Saturday, September 30, 2017

April Verch Band at Cicrle of Friends - Oct 14



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Oct 14th 8PM $25

Canadian performer April Verch and her band will be appearing at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, October 14th at 8PM.  April is a multi-talented performer known for her fiddling, vocals, and step dancing.  While Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. Verch tours with world-class musicians as a trio, featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass and clawhammer banjo in addition to Verch's vocals, fiddle and foot percussion.

One might suspect a performer with as many talents as Verch would pause to take a breath, or need to somewhat compartmentalize her skills during a live performance. But on stage, Verch is almost superhuman, flawlessly intertwining and overlapping different performative elements. She stepdances while fiddling. She sings while stepdancing. Sometimes she sings, steps and fiddles all at once, with apparent ease and precision. Verch is - as they say - a triple threat in performance, her live show a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust, and masterfully executed.  http://aprilverch.com/

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. Tickets for this shows are $25.  Please call (508)528-2541 or visit http://www.circlefolk.org/ to purchase tickets or for more information.
Upcoming Shows
Oct 28       Christine Lavin and Don White
Nov 4        Eric Schwartz
Nov 18      Richard Shindell
Dec 9        Winterbloom

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA                                       

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LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, Oct 11

Let's Laugh Today in Franklin is on Wednesday, October 11 (and every second Wednesday of the month) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. 

Enjoy this delightful practice, appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness.When we laugh, we energize our bodies and revive our spirits. All that is involved is deep breathing and a few stretches, playful laughter exercises (no jokes or comedy), clapping and deep relaxation. 

It has many benefits besides the joy of laughter. It can strengthen the immune system, combat the negative effects of stress, and is a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety. $5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family. Please bring your water bottle because laughing can be dehydrating. 

Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. See www.letslaughtoday.com for opportunities to laugh in other towns. If you have any questions, just call them at 508-660-2223 or e-mail 
billandlinda@letslaughtoday.com.


LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, Oct 11
LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, Oct 11

Friday, September 29, 2017

3 showings this weekend of "God of Carnage" at THE BLACK BOX



OPENING FRIDAY NIGHT!

Performances are Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on October 1. 




Come to THE BLACK BOX for an evening or matinee of laughter as 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. 

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).


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

God of Carnage is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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

Franklin Performing Arts Company uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Franklin Performing Arts Company - PO Box 48, 15 West Central Street, Franklin, MA, 02038, (508) 528-3370
Vendini, Inc. - 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

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Mass Senate Votes Unanimously to Restore Culture Funding



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Mass Senate Votes Unanimously to Restore Culture Funding
(Boston, MA) – The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously today to restore nearly $2 million in state funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Mass Cultural Council.

The bipartisan override to Governor Charlie Baker's veto restores cultural funding to $14 million for FY18, level with the fiscal year that ended in June. The vote closes the books on a lengthy budget process that began last January. It assures Mass Cultural Council's ability to maintain funding for core programs such as operating support for nonprofit cultural organizations and grants to local cultural councils, cultural districts, creative youth development and education programs, and artists.

The Senate vote followed a House override earlier this month to restore cultural funding, which passed with wide support. Today's override was led by Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst, Ways & Means Committee Chair Karen Spilka of Ashland, and Adam Hinds of Pittsfield, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development.

Spilka said cultural funding is a "priority of the Senate" in part because of its role in supporting arts education and job creation. "It's our job to continue to enhance our communities through the arts, sciences, and humanities," she said on the Senate floor.

Hinds and his Joint Committee Co-Chair, Representative Cory Atkins of Concord, circulated letters to their House and Senate colleagues asking them to prioritize Mass Cultural Council in budget veto overrides. MASSCreative, with support from Mass Humanities, Mass Artists Leaders Coalition, and many others statewide, urged advocates to encourage their legislators to endorse the letter and thus ensure a wide base of support.

"A community isn't complete until there are the arts feeding the souls of the people and a healthy democracy," remarked Rosenberg at a creative economy press conference in Boston Monday.

"We are so fortunate to have a Senate President and a leadership team who truly understand the transformative power of the arts, humanities, and sciences in their communities," said Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council Executive Director. "Thanks to vigorous, persistent advocacy from our many partners across the Commonwealth, we've weathered another stormy fiscal year. We will continue to make the case for cultural funding and ensure the arts, humanities, and sciences have a seat at the public policy table on Beacon Hill throughout this legislative session and beyond."

About the Mass Cultural Council

Mass Cultural Council is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. The agency's total budget for this fiscal year is $15.7 million, which includes a state appropriation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. The Mass Cultural Council also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Dean College Presents: "Six Characters in Search of an Author" - Oct 11-15

The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Six Characters in Search of an Author, beginning Wednesday, October 11 through Sunday, October 15, 2017.

