ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 15, 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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FRANKLIN COUNTY--The Big Music Weeks of Summer continue as some of our friends play multiple gigs. Summer Sounds concludes 29 years of concerts in Highgate. There are shows in Enosburg Falls, Essex Junction, Ferrisburgh, Highgate, Milton, Montgomery, Morrisville, North Hero, Sheldon, South Hero, and St. Albans.


HIGHGATE--O. C. McCuin & Sons, the All Arts Council, and the Town of Highgate conclude the 29th year of Summer Sounds concerts at home in Highgate with the return of Elvis, our old friend Mark Shelton, in the final free Summer Sounds concert of the season on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.
      We have no idea how many stars to expect Sunday night. "Maybe we should do three sets," Mr. Shelton said last year. "Pirates, Flower Power, and Elvis. Plus who knows?"
      Mark Shelton's astounding voice and dynamic performances leave audiences mesmerized in amazement. The "Hillbilly Cat" has that "Star" quality, to move from the 50s to the 70s with the King of Rock n' Roll as the perfect way to wrap the season.
      The International Elvis Tribute Artist Association inducted Mr. Shelton to the International ETA Hall of Fame. His The King Returns concert tours are also internationally acclaimed and internationally sold out. His shows have been featured on ABC News, CBS Inside Edition, Good Morning America, and more as well as globally in India, Fuji Television Network in Japan, and the Daily Mail in the U.K.
      Just before the concert, come to the Summer Sounds Social in the Park starting at 6 p.m. The Foster Grandparents' special Intermission and Social event is a chance to visit with friends and have Sundaes on Sunday.
      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.


ST. ALBANS--Vermont Adult Learning and NCSS present the 3rd annual Art Show at Vermont Adult Learning on Wednesday at 3 - 5 p.m. The exhibit features local artists aged 14 - 22.
      Light refreshments will be served and donations will be accepted but are not necessary.


SWANTON--Nicole Gadouas hosts a Lake Champlain Pebble Art Class in the Swanton Village Municipal Complex this evening at 6 p.m.
      The class includes two 8x10 matted pebble art with 5x7 opening. All materials are provided to create unique finished pieces. Ms. Gadouas will have examples, but there is always room for creativity and originality. Black Shadowbox Frames are available for an additional cost.
      Reservations and payments are required to join in the pebble art class. Email to register and for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Moonshine Mountains with Paint Nite and artist Diane Kingston on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
      $35 per person includes "everything you need to get up, get out, and get making" for a souvenir of the season. Click here for tickets. Use the code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off tickets.


MILTON--Milton Artists' Guild meets at the MAG Center this evening at 6 p.m.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council hosts two Depot Campfires this week, one this evening and the second on Monday evening at the Rail Depot Museum at 5 - 7 p.m.
      The Depot Campfires are a time to enjoy the summer evening, eat hot dogs around a fire, and enjoy entertainment by local entertainers and musicians. It's a party! All ages welcome.
      Email for more info.

MILTON--MAG hosts the ArtBiz Peer Support Network hosted by Jessie Swetel and Corrina Thurston at the Milton Artists' Guild on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      The free group is open to all; it offers a low key, friendly environment to seek wisdom from other business owners, in creative/art or other endeavors. The group will collectively answer questions and share information. They meet the third Tuesday of each month.
      Bring a dish and come dish about business challenges and triumphs.


SOUTH HERO--Music in the Vineyard, the Snow Farm Winery Summer Concert Series, continues with the Nobby Reed Project this evening at 6:30 p.m.
      Live music comes to the vineyard every Thursday evening from June to September. The series ranges from classical to jazz to swing to bluegrass to classic rock. All concerts are free and no tickets are required. Picnicking begins at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30.

MONTGOMERY--The Missisquoi River Basin Association celebrates the waters with music by the Tenderbellies and Rusty Bucket in the Bluegrass Against Blue Green Algae Concert live from the Rec Center on Main Street this evening at 6 p.m.
      Admission is free. click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents Left Eye Jump in the Thursday Night Music Series this evening at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Summer Sounds favorite Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers tonight at 7 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the Blue Rock Boys power duo on Thursday, the acoustic guitars, bass and harmonica of Lloyd Tyler on Friday, and sweet, ruff and tasty, country blues from Gold Tooth Gator on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents local father and son duo Dan and Sean Jarvis on the taproom stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      "A guitar has been in my hands for as long as I can remember," Sean Jarvis wrote.

