ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 11 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 31, 2007


      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.

      Find links to these events and more in our Spotlight!


      The Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne will host a reception for Fairfield artist Gail Salzman tomorrow evening. The 6-8pm gala opens an exhibit of new abstract oil paintings at the gallery, 86 Falls Road in Shelburne.
      Ms. Salzman's vibrant work celebrates the complexity of nature; her focus is on the way nature repeats, compliments and contradicts itself. She paints with translucent layers, ovoid forms, and the looping lines that reflect her fascination with water.
      Call Joan Furchgott (802.985.3848) or Gail Salzman (802.524.5057) for more info.


     Summer Music at Grace and the Events for Tom Series present the fifth annual Farewell Reunion concert at Grace Church tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature traditional and original music, singing, and dancing from Vermont, Appalachia, Scotland, Ireland and beyond
      A potluck dinner starts at 6 p.m.
      The variety of Vermont musicians and dancers includes Michele and Fabe Choiniere, Deb Flanders, Catherine Fortier, Jon Gailmor, Frank Heyburn and Michele Gerin-Lajoie, Tom MacKenzie, Elly and Owen Marshall, Mayfly (Katie Trautz and Julia Wayne), Jim McGinniss, Rebecca Padula, Doug Perkins, Ron West, and more.
      A suggested donation of $10 per person will benefit the Tom Sustic Scholarship Fund, awarded annually to a graduating senior intending to become a teacher of young children.
      The concert is presented with support from the All Arts Council of Franklin County, the Early Childhood Advisory Council, Messenger Print and Design, Mousetrap Pediatrics, Peoples Trust Company, the dairy industry in Franklin County and others.
      This is the sixth year of this concert (the first "Farewell" event plus five reunions). The concert will once again offer an open session during the potluck dinner. Bring your instruments. For more info about the concert email or call 849.6968. For more info about Summer Music at Grace click here.


     The Enosburg Falls Lions club celebrates one year past the half century mark of Vermont Dairy Festivals this weekend with almost unlimited entertainment and family activities. June is National Dairy Month. Most of the entertainment is on the Lincoln Park Bandstand. All the outdoor entertainment is free.
      The Mooooving Parade starts Saturday at 10:30. With marching bands and mobile mooving murals, it is one of Vermont's largest parades.
      All that milk includes some art. The Masonic Hall hosts the Arts and Crafts show Saturday and Sunday.

THURSDAY--The Vermont Dairy Festival Scholarship Pageant Finals are held at 7 p.m. in the Opera House at Enosburg Falls as college-bound seniors return for final judging. The talent portion of the competition tonight includes singing and dancing. The Enosburg Lions offer scholarship prizes ranging from $125 to $750.
      Admission is $8. Tickets will be available at the door.

FRIDAY--Country singer/song writer Keeghan Nolan of Williston begins the evening entertainment with guest Andrew Lombard on guitar. She has performed throughout Vermont, New York, and Florida and has a limited edition CD plus Boots, a CD single. 6 p.m. on the bandstand.
      The five-piece Knucklehead, a local band from area, not the famed motorcycle engine, plays Southern rock and new country. Roger Lavallee, lead singer, Rick Beauregard, drummer, Dave Atcheson, Joe Murray, lead guitar, and Jason on rhythm guitar. They do four- and five-part harmony and their own arrangements of popular music. Their rendition of Folsom Prison has appeal across all age groups. 7 p.m.-closing on the bandstand.

SATURDAY--The Parade begins at 10:30 and the Dairy Festival hosts a marching band competition at the Main Street reviewing stand at 12:30 p.m.
      A Brazilian band will march in the Parade, then play on the bandstand at 1 p.m.
      The Friends of The Opera House will enthrall the audience with a Variety Hour Talent Show on the Bandstand. 2:30 p.m.
      Dairy Festival favorite Marko the Magician does close-up magic, stand-up magic, and stage magic, and has been creating magic and hypnosis performances for over twenty years. His stage performances include illusions to astound and mystify and provide for plenty of volunteer audience participation. Shows at 4 and 5 p.m. on the bandstand.
      The Northeast Fiddlers Association Fiddler's Variety Show on Saturday afternoon is an assemblage of Canadian and American singers, dancers, pickers, comedians, cloggers, and fancy fiddlers. 5 p.m. on the Main Street reviewing stand.
      The best bluesman in Vermont, Nobby Reed takes over the stage with his power blues trio the Nobby Reed Project. Nobby brings great musicians to the stage with him. Drummer Eric Belrose has been with the Project since the beginning. He has the precision, power and finesse on the skins. Bassist Ray Bushey first performed with Nobby in the Northern Vermont Blues-Rock band Greafe. Messrs. Belrose and Bushey make a tight and powerful rhythm section. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and continues into the fireworks on the bandstand.

SUNDAY--The 35-piece Enosburgh Town Band, the oldest in Vermont has volunteer musicians ranging in age from 11 to over 70. They have never missed a season and return to anchor the Dairy Festival on Sunday. The Town Band also performs Tuesdays in the Lincoln Park Bandstand, starting next week. Call Director Alisa Martin (933-2062) for info.
      All of Dan the Puppetman's friends come with strings attached. He has a lot of friends. Clown College graduate and master puppeteer Dan Grady of Eliot, Maine, has built and performed with professionally crafted marionettes for more than 25 years. He brings his unique cast in the Marvelous Marionette Medley to theme parks, arts festivals, schools, theaters, and fairs around the country. 12 noon and 3 p.m.
      The men and women of the Enosburg Lions volunteer their time to conduct service projects and raise funds for the local community. 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 about $400,000 and thousands of man-hours donated to the community. The 51st Festival is dedicated to Lion Manley Wetherbee and his wife Marian for their dedicated service.
      The Vermont Dairy Festival midway opens at 6 p.m. Thursday. Entertainment on the bandstand starts Friday evening at 6 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.


     The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association has unveiled the new VYO Chorus program. Auditions for student vocalists will be held June 1-3 at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael's College in Colchester. Chorus auditions are open to students entering grades 8-12 in the fall. Prospective choristers should be able to read music, match pitch, and blend with other voices. The VYOA encourages students who actively participate in their school choral program (if one is offered) to apply.
      Auditions are by appointment only. Call 802.655.5030 for details.


     In the "Choreography Ain't Dead" category, OK Go recorded their second album for Capitol Records during the winter in Malmö, the Swedish industrial town. They have published an influential how-to guide for bands hoping to unseat President Bush (and won an avalanche of hate mail). They wrote monthly column for a Japanese rock magazine. And they have finished a tour of America as house band for the public radio program This American Life.
      The OK Go music video, which is what attracted my attention, features a dance routine on a series of treadmills.


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