ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 5, 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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SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Spectacular takes over Swanton Village Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. It is a huge day with live music all day, fiddle demos, writers to meet, hands-on art and live art demonstrations, live mural painting, pancake eating, a WRSA Live Broadcast, the spectacular Pet Parade, community barn quilting, contest winners, a free community dinner, fireworks launched from Goose Point at dusk, and much more.
      There will be free hands-on art and live art demonstrations all day with a watercolor bookmarks, community barn quilt painting, emoji magnet making, thumb print art, and live painting by VanJoe.
      Sticks & Stuff, Swanton Lumber and Barrette Ford sponsor live music all day on the Swanton Sound Stage. Scott Rheaume starts they day at 10 a.m. Caleb Barrett takes over the stage at 11. After a break for the pet parade, Antonio Xavier Reyes comes on at 12:30 p.m., Dan Wyman at 1:30, Stefani Capizzi at 2:30 (I'm sensing a pattern here), Scott Aaron Martell at 3:30, and Ben Bishop at 4:30 p.m. The Stumpf Fiddle Demonstration will be held in the Main Tent at 11 a.m.
      The Free Community Dinner starts when Mr. Bishop finishes his set at 5:15.
      Shake the Band plays an acoustic set from 6:45 p.m. into the fireworks.
      Other Fun Stuff includes Meet the Writers in the Library Tent (where else?) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. a Word Scramble at the Franklin Co Home Health booth also 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and the winner of Edwin Church Award for Local Writers announced on the Swanton Soundstage at 5:15 p.m.
      Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Rain barrels!
      Local artists will paint rain barrels for your bid at Mill River Brewing this evening at 6 p.m. The Friends of Northern Lake Champlain event is "a night of fun and a good cause," the Clean Water Campaign. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.


MONTGOMERY--Last chance. The Montgomery Center for the Arts closes Women's Work Is Never Done at MCAKelton Hall on Saturday after a successful run.
      The curated summer multi-media show celebrated the lives and loves and work of our daughters, sisters, and mothers with traditional hand crafts, fine art, and a "few things that will blow your mind." The works were created by 5-to-80-year-old women from New York, Quebec and Vermont.
      Regular gallery hours are Friday-Sunday, 12-4pm or by appointment. Email, click here , or find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on bird guy photographer Jake Levin, fine artist and bluegrass player Patrick Murphy, and landscape and animal painter Trish Vaillancourt.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments and a raffle today 4:30 - 7 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of September.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 40 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The gallery on South Main Street is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council hosts an Intro to Resin Molding with Janet Soavi at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 5 p.m.
      This month, Ms. Soavi leads the class in two techniques for making resin pendants. Particpants will take their creations home with them. The unique, educational workshop is held the first Thursday of every month. The cost is $35 per person to pay for materials. Click here to sign up and for more info.


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts hosts its monthly Community Arts MeetUp in City Hall on Tuesday at 6 p.m. 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 will hold its monthly board meeting and update at the Swanton Free Public Library on Monday at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Normally held on the first Monday of each month, the meeting was moved a week for the Labor Day holiday.
      Click here for the agenda.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Art Journaling Group meets at the Swanton Free Public Library on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      Meetings will be held at the library on the second Tuesday of every month. 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 to share ideas and to take time to create. If you need supplies to get started, check out the library's Makerspace or email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--It's a busy week with five nights of music at Twiggs.
      Twiggs presents solo guitarist Bob Gagnon on Thursday, Vermont singer-songwriter Tim Howard on Friday, and the Buck Hollers' varied repertoire on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Then on Monday, Chris Parker hosts Open Mic at 7 p.m. Come get your song, usually on the first Monday of every month but moved a week this month for Labor Day.
      The Monthly Blues Jam continues an explosive evening of electric blues on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. 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.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS BAY--Kick off the weekend early on Thirsty Thursdays with S.A.S. at the Bayside tonight at 6:30 p.m. The busy trio will play classic and pop rock songs from the 70s to the 90s every other Thursday through September.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents the Nobby Reed Project to close out the Thursday Night Music Series this evening at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

SHELDON--Music in the Pub continues at the Abbey with Bobby Cee on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Cooie sings traditional tunes, popular songs, and originals on Friday and local father and son duo Dan and Sean Jarvis span over six decades of music and genres at the Old Foundry at One Federal on Saturday. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Full Share live on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      The Burlington band features Andrea Costello, lead vocals, saxophone, flute; John Bardeau, vocals, lead guitar; Tim Campbell, keyboards, guitar; Pete Coutu, vocals, bass; and Brian Crogan, drums, percussion with an uncompromising list of great pop, rock, and classic rock hits.

EAST FAIRFIELD--The Meeting House on the Green continues Summer Evenings with Vermont Treasures with Paul Asbell on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30.
      Mr. Asbell has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Paul Butterfield, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, David Bromberg, Paul Siebel, Mary McCaslin, Sonny Stitt, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, and many others. His jazz-fusion group Kilimanjaro has released award-winning recordings, and performed at jazz festivals worldwide. And his Unknown Blues Band backed up Big Joe Burrell in Summer Sounds.
      Admission is a $10 suggested donation at the door. Light supper fare, beer and wine will be available throughout the evening. All proceeds from the concert series support the Meeting House Preservation Project. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse presents acoustic trio AmerikanaBlue on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      This "quiet project" was developed for playing in more intimate settings and for experimentation in various musical styles, including some original music.

MONTGOMERY--The Snow Shoe Lodge and Pub presents the Stragglers live at the Shoe on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
      BFA's own Eric Bushey, tenor banjo and vocals; Chris Kellogg, guitar, harmonica, and vocals; and Preston Randall, mandolin, harmonica, vocals, and bones will play hot roots, bluegrass, vintage country, Americana, and classic rock with their own spin. "Come out for dinner and stay for tunes. Energy drinks will be provided to all who come."

MONTPELIER--Summer Sounds favorites the VT Bluegrass Pioneers play the bluegrass brunch on the patio at the Skinny Pancake on Sunday at 11 a.m. With Dan and Willy Lindner of Banjo Dan fame plus Danny Coane from the Starline Rhythm Boys, this trio cuts the best old-fashioned 'grass in the state.
      Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Church Street -- Sounds of the Season returns with Beethoven, Reicha, & Ries at First Congregational Church of St. Albans on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      Joanna Marsden, classical flute, and Katelyn Clark, piano, perform music for flute and piano by Beethoven and two of his lifelong colleagues. Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

BURLINGTON--Join 14th Star's own Steve Gagner for Dancing with the Stars of Burlington at the Flynn on Sunday at 7 p.m. The evening benefits Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
      Dancing with the Stars pairs seven dance professionals with seven local celebrity. After months of practice, the teams will strut their stuff on the Flynn stage. Admission is $28.75, all seats. Click here for tickets and more info.

ESSEX--Vermont PBS presents a special preview screening the new Ken Burns documentary, Country Music, followed by a live concert with Jamie Lee Thurston at the Double E on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      Country Music is a 16-hour series exploring the history of the American art form. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, Mr. Burns shows how country music evolved. The documentary features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music performers. It premiers on Vermont PBS on September 15.
      Admission is either free or $10. Click here for tickets.


      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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