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ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper


VOLUME 28 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 3, 2024

STUFF YOU SHOULDN'T MISS

      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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BIG IMPORTANT NOTE

      With Independence Day falling on Thursday, this column appears on Wednesday. That means there could be two "Wednesdays" worth of happenings in a single week.


BIG MUSIC WEEKS

FRANKLIN COUNTY--The Big Music Weeks of Summer begin with Bay Day this week as some of our friends play multiple gigs. There are live shows in Alburgh, Colchester, Enosburg Falls, Essex, Essex Junction, Georgia, Highgate Springs, Jericho, Milton, North Hero, Shelburne, Sheldon, South Hero, South Hero, St. Albans City and Town, and Stowe.


BAY DAY

ST. ALBANS TOWN--The 43rd Bay Day Festival kicks off a day with lots more than fireworks in St. Albans Town Bay Park all day this Saturday. The legendary Great Race, afternoon activities, games, food, and live music capped by the fireworks. Live music with Rushmore starts at 4 p.m. and then Vermont's home-grown Allman Brothers tribute band, Soulshine Revival, plays into the fireworks at dusk.
      The Town recently took over the Great Race triathlon with athletes coming from near and far. It has been a part of the community since 1979. The Bay Day celebration includes a volleyball tournament beginning at 7 a.m., paddle boat race, duct tape regatta, fair food, and fun for families of all ages. Click here for more info.


ART ON THE WALLS

STOWE--The Bryan and Front Four Galleries host a day of plein air painting with Cynthia Rosen, George Van Hook, Liane Whittum, Mary Anne Heinzen, and Fiona Cooper Fenwick in downtown Stowe on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. They will create original art before your eyes and answer questions while painting. They will hold a wet paint sale with refreshments at Front Four Gallery starting at 6 p.m. Maps of the artists' locations are at either gallery. Call 802.760.6474 or 802.253.7282 for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on stained glass artist Jennifer Buckner, jewelry creator Terry Buehner, acrylic painter and mixed media artist Tess Follensbee, and fine art photographer Wayne Tarr with a live reception at the gallery on the special evening of Wednesday, July 10, 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.


JEFFERSONVILLE--Bryan Memorial Gallery Jane Neroni's The Bridge at Shelburne Boat Ramp in the New England Waterways exhibition and on Facebook . That exhibition is coming to an end with its final day on Sunday.
      The gallery has exhibits of the landscape painters of New England. The main showcase in Jeffersonville is open Wednesday-Sunday 11 - 4 and the Stowe Gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 11 - 5, and Friday and Saturday, 11 - 6. Appointments are available. Call ahead (802.644.5100) to schedule or click here for more info.


SWANTON--The Vermont Abenaki Artists Association features certified fine, decorative, and performing artists officially labeled as "American Indian" under Federal law.
      "Wampum Woman" Linda Longtoe Sheehan has been making wampum belts and jewelry for over thirty years and has passed her knowledge on to countless young people. Click here for her story and a look at her work.


ART FOR SALE

PLAN AHEAD--The Downtown Sidewalk and Art Sales will fill St. Albans with artists set up on the sidewalks to share their works with you next weekend, Thursday-Saturday, July 11-13. Find them on Facebook for more info.


DANCE

NORTH HERO--Island Arts opens the barn doors to the joy of community dancing to lively music for Community Folk Dancing with instructor Leslie Alpert in the Island Arts Center on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
      All dances are taught. No partner required. No experience required, and new students are always welcome. Bring your water bottle. Classes will continue every Tuesday through July 30. Admission is free, but donations to Island Arts are appreciated. Call 802.372.3418 to register (drop-ins are also encouraged) or Click here for more info.


HUMANITIES

MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts hosts a Front Porch Forum at MCA-Kelton Hall Thursday, rain or shine.


GRAND ISLE--Virginia Holiman will tell traditional animal tales and Kurt Valenta will share his collection of related artifacts in an event called "perfect for all ages" at Grand Isle State Park on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.


