Saturday, October 21, 2017

Updated: Readers for "A Favorite Poem Project" - Oct 25

FIVE MORE DAYS! In five more days, on October 25, 2017, My Favorite Poem Project will happen. 

Here's the line-up of readers. 
The order is alphabetical according to the poet.

  • A Brave and Startling Truth by Maya Angelou, read by Dr. Dawn Poirier, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Dean College 
  • Caged Bird by Maya Angelou, read by students in Horace Mann's sixth grade 
  • The Lanyard by Billy Collins, read by Franklin Library Director, Dr. Felicia Oti 
  • Poem 341 Hope Is A Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson, read by Horance Mann teacher, Noreen Langmeyer 
  • The Calf Path by Sam Foss, read by our Town Administrator, Jeff Nutting 
  • Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, read by Franklin Cable TV, Ken Norman 
  • The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, read by Jeffrey Roy our State Representative 
  • Democracy by Langston Hughes, read by Horace Mann teacher, Joe Corey 
  • Go Down Death, by James Weldon Johnson, read by Senior Scribbler, Clarice Cargill Untitled—by Barbara Karmelin, read by Senior Scribbler, Barbara Karmelin 
  • If, by Rudyard Kipling, read by Jean Burke of the Norfolk Quill Writers' Group 
  • Mother Earth's Hair by Charmagne Laprise, read by Senior Scribbler, Charmagne Laprise 
  • If Only We Were Taller by Ray Bradbury, read by the Editor for the Country Gazette and Wicked Local Franklin, Heather Swails-McCarron 
  • Mr. Macklin's Jack O'Lantern by David McCord, read by Faith Flaherty 
  • Sleeping in the Forest by Mary Oliver, read by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sara Ahern 
  • The Story of the Christmas Guest by Helen Steiner Rice, read by the President of Franklin Interfaith Council, Georgia Sander 
  • Sick by Shel Silverstein, read by Franklin High School Principal, Paul Peri 
  • I Am by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, read by Horace Mann Principal, Rebecca Motte

A Favorite Poem Project - Oct 25
A Favorite Poem Project - Oct 25
If you have a poem you would like to read, please contact Faith Flaherty at

For more information on the Favorite Poem Project

This was originally posted a while ago

Taste of the Region - Tri-County - Oct 24

Tuesday October 24th 
6:00 - 9:00 PM 

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School 

Join us for this amazing annual celebration of great tasting foods, fun, and fabulous silent auction items from local restaurants, retail shops and businesses! Vote for your favorite! 

Tickets $10 in advance | $15 at door 
Reserve Tickets: (508) 316-0861 

Attleboro • Bellingham • Blackstone • Foxboro • Franklin • Mansfield • Medfield • Medway • Millis Norfolk • North Attleboro • Norton • Plainville • Rehoboth • Seekonk • Wrentham 

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce | 42 Union Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

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Friday, October 20, 2017

LiveARTS String Quartet - Oct 22

The LiveARTS String Quartet is scheduled to perform on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM. The program will feature works of Mozart, Shostakovich, and Brahms.

LiveARTS String Quartet - Oct 22
LiveARTS String Quartet - Oct 22
The String Quartet:
  • Katherine Winterstein, violin
  • Gregory Vitale, violin,
  • Donald Krishnaswami, viola
  • Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello

When: October 22, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Where: Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society; 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, MA

$20 Adults
$15 Seniors
Students under 18 free

For additional info visit LiveARTS on the internet at

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NYC Vocalist To Lead Monty Python’s Spamalot At THE BLACK BOX

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents Monty Python’s Spamalot on October 21-22 and 27-29. The production will be staged at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s home and performance venue located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin.

A hilarious retelling of the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, the musical parody is inspired by the 1975 classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and likewise diverts from more traditional versions of the legend. Monty Python’s Spamalot features irreverent shenanigans including a bevy of beautiful showgirls, a flatulent Frenchman, and killer rabbits. Outside there is plague with a 50 percent chance of pestilence and famine. 

Throughout the show, Arthur, traveling with his servant, Patsy, recruits several knights, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, and Sir Galahad, to accompany him on his quest. They meet such memorable characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, and Not Dead Fred. With book and lyrics by Eric Idle and music by Idle and John Du Prez, the 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, after receiving 14 Tony Award nominations.

Paige Martins of New York City leads the cast as the Lady of the Lake. Martins is an alumna of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and toured Europe as a member of Electric Youth. With a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami, her vocal versatility and expertise in a wide range of styles has been showcased in venues worldwide from the Ariston Theatre in Italy to the exclusive Schönbrunn Palace in Austria. 

For the past three years, Paige has traveled to more than 50 countries performing with a variety of bands and captivating audiences with her powerhouse vocals. With FPAC, Paige has been seen in Footloose (Ariel Moore), ’Tis the Season! (Featured Vocalist), and The Sound of Music. 

The talented cast of area performers in Monty Python’s Spamalot includes Greg Leach (King Arthur), Nick Paone (Sir Lancelot), Peter Wyner (Sir Bedevere), Jim Braunstein (Sir Galahad), and Jason Barney (Patsy) of Franklin and Griffin Wilkins (Sir Robin) of Walpole. Nick Paone and Raye Lynn Mercer direct the production, with choreography by Mercer, Casey Harkness Andrade and Kellie Stamp. 

The show features a professional orchestra conducted by FPAC Musical Director Hallie Wetzell of Franklin. The show’s lighting design, by Franklin’s Nathaniel Packard, includes the iconic Monty Python animated projections. Original costumes for the FPAC production are designed by Merrie Whitney of Franklin.

Show times are October 21, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on October 22 and 29. Tickets are $34. Monty Python’s Spamalot is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, New York. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (508) 528-3370 or visit and

NYC Vocalist To Lead Monty Python’s Spamalot At THE BLACK BOX
NYC Vocalist To Lead Monty Python’s Spamalot At THE BLACK BOX