ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 24 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 26, 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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ST. ALBANS--Mayor Tim Smith has proclaimed April 1 through April 30 as National Poetry Month in the City of St. Albans. He has called upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of St. Albans to observe this month, to celebrate the cultural riches our community has to offer, and to recognize the important role poetry has in creating and sustaining this great nation by hosting appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
      Click here for the proclamation.


AROUND THE COUNTY--Gov. Phil Scott said Monday that the state is entering a new phase of the response to the virus.
      Many events on calendars in the area may move online or have been postponed. While all presenters and artists love performing live, it is more important that all members of the community stay safe; that includes the difficulty cleaning and sanitizing particularly the volunteer run venues. CDC also recommends that organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S.
      All bars and restaurants have ceased on-site service to slow the spread of the coronavirus. "This measure ... is in effect until April 6, though this could be extended," the Governor's Office announced in a news release. The statewide order permits delivery and pick-up service of food to continue but it cancels or postpones all the live music at these venues.
      Click here for current COVID-19 activity in Vermont and here for the most up-to-date national info.


AROUND THE AREA--Dear artists (and that includes painters and photographers, actors and musicians, dancers and writers and cartoonists and ...):
      You're housebound? Your show is cancelled or postponed? You're bored? How about putting on a show?
      Get the band together and video a rehearsal every day. Or set up your easel and video a painting coming together. Read a few pages from your novel or a short story or a poem. Get in costume and video that play or the dance. Do some improv in your living room.
      We're locked down, too, and missing you. You'll get in a session and we'll like seeing you. Please share your efforts with your local arts council, too. And if the artist has a donation button, the audience can express appreciation through PayPal, Venmo, or other services.

      Summer Sounds favorite John Bartus will perform a Social Distancing Concert Live from the Florida Keys from his studio in Marathon, Florida, thanks to Facebook Live on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
      Mr. Bartus will play a selection of his original songs plus some tasty and appropriate covers. "I look forward to sharing an evening of music with you, and I hope you’ll be able to tune in!" It's on .
      Live streams on Facebook may not last forever, so "tune in" quickly.

      Neil Diamond sings Sweet Caroline from his fireplace with updated lyrics for safety. Click here to listen.

      Singer-songwriter Carol Ann Jones and her bulldogs sing a "kitchen concert" on
      Live streams on Facebook may not last forever, so "tune in" quickly. Carol will "try to schedule another one Sunday night."

      Nobby Reed and Toni Basanta are keeping the music playing at the Havana Fairfax Connection .


THE COSMOS PRIZE (March 31)--Cosmos was an ambitious serial novel orchestrated by the staff of Science Fiction Digest (later Fantasy Magazine) beginning in June, 1933. The story of Cosmos spanned 17 chapters written by 16  different authors but many have thought the final chapter was a less than perfect ending. This contest asks for alternative versions of Chapter 17. There are cash and merchandise prizes for the best. No Entry Fee. Click here for the details and to enter.

2020 WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST (April 1)--The Winning Writers contest calls for one humor poem in English. It should not exceed 250 lines in length and may be a published or unpublished work. No Entry Fee. Click here for the details and to enter.

NIKON SMALL WORLD COMPETITION 2020 (April 30)--The two competitions are open to anyone with an interest in photography through the microscope: the Nikon Small World Contest and Nikon Small World In Motion Contest Photomicrographs must be taken using a light microscope. All types of light microscopy and specimens are acceptable. The use of Nikon equipment is not required. No Entry Fee. Click here for the details and to enter.


ONLINE--Audible has made hundreds of titles available for free during the coronavirus pandemic. The selection has stories for the littlest listeners, elementary, tween, and teen, as well as literary classics (get that homework reading done), folk and fairy tales for all, stories in French, and more. Anyone can listen to its titles for as long as schools are closed. Click here to get started. No log-ins, credit card or passwords needed.

ST. ALBANS--If there was ever an essential business, it would be a bookstore.
      The Eloquent Page will offer some curbside service, and mail order. Donna Howard will post book lists with suggested reads. Call 802.527.7243 during open hours, leave a message, email, or click here for the safety and convenience of shopping online while supporting a traditional, local brick and mortar store

AROUND THE COUNTY--Franklin County libraries are temporarily closed but patrons may still check out books and movies at most. Check with yours to determine what changes they've made. They will arrange for you to pick them up or deliver them if they can. The libraries also have a wide selection of electronic books and audiobooks.

      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

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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