Friday, July 31, 2015

Festival Schedule - Friday, July 31

Friday, July 31 

  • 11:00 AM - Student art and music performances, Franklin High School
  • 1:00 PM - Davey the Clown, Franklin Library 
 
Davey the Clown
Davey the Clown

  • 4:00 – 8:00 PM - Music and art, Jane’s Frames 
  • 6:30 - 7:30 PM - Laughter Yoga, Town Common
 
Laughter Yoga on the Town Common
Laughter Yoga on the Town Common

  • 8:00 – 9:30 PM - Shakespeare on The Common
 
an abridged version of Shakespeare's Henry IV, part 1
an abridged version of Shakespeare's Henry IV, part 1



Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts Happen Here
Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts Happen Here

Schedule subject to change, any changes will be updated here as soon as known

Check the webpage for any updates (especially in case of weather)
http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/ 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Shakespeare on the Common - canceled for Thursday

Falstaff is known to have said:
"Discretion is the better part of valor"
Hence, the performance is canceled for this evening due to the weather

Friday's performance is on (and the weather is forecast to be better)


Festival Schedule - Thursday, July 30

Thursday, July 30 

  • 7:00 PM - Ben Gardner’s Boat Band, THE BLACK BOX 
 
Ben Gardner's Boat performing for Best Buddies fund raiser
Ben Gardner's Boat performing for Best Buddies fund raiser

  •  8:00 PM - Shakespeare on the Common
    an abridged version of Henry IV, Part 1 will be performed
    an abridged version of Henry IV, Part 1 will be performed



Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts Happen Here
Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts Happen Here

Schedule subject to change, any changes will be updated here as soon as known


The full schedule of performances and events for the first annual Franklin Cultural Festival can be found here http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Festival Schedule - Wednesday, July 29

Wednesday, July 29 
1:00 PM - Pumpernickel Puppets, Franklin Library 
Pumpernickel Puppets perform "Peter Rabbit"
Pumpernickel Puppets perform "Peter Rabbit"

6:00 PM - OPENING CEREMONY, Town Common 

6:00 PM - Zentangle at Jane’s Frames (pre-registration req'd but a no cost event)

6:15 PM - Electric Youth, Town Common 
Electric Youth pose before their recent European tour
Electric Youth pose before their recent European tour

8:30 PM - FPAC: One Acts, THE BLACK BOX
Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts Happen Here
Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts Happen Here


Schedule subject to change, any changes will be updated here as soon as known

The full schedule of performances and events for the first annual Franklin Cultural Festival can be found here http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/ 

Franklin Cultural District Festival, Summer 2015 - Acknowledgements



Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts Happen Here!
Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts Happen Here!


You can also find the Acknowledgements here
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3KqtV1Ucql_TFFwRkl6QmF1bWs

Thank you Sponsors!

While it takes many hands to make the Festival happen, it also depends on the sponsors. Thanks to the 1st Annual Cultural Festival sponsors: 
  • Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
  • Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan and Cannon, P.C. 
  • Keefe Insurance

And to our Saturday event sponsor: Dean Bank



Circle of Friends Coffeehouse ->  http://circlefolk.org/
Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan and Cannon, P.C. ->  http://www.dcdclaw.com/
Keefe Insurance  ->   http://www.keefeins.com/

Dean Bank ->  https://www.deanbank.com/


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents the 2015 Whatever Theater Festival, running from Wednesday, July 29 to Saturday, August 1. The 8th annual festival features Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 and a presentation of One Acts, an eclectic series of one-act plays. All performances are free of charge, with donations to FPAC gratefully accepted.
Henry IV, part 1
Henry IV, part 1
One Acts will be performed on July 29 at 8:30 p.m. and again on August 1 at 7:30 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin.
An abridged version of Henry IV, Part 1 will be staged on Franklin Town Common (High Street) on July 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. Shakespeare’s masterful history play and coming-of-age story is filled with mischievous revelry and engaging characters set amidst rebellious battle.
Saturday’s performance of One Acts will be followed by the Whatever Theater Festival SoireĆ©, a fun and informal presentation of unusual talents.
Conceived and directed by Nick Paone, FPAC’s Whatever Theater Festival brings together professional artists, FPAC alumni, students and community performers in a collaborative theatrical experience that showcases an exciting range of dramatic and comedic works.
This year’s Whatever Theater Festival will be part of the first annual Franklin Cultural Festival, hosted by the Franklin Cultural District Committee. The visual, performing and culinary arts celebration will take place at various downtown Franklin locations within the proposed Cultural District from Wednesday, July 29 to Sunday, August 2.
FPAC’s 2015 Whatever Theater Festival is sponsored in part by grants from the Franklin and Norfolk Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information, call (508) 528-3370 or visit www.FPAConline.com and www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The "Taste of Franklin"

