ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 27 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 21, 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--St. Albans Community Arts is introducing local artists on Facebook . This week, they have Julia Morrison Costes of MorrArt, Jennifer Kostuck of Lions & Yellowcake, and Jack Arthur Tremblay of JATremblay Digital Novelties.

JEFFERSONVILLE--Bryan Memorial Gallery congratulates Rosalie Sidoti for First Place and the Alden Bryan Medal for her painting, Evening Salt Mash in Land & Light & Water & Air in the Main Gallery and on Facebook .
      The Bryan Gallery is open Wednesday - Sunday from 11 - 5 or by appointment. Click here for more info.


2023 YOUTH TALENT SEARCH (October 7)--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls has showcased and celebrated local talent for 20 years. The youth-focused community event of live performances including vocal, instrumental, band, dance, spoken word, and more. Click here to register and for more info.


NORTH HERO--Island Arts concludes 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. Admission is free, but donations to Island Arts are appreciated. Email to verify the class schedule or click here for more info.


SOUTH BURLINGTON--The Abenaki Land Link Project Harvest offers food, performances, storytelling, and cultural experiences at Common Roots on the Wheeler Homestead on Saturday at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      Admission is free but reservations are expected. Click here for tickets and more info.

ONLINE--The Abenaki Arts & Education Center and Vermont Abenaki Artists Association host Outdoor Education and Allyship, programs by artists, educators, ecologists, historians, and a poet laureate, with Vera Longtoe Sheehan, Sherry Gould, Chan Crawford, and Rich Holschuh for "placed-based work that relies on land-based knowledge which often borrows from Native American survival and cultural craft skills" in a series of chapters with transcripts on YouTube .

ENOSBURG--Cold Hollow Sculpture Park welcomes Vermont choreographer Hanna Satterlee and Burlington arts leader Christy Mitchell for Perspectives 2023: Amazing Makers and a conversation about leadership on Saturday at 2 p.m. Moderated by Park advisor Rosemary Branson Gill, the discussion will explore leading an organization, building a community, the characteristics of a successful arts leader, and how an arts leader honors her own art-making practice while also facilitating others.
      Admission is free but registration is required. Find them on Facebook for free tickets and more info.

ST. ALBANS--Osher Lifelong Learning Institute continues the Fall weekly program series with Robert Wyatt's discussion of the Brothers Gershwin in the Greg Brown Lodge at Hard'ack on Wednesday at 11 a.m. From their first hit in 1918, The Real American Folk Song (Is a Rag) to the unfinished Love Is Here to Stay, left unfinished by George's death in 1937, their legacy of scores for Broadway and Hollywood helped establish musical comedy as an American art form. George Gershwin and Cole Porter were, between them, responsible for the majority of songs in the Great American Songbook.
      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.

MONTPELIER--The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Vermont Humanities a Disaster Recovery Grant of $200,000 for ongoing flood recovery efforts for cultural organizations in Vermont. Vermont Humanities has raised an additional $165,000 from reserve funds and generous individual donors. Donations to the fund are still being accepted, Vermont Humanities intends to award at least $400,000 in grant funding to impacted cultural nonprofits. Click here for more info and to contribute to the fund.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild has two workshops this week.
      Social Sundays continue at the MAG Art Center with free weekly art classes for families at MAG on Sunday at 1 p.m. Each week offers a different project--last Sunday was paper stars. Stay for 30 minutes or the whole two hours. Click here for more info.
      Learn Zentangle with Julia Davenport at the MAG Art Center on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Zentangle is a drawing technique invented by the monk Rick Roberts and artist Maria Thomas to combine meditation and art. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Click here to reserve a seat and for more info.
      The gallery is at 199 US-7 South, located in Milton Square behind the Milton Post Office and open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts begins a new workshop series this week. Adult Beginner Wheel Series with Cal Spinelli starts Tuesday at 6 - 9 p.m. Classes will be held each Tuesday through Halloween. Ms. Spinelli will guide students through the essentials of wheel throwing. Students will learn the whole pottery process - from throwing to trimming to glazing
      Tuition is $175. Click here to enroll and for more info.


     COVID-19 is still here. Hospitalizations have crept up over the past two months, following a national trend. 13 Franklin County folks were hospitalized with COVID in the most recent week reported.
      The new Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines protect against the XBB.1.5 variant which is most prevalent in Vermont. "It's really being provided universally to people," said Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine. "No matter what your estimation of your risk is, what your age is or anything. It's really for everyone."
      COVID vaccines remain free to all people living in the United States via health insurance. The free shots are also available for uninsured people through federally qualified health centers, pharmacies participating in the federal Bridge Program, or district health department offices. Free masks are also available at many of the same locations. Click here for more info.
      Some health plans will also 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 have home antigen tests, available in libraries and town halls or food pantries.
      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 and the new COVID variant dodges our current immunity. 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 21
BURLINGTON--The Bob Gagnon Quartet takes Foam Brewers on a sonic journey on Jazz Thursday at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
      The small, independent craft brewery has live music most days. Jazz Thursdays feature some of the Queen City's best jazz musicians. Times vary. Click here for more info.

