ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 24, 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 Council hosts the Harvest Handmade Craft Show in two locations at the Swanton Methodist Church and at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      There will be fine art photography and paintings, body care, crocheting and knitting, food and baked goods, jewelry, ornaments, sewing, woodworking, and more. Call Heather Buczkowski (802.868.6258) or email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist in Residence Gallery hosts Trick or Treat in front of Gallery on Spooky Saturday from 12 - 1 p.m.
      The spooky afternoon of Halloween-inspired events takes over Downtown St. Albans with trick or treating on the sidewalks for as long as the candy lasts, plus bounce house, balloons, candy, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and Pirate Man Dan, in Taylor Park, the Haunted Museum, Trunk or Treat at Saint Pauls UMC, a costume contest, and lots more.
      Find them on Facebook for the schedule and more info.


ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents the War of the Worlds on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday with a special matinee at 2 p.m.
      This production recreates the notorious October 1938 Mercury Theater of the Air broadcast complete with live actors, sound effects, and music. It shocked the world and made Orson Welles a star. And, inspired by the book by H. G. Wells, Robert H. Goddard invented the liquid fuelled rocket and then the multistage rocket, which led directly to the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
      Admission is $12. Click here for tickets.


FAIRFIELD--Meta Strick continues the Artist in Residence-sponsored 2019 Sunday Afternoon Art Workshops with Seasonal Art Dolls at her studio on Sunday from 12 noon - 5 p.m. Materials and tools are provided (as well as a good time with great people).
      The studio can accommodate eight participants. This workshop costs $45. Click here to register and pay in advance.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Starry Lake with Paint Nite and artist Diane Kingston on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The event is SOLD OUT.
      $35 per person includes "everything you need to get up, get out, and get making" a blank canvas into a masterpiece of your own. Click here for tickets. Use the code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off tickets.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star Movie Nights return to The Room, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m.
      14th Star has a poll to choose the movie for the free Hallowen-themed screening. Thursday's choices are Hocus Pocus, The Goonies, and The Monster Squad. Find them on Facebook for more info and to vote for this month's featured presentation.
      Come early to claim a seat and enjoy some movie trivia. There will be plenty of seating, or feel free to bring a blanket and pillow and get cozy on the floor. Free popcorn for all who attend, a full dinner menu from Grazers, and, of course, craft beer.

ST. ALBANS--Northwest Access Television presents Vermontís 7th annual horror film festival. Northwest Nightmares offers bite-sized indie horror films made by local filmmakers on the Welden Theater's largest screen on Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30. Opening Night on Monday includes the Awards Party.
      What horrors lurk among us in the our corner of Vermont? Channel 15 strongly encourages filmgoers to bring props and dress in their spookiest, Hollywood Halloween outfits. The party starts in The Room at 14th Star when the final film ends. Meet the filmmakers before they receive their awards.
      Tickets are $10 each and available at the Welden or online .


ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents John Geno and Kevin Connelly's The Duel live on the taproom stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Messrs. Geno and Connelly are well known in Franklin County as the founders of Summer Sounds favorites IncaHOOTs.

SHELDON--Fall Friday Night Music Series continues at the Abbey with Sean Jarvis live acoustic music from a man whose "guitar has been in [his] hands for as long as he can remember." In the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents the sweet harmonies and uncomplicated tunes of Dale & Darcy on Friday and Woedoggies lead singer Wylie Shipman 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 the folk, country, rock, blues, and Americana of the Lloyd Tyler Band on Friday and the Greenwich Village sound of Amerikana Blue on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

MONTGOMERY--The season finale for the 2019 Celebration of Expressive Arts takes place at the INN on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The event officially includes everything but dancing, but they have snuck in dance now and again. Come early for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m.
      This month, the featured musicians are the Rocky Ridge String Band, the featured artist is wood craftsman Derek Bond, and the featured writer is storyteller Mike Pratt. 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.

BURLINGTON--Young Tradition Vermont and Burlington Violin Shop present Frankie Gavin at the Violin Shop on Monday at 6 p.m.
      Mr. Gavin was born to a musical family in County Galway, Ireland. He started playing the tin whistle at age four, making his first T.V. appearance at seven. Since then, he has recorded 16 albums with De Dannan as well as a number of solo albums, and three collaborations, and has guested with The Rolling Stones and with Earl Scruggs.
      Admission is by $20 suggested donation. There is limited seating. so reservations are recommended. email for more info reservations. Find them on Facebook for more info and click here for more info about Young Tradition Vermont.

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

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground hosts the 21st annual Advance Music Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Contest on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m.
      Drawing seasoned musicians, as well as those who have never performed in public, the contest proves to be an eclectic and diverse event, showcasing many musical and lyrical styles, textures, and tastes. If you're not a musician, cheer on your favorite performer, while enjoying some great music and libations. The top three contestants from the three nights of semi finals will compete for a winner takes all prize package, including a Taylor acoustic guitar, a $500 award from the Rachel Bissex White Light Fund, and two full days of recording at Meadowlark Studio. Admission is free.


ST. ALBANS--Local writer Pat Esden will celebrate the release of her latest book, Things She's Seen, at The Eloquent Page on Spooky Saturday at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      The second of the Northern Circle Coven series finds the coven under investigation with its future in peril. The gothic suspense novel has strong romance and is "the second in a trilogy, so there is a lot more story to look forward to," bookstore owner Donna Howard said.
      Ms. Esden spent her childhood exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. She still does. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts. She is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society's Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scithers' anthology Cat Tales.

      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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