ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 5 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 25, 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 second and fourth Wednesday 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.

      Get all your weekend work done Friday and Sunday, because Saturday is going to be the busiest day in months.


      An Enosburg Falls witch wants to give you a personalized tour of an operating room, a Salem Witch Trial, rooms full of coffins, rooms full of music, and the haunted maze. I hope you get out in one piece.
      Enosburg area students and community volunteers present the fifth annual free haunting for Halloween in Enosburg Falls on Saturday. The afternoon includes the Haunted House and Young Children's Play Center at the Spavin Cure, live music, story time, a pumpkin glow, and tractor rides.
      "When we moved here, kids were afraid to come onto our porch because its four story tower looks like the Bates Motel," said event organizer Tonya Pearson of the first Haunted House. "Then we opened our three parlors and decorated them. Chad was in the coffin as Dracula and I was Dracula's wife."
      The Haunted House has grown a bit. About 900 people passed through in three hours last year. Now, Tim Camisa and Mike Rooney have donated the huge Spavin Cure building on Main Street in Enosburg Falls. "We used up all the space for creepy stuff," Ms. Pearson said.
      "Each year, we've tried to add new attractions," said Dave Stetson, one of 50 community volunteers and the sound provider. "This year there will be new literacy activities and two bands."
      The Haunted House and Young Children's Play Center will fill the Spavin Cure Building from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Professor Tiffany Andersen of Quincy College will do live performances of Edgar Allan Poe and shows for younger children. The All Arts Council live music room upstairs will feature The Brodies with Pat Murphy. Kids can also make their own trick or treat bags, play games, and paint faces. Tractor and hay rides for all ages will run between the Spavin Cure and the Masonic Temple, also from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Success by Six presents writer Lynda Graham-Barber in a story time at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Temple. Ms. Graham-Barber is the author of Say Boo. The Pumpkin Glow is a jack-o-lantern lighting at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Park. The Enosburg Elementary Actions group presents the Pumpkin Glow. Please drop off carved pumpkins at the park from 4:30-7 pm. Dr. Michael Burfoot has given the operating staff lessons on how to operate. "We know enough to be dangerous," Ms. Pearson said. There will also be hot cider and pretzels, pins and stickers, and cider rings. "We encourage kids to come in very warm costumes."
      All of the events are free, but donations are encouraged. "Our goal is to have 1,000 people and to raise $1,000," said Ms. Pearson. The proceeds benefit the training and equipment programs of the Enosburgh Fire Department and Enosburgh Ambulance Service. The Fire Department will buy a power pack for the Jaws of Life™.
      There will be collection containers at the Haunted Spavin Cure and on the tour route.
      Tim Camisa and Mike Rooney, Sweet Pear Contracting and Restoration, TimKath Enterprises Productions, Green's Ace Hardware, Sticks and Stuff, Enosburgh Recreation, Success by Six, and the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Burlington and over 50 young and nearly grown up Enosburg area volunteers are sponsoring the events.
      Parking for the Spavin Cure events is at the Enosburg Country Club.


      The Richford Historical Society and the A. A. Brown Public Library present a free evening of Salem Witchcraft, Belief and Unbelief in the Richford Town Hall on Saturday at 7 p.m. Writer Lori Lee Wilson will discuss this fascinating and frightening period of American history with the lights turned very low.
      "A talk like this is bound to scare up some more good history at the library and around Town," said Richford Librarian Annette Goyne.
      Lori Lee Wilson is the author of The Salem Trials, How History is Invented which discusses the witchcraft trials of 1692, the events leading up to them, and the trends in historical interpretation that have evolved since then.
      "The book itself came to us though the Interlibrary Loan program," Ms. Goyne said. "Since it's so close to Halloween, we're glad it didn't come by broom." The program is made possible by a grant from the Vermont Council on the Humanities.


FAIRFAX--Music Session with acoustic instrumentalists playing traditional music at the Foothills Bakery on Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m. Donation.
FRANKLIN--The fiddle/bass duo of Shane and Charlotte Brodie from Underhill play the Boony's, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
JOHNSON--JSC presents Ween for 'Ween, Saturday at the Dibden Center. Billed as the "ultimate cosmic goof band," the show is recommended for people over 18. Admission is $20. Call the JSC Box Office (802-635-1476) or click here for info.


      The Alliance Francaise of Vermont-Cercle Quebecois hosts the third annual concert of Franco American music at St Michael's College on Sunday.
      "We encourage the audience to join in the singing and to dance in the aisles," said Eric Bataille, Alliance Francaise President.
      This festival of traditional and modern French folk music from Vermont and Québec features Michele Choiniere with her parents, Fabio and Lucille Choiniere, Lausanne LaBombarde, Linda Pervier, Seth Briggs, Carol Reed and Suzanne Germain, Simon Chausee. The Quebecois musicians will be George Dunn, accordion, Denis Giroux, violin, and Gaston Delisle, clavier and Raynald Boivert, guitar.
      Franklin County recording artist Michele Choiniere's unique music builds from her own strong roots in the kitchens and halls of French-speaking Franklin County.
      Linda Pervier has uncovered a legacy from her mother in her Franco-American heritage. The organizer of "Pause Café", the largest french conversation group in this area, she sings and plays the guitar. Lausanne LaBombarde plays the violin, flute and guitar. She and Linda Pervier have sung and played together at the St. Jean festival at St. Jean-sur-Richelieu.
      Vermonter Seth Briggs grew up surrounded by the French culture and language. A Middlebury College alumnus, he has taught at East Montpelier and then at Colchester.
      Carol Reed has sung and played the guitar at a number of AFV-CQ events. She teaches French at the Waldorf School in Shelburne. Suzanne Germain's father, Andre, taught her to sing and appreciate music. She is a member of the vocal group Womensing. Accordionist Georges Dunn will accompany them.
      Opera singer Simon Chausee debuted in Montreal in 1985 and has given recitals in the U.S., Europe and Japan. His program will be a tribute to Charles Trenet who, in a career of more than 60 years, left us with songs such as "Je Chant," "La Mer," and "Douce France".
      The Franco American concert will be held in the McCarthy Art Center at St Michael's College on Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Donations will help defray the costs of production.


      The Vermont Council on the Humanities is a private non-profit organization. Council programs include book discussions such as the Richford event, grants and mini-grants, basic literacy projects, lectures and living history performances; and other community-based activities. Their events calendar is online here


      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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