Friday, September 22, 2017

Open Auditions For Rising Stars Cabaret - Oct 7

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will hold open auditions for the third annual Rising Stars Cabaret on Saturday, October 7 at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in downtown Franklin. Showcasing the vocal talents of promising young area performers, Rising Stars will be presented on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the venue’s BLACK BOX Cabaret series. 

Auditions begin at 1 p.m. for ages 6-8, 1:30 for ages 9 and 10, 2:00 for ages 11 and 12, and 2:30 for teens. Students must be 6 years of age or older on the audition date to participate. 

Please prepare a 32-bar audition cut and share a brief story or experience related to the song. Bring sheet music, as an accompanist will be provided. 

Singers from a variety of age groups will be chosen. If selected, a production fee applies, which includes private coaching, group rehearsal with the band, and musical arrangements of your songs to keep. 

For more information, call (508) 528-3370 or visit online at www.FPAConline.com.

Open Auditions For Rising Stars Cabaret - Oct 7
Open Auditions For Rising Stars Cabaret - Oct 7

Saturday night at THE BLACK BOX - The 60s A Musical Tribute



SATURDAY NIGHT!

THE BLACK BOX presents

Saturday night at THE BLACK BOX - The 60s A Musical Tribute

Featuring 
JAMIE  BARRETT              ALAN MERCER                  NICK PAONE
              KATIE GRAY                 KYLEE ROLLINS

  Hosted by
    RAYE LYNN MERCER


Enjoy music and moments from a monumental decade with sensational singers and musicians, sixties cocktails, throwback trivia and a groovy vibe!


TWO SHOWS AT 7:00 and 8:30 

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Fat City Band to Play THE BLACK BOX - Oct 6

THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series presents The Fat City Band on Friday, October 6 at 8 p.m. at the downtown Franklin venue. For more than four decades, The Fat City Band has written, recorded, and performed a unique blend of blues, roadhouse rock, jazz, and New Orleans-style R&B. 

Performing coast to coast and beyond, the high-energy band has shared the stage with such legendary greats as James Brown, B.B. King, and Ray Charles. Bringing 40+ years of showmanship and entertainment experience to every show, the band remains committed to one idea: “Music Should Be Fun.” The Fat City Band invites audiences to come and join the party.

Tickets are $20. The home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company and a suburban hub for great music, THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street. A cash bar is available. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.

The Fat City Band to Play THE BLACK BOX - Oct 6
The Fat City Band to Play THE BLACK BOX - Oct 6

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Anything Goes in THE BOX - Oct 14

Broadway's Ben Cameron hosts a special one-night-only show at the Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual Gala on Saturday, October 14. Titled “Anything Goes in THE BOX,” the signature event kicks off the company’s 27th season. With live and silent auctions, the Gala celebration begins at 6 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, Franklin Performing Arts Company’s home and performance venue in downtown Franklin.

Ben Cameron has appeared on Broadway in Aida and the original casts of Wicked and Footloose. He has toured with Sweet Charity, Fame, Tommy, Footloose and State Fair. He is currently the creator/host of Broadway Sessions at The Laurie Beechman Theater.

Proceeds benefit initiatives of THE BLACK BOX and FRANKLIN PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY

Tickets: $125

You can purchase tickets online  
https://www.theblackboxonline.com/events.php?id=1028  or call  (508) 528-3370

Anything Goes in THE BOX - Oct 14
Anything Goes in THE BOX - Oct 14

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Franklin Garden Club: Perennial Plant Sale - Friday, Sep 29

The Franklin Garden Club will hold a perennial sale on Friday, September 29 at the Franklin Farmers Market, which takes place at the Town Common. The sale will include a variety of divided perennials from the gardens of members, as well as the Town Common. Plants will be sold for $3.00 and $5.00, a significant savings over the retail cost of perennial plants. Also available for sale will be some dried flowers and decorative moss balls.

“Fall is an excellent time to plant perennials,” noted Deb DeGrazia, Club Treasurer and one of the sale organizers. “The weather is cooler and plants have several weeks to acclimate in the garden before the winter.“

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Club’s community activities, which include an annual scholarship and the distribution of pine tree seedlings to all Franklin first graders to celebrate Arbor Day and promote environmental awareness.

