ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 11, 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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According to the gnomes who track this sort of thing for us, this week marks the 500th edition of the ArtBits blog. (This newspaper and online column has been puttering along for more than 20 years but those gnomes can't count that high so we don't know exactly how long it is.)


ENOSBURG--The Opera House At Enosburg Falls presents Neil Simon's Rumors in a three-day run beginning tonight through Saturday at 7 p.m. each evening.
      Rumors opened on Broadway in 1988 where it ran for 535 performances and eight previews. The farce was completely different for Mr. Simon who called it "unlike anything I've ever written."
      Directed by Jodi and Jim Bray, the play stars the (unseen) Deputy Mayor of New York City who has just shot himself. Gathering in tuxedos and gowns for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lying bleeding upstairs, his wife nowhere in sight, a party tries to get "the story" straight. The story is 30 years old but came from last night's news.
      Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.


ST. ALBANS--Free Studio Fridays continue in the Claire Payne Studio on Friday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The studio is open to artists to get together and work at a studio in the company of other artists. These will be held every Friday until October 26. It is all free; bring your own project and materials.       Call 802.782.5930, email, or click here for more info or to reserve your spot.


     The Artist In Residence Gallery is located in a building owned by the City of St. Albans. The AIR Gallery has undertaken a Capital Campaign to purchase the building from the City. To that end, they are looking for local donations large and small to make the purchase a success and to anchor the arts in downtown St. Albans.
      Peoples Trust Company has approved the mortgage and the AIR must now raise a down payment of $29,000. The Artist In Residence Gallery is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to their Capital Campaign are tax deductible.
      Click here to donate and here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Northwest Farmers Market in Taylor Park includes art, crafts, and local food for sale plus special guests and activities every Saturday through October 27 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council 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 meets on the third Monday of every month to share ideas and to take time to create. If you have a journal, do bring it for "show & tell." If you don't have one, the group will help get one started. Email for more info.


ST. ALBANS BAY--The Bayside Pavilion hosts the Jolly Rogers costume party on Friday at 6:30 p.m. It will be an evening of live music and dancing with the Jolly Rogers in a pirate-themed party.

SHELDON--The Abbey continues the Fall Music Series in the Pub with music every Friday evening at 7 p.m. through the month of October. This week, Franklin County's own acoustic duo Chris & Erica perform.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the Tom Caswell Blues Duo (with Scott Totten on harp) on Friday and multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Jesse Taylor from Gray, Maine, solo 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 Shake the Band live on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m. Melody, groove, harmony, rhythm and blues, and beer all evening.

ST. ALBANS--The final Music & More for 2018 at Back Inn Time presents Will Patton and Mark Struhsacker in the Carriage Barn on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Patton on mandolin and Mr. Struhsacker on guitar play bluegrass and original tunes.
      "The carriage barn is a great spot to play with terrific acoustics and a real beautiful vibe," Eric Bushey said recently. They also serve a limited, high quality menu of local and organic foods, great local, organic, and international wines, beers, ciders and champagnes.
      Seating is limited with just one seating, so you must make a reservation to dine and your table is yours for the evening. Tickets are $20 per person. Call KarenMarie Peltier (802.527.5116) or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Nelly's Pub and Grill goes all High Def on Saturday at 9 p.m. With Kelly Dolan, vocals; John Compagna, vocals and guitar; Dave Wyman, vocals and lead guitar; Mike Willey, vocals and bass; and Troy Cyphers, drums, the quintet is a high energy cover band. $5 cover.

ST. ALBANS--First Congregational Church presents a Sounds of the Season Fall Concert, the VYOA Rug Concert, on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      The Vermont Youth Orchestra concert for children under 5 and their families is for the youngest concert goers. Rug Concerts introduce small children to instruments, singers, and composers in an intimate and child-friendly setting. The interactive format allows youngsters to experience classical music in a special way. Each 45 minute concert features 4-5 different instrumentalists and vocalists who perform and introduce their instruments. At the end of the concert, children have the opportunity to go up to meet the instrument and the musician.
      Seating is limited to assure an intimate and child-friendly setting. Call the church office (802.524.4555) or email for more info and to reserve a place. Admission is always free (donations accepted).

EAST FAIRFIELD--Social Band continues the 2018 Summer Evenings with Vermont Treasures series at the Meeting House on the Green on Sunday afternoon. This one concert is a matinee with curtain time at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30.
      Led by Amity Baker, Vermont's own lively singers are celebrating their 20th anniversary. They perform a capella choral music, encourage new compositions especially by local composers, and foster the joyful and thought-provoking expression of music with programs organized around themes.
      Admission for all concerts is by suggested donation of $10 per person at the door. All shows support the Meeting House Preservation Project. Call 802.827.6626 to reserve seats and pay at the door. Refreshments including light fare, desserts, beer, and wine will be on sale. Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page hosts Swanton writer Walt McLaughlin for a book signing on Saturday at 12 noon.
      Mr. McLaughlin wanders about northern New England and upstate New York. His narrative about backpacking through the Adirondacks, The Allure of Deep Woods, was published by North Country Books in 2013. Arguing with the Wind, a memoir about his two-week solo immersion in the Alaskan wilderness, is also in print along with a dozen other books. McLaughlin received a degree in philosophy from Ohio University but insists that most of his thoughts concerning God, nature and humankind come from direct encounters with the wild. He lives in Swanton with his wife, Judy, and an ornery German Shepherd Dog named Matika.

      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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