ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 28 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 27, 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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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.
      Mary McGinniss & the Selkies play under the mini circus tent on Saturday at 1 p.m.
      And the Cambridge Car Show will be in the Cambridge Elementary School field on Saturday at 9 a.m. Free admission.
      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 painter and freelance graphic designer Colleen Blatchly . 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. The next Gallery reception will be held on the special date, Wednesday, July 10.

VERGENNES--The 2024 Abenaki Heritage Weekend includes the Native Arts Market at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Activities include storytelling, craft demonstrations, drumming, singing, and more. Paul-Rene Tamburro will hold silversmithing demonstrations. Bring a picnic basket for your lunch.
      Email Elisa, call (802) 265.0092 or click here for more info


COLCHESTER--The Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival offers public events today through Monday this week.
      The Emerging Artists Series performs twice in the McCarthy Arts Center on the campus of Saint Michael's College this evening and on Monday, both at 7:30 p.m. The Artist Faculty Series presents two programs in the Elley-Long Music Center, Romantic Twilight on Friday and Fantasy World on Tuesday, both at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Mansfield Solo Concert in the Dion Student Center Roy Room on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Double E hosts the Classical Encounters program in the T-Rex Theater on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. There are also master classes and other lectures and presentations. The GMCMF continues through July 20.
      Click here for more info about the entire festival and find the Classical Encounters program on Facebook for tickets and more info.


ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Community Arts Creative Connections continues in the Ralston Building with workshops on Friday and 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 has creative pointers and equipment including a sewing machine, heat tools, drawing materials, paints, papers, and more for use. The open studio class is held 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. All ages and backgrounds are welcome. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts begins a new Blackout Poetry series in the Ralston Building on Tuesday at 1 - 2 p.m. Also called "redacted poetry" and "erasure poetry," it works like this: participants receive a page from an old book and a sharpie to black out sections of the page to create new artwork in the "found poetry." Many decorate the redacted areas to enhance the new pieces. The group will meet every Tuesday through August 27.
      This is an all ages, free event. Donations help SACA continue to keep the doors open and are always appreciated. Find them on Facebook for more info.

MILTON--Social Sunday continues 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.

JEFFERSONVILLE--The Bryan Memorial Gallery hosts Palette Knife Painting en Plein Air workshop led by Melanie Barash Levitt starting from the gallery on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The class is suitable for the beginner or the intermediate student who "want to loosen up and learn how to paint with a palette knife." The cost is . Members may use "BMGMEMBER" to receive discounted member pricing. Email , call 802.644.5100 or click here to register and for the supplies list and more info.


     COVID-19 is still here even if data reporting has taken the summer off. It is making a comeback and cases are on the rise, fueled by new "FLiRT" variants. KP.3, the now dominant variant, is as transmissible and perhaps moreso than previous variants. They account for more than two-thirds of all cases. Franklin County has less than 8% of the state population and has accounted 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.


Thursday, June 27
ST ALBANS TOWN--The weekly St. Albans Bay Farmer's Market and Concert Series continues with Bad Horsey today 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.

ST. ALBANS--It's Karaoke and Open Mic Night live in The Room at 14th Star on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Summer Sounds favorites IncaHoots play 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-Sunday, June 27-30
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap starts a weekend of music with Matty and Me tonight at 6 p.m. two shows Friday night, WD-40s at 5 p.m., and then the Dirty Looks Band returns for late night music starting at 9 p.m. They usually have shows live on Saturday night at around 5 and 9 p.m. as well. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro usually has music on Thursday and Sunday but the weather last week changed the schedule. The Blue Rock Boys bring their originals and eclectic covers for Acoustic Thursday this evening at 5 - 7 p.m. Next up, Cooie Sings on Saturday, postponed from last Sunday, at 5 - 7 p.m. And Jeff Shelley plays current and classic folk and pop tunes on Sunday at 5:30 - 8 p.m. Click here for more info.

Friday, June 28
MILTON--The Friday Night Live Music and Buffet at Arrowhead Golf Course presents the Buck Hollers on the deck on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The taco buffet with chopped Mexican salad 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.

