ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 28, 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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      The arts have touched all of our lives all year, with benefits and friendship and glorious exhibits and performances grand and small.
      "The Swanton Arts Council is thankful for all of the talent and creativity in our area," Judy Paxman said. "We are thankful for the support of the Swanton Public Library and look for exciting things to be happening in the coming months. The Craft Shows, Writers' Group and Art Journalers and Art Nook Gallery are going strong and we are working now to create the framework for more art classes being offered in Swanton."
      "I'm especially thankful this year for the loving support of my family and friends," Carol Ann Jones said. "My Walk to End Alzheimer's Team at Converse Home raised over $6,400! I had many beautiful experiences with music and loving connections. I'm so grateful for this gift I can share." She is looking forward "with excitement to the annual Holiday Concert and Sing-along at the Bliss Room, Saturday December 14."
      On a personal note, I am thankful that I finally got a building permit and the reconstruction of my house in the Keys has started. My friends and neighbors are thankful too because it means I will eventually be able to stop storing my stuff in their houses.
      "Best wishes to all and thanks for the memories" Ms. Jones said. "Wishing you good health and joy!"


ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Festival of Trees is a week long event ushering in the Holiday Season with activities, entertainment, dancing, and more, all in the historic downtown county seat. Residents and visitors are welcome to join us in celebrating the Holidays with many free events.
      Saturday: The Holiday Tree Lighting in Taylor Park kicks off the Festival of Trees and the Christmas season with caroling, fireworks, cider, donuts, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, all on Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m.
      Tuesday: The Children's PJ Party and Holiday Stories takes over the St. Albans Free Library and the Roaring Twenties Holiday Party is at Twiggs for more formal PJs, both on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      Wednesday: The Welden offers a free holiday movie on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
      Next week, look for the 9th annual Running of the Bells, the Festival Gala -- A Winter Carnival, Breakfast with Santa, the Journey to the North Pole, Santa's Workshop, the 6th Annual Arts and Crafts Show, the Tree Showcase, a Vermont Choral Union concert, and the Tree Showcase.


FRANKLIN COUNTY--This is Small Business Saturday. Artists around the county have works for sale. Art is the gift that keeps giving. It makes a great Christmas present and then pleases you every day after that.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Handmade Holiday Craft Show will be held in two locations, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and the Swanton Memorial United Methodist Church, on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. It is an artisan-only craft show.


MILTON--The Milton Artists Guild hosts a free Community Art Day on Tuesday at 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
      Open to all and family-friendly, MAG artists and friends will create a mosaic art piece for the Town of Milton, as a "thank you" for all of the support that from the community. Click here for more info.

FRANKLIN COUNTY--There are artists and arts councils, dance troupes and musicians, and groups like Young Traditions-Vermont, all improving life in our Towns. They need your help any day of the year; this Tuesday may be the easiest day to give.


MILTON--The Milton Artists Guild presents Drawing 1 Workshop with Robert Waldo Brunelle, Jr, at the MAG on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (with a lunch break).
      The class will learn to use One Point and Two Point Perspective techniques to create the illusion of depth and dimension on a flat surface. In the afternoon, the class will draw the human face in front, profile, and 3/4 views, including proportions, genders, and ages. The cost is $30 per MAG member or $35 for non members. Find them on Facebook to register and for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Grind Cafe hosts a Holiday Paint 'n' Sip on Saturday at 3 p.m.
      A local artist offers a guided painting of a holiday wreath serving plate. This paint'n'sip will get you a hand crafted drink and a hand painted plate to enjoy. The cost is $20 and includes supplies and a drink.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Create a Ukulele on Wednesday at 7 p.m. This event is SOLD OUT.
      Artist Diane Kingston introduces "art to many that have never painted, and witnessing the thrill and confidence that comes from the creative process." Say "aloha" to the happiest little instrument with all the materials to create your own and have "the refreshments you need!" The cost is $59. Click here for tickets. Use the code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off tickets


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.

SWANTON--Life drawing is coming to the Swanton Arts Council in December. Yes! Live models right here in Swanton! No, I'm not one of them. The Wild Boomers are creating Stumpf fiddles that will be available for public use. Email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Film School at the Grind Cafe begins a 12-week term for kids from 5th-8th grade on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
      Making a Short Film for Youtube will teach film production from start to finish. Kids will start with storytelling basics and character arcs, then move to screen writing, acting on camera, directing, filming, editing, and finally will finalize their project film and upload it to YouTube. On the last day of class, the parents will be invited to a premier of the film that they created. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Take in a free holiday movie at the Welden Theater on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Festival of Trees.


SHELDON--Fall Friday Night Music Series continues at the Abbey with Sean Jarvis livve in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. click here for more info.

JEFFERSONVILLE--Martell's at the Red Fox the Nobby Reed Project on Friday at 8 p.m. Vermont's own blues band includes Eric Belrose, Missisquoi Slim (Scott DuBois), Walt Delaney, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals.
      The pub has live music Wedneday through Saturday evenings.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents the intimate original songs and covers by George Murtie on Friday and local singer/songwriter Ryan Hanson with classic, alternative, and folk rock, and more 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 originals and unique covers by the Kip DeMoll Duo on Friday and Cooper and Lavoie -- the Balladeer and Bluesman -- 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.

ST. ALBANS--The Grind Cafe hosts a Small Business Saturday Pop Up with live music on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      The cafe will have a lot happening including personalized custom jewelry, make up, hand kitted hats, scarves, blankets, the consignment closet, and more vendors to come.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Double E presents the Tim Brick Band live on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 7.
      The Barre singer-songwriter brings original, soulful, rowdy country music to the taproom stage. Admission is $10 - $13. Click here for tickets and more info.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents Quadra with Summer Sounds favorites Phil Abair Band and Mr. French in the Ballroom on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 7.
      38 years and the Quadra boys--Mike Trombley, Moe Dubois, Matt Trombley, and Marc Dubois--are rocking and rolling better than ever with rock from the 70s right through the rock of today. Admission is $12 advance or $15 day of show. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Church Street Sounds of the Season presents the Citizens Concert Band and Community Singers Holiday Concert at the First Congregational Church on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      The biennial holiday music spectacular will have choir, concert band, and carol sing-alongs. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.

ST. ALBANS--The Festival of Trees and Twiggs Gastropub host a Roaring Twenties holiday party with live jazz at St. Albans' official speakeasy on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      Wear your best roaring twenties attire (optional) to make this a stylish start to the holiday season. Email, call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The 14th Star Brewing Company National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) write-in concludes on Saturday at noon - 4 p.m. The Victory Party may involve another craft (beer).
      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 come to the Victory Party on November 30.
      "Have a craft beer, have a snack, and let's finish writing together."

      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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