ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 28 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 20, 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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      Make Music Day is an annual, global celebration of music held every June 21. The free, public event originated in France in 1982 and welcomes musicians of all levels and genres to perform in various outdoor spaces, turning cities, towns, and front yards into live music stages. It is a festival for all Vermonters on what is often the longest day of the year.
      Northwest Access TV calls all Franklin County musicians for a live showcase on the station. Josh email for more info and find them on Facebook for scheduling.
      Uncle John's Band will play Americana, Bluegrass, folk, rock at Franklin Town Hall at 6 - 8 p.m. The Franklin, VT-based band covers everything with a few originals sprinkled in. They "feature an uncle named John and a nephew named Marc, but they don't play the Grateful Dead song that everyone assumes they're named for. It's not that they don't like the song, it's just that they haven't added it to their list."
      Catamount Arts Makes Music with a curated open-mic style performance in the UCC Church in St. Johnsbury from 5 - 8 p.m. Click here for more info.
      Montpelier will fill the front of City Hall, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library lawn, and in front of Naive Melody Instruments with music at 5 - 8 p.m.
      Randolph's 5th annual Make Music Day celebration hosts free music events across town from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Click here for more info.
      All Make Music Vermont concerts are free and open to the public. Click here for schedules and more info.


JEFFERSONVILLE-The 2024 Jeffersonville Art Jam continues in downtown Jeffersonville with music and art everywhere you look on Saturday at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      The Northern Vermont Artists Association 93rd June Juried Show will be in the Sugar House Gallery at Visions of Vermont through June 30. The Carriage House Gallery features work by landscape masters Emile Gruppe, Aldo T. Hibbard, Thomas Curtin, Robert Blair, Karen Winslow, Eric Tobin and more.
      Karen Winslow's paintings are in the Varnum House parlor.
      Bryan Memorial Gallery has three shows in the Jeffersonville Gallery, 40 Years Together, New England Waterways and Legacy 2024.
      The Cambridge Arts Council sidewalk art fest has artist booths on Main Street.
      Summer Sounds favorites Mango Jam play under the mini circus tent on Saturday at 1 p.m.
      Click here for more info or Find them on Facebook for more info about all the events.

ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence collection spotlight is on whimsical fiber artist Chris Bessette . The art and fine craft cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 38 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 welcomed eight new artists including three painters, four fiber artists, and a sculptor: fiber artist Dawn DiCecco of Shelburne, acrylic artist Claudette Eaton, of Milton, watercolorist John Edebohlts of Shelburne, fiber artist Carolyn Kittell of Franklin, oil painter Joanie McMahon of Highgate Center, fiber artist Kelli Shepherd of Milton, polymer clay artist Liane Spaulding of Milton, and fiber artist Sarah Weber of South Burlington. Their work includes crochet, colorful and whimsical felt landscapes, colorful knitted wearables, wall hangings, Vermont themed oils, still lifes, New England themed watercolors and much more.
      The MAG art center and gallery showcases the work of over 150 artist members in Milton Square behind the Milton Post Office. They are open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Click here or find them on Facebook for more info.

SWANTON--The Vermont Abenaki Artists Association features certified fine, decorative, and performing artists officially labeled as "American Indian" under Federal law.
      Filmmaker Lina Longtoe is a documentarian and photographer. Click here for her story and a look at her work.


MONTGOMERY--Kelton Hall, the home of Montgomery Center for the Arts is "back in action, repainted, rewired, repaired, and ready for the future. Even the historic windows have been properly reglazed, reframed and rehung." The heart of Main Street is a Greek Revival style building that is one of the few Vermont examples left in its original form and location. The Gallery is open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday at noon - 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

