ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 16, 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!

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


      The Friends of the Opera House at Enosburg Falls host the Fall Fundraiser Saturday evening at 7 p.m. It's a chance to step back in time to the Prohibition Era when the only speakeasy in town is the Opera House with its hot music, hot appetizers, and hot "Martini Bar." Scandalous! Period dress is encouraged.
      Tammy Fletcher will supply the hot music.
      There are neither blind pigs nor blind tigers in Enosburg and no one will hush you with the whispered words, "Speak easy, boys! Speak easy!" when the Sheriff is on the Town but you will want to listen to the music anyway.
      Ms. Fletcher is best-known as Vermont's Soul Queen but she has enthralled audiences from the Apollo Theater in Harlem to the Gaiety Theater in Dublin because she sings. My, oh my does she sing. She has sung in Reykjavik and at Summer Sounds in Highgate. She has sold out the Flynn while fronting the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. She sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park. Deeply rooted in our American traditions, Ms. Fletcher sings gospel and rock, opera and country, and the blues. And she sings speakeasy.
      The evening will include a silent auction and more.
      Admission is $75 per couple and singles are welcome. A full bar will be available. Tickets are available at Precious Things Jewelry or the Opera House. Call 802.933.6171 or click here for more info.


     The Saint Albans Society for the Performing Arts presents a local community theater production of Camelot: The Musical opening on Friday and running through Sunday in St. Albans City Hall this week.
      The gala opening night event tomorrow evening will donate the proceeds to the St. Albans Maple Leaf Special Olympics team. The gala will feature the Northern Vermont Ballet plus a reception with cash bar and light desserts provided by the Blue Acorn Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Showtime on Saturday is 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m.
      The story starts with a nervous King Arthur hiding in a tree before his arranged marriage to Guenevere. It sings the establishment of the the Round Table, Guenevere's love for Lancelot, and a world full of chivalry and jousting. Stephen Contompasis plays Arthur, Judy Contompasis as Guenevere, and Jeffrey Renaud as Lancelot.
      The musical began under the direction of Moss Hart on Broadway in 1960 where it won four Tony Awards including Richard Burton as Best Actor; Julie Andrews was nominated for Best Actress. The original cast album was the country's best-selling LP for 60 weeks. Camelot had 873 performances on Broadway and ran until 1963. The musical, based on T. H. White's King Arthur legend from the novel The Once and Future King, was written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe.
      Maryellen Vickery and the Ballet School of Vermont in St. Albans offers a range of classes starting with 3-year-old tiny ballerinas up to adult classes.
      Admission is $20 for the gala opening and reception or $10 for the Saturday and Sunday performances. Tickets are available at the Blue Acorn, the Chamber of Commerce, and at Sweet Nothings. Call 802.527.9821 for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Overtime Saloon presents the Nobby Reed Project on Friday at 9 p.m.
      Vermont's own power-blues man, Mr. Reed leads the Project in the soul-shakin'-electric Texas and Chicago blues styles with Eric Belrose, percussion; Ray Bushey, bass; and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals. There is no cover charge. Call 802.524.0357 or click here for more info.

JOHNSON--Johnson State College presents the first Bounty of the County Contest with a $1000 prize for best band in the Dibden Center for the Arts tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.
      The best musicians in Lamoille County, under one roof for this one night only. The local musicians will perform in most styles and genres in this benefit for Events for Tom. Donations will be accepted. Email for more info.

BURLINGTON--Fiddleheads perform at the Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes at Oakledge Park on Saturday from 4 - 5 p.m. email for more info.

STOWE--Sterling Valley hosts a benefit dance for the Stowe Land Trust with caller Mark Sustic and Fiddleheads at Sterling Valley on Sunday at 4 - 6 p.m. Email for more info.

CAMBRIDGE--Boyden Winery presents the Nobby Reed Project on Sunday at 1 p.m.

BAKERSFIELD--The United Church of Bakersfield and East Fairfield presents the Southern Gospel Group Praise Incorporated at the United Church on the park in Bakersfield on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.
      The group has played for the National Street Rod Association, appeared at the Oklahoma state fairgrounds, and played Milwaukee, Pueblo, Colorado, Richmond, Virginia, Knoxville, Burlington, York, Pennsylvania, Tampa, Sacramento, and the nationals at Louisville Freedom Hall. They make regular guest appearances at the Grapevine Opry. Click here for more info


     This week, the week following the second Sunday of September, is National Arts in Education Week. Americans for the Arts includes resources, a youth arts toolkit, arts in education links, and ways to prepare, produce, and celebrate arts in our schools and with our legislators.
      There is still time. Arts in Education Week runs September 12-18, 2010.


      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 © 2010 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.