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ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper


VOLUME 25 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 24, 2021

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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MEETING THE HOUSE

EAST FAIRFIELD--The live Meeting House on the Green Summer Concerts continue with Rusty Bucket on Saturday at 5 p.m.
      The homegrown string band of George van Vlaanderen, banjo; Lanny Boardman and Dan Shook, guitar; Ralph Rosenberg, bass; and Brian Steele, mandolin and harmonica; evoke the tradition of New England kitchen tunks and back-porch pavilions of Appalachia.
      Admission is by suggested donation of $10 at the door with those under 16 admitted free. Concerts are held outdoors. In case of rain, concerts are either canceled or moved indoors with mask required and limited seating available. "Grab and go" light fare will be available for sale or bring your own picnic. Call 802.827.6626 or click here for more info.


RESTART NEWS

      Summer Sounds begins its 30th season of outdoor concerts with Mark Shelton on Sunday, July 11. Area restaurants and venues are offering live music while other artists and venues continue live streaming online.


ART ON THE WALLS

      Vermont has lifted all remaining statewide COVID-19 restrictions.
      Here's my own current advice, updated to today. Get the shot(s) and take precautions. The vaccines are extraordinarily effective but nothing is 100% foolproof. Wash your hands. Wear a mask where you can't control the airflow around you until we reach the same herd immunity we have for smallpox and once had but lost for measles. Bonus: it will also help protect you from summer colds and the winter flu.


JEFFERSONVILLE--The Jeffersonville Art Jam continues on Main Street on Saturday. Free events will occur on Saturdays (with Sunday rain dates) and on Sunday, July 4.
      The Visions of Vermont Gallery, the Bryan Memorial Gallery and the Cambridge Arts Council will host artist demos, live music, lectures, food vendors, and artists' booths up and down Main Street.


WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild will host Painting with Alcohol Inks at the MAG Art Center on Saturday at 10 a.m. Catherine Putzier teaches all the basics of the fun, flowing medium.
      The cost is $45 for members or $50 for non-members. Find them on Facebook for more info and to reserve a space.


MORRISVILLE--River Arts hosts Wednesday Night Live at Oxbow park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Facilitators help all ages complete art projects while local musicians play the stage. Admission is free.


ON STAGE LIVE

      Vermont has lifted all remaining statewide COVID-19 restrictions.
      Here's my own current advice, updated to today. Get the shot(s) and take precautions. The vaccines are extraordinarily effective but nothing is 100% foolproof. Wash your hands. Wear a mask where you can't control the airflow around you until we reach the same herd immunity we have for smallpox and once had but lost for measles. Bonus: it will also help protect you from summer colds and the winter flu. Bonus: it will also help protect you from summer colds and the winter flu.


Thursday, June 24
ST. ALBANS TOWN--Sibling Reverie played the St. Albans Bay Farmers Market last Thursday and there will probably be live music again in the Town Bay Park this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.


SOUTH HERO--The Snow Farm Summer Concert Series presents Better Angels at the Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery this evening at 6:30 p.m.
      The live summer series offers a variety of music, from classical to jazz to swing to bluegrass to classic rock. Concerts are held every Thursday evening into September, weather permitting. Picnicking begins at 5 p.m. Wine and a local craft beer are available for purchase. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Click here for more info.


Thursday-Saturday, June 24-26
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers the Duncan MacLeod Trio tonight at 5:30 p.m., Uncle Jimmy tomorrow night, and Eleven live for a summer scorcher on Saturday night. Music usually starts at 5:30 on Thursday and 6 p.m. other nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. And to confirm. Click here to reserve a table.


Friday, June 25
MILTON--The Friday Night Live Music and Buffet at Arrowhead Golf Course presents the Buck Hollers on the deck on Friday at 6 p.m. Tacos! The buffet starts around 7 p.m. Both run until 9 p.m.
      The buffet costs $12 per person ($5 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.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents Ryan Hanson live for a night of acoustic covers and original music in The Room on Friday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.


SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle on the Bay continues live music on summer evenings with the Fabulous Wrecks on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Call 802.372.4814 for reservations and more info.


SHELDON--The Abbey 2021 Summer Music series continues with John Gratton on the Back 40 Farm Wagon on Friday at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting or in the Pub if it rains. Find them on Facebook for more info.


BURLINGTON--Blues for Breakfast returns to the Backyard at Nectar's for the annual Grateful Americana bash on Friday at 6 p.m. Admission is $17.50. Click here for tickets and more info.
Click here for tickets and more info.


Friday-Sunday, June 25-27
COLCHESTER--The Spanked Puppy Summer Music Series continues at the Outback every weekend through the summer, Fridays at 6 - 9 p.m., Saturdays at 4 - 7 p.m., and Sundays at 1 - 4 p.m.


