ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 14, 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--Calling all writers. 14th Star Brewing Company hosts a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) write-in on Saturday at noon - 4 p.m.
      Founder Steve Gagner and fellow writers will settle "in a quiet nook overlooking the brewhouse" to work on novel a novel in a month. Writing a novel alone can be difficult, even for seasoned writers. NaNoWriMo connects writers with others in the community of with other and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. 14th Star hosts the write-ins every Saturday this month. Worldwide, 798,162 active novelists have completed 367,913 novels so far. Local novelists are invited to attend any and all of these come-and-go-as-you-please write-in events and join us for a Victory Party on November 30th.
      "Have a craft beer, have a snack, and let's get writing together."


     With Thanksgiving so very late, there are only 40 arts days left until Christmas.

GEORGIA--The Georgia United Methodist Church hosts its annual Christmas Tea & Craft Show at the church on Saturday at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      The show features handmade crafts finger sandwiches, scones, cookies and coffee in the Tea Room. The Tea Room is available by donation from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs has a triple header this week.
      First up, Twiggs and Once Upon a Rock host Pebble Art this evening at 6 p.m.
      Jean Ferguson picks up a rock or a stone or a pebble and "sees a thousand possibilities." She "shops" for rocks and stones on beaches and shorelines all over Vermont. This workshop will use pebbles, rocks, stones, driftwood and lake glass to create artwork to display or give as a gift. She provides pebbles, sea glass, sticks, glue, a 5x7 shadow box, guidance and inspiration. Each piece is unique. Call Twiggs to make a reservation if you plan to eat ahead of time. Food and drink also available during the event.
      The cost is $30.
      Twiggs hosts a partner Paint Nite, Pine Wine Glasses III and a second event, Pine Wine Bottle with Fairy Lights, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Pine Wine Glasses is SOLD OUT but there are still bottles to be had.
      Artist Diane Kingston walks step-by-step through painting of the bottles. The cost is $38. Click here for tickets. Use the code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council hosts an Art Journaling Group at the Swanton Free Public Library on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.       Art journals, junk journals, art pages, and more are fun for artists, writers, scrapbookers, and anyone else. The group will meet on the second Tuesday of every month to share ideas and to take time to create. email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Music n' Brews at Mill River Brewing presents Jesse Agan playing acoustic live in the brewhouse at 6:30 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.

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

ESSEX--The Double E Performing Arts Center presents the Nobby Reed Project in the T10 Listening Room on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 7.
      It's all about playing the guitar. Admission is $15 - $20. Tickets are available behind the bar or here .

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents jazz with a twist with Bella & the Notable Duo on Friday and the eclectic vintage sound of the Blue Rock Boys 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 Bob & Tim on Friday and Woedoggies lead singer Wylie Shipman on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Mackenzie and Missisquoi on Saturday at 5 p.m. Harmonica player/singer Bob MacKenzie and guitarist Missisquoi Slim play a broad range from Muddy Waters to the T-Hip.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Summer Sounds favorites IncaHOOTS on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      The evening will get the holiday season going with music, dancing and Dave Long, Jeff Wenig, Kevin Connelly and John Geno and in (Giving Thanks) cahoots.

BURLINGTON--Young Tradition presents Beaton~Plasse at the Burlington Violin Shop tomorrow at 6 p.m.
      The two accomplished and energetic fiddlers fuse music from Quebec and Cape Breton with original compositions. They take turns exploring melody and accompaniment. Andrea Beaton is a powerhouse from two of Cape Breton's most prolific musical families. Veronique Plasse is a gifted performer, arranger and teacher of the music she loves. She plays and sings with soul and power and works to preserve and share the traditional music of Quebec.
      Admission is by $20 suggested donation. for reservations and other info.

ST. ALBANS--Nelly's presents the Return of Eleven on Saturday at 8 p.m. The first time may have been best but the second is better.
      The trio of seasoned musicians brings a musical barrage of new songs 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. They don't play much past eleven.

ST. ALBANS--Singer/songwriter Jesse Agan continues his November Residency live at 14th Star Brewery on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS (November 25)--The Lake Champlain Basin Program and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission want "Pre-Proposals" for Artist-in-Residence programs in the Lake Champlain Basin. Grants will support development of sustainable A-I-R programs to recruit artists to obtain and use scientific or historical data or cultural trends to increase interpretation of natural resources within the Lake Champlain basin. Requests up to $40,000 will be accepted. More than one grant may be awarded. Only MSWord or compatible formats will be accepted. Call James Brangan (802.372.3213 x213), email, or click here for more info.
      Click for the application.


      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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