ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 27, 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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E. FAIRFIELD--Summer Evenings with Vermont Treasures welcomes Young Traditions Vermont to the Meeting House on the Green on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.
      The evening features three accomplished young ensembles, Romy and Ben Munkres, Duncan & Stokes, and the Zeichner Trio.
      Siblings Romy and Ben Munkres live in Cornwall won the 2018 Young Tradition Contest and have participated in YTV Touring Group performances in Ireland, Cape Breton, Japan, Scotland, and metro New York/New Jersey. Mr. Stokes was a finalist in the 2018 YTV contest. Mr. Duncan won the contest several years ago with his band Pale Fire. Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/songwriter Ethan Stokes and fiddler David Duncan blend soulfulness and energy. They have played as a duo original songs, traditional Celtic medleys, and American folk tunes since 2018. Siblings Yasi, Oliver, and Louli Zeichner have grown up in the hills of central Vermont playing traditional Irish and Old-Time/Appalachian music on 4 and 5 string banjos and Celtic harp, penny whistle and uilleann pipes, and fiddle. The trio has performed at the Burlington International Festival, the New World Festival, the Celebrate Vermont Festival, the Big E, and Farmer's Night at the Vermont Statehouse.
      Young Traditions Vermont inspires young people to learn and perform and to serve their communities, including families with children in life-altering situations. Light supper fare, beer and wine will be available throughout the evening.
      Admission is by $10 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds from the concert series support the Meeting House Preservation Project. Click here for more info.


SWANTON--Meet the Writers on Saturday in the Swanton Free Public Library at 10:30 a.m - 12 noon.
      Thinking of writing a book? Published local authors Bill Schubart, Stephen Payne, Beth Kanell, Daphne Kulmar, Tammy Hetrick, Chloe Viner, and Rebecca Rupp will talk about their experiences and answer questions about writing, editing, readership, the publication process, and much more. They have most bases covered including fiction and non-fiction, children's and adult books, poetry, magazine writing, blogging, memoir, conventional and self-publishing.
      Call Becky Rupp (802.733.7471) or email for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council hosts an Alcohol Ink Class with Lorrie Madigo in the Swanton Village Complex on Thursday at 6 p.m.
      Artists will make 2-3 completed pieces and learn how to use this exciting new art medium. The cost is $35 per person. Email to pre-register. Space is limited.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council will hold a Board Meeting and Updates at the Swanton Free Public Library on Monday at 6 p.m. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month.
      Click here for the agenda and minutes of the previous meetings.


ST. ALBANS--Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse hosts Stand Up Comedy in the Biergarten this evening at 6 p.m.
      Mill River is a sustainable, family-owned, brewpub serving their own VT craft beers. The BBQ and Smokehouse menu offers locally raised meats and produce with baked goods made in-house.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents Summer Sounds favorites IncaHOOTS in the Thursday Night Music Series this evening at 7 p.m. Dave Long, Jeff Wenig, Kevin Connelly and John Geno will rock all the new Federal Street pavement.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Marcie Hernandez' lyrically-driven songs in English and Spanish on Thursday, popular singer/songwriters Chris & Erica on Friday, and Vermont's dynamic O'hAnleigh on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company and JAZ host Open Mic Night at 14th Star on the taproom stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      JAZ (Jazz.Aryana.Zoey) Entertainment is veteran-owned and operated. Prizes will be awarded to the top acts. There will be a silent auction and donations at the door to benefit Dragonheart Vermont, an organization that strengthens and empowers breast cancer survivors and supporters through the dragon boating.
      Click here to register to perform.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts Inseldudler for the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Friday's theme is "Oktoberfest, a bit early." The German cuisine buffet starts around 7 p.m. Both run until 9 p.m.
      The buffet costs $11 per person ($5 for each child). You don't have to be a member; the public is welcome. Be sure to come early, usually around 6, to get a good seat.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents Vermont singer/songwriter Bethany Connor on Friday and the off the beaten path Aardvark 2.0 on Saturday. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

SWANTON--Swanton Sound Stage presents Caleb Barrett on stage in the Village Green on Saturday at 4 p.m.
      Swanton Arts Council will showcase local musicians in a four-part series that will take place once each month over the summer, June-September. Local musicians making music live are inspiring. The event is funded by an Amplify Grant from RiseVT.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents the busy Summer Sounds favorites IncaHoots on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse hosts Rough Suspects a special acoustic show in the Biergarten on Saturday at 7 p.m. Sit down for "rock, blues, and drunken country ... just like mama used to make."

MONTGOMERY--The monthly Celebration of Expressive Arts continues at the INN on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The event officially includes everything but dancing, but there is always hope. Come early for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m
      John and Ashley Nicholls, Adam Hall, and Alice Reighley are the CEA presenters with music, Vermont satire, and belly dancing. The local artists, writers and musicians gather to share original and thought provoking work, curated and hosted by Bob and Becca Cummins.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Open Mic with Chris Parker on Monday at 7 p.m. Come get your song on the first Monday of every month.

SHELDON--Village Harmony arrives for Summer Music at Grace on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Thee will be a potluck dinner of the concert on the church lawn ahead at 6:15.
      Twenty-four brilliant teen singers from eight states plus Bosnia with Village Harmony alumna Natalie Brierre are led by Larry Gordon, Sinead O'Mahoney and Scott Sexton. The concert includes an eclectic mix of traditional songs from South Africa, Ghana, Bosnia, Georgia, Corsica and Galician Spain, American shape-note and gospel songs, and a French baroque psalm setting, Nisi Dominus by Antoine Charpentier. Ensemble members will accompany some songs on fiddles, flute and keyboard. who has been living in Galicia in northwest Spain for the past three years will lead several Galician songs with dynamic rhythmic accompaniment by a chorus of tambourines.
      Admission is by donation.

     Village Harmony is "on tour" this week. In addition to concerts in Rutland, Putney, and Woodstock, they will also appear at South Hero Congregational Church on Sunday at 3 p.m.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Enosburg Town Band plays a weekly free summer concert in Lincoln Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      Bring a chair or a blanket to enjoy an hour long concert under the stars under the direction of Alisa Martin. Performances will continue on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. through August 21.

      The regular Downtown Summer Concert, the Citizens Concert Band performance, and the Wednesday Night Live summer music series will not be held this week.


HIGHGATE--Plan ahead. Summer Sounds kicks off the 29th summer of music with the debut of George Richard in the Johnny Cash Tribute Show in the Highgate Municipal Park next week on Sunday, July 7, at 7 p.m. Ray's Extrusion Dies and Tubing brings this extraordinarily well-liked tribute artist as summer officially starts.
      The season continues with renowned Florida Keys troubadour John Bartus, followed by Banjo Dan and Pioneers, Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers, Anderson Gram, and Mark Shelton returning as Elvis.
      The Summer Sounds concerts are sponsored by the Town of Highgate and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Chevalier Drilling Co. Inc, Desorcie's Market, Drummac Septic Service, La Quinta Inn and Suites of St. Albans, O. C. McCuin and Sons, and Ray's Extrusion Dies and Tubing. click here for more info. Admission is always free.


      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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