ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 25 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 28, 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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MORRISVILLE--River Arts celebrates this Halloween with a Mask Making workshop for the in-person, October "Sip n' Slurry creative experience" as the pottery twist on a Paint n' Sip on Friday at 6 p.m. BYOB. Instructor Jude Prashaw and Lisa Wolfgang will lead crafting functional and sculptural vessels while teaching hand building techniques. The bar is not serving due to COVID restrictions.
      The cost is $45. Click here to enroll and for more info.


     Despite continuing the Delta surge, Gov. Phil Scott said last week, "the data shows [the vaccines] significantly reduce cases among the vaccinated, with less than 1% of vaccinated Vermonters becoming a case. And importantly, only three-tenths of a percent of vaccinated Vermonters have been hospitalized.
      "The vaccine is also reducing the overall case fatality rate, which is now below 0.5%... The data is clear: By not getting vaccinated you are more likely to get sick from COVID and you are much more likely to spread it to others... Each of us, whether vaccinated or not, need to step up and do our part to protect the old and sick in our lives." And the others around us.
      Vermont reported 1,238 new COVID-19 cases last week. Franklin County reported 239 cases in the 14 days ending Sunday. Unvaccinated Vermonters are still three to four times more likely than vaccinated Vermonters to contract COVID-19 according to the Vermont Department of Health. Vermont has adopted the CDC Guidance around masks.
      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.
      Vaccination clinics for booster shots and for the first or second dose of vaccine are open across Vermont for anyone age 12 or older. Call 855.722.7878 or click here to make an appointment or for more info. You can also walk-in at Costco, CVS, Hannaford, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaw's, Walgreens, or Walmart, or get an appointment with CVS, Kinney Drugs, Walgreens, or UVMMC Outpatient Pharmacies.


JEFFERSONVILLE--Bryan Memorial Gallery begins Let's Find Out, a new, online piece to explore the 17 artists on display in their 2021 Legacy Collection. Artist Zufar Bikbov is featured this week.
      The gallery is open Thursday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call the gallery (802.644.5100) or find them on Facebook for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council will hold a Board Meeting and Updates in person at the Swanton Free Public Library on Monday at 6 p.m. They'll even introduce Unicorn Spit.
      Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. Find the SAC on Facebook for the agenda and more info.


     Vermont has lifted all remaining statewide COVID-19 restrictions.
      Here's my own current advice, updated to today. 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-Saturday, October 28-30
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap starts off another weekend of music with Rough Suspects tonight at 5:30 p.m. two shows Friday night, the Fabulous Wrecks at 5 p.m., and then the Trevor Contois Band for late night music starting at 9 p.m., plus two more shows live on Saturday night with Uncle Jimmy at 5 p.m., and the On Tap Halloween Party with Sticks Stones starting at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. And to confirm. Click here to reserve a table.

ST. ALBANS--Cre802 presents the Monstaz N Pajamas Ball with comedy, music, spooky food and drink for live performances by Charlie Mayne, KONFLIK, Marlon Fisher, Ryan Kenyon, Chad Blodgett, and King Mecca, all at The Depot this evening at 8 p.m. Doors at 7
Must come in costume or pajamas. $7 cover charge.       Next up, the Depot hosts the HalloQueen Evening Drag Show on Friday night at 8 p.m. with a repeat performance on Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. Meet and greet after the show with the performers. Come dressed in your favorite Halloween attire.
      Admission is $25 with limited VIP seating for $40. Tickets are available at the Depot or on

Friday, October 29
SHELDON--The Abbey 2021 Music Series continues with singer-songwriter Julia Parent on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Eleven will classically rock Backstreet's Annual Halloween Party to "bring back the spook in downtown" on Friday beginning at the very late (for them) and spooky hour of 9 p.m.
      "After COVID forced the cancellation of last year's Halloween event, we aim to return with a wild night in store." Find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday-Sunday, October 28-31
ST. ALBANS--Twiggs often hosts live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Music starts about 6:30 p.m. Call 802.524.1405, find them on Facebook, or click here for more info.

Saturday, October 30
ST. ALBANS--Spooky Saturday returns to Downtown Saturday beginning about 9 a.m. The day includes Spooky Organ Music at the First Congregational Church and the Nightmare at City Hall with spooky animatronics. There will be a pumpkin carving contest and trick-or-treating all over Downtown. The Eloquent Page has Spookley story-time with Ernie. And there will be goodies in Taylor Park and a Costume Contest with prizes. Find them on Facebook for more info.

EAST FAIRFIELD--The live Meeting House on the Green Concerts continue with Summer Sounds favorites the Oleo Romeos in a benefit for the Fairfield Community Center live on Saturday at 5 p.m. "Tyrone Shaw, Will Patton, Jerry Bowers, and George Lewis will deliver an off-kilter show that's sure to please."
      Admission is by suggested donation of $10 or more at the door with those under 16 admitted free. Fall concerts are held indoors with COVID precautions in place, masks required, and limited seating available. "Grab and go" light fare will be available for sale or bring your own picnic. Call 802.827.6626 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star hosts the annual Monster Mash Halloween Party & Costume Competition with Barbie N Bones live in The Room on Saturday at 6 p.m. Dress up and have some pumpkin brew and prizes on tap. Find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Best selling, popular writer James Patterson is running his holiday bookseller bonus program again. It's a chance to nominate the best of local bookstore owners or employees for their dedication to keeping words in a row (and more) in our hands. Mr. Patterson has pledged $250,000 of his own money to be distributed in $500 grants, to 500 booksellers from ABA member bookstores.
      Donna Howard of the Eloquent Page loves books, knows books, and supports local writers. Her store is every bit the gathering place of ideas, of fun, and of community that we want a local bookstore to be.
      Click here to nominate your favorite.

      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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