ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 13 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 4, 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.

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      Big doings in Enosburg Falls today with both the A.I.R. Gallery reception and the Dairy Festival Pageant tonight. That begins a weekend of activity and family entertainment.


ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on Corliss Blakely, Alison Dubiler, Kelee Maddox, Peter Miller, and Maggy Young.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments tonight from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of June.
      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. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts Oren and Connie Lane on the Art Wall this month. Rev. Lane is a retired Methodist minister who has also donated photographs to the hospital including one hanging in the NMC Chapel.
      The show continues through the end of June.


     June is National Dairy Month and the first full summer weekend is upon us. The Enosburg Falls Lions club celebrates 53 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.
      The Enosburg Lions offer scholarship prizes ranging from $125 to $750.
      Admission is $8. Tickets will be available at the door.

FRIDAY--Singer and artist Pat Murphy gets us off to a good start. 6 p.m. on the bandstand.
      Roadhouse Gangstaz, the Franklin County rockers, offer Mike Stebbins, lead vocals and trombone; Marc Coutu, guitar and vocals; Dan Dodd, bass and vocals; and Travis James Minckler on drums. 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.
      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 1, 4, and 6:15 p.m
      The Bear Tracks trio plays roots country, bluegrass and Americana music with the sibling singing of Tom Venne, Julie Venne Hogan, and the soulful resonator guitar work of Junior Barber. 1:30 p.m. on the Band Stand.
      Fire in the Kitchen Cloggers appear at 4 p.m. on the Band Stand.
      Marko The Magician returns for two sets of magic and hypnosis. 4:45 and 5:50 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. 5 p.m. on the Main Street Reviewing Stand.
      Yankee Wild brings a mix of slow, old time country to good snappy modern country and country 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. 7 p.m. through the fireworks on the Band Stand

SUNDAYĖNew Beginnings kicks off the day at 10 a.m.
      Todd Wellington, the King of Silly is billed as "pound for pound, the finest entertainer in three states" from Red Sox games to NASCAR races. Look for juggling, unicycling, balloons, magic, and physical comedy. 11 a..m., 1, and 2 p.m. on the Bandstand.
      Green Mountain Cloggers return with an exhibition dance. They bring quality clogging and wholesome, family-oriented entertainment. 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 of crowd pleasers, marches and popular selections. 3 p.m. on the Band Stand.
      The Town Band also performs Tuesdays in the Lincoln Park Bandstand, starting June 16, as well as a series of ice cream socials. Call Director Alisa Martin (802.933.2062) for info.

     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 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.


     The Gordon Stone Band celebrates the kick off of Jazz Week at RiRas on Saturday. Gordon Stone is featured on the Cream of Vermont showcase of some of the best Vermont popular musical artists, a CD that includes contemporary folk, traditional, jazz, blues, and pop music. His site has a listening room, tour schedule, band info, and press page.


      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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