ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 24 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 5, 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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WHEREAS the people of Vermont are diverse and deeply talented as a creative community; and ArtBits News Photo
WHEREAS their uniqueness contributes to Vermont's identity as a special place to live and work; and
WHEREAS Vermont's original music is a vital vehicle of our humanity, carrying our stories, emotions and hopes to each other and to future generations; and
WHEREAS the musical artists and industries of Vermont build community and our economy; and
WHEREAS the enrichment and benefits that music and its industries provide to Vermonters are a treasured part of the Vermont experience and worthy of celebration.
NOW THEREFORE I, Philip B. Scott, Governor, hereby proclaim November 2020 as LOCAL MUSIC MONTH in Vermont.  


      The Vermont State of Emergency continues through November 15. Travelers still have to adhere to quarantine rules, although new guidance is forthcoming for traveling to nearby, out-of-state ski areas. The Vermont statewide mask mandate remains in effect.
      Vermont has had a total of 2,079 cases, up from 2,043 last week. There have been 58 deaths, but none in the past 98 days. There are now a total of five Vermont counties that would require a quarantine if located outside the borders. The seven-day average test positivity rate stood at 0.5% on Sunday. CDC reported 139 new cases this past week although HealthVermont reported 22 new cases. The state's arithmetic does not add up; it is an interesting, and ongoing, disparity. St. Albans City and Town remain the hot spot of Franklin County.
      189,680 people (up to 30.4% of the Vermont population) have been tested a total of 408,161 times, although that data comes with a crucial caveat:
   A negative test result yesterday says nothing about an individual's health today.
We need a daily test that costs ten cents and gives results in ten minutes.
      A HealthVermont video, How Contact Tracing Slows the Spread of COVID-19, explains what contact tracers do. Click here for the YouTube video.

      The Vermont Humanities Council has ongoing arts and literary digital events and programs including First Wednesdays and Vermont Reads. Although the activities may take place at a distance from Franklin County, they are available safely and locally online at
      The Church Street Sounds of the Season fall season is postponed until further notice. The entire 2020 season at the Opera House at Enosburg Falls has been canceled.
      80-90% of Young Tradition events have gone online or been postponed when they couldn't be done live and in-person or the artists and youth couldn't travel into or out of state.

      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.


     Several area galleries and artists are open with exhibits, shows, and sales all following safety guidelines.

ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on glass sculptor Tessa Hill, Vermont photographer David Juaire, folk artist Sally Tarr, and eclectic painter El Towle.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 40 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The gallery on South Main Street is open Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild artist pop-up features stone jeweler Jessica True and bowl maker Patty Hiltebeitel at the Guild on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 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. Peter Williams was on tap last Saturday. Find them on Facebook for more info.

MORRISVILLE--The River Arts exhibit of paintings by Seb Sweatman concludes tomorrow.


FAIRFAX--The third annual Fairfax Photo/Art Contest has expanded its reach to include all types of artistic media. "Photos and quilts and sculptures, oh my!"
      The Town asks for submissions that capture the spirit of a strong community. Submissions will be accepted through November 15 and the top entries will be voted on by the public. The submission receiving the most votes will be featured on the cover of this year's Town Report.
      Email to submit a photo or a digital image of the work.

SWANTON--The SAC 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.


     Only the Abbey reported live music in time for this issue this week. Check with 14th Star, Mill River Brewing, Nelly's, On Tap, Twiggs, and other local venues directly for more info.

SHELDON--The Abbey Live Music Saturdays continues with Abbey Nite in the Pub on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Find the Abbey on Facebook for more info.


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

      Big Heavy World, TheaterEngine, the Vermont Dance Alliance, and Main Street Landing present Unfiltered Spirits featuring sculptor Shirley Reid, Namaya the Jazz Poet, and musician Lauren Larken Scuderi online this evening at 7:30 p.m.
      The live showcase series features three visual and performing artists of Vermont each week for three weeks for free. A live broadcast via Zoom and YouTube showcases their work introduces signature Vermont cocktails, and is hosted by DJ Craig Mitchell.
      Find them on Facebook or click here for tickets to the Zoomcast.

      Summer Sounds favorite John Bartus' Perpetual Island Tour will perform Social Distancing Concert 32, Live from the Florida Keys, thanks to Facebook Live on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Find him on Facebook for the watch party.
      #31 from last Friday is here.

      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.

      Young Tradition Vermont started a series of Online Concerts and Interviews by current and alumni members of the Touring Group last Friday. New events will go almost live on Facebook on Fridays around 7:30 p.m.
      These are 15 to 20 minute performances, some solo, some with in combination with other group members, some with an accompanist of choice. In the first, Millie performed with her father Murray on YTV's Facebook page.

      The Saint Albans Museum presents SAM's director and librarian, Alex Lehning, in Serving St. Albans, an online event on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
      The presentation takes a step back in time through the stories of local service members and their efforts both at home and abroad during World War I and World War II. The program is free and open to the public but free registration is required. Click here or here to register and view.

      The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has announced a free virtual season of works running December 2 - 31, 2020.
      The company will showcase Testament, a modern-day approach to Revelations. There will also be an Ailey and Ellington program of 14 ballets choreographed by Ailey including a remake of Pas de Duke filmed on top of NYC's Woolworth Building. Jamal Roberts will present A Jam Session For Troubling Times, in honor of the centennial celebration of Charlie Bird Parker. The works pay homage to six decades of Ailey's Revelations.
      Click here to stream and for more info.

      Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton sang an evening of Elvis Tribute Songs on Facebook on Friday and a Halloween Blue Moon Gospel Concerto on Facebook on Saturday.
      Follow him on Facebook for a link to this week's offerings.

      Dennis Mead's Anguish Languish version of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut is on YouTube.

      M Sebastian Araujo was live with interview with David Schein on the air at 99.3 WBTV. Tune in or click here for We Are Vermont 10-30-20 from Media Factory.

      The Burlington Irish Heritage Festival hosted a virtual celebration of Samhain on YouTube. The program offers the music, dancing, and storytelling to celebrate the end of the harvest and the coming winter.


      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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