A special treat for the 1st Annual Cultural Festival is the "Taste of Franklin." You can sample from seven Franklin restaurants. (yes, it was 8)

The "Taste of Franklin" will be available on Sunday, August 2 from 12 Noon – 5:00 PM in the parking lot outside THE BLACK BOX theater.

The Circle of Friends stage will be set up to keep you entertained while you enjoy your taste. 

What Franklin restaurants will be there?


The 'Taste of Franklin' - 1st Annual Franklin Cultural Festival
The 'Taste of Franklin' - 1st Annual Franklin Cultural Festival

 

What does it cost?

The cost is $2 or less for each signature taste!
Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts Happen Here!
Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts Happen Here!





The full schedule of performances and events for the first annual Franklin Cultural Festival can be found here http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Locations for displays of Art and Photography during the Cultural Festival

The Franklin Cultural Festival will feature displays of Art and Photography by the Franklin Art Association at multiple locations throughout downtown Franklin. The Festival will open on Wednesday, July 29 and close on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

Franklin Art Association
Franklin Art Association

During Business Hours:  

  • Dean Bank
  • Hair@Nail It
  • Jane’s Frames
  • My Optics
  • Pisini Shoes
Dean Bank - Main St, Franklin
Dean Bank - Main St, Franklin


Jane's Frames, East Central St, Franklin
Jane's Frames, East Central St, Franklin


My Optics, Main St, Franklin
My Optics, Main St, Franklin
  • Hair@Nail It (while no photo available at this time, it is located in the same row of buildings between My Optics and Pisini Shoes)
Pisini Shoes, Main St, Franklin
Pisini Shoes, Main St, Franklin

During Performance Hours: 

  • THE BLACK BOX 

THE BLACK BOX Theater, 15 West Central St
THE BLACK BOX Theater, 15 West Central St

Saturday and Sunday Afternoon 

  • The Methodist Church 
Franklin United Methodist Church, 82 West Central St
Franklin United Methodist Church, 82 West Central St

Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts happen here
Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts happen here

If there are any changes, they will be posted here.  It would be good to subscribe for updates via email (there won't be more than one per day)

The schedule of events can be found here  http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/p/schedule.html

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, we got together to put some answers out there for what we anticipate might be some questions that you would ask.

If we covered them all, great.

If we missed any, please let us know.

Arts Happen Here! - Franklin Cultural Festival
Arts Happen Here! - Franklin Cultural Festival

Where do the events take place? 

The events will take place in a number of downtown locations including the Town Common, THE BLACK BOX, The Sculpture Park, the Franklin Historical Museum, the Franklin Library and many other downtown locations. Check the locations tab for more information. 

When should I arrive? 

The opening ceremony is on Wednesday, July 29th at 6:00 P.M. The first performance begins after the opening ceremony on the Common. Events and performances will continue through Sunday, August 2nd. Check the schedule of events for the time and location of each event. 

Do I need a ticket to attend? 

All performances and events are free and open to the public with the exception of “School House Rock” at THE BLACK BOX on Saturday, August 1st which is a ticketed event. You are welcome to come and enjoy all of the performances or just for select performers. 

What happens if it rains? 

Some of the events scheduled for Saturday will be moved to Sunday. Check the website for updated information. 

Are there events specifically for children? 

All events are for both children and adults, but on Saturday the Franklin Art Center will have a special art project for children at the Sculpture Park, and on Saturday on the Town Common, the Franklin Art Association will facilitate a number of interactive art projects for both children and adults. 

Can I bring my own chair? 

Yes, in fact you are encouraged to bring chairs and or a blanket for any of the outdoor events. 

Will there be food available onsite? 

There will be food available for sale from local restaurants at “The Taste of Franklin” on THE BLACK BOX property on Sunday, August 2nd, 12 P.M. to 5 P.M. 

