ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 7 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 5, 2003


      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 live music and more at the Fairfax Music Sessions at the Foothills Bakery in Fairfax most Saturday afternoons, at the Kept Writer in St Albans most Friday and Saturday evenings, at the Bayside in St Albans Town most Sunday afternoons, and the Cambridge CoffeeHouses at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
     These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. The booked performances and acoustic Open Mike Nights feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.


      The 47th Annual Vermont Dairy Festival starts a weekend packed with family entertainment tonight in downtown Enosburg Falls. June is National Dairy Month. The Festival celebrates "Milk...The Way of Life."
      "The Festival will be simpler this year," said Bob Mays, Enosburg Lions Membership chair.

TONIGHT--The Vermont Dairy Festival Scholarship Pageant concludes at 7:30 in the Opera House at Enosburg Falls as college-bound seniors from Enosburg, Fairfield, and St. Albans return for final judging. The 13 girls finished the creative and performing arts and speech categories last week.
      The Enosburg Lions have increased the scholarship prizes this year. The overall winner receives a $750 scholarship; the first runner up receives $450 and second runner up, $300. Winners in creative and performing arts and in speech also receive $100 and $50 scholarships from the ticket sales. In the Opera House at 7 p.m.

FRIDAY--The Enosburg Falls High School Jazz Band plays songs from the Big Band classics to modern jazz at 6:30 p.m. on the bandstand.
      The Missisquoi Valley Boys are Bill Gaston, banjo and vocals; John Henry Drake, upright bass and vocals; Andy Sacher, mandolin and vocals; and Dennis Satterlee, guitar and vocals. They will play traditional bluegrass in the vein of Bill Monroe, the Stanleys, and Flatt and Scruggs at 8 p.m.
      "This is an all-star band just for the Dairy Festival," Mr. Gaston said.

SATURDAY--The 35-piece Enosburg Town Band plays traditional brass band music on the Main Street stage at 9 a.m.
      This Town Band is the oldest in Vermont with volunteer musicians ranging in age from 11 to over 70. They have never missed a season. Director Alisa Martin is a music teacher in Enosburg schools.
      Miss Vermont, Sarah Jo Willey, will sing the National Anthem and William Sheridan will sing the Canadian Anthem at the Invocation on the bandstand at 10:30.
      The 47th annual Mooooving Parade starts promptly at 10:30. With marching bands and mobile mooving murals, it is one of Vermont's largest parades.
      Wayne From Maine gives a live performance of old fashioned community togetherness to standing room only crowds of kids and grown ups. Wayne has been a professional musician for over twenty years and is in his ninth year of performing for children. He began writing children's music after the birth of his first child. He performs at schools, preschools, libraries, festivals, and children's events throughout New England. His recordings include In the Jungle, Man In The Moon, and Happy as a Clam. On the bandstand at 2:30 p.m.
      The Fiddler's Variety Show on Saturday evening is an assemblage of Canadian and American singers, dancers, pickers, comedians, cloggers, and fancy fiddlers. 6 p.m.
      Silverback headlines Saturday evening with a broad range of hits and original, funky tunes. "We've added new material and we're doing more original music," Ben Weed said. "We're sticking to modern and classic rock." Ben Weed, lead guitar, Dan Marcotte, bass, Mike Stebbins, vocals and trombone, Vanessa Coburn, vocals, and Ezra Oakland, drums, bring gutsy vocals, blaring trombone, and jammin' guitar riffs to the music of Rolling Stones and Tracy Chapman and Phish. 8 p.m. on the bandstand.

SUNDAY--Hypnotist Ron Cote offers a high energy hypnosis show with plenty of audience interaction. Participants will find themselves in comic and entertaining situations and the audience will roar with laughter. Mr. Cote has also performed for two decades as a celebrity interviewer, community theater actor, and radio and mobile DJ. He is a certified Hypnotherapist, Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming, and certified in stage and demonstrational hypnosis by the National Guild of Hypnotists. 12 noon and 2 p.m.

      This year's Festival is dedicated to the late Edeas Jettie. "He was a true lion. He truly served people," Bob May said. He was one of the Lion clowns, served the Austine Green Mountain Camp, sat on the Board of Directors of the Lions of Vermont, and "went back and forth carrying supplies and golf carts on his own mileage. His loss leaves a big hole for us to fill," Mr. May said
      The men and women of the Enosburg Lions volunteer their time to conduct service projects and raise funds for the local community. The Enosburg Lions work to help those in need, wherever the need exists. They contribute to senior citizens' programs, area school projects, community health services, the Enosburg public library, family assistance and drug/alcohol programs, fire and ambulance services, other non-profit organizations, scholarships, as well as to the Lions International sight and hearing programs. The Vermont Dairy Festival is the Enosburg Lions' primary source of funding for these programs with over $350,000 and thousands of man-hours donated over the years. They have given the community nearly $17,000 since the Dairy Festival last year alone. Call Membership Chair Bob Mays at (933-4783) or speak to any member of the club during the Dairy Festival for more information or to join the Lions Club.
      The Lions/NMC Health Watch booth at the Dairy Festival features osteoporosis bone density screening, 10-2 on Saturday only. The screening is targeted for women over 50 and men over 65.
      Stop by the booth early. "We usually are pretty full," Cindy Rutkowski of Northwestern Medical Center said.
      The Dairy Festival midway opens at 6 p.m. tonight. Entertainment on the bandstand starts Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. and the weekend activities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in downtown Enosburg Falls. Admission to the grounds is free and most events are also free.


      We need visual artists working in all media for two major All Arts Council art exhibits this summer.
      On July 5-6, we will host the Red-White-and-Blue visual art exhibition open to two- and three-dimensional Franklin County artists. The Red-White-and-Blue is a part of the Bay Days Summer Festival, a multi-faceted event featuring family activities, carnival rides, fireworks, music, and the visual arts.
      In August, the AAC Summer Arts Festival will focus on black and white photography. The Summer Arts Festival is a part of the St. Albans Bay Family Weekend with sports, beach games, carnival rides, music, and the visual arts.
      Call me (868-3351) or All Arts Council for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Kept Writer hosts an Open Mike night tonight and every Thursday at 7 p.m. The cafe presents the great guitar picking and playful show of Charlie Messing on Friday, 7-9 p.m. Mr. Messing plays 19th-century blues, plus folk, rag-time and some of the sound of Tom Waits and Warren Zevon. Then enjoy the quirky, funny, dark and original songs of Ben Bishop, a young carpenter from Underhill who plays Saturday, 7-9 p.m.

FAIRFAX--The regular Music Session continues Saturday with acoustic instrumentalists playing traditional songs at the Foothills Bakery, 1-4:30 p.m. Admission is free by donation.


      I hadn't used the Beaucoup Super Search before. In addition to the basic keyword search, they have search categories such as general searches, computer topics, employment, society, health, people, family/pets/hobbies, arts/entertainment and many more. The music page has about 40 search engines including topics from MusicLink Central, the Ultimate Band List, WILMA, Music Search and even the Rolling Stone.


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