ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 28 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 15, 2024


      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 presents V! A Night of Vivacious Variety , the art of the tease with Mistress Manifest, Ginge O'Lolly, and comedian Mike Thomas, on Friday at 8 p.m. Doors at 7 for food by Phoenix House and cash bar by 14th Star. The evening includes special performances by Marie Ragan's Patsy Cline tribute, Renee Juliette, the Northern Nightingale, hPlay! from Canada, Alice Reighley, ShuShu+Co, Jenna Emerson and more.
      Admission is $25. Click here for tickets and more info. $5 from each ticket sale and 50/50 raffle will benefit Tony Dupra in his fight against kidney cancer.


SWANTON--The Vermont Abenaki Artists Association features certified fine, decorative, and performing artists officially labeled as "American Indian" under Federal law.
      Painter and potter Lucy Cannon-Neel has paintings on exhibit at Holland Town office. Her work has been exhibited at T.W. Wood Gallery, Derby Line Days, and more. Click here for her story and a look at her work.


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.


ST. ALBANS--Awaken Yoga & Creative Arts Studio host Penguin Love Paint and Sip on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. All snacks and painting materials are provided. The cost is $40. Find them on Facebook for tickets and more info.


JEFFERSONVILLE--Cambridge Arts Council presents Silent Movie Night to celebrate the love in the air at the Bryan Memorial Gallery on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30 p.m. The featured films will be One Week with Buster Keaton and Sybil Seeley and Something Good - Negro Kiss by William Selig.
      In One Week, the newlyweds receive a portable house as a wedding gift. Something Good is a short silent film from 1898 starring stage entertainers Saint Suttle and Gertie Brown. It was distributed through the Sears & Roebuck mail order catalog.
      There will be snacks, refreshments, and plenty of seating. Admission is free but the Bryan recommends registering in advance.


ST. ALBANS--Osher Lifelong Learning Institute continues the Spring weekly program series with St. Albans City Manager Dominic Cloud's discussion of Creating a Community of Distinction in the Greg Brown Lodge at Hard'ack on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The presentation will tell the story of St. Albans' revitalization.
      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.

ONLINE--The Vermont Humanities Council has a double header this week.
      Nashville native Jerome Moore looks at Becoming an Explorer of Social Change on Tuesday at 7 p.m. His podcast and video series Deep Dish Conversations examines issues shaping our world today, especially as those issues impacts our local communities. Call 802.262.2626 or click here for more info and the login for the Zoom event.
      VHC hosts a lunchtime discussion of Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture featuring the book Paper Fish by Tina De Rosa at Thetford library and on the VHC Digital Channel today at 12 noon. Call Emily Zollo (802.785.4361), Click here or email for more info and the login for the Zoom event.


ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Winter Carnival takes over Hard'ack Recreation Area for live music by Minced Oats and by the Barn Rats and two days of family fun this Friday and Saturday.
      The Friday action starts with the lolly pop ski races at 4 p.m. if conditions allow. There will be fat bike demos, a fire on the patio, a snow shoe trek, and Minced Oats at 6 p.m. Saturday kicks off at 11 a.m. for the flamingo hunt, the Winter Carnival Bear and the VT Reindeer Farm, games, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing, ice carving, the Duct Tape Derby, the Barn Rats at 5 p.m., and fireworks.
      Find them on Facebook or visit for the full schedule and to pre-register for the Duct Tape Derby


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.


     COVID-19 is still here. Cases continue with 13 hospitalizations in Franklin County, the same as the week before. There were six more COVID-related deaths reported statewide in the week ending January 20 for a pandemic total of 1,112 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 Winter respiratory virus season. According to the state COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Dashboard just 16% of Franklin County residents have received the new COVID vaccine, trailed only by Essex County. That compares to about 23% of Vermonters who have had the latest COVID-19 vaccine and 36% of Vermonters who have gotten a flu shot. Vermonters have not moved those numbers much in the past three weeks.
      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 N95 masks are also available at many of the same locations. Pharmacies in Vermont may now give COVID-19 shots to kids ages 3 and older. Click here for more info.
      Every U.S. household may order four free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to 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, February 15
SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro hosts Rebecca Padula with folk, blues, and jazz originals and works by other Vermont composers for Acoustic Thursday this evening at 5 - 7 p.m. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The BFA-St. Albans Improv Team returns to Twiggs this evening at 5:30 p.m. with a special show to benefit the Samaritan House. Admission is by donation at the door. "This event always attracts a good crowd, so arrive early!" 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.

NORTH HERO--The North Hero House hosts Karaoke Night in the Event Barn this evening at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Thursday-Saturday, February 15-17
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap starts a weekend of music with Summer Sounds favorites Jenni and the Junketeers tonight at 6 p.m. one show on the calendar for Friday night as 90 Proof returns for late night music starting at 9 p.m., plus two more shows live on Saturday night with Dan Parks with Mark Steffenhagen at 5 p.m., and Maple Grove at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

Friday, February 16
ST. ALBANS--The Taphouse at Mill River hosts the guitar and vocals of Cooper, Bob Recupero, on Friday at 5:30 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, February 16-18
COLCHESTER--Live Music fills the Spanked Puppy with music for the weekend. Nate Michaud kicks it off on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by Bare Bones 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 a girl and her guitar, Laura Fedele-Rasco, on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Dave Miller live on Saturday night at 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, February 17
ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents singer/songwriter Breanna Elaine for a night of earthy folk, indie music live in The Room on Saturday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ESSEX--Genesis presents Next Gen featuring Topia, Xistential, $Wabi, Hakimxoxo, Trillsinterlude, and special guests at the Double E on Saturday at 8 p.m. The NextGen shows focus on up-and-coming local artists beginning to make a name for themselves. The show is all ages.
      Admission is $15. Click here for tickets or find them on Facebook for more info.

Sunday, February 18
SOUTH HERO--Cooie Sings for Sunday brunch at the Blue Paddle Bistro on Sunday at 11 a.m - 1 p.m. Click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--Foam Brewers presents Jeff & Gina with vocals, guitar, viola, flute, tenor guitar, mandolin, and fretless ukulele bass on Sunday at 1 p.m. The 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.

KEY COLONY BEACH, FL--The KCB Community Association Concerts in Sunset Park series continues with Brian Roberts live in the new tiki in Sunset Park on Sunday at 4 p.m. Free. Click here for more info.

Wednesday, February 21
BURLINGTON--Young Tradition Vermont hosts Fam Jam! at Fletcher Free Library on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The group provides a space to try out playing tunes and singing songs together. There will be a session leader to facilitate and to guide to newcomers to jams. Adults and youth of all ages and skill levels are welcome to bring instruments and join in the fun. This event is free and open to anyone. Click here 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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