ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 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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      Saturday is Veteran's Day.


ENOSBURG--The Opera House Annual Craft Show at the House on Saturday from 9 a. m. - 3 p.m. features talented local artists, artisans, and crafters.
      It's a chance to get your holiday shopping done and support your crafty neighbors.

MILTON--Milton Artists' Guild holds its annual Art Show and Sale at the MAG Art Center & Gallery on Saturday from 10 a. m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a. m. - 7 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Chelsea Phillips, Mrs. Vermont International 2018, will host Rock Art Fun at the Barlow Street Community Center on Sunday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
      The cost is $35 at the door. All supplies will be provided. Please RSVP. There will be drinks, snacks and laughter plus a raffle and a door prize. Money raised will go towards Ms. Phillips' travel costs and required fees as Mrs. Vermont International 2018.


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts and First Step Dance host the Second Friday Dance Social in City Hall on Friday at 7 p.m. The dance will start with two 30-minute mini-lessons, the first in Waltz and then Rumba. Open dancing continues from 8-10.
      Admission is $15/adult for the lesson and dancing, $10/student (high school or college) for the lesson and dancing, or $10/person at 8 p.m. just for the dancing.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Co. hosts a special preview screening and discussion of Saving Our Waters on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
      The new Vermont PBS documentary series tackles the issues facing Lake Champlain and the state's other waterways. This event features a 30-minute screening of one episode of the series followed by a 90-minute discussion, hosted by Fran Stoddard. The panel includes scientists, advocates, policy-makers and others with diverse opinions about the topic of our waters: Chris Koliba, EPSCoR; Chuck Ross, UVM Extension; and Lori Fisher, Lake Champlain Committee.


ST. ALBANS--WoodmenLife presents The Truth Is Way Out There, a mystery dinner theater at the St. Albans Museum on Friday to benefit Vision Guatemala and Dominican Projects. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.
      Admission is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Tickets are available through Bob Cole (802.782.0574) or Gregg Laber (802.363.2887).

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the acoustic/electric blues of Sitting Ducks guitarist Daniel Rahilly and bassist Ty Cicia on Friday and the jazzy Ellen Powell Trio on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Co. presents a special Veteran's Day performance from Sean Jarvis in the Room on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m.
      Band fees along with a portion of the evening's proceeds will be donated to Purple Hearts Reunited. Solo acoustic pop-rock performer Sean Jarvis of St. Albans has sample music online at


      Last spring, a delegation from Japan asked Young Tradition-Vermont to organize some cultural exchanges with teen musicians between Vermont and Japan. Mark Sustic was invited to travel to Japan this month to talk about setting up an exchange and to take a small group of high school Vermont-based musicians who could perform at an arts festival.
      Five current members of the Young Tradition Touring Group leaves Burlington on Monday for a red-eye flight to Bejing, then Tokyo, then Tottori Prefecture, and back to Vermont the following week. They will visit high school music programs, perform for the Prefecture Governor, and perform with high school students from that region of Japan.
      Mr. Sustic hopes the full Touring Group will be invited for a later visit, perhaps as the April 2019 tour. Email for more info.


MONTPELIER--The Vermont Creative Network Summit 2017 concludes today in the State House.
      The Summit is a chance connect with peers, learn about current energies and trends, and advance key policy issues for Vermont's creative sector. There will be discussions with Vermont thought leaders about economic development and opportunity. Click here 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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