ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 30, 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 MVU National Arts Honor Society hosts a Coffee & Crafts night at the Traveled Cup on Friday from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
      A 12" wreath hoop, Vermont Flannel fabric strips, and bow will be provided to make a rag wreath. The cost is $20. Attendees can pay Lindsay Didio in advance or pay the night of the event. Email Lindsay to reserve your seat.

ST. ALBANS--Saint Paul's United Methodist Church hosts its annual Holiday Craft Show. There will be arts and crafts, American doll clothes, maple products canned goods, baked goods, a silent auction, luncheon and more.


SWANTON--There will be a Swanton Arts Council Board Meeting and Update in a location to be determined on Monday at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome. Click here for the agenda.
      Email Swanton Arts Council for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The ninth annual Festival of Trees community art and music continues this week. Proceeds from this year’s annual auction, and other Festival of Trees events, will benefit the St. Albans Community Arts.
      Friday opens the Glacial Gala with music, dancing, and food at City Hall from 7 p.m. - midnight. The tree and art auction to feed your heart will benefit Franklin County Animal Rescue. NTC Culinary Arts students will feed your tummies with the buffet. There will be a cash bar. Admission is $40 per person.
      Saturday is a busy day in the festival. Breakfast with Santa kicks off the day at St. Mary's Parish Hall at 8 - 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Journey to the North Pole to walk off breakfast, starting at Handy's at 9 a.m. - noon. It's a free, mile-long walk with activities through downtown. Santa's Workshop takes over the Bliss Room for gift making from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The fifth annual Arts and Crafts Show at St. Paul's United Methodist Church runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      The Tree Showcase exhibits all the trees with live entertainment and Santa and Mrs. Claus in St. Albans City Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.
      In a quick turnaround, the Teen Party takes over St. Albans City Hall on Saturday from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Free.
      The Vermont Choral Union will perform in the Bliss Room on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free for children under 15.
      The Tree Showcase exhibits all the trees again with live entertainment, Christmas caroling, a reading of A Christmas Carol, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in St. Albans City Hall on Sunday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      Click here for more info and here for tickets to the gala.


MORRISVILLE--The Festival of Lights includes River Arts on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Events include the Big & Messy Art Space with a giant mural painting, weaving, Play-Doh, blocks, and more; Lantern Making and Seed Mosaics; the Holiday Pop-up Giftshop featuring the work of local artists; plus Ballet Wolcott performing the Nutcracker Suite at 1 p.m. and a Lamoille Valley Dance Academy performance at 2:30 p.m.
      All events and activities are free.


ST. ALBANS--It's a Darwinian Day as 14th Star Brewing Company brings in the Natural Selection live on stage on Friday starting at 6 p.m. The trio plays rock and roll favorites.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents The Duel, the Plattsburgh-based duo of Summer Sounds favorites John Geno and Kevin Connelly, on Thursday and New England bluesman Arthur James on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

NORTH HERO--The Champlain Islands Economic Development Corp and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce host a gala Holiday Party with Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton live at the North Hero House on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
      There will be great food and an extensive silent auction, plus music and dancing.

Sunday ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls Community Christmas Concert gathers the family together on Sunday at 2 p.m.
      The Community Chorus and Enosburg Town Band event celebrates traditional music in Franklin County's historic (and heated) theater. The concert will feature traditional hymns and seasonal songs.
      Admission is free. Call 802.933.6171 for more info.


NEW WRITER and NEW ILLUSTRATOR AWARDS (December 15)--The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award recognizes and encourages emerging talent in the field of children's books. To be eligible, writers and illustrators must have had no more than three books previously published. The award includes a prize of $1,000 for each winner. Publishers submit books to the Award Committee. No Entry Fee. Click here for details and the application.

INTERNATIONAL BAD VIDEO ART FESTIVAL (December 15)--Videos shown at the festival are at the intersection of bad art, bad painting and bad cinema (B-movies, cult, camp, trash) but still have not been introduced as an independent category for profound studying. No Entry Fee. Email or click here for more info.

GRANTS TO INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS (December 20)--Integrity Arts & Culture Association Mini-Grants average $250 and are intended help finish a project: art supplies, recording studio time, exhibits, performances, project related expenses, and more. Simple application process. $7 Application Fee. Call 309.721.6155, email or 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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