ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 13, 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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ENOSBURG FALLS--The annual Enosburg Harvest Festival presents Prof. Fairbanks on the fiddle and the Old Man Garage Band in Lincoln Park on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday will be mostly sunny and warm.
      There will be artists and live entertainment, antiques, produce, wagon rides, brews, spirits, food, brew and wine tastings, produce, and horse pulled wagon rides, plus a BBQ with chicken, burgers and dogs; and much more.


MONTGOMERY--Michael Domina and Red Barn Studio will reprise Fun with Watercolor for three days starting Thursday, September 27, and continuing through Saturday September 29.
      Mr. Domina will show and teach several easy watercolor techniques to complete a painting to be proud of. 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.
      Each class is $50 each day. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The American Legion annual Craft and Vendor Show will fill the Legion on Saturday at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      The show is a chance to enjoy the creativity of local artists, crafters, and vendors. There will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, and cheap food. "It's never too late to start your Christmas shopping early." Free.
      Call Sara Hayes (802.752.0589) or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS TOWN--The St. Albans Bay Farmers Market at the Bay Park includes Arts and Crafts for sale every Wednesday from 5 - 8 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Purple Tree In Moonlight on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The event is SOLD OUT.
      "Paint Nites" have become regular social events that introduces art to people who have never painted and to visit with friends while being creative. Artist Carrie Tatro will provide all the materials to create your own painting. Click here for tickets. Use code PNfbVT for 40% off.


ST. ALBANS--The top 17 photos from the inaugural Mayor's Photo Competition are now on display in Taylor Park. The exhibit will continue for about one month.
      The photos followed a theme of local agriculture in honor of the 100th anniversary of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery. The initial competition received 135 8x10 photos. The general public chose these favorites at two recent receptions.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Art Journaling Group will meet at the Swanton Free Public Library Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. Art journals, junk journals, art pages and more are on the table and make for fun for artists, writers, scrap bookers, and more. The group meets on the third Monday of every month to share ideas and to take time to create.
      Email for more info.


BURLINGTON--Vermont Folklife Center and Young Tradition Vermont present a six week French Songs Class starting Monday at 7 p.m.
      The class with Carmen Beaudoin Bombardier and Kim Chase is the centerpiece for the Revitalizing Franco-American Song in the Champlain Valley of Vermont Project. It will include contributions from Lisa Ornstein and Andy Kolovos.
      There is no cost for taking the class, but space is limited and participants must sign up in advance by email for more info and to commit to attending all six classes. 22 have signed up so far -- the capacity is 25. Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Nelly's has Poutine In Your Face, a free comedy show, this evening at 8 p.m. Doors at 7.
      Max and his Quebecois puppet named Poutine headline a show to get you ready for the weekend with comedians Omega Jade, Ash Diggs, and Carl Sonnefeld. The show is adults only.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts an Oktoberfest for the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The German cuisine 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.

SHELDON--Summer Music at Grace presents Va et Vient on Friday at 7 p.m. It's the last concert before the autumnal equinox for the series.
      Va et Vient ("come and go"), a trio from Addison County, sings lively and rousing songs from Quebec, France and Cajun Louisiana, accompanied by fiddle, guitar, mandolin, flute and harmonica. "We love playing for audiences on both sides of the border and we introduce our songs with ample humor and interesting stories that make them come alive even for non-French speakers. Language is no barrier when there is a good groove."
      Summer Music at Grace offers eclectic music in an inspired setting. Admission is by donation. Click here for more info about the group.

ST. ALBANS--Music, Brews & BBQ presents the Growlers on Friday and Shake the Band on Saturday 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. Shake brings a modern, energetic twist to melodic rhythm and blues.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents bluesman Arthur James on Friday and the "power duo" Blue Rock Boys with Eric Bushey and Cliff Crosby on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Old Man Garage Band and Prof. Fairbanks play the Enosburg Harvest Festival in Lincoln Park on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday will be mostly sunny and warm.

SHELBURNE--The 40th Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival features Carmen Beaudoin Bombardier and Kim Chase from Revitalizing Franco-American Song plus Summer Sounds favorites Atlantic Crossing and Jon Gailmor, on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m
      The full-day celebration of Vermont farm and food traditions includes children's activities, entertainers on multiple stages, artisans sharing their skills and crafts, farm-fresh food plus farms animals and horse-drawn rides. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children, and free to members and children 2 and under. Click here for more info.

FAIRFAX--Steeple Market presents the third annual Brewfest with Thunder Kittens and Chris & Erica at J & L Field on Saturday from 2 - 6 p.m.
      The event will feature a craft beer and ciders, live music, festive food, and a new cornhole tournament.
      Admission is $40 for a regular ticket or $5 for a designated driver ticket. Proceeds support the Fairfax Fire Department. Tickets are on sale now and include entry to the tasting session, 12 tasting tickets, and a commemorative beer glass.

GEORGIA--Summer in Vermont doesn't end until next week, but Georgia's Supercharged annual Fall Festival takes over the municipal park with Carol Ann Jones and the Superchargers on Saturday from 3 - 9 p.m.
      Georgia Lions will serve up burgers and dogs to about 1,000 visitors. The Superchargers will play from 5 p.m. on with the fireworks ending the evening at dusk.

EAST FAIRFIELD--Summer Evenings with Vermont Treasures continues with the return of Michael Hurley joined by Australian folk singer Darren Hanlon to the Meeting House on the Green this year on Saturday at 7 p.m. with food and drink at 6 p.m. This is his only Vermont show of the year.
      It will be a special evening of outsider folk, snockography, and plunking plus folk songs and candid storytelling. Mr. Hurley is touring his latest release Where Did You Come From? The songs were recorded in New Orleans, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Nashville and Clarksdale during an adventure in the American south with the musicians he met along the way including Spooner Oldham, David Hood, Howard Grimes as well as the "unknown buskers and street musicians he just stumbled upon."
      Admission is $25 (this show only). His show sold out last year so advance ticketing is strongly advised. ("We have only a few tickets left," said Nance Shaw.) Call 802.827.6626 to reserve tickets and pay at the door. Refreshments will be for sale at intermission. Find them on Facebook for more info.

MONTGOMERY--MCAKeltonHall hosts Sappho's Thread, a Magical Evening of Poetry, Music and Intrigue, on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      The collaborative poetry and music performance art project comes from the Core Creative Coven -- The Lovely Jacqueline Rose, Senayit and Jelly Nora -- with Don Sinclair of the Zookeepers who plan to "gently take over the universe sometime in the next few millennia."
      Admission is by suggested donation of $10. Part of the proceeds to go to the MCA. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Son of a Gun with an energetic set of rock music from the 80s through today, live on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Nelly's presents Vermont's own classic rock band, Bad Horsey, live on Saturday at 10 p.m.

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.

ST. ALBANS--Sean Jarvis hosts Open Mic Night at Nelly's 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.


      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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