Can I bring my own food? 

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own prepared food for the outdoor events and concerts. Please note, cooking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted. 

Where should I park? 

Around the Town Common, there is parking available on the streets. For Sunday and the stage at THE BLACK BOX, there will be parking available at the Rockland Bank parking lot in addition to the normal street parking. 

Will there be restrooms onsite? 

Yes, there will be portable public restrooms for use on the Town Common on Saturday. The restrooms at THE BLACK BOX will be available during the outdoor concert on Sunday. 

Is the event handicapped accessible? 

Yes. Will there be any security on site? There will be a police detail on Sunday during the outdoor event on THE BLACK BOX property. We ask that you be vigilant of your surroundings and contact security personnel immediately if you see something of concern. 

Will there be medical personnel onsite? 

No. In the case of an emergency, please contact the nearest festival volunteer or police officer. If someone is not around, please call 911. 

What do I do to report or find a missing child? 

Immediately report any missing children to the nearest festival volunteer, or police officer. 

Can I bike to the events? 

Biking and walking would be good ways to get around Franklin. 

May I bring my dog to the Festival? 

Yes, for the outdoor activities. However all dogs must remain on a leash at all times. 

Can I make a donation to the Festival? 

Yes, a GoFundMe site has been established to help defray some of the costs of the Festival. Go to GoFundMe.com/tx62gs. A donation in any amount is appreciated.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Get your copy of the 1st Annual Franklin Cultural Festival brochure!

The 1st Annual Franklin Cultural Festival starts on Wednesday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, August 2. 

Arts Happen Here! - Franklin Cultural Festival
Arts Happen Here! - Franklin Cultural Festival

This one page (two sided print) tri-fold brochure gives you a handy copy of all the info of what, when, and where the events of the Festival will take place.

If you have a mobile device, you can check out the webpage or Facebook. If you would like the hard copy, the Festival team put one together for you.

You can download and print on your own!

You can make your copy from here
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczcGNsUnpKMzhRTTQ/view?usp=sharing


or from here



Check the webpage for any updates (especially in case of weather)
http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/

Get your copy of the 1st Annual Franklin Cultural Festival brochure!

The 1st Annual Franklin Cultural Festival starts on Wednesday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, August 2. 

Arts Happen Here! - Franklin Cultural Festival
Arts Happen Here! - Franklin Cultural Festival

This one page (two sided print) tri-fold brochure gives you a handy copy of all the info of what, when, and where the events of the Festival will take place.

If you have a mobile device, you can check out the webpage or Facebook. If you would like the hard copy, the Festival team put one together for you.

You can download and print on your own!

You can make your copy from here
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczcGNsUnpKMzhRTTQ/view?usp=sharing


or from here



Check the webpage for any updates (especially in case of weather)
http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Check for updates

As the day for the Festival kick off approaches, there are lots of fine tuning to do. Confirming this arrangement, that schedule, etc. The work behind the scenes to create the Festival is almost endless. The many volunteers, organizations, businesses, and performers are all working together to put on a great show.

This website will be the 'master' schedule and source of information. Check back for updates. Consider subscribing to the daily email. It will keep you posted of the latest information.

The 'master' schedule is kept here. Click on the "Schedule of Events" tab at the top navigation of the page, or select it on your mobile view.

screen grab of schedule for Saturday and Sunday
screen grab of schedule for Saturday and Sunday
 
If you have a question, please comment on a post here or via Facebook. Someone will get back to you with an answer.

If you follow the Cultural Festival on Twitter, you can also ask a question that way.




Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Circle of Friends - Sunday Stage Performers

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse will set up stage outside THE BLACK BOX to provide a round of good music Sunday, Aug 2 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM 

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

Also around the parking lot at the same time will be the 7 restaurants offering a "Taste of Franklin" with a $2.00 minimum for 1 signature taste. You can sample from: 3, BAMBOO HOUSE,  ELIZABETH’S BAGELS, MAC DELI, THE CAKE BAR, THE CURRY HOUSE, and THE ROME.


