ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 4, 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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      Happy 243rd birthday United States and 50th anniversary Apollo 11.


HIGHGATE--Ray's Extrusion Die Service, the All Arts Council, and the Town of Highgate begin the 29th year of Summer Sounds concerts at home in Highgate with George Richard as the Johnny Cash Tribute Show in the first free Summer Sounds concert of the season on Sunday evening, July 7, at 7 p.m. 7-7-at-7!
      George Richard has a baritone voice that reminds all of the "golden-throated" Johnny Cash and he becomes Johnny Cash in character. The show has the complete band with Marie Ragan as June Carter Cash singing in the duets. Audiences say they have seen a Johnny Cash performance, the sound, his moves, the twitch, and the visual looks that pay tribute to Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, and The Tennessee Three.
      Just before the concert, come to the Summer Sounds Social in the Park starting at 6 p.m. The special Intermission and Social event is a chance to visit with friends and eat hearty.
      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.
      The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings, always at 7 p.m., always in Highgate Municipal Park, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for the outdoor family music and festivities. The rain site is the Highgate United Methodist Church. Find them on Facebook for more info.


MAYOR'S PHOTO COMPETITION (July 7) --Mayor Tim Smith and St. Albans Community Arts have extended the deadline for the second annual St. Albans. The theme is "Lakes, Rivers, and Waterways." Photos are due by this Sunday.
      15-20 photographs will be selected to be enlarged and displayed in Taylor Park throughout the fall.
      All photos, including cellphone photography, are welcome. Submit 8x10 prints of your entries but the winning images must support enlargement to 20"x30". All photos and submissions must be received by June 30. There will be a viewing/voting reception at City Hall to choose the best photographs.
      Email or click here for the contest rules and entry form.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. The July spotlight is on Terry Buehner, Paule Gingras, Deborah Shell, and El Towle all month but the free meet-the-artists reception will be held next week on July 11.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts photographer and NMC employee Alicia Guilford this month. The show continues through the end of July.


MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts continues a Figure Drawing Workshop in the LAB at MCAKeltonHall today at 5 p.m. The workshop carries on every Thursday through December 26. Each week a very groovy group of artists gather to work and socialize.


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts hosts its monthly Community Arts MeetUp in City Hall on Tuesday with a Board Meeting at 6 p.m. and the Creative Meetup at 6:30. The gathering will discuss new and ongoing business, meet new people, and discuss any creative ideas that crop up.
      Click here for the minutes and reports of prior meetings and more.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Art Journaling Group meets at the Swanton Free Public Library on Tuesday at 6 p.m. It's a chance to see and share art journals, junk journals, art pages, scrapbook, and other journals that inspire you. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month to share ideas and to take time to create.
      Email for more info.


MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts continues See you @ the Movies! at MCAKeltonHall on Saturday at 7 p.m. "Bring a snack and a pal" for the big screening of an old favorite every Saturday in July.
      Click here for more info


     The Big Music Weeks of Summer begin this week with live music just about every night.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents the Outcrops in a very special Thursday Night Music Series concert this afternoon at 2 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or Find them on Facebook for more info.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts the Buckhollers for the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Friday's theme is "Fiesta." The tacos 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.

EAST BURKE--The Sherburne Base Lodge at Burke Mountain presents the Nobby Reed Project on Friday at 7 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents the bluegrass and country acoustic duet Carol Hausner and Mark Struhsacker on Friday and veteran acoustic musicians Dale & Darcy on Saturday. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents non-traditional string band Leadfoot Louise with Rebecca Padula, Clare Innes, and "Fiddle Dan" Wyman on Friday, then Burlington songwriter and musician Erin Cassels-Brown on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS TOWN--The 39th Bay Day Festival kicks off a day with lots more than fireworks in St. Albans Town Bay Park all day this Saturday. Yep, Saturday! The legendary Great Race, afternoon activities, games, food, and live music bring Bay Day into the evening, capped the Nobby Reed Project playing into the fireworks at dusk.

ST. ALBANS--Mill River Brewing hosts the Nashville Singers, Sarah Montgomery and Timmy Baumgartner, on Saturday at 8 p.m. "Come move your feet to the beat" in the Biergarten.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts welcomes composer and Sitar musician, Deobrat Mishra at the River Arts Center on Sunday at 3 p.m. Doors at 2:30.
      Mr. Mishra has an "energetic and innovative playing style which combines original music with Dhrupad and Khayal singing, creating a new genre." He hosts music workshops, solo performances for radio and television, and world music programs with Indian and European artists.
      Admission is $25 or $20 for seniors and students. Tickets are on sale at the door or .

BURLINGTON--The Farmhouse Tap & Grill presents the Missisquoi River Band on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
      The bluegrass-inspired band features Sheldon's Patrick Murphy and Jim and Cindy Weed of Enosburg. Their unique three-part harmony arrangements are masterfully backed up by some of Vermont's most well-seasoned pickers. For the Farmhouse event, lead instruments will be played by Mr. Weed will play lead guitar, Mr. Patton on mandolin and steel guitar with Mr. Murphy on rhythm guitar and Ms. Weed on bass.

HIGHGATE---Ray's Extrusion Die Service begins the 29th year of Summer Sounds concerts with George Richard as the Johnny Cash Tribute Show in the first free Summer Sounds concert of the season in Highgate Municipal Park on Sunday evening at 7 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.

JOHNSON--Tuesday Night Live in Johnson kicks off 2019 with Long Gone John and the Tallgrass Revival on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Concerts are free and live every Tuesday, rain or shine. Find them on Facebook for more info

BURLINGTON--The Burlington City Arts Summer Concerts present the Starline Rhythm Boys at City Hall on Wednesday at 12:30 pm.
      The 2019 line-up features both local favorites and some from further afield that may be new to Burlington audiences. The Summer series features 22 free concerts every Wednesday and Friday through August 28.

ST. ALBANS--Rushmore continues the Downtown Summer Concert Series in the E.A. Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. 14th Star Brewing and the Traveling Canteen serve food and drink at all of this year's Summer Concert Series events.
      Admission is free.

ST. ALBANS--The Bayside presents the busy Starline Rhythm Boys on Wednesday at 6 p.m. No cover, just "three old guys playin' country" every Wednesday evening through the summer.

MORRISVILLE--The Wednesday Night Live summer music series continues with the John Lacklard Blues Band in Oxbow Riverfront Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The series continues each week through August 22. There will be a rotating mix of food vendors every week, from American barbecue to Nepalese staples and, this week, sand pendulum in the River Arts tent.

ST. ALBANS--The Citizens Concert Band plays a free concert at the Little White Church in Highgate Springs on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
      The rain site is inside the church.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs continues the Monthly Blues Jam on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
      On the second Wednesday of each month, the gastropub will host an explosive evening of electric blues. All musicians are welcome to come and play the blues with the house band of Tom Caswell, guitar and vocals; Tom Buckley, bass; and Michael Bishop, drums.


      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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