ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 22, 2011


      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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      The Fairfax Community Theater Company presents The Diary of Anne Frank in the Westford Brick Meeting House for a four-day run starting this evening at 7:30 p.m.
      The play opens in November 1945 with Otto Frank's return to the attic rooms where he, his family, the Van Daans, and Mr. Dussell lived in hiding during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Carol Graves portrays annex protector Miep Gies; Tyler Ogden is Peter Van Daan, Jeff Ogden, Mr. Hermann Van Daan, Ron Caldwell, Albert Dussel; Mike DeSanto, Mr. Otto Frank; Kristin Holcomb, Mrs. Edith Frank; Amanda Graves, Margot Frank; Emma Preiss, Anne Frank; Lisa Steele, Mrs. Petronella Van Daan, and Sue Bacon is Kraler. The cast is spread out from Burlington, Colchester, Essex Jct, Fairfax, Milton, and Shelburne.
      After Anne's statement that, "in spite of everything, people really are good at heart," there won't be a dry eye in the house at curtain call.
      Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett adapted their work from Anne Frank's famous diary. The longtime Hollywood scriptwriters had received Oscar nominations for The Thin Man, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and others, and also penned Easter Parade, the musical, and It's a Wonderful Life. They won a Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle award for The Diary of Anne Frank.
      The Diary required scrupulous research as well as interviews and visits to her attic hideout. "We all felt we were working for a cause, not just a play." Mr. Hackett said in 1956. The play made its theater debut that year.
      FCTC offers evening performances tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with group rates available. Call Jerry Starks (802.881.4455) or email for tickets and more information.


ST. ALBANS--The 5th annual Taylor Park Fine Wine, Beer and Food Festival takes place on Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Franklin County Food Shelf.
      The fine art exhibit and sale will feature the works of Harald Aksdal, Ann Allen, Lisamarie Charlesworth, Chasworth Pottery & Farm, Linda Clark, Lorraine Cota Manley, Karen Day-Vath, Mary Ann Duffy Godin, Clair Dunn, Paule Gingras, Melvin Harris, David Juaire, Tinka Theresa Martell, Scheffler Stained Glass, Longina Smolinski, Matt White, and Jon Young.
      Fine, flavorsome foods from As the Crow Flies, Back Inn Time B&B, Chow!Bella, Cosmic Bakery & Café, Eastern Dragon, Evelyn's Desserts, Jeff's Restaurant, Mi Casita, Mimmo's, One Federal Restaurant, Sweet Nothings, West Maple Syrup, The Wine Shop, and others alongside more than 40 wines and beers will delight, amuse, and captivate your palate. There is a silent auction.
      Admission is $25 per person. Ticket are available in advance at As the Crow Flies, Howards the Flower Shop & Antiques, Jeff's Restaurant, the St. Albans Messenger, and the Wine Shop.

MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Recreation Center presents Arts for the Parks in the Town Hall on Saturday. The evening will open with a 5 p.m. preview. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. The annual Dinner and Art Auction benefits the Rec Center.
      Admission is $18 BYOB.


ST. ALBANS--The Vermont Youth Orchestra Fall Concert returns to Franklin County with a performance at the BFA-St. Albans Performing Arts Center tomorrow evening at 8:00 p.m.
      Late-Romantic Austrian composer Gustav Mahler died 100 years ago in May. His music bridged the heavy Germanic tradition of the 19th Century and the modernism of the early 20th. The VYO opens the new season with Mahler's monumental tone poem Totenfeier ("Funeral rites") to celebrate his centenary plus the contemporaneous works of Jean Sibelius, Karelia Overture, and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian Easter Overture. Violinist Justin Truell of Woodstock solos in the first movement of Edouard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnol. Music Director Designate Jeffrey Domoto conducts.
      The Vermont Youth Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra seating about 95 musicians, many of whom hail from Franklin County.
      Admission is just $5 for adults/seniors and $2 for students. Tickets will be available at the door on the night of the concert. Call 802.655.5030 or click here for more info.

     The concert is reprised at the Flynn on Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission to the Flynn is $15 for adults and seniors or $10 for students. Tickets for the Flynn only are available at
and at the door.

SHELDON--Summer Music at Grace continues on the first day of Autumn with Chasing 440 tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m.
      The front porch string band plays bluegrass and "old tyme rhythms" fronted by David Benway, vocals and lead guitar; Arnold Royea, fiddle and mandolin; Bill Masse, dobro and other instruments, Mike Ryan, vocals, banjo, Blueridge flattop, and mandolin.
      Grace Church is located at 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon. The suggested donation of $10 benefits the performers. click here for more info about the performers. Call 802.326.4603 or click here for the music at Grace Church.

ST. ALBANS--Keeghan Nolan presents The Young Guns Flood Relief Tour in St. Luke's Episcopal Church tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.
      The Young Guns are a group of talented performers under the age of 21 including Alanna Freeman, Mingo Maquera, Victoria Lynne England, Troy Millette, and local teen rockers BAM. The Jericho Road Crew band will perform as a special guest and the Keeghan Nolan Band will close the show.
      Admission is $10 per person, $15 per couple, or $20 per family (up to 6 members).

ST. ALBANS--The Downtown St. Albans 2011 Summer Concert Series presents the Nobby Reed Project live in Taylor Park tomorrow evening at 6 p.m.
      The series is sponsored by Saint Albans Society for the Performing Arts and Saint Albans for the Future. Admission is free. The rain site is St. Albans City Hall.

BURLINGTON--Light the Night presents Carol Ann Jones "with an acoustic trio that will knock your socks off" at The Annex at Memorial Auditorium, tomorrow evening 6 - 7 p.m. and again at 8 - 9 p.m.
      The Light The Night Walk -- Taking Steps To Cure Cancer™ -- brings teams of families, friends, co-workers, and local and national corporations together to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers. Email Gail Deuso or click here for more info or to join the event.

MORRISVILLE--Moog's Place presents the Carol Ann Jones Trio on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
      "Will Patton and Gary Spaulding join me at this great new venue in the heart of Vermont," Ms. Jones said.


     Painter, sculptor, theatrical designer Carolyn Enz Hack of Thetford Center uses color, pattern, and spatial ambiguity. Her site has her current exhibits in Greensboro and Burlington, sculptural painting, special projects, a resume, 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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