This compelling play is juxtaposed as six characters arrive unexpectedly during the rehearsal of a play in search of an author to complete their story. Audiences for over 90 years have enjoyed and mused on the dilemma provided by the arrival of the “out of time and place” individuals. Do not miss this early absurdist play exploring the relationship among authors, their characters, and those involved in theater productions.

The Dean College production of Six Characters in Search of an Author will take place in the Main Stage in the Campus Center at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $22, Seniors $12 and Children $7.

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.dean.edu/boxoffice.


Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community for more than 150 years, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference.

Dean College Presents: "Six Characters in Search of an Author" - Oct 11-15
Dean College Presents: "Six Characters in Search of an Author" - Oct 11-15

3 performances of "God of Carnage" this weekend

Friday, Sept. 29, 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 30, 7:30 PM
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2:00 PM

Boys fight. Parents meet.Carnage happens.

Winner of the 2009 Tony Award – Best Play, God of Carnage takes place in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, where two sets of parents discuss how to deal with an unfortunate incident that occurred in Cobble Hill Park the previous day.

Tickets: $26

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.


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

Wednesday, September 27, 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

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Franklin Garden Club: “Growing Winter Hardy Cacti and Succulents in New England” - Oct 3

Growing Winter Hardy Cacti and Succulents in New England” will be the focus of the Tuesday, October 3 meeting of the Franklin Garden Club. The meeting will take place at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, from 7:00 – 9:00p.m. The meeting is open to the public, including those interested in becoming a member of the Garden Club.

Lau Magner, past president of the Cactus and Succulent Society of Massachusetts, will be the featured speaker. His presentation will include slides of cacti and succulent gardens, as well as information on how it is possible to create a “Little Arizona” garden in a New England backyard. He will share very easy and doable secrets for developing such gardens. 

As part of this illustrated presentation, attendees will learn how to design and build a cold hardy cactus garden, what desert plants will thrive in the garden, where to buy the plants, and what to expect as their garden passes through a typical New England year. Magner has explored the vast deserts of the American Southwest to develop his expertise in creating desert gardens and has created his own garden in Norfolk, Massachusetts.

The Franklin Garden Club, founded in 1987, is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.


Franklin Garden Club: “Growing Winter Hardy Cacti and Succulents in New England”
Franklin Garden Club: “Growing Winter Hardy Cacti and Succulents in New England”

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 faithflaherty@verizon.net

For more information on the Favorite Poem Project  http://www.favoritepoem.org/index.html

Note:
"So far we have 16 readers, PLUS, a class from Horace Mann Middle School reading "O Captain, My Captain!"; Franklin Cable TV and the Gazette will report on the event"

Monday, September 25, 2017

Save the Date - Taste of the Region is Back - Oct 24

28th Annual
Taste of the Region Event
Save the Date!

The "Taste of the Region" is back! This exciting event enables a restaurant/food vendor to showcase their specialty to a large audience—free of any fee! I hope you will join us this year as I believe that this event will provide you and your business with many benefits both now and for the future.

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Tri-County Reg. Vocational High School
147 Pond Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Last year's event drew a record crowd of well over 500 attendees. Guests are primarily employees of the many companies and residents around our 16-town region.

This magnificent evening features creative and abundant samples from the wonderful restaurants around the area, enhanced by a beautiful setting, music and a great crowd. Load-in and set-up will be between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Participants are encouraged to promote the event at their establishments!

Participants will be expected to provide:
  • Approximately 300 hot or cold samplings of dishes that best reflect their restaurant or hotel.
  • Sternos to keep food warmed as there will be limited electricity to the individual tables.
  • One or two volunteers to assist with serving food and answering questions from guests. This is a great opportunity to talk about the participant's business!
  • Marketing material, menus, etc. to decorate your table. Be creative!
  • White linens for a 6-foot table (tables will be provided).

There are approximately 25 FREE participant opportunities available at this time.  
The Taste of the Region committee will provide each participant with five complimentary tickets for the event.

If you would like to participate, the completed Food Vendor Participation Agreement must be received by the United Regional Chamber of Commerce prior to October 13. Please note, our Taste of the Region participants must be either a member in good standing of the United Regional Chamber of Commerce, or must donate a $50.00 (or two $25.00) gift certificate(s) to their establishment (to be used in our Silent Auction).

Please fax your completed Food Vendor Participation Agreement (see link below) to 508-316-1992.

If you have any questions, please call 508-316-0861.


Jack Lank, IOM
President and CEO
The United Regional Chamber of Commerce
310 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Phone: 508-316-0861
www.unitedregionalchamber.org
"People Do Business With People They Know"


Save the Date - Taste of the Region is Back - Oct 24
Save the Date - Taste of the Region is Back - Oct 24


Food Vendor Participation Agreement
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczeFZFbTFnWHVjQkJsZ05HTWJabl9ONUhNQVZB/view?usp=sharing

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 

Franklin Performing Arts Company uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Franklin Performing Arts Company - PO Box 48, 15 West Central Street, Franklin, MA, 02038, (508) 528-3370
Vendini, Inc. - 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

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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