ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 19, 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--Drummac Septic Service, the All Arts Council, and the Town of Highgate continue 28 years of Summer Sounds concerts at home in Highgate with Anderson-Gram in their first appearance on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.
      Anderson-Gram play an easy-going blend of folk, country, and bluegrass, often originals that paint pictures of everyday life. Gayle Anderson has a fine contralto folk voice, often called a "little bit sweet" and usually takes the lead. Bob Gram brings the strong baritone harmonies as well as lead vocals and tells jokes almost as good as mine. They have played together since they met at an open mic more than 25 years ago.
      The husband and wife duo spent two decades performing in California and are back in New England. They have played Bethlehem Musikfest, Cambridge Center For the Arts, San Francisco Folk Festival, Seafest of Nova Scotia, Sonoma Songwriters Showcase, and many more.
      Anderson-Gram can be heard on folk and acoustic radio stations and radio shows across North America, in Belgium, and in Siberia. They have released four albums, Across the Great Divide, Ring of Fire, Small Town Saturday Night, and Cover to Cover.
      Come early! The St. Paul's Methodist Church Scholarship Fund will hit the spot with the Summer Sounds Social on our summer night of music.
      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. Click here for more info.


ENOSBURG--Cold Hollow Sculpture Park hosts Mind Play at the Park on Saturday at 2 p.m.
      Mind Play will explore the research and ideas of Dr. Donna Rizzo to consider the question, where do art, the scientific method, and engineering-design meet and diverge? Find them on Facebook for more info.


MONTGOMERY--Michael Domina and Red Barn Studio host Fun with Watercolor for three days starting next Thursday, July 26, and continuing through Saturday July 28 at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      Mr. Domina will teach a step by step process for creating a project using watercolors. No drawing skills are needed. Bring some supplies if you have them. The studio has watercolor and acrylic paintings by Mr. Domina and guest artists. Acting Director of the Gund Institute at UVM, Dr. Rizzo has a quarter century of experience with machine learning and heuristic optimization methods that concentrate on social issues and "optimal" solutions.
      Each class is $50 each day. Find them on Facebook for more info.


SWANTON--Saturday is Sidewalk Chalk Day in Swanton from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Swanton Arts Council and the Swanton Free public Library offer chalk at the library to turn the village sidewalks into gorgeous works of art.
      The SAC will hold a Swanton Arts Spectacular planning meeting at the Swanton Free Public Library on Tuesday at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Email for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library and Caring Communities present a Welcome Summer Celebration with Summer Sounds favorite Jon Gailmor at the Swanton Historical Society Depot Building this afternoon at 5:30 p.m.
      Vermont's own troubadour, Mr. Gailmor promises an eclectic, emotional, exhilarating, optimistic, and provocative concert from an entertainer equally at home fronting a flagpole in the village park or fronting the Vermont Symphony in the Flynn. Listen for original music, children's songs, ballads, witty ditties, and more. Mr. Gailmor's music is low in cholesterol, high in total audience involvement, and full of hope. He has released six albums, including Checking In. There will be S'mores around the campfire following the concert.
      Admission is free. The rain site is the library.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Summer Sounds favorites Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers tonight at 7 p.m. Next up, the deck and the inside get Justified on Friday at 9 p.m. and Shake the Band appears Saturday at 9 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The TNT Comedy Showcase continues on the Main Stage at Twiggs on Comedy Thursday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30. Suzan Ambrose hosts open mic. This is a free show for mature audiences and space has been filling up quickly; call Twiggs to reserve a table. Make dinner reservations prior to the show since only drinks, appetizers, and desserts will be served during the show.
      Next up, Twiggs presents bluesman Arthur James on Thursday, Roy and the Wrecks on Four Dollar Friday, and singer/songwriter Stefani Capizzi on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents High Def on the taproom stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The local band has Kelly Dolan, vocals; John Compagna, vocals/guitar; Dave Wyman, vocals/ lead guitar; Mike Willey, vocals/bass guitar; and Troy Cyphers, drums.

NEWPORT--The Newport Country Club presents Carol Ann Jones with Will Patton on Friday at 7 p.m.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts Dennis Fox & Friends for the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Teriyaki Chicken 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 Nashville artists Tawnya Reynolds, Sarah Montgomery, and Don Pedigo at Mill River Brewing on Friday at 7 p.m.
      Singer/songwriter Tawnya Reynolds appeared on The Voice Season 4 and was on team Shakira. Ms. Montgomery is a Country music singer and songwriter. Mr. Potage is a Roots-Rock artist. Find them on Facebook for more info.

