Lara, 7.
      Since the family started he has been building a recording studio. He started the studio with a little four track analog setup; he is now full digital and makes demos and other projects for other artists around Franklin County. Mike Kelly is working on a new album with Ray. Josh Cote has done some work on it already. Nobby Reed will be laying a track soon as will Joe Moore. Kelly's current CD is Mike Kelly and Deep Country Jump-The Groove.
      A digital studio uses computer-based electronics. "I have a digital hard disk recorder. It's easier, creates better sound, and allows us to do things that the Beatles and George Martin used to spend weeks on with scissors and scotch tape." Ray's setup is a virtual studio with keyboards and drum machines. "That means we can do full orchestration with one or two people in a closet."
      "I never sold my equipment. It's nice to have enough to ride again." He started on keyboards and rhythm guitar, then played bass in Greafe. "As a swing man, I fill the holes."
      He works a lot of hours as a printer at Bertek Systems, keeps up with his family, and is still a part-time musician. "My kids are getting very musically inclined. I have footage of the girls playing and singing now. Lara writes songs with almost adult lyrics.
      "Maybe I should be a bit further than I am, but I'm where I want to be."
      A full plate, indeed.


      What do we do when the big guns leave town?
      Three generations have spent seven Saturdays in the Bay School to develop a performance piece from the rich history of Taylor Park and St Albans. Dancers Manon Pellman and Judith Karstens and visual artist Gail Salzman led the project..
      "Our focus is to use dance, music, and the visual arts to bring community members to share their diverse heritage and common experiences living in St Albans," said Judith.
      Fabio and Michele spent a Saturday leading the group in French-Canadian song and dance. "We had a ball," Judith said. "And the foot tapping will certainly be in the performance."
      Narrator John Finn contributed his memories of the people who lived and live in St Albans while a group of students in the New Beginnings program at BFA metamorphosed their recipe for the future of St Albans into a vision that might keep them here as grownups. A second BFA group has worked with Gail to develop the artwork for the performance. The set will have a monumental patchwork quilt of charcoal and pastel drawings and large suspended paintings of trees, created by all the ages from pre-teen to elders.
      Another Saturday, the group covered the floor with sculpture, then did movement and visual arts exercises. That developed into a moving sculpture around the centerpiece.
      That effort culminates in a performance Sunday, April 11, at BFA-St Albans. Betty and John Finn will sing an Irish Pub song. Michele Choiniere will sing in the performance accompanied by Fabio Choiniere on the mouth organ. Bill Karstens, Fred Kosnitsky, Deb Jones, Mina Kamal, Judith Karstens, Colleen Kissane, Alisha and Ashley LaRocque, Ann Levy, Manon Pellman, Gail Salzman, Vera Wade, Telos Whitfield, and Eunice Yonkers will join them with dance and music.
      There are two main dance impression pieces narrated by John Finn. One combines the past and present memories of Taylor Park and St Albans. The second shows the hopes for the future by the teens in the New Beginnings program.
      "The area supports the high profile events [such as the Lester Bowie residency]," Judith said, "but the whole idea behind the Lila Wallace grant is to help us sustain and use those to strengthen the community. It's what we do after the big name artists leave that's important." Events like this do that very well.
      The Locomotion workshops and performance are sponsored in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts with the generous support of LG Printing, Newton's Decorating Center, the St Albans Town School District, and Sherwin Williams Paints. Ben and Jerry's Homemade will supply scrumptious refreshments.


