ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 25 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 10, 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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      Summer Sounds begins its 30th season of outdoor concerts with Mark Shelton on Sunday, July 11. Blue Paddle begins live music June 10. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park will reopen on June 12. Jeffersonville Art Jam starts June 12. Ten live Meeting House on the Green summer concerts begin June 12.


      Vermont has adopted the CDC Guidance for masks. If you are vaccinated, masks are not required in any setting not compelling a mask. Unvaccinated people are still asked to wear a mask at all venues until they are two weeks or more past their second dose of vaccine.

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MORRISVILLE--River Arts holds its first in-person event in over a year, a Gallery Open House for the Vermont Watercolor Society show New Beginnings in Foley Hall and Copley Common Room this evening at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The watercolor exhibit speaks "about the revival of spring, the transition of seasons, and a new outlook on life." Unvaccinated visitors are required to wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing. The show continues through July 13.
      Click here for more info.

ENOSBURG--Cold Hollow Sculpture Park reopens on Monday at noon. Park hours are noon - 6 p.m., Thursday - Sunday and holidays.
      The outdoor sculpture park is a place of discovery of the relationships between the natural and human-made worlds. Their goal is "to provide free, world class art experiences to all who come while conserving the art and land." Sturdy walking shoe are advised.
      The park is at 4280 Boston Post Road.

JEFFERSONVILLE--The Jeffersonville Art Jam starts on Main Street on Saturday. Free events will occur on Saturdays (with Sunday rain dates) and on Sunday, July 4.
      The Visions of Vermont Gallery, the Bryan Memorial Gallery and the Cambridge Arts Council will host artist demos, live music, lectures, food vendors, and artists' booths up and down Main Street.


MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts is having a Gallery Paint In on Friday and Saturday at MCA-Kelton Hall at 12 noon - 4 p.m. each day. It's a party! Wear old clothes.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Art Walk returns. St. Albans Community Arts seeks crafters, artists, and more to set up on the sidewalk of St Albans and display work. Find them on Facebook for rules, locations, and times.


     Vermont has adopted the CDC Guidance for masks. If you are vaccinated, masks are not required in any setting not compelling a mask. Unvaccinated people are still asked to wear a mask at all venues until they are two weeks or more past their second dose of vaccine.

Thursday, June 10
ST. ALBANS TOWN--The Jolly Roger Band rocks the St. Albans Bay Farmers Market in the Town Bay Park this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Snow Farm Summer Concert Series is back with "Vermont's Best Cover Band," Sticks and Stones, at the Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery this evening at 6:30 p.m.
      The live summer series offers a variety of music, from classical to jazz to swing to bluegrass to classic rock. Concerts are held every Thursday evening into September, weather permitting. Picnicking begins at 5 p.m. Wine and a local craft beer are available for purchase. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Click here for more info.

Thursday-Saturday, June 10-12 SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle on the Bay begins a summer of live music on Thursday-Saturday nights with Bob Gagnon on solo guitar this evening, Fairfax singer/songwriter Troy Millette on Friday, and the Mystery Singer on Saturday. Music begins at 6 p.m.

Thursday-Sunday, June 10-13
BURLINGTON--The Discover Jazz Festival returned to venues around the Queen City, centered on the Church Street Marketplace. Performances continue through Sunday. Except for a few ticketed shows at Nectar's and at Halvorson's Upstreet Café, all Jazz Festival performances will be free to the public. Here's a sampling:
      The Will Patton Quartet returns to Leunigs this afternoon from 3 - 6 p.m. "Feeling so much happiness to let loose with some jazz, manouche and Bossa Nova!" Mr. Patton said. A2VT with Abizo plays Church Street in front of City Hall this evening at 5:30 p.m. The group sings I'm A Soul Survivor with a guitar solo by Andre Maquera on YouTube .
      The Paul Asbell Quintet plays Church Street in front of City Hall on Saturday at 1:45 p.m.
      Find them on Facebook or click here for more info.

Friday, June 11
COLCHESTER--The Spanked Puppy presents the Nobby Reed Project Friday evening at 6 p.m.

MILTON--The Friday Night Live Music and Buffet at Arrowhead Golf Course presents Kyle Stevens on the deck on Friday at 6 p.m. The teriyaki chicken buffet starts around 7 p.m. Both run until 9 p.m.
      The buffet costs $12 per person ($5 for each child). You don't have to be a member; the public is welcome. Be sure to come early, usually around 6, to get a good seat.

SHELDON--The Abbey 2021 Summer Music series continues with Sean Jarvis on the Back 40 Farm Wagon on Friday at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting or in the Pub if it rains.

Friday-Saturday, June 11-12
ST. ALBANS--On Friday, Twiggs hosts bluesman Arthur James and, on Saturday, Eric Bushey on guitar. Music begins at about 6:30 p.m. "Kick off the Summer right, book your reservations."
      Call 802.524.1405, find them on Facebook, or click here for more info.

