ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 26 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 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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FRANKLIN COUNTY--The Big Music Weeks of Summer continue this week as Troy Millette headlines Summer Sounds and some of our friends play multiple gigs. There are live shows in East Fairfield, Enosburg Falls, Essex Junction, Highgate, Milton, Montgomery, Morrisville, North Hero, South Hero, and St. Albans City and Town.


EAST FAIRFIELD--The 30th annual Jig in the Valley takes over the Meeting House green for an all day party on Sunday starting at noon. Eight hours of music includes Carol Ann Jones and the Superchargers, the Dale and Darcy Band, Vermont sax man Joe Moore Band, the Missisquoi River Band, the Nobby Reed Project, and Shake. Special guests include musician friends from near and far and the Big Ass Revue with Tyrone, George, Phil, Brian and Will.
      There will be the Big 2022 Raffle with a $1,000 first prize, flea market vendors, a silent auction, the world famous pie table, ice cream, and free greens for all. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family. All proceeds go to supporting the Fairfield Community Center programs. Concerts are held outdoors. Call 802.827.6626 or find them on Facebook for more info.

HIGHGATE--The 31st year of Summer Sounds concerts at home in Highgate continue with Troy Millette and the Fire Below on the Highgate Arena lawn on Sunday evening at the new time of 5:30 p.m
      Mr. Millette has been a Summer Sounds favorite since playing with Keeghan Nolan's Young Guns in this series. He brings a big heart and quirky humor to the stage. The Fairfax singer/songwriter is bigger than life in person, sings imaginative covers, and pens heartfelt original songs. The Summer Sounds Social in the Park also continues with food, bouncy castles, drinks from 14th Star Brewing, and more.
      Summer Sounds welcomes the 2022 sponsors of this popular series: Big Al's Snack Bar, Desorcie's Market, and LaShures Pro Shop. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings, always at 5:30 p.m., always on the Highgate Arena Lawn, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for the outdoor family music and festivities. The rain site is the Highgate Arena. Click here for the entire summer schedule.


     President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger tested positive for COVID-19 while on vacation in Italy with his family. Both are fully vaccinated and have received two COVID booster shots
      The state reported 494 new COVID-19 cases statewide last week (up from 470 last week and 390 the week before). Franklin County reported 50 cases in the 14 days ending Saturday. Those statistics appear to err low.
      Vermont relies on self reporting. You can report self-test results by following instructions on your test kit to automatically provide your results to your local health department or with the Vermont COVID-19 Self-Test Result Reporting Form. If you test positive, stay home and isolate for five days. You can leave your home on day six if your symptoms have improved and you have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers.
      Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a third round of free at-home tests from Need other tests? also has for links for at-home tests at retailers and pharmacies, insurance reimbursement for at-home tests, and the 20,000 no-cost antigen and PCR COVID-19 test sites nationwide. Most major chains including Walgreens and Price Chopper locally 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 fourth booster is available for those over 50. Here's my own advice. 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 indoors. Statewide, about 323,700 Vermonters or 69% of the eligible population have completed vaccination and gotten a booster. About 74% of Grand Isle residents have completed the vaccine and the additional dose. Franklin County remains at about 65% of the people who have completed the vaccine and the additional dose. Only Essex County with 57% vaccinated and boosted, and Orleans County at 64% 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 visit 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. Providers and pharmacies must give vaccines at no cost to the patient.


MORRISVILLE--River Arts offers Wednesday Night Live in Oxbow Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. facilitates art projects at the free art and music series. Learn more about and make Cardboard Puppets this week. Click here for more info.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council hosts Stampin' Up! Cards with Barb in the Maker Space of the Swanton Free Public Library on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The class is free but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call Barb Switzer (802.752.7917) or email to register or for more info.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild hosts Introduction to Still Life Painting with instructor Hunter Eddy at MAG on Saturday at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to develop a visual relationship with three-dimensional form and translate that form onto a canvas in paint. Students will learn basic concepts of mixing and applying color, seeing accurate value relationships, effective painting of light and shadow, and refining of edges and form, to create vivid and lively works.
      The cost is $80 for members or $85 for non-members. Click here for the extensive list of materials and to reserve a space.

MILTON--Social Sundays continue at the Milton Artists' Guild Art Center with free weekly art classes for families at MAG on Sundays at 1 p.m.
      Each week offers a different project. Stay for 30 minutes or the whole two hours. Admission is free but registration is required. Click here for free tickets and more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council monthly Board Meeting has been cancelled. The regular September meeting will be rescheduled for Monday September 12 to avoid a conflict with Labor Day.
      Meetings are generally 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 top 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, July 28
ST ALBANS TOWN--The weekly St. Albans Bay Farmer's Market and Concert Series continues with Mad Mojo today from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. They have live music every Thursday evening. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The 2022 Snow Farm Summer Concert Series continues their 25th anniversary season with the Nobby Reed Project this evening. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. but "come as early as you would like." Click here for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro hosts the Art of folksoul singer/songwriter DonnCherie with Bob Gagnon for some original songs and sultry bluesy covers this evening at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info

Thursday-Saturday, July 28-30
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap starts off another weekend of music with Ryan Sweezey tonight at 6 p.m. two shows Friday night, Chris & Erica at 5 p.m., and then Toast for late night music starting at 9 p.m., plus two more shows live on Saturday night with WD-40 loosening the taps at 5 p.m., and Nighthawk starting at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. And to confirm. Click here to reserve a table.

