ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 30, 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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      June is National Dairy Month!
      The Vermont Dairy Festival begins today and continues through Sunday in downtown Enosburg Falls.
      The Enosburg Falls Lions club celebrates 63 years of Dairy Days this weekend with continuous entertainment and family activities than on three stages and around Lincoln Park. The music includes Local Talent at its Best to introduce some new and not so new performers from Franklin County. All the outdoor entertainment is free.
      The Mooooving Parade starts Saturday at 10:30. With marching bands and mobile mooving murals, it is one of Vermont's largest parades.
      All that milk includes some art. The Masonic Hall adjacent to the park hosts the Arts and Crafts show starting Saturday at 9 a.m.

THURSDAY--The Vermont Dairy Festival Scholarship Pageant, this evening at 7 p.m. in the Opera House at Enosburg Falls, highlights the scholastic achievements, talents, and enthusiasm of college-bound high school senior girls in Franklin County. The competition includes poise and appearance, stage interviews, and youth fitness.
      The Enosburg Lions offer scholarship prizes ranging from $125 to $750.
      Tickets will be available at the door.

FRIDAY--Singer-songwriter Isaac French, Local Talent at its Best, kicks off the free entertainment at 5 p.m. Got Milk Stage.
      Singer-songwriters Chris and Erica, Local Talent at its Best, at 6 p.m. Got Milk Stage.
      Son of A Gun plays the finest rock 'n' roll at 7 p.m. Peoples Trust Bandstand.

SATURDAY--The Parade begins at 10:30. Pirate Dan will roam the parade route on his ship ahead of the parade.
      Comedic ventriloquist Sylvia Fletcher will have you talking to yourself at 12 noon, 4:30 p.m. Got Milk Stage.
      Pirate Dan takes over the Petting Zoo Stage at 1, 3, and 5:15 p.m.
      Chad Rabideau performs an acoustic solo at 1 p.m. Peoples Trust Bandstand.
      Marko the Magician returns with a special magic show at 1:15 p.m. Peoples Trust Bandstand.
      Farmer Tom brings his Life on the Farm Stories and Songs at 2, 4 p.m. Petting Zoo Stage
      Magician, juggler, Summer Sounds favorite and general funny guy Robert Clarke has his entire total variety magic show from Boston at 2, 5:45, and 7 p.m. on the Got Milk Stage.
      Funny folk balladeer Troy Millette has the Fire Below (Ryan Clausen, Trevor Contois, and Isaac French) all live at 3 p.m. Peoples Trust Bandstand.
      Rising Star Isabella Elkins, Local Talent at its best, at 5:15 p.m. Got Milk Stage.
      Acoustic Country Duo Martin and Kelly at 6:15 p.m. Bandstand.
      Movin’ On has a special performance of country music at its best at 8 p.m. right through the fireworks. People's Trust Bandstand.
      The Fireworks will shoot over the mighty Missisquoi at 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY--The Old Man Garage Band opens the Sunday music with songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, all at 11 a.m. Peoples Trust Bandstand.
      Pirate Man Dan will roam the grounds.
      Rusty Bucket takes over the Got Milk Stage at 12:30 p.m.
      Root 7 Vermont's own contemporary A Capella group at 1:15 p.m. Got Milk Stage.
      Farmer Tom brings his Life on the Farm Stories and Songs at 1:15, 3 p.m. Petting Zoo Stage.
      Boom City does improv comedy at 2 p.m. Got Milk Stage.
      Pirate Man Dan hangs out at 2:15 p.m. on the Petting Zoo Stage, then magic, balloons, juggling, and more on the Got Milk Stage at 3:45 p.m.
      EFMHS Jazz Band plays most excellent jazz at 2:45 p.m. Peoples Trust Bandstand

     The men and women of the Enosburg Lions volunteer their time to conduct service projects and raise funds for the local community. They contribute to senior citizens' programs, area school projects, community health services, the Enosburg public library, family assistance and drug/alcohol programs, fire and ambulance services, other non-profit organizations, scholarships, as well as to the Lions International sight and hearing programs. The Vermont Dairy Festival is the Enosburg Lions' primary source of funding for these programs with thousands of man-hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to the community.
      The Vermont Dairy Festival midway opens at 6 p.m. this evening. Entertainment on the bandstand starts Friday evening at 6 p.m. and the weekend activities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in downtown Enosburg Falls. Admission to the grounds is free and most events are also free. Cows go about their business regardless of the weather, and so does the Vermont Dairy Festival.
      Click here for more info.


