ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 12, 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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      A personal thank you: The Northwestern Medical Center has long contributed to our local community and is now sending boxes of protective gear -- gloves and masks and more -- south to the Keys to help our efforts down there.


BURLINGTON--The King Returns to the Flynn Theater Main Stage on Saturday at 8 p.m. This is a benefit concert to aid the fight against cancer.
      Summer Sounds favorite (and internationally acclaimed) Elvis tribute artist Mark Shelton and his live band move effortlessly from the Elvis Presley songs of the 1950s to the 1970s, mirroring the King of Rock n' Roll. Mr. Shelton wowed the crowd in Highgate and is one of the most dynamic performers.
      Consistently performing sellout shows Mr. Shelton has become internationally acclaimed as an Elvis Tribute Artist. His shows have been featured on ABC News, CBS Inside Edition, Good Morning America, as well as international features in India, on Fuji Television Network in Japan, and the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom.
      "If you are an Elvis fan, this is an absolute must see!"
      Admission ranges from $23 to $49.75. The concert will raise funds for the American Cancer Society and Vermont's Relay for Life. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement is the world's largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community. Teams walk, raise funds and support and celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers. Tickets are available at .
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ST. ALBANS--Swanton Arts Council will host an Art Social and Pin Swap at Durty Nelly's Irish Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The evening is a chance to socialize with friends and make new ones in the arts. Anyone can participate; just make 20 pins or keychains (or whatevers) to swap.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Governing Body will hold its Annual Meeting and Election of Officers in the Swanton Village Complex at 6 p.m.
      The agenda and board nominations are posted on the website. The Governing Body is made up of community leaders who have steered SAC projects in the past two years. Email with questions or for more info.
      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.


ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents three hilarious plays in one night, for three nights running! The House will stage 15 Minute Hamlet by Tom Stoppard, A Separate Peace by Tom Stoppard, and The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter by Carolyn Lane, in a three night run starting this evening, the Friday, and Saturday, all beginning at 7 p.m.
      Mr. Stoppard has shortened one of the best known of Shakespear's plays and written a feature of a man admitted to a private, country hospital. Inside the Pompington home, with a storm raging outside, Ms. Lane has brewed a blood-and-thunder melodrama.
      Admission is $15 for adults or $12 for students and seniors. Click here for tickets.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents singer, songwriter, and guitarist Tim Brick on Four Dollar Friday and the Balladeer and Bluesman, Cooper and Lavoie, on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company and the Saint Albans Museum present the third annual St. Albans Oktoberfest featuring Vermont's German Band, Inseldudler, on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. The day includes live music, traditional German food from Smokin' Butts Bar-B-Q, a Mobile Museum Display, and craft beer from 14th Star.
      Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the St. Albans Museum and their mission to preserve historical artifacts and make history come alive.

ST. ALBANS--Back Inn Time hosts the Blue Rock Boys for Music & More on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      The duo features BFA's Eric Bushey on guitar, vocals, and banjo, and Cliff Crosby on guitar, vocals, and harmonica. They bring their "vintage eclectic" style, rocking everything from old mountain string tunes to the Beatles and beyond.
      The special musical evenings are a leisurely dinner opportunity for guests and the public. Seating is limited, so reservations are needed if you plan to dine. The Inn will again feature a limited edition local and organic menu.

EAST FAIRFIELD--Summer Evenings with Vermont Treasures presents Coon Hill John at the Meeting House on the Green on in the final show of the season on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      The "uniquely traditional" Vermont band has a wide range of originals mixed with a vault of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock covers. They are Sophie Jane, violin, viola, vocals, and guitar; Samantha Bradley, mandolin and vocals; Chris Bradley, guitar, vocals, harmonica, and percussion; and Chad Conant, banjo and vocals.
      Admission for all concerts is by suggested donation of $10 per person at the door. All shows support the Meeting House Preservation Project. Refreshments will be for sale at intermission. Call 802.827.6626 to reserve seats and pay at the door. Click here for more info.

HYDE PARK--Carol Ann Jones presents The Power of Music: Twelve Souls in Song at The Hyde Park Opera House on Saturday at 7 p.m.       The show centers on a dozen senior citizens from the over 180 people in her journal to show music's power to connect with those beyond memory's reach. She tells their story and then sings their favorite songs. She plans to perform her show in all 14 counties in Vermont to bring awareness to the organization.
      Admission is $15 (or more if you want) which goes directly to Music and Memory. Ms. Jones will collecting used iPods. The proceeds benefit Music & Memory to provide iPods for senior citizens who can use music to bring back some of their memories.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company will screen the full-length documentary, Blood, Sweat, and Beer twice, first this evening at 7 p.m. and then tomorrow evening at 8 p.m.
      The feature film documents the explosive growth of the craft beer industry and the dramatic journeys of two start-up breweries. Click here to view the trailer.
      Admission is free.


      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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