SHELDON--The Abbey continues the Summer Music in the Pub series with Chris & Erica on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series continues through September 20.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton for the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Friday's theme is "Hollywood." The boneless ribs 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.

NORTH HERO--Back to the Islands by popular demand, Island Arts presents an evening of Spanish classical music with Jorge Garcia Herranz in the Island Arts Center at the Homer Knight Barn on Friday at 8 p.m. Gate at 5:30.
      This summer's performance features selections from Mompou, Albeniz, Falla and Granados. Spanish born, Sr. Herranz began his musical studies in Madrid and eventually moved to Paris to continue his career and has set his music to some of the greatest silent movies ever produced such as Metropolis. Noeferatu, and Faust. He summers in Vermont.
      Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Click here for tickets or call 802.372.8889 more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents the acoustic and resonator guitars, mandolin, and vocals of Cooper & Corn on Friday and Vermont singer/songwriter Bethany Conner on Saturday. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

HIGHGATE CENTER--The Town of Highgate hosts a Community Celebration with music, food, entertainment, vendors, friends and more, all on the village core property on Saturday at 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Kai Jamil will perform at 12 noon. Tom Castonguay and Scott Martell take the stage with Americana Music at 6 p.m.
      The day includes hula hooping, the Historical Museum, butter making, BBQ, free ice cream cones, and much more. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company and OTD Studios present the Tribute to Brooke Ostrander 2019 in the Room at 14th Star on Saturday at 5 p.m. Doors at 4. The all-ages event features performances by Andre Maquera of 8084, James Thacker, MVU Music Alumni, and more.
      Admission by $5 donation at door includes a free raffle ticket for chances to win great prizes. All proceeds go to the music program at Missisquoi Valley Union Middle/High School.

ST. ALBANS--The Bayside presents Nobby Reed and Missisquoi Slim in a special event on Saturday at 6 p.m.

ENOSBURG--The Old Man Garage Band returns to rock the Opera House at Enosburg Falls with tunes from the 50s, 60s, and 70s on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      The eight-or-more piece group -- Alan Grandshaw, Gary Jacobs, Todd LaForce, Lenny Larose, Phil Lovelette, and Jim Weed -- hail from Franklin and Enosburg.
      Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door and free for children under age 12. Tickets are available at the box office and at the Mighty Oak on Depot St or online at .

ST. ALBANS--Music, Brews & BBQ presents Rushmore on Saturday in the Biergarten at Mill River Brewing at 7 p.m.

FERRISBURGH--Fiddleheads perform two sets with Yasi Zeichner at the Pie and Ice Cream Social at Rokeby Museum on Sunday between 1 - 4 p.m. The performance is the culmination of a two-part residency with Ms. Zeichner. The group will perform between live music sets by the Meat Packers.
      Click here for more info

ST. ALBANS--Music, Brews & BBQ presents Chris & Erica in the Biergarten at Mill River Brewing on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

SUTTON QC--The sixth annual Traditional Fiddle Festival features the final performance for members of the 2018/2019 Young Tradition Touring Group on Sunday at 2 p.m. Joining the group will be artist leaders Pete Sutherland and Oliver Scanlon.
      The festival runs from today through Sunday. Dedicated to the fiddle repertoire of Quebec as well as national and international styles, it takes place in the center of the village. Click here for more info.

HIGHGATE--O. C. McCuin & Sons concludes the 29th year of Summer Sounds concerts at home in Highgate with the return of Elvis, our old friend Mark Shelton, in the final free Summer Sounds concert of the season on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Music, Brews & BBQ presents the Nobby Reed Project for a special Blues Wednesday matinee in the Biergarten at Mill River Brewing at 2 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Cozy O'Donnell continues the Downtown Summer Concert Series in the E.A. Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park with rocking soul and funk-infused classics 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.

MORRISVILLE--The Wednesday Night Live summer music series concludes with the Marty Project plus MoCo's Free Community Corn Roast and culinary art in the River Arts tent, all in Oxbow Riverfront Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. There has been a rotating mix of food vendors every week, from American barbecue to Nepalese staples.

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


      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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