ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 20, 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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      I'll be "off the grid" for my road trip for the next few weeks. ArtBits will continue but in a much abbreviated form. We'll continue to have the news and any events that arrive in our inbox before deadline.
      Check the Art Sites of the Week below to find links to the right stuff.


ST. ALBANS--Cardiac Capers opened with bargain night last night in the BFA Performing Arts Center and continues its run with four performances over four nights, tonight through Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. each night.
      Written, produced, directed, and performed entirely by local talent, Cardiac Capers is the biennial hospital auxiliary fund-raising variety show with singing, dancing, and other performances by about 70 docs, medical staff, and community volunteers.
      The great raffle will continue, reminding us this is a fun raiser for the NMC Auxiliary. Raffle tickets will be sold at the show. Volunteers will also sell Roses for a Star as a fund-raiser.
      Patron tickets cost $20 each and may still be available. This special entitles you to a seat in one of the front rows where you (probably) will not get wet. Admission is $12. Tickets are available now at the hospital as well as at Food City, Georgia Market, Hannafords in St. Albans and Swanton, Steeple Market, and the St. Albans Free Library.
      Tickets go well. The cast suggests you get them ahead of the show. Click here for more info.


WESTFORD--Fairfax Community Theater Co. presents "A Shot in the Dark" in a three day run at the Brick Meeting House starting this evening and continuing through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a special matinee on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
      A young girl is presumed guilty of murder. The inexperienced Magistrate given the case to close comes to believe differently. What follows is a smart, funny, and twisty road to the truth. A journey that could very well cost the Magistrate his job and his marriage.
      The cast includes Michael Smith as Paul Sivigne, Siera Schultz as Josefa Lantenay, Bob Martin as Morestan, Pam Dewey as Antoinette Sivigne, Mark Houle as Leblache, Walter Mahany as Benjamin Beaurevers, Carol Wheel-Mahany as Dominique Beaurevers, and Nancy Benoit as the Guard. Producer Kim Ward and Artistic Director Peter Harrington head up the production team.
      Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students under 13.
      Call 802.324.5421 or click here for more info.


Thursday SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Carol Ann Jones in a solo show tonight at 6:30 p.m.
      The Blue Paddle has limited seating and a small bar so call ahead (802.372.4814) to assure a seat.

SHELDON--The Ceilidh Barn hosts a house Concert with Scottish folk maestros Alan Reid and Rob van Sante this evening at 7 p.m. The concert will likely move to the house where there is a baby grand piano for Mr. Reid to play.
      Admission is by suggested donation of $20. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents  Andric Severance on the keys Friday and Bethany Conner on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--Will Patton joins Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats in a Fourth Saturday Anniversary Dance for a Swing Dance for Swing Vermont at the Champlain Club on Saturday at 8 p.m. Click here for more info.

ST. Albans--Northwest Access TV (Channel 15) presents the Northwest Nightmares Haunted Hollywood Premiere & Costume Contest at the Welden Theater on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
      All films will premier on the big screen followed by an awards presentation. Dress up in your best Haunted Hollywood attire and have your photo taken on the blood red carpet. The costume competition is open to all in attendance!
      Tickets are $8 each and can be bought in advance at Northwest Access TV or at the Welden.


ST. ALBANS--The eighth annual Blue Jean Ball for Home Health will be held at the American Legion on Saturday evening, beginning at 6 p.m.
      The ball is Franklin County Home Health's signature fundraising event. Community support makes it possible for Home Health to bring the best home health care and hospice to people in need.
      The evening of casually elegant fun means dressing up in denim to celebrate Fiesta! There is a silent auction and a live auction with Mark Waterhouse. Santini Catering will provide dinner and dessert and there will be dancing with DJ Bobby Cee.
      View the quilt raffle and purchase raffle tickets online at
      Admission is $50 per person. Tables seat 8. Call 802.527.7531 or click here to reserve yours.


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Arts Councils and Galleries
Artist in Residence Gallery
Cambridge Arts Council
Island Arts
Northern Vermont Artists Association
River Arts
St. Albans Community Arts
Swanton Arts Council

Important Area Calendars
Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Young Tradition-Vermont (with Mark Sustic's calendar of traditional events around the region)

Popular Local Performers and Venues
Abbey Restaurant
Bayside Pavilion
Michele Choiniere
Carol Ann Jones
Moog's Place
Opera House at Enosburg Falls
Will Patton
Nobby Reed Project

Libraries and Books
The Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site at


      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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