ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * January 26, 2018


      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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ESSEX JUNCTION--The Brownell Library hosts Thomas Denenberg in a discussion of The Wyeths: First Family of American Art on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
      Mr. Denenberg directs the Shelburne Museum He will offer new perspectives on the Wyeths -- N. C. (1882-1945), Andrew (1917-2009), and Jamie (b. 1946) -- the three painters who have shaped the way Americans view the world.
      The First Wednesdays talk is presented by the Vermont Humanities Council The VHC has also awarded the Milton Historical Society a $1,000 grant for "The History of Racing in Milton."


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts holds its first meeting of 2017 in the second Floor Conference Room in City Hall on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      This is a good meeting to volunteer as artists, merchants, and community members.
Click here to lead one of the SACA committees and click here for more info about the organization.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Writer's Group will meet at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 6 p.m. Members can share progress and join in the discussion about longer projects and anything else about writing, reading, publishing, and more.
      Call Becky Rupp (802.733.7471) or email for more info.

      Ed Gagne offers basic instruction for any students preparing for the Junior Duck Stamp Contest at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.
      Mr. Gagne won Vermont Best of Show three years in a row for the Junior Duck Stamp Contest and brings good basic background with the program. Email Dave Frisque for more info.

      The Swanton Arts Council holds its regular Program Meeting and Update in the Swanton Village Complex on Monday at 6:00 p.m. Agenda can be located at
Visit the "About Us" section at for the agenda. Click here for the agenda.

      There will be a Swanton Arts Council hangout and discussion at the My-T-Fine II Restaurant on Saturday at 7 p.m. It will be an evening of discussing ideas, future plans and opportunities -- and food. Several SAC members be there to hang out, share sketchbook, talk about art ideas, and kick back with other artsy folk. Anyone is welcome!
      The restaurant is open and food and drinks will be available to order.
      Email for info about all the SAC programs.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Graziano Schofield & Slim (formed from the ashes of Vermont's "Swamp Donkey") on Friday and the trio Bardela on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Twiggs offers Music to Dine By with relaxed music and the arts. They have stages in the dining room, the Window, or the main stage with a lineup of live performances by comedians, musicians, visual artists, poets, and more.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--In Good Taste returns to City Hall with culinary delights, handcrafted beer, wine and delicious spirits, and live music by Carol Ann Jones and Jon Sochin, on Friday from 4-6 or 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fun and festive night out includes vendors; all attendees will receive a handy, re-usable shopping bag for purchases. Plus,
      Admission is $12 per person in advance or $18 per person at the door. Tickets are available until noon today at

SHELDON--The Abbey Restaurant hosts an evening of dinner and dancing to the rock band Full Tilt as a fundraiser for Chester's Promise on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Chester's Promise is a local horse rescue program on Water Tower Road in Enosburg Falls. All animals stay for as long as is necessary to restore them to health and assess his/her needs in an adoptive family. Full Tilt is variety cover band from northwestern Vermont with a playlist of classic to current rock.
      Call Jenn (802.933.4747) for tickets.

HINESBURG--CVU High School Local Legends Concert presents the Will Patton Quartet in the Theater on Friday at p.m. The event is a fundraiser for Responsible Growth Hinesburg.
      Call MaryBeth (802.598.7799) for tickets and info.

MONTPELIER--The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture presents the Young Tradition Touring Group at Bethany Church on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to some heat to Vermontís midwinter.
      The Touring Group will appear as part of the 7th annual Spice on Snow Winter Music, Food and Dance Festival that opens today and continues through Sunday. The Group will be followed by Anna and Elizabeth, a duo from Virginia who will perform old songs and Appalachian ballads.
      Admission ranges from $10-$100. Click here for tickets and info.

JEFFERSONVILLE--The Varnum Memorial Library hosts a monthly Open Mic Night and potluck featuring music and comedy this Wednesday at 6 p.m. and on the first Wednesday of each month.
      The Cambridge Arts Council and the Smugglers' Notch Chamber of Commerce welcome all ages. Email Christy Liddy for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights, often with Franklin County performers or favorites. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

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--14th Star Brewery hosts several events with music and community each month, many on Friday evenings. February includes Jeddy, BBP, the Remedy, and a Circulate the Love Blood Drive with the Red Cross.


      The Fairfield Community Center seeks a Program Director. The program director will coordinate and administer an ongoing program including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling activities. click here for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library hosts Harry Potter Night on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
      Join Hogwarts professors to get your ticket for the Hogwarts Express, share in the Sorting Hat Ceremony, play Quidditch, and experiment with potions and divination. There will be wands and owls, chocolate frogs and butterbeer, and much more. Call the Library (802.868.7656) for more info.


      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
Franklin County Regional
Chamber of Commerce
Island Arts
St Albans Community Arts
Swanton Arts Council
Young Tradition Vermont


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