ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * December 8, 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 Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents a Community Christmas Concert at the Opera House on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Community Chorus and the Enosburg Town Band family event celebrates traditional music in Franklin County's historic (and heated) theater. The concert will feature traditional hymns and seasonal songs.
      Admission is free but to ensure a seat, pick up a free ticket at the Enosburg Branch of the Community National Bank. Call 802.933.6171 for more info.


ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts Nancy Jacobus this month. She is exhibiting her whimsical images and beautiful bold flowers in vibrant colors on silk.
      The show continues through the end of December.


BURLINGTON--Young Tradition Vermont and the Vermont Folklife Center present Nowell Sing We Clear: A Pageant of Midwinter Carols at the Unitarian Church in Burlington on Sunday at 4 p.m.
      The raucous and often irreverent show brings a sense of Christmas merrymaking from earlier times with John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Fred Breunig and Andy Davis. The program offers unusual songs, carols, stories, and customs which make up the twelve magical days following the return of the light at the winter solstice, all drawn from English-language folk traditions.
      Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door, $10 for children under 12, and children under 5 are free. Call 802.86.FLYNN (802.863.5966) or 802.388.4964 or click here for tickets. Click here for Vermont Folklife Center info and here for Young Tradition info.
      One dollar from each ticket will be donated to the Tom Sustic Scholarship Fund in recognition of International Childhood Cancer Day. The event will include a raffle for a $500 goodies basket. Other proceeds will support the VFC Irene Storytelling Project (click here for more info about the project).

BURLINGTON--The UVM Old Time Music Club hosts a Shape Note Sing in Ira Allen Chapel at UVM every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Mason Gohl holds pitching/leading/sight-reading lessons before the Sing at 6 p.m. Check for occasional changes in time, date and location. Email for more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts holds a Farmers and Artisans Market at the River Arts Center every Wednesday from 3 - 7 p.m. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--J & L Guitars hosts Singer/Songwriter Night every Thursday evening.
      Call 802.527.9951 for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella offers Music to Dine By with relaxed music and the arts. They may have live piano, violin, or light guitar any day of the week. The Chow! Cabaret offers live performances by musicians, visual artists, poets, and more
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.

ST. ALBANS (MARK YOUR CALENDARS)--The Northern Vermont Ballet and 802 Professional String Quartet perform Winter Illuminations next weekend, December 17-18, at the BFA Performing Arts Center. The evening will include original choreography danced en pointe by Northern Vermont Ballet's Student Company, performed to Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Corelli, and Bach.
      Admission is $10 for balcony and $15 on the floor. Tickets are available in advance at 802-393-8655, online at, or at door.


ST. ALBANS--Stop by the St. Albans Library any time this week or next for a wish list for a needy child in Franklin County. This annual event helps fulfill the holiday wishes for dozens of kids in our area. Choose a card or "stocking" from the first floor fireplace, buy and wrap the presents on the list, and return it all to the library by December 15.
      The St. Albans Library Writers' Medley time of fun and sharing for those interested in writing continues this afternoon at 2 p.m. Call Wanda at the Library (802.524.1507) for more info. The popular Gingerbread House craft night for the older kids in the family takes place this evening at 6 p.m. Space is limited so please pre-register, also at 802.524.1507.

FRANKLIN COUNTY--Getting dark early. Time to stock up on winter reading.
      The Green Mountain Library Consortium's and OverDrive Kindle Library Lending Program allows patrons to borrow eBooks from library, school, and college partners.
      In this area, the Green Mountain Library Consortium includes the Alburgh Community Education Center, Arvin A Brown Library, Enosburg Falls Middle/High School, Fairfax Community Library, Fletcher Memorial Library, Fletcher Elementary School Library, Georgia Public Library, Grand Isle Public Library, Haston Library, Highgate Public Library, Montgomery Town Library, St. Albans Free Library, and Westford Elementary School and Public Libraries.
      "You can check out two titles each week through the Highgate Library," librarian Liza Comiskey said.
      The new program allows most existing OverDrive eBooks to be read on all Kindle devices or on free Kindle apps on Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and other mobile devices. You can read borrowed Kindle books on any generation Kindle device and on all free Kindle apps, as well as in a web browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer with the Kindle Cloud Reader.
      To download eBooks, you need only a valid library card, Internet access, and a computer, smartphone, or ebook reader.
      Listen Up Vermont at click here to check out eBooks (the process is same for all OverDrive materials). Browse, search, and select, any available eBook title. The final step is a clickable "Get for Kindle" link. You will then be directed to to complete your public library loan. You may be required to login to your account -- or create a new account -- if you’re not already logged in.
      It is remarkably easy. I called Ms. Comiskey for my card number; she walked me through logging in in just a few minutes.


     DJ Patullo's Village Frame Shoppe is a museum, art gallery and frame shop in Saint Albans with a strong social networking presence on Facebook. DJ uses the "wall" for updates about new artwork, sales, and events. The info page includes the physical address, phone traditional website, and hours. And, most important, visitors don't have to "friend" the business to see the content.


      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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