ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 27 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 2, 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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ONLINE--Vermont Humanities hosts an information session about Last Night at the Telegraph Club, the Vermont Reads 2023 book by Malinda Lo, on the VHC Digital Channel this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Panelists include Leanne Harple of Hazen Union High School, Margi Putney of Burr & Burton Academy, Susan Piccoli of Woodstock Union High School, and Richelle Franzoni and Ryan Newswanger of Vermont Humanities to speak about their project plans and new opportunities for Vermont Reads. Click here for more info and to register for the virtual event.

HIGHGATE--Vermont folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of Daisy Turner's Kin in a Vermont Humanities program at the Highgate Public Library on Saturday at 11 a.m. The narrative covers the early 19th century British-African trade, shipwreck, birth of a biracial child, enslavement, plantation life, escape, the Civil War, moving north, battling racism, buying land and settling on a hilltop in Vermont that became a family center.
      Call Adah DeRosier (802.868.3970), email, or click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on fabric artist Donna Blatchly, fiber artist Janice DeCooman, mosaicist Shanna Ratner, and clay sculptor Deborah Shell 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.

MILTON--The Milton Artists Guild has three new external displays for November.Deborah Goudreau's pottery is at the Milton Public Library. Ryl Roe's ice photography is at the Town of Milton offices. And Corrina A. Thurston's colored pencil art is at the Painted Lady Cafe.


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--Linda Oakes Carvalho leads Paint and Sip-Autumn Sunshine at the Milton Artists' Guild this evening at 6 p.m. The cost for each is $40 for members and $45 for non-members. Feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages.
      The MAG online shop is 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. Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Community Arts Creative Connections continues at St. Albans City Hall on Wednesday at 4 - 7 p.m.
      Working on a creative project? Want to try something new but need special tools? Need an extra set of hands? Have donations for SACA projects? Interested in a material swap? SACA co-director Jennifer Kostuck takes over the Council Chamber with creative pointers and equipment including a sewing machine, heat tools, drawing materials, paints, papers, and more for use. Creative Connections will fill the space on the second Wednesday of the month. All ages and backgrounds are welcome. Find them on Facebook for more info.

TOTALITY IN TAYLOR PARK (December 31)--The contest is open to any Franklin County residents to design a sticker for the April 8, 2024 solar eclipse over Taylor Park. The winner will receive $100 prize after public voting. Submissions will be accepted via Email and must be accompanied by a signed Rules & Regulations form. Find them on Facebook for more info.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild has two more events this week.
      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.
      Corrina Thurston reprises Etsy 101--Introduction to Etsy at MAG on Wednesday at 12 noon - 1:30  p.m. She will discuss all the basics of using the online Etsy platform for selling art. Admission is free. Click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts offers the November Open Studio Figure Drawing as 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. Sign up for the monthly open studio figure drawing session ahead of time. 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.


     COVID-19 is still here. Although statewide cases, hospitalizations, and deaths were down last week, both have have trended up statewide since August. The Rutland Regional Medical Center and the UVM Health Network hospital in Plattsburgh have tightened visitation guidelines.
      There were 13 new admissions in Franklin County, an increase from 10 the prior week. As of October 14, there were six COVID-related deaths reported statewide in the last week for a pandemic total of 1,038 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 are 100% free to everyone 6 months and older living in the United States, regardless of immigration or insurance status. The free shots are available via health insurance, Medicare, and 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.
      Every U.S. household may again order four free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to your home. The state and many municipalities also still have home antigen tests, available in libraries and town halls or food pantries. 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 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-Saturday, November 2-4
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap starts off another weekend of music with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 9 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 jerborning with Jerborn and Axe at 5 p.m., and Lawless with special guest JB Woods from Supernatural starting at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

Friday, November 3
ST. ALBANS--The 3Bs--Bruce, Bobby, and Bill--return to 14th Star for a night of 70s rock, classics, and some country live in The Room on Friday at 6 p.m. 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.

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

Friday-Sunday, November 3-5
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, November 4
SOUTH BURLINGTON--Summer Sounds favorites 8084 return to Higher Ground for a special new concert in the Ballroom on Saturday at 8 p.m. Doors at 7:30. Andre Maquera, Randy Smith, Frank Barnes, and Gary Spaulding have performed more than 4,500 live shows in 40 years together and headlined our own Floodstockwith April Wine.
      Admission is $25 in advance or $28 day of show and $50 with the Meet & Greet. Click here for tickets and more info.

Sunday, November 5
BURLINGTON--Foam Brewers presents Isaac French on Sunday at 1 p.m. Mr. French plays a mix of originals and covers with guitar, piano, and live looping. 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.

Wednesday, November 8
ST. ALBANS--14th Star hosts Wine Down Wednesday for a night of wine and live music in The Room on Wednesday at 4 - 10 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Sunday, November 12
ST. ALBANS--Plan Ahead. Church Street Sounds of the Season presents pianist David Feurzeig, joined by clarinetist Elisabeth LeBlanc, as part of his Play Every Town tour at First Congregational Church on Sunday, November 12, at 3 p.m. Composer and pianist, Mr. Feurzeig performs genre-defying recitals that bring together music from ancient and classical to jazz, avant-garde, and popular traditions. Peppered with commentary, his programs change how audiences hear all kinds of music.
      Admission is free and donations are accepted. Find them on Facebook or click here for more info about this concert and about the tour.

Wednesday, November 8
ST. ALBANS--14th Star hosts Wine Down Wednesday for a night of wine and live music in The Room on Wednesday at 4 - 10 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The monthly Blues Jam continues at Twiggs, hosted by Vermont's leading blues man, Nobby Reed and the House Band, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Blues Jam blows out the speakers at Twiggs on the second Wednesday of each month. Find them on Facebook for more info.


FAIRFIELD--The Bent Northrop Memorial Library Book Sale continues at the library through Friday, November 10. "You wouldn't believe the great books that come in as donations." All sales are by donation. The library is open Monday 2:30 - 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 - 8 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 9 - 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 - 1 p.m.

      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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