ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 18 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 24, 2014


      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.

     Franklin County's arts and music gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. There are also booked and acoustic Open Mic Nights that feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.

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      The Big Music Weeks of Summer continue with live music and more in and around Franklin County. This week, Highgate has another double header with two great concerts on Sunday. There is Art in Bloom, plus the Jig, music downtown and all around, Pirates, the Citizens Concert Band, and National Dance Day.


      Chevalier Drilling presents H.I.M.S., the Huntington Incredible Men Singers, in the free Summer Sounds concert in Highgate Municipal Park on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.
      The 8-10 men in this bluegrass gospel choir are all from the Community Church of Huntington.
      "We sing mostly bluegrass style country gospel tunes," director Dave Cozzens said. They have performed around northwestern Vermont and sang a joint fundraiser last weekend with the Stetsons. Any revenues go toward the Neighbor Helping Neighbor program that assists folks in need in the greater Huntington area.
      Singer, song writer, and guitarist David Detweiler will open the show.
      "We look forward to a fun night of gospel singing," Mr. Cozzens said.
      Just before the concert, stop by for the Highgate Historical Society-Summer Sounds Social in the Park starting at 6 p.m. The social hour is a chance to visit with friends and eat some 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, Mylan Technologies, O. C. McCuin and Sons, and Ray's Extrusion Dies and Tubing.
      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.


     The 22nd annual Jig in the Valley brings eight hours of some of the best music in Vermont to the East Fairfield green Sunday from noon on.
      John Cassel, Brian Curry, Dale and Darcy, Carol Ann Jones, George Lewis, Joe Moore, The Oleo Romeos, Will Patton, Rush Run Philharmonic, Stone Cold Roosters, and many others will fill the day with folk, funk, jazz, bluegrass, blues, country and everything in between. There will be hot dogs, burgers, grilled chicken, healthy, locally grown salads, homemade pizza from the Center's wood-fired oven, the world famous Pie Table, soda, iced tea and coffee.
      "The Jig is always a great party," said Nancy Shaw, director of the Fairfield Community Center. This is an important fund raiser for the Center, but "it's also a time to enjoy all that life in summer here brings to us."
      Admission is $10 per person, with a maximum charge of $25 for families. All proceeds benefit the Food Shelf, Youth and Senior Programs, and general expenses of the Community Center. The event is held rain or shine and will move to the Old Meeting House on the Green in case of rain. Please bring a canned food item along for the Food Shelf.


AROUND VERMONT--Saturday is National Dance Day.
      National Dance Day takes place on the last Saturday in July. Created by So You Think You Can Dance producer Nigel Lythgoe it promotes dance education and physical fitness. Check with your local studio for their planned activities.


     The ninth annual Art in Bloom Festival brings a day of music, a gazillion art exhibits, and plenty of food to the Fairfax Community Park in Fairfax on Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Festival is a benefit for the BFA-Fairfax Nordic Ski Team.
      The child friendly day is filled with beautiful things, wonderful live music and mouth watering food.
      The Festival offers music all day. It is a free event with free parking.
      Call Rev. Liz Griffin (802.849.6588) or email for more info.


ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents the Pirates of Penzance, a summer musical Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.
      Also known as The Slave of Duty, Pirates is Gilbert and Sullivan's popular comic opera in two acts. The huge cast is shown here.
      Reserved seats (choice seats in the first five rows) are $14, general admission is $12, and students and seniors $10. Call 802.933.6171 for tickets.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs has a busy weekend of music planned with Bobby Chevalier in the window this evening at 6 p.m., Dayve Huckett in the window tomorrow at 8:30 p.m., and Isaac and Dominic French with their mixed style of blues, pop, hip hop and rap on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS BAY--The Bayside Pavilion presents A & M this evening at 6:30 p.m.
      "We do a wide variety of music including originals, Collective Soul, Creed, Adele, Lorde, Evanescence, Deep Purple, and many others," Melissa Lussier said. "There will be something for everyone!"

ST. ALBANS--Justice bangs open the gates at the One Federal Restaurant and Lounge Thursday Night Summer Concert Series this evening at 7 p.m. The band includes Gary Greeno, lead vocals; Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Todd Dunn, lead and rhythm guitar; Mike Fredette, drums; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals.
      Admission is free.

ST. ALBANS--The Downtown Summer Concert Series presents the famed TBA Band in the E.A. Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park on Friday at 6 p.m. The Twiggs food/beverage tent in the park will be running from 5-8 p.m.
      Inca Hoots played one set, 2-1/2 hours straight through at the first Friday concert this month. The Plattsburgh band plays rock, new country, and jazz and "was fabulous."
      Admission is free.

BARRE--The Barre Heritage Festival and Homecoming Days welcomes Michele Choiniere for a free show on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      "It will be a family affair, with my father Fabio Choiniere and my brother Bernie Choiniere," she said.

STOWE--The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center presents the Carol Ann Jones Acoustic Quartet in an intimate concert on Saturday at 8 p.m.       The all-star band includes Will Patton, mandolin, steel guitar, dobro and upright bass; Dono Schabner, electric guitar; Gary Spaulding on cajone (an acoustic drum box); and Ms. Jones on acoustic guitar and vocals performing and evening of rock, country, pop, jazz and blues.
      Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at door. click here for tickets and more info.

SWANTON--The Swanton Park Concert Series presents the Nobby Reed Project on the Village Green park bandstand Saturday evening at 6 p.m.
      Vermont's premiere blues trio plays the best original music in the soul-shakin'-electric Texas and Chicago blues styles with a Vermont touch. The band includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Highgate's own Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals.
      Admission is free. Bring your own blanket, chairs, and bug spray.

HIGHGATE FALLS--The St. Johns Summer Concert Series presents Anima on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.
      Anima is a vocal ensemble of ten women who sing the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. They often perform the music of Hildegard of Bingen. Dunstable, Cooke, Power, Lassus, and several other composers are often featured.
      Admission is by free will donation.
      Call 802.868.7185, or click here for more info.

WINDSOR--The Harpoon Barbecue Championship of New England presents great music with some of the world's best barbecue. The Nobby Reed Project takes the brewery stage on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      The $15 cover charge includes one beer/non-alcoholic beverage ticket. Children under 12 free with parents. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS BAY--Citizens Concert Band plays St. Albans Bay Park on Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m.
      Under the direction of Kevin Loomis, the Band seats musicians in all ages from high school soloists to working professionals. Vocalist Claire Chevalier Hungerford
      Call 802.868.7185 or click here for more info.


     Irene Gallo, Associate Publisher and Art Director of Tor Books has two hats, two cats, and some advice to artists.
      "I'm on an artist's blog (I love blogs)," she tweeted, "but nowhere is there a link to their portfolio site. I'm trying to hire you people!"
      Find Ms. Gallo on Twitter @IreneGallo.


      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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