ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 26 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 13, 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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MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts hosts Ecstatic Dance on Friday at 7 p.m. The freeform dance party is a time to "allow your body to move exactly how it wants to move." Find them on Facebook for more info.

NORTH HERO--Island Arts continues community dancing to lively music for Easy International Folk Dancing with instructor Leslie Alpert in the Island Arts Center on Monday at 6 - 7 p.m.
      All dances are taught. No partner required. No experience required, and new students are always welcome. Bring your water bottle. Masks are required inside. Participants hold onto cloths instead of hands to help maintain distance inside and out. Classes will continue every Monday through October 24. Admission is $10. Call Lesley (802.372.3418) to verify the class schedule or for more info.


      The weather is cooling and Vermonters have started spending more time indoors as we move into a third pandemic winter. Infections with new Omicron subvariants that appear to be even better at dodging immunity are rising in Europe. That has been a harbinger for what's coming to Vermont. Early signs include virus detection in wastewater in some parts of the country including Connecticut, Vermont, and other parts of the Northeast.
      Vermont's COVID paid leave grant program was supposed to roll out on October 1 but the state plan doesn't satisfy federal guidelines. The program will reimburse businesses that don't offer sufficient sick time. The state now hopes to have the online portal up and running today.
      Vermont reported 727 new COVID-19 cases statewide last week, up from 483 the week before. Franklin County reported 34 cases in the 14 days ending Saturday.
      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.
      Take an at-home test if you begin having symptoms like fever, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell, or at least five days after you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, or if you plan a get together with people who are at risk of severe disease or may not be up to date on their vaccines. Ordering through the free at-home test program was suspended last month because Congress hasn't provided additional funding to replenish the nation's stockpile of tests. does have 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.
      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. 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 still means wearing a mask indoors.
      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.


JEFFERSONVILLE--Bryan Memorial Gallery's Winter hours start today. The Bryan Gallery is open Thursday-Sunday from 11 - 4 or by appointment. Click here for more info.

MONTGOMERY--A Shared Life, a Collection of Art created by Carolyn and Harold Babcock, continues at the Montgomery Center for the Arts on Saturday and Sunday at noon - 4 p.m. The work and artifacts from their collection is on view at the MCA through October 30. Click here for more info.


MORRISVILLE--River Arts pottery instructor Jude Prashaw hosts the in-person, October "Sip n' Slurry: Stories Painted on Mugs" as the pottery twist on a Paint n' Sip on Friday at 6 p.m. Each clay exploration class features a different ceramic instructor who will teach their favorite techniques for hand-building.
      The cost is $45. Click here to enroll and for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Saint Albans Museum presents Donna Toneatti for the Captive Children of Deerfield: Three Nations at War in the Bliss Room on Sunday at 2 p.m. A member of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, Ms.Toneatti explores the Deerfield Massacre of the 1704 Queen Anne's War from the three angles of her own family history: French, English, and Abenaki Nation.
      This event will also be livestreamed via Zoom. Click here to watch at event time or Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Osher Lifelong Learning Institute continues the Fall weekly program series with Ben Weed discussing A Window into History in the Greg Brown Lodge at Hard'ack on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Enosburg native discusses learning the art of stained glass window restoration in the Opera House, a building steeped in town and family history.
      OLLI no longer takes payments at the door. They "strongly recommend that all attendees/members pre-register prior to the start of the program." Click here for more info.


JEFFERSONVILLE--Visions of Vermont invites "Hair raising poems Conjuring Halloween Autumnal poems Celebrating seasonal changes" in the Carriage House Gallery on Tuesday at 7 - 8:30 p.m. It's a chance to share poems of witches, ghouls and goblins and to enjoy Laurie's Chocolate Bread.


MORRISVILLE--River Arts offers Meditate & Create: the Elements of Creativity through Paint with psychotherapist Megan Bisbee, an evening of supported creative expression and relaxation, on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $40. Click here to register online or for more info.

MILTON--Social Sundays continue at the Milton Artists' Guild Art Center with free weekly art classes for families at MAG on the first Sunday of each month 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.


