ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 27 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 26, 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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ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls present the Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live shadow cast at the House on Friday at 7 p.m. The "shadow cast," a group of pantomime actors, will play the show in real time in the Opera House with the film. They won't sing or speak but they will be acting in conjunction with the movie in costume.
      The 1975 musical comedy stars Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as a newly engaged couple who break down in and seek help at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter the sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania, portrayed by Tim Curry. The annual Transylvanian conventioneers, and a few lost monsters, sing and dance through this campy salute to horror movies and sexual liberation. Rocky Horror has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Come in costume.
      Admission is by $10 suggested donation at the door. No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without an adult. Click here for tickets and more info about the show or here for shadow cast info.

ST. ALBANS--Something spooky has this way gotten! The 11th annual Northwest Nightmares Film Festival fills the Welden Theater on Monday at 6 p.m.
      Every October, aspiring film makers find their work shown on the big screen "to a rabid audience of home-grown horror fans, family, and friends." Hundreds of students, parents, artists, and whole communities have found joy in film making, learned valuable skills, and connected with their communities over terrifying tales of ghosts, ghouls, and ghastly horrors. Twiggs will host the awards ceremony and after-party after the show.
      Admission is $10. Click here for tickets and all the gory details.


JEFFERSONVILLE--Bryan Memorial Gallery fearures Nature Through Abstraction in the Jeffersonville gallery and on Facebook. This week's artist is Steve Clark with Cows at Home on display.
      The Bryan Gallery is open Wednesday - Sunday from 11 - 4 or by appointment. Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company holds the weekly Maker's Market in the Taproom on Sunday from 1 - 3 p.m. The pop-up booths host local crafters and makers every Sunday afternoon. Find them on Facebook for more info.


MILTON and WESTFORD--The Milton Artists' Guild has back-to-back events this week. Sylvia Oblak leads the Paint and Sip- Hocus Pocus for spooktacular glow-in-the-dark festivities at the MAG this evening. She continues with the Neon Glow Paint and Sip at the Westford Country Store and Café on Friday. Each event starts at 6 p.m. The cost for each is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. Feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages.
      The MAG online shopis open 24/7 and the gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

MONTGOMERY--Montgomery Center for the Arts hosts a Date Night Paint and Sip with Patrick Murphy on Friday at 6 p... Mr. Murphy will take participants step by step through an original piece of art. All supplies, canvas, paint, brushes are included. He is renowned not only for his own work but as a long standing art teacher and member of the Missisquoi River Band. The cost is $35 and is a fundraiser for the MCA general operating fund. Click here to reserve a spot and for more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts hosts the in-person, October "Paint & Sip Foliage in Watercolor" with Yvette "Evie" Mason on Friday at 6 p.m. Ms. Mason, will guide participants in tracing foliage and expressing the fall through vivid watercolor. Each class features a different local painting instructor.
      The cost is $55. Click here to enroll and for more info.


     The Vermont Creative Network has named Corrina Thurston as Zone Agent for the Chittenden County Zone. She will lead the work of VCN regionally.
      The VCN has six geographic regions known as "Creative Zones" in Vermont. Zone activities and projects are managed by Zone Agents in collaboration with a self-governed leadership team of diverse regional voices. Ms. Thurston is a longtime creative sector advocate and serves as the executive director of the Milton Artists' Guild.
      Click here and here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Spooky Saturday takes over Downtown St. Albans on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be pumpkin decorating, witches dancing (shake their brooms), a costume contest, spooky organ music, exhibits come to life at the Saint Albans Museum, and the Nightmare at City Hall. Find them on Facebook for more info about the event or click here for the Witch's dance.


ST. ALBANS--Osher Lifelong Learning Institute continues the Fall weekly program series with Kelly Viens to discuss the St. Albans Recreation Department and Hard'ack Recreation Area in the Greg Brown Lodge at Hard'ack on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Isaac Bashaw will introduce the year round community programming at Hard'ack Pool.
      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. Stay for 30 minutes or the whole two hours. Click here for more info.

ONLINE--Join host Alex Foltz for the season finale, Episode 6 in a series of outdoor oil painting lessons, this week in Bakersfield. This episode finds a "grand" landscape scene for Plein-Air painting on YouTube. Find them on Facebook for more info.