BRIGADOON is the beloved Lerner and Lowe musical about an enchanted Scottish village which appears out of the mist once every hundred years because of a "well organized miracle." The residents of Brigadoon awaken for the day, then return to sleep for another century, while the village disappears into the Highland mists. Hunters Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas get lost in the hills on that anniversary day. "Tommy falls in love with the lovely Fiona," director Harold Mitchell said, but he wouldn't give away the rest of the story.       The cast of 40 students includes the lovely Kaitlin Shumway as Fiona, Majken Gadouas as the comic Meg, Raphael Bish as Tommy Albright, B. J. Wilson as Jeff Douglas, Adam Desrochers as Charley Dalrymple, and David Bish as Mr. Lundie. A 20-member pit band supplies the music; students man the lighting and audio crews.
      Tommy and Fiona sing the best known song in the Lerner and Lowe score, Almost like Being in Love as well as Heather on the Hill. Meg sings My Mother's Weddin' Day and Love of My Life, while Come to Me, Been to Me is sung by Charlie. The score also features the songs Almost Like Being In Love, The Heather On The Hill and I'll Go Home With Bonnie Jean.
      Choral teacher Betsy Keller is vocal director, Sue Nadeau is choreographer, Brooke Ostrander leads the band, and Harold Mitchell directs. That adds up to 70 students and four adults.
      Over 1000 students from Franklin and Grand Isle Counties came to dress rehearsals Wednesday April 7. The MVU musical begins April 8, and continues through Saturday, April 10, with curtain time at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $8 adults, $6 students, and $5 seniors. Call the school (868-7311) for information.

SPRING DRAMA FESTIVAL IN ENOSBURG FALLS--The first of three April musicals begins April 9 as the Enosburg Falls Middle School presents Fiddler on the Roof in the Opera House at Enosburg Falls.
      Fiddler is a "real music extravaganza with the jazz band playing and the kids singing," said director Liz Leroux. L'Chaim and Matchmaker are well known and "have a lot of life," she said. The score also includes Anatevka, Now I Have Everything, Sunrise, Sunset, and Tradition.
      The strong and enthusiastic cast features 34 Enosburg Middle school kids in the story of love, defiance, and devotion in a poor Jewish family in Czarist Russia. Alex Cseh will play Tevye and Rachal Gaston will be Golda. Paul Leroux reminded us that he's in the show, too. The ten-piece jazz ensemble will play between the scenes. The cast made their own sets, mostly out of boxes. Hank Doyle's industrial mechanics class built Tevya's house on wheels so it would spin around, open up, sit on the stage, and be sturdy enough to hold the actors. The clothing class has made all the dresses, aprons, Russian uniforms, hats, and other costumes.
      Director and Enosburg Middle School teacher Liz Leroux also directed Annie last year. Judith Karstens choreographed the show. Alisa Martin, choral teacher and director of the Enosburg Town Band, . Marty McRae conducts the Jazz Band. David Stetson is doing the lights and sound and Marian Ryel is piano accompanist.
      "It's such an upbeat show, but the ending makes it hard for the kids," Liz said. The costumes and the exodus will look very similar to today's refugee flight from Kosovo. "100 years later, we're still doing this evil on each other."
      The Enosburg Falls Middle School presents Fiddler on the Roof Friday, April 9, and Saturday April 10 with curtain time at 8 p.m. at the Opera House at Enosburg Falls. Tickets are available at the door.

      The Enosburg Drama Festival continues April 16-17 with Leonard Wibberley's Mouse that Roared. The loyal citizens of the Grand Duchy of Fenwick endure a tiny problem faced by most nations: their anemic coffers are empty.
      While D. Benter and the Dilutionists argue with Count Montjoy's Anti-Dilutionists over how to make their wine more profitable, Chief Forest Ranger Tully Bascomb convinces the wise and attractive Gloriana to declare war on the United States because "we always bail out the countries we beat at war." Will Grand Fenwick become rich or become the most powerful nation on earth? "Of course, the plan backfires," said director Linda Collins.
      About 35 seniors make up the cast and crew. Peter Brigham plays Bascomb, Kristin Allen is Gloriana, and Joel Paradee plays Montjoy. Debbie Grandshaw's clothing class makes all the costumes for the plays. These costumes come straight from the European middle ages. "Because they make the costumes for the Shakespeare Festival, I'm able to use a lot of what they already made," Linda said. This time "they did the soldier suits, Gloriana's gown, and the mouse suit."
      A two show run of Mouse that Roared runs April 16-17 at 7 p.m. in the Opera House at Enosburg Falls. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students.
      The Drama Festival concludes April 30-May 1 with Alice in Wonderland.


