ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 24 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 20, 2020


      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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SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Vineyard and Once Upon a Rock host Pebble Art on Saturday at 2 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. She provides pebbles, sea glass, sticks, glue, a 5x7 shadow box, guidance and inspiration. Each piece is unique. And there will be a door prize.
      The cost is $30. They need an accurate head count, so it is mandatory to register online. Find them on Facebook for more info tickets and.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Blooming Bucket on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      "Paint Nites" introduce or reintroduce art to people. Artist Shyla Reynolds will provide all the materials to create your own painting. $35 per person. Click here for tickets. Use code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off ticket price.


ST. ALBANS--Peoples Trust Company hosts Email Basics in this week's Small Business Boot Camp in the Second Floor Conference Room today at noon. That may not sound artsy but artists, dancers, musicians, thespians, and writers all need to tell customers when they have something to sell.
      This fast workshop will show how to write effective emails and what to do with the responses. It is for any artist without an email database, those who use a personal email application like Gmail, Outlook or Mac Mail, or those who aren't emailing customers and prospects with consistency.
      Admission is free but registration is required. Call Jay Cummings (802.752.1848) or email and click here to register.


Thursday, February 20
SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Carol Ann Jones in a solo singer-songwriter performance 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

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Summer Sounds favorites Jenni Johnson & the Jazz Junketeers tonight at 7 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

Friday, February 21 ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents the "slammin' country and rock n' roll band" ShakeMyNerves live on the taproom stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The St. Albans duo of Jesse John Potts and Andy Hoadley plays an eclectic repertoire of freshly interpreted covers and originals spanning several decades and genres on the first Saturday of the month.

SHELDON--Pub Music Fridays continues at the Abbey with Bobby Chevalier in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Chevalier has been a part of the Vermont music scene since the 70s. He performs solo and is a member of the band Rushmore. click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Cooie sings the Clothier. Cooie DeFrancesco brings a solo show of traditional tunes and popular songs with a dollop of blues, a touch of jazz, a bit of folk, and some old time Rock and Roll to the the 1920's era speakeasy next door to Twiggs on Friday at 7 p.m.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.

BELMONT, VT--Yankee Chank celebrates the Rodfather’s birthday with a Mardi Gras Party in Mount Hollywood Studio on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Expect "dancers, pranksters, costumes, gumbo, Hurricanes, beads. King cake," and more.
      Bob Naess, fiddle; Cannon Labrie, accordion; Jim Burns, guitar; and Mark Sustic, bass, perform traditional dance music from Southwest Louisiana. They have learned from and performed with many of the most influential Cajun musicians in Louisiana.
      Admission is by $15 suggested donation. BYOB, bring goodies to share, and support live music.

Friday-Saturday, February 21-22
ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents the eclectic vintage sound of Woedoggies lead singer Wylie Shipman on Friday and 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.

MORRISVILLE--Moog's Place offers old school blues player Blue Fox on Friday evening and the Eames Brothers Band going from psychedelic blues funk to uplifting soul songs and back again on Saturday. Moog's has "live music every night we're open, starting between eight and nine p.m." with open mic night scheduled most Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Saturday, February 22
ENOSBURG--The Warm Your Spirits Winter Series, a benefit for the Opera House at Enosburg Falls, features vocalist Catherine Noftz with Cole Ward in the Quincy Hotel Lounge on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails (cash bar). Music begins at 7.
      This is the second in the series of three concerts to beat the winter blues and raise money for the House. Admission is $20 per person, or $50 for the series. Click here for tickets and more info.

ST. ALBANS--It's a busy night at Twiggs.
      The Twiggs Comedy For A Cause series resumes on the Main Stage Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The evening will raise money for NY/VT Nurses Unite - Global Brigades 2020. Admission is $20. There are just 75 seats available at the restaurant. Call 802.373.0365 or Email for tickets and more info and Find them on Facebook for more info. Make dinner reservations prior to the show since only drinks, appetizers, and desserts will be served during the show.
      The father/son music duo, Sean & Dan Jarvis, also take over the mic on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Bronson's Landing is throwing a Mardi Gras Party featuring Eleven on Saturday at 8 p.m. Taylor Arsenault, vocals; Scott Belisle, bass and vocals; and Scott Guptill, guitar and vocals play a musical barrage of hits from the 70s to the 90s.

Sunday, February 23
KEY COLONY BEACH, FL--4 Sheets to the Wind continues the KCB Community Association's Concert in the Park series in Sunset Park on Sunday at 4 p.m.
      Concerts in the Park are free concerts sponsored by the KCBCA and take place most Sunday afternoons in Sunset Park. Bring a chair or blanket and refreshments. Parking is limited so walking, biking or ride sharing is recommended.

Fat Tuesday, February 25
BURLINGTON--Young Tradition Vermont and Hotel Vermont host a Mardi Gras Party with Yankee Chank, Ponyhustle, and others on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The evening will include food and drink and live music for dancing and listening.
      The event benefits the Tom Sustic Fund which provides on-going support for families with children with life-altering conditions at the Vermont Children's Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
      Admission is $15. Click here for tickets. Find them on Facebook or email for more info.

Wednesday, February 26
ST. ALBANS--The Clothier presents the Funeral of a Gangster Murder Mystery on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
      It has been a month since a man was murdered at Artie Sloane's Speakeasy in Downtown St. A. Friends have to come pay homage. Artie is happy to see that so many people care. The speakeasy will have appetizers throughout the evening as you meet them. But did they really care? Who are these people? Why are they here? Rival gangs, mayhem, and cool jazz might spill over into Taylor Park.
      Make reservations at Twiggs for 5:30 or 6 p.m. if you plan to dine before show time. Twiggs has 15% off for all attendees. The Clothier is the 1920s era speakeasy next door to Twiggs. 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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