Friday, July 29
MORRISVILLE--Music on Main continues with Will Patton and Dono Schabner on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Bring a chair every Friday in July and August for free music at the gazebo (tips welcomed). Music on Main is a collaboration between Morrisville Alliance for Culture and Commerce and River Arts. Click here for more info.

MILTON--The Friday Night Live Music and Buffet at Arrowhead Golf Course presents Jerborn & Box Banger on the deck on Friday at 6 p.m. The teriyaki chicken buffet starts around 7 p.m. Both run until 9 p.m. The buffet costs $13 per person ($7 for each child). You don't have to be a member; the public is welcome. Be sure to come early, usually around 6, to get a good seat. Click here for more info.

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

Friday-Saturday, July 29-30
NORTH HERO--The Steamship Pier Bar and Grill at North Hero House hosts guitarist, singer, and songwriter George Murtie on Friday and D Davis and Django Soulo of the Soulo Davis Duo live on Saturday. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs often has shows on Friday and Saturday nights. This week they host the one-man magic of Rockin' Ron Gagnon in the front window on Friday and English blues guitarist Tom Caswell live on Saturday night. Music starts about 6:30 p.m. on 7/30. Call 802.524.1405 or find them on Facebook for more info. Click here to book a reservation or to visit the art on the walls.

Saturday, July 30
SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro hosts the old school blues of the Blue Fox Duo this evening at 5:30 - 8 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info

Sunday, July 31
ST. ALBANS--14th Star and Grazers continue the Sunday Brunch Sessions: Seth Yacovone live in The Room on Sunday at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for a solo acoustic set. Find them on Facebook for more info.

EAST FAIRFIELD--The 30th annual Jig in the Valley takes over the Meeting House green for eight hours of music on Sunday starting at noon. There will be flea market vendors, a silent auction, the world famous pie table, and free ice cream. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family. All proceeds support Fairfield Community Center programs. Call 802.827.6626 or find them on Facebook for more info. Top Story

ST. ALBANS--Live Music at MRB, all Summer long presents the Old Man Garage Band at Mill River Brewing on Sunday at 2 p.m. Call to make a reservation (802.582.4182) or find them on Facebook for more info.

HIGHGATE--The Town of Highgate continues the 31st year of Summer Sounds concerts at home in Highgate with Troy Millette and the Fire Below on the Highgate Arena lawn on Sunday evening at the new time of 5:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for the outdoor family music and festivities. The rain site is the Highgate Arena. Find them on Facebook for more info. Top Story

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro hosts the Soulo Davis Duo on Sunday at 5:30 - 8 p.m. D Davis and Django Soulo, both of the Larkspurs, will play Americana, roots, bluegrass, jazz, and soul originals and covers. Find them on Facebook for more info.

NORTH HERO--Island Arts presents the Green Mountain Brass Band at the Island Arts Center on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be outside, weather permitting. Picnic on the green starting at 5:30. The 25 brass and percussion musicians play marches, show tunes, novelties, classics, and more, and often feature soloists.
      Admission is $15. Bring a chair or blanket. Click here for tickets and more info.

MONTGOMERY--The monthly Celebration of Expressive Arts continues at the INN on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The event officially includes everything but dancing, but there is always hope. Come early for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m. This month brings photographer and Montgomery native Jenn Domina-Cox and "moonlighting" folk singer-songwriter Pat Daddona. The local artists, writers and musicians gather to share original and thought provoking work.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.

Tuesday, August2
ENOSBURG FALLS--The Enosburg Town Band plays a Summer Concert in the Park at the Lincoln Park bandstand on Tuesday at 7 p.m. There will be music, friends and family, popcorn or ice cream sundaes, and a craft table for the "littles of all ages." Find them on Facebook for more info.

Wednesday, August 3
ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Summer Concert Series presents the Jesse Agan Band in the E.A. Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. El Gato Cantina food truck will be on site. Admission is free. The concerts will move to 14th Star Brewery if it rains. Click here for more info.


     The 5th annual St. Albans Mayor's Photo Contest has been cancelled. They simply didn't get enough entries to go forward this year. This is a nice showcase for the area and it will be missed.
      They are reviewing the marketing for next year and hope to revive it. Email your promotion or technical suggestions.


      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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