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.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents Fantastic Cat with Troy Millette & the Fire Below in the Showcase Lounge on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 7. Anthony D'Amato, Brian Dunne, Don DiLego, and Mike Montali make up the indie music "supergroup you need to know."
      Admission is $20 in advance or $25 day of show. Click here for tickets and more info.

Friday-Sunday, June 28-30
ST. ALBANS--The Taphouse at Mill River has shows on Friday and Saturday nights in June. Ryan Hanson plays Friday and Jerborn and Axe bring on the jerborning shenanigans live on Saturday. Music starts about 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

COLCHESTER--The Outdoor Summer Music Series fills the Spanked Puppy with music all weekend. Barbie-N-Bones kick it off on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by Kippincoe on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Jesse Agan on Sunday afternoon at 2 - 5 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

JERICHO--The Jericho Cafe and Tavern fills the weekend with Live Music in June. Coane, Rowell & Schabner (the supergroup of Danny, Dave, and Dono) play Friday. The Phillip Hyjek Trio performs 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 Dan Parks makes a solo appearance on Friday at 6 p.m. and Ryan Hanson returns live on Saturday night 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 29
ST. ALBANS--Northwest Farmers Market fills Taylor Park with live music from Connor Young, 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--Mary McGinniss & the Selkies with Will Patton 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 for more info or find them on Facebook for more info about all the events.

NEWPORT--Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton sings a live benefit concert aboard the Northern Star Cruise Ship on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Gospel Cruise will raise funds toward the building of a Hospice House between Derby and Newport. Click here (click on "Book Tickets," then the June 29th date, and the "Gospel Cruise with Mark Shelton") for tickets and more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents the Nobby Reed Project for a night of live music in The Room on Saturday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Sunday, June 30
JERICHO--The Burlington Country Dancers host an English Country Dance with Will Patton, Aaron Marcus, and Anna Patton with local callers at the Mills Riverside Park post and beam pavilion on Sunday at 4 - 6 p.m. Admission is $10-15.

MONTGOMERY--The monthly Celebration of Expressive Arts continues 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 will be a "study of the Divine Feminine" with photographer, woodworker, storyteller, and singer Edward Mason. A published poet, Mr. Mason's art includes pen and pencil sketches and digital creations of landscapes, erotic art, abstracts, avant-garde, and more. Originally from Pennsylvania, he now lives in Montgomery The local artists, writers and musicians gather to share original and thought provoking work. "Reservations get you a guaranteed table." Find them on Facebook for more info.

Monday, July 1
NORTH HERO--Eclectic folk/bluegrass guitarist Marc Edwards plays on the Pier Bar at the North Hero House on Monday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Vineyard presents a special Broadway In the Islands on the Lawn on Monday at 6-8 p.m. Broadway actors, led by Vermonter Merritt David Janes, sing and tell stories from the roles they have made famous. The outdoor shows bring together vocalists from the stage performing selections from rock and contemporary Broadway hits. Admission to the ticketed show is $36.

Tuesday, July 2
NORTH HERO--The Blue Rock Boys -- Eric Bushey, Cliff Crosby, Michael Bjella, and Sabina Perkins--bring a sound all their own to the Pier Bar at the North Hero House on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

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, July 3
ESSEX--Grill & Chill Wednesdays continue with Raised by Hippies with Stars, Stripes and Classic Vibes, a 60s and 70s rock revival 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.

ST. ALBANS--The Summer Concert Series continues with Ryan Sweezey and the Midnight Walkers in Taylor Park on Wednesday at 5:30 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.

FRANKLIN--The Citizens Concert Band continues its summer series on the Franklin Town Green on Wednesday at the special time of 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Concerts take place outdoors and will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
      Under the direction of Jeremy Berger, the community band plays a series of free, outdoor summer concerts in towns around Franklin County. They have a long and rich history dating back to 1947. Click here for more info.


SWANTON--Swanton Library hosts a Meet and Greet Plus Book Signing with local writer Tamara Mathieu on Saturday at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. All Who Believed: A Memoir of Life in the Twelve Tribes is the story of the author and her husband who joined the worldwide religious organization when they were 23 years old and her flight back to "the real world" fourteen years later.
      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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