ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 19 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 19, 2015


      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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      Rotary Club of St. Albans opens the 23rd annual Home & Recreation Exposition with free admission tomorrow. The EXPO annual fund raiser runs through Sunday at the Collins-Perley Sports and Fitness Center. Under the guidance of manager Rene Meilleur, 100% of the profits go to support the Rotary charitable work in this community. All their space is sold out, thanks to the selection of Vermont foods and beverages and more.
      Building a new home this year? Planning a home remodeling project? That new space can easily help showcase your own collection of art. Or perhaps you need, absolutely need, a music room? Or space for a kiln.
      Rotary supports local organizations. The Learn to Ski Program takes youngsters to Smugglers Notch. They offer annual support to programs like Martha's Kitchen and Special Olympics. They particularly like to help the start-up or expansion of local programs or facilities such as the Hannaford Gift Box and the Taylor Park Fountain restoration.
      Admission is free. The doors will be open from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. The Collins-Perley Sports and Fitness Center is located just off I-89 at Exit 19. Click here or visit them on Facebook for more info.


     Singer-songwriter Carol Ann Jones has a busy weekend planned.
SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Ms. Jones in a solo show tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Blue Paddle has limited seating and a small bar so call ahead (802.372.4814) to assure a seat.
JERICHO--The Jericho Cafe & Tavern presents Ms. Jones with Will Patton tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Call 802.899.2223 for reservations.
ST. ALBANS--Ms. Jones and Mr. Patton play a private birthday party on Saturday. That's an event not open to the public, but is a lovely idea. Most Franklin County performers are available for private events.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Dayve Huckett in the Dining Room tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. and Coon Hill John on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

MILTON--Music could fill the Milton Town Office at the Instrument Petting Zoo on Saturday at 9 a.m. and the musicians could be as young as 2.
      Petting zoos offer a rare opportunity for children to try instruments they may not recognize and to spark their interest in music. Put on by Darren Schibler, Young Tradition Vermont, and the Milton Rec Department, kids and adults can try out familiar instruments and meet new ones including drums, guitars, kazoos, maracas, recorders, thumb pianos, tin whistles, ukuleles, autoharps, fiddles, hammer dulcimers, a steel pan drum and more.
      Admission is free thanks to a generous donation by MEMS PTA.

BURLINGTON--The Burlington Violin Shop hosts a Fiddleheads Rehearsal Session with Dominique Dodge on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. - noon.

ST. ALBANS--Sean Jarvis hosts a Benefit Concert for Martha's Kitchen in the Traveled Cup on Saturday at 3 p.m.
      "It will be a time of music, beverages, and a great cause. We will have a donation jar out and all proceeds will go to the local food shelf in St. Albans," Bill Masse said.

ST. ALBANS--Club Karib hosts the Band Together Benefit with Barbie N Bones, Justice, and Nightrain on Saturday starting at 8:30 p.m.
      The concert benefits the families of Dawn and Cedric White as well as Adam Hardy and Jessica Dostie, all of whom lost their homes and belongings to fires in January.
      Singer Jenn DiNatale; Mark DiNatale, bass; Mike Fredette, drums; and Scott Milne, guitar; play "rockin', booty shakin' dance music" as Barbie N Bones. Justice will keep their rock on with Gary Greeno, lead vocals; Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Rod Bushey, lead guitar; Mike Stella, drums; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals. Nightrain also does high-energy rock with Taylor Arsenault, vocals; Tom Dunn, bass; Eric Halbach, drums; Brad Ravlin, guitar; and Andy Toussaint, guitar and keys.
      Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available at the door. All proceeds go directly to the families.


MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Town Library film series, Freedom & Unity: One State--Many Visions, concludes Sunday at 2 p.m. The film screening and discussion series looks at our state with a six-part series of films shown every other Sunday. Part 6, People's Power this Sunday, explores contemporary tensions over climate, energy, independence, and the state's future with a discussion led by Jon Margolis.
      The Vermont Humanities Council program is hosted by the Friends of the Library. Call June Abramowitz (802.326.4239), Email, or .


ALBURG--The Alburgh Public Library Film Group will screen The Horseman on Monday at 7 p.m. The violent, R-Rated, 2008 Australian thriller stars Peter Marshall and Evert McQueen in a story of a father avenging the death of his daughter.
      Film night is always free.

BAKERSFIELD--Tonight is Book Discussion Night at 6 p.m. at the H.F. Brigham Library. The group has read The Goldfinch, the Pulitzer Prize winning and runaway best-seller by Donna Tartt. The smart, literary novel is a thriller, a mystery, Dickensian, and populated by New York's eccentric best.

ENOSBURG FALLS--Maria Harris, director of the Enosburgh Public Library, is a member of the 12-person Green Mountain Book Award committee. The committee chose the 15 books that "clearly stood out from the rest" for the 2015-2016 List. The library has all of the books.
      Teen readers of three or more Green Mountain books are encouraged to vote for their favorite, to select Vermont's best teen book of the year.
      Click here for more info.

FAIRFAX--My Library Has What? The Fairfax Community Library will hold an info session about digital library resources including Listen Up Vermont this evening at 6 p.m. Bring your tablet or e-reader for individualized help.
      Call 802.849.2420 to register.

HIGHGATE--The Highgate Public Library needs a part time, pleasant, upbeat, and energetic person to do program planning, program prep work, and providing coverage at the circulation desk. Email your resume and references by March 25.
      No phone calls please, Ms. Comiskey said.

RICHFORD--The A.A. Brown Book Discussion Group takes on Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Books for this 2015 Vermont Reads selection are available now at the library.

ST. ALBANS--Plan to go to the St. Albans Free Library this morning and just stay all day.
      Mornings, Muffins & Mysteries Book Group kicks the day off this morning at 10:30 a.m. with The Assassin in the Marais by Claude Izner. The Writers' Medley writers share their work with peers at 2 p.m. This evening is Adult Craft Night at 7 p.m. The group will make a colorful Easter egg bouquet. Space is limited so registration is required.
      Saturday brings the Kids' Movie Matinee at 1 p.m. The 2014 remake of Annie will include popcorn and drinks.
      There is also a Stir the Pot Cookbook Discussion with recipes by the men of Food Network on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library Book Discussion Group will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. to discuss The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes. This her latest novel is a survival guide, a tale of two women generations apart and the painting that connects them.


      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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