Saturday, June 26
EAST FAIRFIELD--The live Meeting House on the Green Summer Concerts continue with Rusty Bucket on Saturday at 5 p.m. Admission is by suggested donation of $10. Call 802.827.6626 or click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Things are definitely getting squirrelly as Squirrel the Band returns to Music in the Biergarten at Mill River Brewing on Saturday at 5 p.m. The acoustic, percussion driven band plays a mix of music of genres and generations.
      Call to make a reservation (802.582.4182) or find them on Facebook for more info.


ENOSBURG--Country Boy Classics presents Bad Horsey with the Old Man Garage Band on the new custom stage across the covered bridge on Saturday at 5 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for Eric Sweet and family who lost everything to a fire on Christmas Eve.
      There will be a corn hole tournament starting at 5 p.m. Old Man Garage Band will play at 7 and Bad Horsey around 9 p.m. Their indoor event space upstairs includes a stage and sound system, 50s diner, large outdoor patio, and a '59 Cadillac lounge area up in the rafters.
      Admission is $20. All proceeds will go to the family. Click here for more info.


NORTH HERO--George Murtie plays live in the Steamship Bar and Grill at North Hero House on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info. NHH has live music on Wednesday and Friday or Saturday evenings.


Sunday, June 27
MONTGOMERY--The monthly Celebration of Expressive Arts continues at the INN on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The event officially includes everything but dancing, but there is always hope. Come early for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m.
      This month, the featured artist is "Doodle Chick" Mimi Magyar with intricate creations built from pen and graph paper. The featured musician is guitarist Joel "Veena" Eisenkramer playing Hindustani classical and fusion. The local artists, writers and musicians gather to share original and thought provoking work.
      Make reservations online or by phone (802.326.4391). Find them on Facebook for more info.


SOUTH HERO--Cooie Sings at the Blue Paddle Bistro for the live music on summer evenings on Sunday at 6 p.m.
      Call 802.372.4814 for reservations and more info.


Wednesday, June 30
ESSEX--The Essex Experience presents "3 and 3," Week three of the third season of Trucks Taps and Tunes with family-friendly live music, cold beer, and food on the Essex Green each Wednesday at 5 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.


NORTH HERO--The Fabulous Wrecks play live in the Steamship Bar and Grill at North Hero House on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info. NHH has live music on Wednesday and Friday or Saturday evenings.


SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro continues a summer of live music with Carol Anne Jones and Jon Sochin on Wednesday at 6 p.m. They will play every other Wednesday evening this summer. No cover charge. Enjoy outdoor tent seating by reservation.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Summer Concert Series presents Dale & Darcy in the E.A. Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. There will be no food or beverage sales this summer.
      Admission is free.


FRANKLIN COUNTY--The Citizens Concert Band is returning to an active summer schedule and may perform somewhere near you on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Click here for more info.


ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

      Here's the roundup of virtual music and events for this week.

Thursday, June 24
      On the Frost Jazz Hour UM, Makayla Forgione plays live on Facebook today at 11 a.m. The University of Miami Jazz Department broadcasts live from WDNA 88.9 FM studios every Thursday at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Anyone on or off Facebook is invited.


Friday, June 25
      Summer Sounds favorite John Bartus will perform Social Distancing Concert 63, Live from the Florida Keys, thanks to Facebook Live at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Find him on Facebook for the watch party. Mr. Bartus played Social Distancing Concert #62 from the studio "postponed a week" last week on Facebook. He will join us for Summer Sounds in Highgate on July 25.


Wednesday, June 30
      Big Heavy World presents Rocket Shop, the original local music radio hour hosted by Tom Proctor, every Wednesday night from 8 - 9 p.m. Vermont artists from across the state perform live in every genre on 105.9FM The Radiator in Burlington and as a podcast on bigheavyworld.com.


Ongoing
      Practice.
      Carnegie Hall Selects presents Leonard Bernstein's The Gift of Music on www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2021/06/25/Carnegie-Hall-Selects-Bernsteins-The-Gift-of-Music-1200PMCarnegieHall.org on Friday at 12 p.m. Produced to commemorate the 75th anniversary of his birth and narrated by Lauren Bacall, The Gift of Music showcases footage from the Bernstein archives and early television ventures.
      Presented as part of Live with Carnegie Hall, the series of free concert films from stages around the world will feature some of the greatest performances of music important to Carnegie Hall's history. A new film will be released each Friday; each will stream for one week exclusively on the Hall's website.


      Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton sang Elvis by request on Facebook on Friday. Hippie Dippie Mark glorified God with a new tapestry for Father's Day on Facebook on Sunday. He will kick off the 30th season of Summer Sounds in Highgate on July 11.
      Follow him on Facebook for a link to this week's offerings.


ON THE BOOKSHELF

      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 Band
Wednesday Night Live
Enosburg Town Band


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