ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 4 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 31, 2000


      ArtBits always features a calendar of the goings on of Franklin County artists. Check out these events around Franklin County. Each issue includes the entire text of our weekly newspaper column.

      There is a free AAC Networking Meeting/Coffee House at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, and workshops every month at Simple Pleasures in St Albans.


      I picked up more than a few yellow leaves in the lawn this week, a girl just roller bladed past my window wearing a parka, and the last Got Milk Summer Sounds concert of the season is this Sunday.
      Despite all evidence to the contrary, I still believe it is Summer and time to work on my tan.
      This Sunday, The Tyler Place presents a double bill with Tom MacKenzie and Anderson-Gram in the Highgate Municipal Park. The outdoor family concerts and festivities are always on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., always in a town park, and always free.
      Gayle Anderson and Bob Gram are a finely tuned acoustic duo with great chemistry honed both from a years of performing and from their recent marriage.
      This solid song writing team will play a mix of original folk songs plus covers of Jimmy Buffett, the Everly Brothers, Kate Wolf, and even the Counting Crows. The New Hampshire-based Anderson Gram has played the Yarmouth Regional Arts Center in Nova Scotia, the Pavilion in Washington D.C., and music fests from Massachusetts to Florida. Their current CD, Watercolors, includes favorites Strangers written by Gayle, Trace of September, the singularly appropriate song Bob may have written for this weekend, and New Life that they wrote together. They will release a new album early this Fall. The World Folk Music Association features the group at Anderson-Gram.
      Well-known in Franklin County as a member of the Wood's Tea Company, Tom MacKenzie sings, tells stories, and plays hammered dulcimer and banjo. "I do the traditional musician thing," Tom said. He has extensively toured Tennessee and Virginia, played the Midwest a number of times, and played Hollywood on Oscar night. "No one showed up for me, though."
      Tom makes his living as a musician. "It involves a lot of traveling out of Vermont to sustain it. You almost have to play in a number of different groups" including the Kitchen Sink [Appalachian] Cloggers, High Road, and a kid's dance group that travels overseas.
      The full list of Tom's original songs is online at MP3. Wake Me When It's Over, his current CD, has his old time French Canadian folk music, Scottish lullabies, Estonian folk tunes, and rag time produced by Pete Sutherland and played by some of today's best acoustic musicians.
      Before and during the concert, the Highgate Technology Committee will serve a tableful of goodies for your sweet tooth. Bring the family and a blanket for the last picnic of the season in the Highgate Park.
      Got Milk Summer Sounds concerts in Highgate are presented by the Dairy Farmers of Vermont, the Town of Highgate, and the All Arts Council, and sponsored by Champlain Valley International, Chevalier Drilling, Dexter Products, O. C. McCuin & Sons, Ray's Extrusion Dies & Tubing, and The Tyler Place.
      The rain site is the Highgate United Methodist Church. The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont.


      Stanley Kunitz, 95, has been named the 10th United States poet laureate. His term will begin in October, the same month his latest book, The Collected Poems, will be released. Mr. Kunitz won the Pulitzer Prize in 1959 for Selected Poems, 1928-1958 and has received the Bollingen Prize, the National Book Award and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.
      Mr. Kunitz replaces Robert Pinsky who has been poet laureate since 1997.


7TH ANNUAL FEED THE BODY, FEED THE SOUL INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION (October 14)--at Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton Ohio. First Prize - $2500/$4,000 total prize money. For entry, send your mailing address via e-mail.
2001-2002 RESIDENCY PROGRAM (September 5)--Tryon Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. For application guidelines and details, Click here or e-mail Casey Evelo for info.
ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER VASE - NEW FIRINGS FROM OLD TRADITIONS (September 8)-- National juried online exhibit of ceramic vases inspired by the techniques, forms and styles of the American Art Pottery Movement (1870-1930). Open to U.S. graduate students. Click here or e-mail for info
ANNUAL PAUMANOK POETRY AWARD (September 15)--$1000 + travel expenses to read in SUNY Farmingdale Visiting Writers Program. "To discover the finest new poets -- or newly emerging poets -- now writing in English." Entry Fee $12. e-mail Margery L Brown for info


      The William and Gayle Cook Music Library of the Indiana University has all School of Music home pages and past semester reserve lists for courses dating back to 1993. Each page includes discography and recordings for their course offerings.
      This page lists Z320 /Beatles Summer 2000 Reserve Recordings


      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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