Friday, October 20, 2017

LiveARTS String Quartet - Oct 22

The LiveARTS String Quartet is scheduled to perform on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM. The program will feature works of Mozart, Shostakovich, and Brahms.

LiveARTS String Quartet - Oct 22
LiveARTS String Quartet - Oct 22
The String Quartet:
  • Katherine Winterstein, violin
  • Gregory Vitale, violin,
  • Donald Krishnaswami, viola
  • Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello

When: October 22, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Where: Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society; 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, MA

$20 Adults
$15 Seniors
Students under 18 free

For additional info visit LiveARTS on the internet at

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NYC Vocalist To Lead Monty Python’s Spamalot At THE BLACK BOX

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents Monty Python’s Spamalot on October 21-22 and 27-29. The production will be staged at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s home and performance venue located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin.

A hilarious retelling of the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, the musical parody is inspired by the 1975 classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and likewise diverts from more traditional versions of the legend. Monty Python’s 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 Idle and John Du Prez, the 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, after receiving 14 Tony Award nominations.

Paige Martins of New York City leads the cast as the Lady of the Lake. Martins is an alumna of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and toured Europe as a member of Electric Youth. With a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami, her vocal versatility and expertise in a wide range of styles has been showcased in venues worldwide from the Ariston Theatre in Italy to the exclusive Schönbrunn Palace in Austria. 

For the past three years, Paige has traveled to more than 50 countries performing with a variety of bands and captivating audiences with her powerhouse vocals. With FPAC, Paige has been seen in Footloose (Ariel Moore), ’Tis the Season! (Featured Vocalist), and The Sound of Music. 

The talented cast of area performers in Monty Python’s Spamalot includes Greg Leach (King Arthur), Nick Paone (Sir Lancelot), Peter Wyner (Sir Bedevere), Jim Braunstein (Sir Galahad), and Jason Barney (Patsy) of Franklin and Griffin Wilkins (Sir Robin) of Walpole. Nick Paone and Raye Lynn Mercer direct the production, with choreography by Mercer, Casey Harkness Andrade and Kellie Stamp. 

The show features a professional orchestra conducted by FPAC Musical Director Hallie Wetzell of Franklin. The show’s lighting design, by Franklin’s Nathaniel Packard, includes the iconic Monty Python animated projections. Original costumes for the FPAC production are designed by Merrie Whitney of Franklin.

Show times are October 21, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on October 22 and 29. Tickets are $34. Monty Python’s Spamalot is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, New York. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (508) 528-3370 or visit and

NYC Vocalist To Lead Monty Python’s Spamalot At THE BLACK BOX
NYC Vocalist To Lead Monty Python’s Spamalot At THE BLACK BOX

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Saturday November 4. 10:30 AM

The last full measure of devotion – A LOOK AT HOW FRANKLIN HAS HONORED ITS HEROES
A captured enemy ship, a time capsule, and the generosity of a Franklin-born Civil War veteran all figure in the story of how Franklin got its first two war memorials. Local historian, Alan Earls presents a slide show and tells the story of the town's monuments to its large contingent of Civil War soldiers as well as the related and far more tangled tale of the town's Spanish American War monument.

Sunday November 5, 1:15PM


Karen (Ren) Antonowicz of Spirits of Fashion discusses the influence of war and rationing on 1940s Fashions. Despite the restrictions there was still a distinct style and trends that developed in everyday fashion. Join us as she presents dress and style of the WWII era.

Sunday November 19, 1:15PM


Joe Landry returns to the museum with his series of presentations on Franklin of Yesteryear! Inspired by the FB Page, You Grew Up in Franklin if you Remember ... Joe's October presentation will highlight the many businesses and buildings on the north side of the bridge. This will include the area from the bridge heading up Main Street towards Dean College. Join us for his lively and interesting presentation and audience discussion.