Thursday-Saturday, September 21-23
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap starts off another weekend of music with the Duncan Macleod Trio tonight at 5 p.m. two shows Friday night, Third Shift for first shift at 5 p.m., and then Nighthawk for late night music's second shift starting at 9 p.m., plus two more shows live on Saturday night with McMaple at 5 p.m., and the return of the Hitmen starting at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

Friday, September 22
STOWE--The Matterhorn presents the Nobby Reed Project with special guest Joe Moore on Friday at about 9 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents the "Hard'ack Heartbreakers," the Devon McGarry Band with a night of live music in The Room on Friday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SHELDON--The Abbey has launch their new Fall menu. The Friday Night Music Series continues with live performances many Fridays about 6:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Wild About Rescues is a gala fundraiser with entertainment, food, and a silent auction for the Franklin County Humane Society in the Bliss Room at St. Albans Museum on Friday at 7 - 10 p.m. The night of food and music is "Vermont Formal--Show us your WILD side." Click here for tickets and more info.

BURLINGTON--Foam Brewers presents Summer Sounds favorites the Tyler Mast Band on Friday at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Mr. Mast conjures up a mix of keyboard-driven melodies in the jam-rock genre. Click here for more info.

Friday-Sunday, September 22-24
BURLINGTON--Oktoberfest returns to the Burlington Waterfront with music by Al's Pals featuring special guest Josh Panda, Vermont's only German band Inseldudler, and local surf rock legends Barbacoa, plus breweries, and a carnival on Friday at 6 - 10 p.m. and Saturday at 5 - 9 p.m. St. Albans' own 14th Star and Mill River will be there. Admission is $55 each day. Click here for tickets and more info.

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, September 23
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.

ST. ALBANS--Afterglow featuring the 80s Tribute Band Rubix Cube, Troy Millette & the Fire Below, and Cozy takes over the Hard'Ack Recreation Area on Saturday at 1 - 6 p.m.
      "Shine the Light" with this music festival to increase suicide awareness and prevention. Admission is $30-35 for age 17+ but free for age 16 and under. All proceeds benefit suicide programs at both NCSS and the AFSP, in addition to other youth programs. Click here for more info.
      Call National Suicide Prevention at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

EAST FAIRFIELD--The Meeting House on the Green presents the Bob & Sarah Amos Band on the terrace on Saturday at 5 p.m. Summer Sounds favorites in Catamount Crossing, the father-daughter ensemble is a "Vermont Bluegrass/Americana Supergroup" with Matt Flinner, mandolin; Andy Greene, guitar; and Kirk Lord, bass. Their new album Ever Onward topped the national folk album charts, and their new version of their The Hills That I Call Home is the #1 song in America on the national Folk Alliance International chart.
      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.

ST. ALBANS--The Taphouse at Mill River hosts King Me live in the lounge on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Off The Rails at One Federal hosts Milton Busker and the Grim Work in the lounge on Saturday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ESSEX--The Double E presents the Chad Hollister Band for a VT Flood Relief Benefit in the T-Rex Theater on Saturday at 7 p.m. (doors at 6). Admission is $35. Click here for tickets and more info.

Sunday, September 24
ST. ALBANS--14th Star has Chris and Issy with a live acoustic set on Sunday at 4 - 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

MONTGOMERY--The monthly Celebration of Expressive Arts wraps the 2023 outdoor season at the INN on Sunday at 7 p.m. The CEA officially includes everything but dancing, but there is always hope. Come early for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m.
      This month has another big cast, with spoken words by Ben Aleshire, visual artist Joelen Mulvaney, and music by Missisquoi River Band. The local artists, musicians, and writers gather to share original and thought provoking work. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Wednesday, September 27
ST. ALBANS--The Taphouse at Mill River hosts Tom Bisson for Wicked Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents Rockin' Ron Gagnon for a night of live music in The Room on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Ernie Hemenway, the Traveling Storyteller, welcomes fall with The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming and other autumnal titles at the Eloquent Page on Saturday at 10 a.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page's Mystery Book Club takes on the Thursday Murder Club, a novel by Richard Osman on Wednesday at 6 p.m. In a peaceful retirement village, four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves may find the bodies piling up as well as refreshments and gifts at the Eloquent Page. 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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