ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 29, 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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TREED IN ST. ALBANS--The tenth annual Festival of Trees community art and music continues this week. Proceeds from this year’s annual auction, and other Festival of Trees events, will help fight hunger in Franklin County. The beneficiaries are Martha's Kitchen and the food shelf.
      Friday opens the Journey Thru Time Gala with music, dancing, and food at City Hall from 7 p.m. - midnight. Costumes are encouraged but not required. The tree and art auction to feed your heart. The evening will open with a performance by the BFA String Ensemble. BFA Culinary Arts students will feed your tummies with the buffet. There will be a cash bar. Admission is $50 per person. Find them on Facebook for more info tickets and .
      Saturday is a busy day in the festival. Breakfast with Santa kicks off the day at St. Mary's Parish Hall at 8 - 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Walk off breakfast with the Journey to the North Pole starting at City Hall and open to children of all ages at 9 a.m. - noon. It's a free, mile-long walk with activities through downtown. Santa's Workshop alongside the Tree Show takes over City Hall for gift making from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The sixth annual Arts and Crafts Show at St. Paul's United Methodist Church runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      The Tree Showcase in City Hall exhibits all the trees again with dance performances and singing from Studio 3 Dance & Fitness; Dance Works Academy; Electric Youth Dance; Kai Janil, Parker Larose, and Kylie Begnoche; and Up North Dance Studio. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      The Vermont Choral Union will perform in the Bliss Room on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Their Choral Quilt celebrates over 50 y ears of choral a capella music with new music director Lisa Jablow. Admission to the concert is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free for children under 15. Click here for tickets.

PARTAY IN ENOSBURG-The Enosburg Business Association hosts the 4th annual Community Christmas Party with live music by the Old Man Garage Band at the Opera House at Enosburg Falls on Friday at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and a Cash bar. Call Shawna Lovelette (802.933.4359) or email for more info.
      Christmas in Enosburg Falls is an all-day celebration on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. It includes the Santa Run starting at the Masonic Temple, a Wreath Sale to benefit the Enosburgh Food Shelf, the Christmas Bazaar at the Enosburgh Methodist Church, Santa at the EFHS Auditorium from 10 a.m. - noon, a Craft Fair at EFHS with a Gingerbread house decorating contest, and WinterFest in Lincoln Park with live entertainment followed by the Holiday Parade and tree lighting in Lincoln Park.

FESTIVAL IN MORRISVILLE--River Arts presents the Festival of Lights Celebration on Saturday
      The Festival includes Nancy Van Winkle's demonstration to make your own origami star ornament, lantern making for the parade, an Open Clay Studio, the Holiday Pop-up Gift Shop, and the Ballet Wolcott Performance of the Nutcracker Suite at 12 noon.
      All events and activities are free. Click here for more info.


     Towne Meeting has released their sixth CD, Folk Tales 2018.
      Every song tells a story. the popular Summer Sounds group has compiled Folk Tales with some selections very old, some true classic sing-a-longs and some relatively new and perhaps unfamiliar to many.
      Click here for more info and to purchase.


SWANTON--Michael Barkyoumb will hold a Watercolor Christmas Card Workshop at the Swanton Public Library on Saturday at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m..
      The cost is $10 and proceeds to benefit the Swanton Arts Council. Mr. Barkyoumb will provide all materials. Sign up at the Library or email for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council will host a Board Meeting and Updates at the Swanton House of Pizza on Monday at 6 p.m.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star Movie Nights are back in The Room, continuing this evening at 6:30 p.m. Doors at 6.
      This year, 14th Star has a poll to choose the movie they will screen. Thursday's choices are the 1980s fantasy flicks, The NeverEnding Story, The Goonies, The Dark Crystal, Spaceballs, or Labyrinth. Find them on Facebook to vote for this month's featured presentation and for more info.
      Come early to claim a seat and enjoy some movie trivia. There will be plenty of seating, or feel free to bring a blanket and pillow and get cozy on the floor. Free popcorn for all who attend, a full dinner menu from Grazers, and, of course, craft beer.


ST. ALBANS--Nelly's Irish Pub presents Kylie Begnoche live in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Ms. Begnoche is a young local singer.

ST. ALBANS BAY--The Bayside Pavilion hosts Ourselves Alone live on Friday at 6 p.m. It will be an evening of "old favorites and new in our own style. Acoustic guitar, electronic drums and harmony for days."

ALBURGH--The Alburgh American Legion hosts the Nobby Reed Project Christmas Show on Friday at 8 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Bad Horsey returns to 14th Star on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Billed as "Vermont's own classic rock band," Roy Hartson, guitar and vocals; Bryce McNall, lead vocals; Jake Commo, drums; Matt Commo, bass; Jim Foss, guitar and vocals; and Mark Faith, keys and vocals, invite you to "Come dance away the Christmas blues."

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the folk, country, rock, blues, and Americana of the Lloyd Tyler Band on Friday and Summer Sounds favorites Mark LeGrand and Sarah Munro on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

SWANTON--the My-T-Fine presents live music with Scott Aaron Martell on Saturday at 4 p.m.

MONTGOMERY CENTER--The Stragglers return to Big Jay Tavern on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
BFA's own Eric Bushey, tenor banjo and vocals; Chris Kellogg, guitar, harmonica, and vocals; and Preston Randall, mandolin, harmonica, vocals, and bones will play hot roots, bluegrass, vintage country, Americana, and classic rock with their own spin.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls Community Christmas Concert gathers the family together on Sunday at 2 p.m.
      The Community Chorus and Enosburg Town Band event celebrates traditional music in Franklin County's historic (and heated) theater. The concert will feature traditional hymns and seasonal songs.
      Admission is free. Call 802.933.6171 or click here for more info.

JERICHO--The Deborah Rawson Memorial Library and Young Tradition Vermont team up for a concert by the Zeichner Trio in the library reading room at 2 p.m.
      Yasi, Oliver, and Louli Zeichner are three siblings who have grown up in the hills of central Vermont. Admission is free. Email for more info.

SHELBURNE--The Shelburne Museum hosts Fiddleheads at Deck the Halls on Sunday. The group will do two sets with Brian Perkins in the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
      Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages, 5-17 and free for Museum Members and children under 5. Click here for more info.


      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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