Artbits-August 18, 2022

This is issue #700 of the weekly, online ArtBits.


The Big Music Weeks of Summer continue this week as Neon Spoon headlines Summer Sounds and there are live shows in 15 towns. Read more


The 31st year of Summer Sounds concerts at home in Highgate continue with Neon Spoon on the Highgate Arena lawn. The Summer Sounds Social in the Park also continues with food, bouncy castles, drinks from 14th Star Brewing, and more. Read more


The state Health Department has changed its reporting to align with the CDC definition of “up to date.” According to the Vermont Immunization Registry, the number of people who are eligible to be counted may have dropped in the last week but “because of Vermont’s policy to follow the CDC’s reporting as a rate, not a number, we aren’t able to provide you with numbers.” And yet the state dashboard reported that 14,600 fewer Vermonters are “up to date” this week. That looks like a big number to me.

Changing from the number of people with a shot in the arm to a rate simply serves to obscure the facts. We will stop reporting on the number vaccinated until Vermont can reliably report actual data. Read more


Paint, Eat, & Sip with MAG and Linda Coulombe at My Favorite Things on Main Restaurant. Read more


Swanton Arts Council created the video workshop, Book Publishing Options, with Joy Choquette on YouTube. Social Sundays continue at the Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center. Island Arts concludes the Group Singing Lessons with Sarah Cullins and the Handcrafted Greeting Card Workshop with Pat Brennan. Read more


The Swanton Arts Council Writers’ Group meets at the library to share progress and discuss longer projects and more. All are welcome. Read more


Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton (twice), the Shane Murley Band, Pen Hits, Ernie Couch & Revival, Bob Recupero, the Duel, Lazer Dad, Jeff Shelly, and the debut of Mirage, Cooie & Adlai, Bettenroo, Al’s Pals, Stefani Capizzi, Matthew Mercury, Eleven, the Brett Hughes Duo, the Blue Rock Boys, Galen Cassidy Peria, the Nobby Reed Project, Jesse Agan, the Vermont Jazz Ensemble, the Enosburg Town Band, Cooie, Cozy, Maddie Cross, Kelly Davis, Marlon Fisher, Liam Gibbons, Kathleen Kanz, Paul Tenney, and Jeremy Rayburn all play live on a stage near you. Read more


Vermont writers James B Manning and Sandy Manning read from their new works. And it’s a party at Bookstore Romance Day. Read more


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