      The Maple Festival marks the beginning of Spring in St Albans April 23-25 with family entertainment, fiddlin' around in a major production, and art all up and down Main Street.
PERFORMANCES ON SATURDAY, APRIL 24--Local rock and roll favorites Bad Horsey play 10-2; New Hampshire's children's entertainment Waldo & Woodhead play 2-3; and T-Bone, affectionately known as "America's Pied Piper" attracts parents and kids from 3-5. All three shows are on the Main Street Stage and all are free. The Fiddlers Variety Show begins in BFA Auditorium at 8:30
ALL ARTS/SPECIALTY FOODS--The AAC will bring a new sampler of Franklin County fine art to the Vermont Specialty Foods exhibit in City Hall auditorium. We will display original paintings by Alice Astleford, Delano Bransfield, Paule Gingras, Mary Harper, Natalie LaRocque-Bouchard, and Ania Modzelewski. These Franklin County artists have donated works for the "promotional" prints that accompany AAC membership this year; Alice Astleford's print is the first available and will debut at the show. Open 10-5 Saturday and 10-4 Sunday. Free
ALL ARTS GALLERY at the GIFT GALLERY--The feature artists are Bob Anderson, watercolors; Diana Herder Bennett, sculpture; Natalie LaRocque-Bouchard, acrylics and cards; Del Bransfield, metal ships; Bob Brodeur, photographs; Roslyn Brown, jewelry, Louise Counos, oils; J. J Dandurand, oils; Theresa Duffy, watercolors; Barbara Flack, digital art and photo cards; Mary Harper, watercolors; Patrice Havreluk-Hemingway, Ukranian eggs; April Henderson, photographs; Kathy Kimball, cards; Chris LeBaron, sculpture; Lisa Mossey, floral watercolors; Meta Strick, fairies and Santas; Valerie Ugro, watercolors and reproductions; Sandra Vaillancourt, mosaics and shirts; and Pam Krout-Voss, pens and pencils. Open 10-5 Friday and Saturday.
CRAFT SHOW--This annual tradition features fascinating crafts, local artisans, photography, jewelry tables, and more in the BFA gym. Open 11-5 Friday, 10-5 Saturday and 10-4 Sunday. Free.
JEFF'S MAINE SEAFOOD--Gene Rybicki Judkins of Jeffersonville is displaying Vermont landscapes and floral watercolor and pastel paintings in the dining room.
SUGAR MILL ANTIQUE MALL-- Corliss Blakely has two exhibits here: her Showcase on the second floor and a display upstairs in the third floor Gallery. Mark Tougas' oil paintings and Corliss' exhibits "anchor" the Gallery. The Sugar Mill Gallery features Lisa Bouffard, oil paintings; Jeannette Karns pen and ink sketches; Lorraine Manly, oil paintings; Jean Villeneuve, watercolor paintings; and Lauren Young, poetic photos and poetry. Open 10-5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


