ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 3, 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.
      Meanwhile, enjoy this story from 2002 as well as this week's news, and check the links below to find more right stuff.


     The All Arts Council Concert for Grumpy Grownups series brought the Vermont Youth Orchestra Winter Concert back to the MVU stage on February 1, 2002.
This concert has already taken place. It was held in 2002.
The following is included this week as a "Look Back."
     The VYO concert featured the world premiere of A Momentary Opening by Brookfield, Vermont, composer Erik Nielsen. Also on the program were Charles Ives' Variations on America, Max Bruch's First Concerto, Francois Borne's Carmen Fantasy, and Johannes Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn.
      The Vermont Youth Orchestra draws the best young musicians from all of Vermont plus selected areas of New York and New Hampshire. Six of the 88 VYO musicians in 2002 were from Franklin County: Calvin Crosby, Georgia, Bass; Jon Hutchinson, St Albans, trumpet; Chris McCarthy, Swanton, percussion; Nicole Mungeon, Fairfax, tuba; Seyer Palmer, St Albans, viola; and Eva Shell, St Albans, flute.
      The Vermont Youth Orchestra creates opportunities for young people to appreciate and pursue excellence in music. They serve over 450 students annually through five orchestras, a flute choir, chamber music programs, and three summer camps. Students in all the programs are becoming exceptional musicians while they learn teamwork and cooperation, responsibility and dedication, teaching and performing. They are learning music.
      Like the All Arts Council, the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association has been homeless. Until 2002.
      With support from the Preservation Trust of Vermont, the VYOA created the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael's College from the historic Riding Hall at Fort Ethan Allen. The hall includes two orchestra rehearsal spaces, classrooms, practice rooms, instrument storage, a music library, kitchen, and office space.
      Volunteer manager Carolyn Long served the Vermont Youth Orchestra for more than thirty-five years. The new home of the VYOA is named for Carolyn Long and her father, Dr. Harold W. Elley.
      The VYO Winter Concert was presented Friday, February 1, 2002 in the Trahan Theater at MVU. Tickets were $5/adults, $2/senior citizens and students, children under 12 free and were available at Better Planet Books Toys and Hobbies, the Kept Writer, Spears Pharmacy in Enosburg, and Swanton Rexall.
      The Concert for Grumpy Grownups series was presented by the All Arts Council of Franklin County. You can still call 802.655.5030 for info about the VYO.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on Donna Blatchly, fiber artist and mixed media; Pam Fiaschetti, painter; Michael Imrie, metal sculptures, functional and decorative metal work; and Claire Payne, painter, sculptor.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments and a raffle today from 4 - 7:30 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of November.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 40 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The gallery, newly reopened at 10 South Main Street, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more info.

MILTON--The Milton Artists Guild Holiday Artfest takes over the Milton Grange on Friday and Saturday for a festive art sale and show of MAG artists.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts holds Viva Las Artes! 2016 on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. The annual fall fundraiser supports programming, operations, and meets their growing requests for financial assistance.
      The one-of-a-kind evening will feature intriguing art installations, an exciting live auction, and delicious food, cocktails, and light hors d'oeuvres. Guests will be seated for a dinner of fall comfort foods shared family-style. The live auction includes travel, special events and entertainment. Admission is $75 per person. Click here to preview some of the auction items.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery usually hosts a different artist each month. The construction has made that difficult.
      All the construction at NMC near the Art Wall means there will be no displays there again until December/January.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Writer's Group meets at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 6 p.m.
      There will also be a SAC Program Meeting and Update and a board meeting at the Swanton Free Public Library on Monday at 5:30 p.m. Click here for the agenda. All are welcome.
      Email the Swanton Arts Council for more info.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers the Nobby Reed Project to celebrate Blues Night tonight at 7 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

SHELDON--Young Tradition Vermont presents Pierre Chartrand, Alexis Chartrand and Nicolas Babineau at the Ceilidh Barn on Friday at 7 p.m. The performers are members of The Trad Nation, a project that presents and preserves the living music and dance traditions of Quebec through transmission, sharing and performance.
      Admission is by $20 donation at the door. There are no advance tickets. Call 802.393.7120 for reservations or more details or click here for more info.

STOWE--Country/Americana rocker and dairy farmer Carol Ann Jones and her Trio will headline the entertainment at the Vermont Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at the Stoweflake on Friday beginning around 7 p.m.
      The trio includes band members Will Patton and Dono Schabner to play Ms. Jones' original songs, as well as popular favorites from the 60s through the millennium.

PLATTSBURGH--The Palmer Street Coffeehouse presents Summer Sounds favorites Roy Hurd and Skip Smithson on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Giovanina Bucci on Friday and Arthur James on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Ms. Bucci is a "child of the eighties, influenced by the nineties, and a self-declared old soul" from Plattsburgh. Mr. James plays blues from Nashville and is "bringing a whole lot of people with him." Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

CRAFTSBURY--The Music Box presents the Will Patton Quartet on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      "We're very pleased to return to this wonderful acoustic room," Mr. Patton said. The ensemble includes Mr. Patton, David Gusakov, Clyde Stats, and Dono Schabner playing a spirited stew of world music.
      Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The United Way of Northwest Vermont Campaign luncheon will feature Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton performing at Northwestern Medical Center on Wednesday about noon.


     ArtBits features weekly links to 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


     Nanowrimo (the National Novel Writing Month) takes place throughout the month of November. Participants write a short novel in a month.


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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