Volume 4, April 3, 2024

Greetings Friends in Arts and Culture ...

Welcome to the first full week of April! There is an Artsy Box Update and Lifelong Learning shares its summer schedule. This week's programming highlights include Pocatello at Dean College; meetings of Franklin Art Association, Newcomer's and Friends, Franklin LGBTQ Alliance and Veterans gather for Coffee; Silent Saturday film at the Historical Museum and a book discussion at the Library. There are art classes, music performances, storytelling, and gardening. There is definitely something for everyone! The Franklin Culture website, is a good resource on all things arts & culture.Don't forget to check out Looking Ahead ... there is so much happening in April and May.

Arts and Culture happen in the Cultural District and throughout Franklin!

Artsy Box Update

Spring has arrived with new and exciting designs for our Artsy  Boxes for 2024 waiting in the queue. 

Our artists are eager to get going as we wait for warmer temps to allow for the priming stage to take place. 

Here is a snapshot of our artist selections. Please stay tuned as we share more about each artist and their pieces each week. 

  • Ashley Caprarella- “True Bliss” features a collection of nostalgic carnival imagery.
  • Brittni Laquidara- “Saturday Morning” includes the charm of playful birds.
  • Fatima Wojohat - “Paper Planes” focuses on a young girl using music to share her dreams.
  • Melanie Christopher - “Night Spirits “shares a magical and whimsical garden-scape under a night sky.
  • Nicole Littlefield-“Living in the clouds “pulls you into a whimsical version of an evening sky.
  • Shilpa Adduri-“ Tranquil Haven“ features a beautiful cottage nestled in a field of colorful wildflowers.

The Cultural District Committee thanks the Town of Franklin and the Mass Cultural Council once again for supporting this artistic initiative to help add to our town’s beauty.


presented by Dean College

Wednesday, April 3 is Opening Night!!

Beginning April 3 through April 7, Pocatello, will be presented by Dean College. In its regional premiere, the bittersweet comedy POCATELLO will close the 2023-2024 theatre season at Dean College. Main Stage. Select Pocatello for ticket purchase and performance information.

This week's Summer Focus ...

Lifelong Learning’s Summer Program! July 8-August 9

Grades K-12; Various Weeks and Times, depending on class


Lifelong Learning's annual summer program is full of special opportunities for students of all ages. There are 1-week and 2-week class options throughout the 5-week program. Choose from STAR enrichment classes, our popular Summer Music Program, new STEAM program offerings, and helpful College Prep classes. There’s something for everyone! For more information, visit www.FranklinLifelongLearning.com.

Thank you!! The recent Party for the Pantry Musical Fundraiser held at GlenPharmer Distillery raised in excess of $19,000! In an April 1 press release, Tina Powderly, Executive Director, Franklin Food Pantry, "We are extremely grateful to Ray Auger and Bill Donovan for organizing this year's amazing Party for The Pantry, and the event sponsors, raffle donors, and attendees for their generosity and support." Select Pantry for more information about this valued community resource.

This Week in the Cultural District and Beyond

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Wednesday, April 3, 10:00am, Veterans Coffee Social at Franklin Senior Center. Select Veterans for more information about this town department. The Franklin Senior Center is located at 10 Daniel McCahill Street.

Wednesday, April 3, 1:00pm Joe Landry presents Industry in Franklin at Franklin Senior Center. Select Senior for information about all Senior Center Happenings. Located at 10 Daniel McCahill Street.

Wednesday, April 3, 6:30pm, Franklin Art Association monthly meeting at the Franklin Senior Center. We will warmly greet Guest Demo-Artist, Phil Pariseau; glass artist for this month’s public demonstration. He will show our audience his approach to glass heat slumping and his unique approach to glass utensil-making. This presentation is free to the public. Select FAA for information. The Senior Center is located at 10 Daniel McCahill St.

