ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 18 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 18, 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.

E-Mail Delivery
Sign up to receive the free weekly ArtBits
newsletter by e-mail
or by RSS feed.

Search ArtBits


      The St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary Commemoration takes over the City this weekend with elaborate re-enactments with 80 Civil War era military and civilian re-enactors including sutlers with period wares for sale plus walking tours of the raid sites, a quilt show, live Civil War music, lectures, museum exhibits, books, movies, and a makeover of Main Street.
      Click here for all the activities this week.

History of 1864
      Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin will give two talks about the events central to the Civil War at the St. Albans Historical museum tonight and tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.
      In the "St. Albans Raid" this evening, Mr. Coffin will discuss how the raid happened, why it happened, and the international consequences of the attack.
      Tomorrow evening, "Vermont and the Civil War" takes Vermonters from Cedar Creek to Gettysburg. Mr. Coffin will present Vermont's crucial contributions to the Civil War.
      Admission is free. Click here for more info.

Music and Dance of 1864
      In a time without iTunes or television or radio or telephones, song and live theater and dance were the entertainment of the Civil War. Music kept morale up both at home and in the campgrounds.
      The Citizen's Concert Band will perform Civil War-era marching and brass band music in Taylor Park at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
      The 2nd South Carolina String Band will play in a free live performance at Twiggs Friday evening at 6:30, then pick up the minstrel music of the time in Taylor Park at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m. Sunday, mini performances throughout the days, and will lead the music and dancing for the Mayor's Ball on Saturday in the Bliss Room at 8 p.m.
      Admission to the Mayor's Ball is $25 per person. Period or formal attire is required.
      The 2nd South Carolina String Band was formed in 1989 by five musician riflemen of the Volunteer Infantry. These Civil War re-enactors play 19th century period banjo, guitar, fiddle, tambourines, bones, and military drum. The band has been featured in USA Today, People Magazine, and U.S. News & World Report. They performed in the movie Gods and Generals and Ken Burns featured them on Jazz and Mark Twain. They have six albums available at CDBaby.comand or as MP3 downloads at and 25 other distributors. Click here for more info about the band.
      Twiggs also presents Dale and Darcy on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The band has a cumulative one hundred years of playing the Aires, waltzes, old timey songs, bluegrass, Irish, and civil war era tunes. Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

Books of 1864
      Ted Tedford of Underhill will release his new novel, Incident At Saint Albans, based on the life of Bennett Young, the Confederate lieutenant who led forces in the St. Albans raid at the Eloquent Page this weekend. He will read from his works and sign books on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
      The bookstore also has copies of the new raid history, The St. Albans Raid: Confederate Attack on Vermont by Michelle Arnosky Sherburne, as well as the audio book Rebels in Vermont! written and narrated by Tom Weakley.

Movies of 1864
      OK, there were darned few movies made in 1864 but the Welden Theater will have eight showings of The Raid on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
      Directed by Hugo Fregonese, the 1954 movie had an all-star cast with Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone, Lee Marvin, Lassie's Tommy Rettig, and Mission: Impossible's Peter Graves.


ENOSBURG FALLS--The annual Harvest Festival takes over Lincoln Park on Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with antiques, artists, crafts, a chicken BBQ, children's activities, the farmers market, live music, wagon rides drawn by black Percherons, and much, much more.
      The Enosburgh Historical Museum and other historical sites will be open.
      Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Traveled Cup hosts a Photography Talk with Wayne Tarr and Kara Radcliffe on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
      The informal discussion will center on fun and fine art photography plus 3D images. It's a chance to ask photography questions, see techniques, and view the 3D photos taken in and around St. Albans.
      Call 802.524.2037 or click here for more info.


ESSEX JUNCTION--Jazz at On Tap has Summer Sounds favorite Jenni Johnson and Friends this evening at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

BURLINGTON--The Burlington Songwriters annual concert at Heineberg Community Center near St. Mark's Church features Carol Ann Jones of Georgia on Friday at 7 p.m.
      Admission is by suggested $5-$10 donation to the Community Center.

CAMBRIDGE--Boyden Valley Winery Harvest Festival brings out wine and cheese and the Nobby Reed Project on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. They will premiere a new wine, taste Cabot Cheese and Lake Champlain Chocolates, stomp grapes, and have a Vermont Gift Basket Raffle to benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.
      Vermont's best known blues trio with Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals, the Project plays at noon on both Saturday and Sunday.
      Click here for more info.

SHELBURNE--The Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival features the Young Tradition Touring Group on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

ESSEX JUNCTION--Justice is Something Special at Backstage on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. 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 will bash the stage all night.
      Click here for more info.


NORTHWEST NIGHTMARES--Northwest Access TV presents the return of Northwest Nightmares with a Kickoff call for films in Barlow Street School on Wednesday, September 24, at 7 p.m.
      Create your own terrifying 5-15 minute horror film for a chance to win trophies and a Blackmagic Cinema Pocket Camera. Films will appear on the big screen at the Welden in October. Awards will be given in the categories: editing, effects, acting, story, sound design, cinematography, picture, and Best Sleeping with the Lights On.
      This event is free but there is an entry fee of $25 per team. All registration is online at or at the Kickoff.

THE ARTISTíS MAGAZINE OVER 60 COMPETITION (October 1)--Artists working in two dimensions in all traditional art media are sought. 10 winners will be prominently featured in the magazine and will receive small cash prizes. Entry fee. Call 715.445.4612, email, or click here for more info.

CELEBRATE SPA (October 10)--The SPA annual Holiday Season Show invites member artists of Studio Place Arts to share a grouping of their work in a major retail show during the gift-giving season. The gallery will display a diverse selection of fine art and crafts on all three floors of the SPA building in Barre.
      Call 802.479.7069 or email for more info.


      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.


AAC dancing logo

All Arts Council of Franklin County

Support Free Speech on the Internet
Dick Harper, Chair
P.O. Box 1
Highgate Springs, VT 05460
email us

Go to [ Dick Harper | All Arts Index | ArtBits Archive ]

      This article was originally published in the St Albans Messenger and other traditional print media. It is Copyright © 2014 by Richard B. Harper. All rights reserved. Archival material is provided as-is. Links are not necessarily maintained (if a link in this article fails, try or your favorite search engine).
      Thanks to recent misuse of copyright material on the Internet by individuals and archival firms alike, we emphasize that your rights to this article are limited to viewing it and printing it for personal use only. You must receive explicit permission from the All Arts Council and the author before reprinting or redistributing this article in any medium.