Artbits-May 12, 2016


When we started this column 25 years ago, it was sometimes a stretch to find a single arts event in a week. We have profiled artists, searched for news far and wide, and even written “how-to” pieces to keep the torch lit. Today, it’s rare that this column has fewer than a dozen events or is shorter than 1,000¬†words.

With that marvelous growth comes change. The St. Albans Messenger will no longer run the arts separately. Instead, they will incorporate the arts with other events in a single calendar.

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The annual Young Tradition Weekend brings together a young performers and the community at large for song, performance, and dance during the second weekend of May. “Young folks are the main event,” organizer Mark Sustic said. The 2016 weekend include a conference, a contra dance, the annual contest, visits to Baird 5 Pediatrics, a concert, and more. Read more


The Swanton Arts Council will hold a general meeting and update for the Pinwheel Art Installation, the June Barn Quilt Challenge, Sidewalk Chalk Day, and more. Read more


The famed Twiggs Comedy for a Cause series is back. Gypsy Wind and Bethany Conner have gigs. The Doris Hughes Memorial Concert showcases the 1893 Hook and Hastings pipe organ. Read more


The Opera House at Enosburg Falls will hold an informational meeting for the L’il Abner Auditions. Read more


The Swanton Chamber of Commerce will host a free Grow Your Business seminar. Make no mistake. Art is a business. Read more


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