Hours of Operation: Saturday 10-1, Sunday 1-4, Thursdays 5-8. Always Free and handicap accessible

November events at the Franklin Historical Museum
November events at the Franklin Historical Museum

Find out more about the Franklin Historical Museum on the web at

Franklin Art Association - November 1 - Vincent Crotty

The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin. 

Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 PM followed by a short business meeting and a demonstration by Vincent Crotty, an oil artist, born in Ireland, and now residing in the Boston area. 

Crotty's work has been recognized with awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the John Stobart Foundation in Boston, and plein air competitions internationally. 

Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information log on to

For more about Vincent, visit his webpage

Franklin Art Association - November 1 - Vincent Crotty
Franklin Art Association - November 1 - Vincent Crotty

Monday, October 16, 2017

Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club: Brenda Reed - Nov 8

The Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club will meet on Wednesday, November 8. We are pleased to host as our speaker, Brenda Reed, currently the Director for Lifelong Community Learning in Franklin. Reed is a former chief executive for the New England Press Association, a former public servant – both elected and appointed – a former founder and co-owner of a successful weekly newspaper, and a former Attleboro mayor and School Committee member.

In those positions Reed has been at the intersection of public policy and business management. She understands the crucial importance of good organization, setting priorities, feasible strategies, attention to detail, the need to collaborate successfully with staff team members, volunteers, and the public.

She will be speaking about the Lifelong Community Learning programs and the opportunities for partnership. Lifelong Community Learning is a program of the Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute and is dedicated to providing quality learning experiences for residents in the Town of Franklin and surrounding communities.

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

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

Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club: Brenda Reed - Nov 8
Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club: Brenda Reed - Nov 8

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Christine Lavin and Don White Live at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse - Oct 28

Christine Lavin and Don White 
"On the Funny Side"
at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Music and laughter on October 28

Seeing Christine Lavin or Don White is a treat. Seeing Christine Lavin and Don White is an experience. Between the two of them, they more than 40 years of combined experience making music and laughter. Don't miss them at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on October 28 at 8PM.

The Lavin/White co-bills have packed audiences in wherever they've played, from the Regent Theatre in Boston to The Ark in Ann Arbor Michigan. Audiences get a one-hour shot of each performer during their solo sets, and then a free-for-all when White and Lavin take the stage together and display the kind of chemistry you get from old friends and seasoned performers. You'll never see the same show twice.

"Our show doesn't sound like a folk concert, it sounds like a comedy concert, there's 400 people screaming with laughter for the whole two hours," says White.

"It's hard to describe what it is that Don does onstage, because there simply isn't anyone out there like him," says Lavin. "I'm a brave performer to share the bill with someone who knocks audiences out the way he does."

Christine Lavin is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter, author, and knitter. She released her memoir, Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-wha??, in 2010. She is also a founding member of the popular folk collective, The Four Bitchin' Babes. 

White is a celebrated singer/songwriter/storyteller who has released eight albums and three DVDs. His new CD, More Alive, is available now. His book, Memoirs Of A C Student, is available in print and for the Kindle and Nook. Lavin and White have also released a digital only live album, Live At the Ark: The Father's Day Concert, available on

October 28, 8 PM
The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
At the First Universalist Society Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, Ma
Tickets: $25

Christine Lavin and Don White Live at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse - Oct 28
Christine Lavin and Don White Live at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse - Oct 28

Christine Lavin Resources:

Don White Resources:

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

"Anything Goes in THE BOX" - Saturday, Oct 14

Anything Goes in THE BOX

Saturday, October 14, 6:00 PM


It's not too late to get your tickets for the FPAC Gala!
We hope to see you Saturday night! For the first time ever we've gone online! Here is a preview of all the fabulous auction items, you can pre-bid on your favorites!
The online auction closes at noon on Saturday and final bidding happens at the event!

