ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 11, 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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FRANKLIN COUNTY--The Big Music Weeks of Summer continue today as some of our friends play multiple gigs. Summer Sounds continues 26 years of concerts in Highgate with a rising star singer-songwriter and we find shows in East Fairfield, Enosburg Falls, North Hero, Sheldon, St. Albans, South Hero, and more.


      Drummac Septic Service, the All Arts Council, and the Town of Highgate continue the 26th year of Summer Sounds concerts at home in Highgate with the Troy Millette Band with Dylan Gombas in the free Summer Sounds concert on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.
      "We'll definitely do a bunch of originals," Mr. Millette said. He is currently in the studio working on his debut album.
      Mr. Millette is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from Fairfax. His repertoire includes his "vast catalogue of original material" plus a strong suite of contemporary and retro cover tunes. Over the past year, he has played over 100 shows in Vermont and upstate New York, solo, with his band, and with national touring acts such as Atlantic Records recording artists Oh Honey, Noah Guthrie of the television series Glee, and country music star Jamie Lee Thurston. He got his start in Summer Sounds with Keeghan Nolan's Young Guns Tour.
      Peacham's Mr. Gombas is the reigning champion of the Cracker Barrel Bazaar Fiddle Contest. His career began with the Vermont Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has morphed into more contemporary work. Gombas is currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Music Studies at St. Michael's College.
      Just before the concert, stop by for the MVU School Trip Committee-Summer Sounds Social in the Park starting at 6 p.m. The social hour is a chance to visit with friends and eat some delicious desserts.
      The Summer Sounds concerts are sponsored by the Town of Highgate and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Chevalier Drilling Co. Inc, Desorcie's Market, Drummac Septic Service, La Quinta Inn and Suites of St Albans, O. C. McCuin and Sons, and Ray's Extrusion Dies and Tubing.
      The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings, always at 7 p.m., always in Highgate Municipal Park, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for the outdoor family music and festivities. The rain site is the Highgate United Methodist Church. Click here for the schedule.


JEFFERSONVILLE--The Cambridge Arts Council's big arts weekend takes over downtown for three days, Friday-Sunday.
      The Silo Project will unveil painted murals on two concrete silos with a community potluck with entertainment and a few short speeches at The Silos at the intersection of Vermont Routes 108 and 15 on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. The work was made possible by an "Animated Infrastructure" grant.
      The 8th annual Cambridge Arts Council Festival of the Arts is this Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., rain or shine. The sidewalk art event of the year takes over downtown with art, food and music.
      CAC also celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend and completes their online art auction on Sunday. Over 40 artists and organizations have contributed items valued together at over $5,000. Click here to see the items. Time is running out.
      Call Monica (802.633.2388) or click here for more info.


Thursday SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Vineyard presents the Nobby Reed Project in the Snow Farm Summer Concert Series tonight at 6:30 p.m.
      This live music series has music to satisfy all tastes, from classical to jazz to swing to bluegrass to classic rock. All concerts are free and tickets are not required. Picnicking begins at 5 p.m. and music starts at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The One Fed Summer Concert Series presents Bad Horsey this evening at 7 p.m.
      The summer concert series has performers under the tents and draft specials every Thursday, rain or shine.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls present Frog and Toad in a three day run beginning tonight and finishing with a matinee on Saturday.
      The bubbly Frog and his best friend Toad come out of their hibernation in the mud at the bottom of the lake to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, and go sledding with their hopping, crawling and flying buddies in a
      The Opera House's youngest director, Sam Caswell, directs. Brothers Robert and Willie Reale based their musical on the Frog and Toad children's stories written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel.
      Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, and $25 for the entire family. Call 802-933-6171 or click here for more info and here for tickets.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Daniel Rahilly and Ty Cicia on Thursday, Bardela on $4 Friday, and the John LaRouche Duet on Saturday. Music starts at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

SHELDON--Summer Music at Grace comes Full Circle with the program We Brought the Summer with Us--with a Hey Nonny No! on Friday at 7 p.m.
      Full Circle is a quintet of friends of many seasons. Maeve Kim, Linda Rodd, Mary Ann Samuels, Beth London, and Susan Reit bring traditional Irish melodies and sounds of Shakespearean times. They perform on recorders, hammered dulcimer, voice, and percussion. In addition to Summer at Grace, they have appeared at First Night Burlington, UVM Carol Dinners, the Fleming Museum, the Lane Series and more. They are available for garden parties, church services, weddings, and schools in Vermont and New Hampshire.
      Click here for more info about the musicians and their music.
      Donations at Summer Music at Grace events benefit the performers.

EAST FAIRFIELD--Summer Evenings with Vermont Treasures presents guitar virtuoso and singer Tim McKenzie a rare northern Vermont appearance at the Meeting House on the Green on Saturday at 7 p.m. Mr. McKenzie will be joined by his cousin Bruce on percussion, and by songbirds Nancy Beaven, Deb Patton and Marcia Brewster.
      The series offers great acoustic music in an intimate venue all summer long. "This is a show not to miss," Nance Shaw said.
      Mr. McKenzie's extensive repertoire of the best of Americana, his pure vocals, and dazzling fretwork have earned him the admiration of musicians and fans alike throughout Vermont.
      Admission is by $10 suggested donation at the door and kids under 12 are free. Refreshments will be for sale at intermission. Call 802.827.6626 to reserve tickets and pay at the door. Click here for more info.

NORTH HERO--Summer Tango really does come to the Islands as Island Arts presents an evening of music with Jorge Garcia Herranz in the North Hero Community Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m.
      The tango is the national dance of Argentina; it combines an elegant reserve and exuberant passion. The Spanish-born pianist will perform the music of Spanish composers such as Albeniz, Granados, and Falla. He often accompanies silent movies and has set music to some of greatest silent movies such as Metropolis, Nosferatu, and Faust.
      Immediately following the concert, guests can dance the night away at the milonga thanks to DJ music provided by Queen City Tango.
      Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. All profits go to the Island Arts Youth Scholarship Fund. Tickets can be purchased at Hackett’s Orchard and the Green Frog in South Hero, the Back Chamber in North Hero, the Alburgh Public Library, and the Isle La Motte Country Store, or from Call 802.372.8889, email for more info, or find them on Facebook.

ST. ALBANS--Club Karib hosts the Saturday Night Shenanigans of Justice at the Club on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. "We are returning to rock St. Albans one last time this summer," Scott Guptill said. "It has been way too long since we have had the city rocking and rolling."

ST. ALBANS--The Citizens Concert Band returns to the Downtown Summer Concert Series in the E.A. Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The Road Grill BBQ serves food at all of this year's Summer Concerts Series events.
      Admission is free.


SWANTON--There will be Book Butchering at the Swanton Free Public Library on Saturday at 9 a.m. It's a chance to upcycle, save the books from the landfill, and learn a craft with a big impact.


      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 We also take an occasional peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. Those reviews can be found on the ArtBits Bookshelf.


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