ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 12 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 5, 2008


      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 various restaurants around Franklin County throughout the week, 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.

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      June is National Dairy Month and the first full summer weekend is upon us. The Enosburg Falls Lions club celebrates 52 years of Vermont Dairy Festivals this weekend with almost unlimited entertainment and magical family activities. Most of the stage shows and entertainment are on the Lincoln Park Bandstand. All the outdoor entertainment is free.
      The Dairy Festival begins today and continues through Sunday in downtown Enosburg Falls.
      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 this evening at 7 p.m. in the Opera House at Enosburg Falls as college-bound seniors return for final judging. The competition tonight includes poise and appearance, stage interviews, and youth fitness.
      "There are a lot of different talents this year," Lise Gates said. "The top three talent winners and the top three speakers will perform." This is Ms. Gates' final event; she is retiring after 24 successful pageants in 25 years.
      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 and solo artist Keeghan Nolan of Williston begins the evening entertainment with guest Andrew Lombard on guitar. She has performed throughout Vermont, New York, and Florida. 6 p.m. on the bandstand.
      Not Quite Right, a Franklin County regional band, plays newer and older rock. Made up of Knucklehead alums, they group will play their own arrangements of popular music in strong harmonies. 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.
      Marko The Magician returns for two sets of magic and hypnosis. 1 and 3 p.m. on the Band Stand.
      PJ and the Arrowhead Plowboys play country and western. 2 p.m. on the Band Stand.
      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. 4 and 7 p.m. on the Band Stand.
      Stranded plays country and Southern rock. 5 p.m. on the Band Stand
      The Northeast Fiddlers Association is dedicated to preserving and promoting old-time fiddling and its related arts and skills. 6 p.m. on the Main Street Reviewing Stand.
      Yankee Wild brings a mix of slow, old time country to good snappy modern country music (and maybe even a little rock thrown in) to the stage. The group is Willie Hughes, lead guitar and lead vocalist, Bob Corbiere, bass and vocals, Steve Sweetser, rhythm guitar and fiddle, and Tim Michel, drums. 8 p.m. through the fireworks on the Band Stand

SUNDAYĖ"We've put a special effort into the Sunday schedule," Dave Stetson said. This year more than ever is a good year to come out for all magical three days.
      Sylvia and the Magic Trunk (My Lips Donít Move) does not actually live in her trunk. Ventriloquist Sylvia Markson lives in the Albany region and tours throughout the East with a well traveled box stuffed above the gills with the "vent figures" that she breathes life into through the magic of ventriloquism. On the Bandstand for three sets, at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m
      The Nobby Reed Project, Vermont's premiere blues trio, plays the best original music in the soul-shakin'-electric Texas and Chicago blues styles with a Vermont touch. The band includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals. 12 noon on the Bandstand.
      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. "We'll play a lot of crowd pleasers, marches and popular selections," said director Alisa Martin. 2:15 p.m. on the Band Stand.
      The Town Band also performs Tuesdays in the Lincoln Park Bandstand, starting June 17, as well as a series of ice cream socials. Call Director Alisa Martin (802.933.2062) for info. "We are always putting out a call for new players," she said.

     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 thousands of man-hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to the community. The 52nd Festival is dedicated to Representative Avis Gervais for her dedicated service.
      The Vermont Dairy Festival midway opens at 6 p.m. this evening. 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. Click here for more info.


ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on Tad Cheyenne Miller with realism in watercolors, the stunning photography of Wayne Tarr, Andrew Wooten's Tye Dye Fiber Arts, and Maggy Young with Photography and Baskets.
      The A.I.R. Gallery has a reception for featured artists with wine and hors d'oeuvres from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Visit the A.I.R. on your way to the Vermont Dairy Festival Scholarship Pageant Finals tonight.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 45 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The Village Frame Shoppe is located within the coop as a resident framer. The Blue Crayon, a small private studio, is available there for individual or small group lessons. The gallery, located at 349 Main Street, is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ST ALBANS--Oren Lane is back again at the Northwestern Medical Center Gallery.
      "Hey, that rhymes!" Dolly MacNeil said.
      Rev. Lane is a retired Methodist minister who has also donated three photographs to the hospital; one hangs in the NMC Chapel.
      The show continues through the end of June.


SHELBURNE--Mark Sustic calls a Family Contra Dance with Pete and Karen Sutherland and the Lake Champlain Waldorf School Contra Dance Band at the Town Hall tomorrow evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Email for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Lincoln Inn presents Big Spike Bluegrass on Tuesday at 7 p.m. This week also includes the House Rockers for Blues Night tonight, Run for Cover tomorrow, and a Ceili next Wednesday. Call 802.878.3309 or click here for more info.


     Pale Fire, Rehana Pothiawala, and Avi and Celia have been awarded the top prizes from the fourth annual Young Tradition concert. The annual concert was held as part of Kids Day on the Burlington Waterfront with children, youth and young adults (under 25) playing, singing and dancing in folk and traditional styles.
      The May concert offered 24 performances by young singers, musicians, and dancers. Pale Fire (Colin Doherty, Dylan Hudson and Duncan Yandell) won $500 for first place, Rehana Pothiawala was runner up, and Avi and Celia placed third in the voting. The live performances will be included in the Fourth Young Tradition DVD project.
      The concert was the 79th Events for Tom presentation. Proceeds benefit the Tom Sustic Fund, supporting families with children with cancer.


     Kathy Stark started life in Jacksonville, Florida, and now lives in Craftsbury Common. Her paintings use "the interplay of color, light, and rhythm." Her work is found in public and private collections and museums including Bibliotheque Nationale and the Smithsonian Institution. Her site has biographical info, her portfolio, shows, and contact info.


      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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