ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 25 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 11, 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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      Let us pause today on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
      First celebrated as Armistice Day when the day marked the end of World War I, today we continue to celebrate Veterans Day to pay our respects to those who served and died that our freedom lives.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild hosts the 17th annual Holiday ArtFest with 145 artists, live music, and much more, all at the MAG on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
      There will be pop-ups from Trine Wilson and Sparkle & Ice, live music from Dayve Huckett, and from Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton, a wine wall auction, art raffles, as well as the Maquam Wine Tasting, and Christmas presents galore with no waiting for shipping.


     Vermont Business reported that the 11 worst daily case counts have all come since mid-September, following from the Delta variant surge that began in July. The state reported 487 new COVID-19 cases last Thursday alone and 1,931 cases last week. Franklin County reported 301 cases in the 14 days ending Sunday, 48 of them last Saturday alone.
      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.
      Dr. Rebecca Bell, president of the Vermont chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, wholeheartedly urged parents to get their kids vaccinated. "We unequivocally recommend this vaccine for every Vermont child age eligible." she said.
      Here's my own advice. Immunity is beginning to wane for many of us, leading to mild infections and increased transmission of the virus. Get the COVID and Flu shot(s), get the booster, and take precautions. No vaccine 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.


JEFFERSONVILLE--Bryan Memorial Gallery opens the new show, Gems & Giants 2021, today. They also continue Let's Find Out, an online series that explores the 17 artists on display in their 2021 Legacy Collection. Vermont artist Susan Bull Riley 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.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts has a double header Exhibition Reception and Artist Talk this evening at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Look for Tradition/Improvisation ("these are not your grandmother's quilts"), fiber arts by Kristina Snook, in the Folley Hall Gallery and for Call and Response, works by the Photographer's Workroom, in the Copley Studio Gallery. A cash bar will be available. Both exhibits continue through January 15, 2022.
      Click here for more info about Tradition/Improvisation and here for more info about the Photographer's Workroom.

JOHNSON--Minema Gallery presents There Was Once, a solo exhibition by Vermont-based photographer and painter Cathy Cone with an opening reception on Sunday at 2 - 4 p.m. The exhibit will showcase two new, interconnected bodies of work: hand-painted photographs and black and white piezography.
      The gallery is a micro space that promotes social justice and equity through contemporary art, craft, spoken word, and film. Find them on Facebook for more info.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild will host Social Media Marketing for Artists with instructor Corrina Thurston as part of their ongoing series this evening at 6 - 8 p.m. Art is a business. This workshop will cover promoting creative work on social media and offer help to grow an audience with the basic marketing essentials for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Handout included.
      The cost is $30 for members or $35 for non-members. Click here to reserve a space.

BURLINGTON--Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center hosts the free Artist Changemaker Workshop on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday features three panels covering social change marketing and branding, building relationships and community support, and measuring community impact. Sunday, by application or invitation only, will take an intensive, deep dive with hands-on sessions to help musicians build an effective social change project. Click here for the schedule and the application for the Sunday incubator.
      "Everyone will come away from the workshop with a bigger skill set, a larger circle of colleagues and friends, and more confidence to pursue social change through their art." Find them on Facebook for more info.

MONTGOMERY--Ballet Arts will teach Adult Beginners Ballet Barre with Yoga warm up at the MCA starting on Monday and running through December 6 at 5 p.m.
      Find them on Facebook or email Kathleen McCloskey-Scott to register and for more info. Limited spaces are available.


     Vermont has lifted all remaining statewide COVID-19 restrictions.
      Here's my own advice. Immunity is beginning to wane for many of us, leading to mild infections and increased transmission of the virus. Get the COVID and Flu shot(s), get the booster, and take precautions. No vaccine 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, November 11-13
FAIRFAX--BFA-Fairfax presents Mamma Mia with a cast of 14 seniors opens tonight at 7 p.m. The show continues tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m. plus a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday.
      Allyson Dearborn plays Sophie in the upbeat jukebox musical based on the songs of ABBA, choreographed by Janaya Parsons. Maddie Slocombe plays Sophie's mother Donna; Donna and the Dynamos are Andrea Sanders and Melissa Hall. Lyle Broe plays Harry, Alden Kalbfleisch plays Bill, and Chase Deroches plays Sky. The show is the ninth longest-running show on Broadway and the seventh longest-running show in West End history.
      Admission is $10 for orchestra seating and $8 for bleachers. Tickets are available at the door or through Find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday, November 12
SHELDON--The Abbey 2021 Music Series continues with David Miller on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday-Sunday, November 12-14
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap has two shows Friday night, Mitch & Devon at 5 p.m., and then Band X for late night music starting at 9 p.m., and two shows live on Saturday night with Kyle Stevens at 5 p.m., followed by Eleven starting at 9 p.m. and staying up way past 11. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. And to confirm. Click here to reserve a table.

Saturday, November 13
MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild hosts the 17th annual Holiday ArtFest live music by Dayve Huckett and Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Dayve Huckett at 2 p.m. plus art pop-ups, a wine wall auction, art raffles and more at the MAG on Saturday.
      Ms. Jones' new album is available at the MAG.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents Sibling Reverie for their "first full show" of live music in The Room on Saturday at 6 p.m. The acoustic brother and sister duo plays their own "raw and stripped down versions of blues to country to rock to pop." Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Roger Giroux returning live on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Call 802.524.1405, find them on Facebook, or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Depot presents a Tribute to the Tragically Hip featuring Glass Onion on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Doors at 7:30. This is a SRO event. There will be a cash bar and food will be available for purchase.
      Admission is $20 with a portion of each ticket sold to benefit the Samaritan House. Click here for tickets.

Sunday, November 14
ST. ALBANS--Church Street Sounds of the Season presents Linda Radtke and Cameron Steinmetz with From the Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists, at the First Congregational Church on Sunday at 3 p.m. In period costume and 'Votes for Women' sash, Ms. Radtke and Mr. Steinmetz, accompanied by pianist David Gibson, will offer the songs and stories of the women's suffrage movement and the fight for voting rights.
      Admission is free. Donations are freely accepted. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Wednesday, November 17
ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents Mellow Melodies with Renee, an evening of live music from solo songstress and ukulele player Renee Laroche-Rheaume, in The Room on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.


     Virtual music and events continue this week.

Sunday, November 14
      Harry Tea hosts the Trop40 Countdown featuring the official Top 40 of "Tropical Americana" music live from the Radio A1A studios in the Florida Keys on Facebook Live on Sunday from Noon - 1 p.m. The Trop40 features each song in the order of the RadioA1A Trop40 Poll results; the Top 10 will be played individually on the live broadcast culminating with the announcement of the monthly No. 1 independent singer-songwriter and song.
      The Countdown is broadcast on the second Sunday of each month. Find them on Facebook for more info and the livestream.

      Summer Sounds favorite John Bartus' Perpetual Island Tour played Social Distancing Concert #78--his last as a single man--live from Grassy Flats on Facebook on Friday evening. Find him on Facebook for the next watch party.

      Homebrew is husband and wife duo Becca and Andy Cartmell. Their genre-hopping setlists mix Celtic, old-time music, jazz, Americana and modern pop covers with originals that use live-looping to combine traditional and modern Celtic music and Americana with acoustic jazz. They played McClurg's Scottish Pub in Enosburg in September. Click here for their catalog.

      The Prodigal Son, Rick Redington, was live with Benjamin Adam Redington for a night of fun and games, pizza and blues on Groovestreet in Rutland and the Magic Cabin Concert Series on Facebook.


      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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