ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 26 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 31, 2022


      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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ENOSBURG--Summer Theater Camp returns to the Opera House at Enosburg Falls in June. Director Ernie Hemingway's goals are to have fun putting on a show while learning new skills and meeting new friends. Campers will take on all the activities of a theatrical production: characters, movement, dialogue, sets, props, and costumes and will stage their show before a live audience. Click here for more info; follow the information link or the registration link.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls is preparing for the summer musical, Tony Hawks' Midlife Cowboy. They need three male actors who sing and at least one who can play guitar and two female actors who sing and at least one who can play guitar. "Any other instrument playing is welcomed." The warm, funny, and entertaining new musical was written by the comedian and best-selling author, Tony Hawks. The show follows the fortunes of the members of the Swindon Country and Western Club. Call 802.933.6171 or click here for more info.


     Vermont has gone from the lowest rate of COVID-19 transmission in the nation to the highest.
      The Green Mountain State's seven-day COVID case average rose about 14% last week compared with the week before as the BA.2 variant keeps pushing case counts up. The state reported 948 new COVID-19 cases statewide last week which is now the highest rate per capita in the nation. Franklin County up in the northwest corner of the state reported 103 cases in the 14 days ending Friday.
      Vermont plans to close the state-run COVID-19 vaccine clinics by mid-April. Health care providers and pharmacies will continue to vaccinate residents going forward. Trusted primary care providers are the only locations that have seen a recent increase in doses administered, Health Commissioner Mark Levine said.
      Vermont relies on self reporting. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order eight free at-home COVID-19 tests in two separate sets of four from Most major chains including Walgreens, CVS, Price Chopper, and Walmart should have free N95 masks for distribution.
      Here's my own advice as data pours in and we learn that a single shot is not enough. Whether you have contracted and recovered from this coronavirus or haven't yet received a booster or even if you have done it all, immunity has waned for many of us. That lowered resistance leads to infections and increased transmission of the virus. Get the COVID and Flu shot(s), get the booster, and take precautions. Statewide, about 305,600 Vermonters or 67% of the eligible population has completed vaccination and gotten a booster--that's only about 200 residents over the course of the week. In Franklin County, about 63% of the people have the complete vaccine and the additional dose; that's unchanged from last week. Only Essex County with 55% vaccinated and boosted, and Orleans and Windsor Counties at about 61-62% have lower rates.
      No vaccine is 100% foolproof. Wash your hands. Keep wearing an N95 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 because so many parents refused to vaccinate their kids. Bonus: it will also help protect you from pollen, summer colds, and the winter flu.
      Call 855.722.7878 or for more info about the first or second dose and for booster shots of the vaccine. 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.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. Starting tomorrow, the April spotlight is on potter Gillian Ireland, art quilter Anne Standish, and fine art photographer Wayne Tarr. A.I.R. will continue celebrating the monthly Featured Artists online and on Facebook.
      The art and fine craft cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 40 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The gallery on South Main Street is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here or find them on Facebook for more info.

JEFFERSONVILLE--The Bryan Memorial Gallery features La Platte River by Susan Larkin and Lonely House by Alden Bryan this week in the Legacy Collection.
      The Gallery is open Thursday - Sunday 11 - 4 or by appointment. Click here for appointments and more info.


JEFFERSONVILLE--The Bryan Memorial Gallery 2022 Cabin Fever Season continues with the two-day workshop, No Foolin' Floral Fun with Annelein Beukenkamp on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
      Ms. Beukenkamp explores floral watercolor painting while demonstrating color mixing, values and brush handling plus a multitude of techniques including negative painting, scraping, splattering, wet into wet, glazing, lifting and many other ways to create a bright, happy painting.
      Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register or for much more info.

MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild will begin two new workshops this week.
      Quilting: Level 2 with instructor Joan Shortsleeve is a three-week class at MAG on Saturdays at 11 am. - 1 p.m. to create your own Town Square three-yard quilt with the provided pattern. This quilt finishes at 47 1/2" by 62". Click here for more info and to reserve a space.
      Square Store 101: Online Store Basics with instructor Caitlyn Kenney is part of their ongoing series of online seminars on Wednesday 6 - 8 p.m. Art is a business. This online workshop for beginners will cover how to create a free online store with the Square Point of Sale system. The cost is $30 for members or $35 for non-members. Click here for more info and to reserve a space.


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.
      Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. Find the SAC on Facebook for the agenda and more info.


     Here's my own plan as U.S. deaths approach one million and our precautions wane. I got the COVID and Flu shots, and the first booster, and I take precautions because no vaccine is 100% foolproof. I wash my hands. I double mask with a genuine N95 mask (not a bandana and not a "chin strap") and a surgical mask where ever I can't control the airflow. It isn't much of a burden and it mostly protects me from all the people without masks I see in stores and concerts.

Thursday, March 31
SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro hosts singer-songwriter Chris Lyon with a mix of country, bluegrass, and folk this evening at 6 - 8 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday, April 1
SHELDON--The Abbey Live Music Series continues the Winter Season with John Gratton in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Dave Miller rocks out at Twiggs live on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Call 802.524.1405, find them on Facebook, or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--NightHawk returns to the Depot on Friday night at 9 p.m. The dance band "with something for everyone" features Kyra Maddix, vocals; Ray Parent, guitars, and vocals; Pete Lawrence, drums, and vocals; and Michael Maddix, bass, and vocals. The cover charge is $5.

Friday-Saturday, April 1-3
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap has two shows this weekend, starting with the Phil Abair Band with Keeghan Nolan returning to On Tap for late night music starting at 9 p.m., followed by Before this Time starting live on Saturday night after 8:59 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. And to confirm. Click here to reserve a table.

Saturday, April 2
ST. ALBANS--The Depot stages a Murder Mystery: 1920s Death of a Gangster on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6 to mingle with the cast.       Come dressed in your best 1920s attire as a gangster or his moll, a flapper, or a dandy. Enjoy a cocktail party atmosphere with food available for purchase. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Admission is $20 per person. Email for more info or click here for tickets.

MORRISVILLE--Moog's Joint presents Green Mountain Freight in their Live Music Lineup on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The homegrown band blends original songwriting with pure Americana Rock and Roll. Click here for more info.

Sunday, April 3
KEY COLONY BEACH, FL--The KCB Community Association's 2022 Concerts in the Park conclude with Lady A in Sunset Park on Sunday at 4 p.m.
      Concerts in the Park are free concerts sponsored by the KCBCA and take place on spring Sunday afternoons in Sunset Park. Social distancing and masks are recommended. Bring a chair or blanket and refreshments. Parking is limited so walking, biking or ride sharing is recommended.


     Virtual music and events continue this week.

      Summer Sounds favorite John Bartus' Perpetual Island Tour played "so many guitars in so little time" in Social Distancing Concert #89 (we think) from the studio on Facebook this past Friday evening. Find him on Facebook for the watch party for Social Distancing Concert #90 with Adrienne Z, live from Boondocks tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m.

      Wynton Marsalis played Blue Note Jazz, exploring the life and music of Dave Brubeck, at Harrogate International Festival in 2015 on YouTube

      14th Star hosts its first Spring Record Day in The Room on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Festival will include vinyl collections from Vermont record stores and local independent collectors, craft beer, eats from Grazers, and deep cuts from vinyl deejays. Admission is free for all ages.

      Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton dropped in for a visit yesterday. He sang at Hilltop Estates, ("one of those off Broadway; off The Villages villages in Florida") on Facebook on Saturday. And it "looks like the beard is definitely coming off!" for his Elvis Tribute Show aboard the M/S Mt. Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee in May. Follow him on Facebook for a link to this week's offerings.


      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 Concert Band
Enosburg Town Band


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