ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 26 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 28, 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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BURLINGTON--The 2022 Young Tradition Festival returns with a full set of live and live-streamed programs to Contois Auditorium in City Hall and other locations starting Monday. Evening concerts on Monday through Friday feature Grosse Isle on Monday, E'.T.E' on Tuesday, Zigue on Wednesday, Babineau/Chartrand on Thursday and the Young Tradition Touring Group and Young Tradition Youth Commission on Friday. Music starts at 7 p.m.
      Young Tradition Festival is an annual event held on the first full weekend (Friday-Sunday) and the weekdays prior in May. The weeklong event celebrates multi-generational relationships from diverse traditional music and dance communities. Children, youth and young adults are the major focus, as well as those who support them as teachers, mentors, friends and families. Click here for tickets and more info.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Your Nite Vermont Flower Beach with Diane Kingston live on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It is their "first Paint Nite since #%@ happened."
      Call 802.524.1405, find them on Facebook, or click here for more info. Admission is $35 per person. Click here for tickets.


     As COVID cases rise nationally, Vermont's rate remains highest in the nation. Vermont health officials have focused on hospitalizations and ICU stays as key indicators. Hospitalizations have been elevated throughout April. The record was 122 on January 19. March recorded a dramatic fall ahead of the April increase. ICU stays have been elevated after being at zero most days in March.
      Vermont's case numbers and hospitalizations are rising on the spread of BA.2. The state reported 1,778 new COVID-19 cases statewide last week for an average number of daily new cases of about 254 per day. Hospitalizations also have increased with 331 new cases last week. Franklin County reported 292 new cases in the 14 days ending Friday.
      Vermont relies on self reporting and self-reported antigen test results have increased. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order eight free at-home COVID-19 tests in two separate sets of four from Go there for links to the 20,000 no-cost antigen and PCR COVID-19 test sites nationwide. Most major chains including Walgreens, CVS, Price Chopper, and Walmart should have free N95 masks for distribution.
      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. The FDA has approved the fourth booster for those over 50 and it is likely an additional booster will be approved in the fall. Here's my own advice as we weigh whether to get another booster dose now or wait until later in the year. Get the COVID shot(s), get the booster(s), and take precautions, particularly if you are inside with other people--that means wearing a mask, despite the CDC relaxing the "mask mandates" this week. Statewide, about 310,300 Vermonters or 67% of the eligible population has completed vaccination and gotten a booster. Franklin County continues holding with about 63% of the people having completed the vaccine and the additional dose; that's unchanged over the last five weeks. Only Essex County with 55% vaccinated and boosted, and Orleans Counties at 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.


ESSEX--The Free Little Art Gallery shared a directory of FLAGs near you, your family, or near your next vacation destination. Click here to see how this movement is growing and growing.
      The Free Little Art Gallery Essex Junction is on Oneida Ave in Essex. Host Sarah Jerger wrote, "I have always loved miniatures, art-making and connecting through creativity. This seemed like a fun way to connect those passions." Click here to see that gallery.

MONTGOMERY--Montgomery Center for the Arts concludes Soul Work, a solo show by Crissie Kovacs. Her "body of work ... pays tribute with reverence to the fusion of art and nature through photography and other mediums." The multi-media artist has fused science, art and nature. The gallery is open Saturday and Sunday 12 - 4 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.


JEFFERSONVILLE--The Bryan Memorial Gallery 2022 Cabin Fever Season continues with Many Shades of Grey on Yupo Paper led by Steven Meyer on Saturday at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The workshop will show how to build up a landscape painting layer by layer and how to paint and manipulate India ink effectively on yupo paper. Space is limited to 8 participants. A list of materials to bring will be provided to you once registered.
      Click here to register or for more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts begins new workshops this week.
      Sheri Howe begins the Figure, Intro to Drawing today at 5:30 p.m. The six-week course from April 28 through June 2 offers the many tools and techniques specific to drawing the human form. The cost is $135. Click here to enroll and for more info.
      Pottery instructor Barbara Flathers begins the Tuesday Intro to Wheel Class on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The six-week course from May 3 through June 14 offers the essentials of wheel throwing for students who are new to the wheel or have little experience. The cost is $175. Click here to enroll and for more info.
      The May Open Studio Figure Drawing on Tuesday at 3 - 5:30 p.m. is a community facilitated group with no formal instructor present. April will be a clothed session with quick two minute poses, five minute poses, 20 minute poses, and a long pose at the end. The cost is $15 with pre-registration preferred. Click here to register and for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Public Arts Network and Swanton Arts Council host SPAN's Spring 2022 Tailgate Paint Party on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
      Celebrate spring with snacks and community painting of two art boards, each designed and led by a local artist. Bring a chair or picnic blanket, games, and an attitude for fun. SPAN will have plenty of brushes and paint to make your mark on an art board. No artistic ability needed.

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, April 28
SOUTH HERO--Cooie Sings as the Blue Paddle Bistro hosts singer-songwriter Cooie DeFrancisco this evening at 6 - 8 p.m.