ST. JOHNSBURY--Catamount Film and Arts celebrates their homecoming with a community parade from the pop-up box office at the Caplan's Building on Railroad Street up Eastern Avenue to the Catamount Arts Center for music and refreshments this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company hosts the Paint Your Own Pet Paint n Sip with Linda Oakes Carvalho this evening at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $48. Email a clear image of your pet and all supplies will be ready the day of the event. 14th Star and Grazers will have food and beverages available for purchase. Click here to register and for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Ballet School of Vermont & Northern Vermont Ballet is holding daily Pop up Advanced Ballet Class, at 4 - 6:15 p.m. The classes continue through Friday. The classes are for any advanced Vermont ballet dancer to help lead in to the Summer Intensives. The fee is a cash donation. Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The third annual Rail City Fan Fest takes over Collins Perley with arts, robot demos, cosplay contests, trivia, and tournaments of Fortnite as well as Super Smash Brothers and Mario, on Saturday and Sunday at 10am-5pm. SACA will be there to do fantasy themed arts. Look for Nichole and Jennifer.
      Admission is $12 for a day pass or $20 for the weekend two-day pass. Kids 12 and under are free. Find them on Facebook or click here for tickets and more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Saint Albans Museum offers Foraging 101, a Presentation and Field Trip, an introductory presentation on Friday at 7 p.m. and a field trip to practice foraging starting on Saturday at 2 p.m. This look at the variety of dishes that can be made from the plants in our own backyards will teach the basics of identifying edible plants, harvesting them sustainably, and preparing them safely.
      Pre-registration is required for the field trip as space is limited. Click here for more info and click here to register for the field trip.

FRANKLIN--After the heat wave of this goofy summer season, Vermont Humanities and the Franklin Historical Society present historian Howard Coffin with Vermont, 1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 1816 at Franklin Town Hall on Sunday at 1 p.m. The cold year seems to have hit Vermont harder than any other state with failed crops, scarce food, and religious revival, all in the aftermath of the War of 1812. Call 802.285.6523 or click here for more info.

IT'S THE LAW reports that it against the law to whistle underwater in Vermont. It is also illegal to paint a horse. Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth. And doves must not be kept in the freezer.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Writers' Group meets in person at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 6 p.m. They meet the third Thursday of each month to share progress and join in the discussion about longer projects and anything else about writing, reading, publishing, and more. Email Becky Rupp or the Swanton Library 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.

ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Community Arts Creative Connections continues in the new space at 54 North Main Street with workshops on Friday and on Wednesday at 4 - 7 p.m.
      The open studio class has expanded "to better suit schedule requests and provide more hands-on opportunities." It is now every Wednesday and Friday. In an effort to maintain supplies for class growth, the second Wednesday each month will remain a free class all other workshops will be by donation.
      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 offers creative pointers and equipment including a sewing machine, heat tools, drawing materials, paints, papers, and more for use. All ages and backgrounds are welcome. Find them on Facebook for more info.


     A second Vermont child under the age of 10 has died from COVID-19. There have been 1,155 total pandemic deaths as of June 1.
      COVID-19 is still here even if data reporting has taken the summer off. The new dominant variant, KP2, is just as and perhaps more transmissible than previous variants. Franklin County has less than 8% of the state population and accounts for more than one-third of statewide hospitalizations.
      Vaccines are available for COVID, the Flu, and RSV, the three main viruses that cause people to end up in a hospital. COVID vaccines are 100% free to everyone 6 months and older living in the United States. The new COVID vaccine will be released this fall. Click here for more info.
      My own plan remains unchanged, especially since our precautions have waned and the current JN.1 variant dodges all but the most up-to-date 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 everywhere 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.


QUEBEC--After nine months of rehearsals and performances, the 20 young musicians of the 2024 Young Tradition Touring Group go on the road for a week of performances in Quebec starting Saturday and continuing through June 28. They will perform and study in Hudson, Joliette, Montreal, North Hatley, Quebec City, Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Thetford Mines, and Waterville. Click here for more info.

Summer Solstice, Thursday, June 20
ST. ALBANS--#CheersToEndAlz 14th Star Brewing Company goes live on The Longest Day with the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in Taproom, today from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. There will be info about the mission to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia, live music from father and son duo, Dan and Sean Jarvis, at 6 - 8 p.m. and the special limited-release brew, Forget Me Not, all to show support and help raise awareness for the Alzheimer's Association. Find them on Facebook for more info

ST. ALBANS TOWN--The weekly St. Albans Bay Farmer's Market and Concert Series continues today with Rushmore from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. They have live music every Thursday evening into September. "The rain date will always fall on the following Friday." Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro hosts She Was Right for Acoustic Thursday this evening at 5 - 7 p.m. Click here for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Hitmen play the classics through today for the Summer Concert Series at Snow Farm Vineyard this evening at 6:30 p.m. Food will be catered, call Kristen (802.922.8074) for all pre-order food requests. Click here for more info.

Thursday-Saturday, June 20-22
ST. ALBANS--The Taphouse at Mill River has shows on Thursday and Friday nights this week. Bob and Val (Valerie Chagnon and Bob Lamos) play Thursday and the Pet Project takes over Friday night. Music starts about 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info (there is no trivia this week).

