ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 25 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 16, 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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ST. ALBANS--The Afterglow Festival brings three bands--Bad Horsey, Glass Onion, and Quadra--plus food trucks, guest speakers, and a climbing wall to Hard'Ack on Saturday from 1 - 8 p.m.
      The family friendly music festival will raise awareness for suicide and prevention in this community and play a lot of good music. The Vermont National Guard will attend with a number of activities for kids, including a climbing wall. Food and beverages will also be offered by 14th Star Brewing, Mill River Brewing, Maquam Winery, AFK Kombucha, 242 Barbecue, Phoenix House 1835, and Fire on the Mountain Pizza. Cash, credit, or debit accepted. No outside coolers or alcohol will be allowed.
      Admission is $25 for adults age 18 and older, $10 for 15-17-year olds, $5 for 5-14 year olds, and free for kids 5 and under. Tickets are available online or at the gate. Proceeds from Afterglow will go to suicide programs at both NCSS and the AFSP and various youth programs. Find them on Facebook or click here for more info. Click here for tickets.


     Gov. Phil Scott extended school masking guidance until at least October 4 and required vaccinations for state workers. Vermont reported 785 new COVID-19 cases last week. Franklin County, with 76.6% of residents with at least one dose of the vaccine, reported 166 in the last two weeks. The 7-day moving average positivity was 3.3%.
      Here's my own, still current, advice. Get the shot(s) and take precautions. The vaccines are extraordinarily effective but nothing is 100% foolproof. Wash your hands. Wear a mask where you can't control the airflow around you until we reach the same herd immunity we have for smallpox and once had but lost for measles. Bonus: it will also help protect you from pollen, summer colds, and the winter flu.


ENOSBURG--"As the leaves begin to change, the atmosphere of Cold Hollow is a sight to behold." The sculpture park is surrounded by the changing leaves highlighting more than 60 sculptures by David Stromeyer. The park is open Thursday - Sunday, noon - 6 p.m. through October 11. Find them on Facebook for more info.

MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild Art & Stroll has music and about 70 artists, crafters, and makers of all kinds from all over Vermont in the field next to MAG from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the field next to the MAG.
      Find them on Facebook for more info. 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.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild will host Marketing Your Creative Work with instructor Corrina Thurston as part of their ongoing series of online seminars this evening at 6 - 8 p.m. Art is a business. This in-person workshop will cover how to engage and grow and audience through simple marketing techniques including product photos, descriptions, calls to action, persuasive writing, and more.
      The cost is $30 for members or $35 for non-members. Click here for more info and to reserve a space.

ST. ALBANS--Patrick Murphy and Saint Albans Art Supply hold an art class this evening and on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
      The "small town Art Supply store" will host classes in different mediums. $35 per person. Limited spots are available so overflow reservation will take place the following week. Call the store (802.528.5194) for details or stop in. COVID restrictions apply. Find them on Facebook for a quick look.
      The art store also carries acrylics and oil paints, watercolor papers, sketch pads and canvas, Artograph lightpads, brush sets, brush cleaners, and more plus materials for kids. The store, located at 118 North Main Street, directly across from Ace Hardware, is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts hosts Personal Symbolism in Art and Henna Design with instructor Nancy Brady at MCA-Kelton Hall on Saturday at 2 p.m. This workshop will teach the creation of a design based on personal symbolism and visual language as well as how Henna is grown, harvested, and used in Morocco. All supplies will be included.
      Enrollment is limited to 15 per session. $20 per person at the door. Find them on Facebook for reservations and more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts begins the Tuesday Intro To Wheel Class with instructor Barbara Flathers on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The six week throwing class will progress from beginner to pro with multiple projects and demonstrations.
      Click here to register or for more info.


     Vermont has lifted all remaining statewide COVID-19 restrictions.
      Here's my own, still current, advice. Get the shot(s) and take precautions. The vaccines are extraordinarily effective but nothing is 100% foolproof. Wash your hands. Wear a mask where you can't control the airflow around you until we reach the same herd immunity we have for smallpox and once had but lost for measles. Bonus: it will also help protect you from pollen, summer colds, and the winter flu.

Thursday-Sunday, September 16-19
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap has the Robin Gotfried Band tonight at 5:30 p.m., two shows Friday night, starting with the Wrecks at 5 p.m., and then Dark Star Project for late night music starting at 9 p.m., then two shows again with Chris & Erica at 5 p.m. and Eleven live on Saturday night for their "last summer show" starting at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. And to confirm. Click here to reserve a table.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle on the Bay continues the Live Music Nights on the Bay with Blue Blazes this evening, the Blue Rock Boys on Friday, Ryan Hanson live on Saturday, and Bettenroo on Sunday. Music begins at 6 p.m. each evening, rain or shine. Call 802.372.4814 for reservations or find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday, September 17
NORTH HERO--The Lloyd Tyler Band plays live in the Steamship Bar and Grill for an evening of acoustic folk, country, rock, blues, and Americana at North Hero House on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents Mullets of Rock for a night of live music in The Room on Friday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday-Saturday, September 17-18
ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Amerikana Blue on Friday and the Flycatchers live on Saturday night. Music starts about 6:30 p.m. Call 802.524.1405, find them on Facebook, or click here for more info.

Saturday, September 18
GEORGIA--Jamie Lee Thurston headlines Georgia's Fall Festival at Georgia Beach on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Festival begins at 3 p.m. with fireworks about 8 p.m. Music starts about 5 p.m.
      There will be arts and crafts, wagon rides, face painting, corn hole, a bouncy house, obstacle course, trucks, minute to win-it games, and more. The food includes Taco Truck All Stars and Lions Club, drinks from Mill River Brewing BBQ and Smokehouse, and a farmers market.
      Admission is free. The Rec Committee is collecting donations for the food shelf.

COLCHESTER--The Spanked Puppy presents Jerborn jerborning the Outback on Saturday at 4 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Music in the Biergarten presents Tim Brick live at Mill River Brewing on Saturday at 5 p.m. Call to make a reservation (802.582.4182) or find them on Facebook for more info.

Sunday, September 19
MORRISVILLE--Moog's Joint presents the Seth Yacovone Band in their Live Music Lineup for Fall on Sunday at 5 p.m.
      Admission is $20. Outdoor seating and COVID precautions. Tickets are available in advance at Moog's Joint or online at

Wednesday, September 22
ESSEX--The Essex Experience presents Trucks Taps and Tunes with family-friendly live music, cold beer, and food on the Essex Green each Wednesday at 5 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro continues the live music schedule with Django Soulo on Wednesday at 6 p.m., weather permitting. No cover charge. Find them on Facebook for more info.


      "Open a Book, Open the World." The 2021 National Book Festival opens tomorrow and continues through Sunday, September 26, at many Franklin County libraries. The Library of Congress offers author conversations, a broadcast special on PBS, NPR podcasts, and more. Click here 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
Music at the Meeting House
Citizens Band
Wednesday Night Live
Enosburg Town Band


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