ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 12 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 9, 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.

      Find links to these events and more in our Spotlight!

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      Rapunzel, how could I resist?
      Make ready to laugh, to cry, to be confused, to be disturbed, to have fun as the Fairfax Community Theater Company presents its 45th show, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon beginning tonight in the Westford Brick Meeting House. The zany comedy tells the "true" untold stories of the Grimm fairy tale characters at breakneck speed. It is a play for all ages but be advised that it might not be suitable for younger children.
      The Spectaculathon, written by Don Zolidis, brings all 209 original Brothers Grimm fairy tales to life in a single story. Directed by Jennifer Martin, characters such as Little Red Cap, Snow White, the Devilís Grandmother, the Girl Without Hands, and the Frog Prince plus a pair of narrators, three actors, and some audience participation create a fairy tale unheard of in Franklin County history. The cast includes Amanda Bryan, Carol Graves, Hillary Loggins, Bob Martin, and Lisa Steele. It was produced by Bob Martin and Deborah Bryan and stage managed by Janice Camara.
      The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. Performances continue tomorrow and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and the run finished with a matinee Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults or $8 for seniors and children 12 and under. Call Jennifer (802.879.2867) or click here for tickets and more info.


     The Bible Central of Enosburg and New Life Christian Church of Richford present a Southern Gospel quartet from Northwest Montana as Accounted For comes to the Opera House Enosburg Falls on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the final "bonus" concert of the Christian Music on the Parks Concert Series.
      "This concert is indoors because of the chilly evenings," Rev. Tim Stetson said. "We hope everyone will join us as we celebrate our whole summer series."
      Accounted For mixes hymns, old-time four-part harmonies, and songs that they pray will call people to service. The quartet is the husband and wife team of Glenda and Peter Milne, alto and lead, respectively, their son Petie Milne, bass, and Dana Burns, baritone. They have sung to groups from 15 people to about 700 in a prison, coffee houses, and a Chicken Jamboree in Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, New York, Washington, Wyoming, and now Vermont. The group has released its first CD, This Ole House, with songs that Peter Milne said "will surely be remembered by many folks over 40."
      The Christian Music on the Parks concerts has featured a wide variety of Christian music styles including southern gospel, Christian country, bluegrass, contemporary, and praise music with artists from around the country.
      Admission is free. A free will offering will be taken at each concert to support the ministries of each artist or group. Call organizers Jaye OíHara (802.933.4669) or Pastor Tim Stetson (802.933.2513) for more info about the concert series.


     Opera House at Enosburg Falls won't hold the 16th annual Talent Search until next weekend but today is the last day to apply for a spot. Talented performers from this area are invited to apply provided they have not won first place in their division in previous years. Performers may apply online at or call the Opera House (802.933.6171) for an application.
      "We have seen some of our local talent become performers on a much larger stage. It is gratifying to know they got their start right here in our community." Talent Search Director (and winner) Sarah Jo Willey said.
      There is a mandatory rehearsal on Saturday at 10 a.m. for the Junior Division and at 1 p.m. for the Adult Division.


ST ALBANS--The St. Albans and Franklin County Literary Guild will hold its first public presentation tomorrow evening at the NMC conference Center at 7 p.m.
      Noted St. Albans writer, newspaper reporter, and columnist Leon Thompson will read from his collections of humor columns, Good Junk and dork--another look at my junk. He will also make a special announcement about new projects and will have books for sale.
      The new literary guild was formed to bring together and promote the community of Franklin County readers and writers. Call Jay Fleury (802.527.9821) for more info.


BRATTLEBORO--Anna Patton begins 10 sessions of Swing Harmony Singing Ensemble class beginning this evening from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Vermont Jazz Center. Email for more info.

BRATTLEBORO--Twilight Music presents the Will Patton Ensemble featuring Anna Patton on Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery.
      Call 802.254.9276 for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Lincoln Inn presents Nobby Reed Project tonight in the WCLX Blues Night at 7 p.m. Sturcrazie with Kevin Benedict, lead vocals, Rick Carnell, guitar, Gary DuCharme, guitar, Doug Ryan, bass, and Brian Bissonette, drums, appears tomorrow and again on All Hallows Eve at 9:30. Bob Degree and Bluegrass Storm returns on Tuesday and the Ceili Celtic Music Party on Wednesday, both at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or click here for more info.

JEFFERSONVILLE--The Village Tavern hosts Open Mic at 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

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.

ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella offers the jazz and improv of Vern Colburn on the Piano on Fridays at 5:30 and dynamite jazz duo of Ted Crosby and Fabian Rainville at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.


     Painter Ann Young lives in the Northeast Kingdom. She prefers representational landscapes and pictures of people, mostly in oils. She also has worked for years in ceramics and sculpture including large scale installations that combine monumental cedar carvings with miniature ceramic figures. She has shown extensively in Northern Vermont.
      Her site includes a gallery of real and imagined landscapes, people and animals, mythic and abstract paintings, cedar carvings, and pochades as well as contact info and her resume. It is worth a stop just to find out what a pochade is.


      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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