ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 5, 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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HIGHGATE--Desorcie's Market, the All Arts Council, and the Town of Highgate begin the 28th year of Summer Sounds concerts at home in Highgate with the return of Elvis, our old friend Mark Shelton, in the first free Summer Sounds concert of the season on Sunday evening, July 8, at 7 p.m.
      We have no idea how many stars to expect Sunday night. "Maybe we should do three sets," Mr. Shelton said last year. "Rat Pack, Flower Power, and Elvis. Plus who knows?"
      Mark Shelton's astounding voice and dynamic performances leave audiences mesmerized in amazement. He has that "Star" quality, to move from the 50s to the 70s with the King of Rock n' Roll as the perfect opener for the season.
      The International Elvis Tribute Artist Association will induct Mr. Shelton to the 2018 International ETA Hall of Fame in August. His The King Returns concert tours are also internationally acclaimed and internationally sold out. His shows have been featured on ABCnews, CBS Inside Edition, Good Morning America, and more as well as globally in India, Fuji Television Network in Japan, and the Daily Mail in the U.K.
      Just before the concert, come to the Summer Sounds Social in the Park starting at 6 p.m. The special Intermission and Social event will introduce a very special young performer and is a chance to visit with friends and eat hearty.
      The Summer Sounds concerts are sponsored by the Town of Highgate and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Chevalier Drilling Co. Inc, Desorcie's Market, Drummac Septic Service, La Quinta Inn and Suites of St. Albans, O. C. McCuin and Sons, and Ray's Extrusion Dies and Tubing.
      The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings, always at 7 p.m., always in Highgate Municipal Park, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for the outdoor family music and festivities. The rain site is the Highgate United Methodist Church.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on Marcia Blanco, Paule Gingras, and Martha McGinn.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments and a raffle today 4:30 - 7 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of July.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 40 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The gallery on South Main Street is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. click here for more info.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts painter, art teacher, and A.I.R. member El Towle this month. Mr. Towle favors oil and acrylic paintings.
      The show continues through the end of July.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Peaceful Beach Afternoon on Tuesday, at 7 p.m. Click here for tickets. Use the code PNfbVT for 40% off.


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts hosts its monthly Community Arts MeetUp in air conditioned City Hall on Tuesday with a Board Meeting at 6 p.m. and the Creative Meetup at 6:30. The gathering will discuss new and ongoing business, meet new people, and discuss any creative ideas that crop up. Click here for the minutes and reports of prior meetings and more.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council hosts a planning meeting for the Swanton Arts Spectacular in the Swanton Public Library on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Email with questions.


     The Big Music Weeks of Summer begin now!

ENOSBURG FALLS--Summer Sounds favorites David Rosane & The Zookeepers bring the Book of ZOO Library Tour to the Enosburgh Public Library this evening at 7 p.m.
      The Zookeepers are raising funds and advocating for literacy, community and freedom of speech with the release of their new album Book of ZOO. All donations raised at this show go to Enosburgh Public Library to help cover their programs and needs.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Robin Sunquiet on Thursday at 7 p.m. Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project on Thursday at 7 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

SHELBURNE--Fisher Brothers Farm Celebrates Berry Season with Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton on Friday at 6-8 p.m.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts Ryan Sweezey for the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Boneless Spare Ribs buffet starts around 7 p.m. Both run until 9 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Smokey Newfield Project on Friday at 7 p.m. Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Music, Brews & BBQ presents Rushmore on Friday in the Biergarten at Mill River Brewing. Shows start at 7 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Gypsy Wind on the taproom stage on Saturday at 1 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Untapped hosts the third annual Basement Sessions Summer Fun with No Son Of Mine, Bootlicker and or Mushroom Teeth (Black Tongue Conspiracy), Untapped, and more for 12 hours of music downstairs at 81 French Hill Rd on Saturday starting at 5pm. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Graziano Schofield & Slim on Saturday at 7 p.m. Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

HIGHGATE--Summer Sounds kicks off the 28th summer of music with the return of Elvis to the Highgate Municipal Park on Sunday at 7 p.m. Desorcie's Market presents Mark Shelton, America's premiere Elvis impersonator; he may bring the Rat Pack, some Flower Power, and definitely the hunka hunka burnin' love.

SOUTH HERO--Carol Ann Jones hosts Music in the Meadow with an Open Mic at the Blue Paddle Bistro on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Email to sign up.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Enosburg Town Band plays a weekly free summer concert in Lincoln Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

MORRISVILLE--The Wednesday Night Live summer music series continues with Northern Flyer in Oxbow Riverfront Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Sean Jarvis hosts Open Mic Night at Durty Nelly's Irish Pub on Wednesday, July 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. on the Tavern side.

ST. ALBANS--Rushmore continues the Downtown Summer Concert Series in the E.A. Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

HIGHGATE SPRINGS--The Citizens Concert Band plays a free concert at the Little White Church on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The rain site is in the church.

MILTON--Carol Ann Jones, Will Patton, Gary Spaulding, and special guest Trevor Contois take over the Milton Bandshell at Bombardier Park on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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


MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts and Ballet Arts holds Classical Ballet with Classical Art in MCAKeltonHall on July 9 - 13 at 10:30 a.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts and St. Albans Recreation Department hosts Kids' Theater Camp, a one week theater intensive with a focus on acting, in St. Albans City Hall on July 9 - July 13. Click here for tickets.


      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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