Saturday June 12
EAST FAIRFIELD--The ten live Meeting House on the Green Summer Concerts begin with Beg, Steal or Borrow on Saturday at 5 p.m.
      Jeremy, Geoff, Fran, Roland and Luke won the 2017 Podunk and 2018 Thomas Point Beach bluegrass festival band competitions and have been featured at Greyfox, Ossipee Valley, and Meeting House festivals.
      Admission is by suggested donation of $10 at the door with those under 16 admitted free. Concerts are held outdoors. In case of rain, concerts are either canceled or moved indoors with mask required and limited seating available. "Grab and go" light fare will be available for sale or bring your own picnic. click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Music in the Biergarten is back on Saturday nights as Mill River Brewing presents Uncle Jimmy rocking out at 5 p.m. "Live music should be a party, and with Uncle Jimmy, it is." Scott Evans, Matt Vachon, and Sean Greenwood make it so.
      Call to make a reservation. Find them on Facebook for more info.

MILTON--Rick's Grill presents Carol Ann Jones and Jon Sochin on Saturday at 6 p.m. Ms. Jones and Mr. Sochin perform her Mr. Engineer and more behind the Blue Paddle Bistro on YouTube.

ST. ALBANS--Singer/songwriter Troy Millette plays live in The Room at 14th Star on Friday at 6 p.m. Mr. Millette has performed alongside Grace Potter, Counting Crows, Rick Springfield, and more, after his early success with Keeghan Nolan's Young Guns Showcase in Summer Sounds. His Living With A Ghost album is now streaming on all the major platforms.

BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents Bella's Bartok High and Mighty Brass Band at Backside 405 (405 Pine Street) on Saturday at 8 p.m. Doors at 7.
      This group and event has nothing to do with Franklin County but they sound good and I like the name. It's a tossup whether Franz Liszt or Béla Bartók was Hungary's greatest composer so I have always wanted to meet Bella's Bartok. OK, maybe not since they have "evolved" from street-punk performers to an electric, brass-filled, accordion-based spectacle." I had kind of figured on head banging but I'm not sure you can bang anything with an accordion. Click here for a preview.
      Admission is $20 in advance or $25 day of show. Click here for tickets and more info.

Wednesday, June 16
NORTH HERO--Dave Miller plays live in the Steamship Bar and Grill at North Hero House on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Look for late 60s and early 70s easy listening and sing-a-long music. NHH has returned to live music on Wednesday and Friday evenings.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro also begins a summer of live music with Carol Ann Jones and Jon Sochin on Wednesday at 6 p.m. They are booked for every other Wednesday evening this summer. No cover charge. Enjoy outdoor tent seating by reservation.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Citizens Concert Band starts the St. Albans Summer Concert Series in the E.A. Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park on Wednesday at the special time of 7 p.m. (This is the first scheduled Citizens Concert Band performance for this season.) There will be no food or beverage sales this summer.
      Admission is free.


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

Thursday, June 6
      On the Frost Jazz Hour UM the Carlos Puig Quartet plays live 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.

      The Virtual Open Mic goes live on Facebook every Thursday from 7 - 10 p.m. It's a central location in Waitsfield for streaming and invites artists to post performances freely.

Wednesday, June 16
      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

      The Beatles Rooftop Concert was filmed live 52 years ago in 1969. The music and the pipe-smoking, middle-aged gent in a suit and climbing the fire ladder are all on YouTube. The unannounced concert from the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters in central London's fashion district became the final public performance of their career.
      "You've been playing on the roofs again, and you know your Momma doesn't like it; she's going to have you arrested!"

      Carnegie Hall Selects presents Herbert von Karajan leading the Berlin Philharmonic with "Slava" Rostropovich on cello for Ricard Strauss' Don Quixote 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.

      Anderson-Gram played Little Sister as part of their "SIP Happens" tour on YouTube. The rest of the SIP Happens tour is also on this YouTube playlist. They will join us for Summer Sounds in Highgate on August 22.

      The Davis Brothers Garage Band played on YouTube. The Davis Boys (the actual brothers) will join us for Summer Sounds in Highgate on July 18.

      Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton sang Elvis Love songs plus on Facebook on Friday. Captain Radical--the Pirate King of Rock and Roll--wowed the Lake George Elvis Festival on Saturday. And he glorified God in song on Facebook on Sunday. He will kick off the 30th season of Summer Sounds in Highgate on July 11.
      Follow him on Facebook for a link to this week's offerings.

      Xaver Varnus played J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (edited by Mendelssohn) on the Sauer Organ of the Berliner Dom, recorded live on Opening Night of the Berliner Internationaler Orgelsommer 2013. Watch it on YouTube.


      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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