ST. ALBANS--Vermont Humanities presents Ellen "LN" Bethea for Words in the Woods in Kill Kare State Park on Saturday at 11 a.m. Ms. Bethea has long been inspired by Desmond Tutu's words, "Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." The Spoken Word Poet has performed across Vermont from Morrisville to Brattleboro. Entrance to the park will be covered by Vermont Humanities. Email J Pelletier, call Vermont Humanities (802.262.2626) or click here to register and for more info.


WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts has several ongoing workshops, classes, or arts groups each week.
      Creative Connections continues in the Ralston Building with workshops on Wednesday, July 3, Friday, July 5, and Wednesday, July 10, all at 4 - 7 p.m. 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.
      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.
      Explore the Story Wilds, the SACA writing group, meets in the Ralston Building on Saturday at 11 a.m. The generative writing session and writer support group meets the first Saturday of every month for a tarot-based writing prompt with 45 minutes of writing, a discussion of how the prompt went, and 30 minutes of group coaching to discuss writing questions, including writers block, story idea brainstorming, and publishing questions, and more. Find them on Facebook for more info.
      The Blackout Poetry series continues 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.
      The Open Studio Music Group meets in the Ralston Building on Wednesday at 2 - 4 p.m. This is a time to bring an instrument you are learning, want to learn, or already know. "Hang out and make music with other community members and maybe meet your future band members." Find them on Facebook for more info.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild has two workshops this week.
      Social Sunday continues at the MAG 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.
      Learn Zentangle with Julia Davenport is at the MAG Art Center on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Zentangle is a drawing technique invented by the monk Rick Roberts and artist Maria Thomas to combine meditation and art. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Click here to reserve a seat and for more info.


MORRISVILLE--The River Arts Mindful Art Series offers Summer Blooms, Mixed Media Painting with Jen Volansky this evening at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. This workshop is an opportunity to develop skills and draw inspiration from the leaves, branches, and vibrant summer blossoms. The cost is $30. Click here to enroll and for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library hosts Lights Camera Impact cinematography workshop with videographer and producer J.R. Cox in the Maker Space on Wednesday at 6 - 8 p.m. Call 802.868.7656, email the Swanton Library or click here to sign up to reserve your spot.


IN THE ARTS COUNCILS

ST. ALBANS--Get to Know Your SACA is Saint Albans Community Arts' photo page to explore the group and the new storefront in the Ralston Building on Main Street. Co-Director Jennifer put together the album of photos "so you can get to know our space from home first if you need to." It's on Facebook .


COVID NEWS

     COVID-19 is still here even if data reporting has taken the summer off. 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.


ON STAGE LIVE

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, July 3, 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, July 3, 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, July 3, 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.


Independence Day, Thursday, July 4
ST ALBANS TOWN--The weekly St. Albans Bay Farmer's Market and Concert Series continues with the Smokey Newfield Project on Thursday 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 Phil Abair Band with Keeghan Nolan plays the Summer Concert Series at Snow Farm Vineyard Thursday 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, July 4-6
STOWE--The Von Trapp Brewing Bierhall Summer Concert Series goes big for Independence Weekend with the Dale & Darcy Quartet with special guests Will Patton and Neil Rossi playing bluegrass and Celtic Thursday evening, Ron Gagnon rockin' on Friday, and the Dimmer Triplets bringing the blues and rock live on Saturday night, Music starts at 5:30. Click here for more info.


Friday, July 5
SHELBURNE--Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton dip a special show at Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream on Friday at 5:15 p.m. The ice cream is actual "farm-to-cone," made on-site at Fisher Brothers Farm, almost entirely with flavor elements grown on the farm.


SHELDON--Summer Music at Grace offers the return of Josh Worman and His Support Band play classic rock, covers, and the completely original at Grace Church on Friday at 7 p.m. Alert Franklin County music aficionados may recognize a striking similarity to Uncle John's Band. Admission is free but donations are always welcome. Bring your own beverage, a picnic to enjoy on the lawn before the concert, and a dessert to share.
      His album, Music Therapy, is available on Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, iTunes and several other platforms. Click here for sample cuts and more info.


