ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 11, 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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ST. ALBANS--The Saint Albans Museum hosts An Acoustic Evening with Banjo Dan Lindner and Friends in the Bliss Room this evening at 7 p.m. The concert has been re-scheduled from snowy March.
      The show will feature Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner (of the Sky Blue Boys) with special guests Jaye Lindner, Lea Menkens, and Karen Pope, in an intimate two-set performance of ballads, vintage country numbers, Civil War-era songs, instrumentals and gospel music. The duo will also perform an original song, "St. Albans Memories" from their most recent album, The Sleeping Sentinel, Songs of Vermont Volume IV.
      Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and reservations are requested; call the Museum office (802.527.7933), email, or click here to reserve complimentary tickets. The program is sponsored by the Museum and by Peoples Trust Co.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts a FUN-draiser for local musician Sean Casey with live music by Abby Road and special guests on Thursday at 6:30pm. The suggested donation is at least $5.
      Next up, Twiggs presents Chris and Erica on $4 Friday and songster and entertainer Eric George on Saturday. Those shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

Friday ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing brings GypsyWind to the stage for a pre-Mothers Day celebration on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The Arts Council's old friend Jesse Potts and Andy Hoadley "found musical chemistry the first time they played together and have been refining the magic ever since." The name Gypsy Wind defines their eclectic repertoire of freshly interpreted covers and classy originals spanning several decades and genres.

ESSEX JUNCTION--Justice Invades Whitcomb's Barn on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      The guys -- Gary Greeno, Scott Belisle, Mike Stella and Rod Bushey -- kick off the barn party season early again with a mix of 70s, 80s 90s and today's dance rock. The Barn is a BYOB 21+ event.
      Admission is $20 per person. Call 802.899.2417 for tickets.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents Summer Sounds favorites 8084, "In Memory of Angels," in the Ballroom on Saturday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
      Their new single, When Angels Slip Away, is available on iTunes and CDBaby. All sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society in the name of their friend Jennifer Foxx.
      The originals are together on stage with lead singer Randy Smith, Grammy nominated guitarist-producer Andre Maquera, bassist and singer Frank Barnes, and drummer and singer Gary Spaulding. The energetic, charismatic and dedicated rockers have excited us for over 30 years and yet Andre can still get air. They've shared the stage with Aldo Nova, Toto, April Wine, Warrant, Edgar Winter, Blue Oyster Cult, Henry Lee Summer, and more as they toured the US and eastern Canada. They have released five original albums.
      Admission is $14 in advance or $18 at the door. Click here for tickets and more info.

BURLINGTON--Vermont Swings as Will Patton's Jitterbuzz takes us swing dancing at the Champlain Club on Saturday at 8 p.m.
      Jitterbuzz is the Will Patton Quartet with a swing, with Mr. Patton, upright bass; Dono Schabner, guitar and vocals; Rich Davidian, saxes and clarinet; and Steve Wienert, drums. The group will create a night of hot jazz and toe-tapping tempos. Vermont Swings hosts Saturday Swing dances and Friday Night Blues dances.
      Admission is $15 or $10 volunteers. Email to volunteer and click here for more info.


JEFFERSONVILLE--The Cambridge Arts Council presents Cambridge Got Talent! in the
Cambridge Elementary School on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      Performers will gather to sing a song, play a tune, act it out, read a poem, or surprise us with something different and all are competing for cash and prizes.
      The Cambridge Arts Council celebrates community and art by organizing, sponsoring, and supporting performances and presentations as well as arts education projects. Click here for more info.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council holds the SAC Artist Gathering at 14th Star Brewing Company on Saturday from 6:30-9:10 p.m.
      Visit with other creative individuals! Bring artistic items to share or just come to grab a drink with friends! All are welcome.
      Email SAC for more info.


ENOSBURG--The Enosburgh Public Library presents Jack Mayer to discuss Weimar Germany and the Rise of the Third Reich this evening at 6:30 p.m.
      Defeated, humiliated, and in chaos, Germany after World War I was imperiled by leftist revolution and right-wing violence. Mr. Mayer recounts the story of Ernst Werner Techow, a member of the para-military Free Corps and the murderous Organization C, who was recruited into a clandestine assassination network trying to bring down the fledgling Weimar democracy. Mr. Techow participated in the 1922 murder of Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau, the highest-ranking Jew in the Weimar Republic. An offer of forgiveness while he was on trial for his life set him on a complex journey of redemption.
      Call organizer Brenda Stanley (802.933.2328) 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.

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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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