BURLINGTON--The 26th Vermont Brewers Festival has live music from Predawn on Friday 12 - 4 p.m., The Grift on Friday at 5:30 - 9:30 p.m., Nico & the Bodacious Supreme on Saturday at 12 - 4 p.m. and Rumblecat on Saturday at 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
      The festival features 50 brewers including our own 14th Star and over 250 beers plus local food trucks and food and beer pairings. No outside beverages or food are permitted including pretzel necklaces. Click here for more info.

GRAND ISLE--The Ferry Watch Inn presents Summer Sounds favorites Joe's Big Band for an evening of music, dancing, and picnicking on Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. The band starts at 6:30 p.m.
      Joe's Big Band is Vermont's premier 18 piece big band. The professional musicians perform traditional big band swing music along with contemporary big band compositions. They have a rhythm section, vocalist, trumpets, trombones and saxophones. The concert will include includes the standards made famous by bands like Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington.
      The event celebrates CIDER's 25th year. Admission is $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets are available at Keelers Bay Variety, A&B Beverage, Harborside Harvest Market and the CIDER office (802.372.6425). Bring your own chair, food, beverage, and dancing shoes. Please carpool as parking is limited.

SOUTH HERO--Apple Island Resort presents the Johnny Cash Tribute Show indoors on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
      George Richard met Mr. Cash in the 80s and looks forward to channel him in this two hour tribute. A dinner will be offered before the show.
      Admission is $26 for adults and $13 for children. Call the resort (802.378.5421) for tickets.

HIGHGATE--Summer Sounds continues the 28th summer of music with the return of Anderson-Gram in the Highgate Municipal Park on Sunday at 7 p.m. Drummac Septic Service introduces easy-going folk, country, and bluegrass tennis lessons and music of this popular duet.

SHELDON--Summer Music at Grace welcomes Village Harmony to Grace Church on Monday at 7:30 p.m.
      The group is led by Will and Lynn Rowan and special guest Artras Sinkeviius from Lithuania. The dozen teen singers include two girls from Lithuania as well as talented teens from Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
      The eclectic concert program will include music from three continents and several centuries. M. Sinkeviius present ancient ritualistic Sutartines chants and lively Lithuanian folk songs accompanied by bagpipes, drums, and zither. These will be contrasted with music and dance from English visiting customs. The program also includes upbeat Bulgarian dance-songs, 17th century American ballads and shape-note-tunes, lilting Medieval folk songs, and original compositions by the Rowans.
      A potluck dinner at will precede the concert at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share.
      Admission is on a sliding scale from $5-$15. Call Grace Church (802.326.4603) or email for details.

SOUTH HERO--Carol Ann Jones hosts Music in the Meadow at the Blue Paddle Bistro on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Jones will perform and then hold an Open Mic ever Tuesday, weather permitting, through the summer.
      There are tables and chairs outside but it can get pretty busy, so bring your own chair or blanket or come early to get a table or chairs. 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.
      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.

      Wednesday is the busy new Big Music Night with at least six regular events each week.

MORRISVILLE--The Wednesday Night Live summer music series continues with Pitz Quattrone and the Freelancers 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--Shake the Band continues the Downtown Summer Concert Series in the E.A. Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. 14th Star Brewing and the Traveling Canteen serve food and drink at all of this year's Summer Concert Series events.
      Admission is free.

ST. ALBANS BAY--The Starline Rhythm Boys play the Bayside Pavilion every Wednesday from 6 - 9 p.m. until Labor Day.

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 BAY--The Citizens Concert Band plays a free concert in St. Albans Town Bay Park on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The rain site is the stone bathhouse on site for light rain only; they will cancel for heavy rain.

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


ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page hosts a book signing with local novelist Lori McLaughlin on Saturday at 2 - 4 p.m.
      Ms. McLaughlin has written Lady Thy Name Is Trouble, Trouble By Any Other Name, and her newest book, The Road Once Taken.

      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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Cambridge Arts Council
Franklin County Regional
Chamber of Commerce
Island Arts
St Albans Community Arts
Swanton Arts Council
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