Carolyn Waters - website


Carolyn Waters
Carolyn Waters
Stefilia's Stone - website

Stefilia's Stone
Stefilia's Stone


Jamie Barrett (Franklin music teacher) - website

Jaime Barrett
Jaime Barrett

Jesse Hanson - website

Jesse Hanson
Jesse Hanson

Kim Jennings  (originally from Franklin) - website

Kim Jennings
Kim Jennings
Lydia Warren - website
Lydia Warren
Lydia Warren
Schedule subject to change, any changes will be updated here as soon as known 

The full schedule of performances and events for the first annual Franklin Cultural Festival can be found here http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Let's Laugh Today with Bill and Linda!

On Friday, July 31st from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the Franklin Town Commons, Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Bill and Linda HA HA HAmaker of "Let's Laugh Today"  will show you how to bring more laughter into your life without using comedy, jokes or humor! 
 
Bill and Linda HA HA HAmaker
Bill and Linda HA HA HAmaker

Enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body's cells. This oxygen boost gives enhanced vitality, energy and a feeling of real well-being even after only one session! 

Any age and any level of physical ability can participate in this fun and uplifting experience! You can sit or stand. There no fancy poses. 
Let's Laugh Today Laughter Club
Let's Laugh Today Laughter Club

You can just come and watch as it is FREE! 

You will see how contagious laughter can be! 

Bill and Linda are graduates of both The American School of Laughter Yoga and The Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga. They founded the successful Let's Laugh Today Laughter Club in Franklin, MA six years ago. 

They also teach and certify others to lead laughter sessions and have been named Ambassadors to Laughter Yoga by Dr. Madan Kataria, the Indian physician who created Laughter Yoga. They have appeared on community television, radio, and have been in many community newspapers and the BOSTON Magazine and the Norwood Magazine. They also run private events for companies, assisted living homes, senior centers, schools, and individuals.



The full schedule of performances and events for the first annual Franklin Cultural Festival can be found here  http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/
 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Empty Bowls Project to help the Franklin Food Pantry

Clay is shaped to a bowl, hand painted, then glazed and fired. The collaboration around the art of making the bowl is at the heart of the Franklin Cultural Festival.

finished bowls for the 'Empty Bowls Project'
finished bowls for the 'Empty Bowls Project'

Franklin Art Association members Dick Fotland, Tina Guarino, Paul Peterson and Adele Corrigan are shown painting bowls for the "Empty Bowls Project."

Dick Fotland, Tina Guarino, Paul Peterson and Adele Corrigan
Dick Fotland, Tina Guarino, Paul Peterson and Adele Corrigan
Over 300 bowls were made by association members, then glazed and fired with help from Brenna Johnson, ceramics teacher at Franklin High School. 

These colorful bowls were donated to the Franklin Food Pantry and will be for sale during the festival. 


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dance and Art - together at the Sculpture Park

Dean College’s Palladino School Of Dance 

Site specific Dances 

at The Franklin Sculpture Park

Saturday August 1st at 12pm and 1pm


Franklin Sculpture park - hands
Franklin Sculpture park - hands

The Franklin Art Center and Dean College’s Palladino School of Dance will host site specific dance performances and an art project at the Franklin Sculpture Park on Saturday August 1st during the Franklin Cultural Festival.
There are two performance tours, beginning at 12:00pm and again at 1:00pm. Come join the talented dancers and musicians on a stroll of the sculpture garden as they perform at/with/around sculptures and other areas in the garden.
After the half hour performance tour, children can join the Franklin Art Center in a community sculpture project and paint wooden fish that will be installed on the Sculpture Park fence. 

Franklin Sculpture park - 2 faces
Franklin Sculpture park - 2 faces

Rain date August 2nd at 12 pm and 1 pm

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Schoolhouse Rock Live! - Aug 1

FSPA Summer Theater proudly presents the iconic Schoolhouse Rock Live! With timeless hits such as “Conjunction Junction,” “I’m Just a Bill” and “Three Is a Magic Number,” the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series taught an entire generation lessons about grammar, science, math, money and American history in a most animated and catchy way.
School House Rock - Live
School House Rock - Live
Don't miss this concert musical adaptation featuring the best of the beloved TV show. With clever and high-energy educational jams, it's fun, nostalgic and can't-miss entertainment for audiences of all ages! 
The August 1 performance of Schoolhouse Rock! will be presented at THE BLACK BOX at 4:00 PM as part of the Franklin Cultural Festival.


The full schedule of performances and events for the first annual Franklin Cultural Festival can be found here  http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/