ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 12, 2018


      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 Paint a Chair Fundraiser began yesterday and continues through April 25.
      Don Collins is offering chairs free to anyone who wishes to paint or decorate a one. Swanton Arts Council will offer the chairs for sale on May 19th at the "Community Yard Sale." 50% of selling price goes to decorator; the remainder will be donated to a community group.
      If people want to decorate a chair and keep it, Don asks for a $10 donation. Don is also willing to buy decorated chairs from enthusiastic artists. The project is open to adults and students.
      Call Don (802.309.4062) for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council will hold a planning meeting for the 7 Deadly Sins Art Show on Wednesday at the Swanton Village Complex at 5:30 p.m.
      All are welcome. The show will showcase all formats and media. Email Tonya Caswell for more info.

MORRISTOWN--The River Arts Artisan Gift Shop continues with a chance to buy local, handmade artist books, textiles, jewelry, notecards, ceramics, original artwork and more in the River Arts Center. The shop is open Sunday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and closed Saturday.


Friday the Thirteenth
SHELDON--The Abbey hosts the 8th annual Sap Run Boogie with the Starline Rhythm Boys on Friday from 6 - 10 p.m.
      Dust off your dancing shoes because after a spaghetti dinner, you can dance the night away to the honky-tonk tunes of "Vermont's house band." The Boys are Danny Coane who writes and sings, picks banjo and guitar; Billy Bratcher, upright "slap" bass; and Al Lemery, Fender "widow maker." There will be garlic bread, and salad with a selection of desserts and a cash bar.
      At some point during the evening, there will be a drawing for the lucky winner of two Roundtrip Jet Blue airline tickets Raffle tickets will be available all evening up until the drawing or in advance at Stone's in East Fairfield or through Deb Paradee.
      Admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Tickets are available at As the Crow Flies in St. Albans, or call 802.827.3130 to reserve a place and pay at the door. The annual event benefits the Fairfield Community Center and its mission to support the needs of families and individuals in the community.

SHELBURNE--The Tree Wild Concerts in the home of Alison and Joplin James present the Bach Project with McKinley James, Benjamin Fryxell, and Ariel Friedman on Friday at 7 p.m.
      The project is a performance of three familiar Bach Suites shared by three cellists, with each movement played by a fresh voice. They bring the old traditions of music into new venues for classical music.
      Admission is $20 at the door. There will be a community potluck supper at 6 p.m. and music starting at 7. RSVP to reserve a seat. Click here for more info.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents Pigeons Playing Ping Pong in the Ballroom on Friday the Thirteenth at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8.
      "Each song becomes like a spring-loaded can of worms: there's all this energy boxed up in a neat little package, and then when you come see us live, the cap comes off and the contents fly out in every direction like fireworks."
      Admission is $18 advance or $20 day of show. Click here for tickets and more info.

WINOOSKI--The Last Stop Sports Bar hosts a genuine Friday The 13th Rockfest with Justice on Friday starting at 9:30 p.m.
      The band returns to the Onion City with a newly updated set list and plans to "rock the city like never before."

ST. ALBANS--It's a busy week at 14th Star Brewing Company with a Nonproft Fair, four popup kitchens, a Ladies' Appreciation Day, and music. They offer the Shane Murley Band live on Friday at 6 p.m. and Shake the Band on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.528.5988 or find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Elmore singer-songwriter Christine Malcolm, joined by Rudy Dauth and Peter Riley on Friday and Cooie & Sergio on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Ms. Malcolm's recording, Crickets, Coyotes and the Big Yellow Moon, won 2015 Tammie Award for Best Country Record.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

SWANTON--Swing Into Spring with the Swanton Beautification Committee for an elegant evening of dining, music and celebration at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.
      There will be hors d'oeuvres (please bring your own wine or beer), followed by a dinner buffet with roast beef au jus, chicken marsala, eggplant rollatini, roasted red bliss potatoes, maple glazed carrots, green beans almondine, scrumptious dessert, and assorted beverages.
      Admission is $40 per person and there is limited seating. Call Marie (802.370.9249 or 802.527.1147) for reservations.

KEY COLONY BEACH, FL--Karen Weber & The Funkin Conch Band concludes the Key Colony Beach Community Association's Concert in the Park series in Gazebo Park on Sunday at 4 p.m.
      Concerts in the Park are free concerts sponsored by the KCBCA. Concerts started on Valentine's Day and take place most Sunday afternoons. Bring a chair or blanket and refreshments. Parking is limited so walking, biking or ride sharing is recommended.


ST. ALBANS--The Franklin & Grand Isle County Nonprofit Fair features storyteller Sue Schmidt at 14th Star Brewing today from - 6 p.m.
      The full day fair includes a lunch and learn session with Ms. Schmidt who will teach how to better tell your individual story.
      The Event will be free and open to the public from 3-6 p.m. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call Ellen Biddle (802.861.7836) or Email to register and for more info.

CLICK HERE: ART SITE OF THE MONTH has moved to because an exciting new program is gearing up.
All Arts Has Moved

      WNET, New York's public media station, is developing a new multiplatform media network called ALL ARTS (you'll see their splash page on the site now). Our All Arts Council of Franklin County would certainly get a lot of visitors when WNET goes live, but that's not our audience. WNET has purchased and we have moved to so that both audiences avoid confusion when they launch online this spring. Here's the deal: you'll find the new program at our old address. You'll find the All Arts Council of Franklin County at Bear with us as we get all the links to work -- and email the All Arts Council if you find one that doesn't.


      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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