ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 11, 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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ST. ALBANS--The students of St. Albans City perform the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, at the school on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. The world of enchantment comes alive with a large cast of students in all the starring roles, Beauty, Beast, Papa, the villagers, wolves, castle servants and many more.
      Admission is free.


SWANTON--The monthly Entrepreneur's Breakfast Group meets at the Swanton Chamber office on Friday at 9 a.m. The focus of the March meeting is part networking/part inspiration. Bring your own coffee or tea.
      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.
      email for more info and Click here for links to the Arts and the Economy.

MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild and Corrina A. Thurston Studios host an Art Biz Peer Support Group Kick-off Meeting and potluck at the MAG on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      Ms. Thurston and MAG Executive Director Jessie Swetel bring this new group together for some good grub, fun, and time to pick each other's brains. The group is geared toward artists and creative businesses as well as anyone interested in the arts. To help plan, mark yourself as "going" on the Facebook event. The fee to participate: bring a dish. Email or find them on Facebook for more info and to register.


ST. ALBANS--Relay For Life of Franklin County hosts Crafts for a Cause at City Hall on Saturday at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      35 crafters will each offer a different craft. including painting, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and books, Abenaki art, blankets, candles, crochet, dog treats, duct tape, foods, decorated glass, hats, maple products, nails, quilts, scarves, soaps, and more. There will be a bunny cake decorating table for kids.
      The event supports Team Wellness Warriors of the 2019 Relay For Life and Wags to Wishes. Call Pam (802.868.7886) or email for more info.


SWANTON--Swanton Arts Council and the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge will hold a Migratory Bird Show Informational Workshop at the Refuge on Saturday at 11 a.m. Joanne Parah Reiter and other SAC artists will discuss the upcoming art show, the theme, and what is needed to participate.

WILLISTON--The Williston rest area/welcome center is showcasing art from a number of MAG members and other local artists. The building, northbound on I-89, features many Vermont businesses.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Pebble Art 5x7 Frame this evening at 6 p.m.
      Once Upon a Rock's Jean Ferguson picks up a rock or a stone or a pebble and "sees a thousand possibilities." This workshop will use pebbles, rocks, stones, driftwood and lake glass to create artwork. Call Twiggs to make a reservation if you plan to eat before the event. Food and drink also available during the event.
      The cost is $30. Click here for tickets.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Writer's Group will meet at the Swanton Free Public Library Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. Members can share progress and join in the discussion about longer projects and anything else about writing, reading, publishing, and more.
      Call Becky Rupp (802.733.7471) or email for more info. Click here to check out the Writers' Group Blog.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Art Journaling Group will meet at the Swanton Free Public Library Wednesday evening at 6 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.
      Call the Swanton Public Library (802.868.7656) or email to register and for more info.


SHELDON--The Abbey hosts the 9th annual Sap Run Boogie with the Starline Rhythm Boys on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The evening offers a spaghetti dinner, scrumptious desserts, and dancing. All proceeds benefit the Fairfield Community Center. Admission is $15 per person, or $25 per couple. Kids under 16 are free. Call 802.827.3130 to reserve your tickets.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Dale & Darcy live on the taproom stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The three or four piece band plays Americana, bluegrass breakdowns, hornpipes, jigs, reels, waltzes and aires on acoustic instruments.

SHELDON--The Abbey also 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 bluesman Arthur James on Friday and the Greenwich Village coffeehouse style of AmerikanaBlue on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

LINCOLN, VT--The Burnham Hall Music series presents the Michele Fay Band at Burnham Hall on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
      Ms. Fay's ensemble plays original and Americana music from Vermont. Her lyrics are woven seamlessly together as she delivers with a crystal clear, authentic voice. The music series hosts a line up of (mostly acoustic) Vermont performing artists in the genre of folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass and Americana. Admission is $10 for adults; teens and kids are free. Refreshments are served during intermission.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Tuesday Nights with Troy on the taproom stage on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      Fairfield singer-songwriter Troy Millette is on stage for a musical journey of imaginative covers and original songs from his latest album, Living With A Ghost. His Spring residency continues every Tuesday through April 30.


SWANTON--The FGI Bookmobile and Franklin County Early Childhood kick off the Month of the Young Child with Big Rig Day at the Swanton Municipal Complex on Saturday from 9 a.m. - noon.
      Climb into a tractor-trailer to see how the drivers do their jobs, enjoy story time on the Bookmobile, and head over to Swanton Central School for activities, games, and more. Admission is free for everyone.
      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.

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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