ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 16, 2012


      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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      Desorcie's Market presents Mr. French in the free Summer Sounds concert in Highgate Municipal Park on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.
      Mr. French is an accomplished, 4 piece Burlington-based rock band known throughout New York and New England. Playing classic rock and dance standards from Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Cream, the Doors, Van Morrison, Beatles and many more of your favorites, Mr. French features Gary "Buddha" Norful, keys and vocals; Tim O'Brien, drums; Jimmy "Oxo" Carter, bass and vocals; and Jeff Wheel on guitar and vocals. They rock just a little rockier, funk a little funkier, and ballad a little ... smoother; Mr. French will have you dancing and singing until the end of summer.
      Right before the concert, stop by for the Fire Department Auxiliary-Summer Sounds Social in the Park starting at 6 p.m. The social hour is a chance to visit with friends and eat finger food and delicious desserts.
      The Summer Sounds concerts are sponsored by the Town of Highgate and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Chevalier Drilling, Desorcie's Market, Drummac Septic Service, O. C. McCuin and Sons, Ray's Extrusion Dies and Tubing, and the Swanton Chamber.
      The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings, always at 7 p.m., always in Highgate Municipal Park, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for the outdoor family music and festivities. The rain site is the Highgate United Methodist Church.
      Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery hosts a Simply St. Albans Reception tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. The unique art exhibit celebrates St. Albans with a theme of the railroad city of Vermont.
      Refreshments will be served. The exhibit continues through September 31.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap at the Lincoln Inn presents Summer Sounds favorite Jenni Johnson and friends this evening at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

BURLINGTON-- The Heineberg Community Center hosts the Burlington Songwriters Showcase tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.
      Carol Ann Jones joins Queen City musicians Robin Reid, Gigi Weisman and Peter Bingham in a sound off at this community-center fundraiser and benefit. Admission is $5 at the door.

SHELDON--The Brooke Ostrander Memorial Jam & Benefit Concert will take place at the Abbey Casino/Pavilion (formerly known as the Sheldon Casino) on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. The concert starts at 7 p.m.
      The afternoon jam features past students of Mr. O's and other area musicians from Bob Berger and Eric Bushey to Scott Guptil and Jim Thacker. The evening will begin with a Dark Horse concert followed by Nashville recording artist Jay Taylor.
      Dark Horse is a five-piece country band with two guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards for a mix of six string lead, double lead, rhythm, slide, and acoustic twelve string, keyboards and Hammond organs, grand pianos, and more. All five members -- Bob Berger, Bob Corbiere, Dan Cox, Ron Hall, and George Seymour -- sing lead and the band is unique in its complex, five part harmony.
      Jay Taylor won the Florida Super Singer contest in Orlando, and has opened for country headliners including Diamond Rio, Lorrie Morgan, Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, Buddy Jewel, Trick Pony, Billy Dean, and Craig Morgan. Forrest Lee Jr., guitar, Trevor Layne, drums, and former Swanton resident Jim Thacker, bass, have traveled with him across the country as his Nashville band.
      At press time, the afternoon jam lineup includes Reid Anderson, Eric Beauregard, Shawn Benjamin, Robert Berger, Eric Bushey, Jason Bushey, Nic Cannizaro, Craig Codrington, Robert Corbiere, Kris Cullen, Morgan Day, Wendy Fuller, Matt Fuller, Wendy Fuller, Matt Gadouas, Aaron Gagne, Jackson Garrow, Jason Garrow, Michelle Goodman, Scott Guptil, Trevor Jewitt, Forrest Lee Jr., Erik Kilburn, Andy King, Trevor Layne, John McDonald, Marbeth Nichols, Jordan Ostrander, Katy Ostrander, Pete Perry, Aaron Rembert, James Thacker, Mark Toof, Shawn Toussaint, and Sue Tremblay.
      There will be a cash bar and BBQ by The Abbey Group.
      The Ostrander Memorial Fund funds an annual scholarship awarded to a graduating senior or current college student majoring in the field of music.
      Admission ranges from $10 to $150 or more but all tickets are the same. The higher priced tickets simply make larger donations possible. One ticket is good for both events.
      Click here for more info.

SWANTON--The Swanton Chamber of Commerce presents the Nobby Reed Project in the Swanton Park Concert Series on the bandstand in the Village Green on Saturday at 6 p.m.

CALAIS--Young Tradition Vermont and the Vermont Folklife Center present the 14th Annual Calais Concert to honor Helen Hartness Flanders the songcatcher at the Old West Church on Sunday at 4 p.m. This event highlights the traditional music of New England.
      Helen Hartness Flanders was one of the pioneers of folk music history in the United States. The Vermont native was internationally recognized as a ballad collector and authority on the folk music found in New England and in the British Isles. 4,500 of her field recordings are housed at the Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College.
      The Calais Concert will feature Young Tradition Vermont alumni including members of the Irregulars (Oliver Scanlon and Eileen O'Grady), Hannah Beth Crary, and the Zeichner Family. Singer Deb Flander's niece, Esther Nemethy, will perform along with Pete Sutherland and VSO cellist John Dunlop.
      A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit the Vermont Folk Life Center.
      Admission is $15. Tickets are available at Flynn Box Office (802.86.FLYNN) and at the door or call 802.233.1015 for more info.


ART AT THE HARVEST FESTIVAL (now through September 14)--The Enosburg Annual Harvest Festival seeks artists, artisans, crafters, quilters, and more for the September event. Space rental is $25 for the day. Call 802.933.4503 or 802.933.7843 for more info.

WRITER'S DIGEST'S POPULAR FICTION (September 14)--Writers can enter in all six genres: Romance, Mystery/Crime Fiction, SciFi/Fantasy, Thriller/Suspense, Horror, and Young Adult Fiction. Pieces are limited to 4000 words. Cash prizes plus publication in Writer's Digest. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize plus a trip to the 2013 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City. Each category winner will receive a $500 cash prize. Entry Fee. Click here for more info.

ROTATING ART (ongoing)--Chow!Bella Restaurant and Twiggs seek artists to exhibit 2-D works on a three month rotation. There is no charge to hang and no commission on sales.
      Email Wendi Murphy for more info. Include at least two images of your work and your web address.


     Strong Coffee Stage of Brattleboro creates "dynamic, visceral theater productions that combine movement, music, vulnerability, virtuosity, and humor." They create and put on original theater productions and hold master classes in movement, clown, improv, and acting.


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