     Here's my own plan with over one million U.S. deaths and as our precautions wane. I got the COVID and Flu shots, and the 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-Saturday, October 13-15
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap starts off another weekend of music with the John Lackard Blues Duo tonight at 6 p.m. two shows Friday night, King Me at 5 p.m., and then 90 Proof for late night music starting at 9 p.m., plus two more shows live on Saturday night with Devon & Jeff at 5 p.m., and the Eleven Fall Kickoff at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

Friday, October 14
SHELDON--The Abbey Friday Night Music Series continues in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday-Sunday, October 14-16
ST. ALBANS--Twiggs often has shows on Friday and Saturday nights. Music starts about 6:30 p.m. 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.

BURLINGTON--The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival and the Lane Series present the Chien-Kim-Watkins Trio and David Serkin Ludwig for a three-day weekend of Beethoven piano trios at UVM Recital Hall on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
      Friday has the Chien-Kim-Watkins Trio for a pre-concert talk with David Serkin Ludwig and Soovin Kim at 6:30 pm and the Concert at 7:30 pm. Saturday offers a day of free Music Enrichment Programs including master classes with Soovin Kim, violin, Paul Watkins, cello, and Gloria Chien, piano, plus Inside Pitch with David Serkin Ludwig on Beethoven's trios. Sunday has the Chien-Kim-Watkins Trio with a new program starting with a pre-concert talk by David Serkin Ludwig and Soovin Kim at 2 pm and the Concert at 3 pm.
      Click here for Friday and Sunday concert tickets and more info. Click here for David Serkin Ludwig's Inside-Pitch as well as registration for the master classes. Saturday's master classes and the Inside Pitch are free and open to all.

Saturday, October 15
ST. ALBANS--Saturday is a busy day at 14th Star Brewery.
      The Fall Record Day Celebration takes over The Room at 14th Star on Saturday at 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be vinyl collections from some favorite Vermont record stores and local independent collectors plus craft beer, eats from Grazers, and deep cuts from vinyl deejays. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
      Chris and Issy play live at on the Tap Room Stage at 14th Star on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
      The Lloyd Tyler Band bring their mix of acoustic guitars, bass, harmonica, and drums for folk, country, rock, blues and Americana Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m.

ENOSBURG--The Enosburg Opera House hosts the FCCA Concert and Dance Party with music by the Mad Mountain Scramblers and Rusty Bucket on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per person, at the door. All proceeds to benefit the Fairfield Community Center. Call 802.827.3130, email, or click here for more info .

Sunday, October 16
CAMBRIDGE--Waffle Wagon closes out Sunday Fundays with music by Gary Wade and friends at Iris Lane Studios on Sunday from 12 noon - 3 p.m. Fundays include craft vendors, food vendors, a kids' tent, and more, weather permitting. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star and Grazers continue the Sunday Brunch Sessions: Mark Leclair live in The Room on Sunday at 12 noon - 2 p.m. for an afternoon of country. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro hosts Bettenroo, Anne and Lori, returning with acoustic tunes on Sunday at 3 - 5 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ESSEX--The Double E Performance Center presents the third annual Salvation Farms Aid benefit concert in the T-Rex Theater on Sunday at 5 p.m. Doors at 4 p.m. The lineup includes Dale Cavanaugh, the Art of DonnCherie, Tessa Gordon, Blues for Breakfast, John Fusco & Friends, and Swale. Salvation Farms in Morrisville builds resilience in Vermont's food system and creates "a more sustainable future where communities are increasingly fed by local farms."
      Admission is $35. Every ticket includes a Serving of Salvation--food made entirely from fresh, locally grown produce. There will also be a cash bar and a live auction. Click here for tickets and more info.


SOUTH HERO--Island Arts continues the Book Sale at the Island Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday September at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. They have books for every interest. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Island Arts Youth Programs. Click here for more info.

SWANTON--Swanton Free Public Library hosts the monthly book club, But I Progress, on Tuesday at 6 p.m. This month's book is The Lives of the Muses by Francine Prose.
      The readings will focus on writers who "identify as women, with particular attention to Women of Color and nonbinary women, who are under represented in literature. Today women's works are priced lower, more seldom purchased, and not receiving proper credit." There will be snacks, reviews, discussion, ideas, and good conversation. Click here for 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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