ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 13, 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.

      Find links to these events and more in our Spotlight!

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      Big doings in the Burg on Saturday.

LINCOLN PARK--The Enosburg Business Association hosts the Annual Harvest Festival in the park on Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      "We have about 70 vendors with a large selection of artists and artisans," Sandra Ferland said.
      The Festival has antiques, artists, the bookmobile, crafters, face painting, the farmers market, live music by the Missisquoi River Band, horse drawn wagon rides, historical sites, popcorn, and much more including an American Legion chicken BBQ, hamburgers and hot dogs at the Masonic Temple, and Bonnie Evans world famous vegetable stoup which she makes as a benefit.
      The rain date is next Saturday, September 22. Call Precious Things (802.933.4503) for more info.

OPERA HOUSE--The Friends of the Opera House present a feature film, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, as a benefit for Hippocrates Child Care in Chisinau, Moldova, on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
      This film of British comedian and writer Tony Hawks' best selling book was filmed during in Moldova, London, Belfast and Israel in 2010. The independent British feature tells the true story of Tony Hawks and his unlikely bet with comedian Arthur Smith. As England's national soccer team trounced Moldova 4-0 in 1997, Mr. Hawks wagered that he could track down all 11 of the Moldovan players and beat them at tennis as well.
      Donations are encouraged. Call 802.933.6171 for more info.


ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts local artist Christine King this month. A color photographer, Ms. King is exhibiting original works of birds, sunsets, flowers, and landscapes. She works at NMC as an RN on the Medical Surgical Floor. Her photographs are for sale.
      The show continues through the end of September.


WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA--The Big E, the Eastern States Exposition, begins tomorrow and runs through September 30. Jeff Dunham is already sold out but for 17 days the Vermont Building on the Avenue of States at the Big E will feature Vermont products and crafts. Vermont musicians will perform the last three weekends of September, including Vermont Day, on September 22. Prydein plays jigs and reels to 80's pop, funk and rock on Saturday at 1 p.m. Yankee Chank returns on Sunday at 1 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Cattle Baron's Ball features dancing to the Starline Rhythm Boys in the Barn at Lang Farm on Friday at 6 p.m. This second annual ball is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Burlington
      "We had a great time last year," Danny Coane said. "Wonderful food & beverage vendors, plus great items for sale and raffle."
      Admission is $90 per person or $175 for couples. Click here for more info

MORRISVILLE--Moog's Place presents Big Spike Bluegrass on Friday at 9 p.m. "Since day one, Moog's Place has been all about the Music. We proudly present live music every night we're open, starting between eight and nine pm. "
      Click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--Justice keeps their rock rolling at On Tap at the Lincoln Inn with Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Todd Dunn, lead and rhythm guitar; Gary Greeno, lead vocals; Mike Stella, drums; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals on Friday night at 9 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

GEORGIA--The Georgia Fall Festival will be Supercharged! as the day of food and fun and fireworks at the Beach presents Carol Ann Jones and the Superchargers. It all starts at 3 p.m. on Georgia Beach.
      The Superchargers have a fresh take on rockabilly, country, rock & roll, bluegrass and contemporary music. The regional band has national performers with Andre Maquera on lead-guitar and backing vocals; Gary "Spud" Spaulding on drums and percussion; Thom Carvey on bass and sax; Will Patton on bass, steel guitar and mandolin and Carol Ann Jones on lead vocal and acoustic guitar. Ms. Jones' second indie album, Hope, is available now.
      Don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item for the Georgia Food Shelf.

FAIRFAX--Fiddleheads Sarah Bahr and others will fiddle at Toni Stone's 18th annual Fall Quilt Show and Sale at the Wonder Works Studio on Buck Hollow Road on Sunday, noon - 3 p.m.
      "We'll have brunch," Ms. Stone said, "and have 100 quilts for sale."
      Call 802.849.2257 or click here for more info.


     The Arts & Economic Prosperity calculator is a free, simple, online tool from Americans for the Arts. It gives arts organizations a quick-and-dirty way to estimate their economic impact on the local economy.
      The analysis requires just a few data points -- the area population, the organization's total expenses, and the total attendance for all events -- to estimate the jobs supported plus local and state government revenues driven by the expenditures made by arts organizations and our audiences. It can work for a single event or for all the groups combined in Franklin County.
      The results are based on averages from real economic impact studies in communities with similar populations but they are estimates. The best way to use them is as a first pass to determine that we should conduct actual economic impact studies.
      Click here to use the calculator.


     Frank Barnes of 8084 now publishes THINK!Vermont, an online journal "where education and technology meet communication, community, and common sense." The news organ has headlines and stories on education, technology, the world, politics, and arts & entertainment.
      Mr. Barnes' host,, is a news aggregator called a "content curation service" that lets people (rather than computers) choose stories on topics they like as well as to deliver original content as part of the news stream.


      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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