The Franklin Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.



two rows of vendors at the Franklin Farmers Market in July
two rows of vendors at the Franklin Farmers Market in July

October events at the Franklin Historical Museum

Sunday October 1st – Open House Reception
The Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum, the fundraising arm of the museum, will host an Open House Reception from 1:00-4:00PM for donors and supporters of the museum. Stop in, tour the museum and meet members of the FFHM as well as Commission members

Wednesday October 4th - North/South Rail Link (NSEL)
Join former Governor Michael Dukakis for a presentation and discussion on the North/South Rail Link (NSEL). The proposed 2.8 mile tunnel will connect North and South Stations, Franklin with the North Shore. The town hall type meeting will discuss the project with a panel of experts.

Saturday October 14th - Backyard Swagger
Come enjoy the high energy music of local country rock cover band, Backyard Swagger, as part of the annual Downtown Harvest Festival. The band will perform 11::00AM – 1:00PM. Join us for live music, tour the museum and enjoy light refreshments. 

Sunday October 22nd- Remember When with Joe Landry
The second in his series of Fall presentations, Joe uses a combination of photos and film clips that brings the audience back in time to a Franklin we all remember. Audience participation is lively and encouraged.

The museum is open Thursday evenings 5:00pm-8:00pm; Saturday morning 10:00am-1:00pm; Sunday 1:00pm-4:00pm. The museum is handicap accessible and admission is always free. Think of us when you find that vintage object in Grandma’s attic or Grandpa’s workroom. If it has a Franklin story, we’d like to share it.

 
October events at the Franklin Historical Museum
October events at the Franklin Historical Museum

Find out more about the Franklin Historical Museum on the web at
http://franklinhistoricalmuseum.org/

Monday, September 18, 2017

“The ’60s – A Musical Tribute” - Sep 23

THE BLACK BOX launches a new Decades Series on Saturday, September 23 with “The ’60s – A Musical Tribute” at the downtown Franklin venue. Two shows will be presented at 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. Featuring a six-piece professional band and talented area singers in an intimate nightclub atmosphere, the tribute will showcase some of the greatest songs of the decade including hits by music legends Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Frankie Valli, Simon and Garfunkel, Otis Redding, the Rolling Stones, the Mamas and the Papas, The Doors, and many more. 

Hosted by Raye Lynn Mercer and Nick Paone, The Decades Show will include narration, musical and pop culture references, and trivia, giving the audience a chance to step back into the ’60s and celebrate unforgettable moments from an influential era that changed the face of modern music.

The ‘60s Show headliners are popular Franklin music teacher Jamie Barrett, local entertainer Alan Mercer, and FPAC director-performer Nick Paone. Featured singers include Katie Gray, Kylee Rollins, Sam Evans, and Griffin Wilkins. The program of music includes the most popular Rock, R&B and Folk hits, movie themes, and novelty songs of the decade.

Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. The home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company and a suburban hub for great music, THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street. A cash bar is available. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.
“The ’60s – A Musical Tribute” - Sep 23
“The ’60s – A Musical Tribute” - Sep 23

Franklin Newcomers Meeting to explore the Salem Witch Trials - Oct 11

The Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club will meet on Wednesday, October 11th. Their speaker for the evening will be Theresa Gillis McDougall. She'll talk about the history of the Salem Witch Trials and its victims, covering the social origins, trials and aftermath. Boston's much overlooked connections and deep involvement in the trials of 1692 will also be explored.

They invite any resident of Franklin, or a surrounding town that doesn't have a Newcomers Club, to join us at "3" Restaurant, 461 West Central Street, Franklin. Complimentary appetizers and beverages are provided and a cash bar is available.  

They meet upstairs at 7:30 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Their meetings run September through May. Additionally, they hold many fun and varied events to stay connected throughout the year.

For more information, please visit their website www.franklinnewcomers.com or our Facebook page, Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club.


image from Franklin Newcomers webpage
image from Franklin Newcomers webpage

Sunday, September 17, 2017

"God Of Carnage" Opens FPAC’s 27th Season

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) opens its 27th season with award-winning playwright Yasmin Reza’s God of Carnage, presented September 29-October 1. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, the acclaimed dark comedy takes place in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, where civility unravels as two sets of parents discuss how to deal with a playground altercation that occurred between the couples’ sons the previous day. Alan and Annette’s son hit Michael and Veronica’s son in the face with a stick, resulting in two broken teeth. 