      The All Arts Council and Radio WWSR will feature Vermont State Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt of Cabot and several local poets in a live broadcast of readings and conversation about poetry next Tuesday at 7 p.m. Voigt has published five volumes of poetry including Kyrie. She was named poet laureate in March and will serve four years.
      The book length Kyrie is a sequence of persona poems with different speakers connected by their location in the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. That epidemic killed more than 30 million people worldwide. Some of the narrators "seem related to one another and form a kind of community. It was an amazing devastation," she said, "encouraged by World War I. The movement of troops made it easy for the virus to spread." The name Kyrie (pronounced KEER-ee-aa) is from the Greek meaning "Lord."
      Voigt is currently working on The Poet Next Door, a Vermont Center for the Book project that will join ten Vermont poets with high school students around the state. "We hope to hook up about 180 kids per year," she said. The students will get a copy of the poet's book and a study guide and will talk with the poets via the Vermont Interactive Television system. The Franklin County studio is located at BFA-St Albans.
      "It will help kids understand that there are poets living and writing in their own neighborhoods and writing about the landscape that they would see," she said. The Poet Next Door starts in the fall with three poets each year.
      The Poet Next Door is funded through a grant from the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Foundation.
      Ellen Bryant Voigt will be joined Tuesday evening by Lauren Young, Waneta Tanner, Rebecca Bennett, and other Franklin County writers. "I'd like to read the card I have created to fight domestic violence," Lauren Young said. "The card debuted in Montpelier to encourage people to leave an unhealthy situation." WWSR broadcasts at 1420 AM.


MAPLE FESTIVAL--The AAC is joining Vermont Specialty Foods with a small art exhibit in St Albans City Hall. e-mail the All Arts Council if you have new work to show.


ST ALBANS--Who said Franklin County doesn't have enough thespians?       EXIT STAGE LEFT has formed. They will perform A. R. Gurney's The Dining Room in July. A prolific and regularly produced playwright, Gurney explores the issues and realities of middle-class America. The popular play is a series of skits focussed on a varied group of people of all ages centered in a single Dining Room. It opened in New York in 1982 to critical and commercial acclaim.
      Exit Stage Left will host an informational meeting April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at St Lukes Episcopal Church. They will hold auditions April 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and May 1 at 1 p.m. at St Lukes Episcopal Church in St Albans. e-mail the All Arts Council for more information.

      The GREEN ACTORS GUILD has formed in St Albans. "Lots of teenagers still want to continue the summer musical tradition," said founder Pat Willey who was involved in three musicals in Enosburg Falls. "And there's such a huge pool of talented teenagers here in the County who want to dance."
      Their first summer show will be Grease, the 20th anniversary of the popular, nostalgic boy-meets-girl story with Rock and Roll music and choreography. The songs include Greased Lightning, Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee, Hopelessly Devoted to You, and Born to Hand-Jive.
      The Green Actors Guild will hold an informational meeting Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at BFA-St Albans. "We need lots of help with set design and construction, costumes, backstage and front supervisors," Pat said. For more information email Pat Willey
      This project is partially underwritten by a generous grant from Franklin County Community Cares and other community groups. Fund-raising is ongoing.


      The AAC needs members who want to assemble art exhibits, book bands, evoke events, and to paint or dance or sing or write. We began our annual membership drive last month.
      1999 members will receive a reproduction of a fine oil or watercolor painting donated by AAC artists. Member benefits also include networking with artists and other members, a member night celebration, regular news of local cultural happenings, priority seating or discount admission to AAC events, advance notice of events, educational and cultural opportunities, as well as other parties and discounts.
      Residents, businesses, and visitors can join at the saint, patron, donor, benefactor, sponsor, or general member Level. Student memberships are free; our student members complete community service projects to fulfill their membership. Check it out here.

VISUAL ARTISTS--The Fisk Farm Horse and Carriage Barn Gallery on Isle La Motte is planning the 1999 summer showings in conjunction with the Sunday Afternoon Teas during July and August. Email Valerie Ugro for information.


THE STRATTON ARTS FESTIVAL--is largest annual juried exhibition of contemporary arts and crafts held in Vermont. The 36th anniversary festival begins in September, but entries are due now. This is an exceptional opportunity for Franklin County artists and artisans to display and sell to 10,000 fall visitors.
      The awards program includes a Best-in-Show award of $1,500, as well as Best-in-Category awards of $1,000, silver and bronze medals, and specialty awards. All works in the festival are for sale. E-mail Linda Huekel for information and an application.

