ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 2, 2016


      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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      June is National Dairy Month!
      The Dairy Festival begins today and continues through Sunday in downtown Enosburg Falls.
      The Enosburg Falls Lions club celebrates 60 years of Vermont Dairy Festivals this weekend with more entertainment and magical family activities than ever before. Most of the music and entertainment is on three stages around Lincoln Park and includes Local Talent at its Best to introduce some new and not so new performers from Franklin County. All the outdoor entertainment is free.
      The Mooooving Parade starts Saturday at 10:30. With marching bands and mobile mooving murals, it is one of Vermont's largest parades.
      All that milk includes some art. The Masonic Hall adjacent to the park hosts the Arts and Crafts show starting Saturday at 9 a.m.

THURSDAY--The Vermont Dairy Festival Scholarship Pageant, this evening at 7 p.m. in the Opera House at Enosburg Falls, highlights the scholastic achievements, talents, and enthusiasm of college-bound high school senior girls in Franklin County. The competition includes poise and appearance, stage interviews, and youth fitness.
      The Enosburg Lions offer scholarship prizes ranging from $125 to $750.
      Admission is $8. Tickets will be available at the door.

FRIDAY--Franklin County's own singer/songwriter Troy Millette, Local Talent at its Best, kicks off the free entertainment at 6 p.m. Got Milk Stage.
      The Nobby Reed Project wails the blues at 7 p.m. Peoples Trust Band Stand.

SATURDAY--The Parade begins at 10:30. Buddy The Clown will roam the parade route around the reviewing stand, then appear on the new Petting Zoo Stage at 1:30 and 3:45 p.m.
      WEVT-98.1 FM radio will also throw its second annual free community celebration at its home, the Spavin Cure building, on Saturday 12 noon-2 p.m. (after the parade). The Northwestern Vermont radio station will have free food plus free WEVT T-shirts and stickers, while music from the station streams live and outside. WEVT broadcasts oldies but goodies during the day and modern rock at night from the Spavin Cure building.
      Saturday's Music in the Park starts off with Chris & Erica, Local Talent at its Best, at noon and 1:30 p.m. Peoples Trust Band Stand.
      Tom Walsh will tell On the Farm Stories and Song at the new Petting Zoo Stage at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
      Ventriloquist Sylvia Fletcher (My Lips Don't Move) will throw her voice at 12:45, 2:15 and 6:30 p.m. Got Milk Stage.
      Marko the Magician returns with his Magic Show at 3 p.m. and Hypnosis at 3:45 p.m. Peoples Trust Bandstand.
      Outlaw Jimmy T. Thurston brings his old school country at its best at 5 p.m. Peoples Trust Bandstand.
      Highgate's own Alanna Freeman, Local Talent at its Best, at 7:15 p.m. Got Milk? Stage.
      The Tim Brick Band plays country music and southern rock right on the Band Stand from 8  p.m. right through the fireworks.
      The Fireworks will shoot over the mighty Missisquoi at 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY--Missisquoi River Band opens the Sunday music with bluegrass at 12 noon. Peoples Trust Band Stand.
      Buddy The Clown brings hilarity at 1 p.m. Petting Zoo Stage.
      Puppet Man Dan also kickstarts Sunday at 12 noon and again at 2 p.m. Petting Zoo Stage.
      The first Vermont Dairy Festival Talent Show brings out the best to finish the day at 1:30 p.m. Peoples Trust Bandstand.

     The men and women of the Enosburg Lions volunteer their time to conduct service projects and raise funds for the local community. They contribute to senior citizens' programs, area school projects, community health services, the Enosburg public library, family assistance and drug/alcohol programs, fire and ambulance services, other non-profit organizations, scholarships, as well as to the Lions International sight and hearing programs. The Vermont Dairy Festival is the Enosburg Lions' primary source of funding for these programs with thousands of man-hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to the community.
      The Vermont Dairy Festival midway opens at 6 p.m. this evening. Entertainment on the bandstand starts Friday evening at 6 p.m. and the weekend activities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in downtown Enosburg Falls. Admission to the grounds is free and most events are also free.
      Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts wants artists to design and paint the 6' x 6' giant Adirondack chair for the Chair Affair in Taylor Park. Click here for more info.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m. Vermont's own blues trio includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Twiggs stages present Isaac French and Friends this evening, Shane Murley and the Apothecarians on Friday, and Sammich on Saturday. All shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--The Breakwaters Summer lineup continues with House on Fire this evening, Summer Sounds favorites Mr. French on Friday, The Remedy Saturday, Island Time Steel Drums Sunday, and In The Pocket next Wednesday. Bands play from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3-6 p.m on Sundays.

BURLINGTON--The community based Discover Jazz Festival kicks off 10 days of music tomorrow evening on the Marketplace. Look for Long Trail Live with free shows on three stages, plus Randy Newman, Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars, the 40th Army Band, and many, many more.
      Will Patton with Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats returns to Leunigs Bistro on Saturday at 11 a.m. as well as next Friday and Saturday.
      Click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--Backstage Pub and Restaurant hosts Justice's School's Out for Summer Bash on at 9:30 p.m. They will celebrate the end of schooling for some, and the end one chapter and start of a new one for others. "Either way, an education is something that you should celebrate and we have just the party," Scott Guptill said.

COLCHESTER--The third annual Aphasia Choir Concert takes place at St. Michael's College McCarthy Arts Center on Sunday at 2 p.m.
      "We have been hard at work since mid March," speech-language pathologist and singer-songwriter Karen McFeeters said, "preparing a variety of popular songs from the 50s to the 70s and we've been having a blast." The group and the audiences have grown so they need the McCarthy Arts Center for the space and the acoustics
      The group includes 18 local stroke survivors who have expressive aphasia and their spouses/caregivers. Because music is mediated by the undamaged hemispheres of the brains of people with aphasia, they can usually sing and are often fluent while singing even if they have severe difficulty speaking.
      This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performance.


DRUMMING TRAINING (June 3)--VSA Vermont offers a free training session for professional and amateur drummers at the Elley-Long Music Center on June. Steve Ferraris, an experienced VSA teaching-artist and the founder of Root Drumming Systems, will present skills, techniques, and methods in an experiential learning environment. VSA wants eight drummers from across Vermont.
      A Lunch will be provided. There is no charge. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday. Click here for the training application.


SWANTON--Champlain Country Club celebrated its centennial last year as one of the oldest golf courses in New England and the U.S. and has published a Vermont-written-and-produced book about its first 100 years.
      Fore! The Grand History, Glory Days and Golden Future of Champlain Country Club, by St. Albans writer Leon Thompson, will be released in a book signing at the Club on Saturday at 2-4 p.m. The book launch is free and open to the public.
      Fore! is the story of the club told by its people with more than 25 interviews, photos, a course map, and tournament histories. It is Mr. Thompson's fourth book.

      ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at library events in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site at


      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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