The four of them agree to discuss the incident civilly, but, as the night wears on and drinks are imbibed, the polite veneer breaks down. The couples initially spar against each other, but the men gang up on the women and the spouses switch sides as the fighting continues. Reza’s God of Carnage suggests that our civilized trappings do a poor job of hiding our venality and bile.
"God Of Carnage" Opens FPAC’s 27th Season
"God Of Carnage" Opens FPAC’s 27th Season

Directed by Nick Paone, God of Carnage features Paone (Alan), Greg Leach (Michael), and Hallie Wetzell (Veronica), all from Franklin, and Westport’s Kellie Stamp (Annette). Performances are Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on October 1. 

The production is staged at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s home and performance venue, located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. Tickets are $26. God of Carnage is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. 

Some adult language; material may not be suitable for young children. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (508) 528-3370 or visit www.FPAConline.com and www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

FPAC Announces Open Auditions for Original Holiday Musicals

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will hold open auditions for the original FPAC musical ’Tis the Season! and a new FPAC holiday panto. Auditions for both shows will take place on Saturday, October 7 at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s home and performance venue located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. 

Auditions are scheduled at 1 p.m. for ages 6-8, 1:30 for ages 9 and 10, 2:00 for ages 11 and 12, 2:30 for teens, and 3:30 for adults. Those unable to attend on the 7th are encouraged to audition on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Students must be 6 years of age or older on the audition date to participate. Beginners and all levels are welcome. Please prepare 16 measures of a musical theater or pop song and bring sheet music, as an accompanist will be provided. A simple dance combination will be taught at the audition.

’Tis the Season! is an original large cast musical first presented by FPAC in 1995. The upbeat, jazzy holiday extravaganza features members of the Kenny Hadley Big Band and contemporary arrangements of favorite holiday classics in musical styles including R&B, jazz, rock, Motown, gospel, and Broadway. FPAC will present ’Tis the Season! on December 9 and 10 at Franklin High School auditorium. 
 
FPAC Announces Open Auditions For Original Holiday Musicals
FPAC Announces Open Auditions For Original Holiday Musicals

FPAC’s third original American panto follows in the British tradition, retelling a well-known fairy tale in an exaggerated style filled with audience participation, popular songs, slapstick comedy, jokes, dances, and more. The production will be staged at THE BLACK BOX on December 22 and 23. The FPAC holiday musicals will be presented as part of the Company’s 27th season.

Founded in 1991, the nonprofit FPAC supports educational arts experiences, quality entertainment, and outstanding performance opportunities for professional artists, community performers, and students of the arts. With a focus on youth development and a commitment to live music, FPAC productions draw performers and audiences from more than 100 communities throughout the region. For more information, call (508) 528-3370 or visit www.FPAConline.com

Friday, September 15, 2017

Acme Jazz Quartet - THE BLACK BOX - Sep 15

Franklin’s Jazzers-in-Residence, world-class musicians whose performance resumes include a long list of music royalty, kick off this season of exceptional live music at THE BLACK BOX! 

The Acme Jazz Quartet features Kenny Hadley (drums), Mark White (guitar), Mark Poniatowski (bass) and Arnie Krakowsky (sax).

Tickets: Adults: $20
Students/Seniors: $15

Friday, Sept. 15, 8:00 PM



Acme Jazz Quartet - THE BLACK BOX - Sep 15
Acme Jazz Quartet - THE BLACK BOX - Sep 15

Tickets for the September 15th evening with the Acme Jazz Quartet are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. A cash bar is available. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.

Bluegrass Worship Service at Franklin Federated - Sep 17 - 10:00 AM

Franklin Federated Church is having a special Bluegrass Worship Service Sunday, Sept. 17, at 10 AM at the church at 171 Main Street. Worship will feature Blackstone Valley Bluegrass, with Dave Dick on banjo, his brother Bob Dick on guitar, Dan Nowlan on mandolin and Ken Taylor on upright bass. 

This same lineup has been together since 1998. Find out more at: www.blackstonevalleybluegrass.com/

All are welcome at Franklin Federated Church! A staffed nursery is available for babies and toddlers, and Sunday school is offered for children in preschool through middle school. 

Activity kits are on hand in the church for children to use during worship. Large print bulletins and hearing assistance devices are also available, and there is an access ramp at the left side of the church. 

