ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 9 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 20, 2005


      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 1 p.m., at ChowBella or at the Overtime Saloon in St Albans 8-10 p.m. most Wednesday 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 Opera House at Enosburg Falls is one of the classic theaters of Vermont.
      Opera Houses were the cultural center of many Vermont counties. Dr. B. J. Kendall built the Enosburg Falls building in 1892 and, until the 1950s, the House featured traveling and local entertainment, hosted meetings, and served as the home for prominent school events. Its renovated stage is intimate and the acoustics match any of the great music halls.
      Director Judy Geer supplied this report of upcoming events.
      The Friends of the Opera House invite you to come and see “What’s Happening at the House!” The 2005-2006 Main Stage season opened with gusto on September 17 with Jazzmosis and continues this weekend with the 13th Annual Talent Search.
      The popular Talent Search showcases and rewards young talent across northern and central Vermont. The junior competition takes place on Friday night at 7:30 p.m., and the adults have their turn on Saturday night.
      In November, The Will Patton Quintet will light up the Opera House stage with their brand of Gypsy Jazz and Brasilian sambas and choros, played on acoustic instruments including mandolin, violin, guitar, drums, and string bass. For the last seven years this popular group has played to enthusiastic audiences in the Northeast and Canada. Catch this exciting group at the Opera House on November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
      As the Holidays approach, The Friends of the Opera House are always delighted to host the Enosburg Town Band and Community Chorus for their annual Holiday Concert. Slated for December 11 at 2:00 p.m., this free event helps everyone celebrate the magic of the season.
      The new year will continue the season with a Valentine’s Day concert with classical pianist Michael Arnowitt. In April, Wood’s Tea Company, Vermont’s hardest working folk group, headlines at the Opera House. The season comes to an exciting close in May with Big Spike Bluegrass.
      Tickets for the Talent Show must be purchased at the door. All other tickets can be ordered by e-mail, phone (802.933.6171), or at one of the three ticket outlets, the Enosburg Pharmacy, Merchants Bank in Enosburg or Better Planet in St. Albans.
      The Opera House is available for weddings, performances by theater groups, or other community activities. Call 802.933.6171 or e-mail for tickets and info.
by Judy Geer


     The 17th annual Radiothon for the Franklin-Grand Isle United Way is getting closer. The Radiothon is just one way the United Way raises funds (and awareness) for their community projects.
      The United Way and the All Arts Council need support from Franklin and Grand Isle artists for the Radiothon again this year. They plan to include the work of local artists who can donate their work for the auction or their talent to entertain during the event. Channel 15, TDBankNorth and other St. Albans storefronts will showcase Biggie Items.
      "We'll need any donations by October 30 at the latest to include in any marketing and promotion," Jeff Moreau said.
      I plan to donate an autumn landscape photo to the cause. I hope you will consider a similar gift.


     There is a common theme to this week's events on stage. That's right, none of them are in Franklin County. We have some of the best venues, but we need bigger audiences and more presenters to fill them.

BARRE--The Northeast Fiddlers host their second annual Dinner Dance at the Canadian Club on Friday. The Northeast Fiddlers Association is a non-profit organization of fiddlers, other musicians, and supporters located in the Northeastern Regions of North America. They perform regularly at the Vermont Maple Festival, Vermont Dairy Days, and other major area events.
      Call Marc Gregoire (802.476.7798) for more info.

BURLINGTON--Children’s Memorial Concert with Fiddleheads, the Essex Children’s Choir, Social Band, and Kathryn Kuba-Dandurand begins on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the Ira Allen Chapel at the University of Vermont. Call (802.849.6968) or e-mail Mark Sustic for info.

BURLINGTON--The Events for Tom series presents Liz Carrroll and John Doyle on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Call (802.849.6968) or e-mail Mark Sustic for info.

AROUND VERMONT--Ben & Jerry's "Bringing It All Back Home" Tour features Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in a two-week tour of the classic theaters, auditoriums, ballrooms, and churches of Vermont. The tour has stopped at Higher Ground, the UVM Recital Hall, the Dibden Center. The band concludes the tour with performances at the Greenhoe Theater in Putney at 8 p.m. this evening, the Paramount Theater in Rutland tomorrow, the St. Johnsbury School on Saturday, and the Eclipse Theater in Waitsfield on Sunday. Click here for more info.


WRITERS EXCHANGE VERMONT 2006 (November 30)--Poets&Writers seeks Vermont poets and fiction writers who have published "zero or one full-length book." Since 1984, the Writers Exchange Contest has introduced emerging poets and fiction writers to literary communities outside of their home state and offered a network for professional advancement. 68 writers from 27 states have taken part in the Writers Exchange to date.
      All work submitted must be original; there are no restrictions on style or subject matter. The contest winner will receive a trip to New York City to meet with editors, agents, publishers, and other writers, an honorarium, and a one-month residency at the Jentel Artist Program in Wyoming. There is no entry fee. Click here for info, guidelines, and an application.

INTERNATIONAL FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION (November 7)--Center for Fine Art Photography seeks traditional, digital, and avant garde photography for showcase with $1,500 Best of Show award and exhibition. Call 970.224.1010 or click here for more info

TRANSLATION PRIZES (November 15)--The French-American Foundation seeks two translations from French into English of fiction and creative nonfiction books published in the current year. No entry fee. Email or click here for complete guidelines.


     Beth Robinson of Williston has sold dolls to collectors across the globe. From Alaska to Sweden her dolls have become a favorite amongst photographers and animators, artists and collectors.
      Her odd dolls are misproportioned, strangely dressed, and they have a story and character uniquely their own. Each doll is entirely hand made using polymer clays, vintage fabrics, acrylic paint, and sometimes real human hair.


      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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