ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 22, 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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FAIRFAX--Fairfax Community Theater Company celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Costumed Gala at BFA-Fairfax on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      As Selsdon Mowbray from Noise's Off! would say: "Is it a party?"
      The joyful sounds will come from on-stage and off as FCTC returns to the space in which they started, the BFA-Fairfax "Old Gym," for a costume party/dance and anniversary party fundraiser. There will be a DJ for dancing and a bit of musical theater karaoke and a "photo booth of sorts" with resident photographer Candice Bryan-Broe.
      Refreshments, both savory and sweet, will be provided.
      Admission is $10/person, $15/couple, $20/trios, and $25 for families of 4 or more.


JERICHO--The Northern Vermont Artists' Association currently exhibit at the old Red Mill includes "wonderful artwork by a diverse group of fine artists!"
      The show concludes on Tuesday, September 27.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Deja Nous on $4 Friday and guitarist Daniel Rahilly and bassist Ty Cicia on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

EAST FAIRFIELD--Summer Evenings with Vermont Treasures ushers in the fall with Vermont folk diva Patti Casey and Tom Mackenzie performing as Shady Rill at the Meeting House on the Green on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Shady Rill will go on a musical exploration from French-Canadian dance tunes to Tin Pan Alley, from old time country to a sampling of their original tunes. With careers that collectively span decades and richly diverse musical influences that stretch from the British Isles to deep Appalachia, Ms. Casey and Mr. Mackenzie breathe new depth and present a refreshing take on traditional acoustic music.
      Beer, wine, food, great desserts are available at intermission. Got your Meeting House t-shirt yet? (Still a few left.) And peruse the Museum of Humble Art.
      Admission is by $10 suggested donation at the door and kids under 12 are free. Call 802.827.3275 to reserve a seat. The concert series helps fund the restoration of the Meeting House on the Green. Click here for more info.

EAST BURKE--Mike's Tiki Bar presents the Nobby Reed Project on Saturday at 5 p.m.
      Vermont's best known blues trio includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA--Saturday is Vermont Day at the Big E, the Eastern States Exposition, which continues through October 2. New England's Largest Agricultural Fair is celebrating one "hundred years of greatness with a spectacular premier exhibit full of favorite memories from the past century." The 3,500-sq.-ft. exhibit, located in the Young Building, includes photographs of the entertainers and dignitaries who performed or visited over the years, a historic timeline, agricultural heritage, posters, a replica of Storrowton Village Museum, and much more. The Big E attracts more than one million attendees.
      The Vermont Building on the Avenue of States features Vermont products, crafts, and Vermont musicians performing for guests on the weekends. Vermont Day is Pipers Day featuring Ian MacHarg and Hazen Metro with the Heather Morris Celtic Dancers plus the bagpipe rock of Prydein on Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Sunday brings out Cajun dance band Yankee Chank, 12 noon - 3 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--The Cardiac Capers Kick Off Party will dance on the tables in the NMC Cafe on Monday at 7 p.m. Hear all about the show and enjoy some scrumptious refreshments.
      Show dates are October 19-22 at the BFA Performing Arts Center. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Save the Date
COLCHESTER--Join the VYOA for the Autumn Promenade, an elegant and very "moving" evening around the Elley-Long Music Center, next Thursday, September 29, at 5:30 p.m.
      Enjoy four mini-concerts by VYOA students and alumni spaced through the Elley-Long. It is the VYOA in a new way. Complimentary wine, light fare, and dessert will be provided.
      Admission is $75. Click here for tickets.


DANCE GRANTS (September 26)--Through the New England Dance Fund, NEFA will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. Click here for more info.

SOUNDS OF THE CITY (September 26)--The Association of Illustrators and London Transport Museum offers The Prize for Illustration 2017. This year's theme is an illustrated interpretation of urban sound. No Entry Fee. Click here for more info and to enter.

OUT OF ORDER (October 10)--South Shore Art Center in Cohasset invites entries of original work that offer distinctive, imaginative imagery within the theme. The juried show is open to all media and has cash awards. Entry fee. Entry is by website upload only. If this is the first time you are submitting to a competition managed by Smarter Entry, you must create a new profile. Click here for online entries and more info (log in or click on "List Competitions").


FRANKLIN--Drive4UrCommunity has been cancelled. The Opera House at Enosburg Falls is again partnering with Dick Wright Ford for the Drive4UrCommunity "fun"draiser. For every car that is test driven by a household, the Opera House receives $100. It's a low pressure opportunity to test drive a Ford and help out the historic art center of Franklin County.


      Celebrate the freedom to read: Banned Books Week is September 25-October 1.
      More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. Even now, books are banned for reasons such as "poorly written" and "concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it" (Shades of Grey). Other books almost lost last year include, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, The Holy Bible, and Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter.
      Remember. Only you can prevent forest fires. Click here for more info.

FAIRFIELD--The Bent Northrop Memorial Library offers Humanities for Everyone with Mark Timney's lecture and Q&A session, Off Target: What Hollywood, Journalists and Shooters Get Wrong About Guns, this evening at 6 p.m.
      Mr. Timney's apolitical session will examine the mythology that surrounds firearms. The term "mythology" is especially appropriate; the average person, even in Vermont, knows so much about guns that just isn't so. The session will show how our perceptions of firearms have been distorted by media and folklore.

SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library will bring out the rockets to celebrate its 100th anniversary this weekend.
      Fire destroyed the Old Central House where the library now stands, the Methodist Church, and the George Barney residence in 1895. The Messenger reported it as the greatest conflagration Vermont has ever seen. The Kings' Daughters dedicated the new FREE public library on February 9, 1916. The first community Christmas tree was erected on the bandstand in the park directly across from the library front door that year.
      The festivities will begin tomorrow with Hands-on History for Kids taught by library trustee and author Rebecca Rupp. She will look at life for kids 100 years back. The hands-on history lesson will include making Wright brothers airplanes out of meat trays and toothpicks.


      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.

Good News!

There are so many events around the region that we miss some of them.
Be sure to check these calendars for what's happening near you ...
All Arts Council of Franklin County
Cambridge Arts Council
Chamber of Commerce
Island Arts
St Albans Community Arts
Swanton Arts Council
Young Tradition Vermont


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