Friday, April 29
MORRISVILLE--Moog's Joint presents the acoustic duo Jeremy Harple & John-Paul Arenas live on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info

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

SHELDON--The Abbey Live Music Series continues with Sean Jarvis in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday-Saturday, April 29-30
HIGHGATE--The District 1 Middle School Music Festival features Franklin County student musicians in the MVU Thunderdome on Friday and Saturday with a culminating concert at 2 p.m. Doors at 1:30.
      Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students/seniors, or $15 for the entire family. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap has two shows Friday night, Chris & Erica at 5 p.m., followed by the Dog Catchers for late night music starting at 9 p.m., plus two more shows live on Saturday night with the Robin Gottfried Band at 5 p.m., and Britt Kane and Company 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--Twiggs often has shows on Friday and Saturday nights. This week they host a blues night with Tom Caswell and Tom Buckley in the front window on Friday and American roots with 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, April 30
ST. ALBANS--Comedian Medium Maureen Hancock returns to the Depot on Saturday at 4 p.m. She says there will be laughter, there will be tears.
      Standard seated general admission is $30 and limited seated VIP admission is $45. Click here for tickets and more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Double E presents two showings of the Visualizer Orchestra featuring the VSO at The T Rex Theater on Saturday. The first show starts at 4 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m.
      The Vermont Symphony Orchestra has teamed with Dallas-based Lightware Labs to create a projection-mapped orchestra concert. The technology uses light and image to project light on a surface, turning ordinary walls and surfaces into dynamic, animated works of art. The VSO will use the technology to create visual stories to accompany an hour of intense, emotional orchestral music. Admission ranges from $20-30 per person ("pay what you can") or $10 for students. Click here for links to tickets and more info.

SHELDON--The Abbey and Fairfield Community Center host Caring for Candie Who's Always Cared for Us. The special Spaghetti Dinner to support Candie Dezotelle begins at the Abbey on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with music by Carol Ann Jones starting at 6 p.m.
      Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids 8 and under. Dessert is included. Call the Fairfield Community Center (802.827.3130) for tickets and Find them on Facebook for more info.

Sunday, May 1
MORRISVILLE--Moog's Joint presents Seth Yacovone solo acoustic for two sets of "originals and old songs from before times" on Sunday at beginning at 5 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info

Wednesday, May 4
ST. ALBANS--Troy Millette Presents: Sample Sets on the Taproom Stage at 14th Star on Wednesday from 6 - 9 p.m. Mr. Millette's special "flight" will have three new acts from established solo acts, to fresh new faces, to special guest appearances every Wednesday evening. Act One begins at 6 p.m., Act Two at 7, and Act Three at 8 all with no cover charge. Find them on Facebook for more info.


     Virtual music and events continue this week.

      The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra with conductor Luigi Gaggero and Diana Tishchenko (violin) began a tour of seven German concert halls with this livestream on YouTube from Kulturpalast Dresden on Monday. The program included Maxim Berezovsky, Ernest Chausson, Myroslav Skoryk, Borys Lyatoshynsky, Mykola Lysenko, and the Ukrainian National Anthem. The musicians participating want to promote the preservation of Ukrainian culture.

      Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton sang Gospel with a new backdrop on Facebook on Sunday morning and a "Mix & Match" concert on Facebook on Tuesday. Follow him on Facebook for a link to this week's offerings.

      ETN, Main Street Landing and Big Heavy World presented the Vermont Music Showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas in 2015. The nation's largest music festival featured Waylon Speed, the DuPont Brothers, Lowell Thompson, Zero Circle, Get A Grip, and the Snaz performing on YouTube.


ONLINE--The Vermont Humanities Council presents What Makes Jewish Literature Jewish? with Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans via Zoom on Wednesday at 7 p.m. This program is one of several First Wednesday events.
      Jewish literature is unlike many other literary traditions in that it can be written anywhere. Professor Stavans leads a journey through Jewish literature from the expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the creation of the state of Israel peopled by Sholem Aleichem, Anne Frank, Elie Wiesel, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, and Amos Oz. Click here to register and for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day at the Eloquent Page, from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. This is a big event. They'll have author signings and readings, free bookmarks and stickers, exclusive editions of some books, and much more. A.Y. Berthiaume, Charlie Brooks, Trish Esden, Michael Freed-Thrall, Tammy Hetrick, Jerry Johnson, Bill Mares, DonnaRae Menard, Stephen Payne, Bob Pierce, Sara Stewart, and more will be there. Find them on Facebook for more info.

MONTPELIER--The Vermont Humanities Council celebrates Vermont writers, publishers, and readers at the 2021 Vermont Book Awards at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Alumni Hall on Saturday at 7 p.m. Prizes include the best poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction books. A dessert reception with cash bar will be followed by a brief program featuring the winning authors and surprise guests.
      Admission is $30-$75. Click here for tickets and 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 Concert Band
Enosburg Town Band


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