"Anything Goes in THE BOX" - Saturday, Oct 14
"Anything Goes in THE BOX" - Saturday, Oct 14

Mass Cultural Council invests $2.2M in Creative Youth

Last week, the Mass Cultural Council released a spending plan for the new fiscal year that will invest more than $2 million in Creative Youth Development and Education through YouthReach, SerHacer, STARS Residencies, Big Yellow School Bus, and Poetry Out Loud.

The Council also unveiled a new strategic plan and vision for unleashing the power of culture across the Commonwealth. 

Mass Cultural Council invests $2.2M in Creative Youth
Mass Cultural Council invests $2.2M in Creative Youth

Thursday, October 12, 2017

"Six Characters in Search of An Author" - Through Oct 15

"The Dean College School of the Arts in now playing its first theatre production of the year, Six Characters in Search of An Author. The show opens TONIGHT and will run through this Sunday, October 15, 2017.
Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to purchase your tickets TODAY!
Wondering what the performance is about? Well, we sat down with guest director Eric Parness to get the answers to your questions and take us on his journey of adapting this great work for the Dean College production."

Continue reading the Q and A with Eric Parness

"Six Characters in Search of An Author" - Through Oct 15
"Six Characters in Search of An Author" - Through Oct 15

Reminder: Franklin Downtown Partnership: Harvest Festival - Oct 14

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Reminder: 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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Music for Young Children (MYC) enrolling for January 2018 Classes

Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios is pleased to announce their newest musical offering for young children and parents! Music for Young Children, (MYC), is an internationally-known, highly-ranked program that already has 37 years of success, over 900 teachers and 24,000 students and counting, across three continents! 

Founded in Canada, MYC grew rapidly by building strong bonds with children through music. The goal is to provide the best musical education to young children by blending the pleasure and joy of music-making with sound instruction. Encore is proud to be adopting MYC's early childhood curriculum and methods which directly integrate into, and utilize, The Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. 

Music for Young Children (MYC)

This program, created for children ages two to ten years, is designed to teach children, at an early age, piano skills, how to read music, sight-reading skills, composition and ensemble playing. MYC instructors incorporate the four learning styles (auditory, tactile, analytical and visual) to teach each concept which ensures that every child has the highest level of success by being able to apply these skills in each class setting, and as they grow musically.

Encore will offer classes beginning in January, 2018, and registration is now open! Classes for ages 2 and 3 meet weekly for 10-week sessions. The Sunshine level (ages 3 and 4), Sunbeams (ages 5 and 6), and Moonbeams (ages 7-9) are one-hour, weekly classes that run for 36 weeks, broken into three 12-week sessions.
Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios

"We are incredibly excited to be able to offer this amazing program here at Encore Music Academy," says Caitlin Medlin, Encore's Assistant Vocal Director and Director of the Music For Young Children program at Encore. "The opportunity for little ones to begin the music-learning process at such a young age and with such a comprehensive curriculum is one we have been wanting to offer to our students for a while now."

To learn more about this wonderfully exciting musical opportunity for your young child, or to register for one of these innovative new classes at Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, please contact them at:

3 Bent Street
Franklin, MA 02038


352 Village Street
Millis, MA 02054

Monday, October 9, 2017

Reminder: “Anything Goes in THE BOX” - Oct 14

Broadway’s Ben Cameron hosts the Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual Gala on Saturday, October 14 at THE BLACK BOX, the Company’s home and performance venue located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. Titled “Anything Goes in THE BOX,” the evening features eclectic food, assorted fundraising, and a variety of outstanding entertainment. 

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. Cameron is currently the creator/host of Broadway Sessions at The Laurie Beechman Theater. 

Beginning at 6 p.m., the signature event celebrates the start of FPAC’s 27th season and forth year at THE BLACK BOX. Founded in 1991, FPAC brings together professional artists, community performers, and students of the arts in a collaborative and creative environment, with a special focus on youth development and a commitment to live music. 

THE BLACK BOX theater, music, and event venue is a community-oriented cultural facility providing a dynamic outlet for artistic expression, quality entertainment, arts appreciation, and learning. 