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap starts a weekend of music with Jesse Agan tonight at 6 p.m. two shows Friday night, Mitch & Devon at 5 p.m., and then the Lloyd Tyler Band returns for late night music starting at 9 p.m., plus two more shows live on Saturday night with Cooper at 5 p.m., and Ryan Sweezy and the Midnight Walkers at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

Friday, June 21
COLCHESTER--Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton plays the American Legion Convention at the Hampton Inn on Friday at 7 p.m.

MILTON--The Friday Night Live Music and Buffet at Arrowhead Golf Course presents Summer Sounds favorite Carol Ann Jones with Will Patton on the deck on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The pulled pork starts around 7 p.m. Both run until 9 p.m. The buffet costs $14 per person ($7 for each child). You don't have to be a member; the public is welcome. Be sure to come early, usually around 6, to get a good seat. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents Nottingham Drive to keep dance floor packed with traditional county and classic rock and a touch of rockabilly on Friday at 6 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, June 21-23
COLCHESTER--The Outdoor Summer Music Series fills the Spanked Puppy with music all weekend. Mark Abair & The Good Luck Band kicks it off on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by She was Right on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Ryan Hanson on Sunday afternoon at 2 - 5 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

JERICHO--The Jericho Café and Tavern fills the weekend with Live Music in June. The Rustics play Friday. Canyon Dreams perform live on Saturday night. Music starts 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 Phil Graziano on Friday and Roger Giroux 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, June 22
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.

JEFFERSONVILLE--Summer Sounds favorites Mango Jam play under the mini circus tent at the 2024 Jeffersonville Art Jam on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Art Jam continues with music and art everywhere you look from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Click here or find them on Facebook for more info about all the events.

Sunday, June 23
NORTH HERO--The Island Arts Book Sale presents Lake Champlain Islands singer-songwriter Evan Alsop at the Book Sale Sunday at 12 - 2 p.m. His debut EP is Little Barn Songs and he is finishing his first full length album. Admission is free. Click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--Foam Brewers presents Americana troubadour David Karl Roberts on Sunday at 1 p.m. His latest release, Live at Harry's Hardware, is available on all internet streaming music platforms. The small, independent craft brewery has live music most days including Jazz Thursdays Click here for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Cooie Sings traditional tunes, popular songs, and originals at the Blue Paddle Bistro on Sunday at 5:30 - 8 p.m. Click here for more info.

Monday, June 24
NORTH HERO--Local Legend Cooper sings gunfighter ballads and cowboy songs and jazz and rock on the Pier Bar at the North Hero House on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Tuesday, June 25
ENOSBURG FALLS--Summer Concerts in Lincoln Park continue as the Enosburg Town Band continues on the Bandstand on Tuesday at 7 p.m. There will be a variety of music, arts and crafts for the kids, popcorn and drinks, and even ice cream sundaes (when available) every Tuesday evening. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Wednesday, June 26
ESSEX--Grill & Chill Wednesdays continue with Danny & the Parts live on the Green on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Bring your own blanket, chair, umbrella, factory sealed water bottles, empty refillable bottles, picnic food, and good attitude. Food from the Double E grill and EE restaurants will be available. Find them on Facebook for more info.

NORTH HERO--She Was Right plays well known covers at the Pier Bar at the North Hero House on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Summer Concert Series continues with the Citizens Concert Band in the EA Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park on Wednesday at the special time of 7 p.m.
      Concerts are free for all every Wednesday evening through August 28. 14th Star Brewing Company, Pickle's Snack Shack, and Mama Llama Bakeshop will be on hand for food and drink. If the weather turns squishy, the concerts will move to 14th Star. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs celebrates Marty's 40th Birthday Bash as Blue Heron gets down on Wednesday 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.


NORTH HERO--The Island Arts Book Sale fills the Island Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be more than 3,000 books, all organized by subject for easy discovery. There are paperbacks, hard-covers, and some beautiful books to display. Lake Champlain Islands singer-songwriter Evan Alsop will perform Sunday at 12 - 2 p.m. His debut EP is Little Barn Songs and he is finishing his first full length album.
      Admission is free. Books by donation. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page Mystery Book Club reads Naked in Death by J.D. Robb on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Naked is the first book of the In Death series by Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb. New York Police and Security Department detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas's suspect in the murder of a high-profile prostitute is the enigmatic Irish businessman (and mostly former criminal) Roarke. It's a rollicking good police procedural series with science fiction and romance.
      Call Donna Howard (802.527.7243), email, or 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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