ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 27 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 7, 2023


      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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ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on multidisciplinary artist Kristina Bolduc, stained and fused glass artist Jennifer Buckner, explorer and painter Kati Christoffel, and watercolor painter and fiber artist Deborah Travis with a live reception at the gallery this evening at 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 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.

MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts presents the exhibit, Altered Landscape, the Art of Alan Morse, at MCA-Kelton Hall through September. His works take the traditional scenes of Vermont, the farms, woodlands, and pastures, and breaks them down into blocks of light and color before "altering" them. The results are lush landscapes that are unique.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS AREA CREATIVES (Now)--St. Albans Community Arts asks artists and anyone who "supports the arts in a personal or professional setting" to fill out an Artist & Community Partner Survey. Click here to fill out the survey.
      The group also invites artists to share their work on Facebook. Their goal is to share the St. Albans CAN "platform and following, so folks can easily find and connect with artists looking for work or selling their work." Find them on Facebook for more info.


NORTH HERO--Island Arts continues community dancing to lively music in Easy Folk Dancing for All Ages with dances from Armenia, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Israel, Serbia, Turkey and more 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. Classes will continue every Monday through September 25. Admission is free, but donations to Island Arts are appreciated. Email to verify the class schedule or click here for more info.


WESTFORD--The Vermont Humanities Council presents historian Howard Coffin with Vermont, 1800 and Froze to Death: the Cold Year of 1816 at the Westford Brick Meeting House on Wednesday at 6 p.m. 1816 was the year without summer, a year of frosts every month, dark skies, and mysterious lights that drove the belief that the gods were angry. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Osher Lifelong Learning Institute begins the Fall weekly program series with Mind Magic with Dr. Steve Taubman in the Greg Brown Lodge at Hard'ack on Wednesday at 11 a.m. "Mind Magic combines elements of comedy and mind reading with a healthy dose of psychology and theater."
      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.


MILTON--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 week offers a different project--last week was origami boxes with Julia. Stay for 30 minutes or the whole two hours. Click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--The River Arts September Open Studio Figure Drawing returns with a nude session today at 3:30 p.m. There will be quick two minute poses, five minute poses, 20 minute poses, and a long pose at the end. River Arts limits nude sessions to ages 16 and older. The cost is $15 with pre-registration preferred. Click here to register and for more info.


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.


     COVID is still here. The Vermont Department of Health reported August 30 that COVID-19 a total of 27 Vermonters were hospitalized statewide, down from 31 the week before. Cases and hospitalizations have risen over the summer. Cases and hospitalizations continue to rise. There were 25 hospitalizations two weeks ago and seven reported three weeks ago. The numbers seem small but not to our neighbors in the hospital. And the state has recorded 1,002 deaths from the virus since March, 2020.
      COVID vaccines remain free to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. You may be asked to show ID or health insurance, but it's not a requirement. Free masks are also available at many of the same locations. Click here for more info.
      Some health plans will offer partial coverage of COVID-19 treatments such as Paxlovid but that will be plan dependent. As always, check with your insurer for specific information on your plan. The state and many municipalities also still has home antigen tests, available in libraries and town halls.
      The Health Department still recommends following best practices. Call 855.722.7878 or visit for more info about the first or second dose and for booster shots of the vaccine.
      My own plan remains unchanged, especially since our precautions have waned. I got the COVID and Flu shots, and the boosters, and I still take precautions because neither vaccine nor "natural immunity" is 100% foolproof. I wash my hands. I double mask with a genuine N95 mask (not a bandana and not a "chin strap") plus 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, September 7
ST ALBANS TOWN--The weekly St. Albans Bay Farmer's Market and Concert Series concludes with the Jolly Rogers Band today from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. They have had live music in the park every Thursday evening this summer. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro hosts Mama Tried this evening at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Rebecca Padula, Linda Kallinger, Ukulele Clare Innes, and Kathy Mulligan smoke through folk, bluegrass, and country favorites. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Ryan Sweezey and the Midnight Walkers returns to the 2023 Snow Farm Summer Concert Series for the 2023 grand finale this evening at 6:30 p.m. The Ryan Sweezey Band opened the season in June and will close it out under their new band name. Click here for more info.

