ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 31, 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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EAST FAIRFIELD--The Oleo Romeos in a "somewhat rare public appearance" conclude the 2019 Evenings with Vermont Treasures concert series at the Meeting House on the Green on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30. This concert is a benefit for the Fairfield Food shelf.
      With its exuberant disregard for good taste and quirky set list, the group probes the more dubious and embarrassing aspects of the human psyche. Tyrone Shaw, Jerry Bowers, Will Patton, and George Lewis bring a "whack-doodle sensibility" to modern roots Americana, blasting the genres of folk, blues, country, rock and swing. Parental discretion is strongly advised.
      This is an important benefit for the Fairfield Food Shelf, Mr. Shaw said. "Last year we raised nearly $1,000 from this event, and we hope to as well or better next Saturday."
      Admission is a $10 suggested donation at the door. Light supper fare, beer and wine will be available throughout the evening. Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Fall Craft Show in City Hall will help raise money for the Relay for Life on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
      Email for more info

ST. ALBANS--The Christmas Gift & Craft Show fills St. Mary's Parish Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be specialty items, hand-crafted items, religious items, holiday fare, and more, plus a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, baked goods, and a hot lunch.
      Call 802.782.4961 for more info.


MORRISVILLE--River Arts hosts Viva Las Artes 2019, a special evening that brings together friends, business partners, and fellow art lovers, on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The event is a benefit for the River Arts community art center. It will feature international buffet stations by Susanna's Catering, cash bar, silent and live auctions, and--new this year--awards for best hats, fascinators, neck-ties, and more.
      Admission is $75. Click here for tickets and more info. River Arts serves as a community hub to provide diverse multi-disciplinary arts opportunities for all ages.

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 for creative ideas, events, and company. Meetings are normally held on the first Monday of each month.
      Click here for the agenda.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing hosts an Uplugged Evening with Jamie Lee Thurston live in the Room on Friday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6.
      The country music star returns to 14th Star for a special one night only benefit for Veterans Count Vermont. Proceeds from this event will benefit Veterans Count Vermont, an organization that raises money for Easter Seals Vermont programs that benefit our current and past members of the armed forces, with all of the money raised in Vermont remaining in Vermont. Click here to learn more.
      Admission is $10 advance or $15 day of the show. Click here for tickets.

SHELDON--Fall Friday Night Music Series continues at the Abbey with Kelly Dolan Stuber in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Vineyard features singer/songwriter Carol Ann Jones in a solo performance for Wine Down Friday on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.372.9463 for info or reservations.

ESSEX JUNCTION--Pearl Street Pub offers up a Halloween Bash with Eleven on Friday at 7:30 p.m.       Come in costume or as yourself for a fun evening of music, socializing and dancing. The trio of seasoned musicians has a full-dress barrage of hits from the 70s to the 90s. Scott Guptill, guitar and vocals; Taylor Arsenault, vocals; and Scott Belisle, bass and vocals; make up the rock n roll trio. Why Eleven? "Because it's one better than ten and ten is considered good. Besides, we don't play much past eleven."
      Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents Tom Caswell with Scott Totten on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The English blues guitarist is based in Middlebury.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the father/son music duo, Sean and Dan Jarvis, on Friday and acoustic singer songwriter (and Mud Rambler) Chris Lyon on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Then on Monday, Chris Parker returns with Open Mic at 7 p.m. Come get your song on the first Monday of every month.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--The Spanked Puppy hosts a Veteran Appreciation Event with Kyle Stevens, Troy Millette, Chris and Erica, Tim Brick, Nobby Reed, and The Rough Suspects for the soundtrack on Saturday from 1 - 9 p.m.
      The event supports the Josh Palotta Fund. Josh's House VT will be a wellness recreation center offering chiropractic care, massage, complementary and alternative healing, a meditation room, a gym, video and game room, meeting and study rooms, a full kitchen for community dinners and cooking lessons, and more.

ST. ALBANS--"Why yes, I can drive a stick." The annual 14th Star Brewing Monster Mash, a Halloween Party and Costume Competition, offers Barbie-N-Bones live in the Room on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      Swanton Arts Council invites all artists to gather, hang and have fun. Be your own canvas and create a masterpiece of a costume. There will be live music, pumpkin beer on tap, and prizes for the best and most creative costumes. Please check your brooms at the door. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls offers a night of "comedic and a capella excellence" with Boom City and Root 7 and special standup guest Joel Klein on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Root 7 is a contemporary a capella group from Burlington. Boom City members are from all over the U.S. but they gather in Burlington at least once a week to drive people crazy; two comedy teams will appear at the House. Boston Post Dairy will offer food there will be a Dairy Center cash bar.
      Admission is $10. Click here for tickets and more info.

BURLINGTON--Fiddleheads with Sarah Blair perform at the Children’s Memorial Service in Ira Allen Chapel on Sunday at 3 - 5 p.m.
      The Children's Memorial Service provides parents and families an opportunity to honor the memory of a child of any age who has died. Click here for more info.

SHELDON--The Ceilidh Barn presents an E.T.E. Trio house concert on Sunday at 4 p.m., followed by dinner if you wish (feel free to bring something to share, but not necessary).
      Elisabeth Moquin, Thierry Clouette, and Elisabeth Giroux perform a dynamic and modern vision of Quebec's traditional music influenced by folk, progressive rock, and classical music on fiddle, Irish bouzouki and cello. E.T.E was awarded Discovery of the Year 2017-2018 at the last Gala des Prix Opus. Their first album, Le boire des minuits, was released in 2017.
      RSVP to Danielle (802.393.7120) or Email or via Facebook. Admission is by suggested donation of $20.

ST. ALBANS--Singer/songwriter Jesse Agan begins a November Residency live at 14th Star Brewery on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      As a solo artist, the Vermont singer/songwriter adds a "modern touch to popular rock music." He is also a vocalist and the guitarist of Shake the Band.


ST. ALBANS--The Saint Albans Museum and Northwest Access TV will join for Gather: Capturing and Sharing Family Stories at the studio on Saturday at 10 a.m.
      If a friend or relative tells tales of days gone by, this class will help with the basic tools and techniques for recording and preserving stories. You don't need any technical experience or skills to take this class. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome.
      Admission is $5 per person and supports both organizations. Find them on Facebook for more info.


FAIRFIELD--The Bent Northrop Memorial Library hosts Vermont author and folklorist Joe Citro at the library on Saturday at 1 p.m.
      The "Bard of the Bizarre," the Ghost Master General, will talk about the folklore, hauntings, ghost stories, paranormal activity and occult happenings of New England. He promises Vermont Oddities and to read a selection of fiction and some things that might not be fiction from his Vermont's Top Ten Terrors. Milk and cookies will be served. Books will be available to purchase.
      Admission is free and RSVP is encouraged. Call 802.827.3945 or email for more info to register and .

      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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