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, bi-monthly meeting of Newcomers and Friends at Escape into Fiction bookstore. Please join us as we host Franklin’s Town Administrator, Jamie Helen, and Franklin’s School District Superintendent, Lucas Giguere. They’ll be updating us on what’s going on in our town and in our schools. Look for us on social media for more information: https://www.meetup.com/franklin-newcomers-friends/

https://www.facebook.com/FranklinNewcomersFriendsClub. Escape into Fiction, 12 Main St.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Thursday, April 4, 3:30pm Applause Gelato and Unique Finds opens for the season. Follow Applause on IG for days, hours and information. Located at 34 Main Street.

Thursday, April 4, 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Cosmic Pizza Party, Room 326A Franklin Municipal Building. Come join us on April 4 for our Earth month kickoff with a COSMIC CELEBRATION to learn about the centennial solar eclipse, other celestial bodies, and how Earth kicks it with the stars.

RSVP by March 28 to ... [email protected]

Thursday, April 4, 5:30pm Acoustic Jam Session at Franklin Senior Center. Select Senior for information about all Senior Center events. Located at 10 Daniel McCahill St.

Thursday, April 4, 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Franklin LGBTQ Alliance Monthly Meeting at Franklin Public Library. Select LGBTQ for more information. The Library is located at 118 Main Street.

Thursday, April 4, 6:30pm Rough Sleepers, Community Discussion at Franklin Public Library. Join us for a discussion of Tracy Kidder's Rough Sleepers, open to the whole community!We are having two discussion group sessions to allow everyone to participate! This discussion will also happen on April 27 at 2:00pm. Please come to one or both! Select Discussion for more information. Library located at 118 Main Street.

Thursday, April 4, 7:00pm, Recognizing Arts and Culture in Franklin at Alumni Memorial Hall, Dean College. Select culture for information. Use 60 School Street entrance for Alumni Memorial Hall on Dean College campus.

Friday April 5, 2024

Friday, April 5, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Knitting Group at Franklin Public Library. Sit for a stich! Enjoy the art of knitting. Knit with fellow knitters. CONTACT: Mitzi Gousie  15085204941  

[email protected]. Franklin Public Library, located 118 Main Street.

Friday, April 5, 7:00pm, Culinary Cabaret at THE BLACK BOX. The 12th annual Culinary Cabaret spotlights this region's outstanding culinary talent, showcasing fine wines, craft beer, delectable spirits, flavorful dishes and mouth-watering desserts! Featuring entertainment by Electric Youth and special guest artists of the Franklin Performing Arts Company. Culinary Cabaret supports Electric Youth 2024! Select Culinary for information and tickets. THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street.

Friday, April 5, 9:00pm Live Music Cappadonna in the bar/lounge at 3 Restaurant. Jack Cappadonna has been performing as an actor and as a musician since he was 16 years old. Select 3 for more information. Located at 461 West Central Street.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Saturday, April 6, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Seeding & Transplanting Workshop at Fairmount Fruit Farms. Ticketed Event. Fairmount is offering a series of workshops on select Saturdays and Tuesdays during April. Select Fairmount for course descriptions, days, times and tickets. Located at 885 Lincoln St.

Franklin Historical Museum

Saturday, April 6, 10:00am to 1:00pm, Franklin Historical Museum is open to visit exhibits. Select Museum for information. The Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central Street.

Saturday, April 6, 10:00am to 12:00 pm. Babysitting Certification Class. Does your child want to earn money as a babysitter? Sign them up for Lifelong Learning's Babysitting Certification Class for ages 11+. Choose Babysitting for details. Location Bernon Family YMCA, 45 Forge Hill Rd.

Saturday, April 6 at Franklin Public Library

1:00pm Bird Painting for Adults at Franklin Public Library. Grown-ups! Are you feeling creative? Join Miss Lily and create your very own step-by-step painting of a beautiful bluebird! All materials will be provided, and REGISTRATION is required! Select Bird to register and for additional information.

