ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 9, 2017


      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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SWANTON The Swanton Arts Council presents the second annual Spring Youth Art Show in the Swanton Village Complex. The SAC will host announce the Emerging Artist Award Recipient at the Opening Reception this evening at 6 p.m.
      The show exhibits the artistic talent of area youth. It includes work from the K-12 and post grad students at Swanton, Highgate, Sheldon, Franklin, Alburgh, and MVU as well as the finalists for the Emerging Artist Scholarship.
      Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--There will be a benefit Craft Show and Silent Auction at St. Albans City Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      There are over 45 crafters/vendors plus a silent auction with art, other items, a boat with a starting bid of $1500, and a 6 month membership to Branon's pools valued at over $400. The event will help Mark Brito, the victim of a January shooting in Georgia, Vermont. All proceeds will go to Mr. Brito's medical care. We are currently collecting donations from area businesses to hold a silent auction at the same time.
      Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts holds its regularly scheduled meeting in the Council Room at City Hall on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Summer Sounds favorites IncaHOOTs Friday evening at 9 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the Blue Rock Boys on $4 Friday and Graziano, Schofield, and Slim on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      The Blue Rock Boys duo feature the acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals of Cliff Crosby and the electric guitar, tenor and 5-String banjos and vocals of Eric Bushey. GS&S plays roots and rock-a-billy music with Phil Graziano, guitar, Ken Schofield, percussion/harmonica, and Missisquoi Slim Scott DuBois, "dog house."
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--The Vermont Youth Orchestra presents the next in its ongoing series of Rug Concerts in the Elley-Long Music Center on Saturday at 11 a.m.
      In its second season, this series is for the youngest concertgoers. Rug Concerts introduce young children to instruments, singers, and composers in an intimate and child-friendly setting. They have an interactive concert format that allows youngsters to experience classical music in a comfortable, personal way. Each 45 minute concert features four or five different instruments and vocalists who perform and talk about their instruments. At the end of the concert, children have the opportunity to go up and meet the instrument and the musician.
      Admission is $5 for children and $10 for adults. To ensure an intimate and child-friendly setting, seating is limited. Call 802.655.5030 x100 or click here to reserve tickets.

JERICHO--The Jericho Cafe & Tavern presents singer-songwriter Carol Ann Jones with string wizard Will Patton on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
      Call 802.899.2223 for reservations.

KEY COLONY BEACH, FL--The Fiddle Rock duo continues the Key Colony Beach Community Association's Concert in the Park series in Sunset Park on Sunday at 4 p.m.
      Steve Hall on Guitar and Vocals and Randy Barnett on Fiddle and Vocals play rock n roll, country, oldies, and 70s covers. They are well known from Rocco’s Dockside and Super Tuesdays at Sombreo Beach.
      Concerts in the Park are free concerts sponsored by the KCBCA. Concerts started on Valentine's Day and take place in Sunset Park on most Sunday afternoons. The park has a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the setting sun.
      Bring a chair or blanket and refreshments. Parking is limited so walking, biking or ride sharing is recommended.

GLEN, NH--The Red Parka Steakhouse presents Blues Sunday with the Nobby Reed Project on Sunday at 5 p.m.
      Call 603.383.4344 or click here for more info.


BAKERSFIELD--The H.F. Brigham Free Public Library hosts Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour's Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables this evening at 7 p.m.
      Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont's dynamic duo of kale and Gilfeather turnip in this Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau event.

FAIRFAX--The Fairfax Community Library presents Anne Frank's Neighbors: What Did They Do? on Saturday at 11 a.m.
      Although Anne Frank's Diary is the second most widely read nonfiction book in the world, little attention has been paid to the people who lived side-by-side with the Jewish population as persecution intensified. Mary Fillmore examines the choices they faced and the decisions they made in the face of those choices in this Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau event.

JEFFERSONVILLE--The Varnum Memorial Library hosts a book discussion on Blood of the Prodigal by P. L. Gaus on Saturday at 3 p.m.
      In these mysteries, mayhem and murder play out against a cultural/ethnic backdrop that illuminates more than "simply whodunnit." This discussion segment of the VHC Mysterious Lens on American Culture series will be led by Francette Cerulli.


      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.

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Chamber of Commerce
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St Albans Community Arts
Swanton Arts Council
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