ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 24 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 30, 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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      Gov. Phil Scott issued a statewide mandate to require all people over 2 years old to wear facial coverings in public areas when physical distancing is not possible. Vermont's state of emergency continues through August 15 or later. Gov. Scott also had said that the August extension was just a "vehicle" to uphold some COVID-related restrictions and continue steps toward reopening the state.
      Indoor dining in restaurants is limited to the greater of 25% of regular occupancy limits and outdoor dining is allowed at maximum licensed seating capacity, up to 50 people. Inns, hotels, and other lodging continue at 50% capacity or 25 guests and staff, whichever is larger. All gatherings, indoor and outdoor, continue to be limited to 25 people. The state is set to begin a campaign to encourage people to wear masks.
      89,809 people (about 14.4% of the Vermont population) have been tested although a negative test result yesterday says nothing about an individual's health today. Vermont currently has the lowest per-capita rate of infection in the United States and a seven-day average test positivity of 0.7 percent. Vermont has 1,400 current cases with four new this past week. St. Albans City and Town remain the hot spot of Franklin County.
      The state 14-day quarantine limit continues. Out-of-staters who travel to Vermont from a county in the Northeast with less than 400 cases per million population do not have to quarantine but others, especially those from high-risk areas, do. The number of individuals eligible for travel to Vermont without a quarantine fell from 19 million to 13.5 million last week mostly because active cases rose in counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia.
      Vermont plans to reopen K-12 classrooms in the fall.

      The Snow Farm Concert Seriesis running. The Meeting House on the Green launched Live at 5 which will feature Beg, Steal or Borrow, Christine Malcolm and friends, and the "always tasteless" Oleo Romeos.
      Vermont has canceled all county fairs, field days, and festivals for 2020. The 30th annual Summer Sounds concert series will return in 2021. 20/20 Visions, the Montgomery Center for the Arts Summer Art Show and Fundraiser,
      2020 Summer Concert Series in Ballard Park, summer shows at Burton Island, the summer season of the Citizens Concert Band, the entire 2020 season at the Opera House at Enosburg Falls, the entire Enosburg Town Band Summer Concert Series, and many Young Tradition events have been canceled. Summer Music at Gracewill not host in-person concerts but they are talking with artists about additional online collaborations. The 99th annual Champlain Valley Fair will wait until next summer. Epiphanies, the 2020 Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, has been postponed until 2021.

      Although so many of our favorite activities won't happen this year, all the volunteers will stay as active as possible and this weekly column about the arts and entertainment around the region will continue to serve up live and almost live events and artists from around the region. Read all about it here every Thursday.


MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts first ever curbside art show features the Paper Bag Mask Project on the porch at MCA-Kelton Hall on Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 4 p.m. There will also be a live feed on Facebook.
      People from around the world have sent masks by hand, by post, and in video. The project needs just a brown paper bag and a Sharpie or something to draw with. Click here or find them on Facebook for all the details.

MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild artist pop-up features two artists at the Guild on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. They will display new work, demonstrate, and explain their process.
      MAG's artist pop-ups will feature artists every Saturday with appropriate social distancing. "This way, we can support our artists, and create a special and fun weekend destination. Come and meet the artists on Saturdays, while the Guild is open." Find them on on Facebook for more info.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild will host Amazon Handmade to sell art on new platforms with instructor Caitlyn Kenney as part of their ongoing series of online seminars on Tuesday at 6 - 8 p.m. This online workshop will cover the basics of this sale portal from how to create an item for sale to tips and tricks for running a successful store.
      The cost is $35 for members or $40 for non-members. Click here to reserve a space.


SWANTON--The regular Swanton Arts Council board meeting and update will be held via Zoom on Monday at 6 p.m.
      SAC meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. Email or message via on Facebook an hour before the meeting for the link. Click here for the July minutes.


WESTPORT, NY--The Ballard Park Concert Series may present the Will Patton Ensemble at the Pavilion on Lake Champlain this evening at 7 p.m. All concerts are on hold due to the NY on Pause/Covid-19 mandate. Concerts will resume once NY gives the green light. Click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--Young Tradition Vermont and the Burlington Violin Shop host Pete Sutherland with Sam Doherty, Gus Barkyoumb and Isabella Rottler in a live performance in front of the shop on Friday during the lunch hour. Sarah Blair and Students were live last Friday.
      Facebook Live events are on the Young Tradition Vermont's on Facebook page.
      All social-distancing and mask guidance applies--no seating, no major congregating, and no paper money or coinage. Audience members can support the musicians via Venmo or PayPal at the performance or anytime at PayPal.

