ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 13 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 28, 2009


      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!

E-Mail Delivery
Sign up to receive the free weekly ArtBits
newsletter by e-mail
or by RSS feed.


      The summer music season officially begins tomorrow evening as Summer Music at Grace kicks off with the eighth appearance of the Annual Farewell Reunion Concert at Grace Episcopal Church in Sheldon at 7:30 p.m. Events for Tom presents the concert as an evening of traditional and original music, singing and dancing from Vermont, Appalachia, Scotland, Ireland and beyond.
      The 7th Annual Farewell Reunion lineup includes Michele and Fabe Choiniere, Matt Bean, Hannah Beth Crary, Becca Hanley, Mike McCarthy, Gerlisa Garrett, Katie Trautz, Keeghan Nolan, Roland and Gary Clark, Bread and Bones, Doug Perkins, Jim McGinniss and Clare Doyle, Frank Heyburn and Tom Hodgson, and Will Patton and Dono Schabner.
      A potluck begins at 6 p.m. with contributions from Foothills Bakery in Fairfax, Cosmic Bakery in St. Albans and you.
      The suggested donation of $10 per person will benefit the Tom Sustic Scholarship Fund. Click here for more info about Summer Music at Grace. The event has support from Events for Tom, Foothills Bakery, Franklin County Early Childhood Programs, Messenger Print and Design, Mousetrap Pediatrics, Northwestern Medical Center, People’s Trust Company, the Vermont Tent Company, Young Tradition Vermont and others.
      Every performer appears at no charge. We recommend you purchase a CD by one of the performers to help keep them in business.
      This annual benefit concert raises funds for the Tom Sustic Scholarship Fund which awards to Franklin County high school seniors intending to become teachers of young children. Email or click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--John Cassel continues his Wednesday gig at Chow!Bella on June 3 at 6 p.m. A classically trained jazz pianist, his evening shows walk lightly across country, folk, pop, rock, and dinner music. He calls the latter the "kind of music you should talk over."
      His CDs are available at As the Crow Flies, Rail City Market, and the Music Store in St. Albans, as well as Bear Pond Books, Borders, Barnes and Noble, and online at and at
      Mr. Cassel's Wednesday evenings join the jazz and improv of Vern Colburn on the Piano on Fridays and the jazz duo of Ted Crosby and Fabian Rainville on Saturdays. Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--The Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra presents Masterpieces from the Romantic Era and More on Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael's College.
      The program features Toccata for Orchestra: City Lights, Country Sun, written by Vermont composer Jorge Martin for the fiftieth anniversary of the Philharmonic. Violinist Katherine Winterstein, Vermont Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, will join the orchestra to present Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 11 by Antonin Dvorak and Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig von Beethoven. The orchestra will also present Symphony No. 1, Op. 68 in C minor by Johannes Brahms and Chorale from the Easter Cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach and arranged by Leopold Stokowski. Music Director Louis Kosma conducts.
      Proceeds from the concert will benefit both the Vermont Youth Orchestra and the Vermont Philharmonic.
      General Admission is $15 and $12. Student admission is $5. Tickets are available at or and at the door.
      The concert will repeat Sunday in the St. Johnsbury School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Lincoln Inn begins the live music week with WCLX Blues Night with Summer Sounds favorites Shellhouse tonight at 7 p.m. Run for Cover appears Saturday at 9 p.m. and the Starline Rhythm Boys wrap up the week with Eagle Country night next Wednesday at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or click here for more info.


     Instant Encore is an interesting "WWW2" site with regular new additions of live and recorded music as well as ways to create music lover communities.
      VYO Spring Concerts are available on Instant Encore. The April 16 VYO Chorus and Concert Chorale, "Life, Love and Destiny," is available as an album or by track at The concert was recorded live at the Elley-Long Music Center.
      The May 3 VYO concert, "Choral Fireworks," features the first collaboration between the VYO and the VYO Chorus and can be found at This concert was recorded live at the Flynn.


      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.


AAC dancing logo

All Arts Council of Franklin County

Support Free Speech on the Internet
Dick Harper, Chair
P.O. Box 1
Highgate Springs, VT 05460
email us

Go to [ Dick Harper | All Arts Index | ArtBits Archive ]

      This article was originally published in the St Albans Messenger and other traditional print media. It is Copyright © 2009 by Richard B. Harper. All rights reserved. Archival material is provided as-is. Links are not necessarily maintained (if a link in this article fails, try or your favorite search engine).
      Thanks to recent misuse of copyright material on the Internet by individuals and archival firms alike, we emphasize that your rights to this article are limited to viewing it and printing it for personal use only. You must receive explicit permission from the All Arts Council and the author before reprinting or redistributing this article in any medium.