Find out more at franklinfederated.org or facebook.com/franklinfederated.

Bluegrass Worship Service at Franklin Federated - Sep 17 - 10:00 AM
Bluegrass Worship Service at Franklin Federated - Sep 17 - 10:00 AM

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Reminder: Cultural Council Grant Workshop - Sep 14




You are invited to the following event:
Cultural Council Grant Workshop
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Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) 
Town of Franklin Municipal Building
 
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Franklin, MA 02038


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Cultural Council grant season is upon us! The Massachusetts Cultural Council last year launched an online application system, which we found caused some consternation for some applicants. In addition, we find that many organizations who apply for grants are uncertain as to what information they should include in their application. The Franklin Cultural Council, therefore, is hosting a Grant Workshop to walk applicants through the online application and answer any questions about the grant process. 

In addition, FCC members will be on hand to discuss specifics of individual proposed projects to give advice and suggestions. The workshop will be held at 7pm in the 3rd floor training room of the Franklin Municipal Building. This event is free and open to anyone interested in a Cultural Council grant, even those organizations from towns other than Franklin.

Applications will be accepted from Sept. 1 - Oct. 16, 2017 for 2018 grants. To apply for a Local Cultural Council grant, visit: http://www.mass-culture.org/


For more information on the Franklin Cultural Council, visit us online at www.franklinma.gov/cultural-council

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September at the Franklin Historical Museum - Hats From the Attic!

The Franklin Historical Museum will feature a collection of hats that belonged to long time Franklin Resident Mary Molla Diorio. When a new family moved into the Diorio home on Squire Street, they found, tucked away in a corner of the attic a large black hat box, with 7 vintage ladies hats lovingly packed inside. They donated their find to the museum with the hope that the hats could find new life. 

Through the magic of social media, we were able to determine who lived in the house and a description of the person who owned and wore the hats. Mary Diorio, who worked in the Franklin Schools for 50 years, was well loved and respected by her colleagues, neighbors and family alike. We’re thrilled to have these beautiful hats to share for all to see.

The hats will be on display starting Sunday September 10 through at least the end of September. In addition, the display will include information on the early days of the straw hat industry in Franklin, and a look at the history of hat fashions. 

On September 17 Joe Landry returns to the museum for the first in his Fall series of talks on Franklin’s past. Joe’s September talk will cover the businesses, store fronts and restaurants that occupied East Central Street from Ruggles to the Bridge. His presentation includes slides with many photos of our town from yesteryear! These talks have been well attended and enjoyed, with much audience participation. Come join us for Joe’s walk down memory lane.

The Franklin Library will hold its Genealogy Club meeting at the Museum on Thursday evening September 21 at 6:30PM. The topic this month is DNA research. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The museum is located at 80 West Central Street. Admission is always free and we are wheelchair accessible. Operating hours are Saturday mornings from 10AM-1PM, Sunday afternoons from 1PM-4PM and Thursday evenings (May-Dec) 5:00PM-8:00PM. Stop by and discover a bit of Franklin’s History.

September at the Franklin Historical Museum - Hats From the Attic!
September at the Franklin Historical Museum - Hats From the Attic!
  
Find out more about the Franklin Historical Museum on the web at
http://franklinhistoricalmuseum.org/

Sunday, September 10, 2017

FPAC Announces Open Auditions for The Nutcracker

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will hold open auditions for Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet, The Nutcracker, on Sunday, September 24. Auditions will take place at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s home and performance venue located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. Students, ages 6 and older, from all area dance schools are welcome. 

Audition times are 9:30-10:00 a.m. for ages 6 and 7, 10:00-10:45 for ages 8 and 9, 11:00-11:45 for ages 10 and 11, 11:45-12:45 for ages 12 and 13, 1:00-2:00 for ages 14+ (off pointe), and 2:45-3:45 for ages 12+ (pointe audition; must have at least one year of pointe experience). Off-pointe callbacks are scheduled at 2:00-2:30 p.m., with pointe callbacks from 3:45-4:45. Ballet attire is required.
FPAC Announces Open Auditions for The Nutcracker
FPAC Announces Open Auditions for The Nutcracker

Presented with live professional orchestra, FPAC’s magical journey of The Nutcracker features more than 100 area dancers and special guest artists from such prestigious companies as American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet. The production remains a highly anticipated and treasured part of the FPAC season, a popular holiday tradition for more than 20 years. FPAC will present The Nutcracker on December 2 and 3 at the Franklin High School auditorium as part of the Company’s 27th season.

