ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 14, 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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MONTGOMERY--Montgomery Center for the Arts presents Rebel, Rebel with a wine and cheese opening to kick off its Summer Art Series on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The accompanying music will be a tribute to David Bowie; dancing starts at 8 p.m. The curated show runs through July 10.
      The event features bold, colorful, outrageous, thought provoking art from Trevor Corp, affiliated with the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, and Ian Hutchings and Drew Lalonde from Montgomery.
      The gallery is open every Saturday 2 - 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 - 4 p.m. during the exhibit. Email, click here, or Find them on Facebook for more info about the non-profit Montgomery Center for the Arts.


SWANTON--The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge hosts a Nature Photo Workshop at the Refuge on Saturday at 10am.
      Call 802.868.4781 for more info about the workshop.
      Also on Saturday, Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti hold the monthly birding walk on the Railroad Trail. These walks gather long-term data on the presence of birds, their abundance, and changes in populations. Observations will be entered into the Vermont eBird database where data is stored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Click here for more info about the walk.


SWANTON--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.

SWANTON--SAC hosts an Art Journaling Group at the Swanton Free Public Library on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
      Art journals, junk journals, art pages, and more are fun for artists, writers, scrapbookers, and anyone else. The group will meet on the third Monday of every month to share ideas and to take time to create. Email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Vermont based singer-songwriter Joe Sabourin (My Mother's Moustache) on Thursday, the original songs and familiar covers of Third Shift on Friday, and Lesley Grant with Ralph Eames breaking the "no singing at the dinner table" rule on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton for the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The pulled pork buffet starts around 7 p.m. Both run until 9 p.m.
      The buffet costs $11 per person ($5 for each child). You don't have to be a member; the public is welcome. Be sure to come early, usually around 6, to get a good seat.

ST. ALBANS--Music, Brews & BBQ presents the Growlers on Friday in the Biergarten at Mill River Brewing. Shows start at 7 p.m.
      The Growlers play no-nonsense, high-energy acoustic and electric Americana rock & roll. The Vermont musicians have played decades in the Green Mountain music scene.
      Mill River is a sustainable, family-owned, brewpub serving their own VT craft beers. The BBQ and Smokehouse menu offers locally raised meats and produce with baked goods made in-house.

WORCESTER--The Carolan Festival welcomes Fiddleheads with Dominique Dodge at Mallery Farm on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

MONTGOMERY--The PoJazz Live Summer Music Series opens at MCAKeltonHall on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      PoJazz is a mix of words and music, poetry and jazz that borrows from the "wide tradition of hiphop and jazz poetry (think Jack Kerouac meets Tupac)." Led by Montgomery poet and trombonist Tony Whedon, Pojazz has performed at colleges, bistros and jazz festivals through the North Country. Band members include veteran guitarist Mike Martello, Bakersfield bass-and-mandolin virtuoso Will Patton, and the brilliant jazz singer Tiffany Pfeiffer, with Mr. Whedon on trombone and poems plus another well-known musician and poet from Vermont and beyond.
      Click here for tickets.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents NightHawk on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      With Kyra Maddix, vocals; Ray Parent, guitars and vocals; Pete Lawrence, drums and vocals; and Michael Maddix, bass and vocals; NightHawk is a "dance band with something for everyone."

MONTGOMERY--Myra Flynn returns with Paul Boffa to the INN for the first Celebration of Expressive Arts dinner concert of 2018 on Saturday. Dinner will be served 5-6 p.m. and the concert starts in the Lounge at 7 p.m.
      A singer/songwriter, Ms. Flynn brings soulful vocals and a lyrical delivery to her original indie/soul blend of songs. She performed at the Songwriter Showcase last week and was on MainStage at the Flynn for First Night-Burlington.
      Call The INN 802-326-4391 for reservations. Click here for more info.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Enosburg Town Band free summer concerts begin in Lincoln Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      Bring a chair or a blanket to enjoy an hour long concert under the stars under the direction of Alisa Martin. Performances will continue on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. through August 21.

MORRISVILLE--The Wednesday Night Live summer music series continues with Drunk & in the Woods plus free henna by Kate in Oxbow Riverfront Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The series continues each week through August 22. There will be a rotating mix of food vendors every week, from American barbecue to Nepalese staples.

ST. ALBANS--Sean Jarvis hosts Open Mic Night at Durty Nelly's Irish Pub on Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m. Show off your talent; everyone is welcome to grab the mic and perform any Wednesday evening on the Tavern side.

ST. ALBANS--The Citizens Concert Band opens its 2018 season with a free concert in the Edric A. Loomis Memorial Bandshell in Taylor Park on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
      Director Jeremy Berger and Assistant Director Jennifer McConnell create an environment of creativity, musicianship, and the fun and camaraderie of playing in a band. They are looking for new members in every instrumental section. Concerts are held on Wednesdays throughout the summer.
      The rain site is St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

SHELDON--Every Wednesday the Abbey throws a Beach Party with music, drink specials, and prizes, after the Volleyball, starting about 8:30 p.m.


EAST FAIRFIELD--The Fairfield Community Center Black Creek Adventure Camp begins eight weeks of laid back summertime fun, arts and crafts, cooking, gardens, sports, field trips, and friendships on June 25.
      Camp days will be divided between special instruction from local artists, musicians, gardeners, athletes, and scientists and opportunities for free exploration in the camp's rich collection of games, sports, science, art and music activities.
      Call 802.827.3130 for a registration form to mail in or click here for more info and to register.

ENOSBURG--Summer Theater Camp #1 takes over the Opera House at Enosburg Falls starting June 25 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m with a performance on June 29.
      Campers go through the whole process from audition to performance and put on a show in one week. Click here to register.


      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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