ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 25 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 23, 2021


      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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MORRISVILLE--It's RocktoberFest at River Arts on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      The celebration of community and fall foliage includes free pot throwing in the clay studio, an artisan craft fair, scarecrow decorating for the second annual scarecrow contest and more. click here for more info.


     Vermont's weekly case count reached a pandemic high last week
      Vermont reported 1,301 new COVID-19 cases in the last week. 300 people have died. Franklin County reported 213 new cases and two deaths since September 7. 80% of all hospitalizations are of the 79,000 unvaccinated making those unvaccinated Vermonters about four times more likely than vaccinated Vermonters to contract COVID-19. "A large percentage of these people can be vaccinated but have not done so," Human Services Secretary Mike Smith said.
      Here's my own, still current, advice. 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 pollen, summer colds, and the winter flu.


JEFFERSONVILLE--Bryan Memorial Gallery is hosting a raffle of two paintings by member artists George Van Hook and Susan Larkin. Each piece will be raffled off during the opening reception for Gems & Giants on November 14. The raffle is part of the gallery's 2021 Fall Fundraiser.
      Click here for tickets and more info.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild begins a three-week class, Metal Smithing 101, with instructor Cathy LaClair on Mondays 6 - 9 p.m. The class introduces the arcane and secret techniques of making fine jewelry and ends with new skills and finished pieces. No prior experience is necessary. Supplies are included in the class fee.
      The cost is $175 for members or $180 for non-members. Click here to reserve a space.


ST. ALBANS--The Ballad of Ethan Alien with special musical guests Megan Jean and the KFB and Cozy O'Donnell will be shown in Taylor Park on Thursday at 7 p.m. The film starts at dusk. Rain or Shine. The 75-minute film produced by Teo Zagar features the music of several Vermont artists and combines science fiction, music, and Vermont history.
      Admission is by $5 - $20 suggested donation. Popcorn and snacks will be available. Find them on Facebook for more info and watch the trailer on YouTube.


     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 pollen, summer colds, and the winter flu.

Thursday-Sunday, September 23-26
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap presents Shane's Apothecary this evening at 5:30 p.m., the Natural Selection Friday night at 5 p.m., the big Lebowski Trio live on Saturday night at 5 p.m., and then Supernatural for late night music starting at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. And to confirm. Click here to reserve a table.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle on the Bay continues the Live Music Nights on the Bay with Jerborn jerborning this evening, Jim Branca and Tom Buckley pickin' and grinnin' on Friday, Cooie singing live on Saturday, and a special Mystery Guest on Sunday. Music begins at 6 p.m. each evening, rain or shine.
      Call 802.372.4814 for reservations or find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday, September 24
NORTH HERO--Some Hollow plays live in the Steamship Bar and Grill at North Hero House for an evening of folk and classic country that veers into blues, soul, rock, and pop 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.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents Smokin Gun for a night of rock n' roll live in The Room on Friday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground hosts the Vermont Roots Roadshow in the Showcase Lounge on Friday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30.
      Vermont acts Saints & Liars, Ida Mae Specker and the Terrible Mountain Stringband, Maple Run Band, and Western Terrestrials will all celebrate the Green Mountain State's legacy of traditional and original music. Admission is $15 - $17. Click here for tickets and more info.

Friday-Sunday, September 24-26
MORRISVILLE--Moog's Joint has a weekend of music in their Live Music Lineup for Fall beginning with the free FlashFest! with Green Mountain Freight, the Aerolites, Seth Yacovone, and Christine Meola on Friday at 6 p.m. The celebration of James "Flash" Gordon will feature some of his favorite local artists. If you have a Flash Hat, be sure to wear it.
      Continuing with paid shows on the weekend, Cookie's Hot Club plays live on Saturday night and Lee Ross is on on Sunday, both at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for each weekend show. Outdoor seating and COVID precautions. Tickets are available in advance at Moog's Joint or online at

Saturday, September 25
ST. ALBANS BAY--Nobby Reed headlines the annual Harvest Festival and Chili Competition in the Bay Park on Saturday from 12 noon - 4 p.m. Live music and the chili competition. start at 1 p.m. There will be local vendors and local mead.
      Find the St.Albans Bay Farmers Market on Facebook for more info.

ALBURGH--The Alburgh Oasis AfterMarket Heros opening for Deuces Wild for an evening of old time 50s and 60s rock and roll and country on Saturday at 5 - 9 p.m. This will be the last Oasis show of the season.
      Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic, B.Y.O.B. Admission is free by donation and premium seating is available. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Get Raised By Hippies for some acoustic Music in the Biergarten at Mill River Brewing on Saturday at 5 p.m.
      Call to make a reservation (802.582.4182) or find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page hosts Franklin County writer Walt McLaughlin for a book signing of his newest book, Wildness and Being Human, on Saturday at noon.
      Drawing from his own experiences in wild places, Mr. McLaughlin challenges the conventional notion that being civilized somehow changes what we are. He argues that wildness is an essential part of our humanity, and that our complex civilization threatens it. When not wandering, he lives in Swanton with his wife, Judy.
      Find the Eloquent Page on Facebook or click here for more info.

ONLINE and LOCAL--"Open a Book, Open the World." The 2021 National Book Festival continues through Sunday at many Franklin County libraries. The Library of Congress offers author conversations, a broadcast special on PBS, NPR podcasts, and more. 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 Band
Wednesday Night Live
Enosburg Town Band


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