ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 5 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 26, 2001


      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.

      Stop in for the AAC CoffeeHouses at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of every month. These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and workshops. We come together on the second Wednesday for a booked musical performance and an art exhibit at Simple Pleasures in St Albans. On the fourth Wednesday come to the Kept Writer in St Albans for acoustic Open Mike Night featuring music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.


      This Sunday, Kenneth Appel; Brown, Cahill, Gawne & Miller; Bruce and Brooks; Robert E. Farrar; Nicholas Hadden; George Harwood, Peter J. R. Martin & Donald Pellman; and Rainville and Associates present North Country Fair in their first Summer Sounds appearance in Taylor Park. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., always in a town park, and always free.
      A traditional quintet, North Country Fair plays Irish, Scottish, French Canadian, and Appalachian songs and tunes in a style to capture the folk heritage of Northern New England. They can also be convinced to call the steps for a contra dance. Angie Oliver, (dance caller, vocalist, hammer and mountain dulcimer, Irish and Appalachian dance), Elizabeth Simmons (vocals, guitar, flute, piano, Irish dance), Doug Riley (vocals, cittern, guitar), Rick Kovacs (fiddle, guitar), and Mitch Barron (upright and electric bass, guitar, banjo). Click here to read more about them.
      Before and during the concert, the Foster Grandparent program will hold a delightful ice cream social. Meet some old friends and make new ones as you picnic in Taylor Park.
      Summer Sounds in St Albans are presented by the City of St Albans and the All Arts Council of Franklin County, and sponsored by select St Albans Attorneys, Main Street Merchants and Businesses, Northwestern Medical Center, the St Albans New Car Dealers, the St Albans Area Realtors.
      The rain site is the Congregational Church in St Albans. The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont.


      In addition to rides, cotton candy, the Swan Run, and a phenomenal parade, the 43rd Annual Swanton Festival features family entertainment today through Sunday.
      Tonight, the Citizens Band plays on the Bandstand at 7 p.m., DJ by Dance-N-Dean plays 7-9 p.m. at the south end of the park and rock band Hang 10 appears 8-11 p.m. at the north end of the park.
      There will be a Street Dance featuring the Conrad Samuels Band from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday. This five piece traditional country band features Sam Masden, lead vocals, Bobby Lamos, lead guitar and vocals, Eddie Martin, rhythm guitar, Moe Longley, Bass, and Steve "Sticky" Robarge, drums.
      On Saturday, the Nobby Reed Project plays Vermont's best blues from 8-11 p.m. The Project features Nobby Reed, lead guitar and vocals, Scott Dubois, B-3, keys, and harp, Tim Comings, bass, and Eric Belrose, drums, in the free concert. His CDs, Guitar on My Back, It's All about the Blues and the new Cure for the Blues will be available Saturday night.
      Sunday starts with the Parade at 2 p.m., an afternoon of family fun, a Line Dance demonstration featuring local dancers instructed by Dance-N-Dean in front of Bob's One Stop 5-6 p.m. and the Band Drill competition at 6:30 p.m.


      The Eighth Annual Jig in the Valley benefit concert and dance begins this Sunday at noon in East Fairfield. The Nobby Reed Project, Gayle Steele Quartet, Lost Nation Boys, Ben Patton, the Oleo Romeos, John Cassel (with Will Patton who lives in Bakersfield, darn it), Doctor Burma, the Fenian Four, and Hogboy Shull will play until dusk. Expect plenty of great weather, great music, great food, great dancing, and great times.
      The concert, with a barbecue and flea market, is on the Green in East Fairfield and will happen rain or shine. Your donation of $6 (or more) benefits the Fairfield Community Center programs. Borrow some extra kids for this family affair; children under 10 get in free.
      The Community Center includes a Health Center plus pre-school, Head Start, Teen, and Senior Citizen programs. It serves Bakersfield and greater Fairfield. Call 827-3130 for info.


      The A.A. Brown Public Library in Richford will offer watercolor classes featuring watercolor artist Kay Maynard of North Troy, beginning next Wednesday, August 1. Classes for beginners run 9 a.m. -12 noon and for intermediate painters 1-4 p.m. The fee is $20/session
      Call Annette Goyne (802-848-3313) for info.


NORTH HERO--The Vermont State Colleges and the Vermont State Parks host storyteller Sharon Lee at North Hero State Park, tonight at 7:30 p.m.
      The versatile Sharon Lee sings, dances, and tells fantastic stories. She has been a featured performer at Christmas Revels North and many other venues throughout the East Coast.

HIGHGATE FALLS--The Summer Ministry of the Arts presents the quartet B-Natural in a concert of Ladies' Barbershop Quartet music at St. John's Episcopal Church on Sunday June 3 at 3:30pm.
      B Natural combines over 60 years of a capella singing. The quartet members have all performed in Area and International contests as members of Harmony, Inc., registered quartets. Sharon Talbert, tenor, began singing barbershop in 1978 with the Barre-Tones and then joined the Champlain Echoes. Becky Senesac, Lead, started her barbershop career in 1986 with The Champlain Echoes. She has the unique and bubbly personality of a former professional clown and power-lifter. Carol Hollenbeck, Bass, has sung in many touring groups across the Eastern United States and Europe. She sang at Carnegie Hall in 1998 and served as the Bass Section Leader and Assistant Director for The Champlain Echoes. She is now Director for the Barre-Tones. Nancy L'Ecuyer, Baritone, has been singing barbershop since 1973. She is the baritone Section Leader for The Champlain Echoes and is a retired school nurse and IBM Engineering Tech.
      The concert will be preceded by an Episcopal Evensong service at 3 p.m. Admission is by donation.


      The Allentown Morning Call reports that Raphael and David Bish are appearing in the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater's Crazy for You with its hundreds of dancing feet erupting on the Baker Center stage. Director Charles Richter and choreographer Germaine Salsberg have created a full-blown Broadway musical that is selling out the 500 seat main house.
      This is Gershwin at its best. Raphael and David are the Cowboy trio (reprising the roles they played in Enosburg) singing Biding My Time. Crazy for You continues through August 5. Tickets are $19-$27.


      One of the hardest tasks for a free lance writer is sleuthing out publications to buy one's work. Author Marcia Yudkin has posted Finding 'Hidden' Markets, one of a series of articles with useful tips and anecdotes about finding places to sell your writing. Snoop around her site for links to other articles by Marcia about writing and selling, including a look at marketing on the Internet.


      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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