ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * December 19, 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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BURLINGTON--Bidh Traidisean Úg Vermont a 'toirt seachad Eisg na h-Alba.
      Young Tradition Vermont presents Scottish Fish at the Burlington Violin Shop on Friday, December 20, at 6 p.m.
      Ava Montesi, Caroline Dressler, Giulia Haible, Julia Homa and Maggie MacPhail are a Boston-based fiddle and cello group with youthful enthusiasm, unique arrangements, and original compositions. They have performed at the Boston Celtic Music Festival, Somerville and Arlington Porchfests, Boston's Earthfest, Club Passim and more. They tour throughout New England and beyond. Their first album came out in 2017; they will release a holiday EP this month.
      While in Vermont they will also appear at Edmunds Elementary on Friday afternoon, a rug concert for children 0-5 and their adults at Burlington Violin Shop Saturday morning, at Burlington Farmer's Market at UVM's Davis Center, and Radio Bean on Saturday afternoon. The full holiday program will only be available at the Friday evening concert at the violin shop.
      Admission is by $20 suggested donation. Email for reservations and other info.


SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Vineyard hosts the Once Upon a Rock Craft Show on Saturday, December 21, from 1-3 p.m.
      There will be framed art of all sizes, the popular driftwood Santa ornaments as well as tile art kits. And, of course, wine. Find them on Facebook for more info.


MILTON--Finish up the year Cartooning with Mr. Brunelle at the Milton Artists' Guild Art Center on Saturday at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (with a lunch break).
      In this class Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr. will teach the basics of creating cartoons including designing characters, caricaturing famous people, how to set up panels, writing speech balloons, inking and pencils, adding color, and creating cartoons using digital technologies. The cost is $30 for MAG members or $35 for non-members.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star hosts the Holiday Movie Night in The Room, on Thursday, December 21, at 6:30 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m.
      This year, 14th Star has a poll to choose the movie they will screen. Thursday's choices are National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Elf , The Grinch, Home Alone, and The Muppet Christmas Carol. 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.


Thursday, December 19
SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Carol Ann Jones' annual holiday show in the main dining room on Thursday 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

Friday, December 20
ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company opens Winter warmly by hosting the seventh annual Home for the Holidays benefit show for Northwestern Counseling and Support Servicesí School-Based Autism Programs with Jesse Agan, Chris & Erica, Andrew James, Ryan Sweezey, and headliners Troy Millette & the Fire Below, all on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Taproom doors open at 4 p.m.
      Admission is free by donation.

Friday-Saturday, December 20-21
ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents singer-songwriter Mitch Watson and guitarist Donovan Delabruere of the Aardvark 2.0 live on Friday and Django Soulo making music from the heart, for the heart 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 classic, new and original songs by Andy Hoadley on Friday and our old friend Fred Brauer with his songs, his voice, and a guitar in from the global road from Chiang Mai to Moscow, from Bali to Bora-Bora. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

Saturday, December 21
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Eleven in their final On Tap show of the year Saturday, December 21, at 5 p.m. The Rough Suspects take the stage at 9 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

MONTGOMERY--Montgomery Center for the Arts presents Emma Back Light in The Dark: A Winter Solstice Concert in MCAKeltonHall on Saturday, December 21, at 7 p.m. The social hour begins at 6 p.m.
      The Burlington based live-looping, singer-violinist will share her "transpersonal" multi-instrumental music. Admission is by donation. Seating is limited RSVPs are recommended by Email or click here to reserve a seat.

ESSEX--The Double E presents the Sixth Finger of Jazz on Saturday, December 21, at 8 p.m. Doors at 7.
      The jazz ensemble includes composer/trombonist Dan Silverman, composer/sax Marty Fogel, trumpet Ray Vega, pianist Mike Hartigan, bassist Jeremy Hill, and percussionist Jeff Salisbury playing original music and their own arrangements of the masters.
      Admission is $15 - $20. Tickets are available here and on Facebook.


SEVENTH ANNUAL SHINING A LIGHT INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST (December 31)--The Muhammad Ali Center is commemorating the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act with Women's Fight for the Right with a focus on women's suffrage on a global scale. The Center seeks photographs, new or old, to tell the most holistic story, spanning history to today. No Entry Fee. Click here for more info.

YOUNG ARTIST RECOGNITION PROGRAM (Ongoing)--The Artist in Residence Gallery calls for artists ages 12-17 to exhibit a work for one week in the gallery. Young artists must be Vermont residents with permission from parent or guardian. Email or click here for more info.

SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (January 14)--The Sony Awards includes four contests: Professional Competition, Open Competition, Youth Competition with monthly challenges for photographers aged 12-19, and Student Competition. No Entry Fee. Click here for more info.


     Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton was live over the weekend with his first Facebook Live at Home Concert. Find him on Facebook for more info and to see the show.


ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page hosts local author, poet, and photographer Jon Meyer reading from his book, Love Poems From Vermont, this evening, December 19, at 6 p.m.
      Mr. Meyer's love of nature and Vermont travel has paired new poems with his images taken in Vermont. He writes the poems first, then searches for a Vermont scene appropriate to merge the photo image with the poem. Find them on Facebook 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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