Thursday-Saturday, September 7-9
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap starts off another weekend of music with the Nobby Reed Project for Blues Thursday tonight at 6 p.m. two shows Friday night, King Me at 5 p.m., and then the Dirty Looks for late night music starting at 9 p.m., plus two more shows live on Saturday night with Ryan Sweezy at 5 p.m., and Last Kid Picked returning at 9:30 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

Friday, September 8
ST. ALBANS TOWN--The Town teams up with Groennfell Meadery for a Harvest Festival with the Nobby Reed Project and a chili competition all in St Albans Bay Town Park on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

SHELDON--The Abbey Friday Night Music Series often has live performances on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday-Sunday, September 8-10
COLCHESTER--Live Music in September fills the Spanked Puppy with music all month. The Better Days Band kicks it off on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by Double Shot on Saturday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs often has shows on Friday and Saturday nights. This week they host Cooie and Adlai live on Saturday night. 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, September 9
ST. ALBANS--Northwest Farmers Market fills Taylor Park with live music, handmade crafts, locally grown food, prepared foods, free kids activities on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The market and the music continue every Saturday through October. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ENOSBURG--Cold Hollow Sculpture Park hosts Circle Singing with musician and artist Patricia Norton on Saturday at 11 a.m. The collective sound-making experience in the Park will have improvisational singing in response to the shapes of the sculptures.
      Admission is $25. Limited to 25 attendees. Find them on Facebook for more info.

EAST FAIRFIELD--The Meeting House on the Green presents Patti Casey & Colin McCaffrey on the terrace on Saturday at 5 p.m. The award winning Vermont songwriters have sung and played together for decades. Ms. Casey's own New England genre of folk-storytelling-bluegrass has been showcased on NPRs Prairie Home Companion and she performs on national stages. Singer, guitarist, and fiddler Geordie Lynd will join the duo.
      Light dinner fare and desserts will be available for sale or bring your own picnic. Admission is by suggested donation of $10 at the door with those under 12 admitted free. Concerts are held outdoors. In case of rain, concerts are either canceled or moved indoors with limited seating available. Call Nance Shaw (802.827.6626) or click here for more info.

NORTH HERO--Americana troubadour Dave Karl Roberts performs outlaw folk and swampy lounge blues live at the Steamship Pier at North Hero House on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents the Dirty Looks for a night of live rock 'n' roll covers in The Room on Saturday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ALBURGH--The Alburgh Oasis finishes up its summer with the Nobby Reed Project with special guest Joe Moore on sax as their last show of the season on Saturday at 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
      Admission is $10 with premium seating available for $15. Reservations are accepted. Bring chairs, blankets, picnic, B.Y.O.B. Weather Permitting. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Sunday, September 10
ST. ALBANS--14th Star has a musical experience with Corner Junction Bluegrass' harmonies and bluesy sound on Sunday at 3 - 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Church Street Sounds of the Season presents Vermont Musicians with an Organ Recital by Vaughn Watson at First Congregational Church on Sunday at 3 p.m. Mr Watson will perform the music of J.S. Bach, Louis Vierne, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Gerald Near, and Frank Bridge. The new program demonstrates the power and majesty of the 1893 Hook and Hastings pipe organ. Concerts are held on the second Sunday of the month.
      Admission is free and donations are gladly accepted. All donations will benefit the maintenance of the church's Hook and Hastings organ. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Wednesday, September 13
NORTH HERO--Singer-songwriter Roger Giroux plays pop country and rock live at the Steamship Pier at North Hero House on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro hosts Bettenroo Wednesday evening at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Taphouse at Mill River hosts Rockin' Ron Gagnon for Wicked Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Call to make a reservation (802.582.4182) or Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents Ryan Hanson for a night of for a night of original music and acoustic covers in The Room on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.


FAIRFIELD--The Bent Northrop Memorial Library hosts a 35th Anniversary Celebration and the ninth To Bid or Not to Bid Silent Auction at the library on Saturday from 6 - 9 p.m.
      The raffle with a $1000 grand prize returns, thanks to a generous donor. Tickets are $25 each and only 100 will be sold. Tickets are available at the Library from the Friends and at the event. The drawing will be held at the auction, but you don't have to be present to win. The Friends of BNML hope that some will wear their finest 1980's garb to embrace the anniversary.

      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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