ESSEX--The Double E presents Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton live in the Grazin' in the Grass music series on the Essex Experience Outdoor Green on Friday at 6 p.m. "Doors" at 5 with food and beverage service. Rain date is the next day, same time, same place.
      The number one Elvis Tribute Artist in the northeast returns to Essex for a special night on the green.
      Admission is $5. COVID precautions: Face coverings are required for entry. Seating is limited, first come first will be seated by ushers in socially distanced pods. Lawn chairs and blankets are suggested. Click here for tickets and more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Clothier presents a Singalong with Bobby Cee on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Bob Chevalier has played with musicians around the world as well as with his own seven siblings so he's "ready for a sing along night. With my taste in 60's, 70's and 80's music, we'll have a fun night." The Clothier is the 1920's era speakeasy next door to Twiggs. on Facebook.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts the Buck Hollers for the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on the deck on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The pulled pork buffet starts around 7 p.m. Both run until 9 p.m.
      The buffet costs $11 per person ($5 for each child). You don't have to be a member; the public is welcome.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Abby Sherman and her Band live on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

NORTH HERO--The Soulo Davis Duo play a little bit of jazz live in the Steamship Bar at North Hero House on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. NHH has live music on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
      The Steamship Bar practices social distancing. Food and table reservations are required. Call 802.372.4732 for reservations and find them on on Facebook for more info.

SHELDON--The Abbey Summer Music Series continues with Phil Graziano on the Back 40 on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting or in the Pub if it rains. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Cooper, Bob Recupero, on guitar and vocals on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are necessary. Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--"A girl and her guitar" Boogies with Burgers and Brews as 14th Star Brewery presents Laura Fedele-Rasco on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Beer Garden offers all your favorite songs from the 50s-present day and food from Grazers.
      Find them on on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle presents Carol Ann Jones and Jon Sochin on Tuesday at 6 p.m. They'll be there every Tuesday evening. Seating is very limited with lots of restrictions in place and reservations are a must. Call 802.372.4814.

NORTH HERO--The Fabulous Wrecks play live in the Steamship Bar at North Hero House on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Call 802.372.4732 for reservations and find them on on Facebook for more info.

MORRISVILLE--The Wednesday Night Live summer music series returned last week with the Vermont Bluegrass Pioneers. The series continues in Oxbow Riverfront Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
      Play smarter, play safer. COVID requirements: masks and social distancing are required. Leave your dog at home. Limited to the first 140 people. There will be a rotating mix of food vendors every week, from American barbecue to Nepalese staples. Find them on on Facebook for more info.


     Here's the roundup of virtual music and events for this week.

      Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton was live with a gospel concert from Soul's Rest in Newport on Sunday on Facebook.

      Summer Sounds favorite John Bartus' Perpetual Island Tour will perform a new Social Distancing Concert Live from the Florida Keys, thanks to Facebook Live every Friday at 7:30 p.m. Last week's concert is on Facebook.
      Check Facebook for the link to this Friday's show.

      Andrew Lloyd Webber will stream his musicals in the free YouTube series, The Shows Must Go On, every Friday at 7 p.m. for 48 hours. A new show begins tomorrow. Clips of famous performances and behind-the-scenes footage also appear on the channel beside the full shows.
      Click here for Mr. Webber's YouTube channel for all the details and to subscribe.

      Tom Caswell streams a blues jam live from his living room on Facebook every Wednesday at 7 p.m. He welcomes everyone to play some blues along from home. Find him on on Facebook and view last week's jam here on Facebook.

      Singer-songwriter Bobby Coe was live on Big Heavy World's Rocket Shop Radio Hour on youtube. The Battle of the Bands finalist's "casually contemplative music" uses live acoustic and electric guitar and vocal looping.

      Robert Gagnon and Steve Goldman were live at Moog's Joint with Thomas Moog, John-Paul Arenas, and Don Horrigan on on Facebook. The show starts about 14 minutes into the video.

      Heliand Consort broadcast their second Summer Virtual Concert live on July 18. This "short program" has a mix of solos and surprise duets and more, all on Facebook.


     Gail Salzman has a new website (but with the same address) to showcase her new work. It's a place to browse, enjoy, or make contact at any time for info about the work, studio visits, price lists, or just to give her a shout. The site includes two samples from a series of 16 gouache paintings on cotton paper. Her new 3-dimensional piece, Family, is included in the Sheltering in Place Project at Highland Center for Arts in Greensboro.


      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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