ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 23, 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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AROUND FRANKLIN COUNTRY--The Vermont Crafts Council continues the statewide fine craft and art season with a Meet the Artist Weekend on Friday through Sunday. Franklin County participants include Claire Dunn, Marcia Hagwood, Sarah Rosedahl, and Meta Strick.
      "This is another opportunity for local residents and visitors alike to see artists at work and to experience what Vermont has to offer," Ms. Strick said. Many VHC members will invite non-members to join them at their locations.
      Click here for a map of participating members and affiliated galleries.

SWANTON--The Swanton Historical Society and the Swanton Arts Council host an art show at the Railroad Depot Museum on Monday.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council will host a reception for the Winning Swanton Police Department Patch Design in the Swanton Public Library on Friday from 4 - 6 p.m. The Swanton Police Department will unveil the newly designed Swanton Police Department patch, created by local artist, Anita Michele Parah. Light refreshments will be served.
      SAC and Northwest Access TV have joined to present, Learn to Make Your Own Videos to Air on Channel 15. The video course will take place at the Swanton Village Municipal Complex on Wednesday from 6 - 8 p.m.
      The class is free for the first 10 to sign up, otherwise the fee is $10. Space is limited!
      Sign up by email.


ST. ALBANS--The Twiggs Comedy For A Cause series continues on the Main Stage Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. The evening will raise money to support Crossroads After School and Summer Programs. Admission is $20. There are just 75 seats available at the restaurant. Call Twiggs (802.524.1405) for tickets. Make dinner reservations prior to the show since only drinks, appetizers, and desserts will be served during the show.
      Next up, Twiggs presents Chris and Erica as well as Open Band Night (several bands come to play at this one -- it's like a mini concert) on Thursday, Coon Hill John on Friday, and Joey Keough in a solo gig in Saturday.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls Theater Campers take the stage in a performance of Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother and The Worst Play Ever on Friday evening.
      Call the box office (802.933.6171) or email for more info.

SHELDON--Summer Music at Grace continues as Missisquoi River Band returns to Grace Church on Friday at 7 p.m.
      The band, featuring Cindy Weed, Jim Weed, and Pat Murphy with special guest David Gusakov will play bluegrass inspired originals.
      There is no cookout or potluck this year.
      Admission is by donation at the door; there are no advance tickets. Click here for more info.

JERICHO--The Jericho Cafe and Tavern presents the Will Patton Bluegrass Trio on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

MILTON--Carol Ann Jones will sing the National Anthem for the Milton Freedom Festival in
Bombardier Park on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Click here for more info.

EAST MONTPELIER--Vermont's troubadour, Rick Norcross, is on the bill at the Eat More Kale Festival at the Morse Farm on Saturday at 3 p.m.

BURLINGTON--The Justice Three Hour Tour II takes place on the King Street Ferry on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m.
      "Yes kids, we will be at it again," Mr. Guptill said. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of the show.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents 8084 - ONE NIGHT ONLY with the Contois School of Music Band opening the show on Saturday at 8 p.m.
      The international and Billboard award winning band includes Grammy nominated guitarist/producer Andre Maquera of St Albans, vocalist Randy Smith, bassist Frank Barnes, and drummer Gary Spaulding. The band's last appearance at Higher Ground.
      Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Click here for tickets.

WINOOSKI--French Heritage Day presents Yankee Chank in the Champlain Mill on Sunday at 10 a.m.
      The group includes Vermonters June Drucker, drums; Mark Sustic, bass; Bob Naess, fiddle and vocals; Cannon Labrie, accordion and vocals; and Jim Burns, guitar, performing traditional dance music from Southwest Louisiana.
      French Heritage Day is an outdoor celebration of all things French-derived: music, art, food, crafts, history, language, games, culture.

ST. ALBANS--The Nobby Reed Project will play the Downtown Summer Concert Series in the E.A. Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Vermont's best known blues trio includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals.


ST. ALBANS--The Saint Albans Museum will host the film The Abolitionists in the Bliss Room on Friday at 10:30 a.m.
      The film brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery with innovative reenactments to introduce New England newspaper editor William Lloyd Garrison; activist Frederick Douglass; Angelina Grimk, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe; and John Brown. It is the first part of a four-film, National Endowment for the Humanities and PBS series, Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history.
      The screening and discussion will be moderated by Marnie Sierra Walsh. She recently completed an independent study in the history of the Civil Rights movement. "I want to bring knowledge to my peers and other people in the community about the America's history," she said.
      Admission is free. Call Executive Director Alex Lehning (802.527.7933), email, or click here for more info.


ART IN THE PARK (Now)--Artists who paint, sculpt, sing, write, photograph, dance, weave, draw, knit, act, play an instrument, create prints, or create any other form of art are invited to Taylor park and the surrounding stores to sit by the fountain and paint or draw it, bring some of your work to display, or perform. The Saint Albans Community Arts event will take place in Taylor Park on Saturday, July 9 (rain date 23rd).
      Call Donna Howard (802.527.7243) or email to sign up.

MOONDANCER FELLOWSHIP: WRITING ABOUT NATURE & THE OUTDOORS (June 30)--The Fellowship is awarded to an author who expresses a love of and concern for the environment in any genre. This fellowship provides for two weeks of free residency at The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow in the historic arts village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Application fee. Click here for the details.

ART IN CLAY 4: UP AGAINST THE WALL (July 20)--The 4th annual National Juried Ceramic Sculpture Exhibit forgets the pedestal to put clay on the map, on the vertical axis. The call is for big or small, fat or flat, confrontational clay at it's most insistent. Cash prizes. Entry fee. Email or click here for more info.


AROUND the COUNTY--Ernie and Rina of the Traveling Storyteller performing at several libraries to start the Summer Reading Program this week. They will present The Wild Things, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, and more.

      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 on the AAC site at


     The 26th running of the popular Summer Sounds season begins in just nine days 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 and click here for the Bay Day flier.


      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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