ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 17, 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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ST. ALBANS--The Art of the Dessert, the final Chamber Mixer of the season, takes over the Artist in Residence Gallery this evening at 5:30 p.m. The downtown gallery will be "stocked to the rafters with hand-made goodness." Artists will chat about their work and the mixer includes delicious food and drink.
      Admission to the Premium Plus-Up member benefit is $5 for chamber members and $8 non-members. Click here to register. Call (802.524.2444) or email the Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce for more info. Mixers will return in January.


ST. ALBANS--The Grind Cafe hosts the Halloween Paint'n'Sip on Saturday at 11 a.m.
      Victoria Vining offers a guided painting of a black cat in a pumpkin. This paint'n'sip will get you a hand crafted drink and a hand painted decoration to enjoy. The cost is $20 in advance and includes supplies and a drink. Prepay either at the Grind or with Ms. Vining via Paypal. Call or text 413.717.5327 or email for more info.


SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Carol Ann Jones in a solo singer-songwriter performance in the main dining room this evening at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Jones will appear the third Thursday of each month.
      Seating is limited and reservations are a must. Call 802.372.4814

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Summer Sounds favorites Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers tonight at 7 p.m., the Duel tomorrow at 5 p.m. and the new Eleven also at 5 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

SHELDON--Fall Friday Night Music Series continues at the Abbey with Chris & Erica in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The popular local duo is influenced by Miranda Lambert, Alanis Morissette, Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown, Poison, Carrie Underwood, and more.

ST. ALBANS--Milton Artists Guild brings the Nightmare at the Luau featuring Quadra north to 14th Star Brewery on Friday at 7 pm.
      The twisted Halloween Bash is a costume party which means beach or costume or both. Formed in 1981, the eclectic classic rock band has Mike Trombley, Moe Dubois, Matt Trombley, and Marc Dubois. There will be costume and limbo competitions.
      General Admission is $18. Click here for tickets and more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts presents Dana and Sue Robinson with Stories and Songs on Friday at 7 p.m.
      The duo pairs their songwriting and storytelling with fiddle tunes, banjo grooves, elegant melodies, and harmony singing. He began touring with the release of his CD, Elemental Lullabye, and a performance at Carnegie Hall. Ken Burns has featured their material. They have performed hundreds of concerts across the United States, Great Britain and Canada over the past 16 years.
      Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents a.m. rejoice on Friday and solo jazz guitarist Bob Gagnon on Saturday. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m.
      Vermont songwriters Marcie Hernandez and Joe Adler of a.m. rejoice play indie folk in a mix of originals and choice covers sung in English and Spanish. Mr. Gagnon has fronted his own jazz combos for 30 years. As a soloist, he performs songs by great American composers, such as Duke Ellington and Cole Porter.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

EAST FAIRFIELD--The Meeting House on the Green continues Summer Evenings with Vermont Treasures with Shake the Band on Friday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30.
      Karyl Williams, keys; Jesse Agan, guitar; Steven Beaulieu, drums; and Brad Ohlson, bass, combine pop and soul out of a love of roots music and a desire to bring to it a new spirit. They have a modern twist to melodic rhythm and blues to create a concert party with vibrant energy and presence. This show will be an acoustic version of Shake, focused on tight harmonies and old rock standards as well as contemporary pop.
      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--Twiggs presents bluesman and Granite State Challenge-winner Arthur James on Friday and the "contemporary acoustic, singer-songwriter, with a Cajony, ukulele-bassy twist" Waves of Adrenaline 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 the Shane Murley Band live on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      The six-piece band brings a soulful and funky twist to classic Americana, country, and alternative rock. Find them on Facebook for more info.

MONTGOMERY--Francesca Blanchard returns to Celebration of Expressive Arts for a special event dinner concert at the INN on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. She delighted the CEA community in 2018.
      The French-born Vermont native has a gentle but raw touch singing of growing pains. "Imagine a mouthful of chilly peppers dipped in maple syrup."
      Call the INN for reservations (802.326.4391). Limited seating. Come early for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The 11th annual Blue Jean Ball takes over the American Legion Hall to celebrate the gold, 50 years of care for Franklin County, on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      Shine up your gold and denim. The benefit supports home health care and hospice in Franklin County with gifts in the silent and live auctions, chances on a Wine Pull and grab bags, and the winner of the quilt raffle. Proceeds from this event help ensure that FCHHA can meet the mission of providing medically necessary home health care to all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay.
      Admission is $55 per person or $440 per table. Click here for tickets. Call Courtney Bates (802.393.6767) or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Nightrain returns live at Nelly's on Saturday at 9 p.m.
      It's been five years since the original founding members of the Rail City rockers have played a show together. Andy, Eric, Harvey and Justin all return to their hometown for a night of music, drinks and nostalgia. $5 cover at the door.

BAKERSFIELD--The James Lucas Williams Memorial annual Fall Festival has live music at the Memorial Pavilion all afternoon on Sunday from 1 - 6:30 p.m. Bad Horsey, Chris and Erica, Troy Millette, and the Nobby Reed Project perform live.
      There will be entertainment, kids' activities, vendors, pumpkin carving, and more. All proceeds go to the Memorial Youth Fund.

WESTFORD--The Westford Music Series presents Summer Sounds favorites the Nisht Geferlach Klezmer Band in the White Church on the Common on Sunday at 4 p.m.
      The jazzy, soulful music of the Jews of Eastern Europe and New York’s Lower Ease Side is at home in Vermont. The band's repertoire of golden age songs of the Yiddish Theater and more is unique.
      Admission is by free will donation. There will be refreshments. Call 802.879.4028 for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Singer/songwriter Troy Millette continues his Fall Residency live at 14th Star Brewery on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      A New England "must-see artist," Mr. Millette will takes you on a musical journey of imaginative covers, original songs, and stories on the Taproom Stage every Tuesday in October. His latest album is Living With A Ghost.

BURLINGTON--Burlington Violin Shop and Young Tradition Vermont present Haley Richardson and Quinn Bachand at the Burlington Violin Shop on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
      Ms. Richardson won the All Ireland qualifier in the under 12 age category at only six years old. The Riverdance, Sligo-style fiddle player has performed across North America, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. She is the 2018 Fiddler of Dooney, a 9-time Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Champion. Mr. Bachand shifts from guitar stylings to high-energy banjo playing in styles that include jazz and bluegrass and Celtic music. He is a Berklee College of Music alum and Presidential Scholar
      Admission is by $20 suggested donation. There is limited seating; reservations are recommended. Email or click here for more info.


      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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