Thursday, August 31, 2017

You're invited to Cultural Council Grant Workshop (Sep 14, 2017)

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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
355 East Central Street
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:

SAVE THE DATE for our new CULTURAL CONNECTIONS roundtable...cultural_connections_logo

Oct. 10: Cultural Connections, an arts and culture roundtable, will be held at 7pm at the new Rhapsody's Victorian Coffee House at 395 E. Central Street, Franklin. Anyone interested in arts and culture, from any organization in any town, is invited to attend. The subject of this roundtable will be social media. 

Come meet other like-minded individuals interested in the arts, swap stories of what has and hasn't worked in social media for your organization, and learn some new tips and tricks. A great opportunity to network!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

FPAC Announces Open Auditions For Spamalot - Sep 7

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will hold open auditions for Monty Python’s Spamalot on Thursday, September 7 at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s home and performance venue, located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. Auditions will begin at 6:30 p.m. for ages 14-17 and continue at 7:00 for adults. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theater song in the style of the show.

FPAC will present Spamalot on October 21-22 and October 27-29 at THE BLACK BOX as part of the Company’s 27th season. A hilarious retelling of the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, the musical parody was inspired by the 1975 classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and likewise diverts from more traditional versions of the legend. 

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 John Du Prez and Eric Idle, the 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” after receiving 14 Tony Award nominations.

For more information, including a breakdown of roles in the musical, visit or call (508) 528-3370. 

FPAC Announces Open Auditions For Spamalot - Sep 7
FPAC Announces Open Auditions For Spamalot - Sep 7

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Franklin School For The Performing Arts Celebrates Fall Expansion

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will expand this fall to assume the entire building of the Felix Cataldo Block in downtown Franklin. The renovation will connect all areas of the existing FSPA facility and provide spacious new dance and music studios, and a first floor waiting area for students and families. The expansion will also create and house Intermission, a new downtown cafe available to the FSPA community and open to the public.

“It will be exciting for FSPA to occupy the entire Cataldo Block and to have easy access throughout the building to all of our studios, offices, The Spotlight Shop, and the new Intermission cafĂ©,” noted Raye Lynn Mercer, FSPA founder and director. “We look forward to FSPA’s updated presence in the downtown and the opportunity to provide a destination at Intermission where the public is invited to enjoy a menu of drinks and snacks in a space with an eclectic, artsy ambiance. Happily our beautiful old buidling is getting a facelift as we expand our performing arts campus.”

Founded in 1985 by Director Raye Lynn Mercer, FSPA is dedicated to the enjoyment of the arts for all ages and to the artistic growth and development of young people. The school offers classes in all dance disciplines, acting, musical theater, voice, and instrumental instruction, whether for recreational enjoyment or serious study. FSPA is also home to the Little Music School, teaching children as young as 18 months to play the piano, as well as the FSPA Ballet Conservatory with pre-professional training for young dancers. 

An extensive calendar of performing opportunities features all-student musicals, plays, ballets, voice and instrumental recitals, opera scenes, dance and musical theater showcases, and more. Student ensembles include dance companies, glee club and musical theater troupes, as well as the international touring ensemble Electric Youth, featuring students trained at the school. Many FSPA students are also cast, by audition, in the affiliated Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual season of shows. FSPA TALENT offers management services for young performers who elect to pursue professional opportunities.

The added space at 38 Main now allows FSPA to offer more classes at optimum times during the week and to build upon several innovative programs launched over the past few years. FSPA Academy, introduced last fall, provides an academic alternative for students seeking a challenging curriculum in a supportive, flexible environment that encourages their creative goals. Provided Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in collaboration with TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA), the FSPA Academy delivers TECCA’s state-approved online curriculum and features an enhanced emphasis on arts, language and culture, including Music Theory, foreign language conversation classes, cultural field trips and more. 

In addition, an FSPA AfterSchool enrichment program offers supervised recreational experiences, including games, crafts and other creative arts activities, for students in grades K-5. The program begins at the close of the regular school day, with transportation available from Franklin and Medway schools and supervised transition back and forth to FSPA for performing arts classes.

“As we begin our 33rd season, we look forward to welcoming new students and families to FSPA for fun and recreation or for preparation for college and career,” said Mercer. “With the renovation and expansion, it will certainly be a very exciting back-to-school season for our faculty, staff, student families, and our entire community!”

FSPA will host Open Houses on Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, September 19 from 4-8 p.m. at 38 Main Street in downtown Franklin. The community is invited to tour the facilities, observe classes and rehearsals, speak with faculty and staff, and learn more about FSPA programs in music, dance, and drama. An early October grand opening is slated for Intermission.

Fall classes begin on September 11, with ongoing registration for all programs. Call (508) 528-8668 or visit for more information, including a catalogue and class schedule.

Franklin School For The Performing Arts  Celebrates Fall Expansion
Franklin School For The Performing Arts  Celebrates Fall Expansion

Monday, August 28, 2017

LiveArts:2017-18 Concert Series

SUNDAY September 17, 2017 Benefit Concert
Victor Rosenbaum, world renowned pianist
Tickets: $40 Adults, $30 Seniors, $75 Family with children, Students under 18 by donation

SUNDAY October 22, 2017
Live Arts String Quartet
Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors, Students under 18 free

SUNDAY February 25, 2018
Boston Trio
Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors, Students under 18 free

SUNDAY April 8, 2018
Keisuke Weikuko, Oboe Trio, Boston Symphony
Tickets: : $20 Adults, $15 Seniors, Students under 18 free

All concerts are given at the Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, MA at 3:00 p.m.

