ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 25 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 27, 2021


      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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SWANTON--Swanton Arts Council offers String Art Take & Make Kits for adults and teens for pick up at the Swanton Free Public Library on Friday. The kits include everything needed to make a string masterpiece. A variety of designs will be available on a first come first served basis. This is a $15 value. The kits are free, but supplies are limited and you will need register to pick one up.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls will hold a Virtual Art Camp for Middle School Children this summer. Campers must be registered by June 1. Camp begins June 28.
      Watercolor Magic: An Art Camp is for ages 11 - 14 who like to be creative. Campers will explore art tools to produce paintings quickly and add color to sketches. Watercolors are vibrant, quick, and easy to carry anywhere you go. This class will teach basic watercolor skills each day and help apply them to works of the imagination with creative exercises and field sketching.
      The cost is $70 for the week of art classes and includes an art kit with supplies. email for more info or Click here to register by June 1.


      Celebration of Expressive Arts begins the season this Sunday. Summer Sounds begins its 30th season of outdoor concerts with Mark Shelton on Sunday, July 11. The Abbey Summer Music Series and the Arrowhead Golf Course Friday Night Live Music and Buffet both resume next Friday. Blue Paddle begins live music June 10. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park will reopen on June 12. The Double E begins Trucks, Taps and Tunes June 16. The 18th annual Farewell Reunion happens online this year. Franklin County Field Days goes live August 5 - 8. Ten live Meeting House on the Green summer concerts begin June 12. Music returns twice a week to North Hero House starting June 16. The Opera House at Enosburg Falls cannot host summer camp but will offer an arts-based virtual summer program for kids ages 11-14. River Arts returns to Music on Main, the Downtown Summer Music Series in Morrisville. 14th Star, Twiggs, and other restaurants are offering some live music while other artists and venues continue livestreaming online. 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 Vermont Dairy Festival will not be held.

      Gov. Phil Scott said Friday that the full reopening of the state, planned for July 4, could happen as soon as June if 80% of eligible Vermonters have at least one dose of a vaccine. That is attainable since Vermont is already at 74.9% of people 12 and older now.
      The state is in stage three of the Vermont Forward plan. We can gather freely with up to 300 people for indoor events and up to 900 unvaccinated individuals for outdoor events and an unlimited number of vaccinated people and cross-state travel is open. People who are fully vaccinated may go without a mask in indoor and outdoor spaces although I still recommend that we continue masking up where you can't control the air around you until we reach herd immunity. The full plan is outlined here. Click here for the details about which sectors are impacted and what Universal Guidance includes.
      Vermont had received 820,900 doses of vaccine and had administered 706,400 shots as of Saturday morning. 368,436 people or about 74.9% of the Vermont population 16 and older has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 48.1% have been fully vaccinated. 65.2% of Franklin County residents--more than only Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties--have received at least one shot. The state has COVID-19 appointment times in St. Albans. Call the state's COVID-19 vaccine call center (855.722.7878) for info and appointments or Click here to get started and find more info.

These are still dangerous times in the pandemic even as
47 states report well under 100 cases/100,000 residents.
Please don't let down your guard.

      The State of Emergency continues.
      As of last Sunday, the Vermont Dashboard showed a total of 24,106 cases, up by 223 from a reported 23,883 last week. There have been 255 deaths (1.1% of cases). The seven-day average test positivity rate was 1.1% Saturday. The CDC COVID Tracker shows that Vermont's seven-day per capita infection rate dropped to 43.8 per 100,000 residents; by contrast, Colorado returned to "lead" the nation with 104.7 cases/100K. Maine had 99.6/100K while nearby New York dropped to 60.3/100K, and Florida eased to 85.3/100K. CDC reported 273 total new cases (down from 402 last week) in Vermont this past week. Franklin County had 45 new cases in the last two weeks.
      391,700 people (up to 62.8% of the Vermont population) have been tested a total of 1,682,708 times, although that data still comes with a crucial caveat:

A negative test result yesterday says nothing
about an individual's health today.

We still need a daily test that costs ten cents and gives results in ten minutes (and a way to collate those results).

      Because I write this weekly column largely on Sundays, the infection rates reported here will lag "live media" reports. Since it appears on Thursday and covers an entire week in the future, that also means events and happenings are likely to change with morphing State mandates. Be sure to check with the organizers of any event for up-to-the-minute info.
      Although so many of our favorite activities won't happen going into the new 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.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild made sand ball ornaments at Social Sunday. It's on the MAG YouTube channel.
      Flowers are blooming and they have many hand-made vases at the MAG store where there are in-store and online activities. The MAG online shop is open 24/7 and the gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.

