ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 24 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 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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      Vermont has a statewide mask mandate in effect. Gov. Phil Scott has extended the state of emergency through September 15 or later. He has told municipalities they can lower the limit on gathering size and set a curfew for bars and clubs. The Canada-U.S. border remains closed to non-essential travel for at least another month.
      58 people in Vermont have died after contracting the coronavirus. 111,335 people (about 17.8% of the Vermont population) have been tested although a negative test result yesterday says nothing about an individual's health today. Vermont has a seven-day average test positivity of 0.6 percent, 1,515 current cases (up from 1,454 last week), with 50 new reported by CDC this past week although HealthVermont reported only five. 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.
      K-12 classrooms open next month. The state is rolling out $12 million in grants for child care providers, bringing the state's child care support to $33 million to date. Fall sports start on September 8.

      The Snow Farm Concert Series is running. The Meeting House on the Green launched Live at 5.
      Vermont has canceled all county fairs, field days, and festivals for 2020. The 30th 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.


     The Monroe County (Florida) libraries host WebinART with Sylvia on Zoom on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. This project discuss visual arts, curiosities of art history, aesthetic ideas and more. Classes began last Friday and continue through December.
      Cuban-born artist Sylvia Fontaine said she is teaching the webinar "Because making Art helps us live well." Email for the meeting link. Find her on Facebook for more info.


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." Kimberlee Anne Forney and Gerry Conlon were on tap last Saturday. Find them on Facebook for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Adult Virtual Art Journaling Meetup happens via Zoom on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      The group can guide participants with items found around the home and supplies from the SPL Makerspace. The meetup takes place every Tuesday and is free and open to all.
      Email or find them on Facebook to get the Zoom login info.


JOHNSON--Moogs Joint presents D. Davis and Django Soulo under the skies on Thursday at 6 p.m.
      $5 per person cover charge to support the band. Outdoor seating only and masks are required.

ST. ALBANS--Shooters is now open and celebrates with the busy Kyle Stevens playing a one night only gig on Thursday at 6 p.m. This is not an open mic/karaoke show, just a three hour set of Mr. Stevens' music.
      COVID Restrictions: Reservations are required, as there is limited seating. All patrons must wear a face covering when entering, or moving away from your table, but may remove it to enjoy food and drink, once seated at the pre-distanced tables. Call (802.527.3777) for reservations.

SOUTH HERO--The Snow Farm Concert Series presents the Nobby Reed Project starting at 6 p.m.
      Admission is $15. Only 150 tickets will be sold per event.

BURLINGTON--Young Tradition Vermont and the Burlington Violin Shop host Pete Sutherland with more of his students in a live performance in front of the shop on Friday during the lunch hour. Yasi Zeichner and Fiddleheads were live last Friday.
      Facebook Live events are on the Young Tradition Vermont's 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.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents Vermont's one-man-band Shrimp Tunes with "rhythms from the briny deep" live in the Beer Garden for an evening of tunes, brews, and burgers on Friday at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and must be made online before arriving; there will be no walk-ins or phone-ins. Click here for reservations and select "Beer Garden Outdoor Seating."
      Find them on Facebook for more info.

JOHNSON--Abby Sherman & the Way North return to Moogs Joint for a very special night of music on Friday at 6 p.m. to help support the Oxbow Music Festival.
      Oxbow is a homegrown, grassroots festival with live music, craft beer, cider, food trucks and craft artists in Morrisville. This weekend would have been the sixth annual event.
      Admission is $15 per person. Outdoor seating only and masks are required. Call (802.730.8091 to reserve a table.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts Kyle Stevens for the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on the deck on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The pork tenderloin 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 Phantom Airwave live on Friday at 5 p.m. and Al's Pal's on tap on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

NORTH HERO--The Tom Caswell Blues Duo plays 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 Facebook for more info.

SHELDON--The Abbey Summer Music Series continues with John Gratton on the Back 40 on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting or in the Pub if it rains. Find them 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--Cooie & Sergio play live in the Steamship Bar at North Hero House on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. He adds his warm baritone to her clear, vibrant vocal stylings. Call 802.372.4732 for reservations and find them on Facebook for more info.

WINOOSKI--The free Winooski Community Concert Series presents Sabouyouma behind the O'Brien Community Center on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The cultural journey to West Africa features balafon and drums.

MORRISVILLE--The Wednesday Night Live summer music 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 Facebook for more info.

Plan Ahead
ENOSBURG--The Enosburgh Historical Society presents Vermont historian and writer Marilyn Blackwell on Annette Parmelee & the Crusade for Women's Suffrage in Vermont in the 1906 House Carriage Barn next Thursday, August 27, at 6 p.m.
      The 19th Amendment was ratified August 18, 1920. Ms. Parmelee of Enosburg Falls became of the most important Vermont suffragists during the 1910s. As the press secretary for the Vermont Equal Suffrage Association, she persuaded legislators and newspaper editors that "Votes for Women" was a question of equal justice for all.
      Admission is by donation. Registration is required as attendance is limited. Email for more info. Call 802.933.2545 or email to reserve a seat.


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

      Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton will perform a new concert on Facebook on Friday around 7 p.m. He was live with a gospel concert from Lake Memphramagog on Sunday, the anniversary of Elvis' passing, 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. Find him on Facebook for the link.

      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.


VERMONT TRADITIONAL ARTS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (August 24)--This Vermont Folklife Center program offers grants to master artists can passing that skill and knowledge to a less-experienced apprentice. Click here for the application and more info.

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT GRANTS (September 28)--The Vermont Arts Council grants support artists at all stages of their careers. Grants can fund activities that enhance mastery of an artistís craft, skills and activities that increase the viability of an artist's business, or support teaching artists to provide instruction in K-12 schools remotely. Priority is given to first time grantees and proposals for rare or unique opportunities. Click here for full details and the online application.


      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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