LiveARTS is supported in part by grants from the Franklin, Norfolk and Wrentham Cultural Councils which are sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

LiveARTS is an affiliated organization of First Universalist Society, Franklin, MA

LiveARTS: 2017-2018 Concert Series
LiveARTS: 2017-2018 Concert Series

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Family Movie Night - Saturday, Aug 26, 7:00 PM

Be our guest as the #shopFranklin Business Community invites you to our FREE Family Movie Night on The Franklin Town Common.

Grab some free popcorn and water, buy some pizza, do some shopping and connect with our favorite business owners as you settle in for our showing of "Finding Dory"

Thank you to our#shopFranklin sponsors for making this event possible:
Additional thanks to
NHS Print for the printed signs
Focus Designs & Photos for the graphic
Franklin Recreation Department for porta potties!

Family Movie Night - Saturday, Aug 26, 7:00 PM
Family Movie Night - Saturday, Aug 26, 7:00 PM

Friday, August 25, 2017

Back to School: Encore's September/October Newsletter

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September/October 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to a brand-new academic school year here at Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios! We hope you all had a fun-filled and relaxing summer, and we are really looking forward to the new year and all it promises.

Fall registration is currently in progress and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  We encourage you to call or stop by as soon as possible to secure your preferred lesson time slot(s), as we are filling very quickly.

We have a roster of brand-new classes we are offering this year including, but not limited to: a Songwriter's Workshop under the instruction of Brian Dollaway, our Wind Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Woodwind Specialist, Lea Botta, music theory classes in all levels, our boys' vocal ensemble known as The Encorrigibles, our Girls' Vocal Ensemble, and so, so many more.  Students are welcome to audit one complimentary class at any time.

We are very proud to be able to say that we offer private instruction in every conventional instrument, and even a few lesser-known ones, as well.  In addition to all woodwind and brass instruments, we have instruction in ALL strings, including harp.  Percussion, voice, and piano round out our many offerings.

For more information, please stop by either location, or call us! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Kudos Korner
RCMDP Name Change
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Jane's Frames: Music and Art on Thursday's in August

You're invited!
Join us for Music with Kai Olsson
Art Demo with Jane 
Select Thursday's in August
 8/24 and 8/30
from 5:30-7:30
Guest artists, appetizers and more! 
Plus, we'll be offering specials on all Art in stock
Don't miss the fun and festivities. 
Jane's Frames, 11 E. Central Street, 508-528-3256,
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Circle of Friends Schedule now available for Sep 2017- May 2018

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse schedule for the upcoming season is now posted on our website and tickets are available for all shows.

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Admission is $20. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information. 

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Favorite Poem Project - Oct 25

The Franklin Senior Scribblers' Writers' Group is hosting A Favorite Poem Project. It is scheduled for October 25 at 10:00 AM at the Franklin Senior Center.

My Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating and encouraging poetry's role in the lives of Americans. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, started the project in 1997. 

He believed that poetry needs to be read aloud. "Reading a poem silently is like staring at a sheet of music." The reader of the poem does not need to be the poet or a skilled performer. "One of the beautiful things about poetry," says Pinsky, "is that the medium is a voice, not necessarily the poet's voice. When you read a poem by Shakespeare, Dickinson or Langston Hughes, your voice is the artist's medium."

Robert Pinsky believed that contrary to stereotype, Americans do read poetry; that the audience for poetry is not limited to professors and college students; and that there are many people for whom particular poems have found profound, personal meaning. This project seeks to give voice to American poetry lovers.

In April 1998, the My Favorite Poem Project was launched with a series of public poetry readings. In Boston, twenty-five Bostonians read their favorite poem. The readers included the President of the Massachusetts State Senate, a homeless Boston resident and a third grader. The audience was packed into the Boston Public Library. The Library President dressed as a cowboy to read a cowboy poem. Some readers recited poems in Spanish, Vietnamese and American Sign Language. As you see, Americans do read poetry.

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

Friday, August 18, 2017

8th Anniversary of LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin

Celebrate the 8th Anniversary of Let's Laugh Today in Franklin with laughter and refreshments and feel like a little kid again! 

Boost your joy factor, lighten up, release happy chemicals and open channels of expression and well-being to source your natural aliveness! 

Experience the health benefits of joyful laughter on Wednesday, September 13th from 7:30pm to 8:45pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. They meet the second Wednesday of every month. 

Laughter Yoga is a body/mind practice for well-being that involves deep breathing and a few stretches, playful laughter exercises (no jokes or comedy), clapping and deep relaxation. 

It can strengthen the immune system, combat the negative effects of stress, and is a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety. 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. 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 See other opportunities to laugh at

8th Anniversary of LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin
8th Anniversary of LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Concerts on the Common: Matt Zajac and Friends - Aug 16

Set aside Wednesday evening for "family night" on the common. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic meal; relax and enjoy the evening.

August 16 - Matt Zajac and Friends

Concerts on the Common: Matt Zajac and Friends - Aug 16
Concerts on the Common: Matt Zajac and Friends - Aug 16

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at:St Mary's/Ben Franklin Charter School - across the street from the common.

Wednesdays 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Children's Programs 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM 

Note the July 12 concert which was rained out has been rescheduled for Aug 23

August 23 - Leeds

  • Elaine Kess1er - Children's program