ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 18 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 2, 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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ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents Randy Smith & His Band of Merry Men on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Best known in Vermont as 8084's lead singer, Mr. Smith is a singer-songwriter now based in Charlotte, North Carolina. A Billboard and International award winning musician, he has recorded six albums and toured extensively throughout the US and Canada, performing over 4,500 live shows including Summer Sounds and FloodStock. He has shared the stage with Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, April Wine, Henry Lee Summer, and Warrant. In real life, he is the founder and principal of a web design firm.
      The acoustic-unplugged evening will feature a collection from Mr. Smith's solo work as well as some 8084 favorites. The band of Merry Men include fellow 8084 mates Gary Spaulding, drums, and Roy Brown, bass and vocals, plus Hall of Fame fiddler Scott Campbell and Rich Abel on guitar.
      Special guest St. Albans singer-songwriter Troy Millette will open the show.
      Tickets are available at the door on the night of the performance. The Opera house now accepts credit cards. Gift certificates and multi-event passes are for sale and redeemable at Opera House events.


ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Historical Society presents Vermont author Michelle Arnosky Sherburne in the Bliss Room on Friday at 1 p.m. for behind-the-scenes stories and details about the aftermath of the St. Albans Raid.
      Copies of her new book, The St. Albans Raid: A Confederate Attack on Vermont, will be available for purchase.
      Ms. Sherburne is the production department person of the Journal Opinion in Bradford and has researched Vermont history as a free lance writer. She is also the author of Abolition & the Underground Railroad in Vermont and co-editor of A Vermont Hill Town in the Civil War: Peacham's Story. She has lived in Vermont since 1976.

MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Town Library presents Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin reprising his discussion, Vermont and the Civil War, in Montgomery Town Hall on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
      Mr. Coffin will take Vermonters from Cedar Creek to Gettysburg and show Vermont's crucial contributions to the Civil War.
      Call Patrick Farmer (802.326.2211) for more info.

ONLINE--150 years ago, a gang of Confederates stole over $200,000 from St. Albans' banks, attempted to burn the town down, and escaped to Canada. The City celebrated the anniversary with four days of activities and reenactments in Taylor Park.
      Eva Sollberger of Seven Days posted a nine-minute "Stuck in Vermont" video of the 150th Anniversary of the Raid. Amazing Grace was performed by Kevin MacLeod, the Citizens Concert Band, and Leonidas Jones
     The Stuck in the St. Albans Raid video.


CALAIS--Reflections, an exhibit at Kent Museum, has just 10 days left and will have a closing celebration on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      The contemporary art has the unique setting of both historic space and near-peak Vermont foliage. Gail Salzman of Fairfield has paintings in the former tavern's Grand Ballroom; 30 artists fill the three floors of exhibition space.
      The museum is open Fri-Sun 10am-5pm or by appointment. Call 802.229.5299, email, or click here for more info.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on Maureen and Barry Genzlinger, Carl Newton, and Martha Ohlinger. Mr. Genzlinger hand turns tiny wooden spinning tops. Ms. Genzlinger creates colorful three-dimensional ornaments. Mr. Newton is a bentwood box maker who works largely in the Shaker tradition. Ms. Ohlinger specializes in still life oils inspired by ordinary everyday items.
      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 October.
      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.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m. Vermont's best known blues trio includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals. The pub has live music lined up for every evening in October.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

HANOVER, NH--The second annual Upper Valley Oktoberfest presents Yankee Chank in the Top of the Hop at Dartmouth tomorrow evening at 6 pm.
      The Vermont musicians perform traditional dance music from Southwest Louisiana. Members include Bob Naess, fiddle; Cannon Labrie, accordion; Jim Burns, guitar and fiddle; and Mark Sustic, bass and triangle.
      Admission to the Hanover Lions Club event is $40 at the door. Click here for more info.

SWANTON--Justice will blow the roof off HD Campbell's Barn at Niles Landing one more time this year on Saturday at 8 p.m. Justice keeps their rock on 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.
      Admission is $10 for adults. No minors are admitted. Call 802.868.7796 for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the second annual Hometown TV Awards on Monday at 7 p.m. Come cheer on your favorite local TV personalities and producers at what has become the St. Albans Emmies.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.


     PRESTO for Young String Players starts Sunday. Led by Kathleen Kono, this VYO ensemble offers young string players an introduction to ensemble playing and is perfect for those students who are ready for their first ensemble experience. String musicians will learn to perform as an orchestra in this six week camp that culminates with a public concert.
      Click here to enroll.


      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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