ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 3, 2010


      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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      June is National Dairy Month and the first full summer weekend is upon us. The Enosburg Falls Lions club celebrates 54 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 especially since this is an election year.
      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. at Enosburg Falls MHS as college-bound seniors return for final judging. The competition 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--Cowboys Paris play bluegrass and more on the Green at 6 p.m.
      Movin' On brings new and old country, southern rock, 50s and more on the Bandstand at 8 p.m.

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.
      Big Spike plays traditional bluegrass from the Green Mountains. The band includes Enosburg's Bill Gaston, banjo and vocals, plus songwriter Freeman Corey, fiddle; Pete Langdell, guitar and vocals; Neil Rossi, mandolin and fiddle player, vocalist, and songwriter; and Michael Santosusso, upright bass and vocals. On the Bandstand at 1 and 2:30 p.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. On the Green at 2 and 3:30 p.m.
      Fire in the Kitchen Cloggers appear on the Bandstand at 4 p.m.
      Marko The Magician returns for two sets of magic and hypnosis with magic at 4:45 p.m. and hypnosis to the Bandstand at 5:30 p.m.
      The Northeast Fiddlers Association is dedicated to preserving and promoting old-time fiddling and its related arts and skills. On the Green at 6:15 p.m.
      Gold Rush plays the best in rock 'n' roll. On the Bandstand at 8 p.m.
      Fireworks begin about 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY--Nobby Reed plays a guitar like none other. He came up in the guitar world when Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Duane Allman were playing the music of Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, BB King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf. On the Bandstand at 11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m.
      David Benway, lead guitar/vocals, Rose Royea, rhythm guitar/vocals, Arnold Royea, fiddle/mandolin, and Bill Masse, dobro, of Chasing 440 play bluegrass and old time rhythm. On the Bandstand at 12 noon
      Steven Richard Lindholm of Newark, Vermont, offers story and song for children entertainment. On the Green at 2 p.m.
      Green Mountain Cloggers return with an exhibition dance. They bring quality clogging and wholesome, family-oriented entertainment. On the Bandstand at 3 p.m.
      Listen to the acoustic rock and country of Blackbird. On the Green at 4 p.m.
      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. On the Bandstand at 5 p.m.
      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


ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on painters Tess Beemer and Pat Murphy, photographer Peter Weyrauch, and fiber artist Andrew Wooten. 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 Evelyn Chevalier of Highgate Springs this month. Working now in acrylics, Ms. Chevalier began painting at an early age and is largely self-taught. She captures the landscapes of northern Vermont, including Mount Mansfield.
      The show continues through the end of June.


SOUTH HERO--Island Arts presents Champlain Harmony: A Family Singing School in the "Fasola" Tradition starting Friday afternoon and continuing through Sunday afternoon.
      The course is designed for families, children, and adults to sing and harmonize in a musical style with deep roots in the Champlain Islands; songs of this type were first taught in Grand Isle County in 1806. Instruction will take place Friday, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sunday’s program is a large all-day event and concert. The cost to enroll is $120. Admission to Sunday’s event is free.
      Click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--The Unknown Blues Band along with The Unknown Horns and other special guests will celebrate the unveiling of the new Big Joe Burrell sculpture on the Upper Block of Church Street near Halvorsens tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The band will play until about 6:30 p.m.

DERBY--The Memphramagog Arts Collaborative presents Michele Choiniere with David Gusakov, Will Patton and Dono Shabner and the Don Roy Ensemble at the Haskell Opera House on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This is one of the "must see" concerts for
      Admission is $12. Tickets are available at the MAC Center in Newport or via Paypal at

CASTLETON--Concerts on the Green presents Woods Tea Company on Tuesday at 7 p.m. sharp.


     Charlie Hunter of Bellows Falls paints the rusting American infrastructure, farm animals and what he calls "Travel Posters That Never Were." His online studio has each of those galleries plus new work, press, 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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