PLAN AHEAD IN SHELBURNE--Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery hosts Fairfield artist Gail Salzman's new solo exhibit, Shapes & Variations, with an opening reception next Thursday, June 3, at 5 - 7 p.m., the day before Jazz Festival opens. The exhibit runs through July 10. Her show features two dozen framed, small, gouache paintings.
      The gallery is open Tuesday - Friday 10 - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 - 4 p.m. Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts is "looking for anyone who wants to share their love of music" for Make Music Day in Downtown 2021. Downtown's second Make Music Day will be held anywhere in the city on June 21. Anyone can take part.
      The international Make Music Day is celebrated in more than 1,000 cities in over 180 countries. Amateur musicians, professionals, students, and more share their love for music with their community using instruments of all kinds.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.


Thursday, May 27
ST. ALBANS TOWN--The St. Albans Bay Farmers Market hosts Nobby Slim & Kent in the Town Bay Park this evening at 4:30 or 5 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday, May 27-29
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Shallow and Pedantic tonight at 5 p.m., John Geno tomorrow night, and Eleven live on Saturday night for the "Memorial Weekend Meltdown." Music usually starts at 5:30 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. And to confirm. Click here to reserve a table.

Friday, May 28
EAST BURKE--The Nobby Reed Project returns live to Mikes Tiki Bar on Friday 5/28 at 4 or 5 p.m. depending on the weather forecast for later in the day.

ST. ALBANS--The Rough Suspects play a night of rock, blues, and country music in The Room at 14th Star live on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Seating is limited to one household per table and reservations are required. Reservations can be made online up to six days in advance. Click here and select "The Room Indoor Seating to reserve your table.

Friday-Saturday, May 28-29
ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Eric Bushey surrounded by guitars tomorrow evening and, on Saturday, Fred Brauer returns with simple songs about complex things: love, family, home, heaven, and good food. Music begins at about 6:30 p.m. Reservations are necessary.
      Call 802.524.1405, find them on Facebook, or click here for more info.

Sunday, May 30
MONTGOMERY--The monthly Celebration of Expressive Arts resumes at the INN on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The event officially includes everything but dancing, but there is always hope. Come early for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m.
      This month, CEA favorite Matt Crowley returns as the featured musician to kick off the new season. The featured artist is Katlin Parenteau, artist and tattoo professional and a fifth generation Vermonter. The local artists, writers and musicians gather to share original and thought provoking work.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.


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

Thursday, May 27
      The Frost Jazz Hour UM reruns the Latin Jazz Orchestra performance from August 19 on Facebook today at 11 a.m. The University of Miami Jazz Department broadcasts live from WDNA 88.9 FM studios every Thursday at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Anyone on or off Facebook is invited.

Friday, May 28
      Summer Sounds favorite John Bartus' Perpetual Island Tour will perform Social Distancing Concert 61, Live from the Florida Keys, thanks to Facebook Live at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Find him on Facebook for the watch party.
      Mr. Bartus played Social Distancing Concert #60 from the studio as a tribute to Bob Dylan for his 80th birthday on Facebook on Friday evening.

      Andrew Lloyd Webber streams 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.

Wednesday, June 2
      Big Heavy World presents Rocket Shop, the original local music radio hour hosted by Tom Proctor, every Wednesday night from 8 - 9 p.m. Vermont artists from across the state perform live in every genre on 105.9FM The Radiator in Burlington and as a podcast on

      Northwest Access TV filmed the famed Oleo Romeos live at the Meeting House on the Green in East Fairfield in the fall of 2020 on YouTube. The Oleo Romeos will fill the stage at Summer Sounds on August 15.

      Carnegie Hall Selects presents Selections from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Sir Georg Solti, followed by Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Itzhak Perlman and The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy on on Friday at 12 p.m.
      Presented as part of Live with Carnegie Hall, the series of free concert films from stages around the world will feature some of the greatest performances of music important to Carnegie Hall's history. A new film will be released each Friday; each will stream for one week exclusively on the Hall's website.

      Jason Corbiere went live from Sagebrush. Set 1 is on Facebook. The video through the hood isn't much but the sound is good.

      Prince on the Live Out Loud tour with 3rdeyegirl at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland is on YouTube. The setlist mostly included rarely played hits with a lot of guitar pyrotechnics.

      Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton sang a "mostly by request" show on Facebook last week and then sang Elvis by request in front of the tapestry on Facebook on Friday. Follow him on Facebook for a link to this week's offerings.


ST. ALBANS--Historian Jason Barney returns to the Eloquent Page for a book signing for Hidden History of Franklin County on Saturday at 11 a.m.
      Franklin County was one of colonial America's earliest economic, military and cultural byways. Mr. Barney will explore and unveil our area's forgotten past. 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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