ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 14, 2019


      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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KEY WEST--The southernmost city is well known for its location (Havana is closer than Walmart) and for people living on the hook in Key West.
      "Dangerous Don" once supplied live bait to fishermen. Marco arrived from Cuba in the Mariel Boatlift. Pascale raised a child on a boat. Her daughter is now 21 and getting her captain's license. They all live aboard on boats anchored in the near shore waters or tied to a mooring ball near Key West ("on the hook").
      Photographer Mark Hedden spent more than a year exploring this neighborhood on the salt. His new exhibit, On the Hook, is on exhibit at The Studios of Key West through March 28. The nonprofit's galleries are open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Design a Sign on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
      Artist Diane Kingston leads this Paint Nite makes wood wall art to showcase a personal style. Choose from hundreds of unique stencils to build and paint a one-of-a-kind sign. The cost is $55. Click here for tickets. Use the code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off. Ticket sales close tomorrow so they have time to cut the stencil.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council and the Swanton Recreation Commission present Dabbling with Alcohol Ink at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 6 p.m.
      This is not a paint-n-sip event.
      Alcohol Inks can be a little tricky; this hands-on workshop will show the fun, how many types of substrates, and the pitfalls to avoid. Local artists will share examples of finished projects and explain the challenges and techniques they used. This free gathering is for ages 15 and up.
      Register through Swanton Rec, sign up at the library, or by email.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council hosts an Artist Gathering at Nelly's on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      SAC members hold these informal meetups to hang out, talk about projects you're working on, and rub elbows. All makers of any form of art are welcome. Bring business cards and art/writing/music to share.

SWANTON--SAC hosts Get Started on Your Junk Journal at the Swanton Free Public Library on Wednesday at 1 p.m. More and more people are making this cross between a scrapbook, a daily journal, and a kitchen junk drawer. In this class you will see examples and have the opportunity to create one and start journaling. All materials supplied to get you started.
      Call the library (802.868.7656) or email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Rotary Club of St. Albans opens the 27th annual Home & Recreation Exposition with free admission tomorrow. The EXPO annual fund raiser runs through Sunday at the Collins-Perley Sports and Fitness Center. 100% of the profits go to support the Rotary charitable work in this community.
      Building a new home this year? Planning a home remodeling project? That new space can easily help showcase your own collection of fine art etchings. Or perhaps you need, absolutely need, space for a house concert with the triumphant return of Michael Flatley and Riverdance?
      Rotary supports local organizations and particularly likes to help the start-up or expansion of local programs or facilities.
      Admission is free. The doors will be open from 2-7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Collins-Perley Sports and Fitness Center is located just off I-89 at Exit 19. Click here or find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--BFA–St. Albans hosts the One Act Drama Festival in the Performing Arts Center on Saturday. There are three blocks of two shows each at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
      The daylong festival offers six competing hour-long public performances with workshops for the performers. Students from BFA-Fairfax, BFA-St. Albans, Milton, Morristown, Rutland, and Winooski, will compete. The St. Albans troupe will perform an abridged take on Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka. BFA-Fairfax is doing The Yellow Boat by David Saar. Both are topical, dramatic pieces. Two schools from this competition will move on to state championships.
      Admission to an individual block is $5; the daylong ticket is available for $10.


ST. ALBANS--The Pillsbury Homestead Senior Community has Irish Music by the O'hAnleigh to delight the Irish in all of us today at 1:30 p.m. and the Sounds of Sergio on Friday at 2 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.

The Ides of March
ST. ALBANS--Go nuts with Squirrel the band in an early show to kick off the Saint Paddy's day weekend at Shooters Saloon on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Squirrel is an acoustic, percussion-driven band that plays an eclectic mix of music spanning genres and generations.

SHELDON--The Abbey continues the Spring Music in the Pub series with Bobby Chevalier on Friday at 7 p.m. Mr. Chevalier has been a part of the Vermont music scene since the 70s. He performs solo and is a member of the band Rushmore. The series continues through April 26.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the irrepressible Cooie sings on Friday and songwriter, sound engineer, and performer of original music and poetry Eric George on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Rec hosts the 7th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade with music, dining, events, and socializing downtown on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.       The short, spirited parade winds through downtown from the Court House parking lot to St. Albans City Hall. After the Parade will be music by Irish trio Darcy, Dale & Neil, activities for the kids, Irish beer (cash bar), free "green" beverages for the kids, and face painting as well.
      Admission is free. Slainte!

ST. ALBANS--Mill River Brewing and Uncle Jimmy rock St. Paddy's Day on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Uncle Jimmy Band entertains lovers of rowdy music.

BURLINGTON--The Burlington Irish Heritage Festival has children's crafts, the Young Tradition Vermont Instrument Petting Zoo, Benedict Koehler and Hilari Farrington, a Tin Whistle Workshop, and Yanks in the Attic with Joe Flood on Saturday. The annual Festival Ceili, co-sponsored with Young Tradition Vermont, kicks, and claps and dances off Sunday in Contois Auditorium from 1 - 3 p.m. Fiddleheads perform with Sarah King at the Burlington Violin Shop on Sunday at 1 p.m.
      The Festival offers a rich palate of Irish and Irish-American culture from March 2 - March 25. Click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Pearl Street Pub has a green "party with a twist" with S.A.S. on Sunday at 4 - 7 p.m. Scott Guptill, April Reynolds Begnoche and Scott Belisle said, "We know it's a school night, but it is St. Patrick's Day after all."

ST. ALBANS--Nelly's IRISH Pub celebrates St. Paddy's Day on Saturday and Sunday. The Missisquoi River Band will play Irish music on Sunday from 3 - 6 p.m. No cover charge.
      The Pub will be open St. Patrick’s Day from 11-8 for corned beef and cabbage and green beer.


SWANTON--The monthly Entrepreneur's Breakfast Group meets at Cody's Cafe on Friday at 9 a.m. The focus of the February meeting is Effective Goal Setting. And breakfast.
      Sponsored by the Swanton Arts Council, this group is for anyone -- in the arts or in other fields -- who owns a business or hopes to own one someday soon. The Arts alone can help boost the local economy but by joining forces with other interests, it can boost the local economy more. This group will meet on the third Friday of every month at that excellent hour for breakfast.
      Email for more info and click here for links to the Arts and the Economy.


TAP TO TABLE (March 18)--The Sappy Art Show returns to The Village Frame Shoppe during the 53rd Vermont Maple Festival. All maple-themed visual media is welcome, including paintings, photographs and sculptures. Please limit submissions to one per artist. Works will be on display for about a month, and they can be for sale. Click here to pre-register and for more info.

5,626 WORDS

     The Wordsmith sends A Word A Day to logophiles in 171 countries. There have been unanticipated words, unpredictable words, electrifying words, and even omphaloskeptic words.
      Today marks 25 years since Anu Garg founded From that first word ("zephyr") through today, Wordsmith has grown into an international community of subscribers, puzzlers, and contributors in nearly every country, from Afghanistan to Zambia. The longest word featured so far has been pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
      To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its founding, is holding limerick, anagram, pangram and coin-a-word contests to be judged by an international panel. Winners will receive prizes that include trips to visit their choice of the Oxford English Dictionary's headquarters in England, or Merriam-Webster's headquarters in Massachusetts. Click here for more info. The deadline for all four contests is March 30. The community is on Facebook, Twitter (@AWAD and @WordsmithOrg) and Instagram.


      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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