CONFRONTING CANCER THROUGH ART--Juried exhibition for artists whose lives have been touched by cancer. University of Pennsylvania encourages work reflecting the impact of cancer on individuals, family members and society. Arthur Ross Gallery, U of P, Box 5, College Hall, Philadelphia PA 19104

NORTH AMERICAN NATIVE AUTHORS FIRST BOOK AWARDS--American Indian, Aleut, Inuit or Metis ancestry required. $500 prize plus publication. Native Writers Circle of the Americas, North American Native Authors First Book Awards, Greenfield Review Literary Center, 2 Middle Grove RD, Greenfield Center, NY 12633

ARTIST'S MAGAZINE'S 1999 ANNUAL ART COMPETITION (May 3)--Offers over $16,000 in cash prizes to amateur and professional artists in portraits, landscapes, still life, experimental art and animal art. SASE to: Terri Boes, The Artist's Magazine's 1999 Art Competition, 1507 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207


      Called America's Museum in Motion, the ArTrain is the only Museum that rides the rails. Thanks to a generous grant from the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, ArTrain will anchor an Art-Train-Civil War Festival this fall.
      "We know that the Art Train will benefit the people of the State of Vermont," wrote Molly Lambert, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development.
      Since 1962, the NASA art program has commissioned over 250 American artists to explore space flight. Artistry of Space, the current ArTrain exhibit, will stop in Vermont's Railroad City with an exhibit of Paul Calle, Peter Max, Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Jamie Wyeth, and others from the NASA collection as well as a showcase of the best of Franklin and Grand Isle artists.
      The Artistry of Space exhibition is the cornerstone in a collaboration between the All Arts Council, the St Albans Area Chamber of Commerce, area schools, and local businesses.


      Each month we look for a few web sites with great images, music, or resources for people in the arts.

      April is National Poetry month and poetry is growing in popularity on the World Wide Web. I will look at sites devoted to poems for the next few weeks.
      The All Arts Council and Radio WWSR will feature Vermont State Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt of Cabot and several local poets in a live broadcast of readings and conversation about poetry on Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. WWSR broadcasts at 1420 AM.

      Find a poet, read a poem, a listening booth, and an events calendar at the Academy of American Poets.
      National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. They display some highlights of the fourth annual National Poetry Month including the Urban Libraries Council's series of Luminous Moments, a month-long celebration of poetry with readings at major public libraries across the country. The American Poetry & Literacy Project and Volkswagen of America will place 40,000 copies of poetry books in every new Volkswagen shipped this month. Amtrak has distributed thousands of poetry volumes books to distribute on their trains. 3,500 Peace Corps volunteers will take poetry books overseas.
      The Academy's National Poetry Month page also has awards and programs, exhibits, an events calendar, and even an "APLseed" giveaway.

      Poetry Daily is a showcase and anthology for professionally published contemporary poetry with a new poem every day. Co-Editors Diane Boller and Don Selby select the daily poem for its seasonal or topical interest from more than 100 book and journal publishers. Their goal is to make poetry a part of daily life; eminent and lesser known poets are represented.
      Featured poet Debora Greger teaches creative writing at the University of Florida. Her latest book of poetry, God, will be published by Penguin. The site also has News and Features, a bookstore, and a poetry archive.

      Aha! Poetry is a site to post poems for Open Mic, to use Ann Cantelow's Interactive Poetry Invention, read books of poetry online, have a soapbox, read some of the books in the Brautigan Virtual Library, learn new/old poetry forms such as cinquain, ghazal, haiku , renga , sijo , and tanka, and even judge a Maheecoozookey.
      Webmaster Jane Reichhold has taught art classes for children, owned a pottery workshop studio, made sculpture from ropes, and became the first American woman artist accepted into Deutsche Kunstlerbund [German Artists' Organization]. She has been publishing haiku books since 1979.

      On April 22, last year, the President and First Lady hosted a Millennium Evening at the White House featuring Poets Laureate Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass, and Rita Dove. The White House offers a transcript of the proceedings and Sun Microsystems runs the original video.


      ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site.


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