For more information, call (508) 528-3370 or visit online at www.FPAConline.com.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Acme Jazz Quartet Kicks Off New Season of Live Music at THE BLACK BOX

The Acme Jazz Quartet kicks off an exciting new season of live music at THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s theater, music and event venue, on Friday, September 15 at 8 p.m. The Quartet features Kenny Hadley (drums), Mark White (guitar), Mark Poniatowski (bass) and Arnie Krakowsky (saxophone), four world-class musicians whose performance resumes include a long list of music royalty. 

A suburban hub for great music, THE BLACK BOX presents wide-ranging music entertainment, slated to include a Big Band Brunch, classical concert, cabaret performances, New England Artist Series events and more this fall. The home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street.

Drummer Kenny Hadley has performed with Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie, Peter Wolf, The Drifters and Rebecca Parris. His acclaimed Kenny Hadley Big Band has shared the stage with the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has hosted guest soloists including Clark Terry and Louie Bellson. 
 
Acme Jazz Quartet Kicks Off New Season of Live Music  at THE BLACK BOX
Acme Jazz Quartet Kicks Off New Season of Live Music  at THE BLACK BOX

Bassist Mark Poniatowski is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. His extensive performing experience includes the Manchester Jazz and Blues Festival with the Toni Lynn Washington Band and the Boston Blues Festival with Joe Bargar and the Soul Providers, as well as with Sid Caesar, Floyd Dixon, Janiva Magness, Rita Moreno and Junior Watson. 

Poniatowski’s recordings include “Mississippi Moan” with the Bruce Katz Band and “The George Carlin Show” soundtrack. Guitarist Mark White has performed with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart, Boston Musica Viva under Richard Pitman, and the New England Ragtime Ensemble under Gunther Schuller, as well as with the Empire Brass Quintet, George Russell, Gil Evans and Anthony Braxton, and numerous theatre engagements with touring Broadway companies. 

A Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, Mark White has taught over 25 clinics for Berklee in Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Germany, Italy, Japan and Korea. Saxophonist Arnie Krakowsky has performed with Dick Johnson and the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Lionel Hampton Band, Phil Woods, Dave McKenna, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and Tony Bennett. His recordings include “Where the Tenor Meets the Bone” and “Is It Minor Yours.”

Tickets for the September 15th evening with the Acme Jazz Quartet are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. A cash bar is available. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Cultural Connections - Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House - Oct 10

The Franklin Cultural Council is sponsoring a new program called Cultural Connections, an arts and culture roundtable designed to bring members of arts and cultural organizations from many towns together to talk, network, and share stories on various topics about what has and hasn't worked in their organizations. 

Cultural Connections will get together several times a year for a casual few hours of discussion. 

The first session will be held on Oct. 10 at 7:00 pm at Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House at 395 E. Central Street, Franklin, and the topic up for discussion is Social Media in the arts community. 

For more information, or to register, please visit http://bit.ly/2wI2wRp

This program is free and open to anyone interested in the arts from any organization in any town.


Cultural Connections - Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House - Oct 10
Cultural Connections - Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House - Oct 10

Gala 2017 - "Anything Goes in THE BOX"



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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, THE BLACK BOX
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Gala 2017 - "Anything Goes in THE BOX"


Broadway's Ben Cameron hosts the Franklin Performing Arts Company's annual Gala on Saturday, October 14th at 6pm.  The signature event, titled "Anything Goes in THE BOX", kicks off the company's 27th season. FPAC welcomes you for a menu of eclectic foods catered by Aliquots and Confectionism, assorted fundraising including many new and exciting auction items, and an evening of outstanding entertainment. The Gala celebration will be held at THE BLACK BOX, Franklin Performing Arts Company's home and performance venue in downtown Franklin.
Ben Cameron has appeared on Broadway in Aida and the original casts of Wicked and Footloose. He has toured with Sweet Charity, Fame, Tommy, Footloose and State Fair and is currently the creator/host of Broadway Sessions at The Laurie Beechman Theater.

Proceeds support the initiatives of
THE BLACK BOX and
The Franklin Performing Arts Company.


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