ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 27, 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.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council's Halloween in the Park takes over the Swanton green on Saturday from 5:30 - 8 p.m.
      The Art Installation in the Swan Pond will be lead by Anita Michele Parah with the help of Nicole Gadouas and Joanne Parah Reiter.
      Trick or Treating begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Park and the Swanton Free Public Library. Sara Hayes will take costume photos in the Library.
      There are two movies as well. The kids' movie begins at 6:45 p.m. in the Library. Then, Swanee: Vengeance Takes Flight, the SAC Northwest Nightmare entry, reception starts at 7:30 and the movie premieres at 8 p.m.


SWANTON--Meet the watch the video and meet the cast and crew of Swanee: Vengeance Takes Flight in a stars' reception at 7:30 and world premiere at 8 p.m. in the Swanton Free Public Library.
      The SAC video entry for the Northwest Nightmares Film Festival has talented people in front of and behind the camera; Piper Buczkowski, Heather Buczkowski, Nicodemus Dashno, Brianna Forkey, Nicole Boutin-Forkey, Katie Foster, Nancy Callegari Fuller, Bernice Langlois Hall, Sara Hayes, Kathleen Hoffman, Kaina Jamil, Kim Kelley, Grace Kelley, Bridget LeClair, Jill LeClair, Evan Rose Marchant, Darakah Mathieu, Tamara Watkins Mathieu, Nicole Nappi, Liliauna Nappi-Thompson, Justin Nappi-Thompson, Anita Michele Parah, Joanne Parah Reiter, Scott Rheaume, Brian Savage, Marie Ledoux Speer, Cassidy Thurston, and, David A. Winchester.
      The reception and premiere is a chance to meet the stars of the show and celebrate the conclusion of the project.


SHELBURNE--Young Tradition Vermont presents an Archie Fisher House Concert in the Tree Wild Concert Series at the home of Alison and Joplin James this evening with supper at 6 p.m. and the music starting at 7.
      Admission is $20. Click here for more info about this concert and email for reservations and info about Treewild. Email for info about Young Tradition Vermont.

Friday-Saturday ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Kari Beth and Michael Albee on $4 Friday and Coon Hill John on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--The Sugarhouse (the former Franny O's hot spot) will justify some Halloween Madness as Justice makes its first appearance at the new club. "Get your best costume and freaky friends," Scott Guptill said.
      South Burlington's new "home town bar and grill" serves lunch Monday-Friday until 3 p.m. and offers live music Friday nights and Karaoke on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Grounds hosts the Advance Music Singer/Songwriter Contest in the Showcase Lounge on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      The 18th annual Contest draws seasoned musicians and those who have never performed in public for an eclectic and diverse event. It will showcase many musical and lyrical styles, textures, and tastes.
      Admission is free.

MORRISVILLE--Moog's Place has "live music every night we're open, starting between eight and nine pm" with open mic night scheduled most Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts holds a Farmers and Artisans Market at the River Arts Center every Wednesday from 3 - 7 p.m. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--TNT Comedy Thursdays have returned to Twiggs with local comedians. The performers are first timers and seasoned comedians. The next event is November 17.
      Twiggs offers Music to Dine By with relaxed music and the arts on one of three stages in the dining room, the Window, or the main stage. Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.


ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls will hold auditions for A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol at the House starting this evening at 6-8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 1-3 p.m. The Opera House's annual holiday play is directed by Kathleen Hoffman.


APOY 2016 (October 31)--The Amateur Photographer of the Year 2016 is a prestigious UK competition. Prizes include Sigma lenses, cameras, and accessories. No Entry Fee. Click here for more info.

THE SEDONA ART PRIZE (October 31)--The Sedona Arts Center and Gateway to Sedona monthly painting competition leads to a $5,000 Grand Prize in 2017. Each entry becomes a stand-alone web page with a link to the artist's website. Entry fee. Call 928.282.4326, email, or click here for more info.

2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR (November 4)--The prestigious Wildlife Photography contest seeks photos that showcase the awe-inspiring and diverse natural world around us. Entry Fee. Click here for more info.


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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