ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 17 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 31, 2013


      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 Learning United 2013 auction has opened for bidding with artwork by Ann Allen, Corliss Blakely, Chris Hungerford, and David Juaire, plus framing certificates at the Village Frame Shoppe in St. Albans, and more.
      The Learning United Kids Fair at St. Albans City Hall on Saturday at 1 p.m. will showcase some auction items and have crafts, "make your own sundaes," a storywalk, and more for kids, plus food, fun, raffles and giveaways.
      The 2013 goal is to raise $15,000 to support educational programs in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
      Click here to see and bid on the arts and cultural items.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on potter Alex Costantino, decorative painter Kitten Ellison, and fine artist Natalie Larocque.
      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 November.
      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. plus the first Sunday of each month, noon to 5 p.m.


LEBANON, NH--The Upper Valley Music Center presents an Acoustic Music Extravaganza Double Concert plus afternoon workshops with Skip Gorman and the Will Patton Trio in the Lebanon Congregational Church on 7:30 p.m.
      Mr. Patton is Bakersfield's mando master who loves to play gypsy jazz and Brazilian choro.
      Mr. Gorman teaches and plays early Bill Monroe style bluegrass mandolin, and is a fiddler and "walking encyclopedia of cowboy music and lore."
      Admission to the concert only is $25. Click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--The Vermont Youth Orchestra hosts an Open House in the Elly Long Music Center on Sunday between 2:30 and 5 p.m.
      VYO programs include over 500 students from Vermont, New Hampshire and New York each year. The association offers master classes, coaching from some of the best regional music teachers, plus choral, orchestral and chamber music performance opportunities with concerts in places such as Carnegie Hall, the Rudolfinum, in Prague and Hong Kong City Hall. They perform concerts throughout Vermont as well as a yearly series at the Flynn. The Open House is a great time to ask questions, observe a rehearsal, get information about the many ensembles and programs, and enjoy some snacks.
      Call 802.655.5030, email, or click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--Moog's Place has "live music every night we're open, starting between eight and nine pm" with open mic night scheduled most Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.
      Click here 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--Twiggs will rock the house with No Left Turn in a Halloween Party on Friday at 9 p.m.
      The restaurant offers Music to Dine By with relaxed music and the arts. They have three stages with live piano, violin, or light guitar any day of the week in the dining room, the Window, or the main stage. The Cabaret offers live performances by musicians, visual artists, poets, and more. The regular Open Mic Night repeats next Wednesday and on the first Wednesday of every month. Their Open Comedy Night for comics 18 and older is held on the third Tuesday of every month. Vern Colburn is Live on the Piano on Friday Nights, Dayve Huckett on the guitar on the first and third Saturday, and additional performances by Abby Road, Bobby Cee, Mint Julep, Sean Ashby, and Sean Casey.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.

ST. ALBANS--Mark your calendars. Woodmen of the World host a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater fundraiser for the Franklin County Humane Society and the St. Albans Historical Museum in the Bliss Room next Thursday, November 7.
      Admission is $50 per person or $90 per couple, with Premium Seating available. Tickets are available at the museum, the Franklin County Humane Society, the Woodmen office at 2 Federal Street in St. Albans, and online. Call 518-561-7213 or click here for tickets and more info.


RICHMOND--Music in the Reading Room! The Richmond Public Library presents the Social Band with It Is Time! Songs of Expectancy at the Still Point of the Year on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Free Library has barked about Ruff Reading, their new read to a dog program for kids. Children ages five to ten are invited to come and read to Ella, a 7 pound Yorkie. Children who practice reading aloud gain confidence and fluency. This program will be held on the first and third Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1507 or email to schedule a 15 minute appointment.
      The new Friday Afternoon Comedies begins with His Girl Friday on Friday at 1 p.m. This program will be held on the first Friday of each month at 1:00pm. Free popcorn and drink.

SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library has appointed Jane Bouchard as library director and Jill Yandow as assistant librarian for Youth Services. Ms. Bouchard is a resident of Swanton and a former Assistant Librarian at the Swanton Library. She plans to update the functionality and enhance programming there.
      The library has reported that "there may be a lull in some programming" while they refurbish popular activities and bring new ones online. It's a good time to volunteer your help.
      Call the library (802.868.7656) or email for more info.


     Kim Ray of Londonderry creates original, hand painted, fine art interior and exterior murals and accents. Her site includes a self-guided tour of her murals, a portfolio, the process, mural installation, a gallery, event calendar, classes, contact info, and much more.


      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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