ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 6, 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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      A TV weatherman called Saturday "the unofficial last day of Summer." I don't think so. The Vermont summer season begins on Memorial Day weekend and ends sometime after Labor Day weekend, so I figure we have at least another week for summer music.
      Indeed, Summer Music at Grace features Chasing 440 chasing great bluegrass on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The band is David Benway, guitar and vocals; Arnold Royea, fiddle; Michael Ryan, banjo and vocals; and Michael Fortin, mandolin. Their sets include 9 Pound Hammer, 30 Years of Farming, and That Bluegrass Music.
      Grace Church is located at 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon. The suggested donation of $15 benefits the performers. Click here for more info about Chasing 440. Call 802.326.4603 or click here for info about the music at Grace Church.
      "We will be donating all the proceeds to the Food Shelf," Mr. Royea said.


ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on fiber artist Jan Brosky, photographer David Juaire, printmaker Lyna Lou Nordstrom, and potter Susan Delear.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments on Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of September.
      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 gallery, located at 321 Main Street, is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap at the Lincoln Inn offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m. and the Phil Abair Band tomorrow at 9
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Downtown St. Albans Summer Concert Series presents the Near North Band playing on the green in Taylor Park tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m. The rock group "pursues an energetic mix of americana, whiskey breath, and snowflakes." In July, they played live radio for the first time on the Taz Michaels Show, then played their first show at Higher Ground the next evening.
      The rain site is City Hall Auditorium.

BARRE--Gusto's presents Justice with Todd Dunn, lead and rhythm guitar; Gary Greeno, lead vocals; Mike Stella, drums; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals tomorrow at 10 p.m.
      "[It's] our last show at Gusto's for 2012, so let's show Barre how the Justice League rolls!" Mr. Guptill said.
      Call 802.476.7919 or click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--The monthly Fiddleheads session takes place at the Burlington Violin Shop on Saturday at 10 a.m. Pete Sutherland will be the guest instructor. There is no cost for attending, but there's only room for about 15 participants.
      Fiddleheads will play at the Kids Art Hop starting at 12 noon (after the rehearsal session). Kidís Hop is presented by Davis Studio. A special Kids Hop passport lets attendees hop along Pine Street to visit six family-friendly venues with hands-on creativity, music and fun. This event is designed for families with children ages 3Ė12. All events are free.
      RSVP either event via email to Mark Sustic.

CORRECTION: Last week, I wrote that Marko the Master Magician would appear at Chow Bella. Marko is indeed a good show, but I got the date wrong. Marko will next perform a full dinner show on Thursday, September 27.
      I apologize for the confusion.
      "We have tons of [other] things happening" including pub style trivia, Vern Colburn, Dayve Huckett on the guitar, the Best Little Border Band, Open Mic Night, Open Comedy Night, and much more, restaurant manager Jimmy Matas said. Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info.


     Most libraries in the County return to winter hours this month as their summer schedules wind down.

ST. ALBANS--So You Want to Write a Book? Author Sandra Newman will give that lecture at the Back Inn Time B&B on Fairfield Street this evening at 5:30 p.m.
      Ms. Newman's talk will include how to get and stay motivated, finding a topic, book layout, costs, copy editor or proofreader, finding a publisher, or self publishing. The fee is $55 for the class, workbook and an autographed copy of Life and Times on Pleasant Pond.
      Call Pauline Cray (802.309.4487) for more info.

RICHFORD--The A A Brown Public Library hosts a Farewell to Summer Cookout and Concert in Davis Park on River Street tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. with There will be live music by the Missisquoi River Band.
      The Missisquoi River Band includes Cindy Weed, stand up bass, Jim Weed, lead and rhythm guitar, and artist Pat Murphy, guitar.
      The hamburger or hot dog cookout costs $6.50 a plate. All ages welcome.
      In case of bad weather the event will be moved indoors. There is no snow in the forecast.

ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Free Library has a new book discussion group for lovers of classic literature. Their first meeting will open the doors to Jane Eyre on September 18. This Tuesday, September 11, the book group will discuss the collection of stories in Say You're One of Them by Uwen Akpan.
      Saturday services return to the library this month. They will host a Classic Movie Night for the whole family and restart the Tech Tuesday learning series.


     The TIME Gallery Portland, located at CTN, Channel 4, in Portland, Maine, features fine art, photography, and crafts. The site includes an events calendar, featured artists, artist info, and a contact page. 30% of gallery proceeds benefit the Community Television Network and Hour Exchange Portland.


      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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