     COVID-19 is still here. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths have trended up statewide since August. There were 10 new admissions in Franklin County, a decline from 13 the prior week. As of October 7, there were six COVID-related deaths reported statewide in the last week for a pandemic total of 1,032 in Vermont.
      Vaccines are available for COVID, the Flu, and RSV, the three main viruses that cause people to end up in a hospital in the Fall and Winter respiratory virus season. COVID vaccines remain free to all people living in the United States via Medicare or health insurance although insurance denials and delays are being reported. 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, October 26
SOUTH HERO--The 2023 Snow Farm Summer Concert Series continues with XX this evening at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more info

ST. ALBANS--Come see Jazz at the Clothier (St. Albans' own speakeasy) with Adlai Waxman this evening at 8 p.m. Mr. Waxman is familiar to most readers from Cooie & Adlai, regular performers at Twiggs and around the county.

Thursday-Saturday, October 26-28
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap starts off another weekend of music with Left Eye Jump tonight at 6 p.m. two shows Friday night, the Wrecks at 5 p.m., and then Staircase 24 for late night music starting at 9 p.m., plus two more shows live on Saturday night with Kyle Stevens at 5 p.m., and the On Tap Halloween with Sticks & Stones starting at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

Friday, October 27
JERICHO--Branca, Buckley, Eller, Nerbak, and Youk take over the Jericho Café & Tavern for a mighty collaboration on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Singer/Songwriter guitarist Jim Branca of Bloozotomy, Chicago Tom Buckley on Bass/Vocals, Chuck Eller of Unknown Blues Band/Kilimanjaro on keys, Bloozilicious Matty Jump-Back Nerbak on the skins/vocals, and Terry "the terror" Youk on horns make a combustible combination to celebrate Jimmy's 65th spin around the Sun in a one-of-a-kind spontaneous night. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Off The Rails at One Federal often has live performances in the lounge on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--HalloQueen returns to the Depot on Friday night at 8 p.m. Dinner and a cash bar will be available with special themed cocktails. General admission is $25. Limited VIP seats are $40. Tickets are available at the Depot or click here for tickets and more info.

Friday-Sunday, October 27-29
ST. ALBANS--14th Star fills with music on Friday and Saturday night. This week The Stragglers bring bluegrass, vintage country, Americana, and classic rock to The Room on Friday at 6 p.m. Then the 14th Star Monster Mash with Barbie-N-Bones brings on the annual Halloween Party and Costume Competition on Saturday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for 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, October 28
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. This is the final weekend for the market and the music this season. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Taphouse Halloween Party with music by the Smokey New field Project a costume contest and more kicks off at Mill River on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ESSEX--The Double E presents Salvation Farms Aid benefit concert with the Grippo Funk Band, Al's Pals, the All Night Boogie Band, and a visual performance by Desmond O'Neil at the T-Rex Theater on Saturday at 7 p.m. Salvation Farms is a non-profit working to build increased resilience in Vermont's food system through agricultural surplus management. "The benefit concert was designed in the image of Farm Aid and inspired by Phish's Halloween concerts. We encourage you to dress up as your favorite musician." There will also be a silent auction.
      Admission is $40 and every ticket includes a serving of salvation. Click here for tickets and more info.

SHELDON--The Abbey hosts a Howl-O-Ween Bash with Jamie Lee Thurston and Co. to rock Hallowe'en on Saturday at 8 p.m. This is the place for "all Britneys, Barbie & Kens, Taylor & Travises, Ariels, Addams families, Buzz Lightyears, Baby Yodas, ghouls, goblins, Moira Roses, Bob Rosses, Jeff Bezo space cowboys, Maleficents, Anglers, scary clowns, pumpkins, witches and, Spidermen" to howl. Dress up and get weird. Reservations are suggested. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Wednesday, November 1
ST. ALBANS--The Taphouse at Mill River often has live music on Wicked Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and other special guests will read banned books at The Eloquent Page on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The theme for Banned Books Week 2023 is "Let Freedom Read." Reservations are encouraged. Click here to RSVP and find them on Facebook for more info.
      The Eloquent Page will be closed a week through but will reopen with bright and shiny floors on Monday.

      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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