JEFFERSONVILLE--Visions of Vermont Gallery hosts the Northern Vermont Artists Association June Juried Show with an opening reception in the Sugar House Gallery on Sunday at 1 - 5 p.m.
      The Northern Vermont Artist Association has held the June Juried Show since 1930. Their 87th annual exhibit has about 100 pieces of new artwork in all media. NVAA members include several All Arts Council artists.
      The show runs through July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free, although donations are welcome. 100 Main Street, Jeffersonville.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Barnyard Morning Glories on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      Artist Diane Kingston brings energy and fun and will provide all the materials to create your own painting plus has "the refreshments you need!" Click here for tickets and more info. $35 per person. Use the code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council will hold its monthly board meeting and update at the Swanton Free Public Library on Monday at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Click here for the agenda.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council hosts Intro to Cricut (pronounced "cricket") at the Swanton Free Public Library on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      Cricut's electronic DIY craft cutter works much like a computer printer to cut vinyl, paper, and fabric for art or craft projects, scrapbooking, home decor, card making, and more. Join the group or set up a personal demo online at Call the library (802.868.7656) to sign up or show up the day of the event.


ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Museum will screen One Town at a Time in the Bliss Room on Saturday at 6:30 pm.
      Vermont has 251 towns. Explore them … "One Town at a Time" exclusively with filmmaker Mike Leonard. Between semesters at college in 2006, Mr. Leonard joined the 251 Club to visit every town in the state. He met with locals and visited some of Vermont's most celebrated nooks and crannies. After living outside Vermont for over a decade, he moved back home and has revisited the 251 Club, returning to some of the same places and re-interviewing some of the same people he met 12 years ago to learn about how Vermont has changed, how it has stayed the same, and how the wayfarer's club has shaped his own identity.
      The coming-of-age story is firmly rooted in the community spirit. Mr. Leonard includes diverse voices such as former Governor Jim Douglas, Jerry Greenfield, and 251 Club members from across the state. He met a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy in Richford and a golden retriever named Biscuit in Highgate.
      Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.


BURLINGTON--The ten day Discover Jazz Festival lights up Burlington with live music for all ages starting Saturday and continuing through Sunday, June 9. There is free live music on four stages downtown Burlington, headlining shows at the Flynn and the Waterfront Tent, and nightly showcases in restaurants and venues all over the city.
      The Festival brings together young artists, local talent, and jazz legends for more than 100 free outdoor performances, meet-the artist sessions, professional and student bands on Church Street Marketplace, and incredible live shows at venues all over town. Many of the musicians live in Franklin County or have played here.

Will Patton Ensemble, 1-4 p.m., Leunigs Bistro.

Enosburg Falls MS/HS Jazz Band, 11:30 a.m., City Hall Stage
Grand Isle School Jazz Combo, 1:15pm Top Block Stage
Georgia Middle School Jazz Band, 2:30pm, Top Block Stage
Will Patton Ensemble, 5:30-8:30, American Flatbread

MVU Jazz Ensemble, 3:45pm Top Block Stage
Will Patton Ensemble, 4-7pm, Leunigs Bistro

     Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Nelly's presents Kylie Begnoche live in the Pub on Thursday at 6 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents guitarist, singer, and songwriter George Murtie on Thursday, the ultra jazzy Ellen Powell Trio on Friday, and an interactive performance by Chris & Tristin on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Then on Monday, Chris Parker returns with Open Mic at 7 p.m. Come get your song on the first Monday of every month.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Fed presents Jeff & Gina on Friday and Bob Gagnon on Saturday. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m.
      The Jeff & Gina Duo uses vocals, guitar, viola, flute, tenor guitar, mandolin, and bass for R&B with vocal duets to soaring instrumentals, familiar and unique jazz standards, and select covers from favorite artists.
      Mr. Gagnon returned to Vermont in 1988 and has fronted his own jazz combos since then. As a solo guitarist, he performs songs by great American composers, such as Duke Ellington and Cole Porter.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Full Share live on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      Andrea Costello, lead vocals, saxophone, flute; John Bardeau, vocals, lead guitar; Tim Campbell, keyboards, guitar; Pete Coutu, vocals, bass; and Brian Crogan, drums, percussion; play tight pop, rock, and classic rock to dance to.

ST. ALBANS--Mill River Brewing hosts Squirrel on Friday at 6:30 p.m. It will be an evening of eclectic acoustic-based and percussion driven music with vocal harmonies.

ST. ALBANS--Nelly's presents the Spit or Sweat Revue -- a benefit for Margaurite LeMay -- on Saturday at 8 p.m.
      Margaurite LeMay/Michael Hayes is part of The House of LeMay and one of the best known drag performers in Burlington. She's helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities. Nelly's will rally behind her for her recovery from her recent stroke. Nelly's says "this is our chance to give back to her. Warning for the front rows: spit or sweat, you're gonna get wet!"


      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


Links to the Summer Music series in Franklin County
Summer Sounds
Summer Music at Grace
Downtown Summer Concert Series
Summer Evenings with
Vermont Treasures
Citizens Band
Wednesday Night Live
Enosburg Town Band


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