MILTON--The Friday Night Live Music and Buffet at Arrowhead Golf Course presents the Nobby Reed Project on the deck on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The grilled chicken and coconut rice buffet 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.


Friday-Sunday, July 5-7
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap has two shows Friday night, starting with Mitch and Devon at 5 p.m., followed by the McMaple Band 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 Nickel & Dime starting at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.


ST. ALBANS--The Taphouse at Mill River has shows on Friday and Saturday nights in June. The Smokey Newfield Project plays Friday and alternative Americana singer-songwriter-storyteller Creatio from North Carolina is 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. The renowned TBD kicks it off on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by Slightly Used on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Nate Michaud 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 July. The Shane Murley Band plays Friday. Bob Gagnon 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 they host Sister Speak on Friday and Kippincoe with Kip de Moll 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, July 6
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. Ambient guitarist and mystic Tom Pearo returns this Saturday. The market and the music continue every Saturday through October. Find them on Facebook for more info.


ALBURGH--The Alburgh Oasis Outdoor Music Venue starts its summer season with the Nobby Reed Project with Missisquoi Slim, Walt Delaney, and Kent Blackmer on Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door or $15 for limited, reserved, premium table seating. Find them on Facebook for more info.


Sunday, July 7
SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro hosts the Shane Murley Duet with the Texas-born American singer-songwriter on Sunday at 5:30 - 8 p.m.


Monday, July 8
NORTH HERO--The Butterfields play a mix of traditional folk, blues, Caribbean, popular, and contemporary favorites on the Pier Bar at the North Hero House on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.


Tuesday, July 9
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 10
ESSEX--Grill & Chill Wednesdays continue with Satyrdagg live on the Green on Wednesday, July 10, 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--The Duo, John Seiden and Neil Wright, sing rock- country-jazz at the Pier Bar at the North Hero House on Wednesday, July 10, at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.


GEORGIA--The Georgia Gathering on the Green presents Summer Sounds favorites Carol Ann Jones with Will Patton and Gary Spaulding in front of the Town Clerk's Office on Wednesday, July 10, at 5 p.m. The Gathering includes the Farmer's Market, Food and drinks are available from the Georgia Lions Club and Mill River Brewing.


ST. ALBANS--The Summer Concert Series continues with Still Kickin' in Taylor Park on Wednesday, July 10, 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.


JERICHO--The Mills Riverside Park Concert Series presents Sugar in the Pan with traditional music from New England, Quebec, Maritime Canada and beyond, on Wednesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. Ari Glasser, Eleanor Freebern, Eli Glasser, Emma Taylor McCallum, and Winslow Solomon of the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group offer arrangements for fiddles, 5-string banjo, keyboard, and harp. Click here for more info.


HIGHGATE SPRINGS--The Citizens Concert Band continues its summer series at the Little White Church on Wednesday, July 10, at 7 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. Their rich history dates back to 1947. Click here 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, July 10, 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.


FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page has books to read, books to talk about, and writers to talk with.
      The Fantasy Book Club reads Neil Gaiman's first novel, Neverwhere, on Wednesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. Under the streets of London is a world of people who have fallen between the cracks. A single act of kindness threw a young businessman out of his safe and predictable life into the other London. He just wants to go home but will he get there? Find them on Facebook for more info.
      PLAN AHEAD. A "worship of authors" will talk mysteries, romances, children's books, autobiographies, and more at the Eloquent Page during the Downtown Sidewalk and Art Sales. AY Berthiaume, Catherine Bodnar, Charlie Brooks, Rebecca Cummins, Jackson Ellis, Pat Esden, Kent Gramm, Bill Holliday, Beth Ann Hooper, DonnaRae Menard, Laura Napoli, Dawn Densmore-Parent, Stephen Payne, and Sara Stewart will all be at the Eloquent Page on and off on Friday and Saturday July 12 and 13. 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 AllArtsCouncil.org/books. 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

Music!

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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