ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 16, 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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      The 26th running of the popular Summer Sounds season begins in just two weeks on the rescheduled Bay Day on SATURDAY, July 2.
      The free 2016 lineup features the return of some favorites, new bands from afar, and the introduction to some of Franklin County's up-and-coming stars. Look for Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, Anderson Gram, the Christopher Dean Band, IncaHOOTS, the ever popular Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers, the Troy Millette Band, an extra special Summer Sounds Surprise, and more. We'll have at least one CD release party and lots of great socials!
      Summer Sounds concerts are always free, always in a Town park, always at 7 p.m. and always on Sundays. Except for the Bay Day concert on Saturday night this year.
      The Summer Sounds concerts are sponsored by the Town of St. Albans and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by local businesses including Chevalier Drilling, Desorcie's Market, Drummac Septic Service, O. C. McCuin & Sons, and Ray's Extrusion Dies & Tubing.
      The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair as you settle in to enjoy outdoor family music and festivities. Visit for the summer concert schedule.


SWANTON ART SHOW (June 20)--The Swanton Historical Society and the Swanton Arts Council will partner for an art show at the Railroad Depot Museum. There is specific no theme; the juxtaposition between the historic and current pieces will reflect how time changes so many things. Email Kris Daignault to participate.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council will host a Pinwheel Art Installation After-Action Meeting at the Swanton Public Library on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
      They want feedback on what went right and what can be done better? If you have answers but aren't able to attend, please Email your notes.
      The Barn Quilt Challenge begins Monday and continues through June 30. Call Kris Daignault (802.309.3376), Email, or Click here to sign up and for more info.


BURLINGTON--The Breakwaters Summer lineup continues with Starline Rhythm Boys this evening, the Phil Abair Band on Friday, Uncle Jed Saturday, The Woedoggies Sunday, and Mango Jam 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.

MILTON--Will Patton joins singer-songwriter Carol Ann Jones in the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet Series -at the Arrowhead Golf Course on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. There will be a buffet dinner and a beautiful deck
      The music is free and the buffet is open to the public.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls Dance Campers take the stage in a performance on Friday evening. Call the box office (802.933.6171) or email for more info.

WORCESTER-- Fiddleheads perform with Dominique Dodge and Harp Students at 10th Annual Carolan Festival at the Mallery Farm. The Festival begins tomorrow and continues through Sunday.
      The group will play several tunes Ms. Dodge taught during her 4-part residency on Carolan tunes at the Burlington Violin Shop in Burlington.
      Admission for all day Saturday is $15/person, $25/Family (with two adults max, cash or check only). Click here for more info.

GRAND ISLE--Island Arts presents The Vermont Jazz Ensemble in the Grand Isle Lake House on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
      The 17-member instrumental music group performs mostly in the Jazz or Big Band style; their repertoire also includes Latin, Rock, Fusion and popular music.
      Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Ages 12 and under are free. My Kids' Kitchen food will be available for purchase starting at 5:30 and the grounds open at 5:30 for picnicking. Click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--Young Tradition Vermont and the Burlington Violin Shop will present a rare solo performance by Frankie Gavin from Galway, one of the most renowned tradition Irish fiddlers in the world, on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      Admission is $25. There are only 40 seats available and reservations are highly recommended. Email for reservations and more.

ST. ALBANS--The Downtown Summer Concert Series kicks off for 2016 with the Citizens Concert Band in Taylor Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
      Admission is free. Food and drink will be available for sale.


ENOSBURG--The Opera House Theater Camp kicks off at the House on June 20 and continues daily through June 24 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
      Led by experienced director and playwright, Em Frappier, this week-long camp will introduce students to all aspects of putting on a show. This year's scripts are Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother and The Worst Play Ever.
      The camp costs $100/student but $60 for additional students from the same family. That cost of camp includes two tickets per family to the performance on June 24. Camp is open to ages 6-13.


BOSTON--NEFA's New England Creative Economy Network Meeting will focus on research at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.
      The meeting will gather input on the creative economy research definition and survey methodology for their upcoming New England Creative Economy Employment Report and Artist Survey. It will coincide with the annual Americans for the Arts convention taking place in Boston.
      Space is limited; RSVP by yesterday. Email to RSVP or click here for more info.


     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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