Tickets to the Gala fundraiser are $125 per person, with proceeds benefiting initiatives of THE BLACK BOX and FPAC. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (508) 528-3370 or visit and

Broadway’s Ben Cameron Hosts FPAC Gala Celebration
Broadway’s Ben Cameron Hosts FPAC Gala Celebration

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Help Keep Music Education Alive - Nov 3

The Franklin High School music students are preparing for their participation in the Beatlemania concert being held at Franklin High School November 3 at 7:30 PM.

The music students will be performing back up instrumentation on a few songs with the national touring production of Beatlemania Stage Show. Students will perform on the songs “Yesterday” with the school’s orchestra; “Sgt. Pepper” with the marching band and “Yellow Submarine” with the chorus.

The concert is a benefit to offset some of the expenses for the school’s music department’s trip to Washington DC in the spring for a music festival and competition.

The concert is titled “Help Keep Music Education Alive” which benefits music education programs throughout New England.

The concert is a full professional production with big venue sound and lighting brought in to facilitate the concert experience. Paul Lococo event organizer said “The Franklin High School has a brand new state of the art auditorium and will be a nice place to stage such a production.” 

The Beatlemania Stage Show is the complete Beatle’s experience with period costume changes and vintage Beatle’s instruments. The show will take you from the Beatle’s early years from the Ed Sullivan days to Sgt. Pepper’s Magical Mystery Tour and beyond.

Help Keep Music Education Alive - Nov 3
Help Keep Music Education Alive - Nov 3

Diane Plouffe, the Franklin High School Music Director said “This is a unique community event supporting the music students and a fun event for both the students and the community.”

“The show is educational for our students as well as they learn the music of the Beatle’s and get to perform in a professional production right here at Franklin High.” Stated Plouffe.

Tickets for the show are on sale at and Shaw’s Market in Franklin

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Fat City Band plays THE BLACK BOX - Friday, 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 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

For more on The Fat City Band, visit their webpage

Yankee Quilters: Tuesday Oct 10 - "From the Hardware Store to the Quilt Shop"

Yankee Quilters announces that Jennifer Watchorn, of Nashua, NH, a quilt designer and teacher will speak on "From the Hardware Store to the Quilt Shop". Her program is part of Yankee's monthly meeting and is open to non-members for a modest fee of $5. 

The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, October 10 and will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 237 Pleasant Street. 

For more information, email

image from Yankee Quilters Facebook page
image from Yankee Quilters Facebook page

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Franklin Art Association: Fall Frolic - Oct 7 - Nov 4

Hello my fellow artists and art lovers –

Can you believe it is October already? Although you would not know it by the recent temperatures, Fall is here. Soon we will see the leaves turn colors, feel the cooler air and start gearing up for the Holidays (yes I said it – so sue me). We have our first big Art Exhibit coming up at Norfolk Library – it will be up for the whole month of October, so be sure to come out to see it. The official Reception will be on the evening of October 21st – come out to join us and find out who will be “the People’s Choice”

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is hosting their annual Harvest Festival on October 14th – We will be participating with an information booth to help recruit new members and get the word out about the great things we do. We will not be doing any exhibit or sales at the festival, but members are welcome to come out to do PlenAire painting (or sketching, or whatever else you would like to work on) and help us showcase ourselves in the best light. We will also be holding a free raffle for a one year Membership – a great way to recruit!

I hope to see many of you at these events, as well as at our meeting – October starts Sunday, so our meeting is on the 4th – We will have lots to discuss as well as our great demonstration, so be sure to come! And remember – Membership dues need to be in for you to continue to receive this newsletter, you can turn that in at the meeting.

Happy Fall –

Pam Warren President

Franklin Art Association: Fall Frolic - Oct 7 - Nov 4
Franklin Art Association: Fall Frolic - Oct 7 - Nov 4