|Progressive Dinner - choose your soup/appetizer flight and finish with dinner/dessert at The Rome|
The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit, 501©3 organization made up of businesses, residents and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. The Partnership runs events such as the Strawberry Stroll, the October Stroll and the Holiday Stroll, and is involved in streetscape and design efforts, greenspace and sculpture projects. Go to the FDP website, www.franklindowntownpartnership.org, to learn more.
|Franklin Downtown Partnership Progressive Dinner - May 15|
The Franklin Historical Museum will celebrate Horace Mann, Franklin’s favorite son, on the occasion of his 220th birthday. Join us on Sunday May 1st for coffee and cake in the museum library. A slide show presentation on the life of Horace Mann and his accomplishments will be running throughout the afternoon. Horace Mann was born in Franklin, May 4th, 1796. With very little primary education, he was mostly self-taught and entered Brown University as a sophomore after testing so well on his entrance exams. He graduated at the top of his class and went on to study law.
In his life time he was a lawyer, a legislator, president of the Massachusetts Senate and an advocate for the abolition of slavery and the care of the mentally ill. He was named the first Secretary of Education in Massachusetts and this is where is life’s work is most highly noted. He created the Common School and established that all children should attend schools supported and funded by the community. He believed that, in a democratic society, education should be free and universal, nonsectarian, and reliant on well-trained, professional teachers. It’s these basic beliefs that shaped the education system used to this very day.
Franklin is proud to claim Horace Mann as our own. Later this year the town will honor him with a life size statue erected on the site of the former Horace Mann High School at the corner of Emmons Street and West Central Street.
At the same time the museum will recognize another favorite Franklin resident who shares her birthday with Horace Mann, but as she notes, he’s just a little older. Stop in and wish Ellie Crothers a Happy Birthday between 1:00PM and 4:00PM!
|Franklin Historical Museum|
"Continuing in a tradition of “spotlighting” the members of the LiveARTS String Quartet as solo artists as well as ensemble players, LiveARTS is pleased to shine the spotlight on the LiveARTS String Quartet’s cellist, Jan Müller-Szeraws, in a recital all his own.
When our new friend Jan joined the Quartet last year, we were deeply impressed by the ease with which he slid into the cellist’s chair and the immediate seamlessness of his collegial participation in the ensemble’s work. In actuality, that he was able to do so should have come as no surprise, given the depth and breadth of his career.
Now as soloist--with the support of his collaborator, pianist Sally Pinkas, a highly acclaimed musician widely known in New England and returning to LiveARTS for a third appearance--the spotlight will fall upon Jan and his cello, lighting the way into an exploration of works especially for that instrument whose musical voice is universally loved, a voice that has inspired an enormously satisfying and broad musical literature. "
|Jan Müller-Szeraws and Sally Pinkas|
All Concerts on Sundays, 3:30 pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street
Doors open at 3 pm. Open Seating. Handicapped accessible
- Adults $20
- Seniors (60+) $15
- Students $10
- Children 6-12 Free
What better note on which to close this lovely season of LiveARTS friends?
On Saturday, April 30th, the Franklin Art Association will hold an opening reception and awards ceremony at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, Franklin. The show will feature an exhibit and sale of works of art by member artists, a "clothesline cash and carry" art sale, small works table and bin sales of original work and prints. Live music will be provided by the Franklin High School Jazz Band. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.
The show opens on Saturday, April 30th, 12 pm - 8 pm, and continues through Sunday, May 1st, 12 pm - 3 pm.
Franklin Art Associate - Spring Show and Sale
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to showcase our members' artwork at this terrific new venue at THE BLACK BOX," says Sue Sheridan, association president.
More than 100 pieces of art and photography by member artists will be featured. All works will be for sale and reasonably priced.
The Franklin Art Association is a non-profit organization and has been continuously providing art education programs in Franklin for more than 40 years. Monthly meetings, art exhibits and painting workshops provide the opportunity for artists and photographers at every skill level to meet and learn from one another in a supportive environment. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at the Franklin Senior Center, which feature art demonstrations by established regional and national artists.
The association's activities are supported in part by the Franklin Cultural Council, which is a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information about association activities, check the website at www.franklinart.org and www.facebook.com/FranklinArtAssoc/
About the event:
WHEN: Saturday, April 30th from 12 pm - 8 pm, with an opening reception at 7 pm. The show continues on Sunday, May 1st, 12 pm - 3 pm.
WHERE: THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central St., Franklin
Experience the health benefits of joyful laughter on Wednesday, April 13th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. Laughter Yoga is a unique and playful practice that does not rely on humor, jokes or comedy.
A laugh is
Laughter Yoga will have you smiling frequently and laughing heartily. Any age and any level of physical ability can participate in this uplifting experience!
New laughers are always welcomed! $5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family. New laughers are always welcomed! Please bring your water bottle because laughing is dehydrating.
Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. If you have any questions, just call them at 508-660-2223 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
See more information and other opportunities to laugh at www.letslaughtoday.com.
|FHS presents 'Beauty and the Beast'|