ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 26 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 27, 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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      Hallowe'en brings out the parties as the No Rest for the Wicked Tour takes one band to two shows in one weekend and ghosts and goblins abound. There are live shows in Essex, Morrisville, Sheldon, St. Albans, and Sheldon.


      COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise. The Vermont Department of Health says the infection levels are now considered "Medium" after holding at the "Low" level for the last few months. Vermont reported 663 new COVID-19 cases statewide last week, up from 391 the week before, as hospitalizations increased from 48 to 73 (that number has been climbing over the last few weeks from a low of 30). Franklin County's case load increased to 87 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. To date, 16% of eligible Vermonters over the age of 12 have gotten the bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine. That's compared to just 4% nationally. 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.


     Cold Hollow Sculpture Park is closed for the winter they have started to prepare for the 2023 season. They are planning new events and will share the latest Park news through an email newsletter, "delivered monthly (at the most!)." Click here to subscribe.


A CHRISTMAS CAROL (October 28)--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls will hold open auditions for a family production of Ernie Hemingway's production of A Christmas Carol at the House on Friday, October 28. Auditions are open to anyone who can read a script. The first rehearsal is November 4 and the show will premiere December 10.
      Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star and the Welden Theater offer Popcorn & Pints with another classic movie on the big screen Ghostbusters this evening at 7 p.m. Admission is $6 per person. Tickets are available online now or at the Welden box office the day of the show. This is a 21+ only event.


ST. ALBANS--Osher Lifelong Learning Institute continues the Fall weekly program series with Finding Answers to Family History Mysteries presented by Christine Eldred in the Greg Brown Lodge at Hard'ack on Wednesday at 11 a.m. This presentation unveils a variety of approaches and techniques for unraveling that intriguing story in a family and finding the answer to questions about heritage and ancestry.
      OLLI doesn't take 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.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild has two events this week.
      MAG hosts a Paint and Sip--The Scream with instructor Linda Oakes Carvalho this evening at 6 - 8 p.m Paint Edvard Munch's best known work. BYOB. All supplies will be provided. The cost is $40 for members or $45 for non-members. Click here to register and for more info.
      Social Sundays continue at the Milton Artists' Guild Art Center with free weekly art classes for families at MAG on Sunday at 1 p.m. Each month 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 27-29
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap starts off another weekend of music with McMaple returning tonight at 6 p.m. two shows Friday night, the Robin Gottfried Band at 5 p.m., and then Rough Suspects for late night music starting at 9 p.m., plus two more shows live on Saturday night with Maple and Hanson at 5 p.m., and the official On Tap Halloween Costume Party with Sticks and Stones starting at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

Friday, October 28
MORRISVILLE--Red Hot Juba returns to Moog's Joint in the Live Music Lineup for Fall on Friday at 6 p.m. The cosmic musical travelers bring high-energy, soulful, improvisational mayhem fit for all sorts of grooving. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Hard'Ack hosts Let's Glow Crazy with music, snacks, drinks and more at the Greg Brown Lodge on Friday starting at 6pm. "Come dressed and lighted." There will be prizes. Find them on Facebook for more info and click here to register.

SHELDON--The Abbey Friday Night Music Series continues with Laura Fedele-Rasco in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The "girl and her guitar are back at Abbey for all your favorites and some new tunes." Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--HalloQueen returns with an evening drag show at the Depot on Friday night at 8 p.m. "Come dressed in your favorite Halloween attire if you'd like" or come as you are. The cash bar will be available with special themed cocktails.
      General admission is $25 - 40. Tickets are available at the Depot or on .

ST. ALBANS--Eleven continues their No Rest for the Wicked Tour. Tonight the Backstreet Bar gets some hard charging jack-o'-lanterns at the annual Halloween Bash starting at 9 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday-Saturday, October 28-29
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.

Saturday, October 29
ST. ALBANS--14th Star hosts the annual Monster Mash Halloween Party and Costume Competition with live music from NightHawk in The Room on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7. Pumpkin beer will be on tap and they have prizes for the best and most creative costumes. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ESSEX--The Pearl Street Pub rocks to Eleven at the P.S.P. Halloween Bash on Saturday at 7 p.m. "Come as you are or dressed up." Find them on Facebook for more info.

SHELDON--The Abbey Halloween Party with Jamie Lee Thurston will be a ghoulishly good time on Saturday at 8 p.m. Mr. Thurston has the full band behind him and a costume contest in front with $500 in prizes. Admission is free. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Sunday, October 30
ST. ALBANS--14th Star and Grazers continue the Sunday Sessions: Dale and Darcy live in The Room on Sunday at 1 - 3 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Monday, October 31
ST. ALBANS--Awaken Yoga and Creative Arts Studio host a Witch's Dance for witches and more around the fountain in Taylor Park on Monday at 5:45 p.m. sharp. Originally performed by the group Wolfshager Hexenbrut, the dance is open to watch, or sign up in advance to dance with the crowd. Find them on Facebook 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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