1:00pm Solar Eclipse Celebration! at Franklin Public Library.There is a total eclipse of the sun on Monday April 8th!! Let’s Party! Join us for games, activities, safety tips, eclipse details, and more! We’ll be handing out solar viewing glasses too! Select Eclipse for details. Library, 118 Main Street.

Saturday, April 6, 2:00pm and 7:00pm, Franklin School for the Performing Arts Disney Showcase at THE BLACK BOX. Ticketed event. Select FSPA for ticket purchase. THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central St.

Saturday, April 6, 6:00pm at the Historical Museum, Cinema 80 Silent Saturday film night. Featuring ... The Thief of Baghdad, a Douglas Fairbanks classic with marvelous stunts and production design that brings the audience into a fanciful `Thousand and One Nights’ landscape of mischief, mystery, and intrigue. Facilitated by Chris Leverone. FREE. All welcome. Located at 80 W. Central Street.

Saturday, April 6, 7:00pm to 8:30pm. What's Your Story? Inspired by The Moth Radio Hour, the theme of the night is “Surprises.” What’s Your Story? is a family-friendly event hosted by the First Universalist Society in Franklin in our beautiful meetinghouse. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12-18. Tickets can be purchased in advance at FUSF.org/upcoming events. Cash or checks are also accepted. Select Story for information. FUSF is located at 262 Chestnut Street.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Franklin Historical Museum

Sunday, April 7, 10:00am to 1:00pm, Franklin Historical Museum is open to visit exhibits. Select Museum for information. FREE. The Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central Street.

Sunday, April 7, 2:00pm The Weekend Watercolor at Franklin Library. Registration Required. Relax with a Sunday watercolor class for adults 18 and over. Supplies are provided. First time painters are welcome! Project Theme: Butterflies and Bugs CONTACT: Mitzi Gousie  15085204941  

[email protected] Library, 118 Main Street. 

Monday, April 8, 2024

Mondays and more at Creative Corner Art Studio. After School Elementary Art on Monday afternoons; Friday Night Teen Studio; Saturday Creative Hour; and Summer Art Camp. Variety of ages and art programs. Select Art for course information and registration. Creative Corner Art Studio is located at 13 Main Street in Depot Plaza.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Tuesday, April 9, 6:30pm to 7:30 pm for 8 Tuesdays, LaBlast Dance Fitness Class. Learn the basic steps of several dance styles, while enjoying music from all genres in this LaBlast Dance Fitness Class from Lifelong Learning. Choose Dance Fitness for course details. Location: JFK Elementary, 551 Pond St.

Tuesday, April 9, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Trivia Night, Raillery Public House. Come join us every Tuesday night for trivia! Great food, great drinks, fun with your friends and prizes, what else could you ask for? Select Raillery for information about this restaurant. Located 280 Franklin Village Dr.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Wednesday, April 10, Lifelong Learning's Kids' Cooking Classes. Students in Grades 3-5 or Grades 6-8 can learn recipes, try new skills, and make friends with other budding chefs! 5-week session. Choose Kids' Cooking for details. Location: Franklin High School, 218 Oak St. 

Looking Ahead ...

Thursday, April 11, 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Night at the Museum Gala for Franklin Children's Museum at THE BLACK BOX. The evening includes an online silent auction, exhibits, and fun food and cash bar (one drink ticket included with registration). Attire is Playful Fancy. Select Gala for ticket purchase and information. THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street.

Friday, April 12, 7:30pm, James Montgomery with The Daybreakers at THE BLACK BOX. When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he "brings it on home." Whether it's recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. Select Daybreakers for information and tickets. THE BLACK BOX, located, 15 West Central St.

April 16 to 18, Teen Knitting Camp at The Franklin Mill Store. Teen Knitting Camp for April Vacation, Sewing and more. Opportunities to learn and practice textile-infused art. Select Mill for course information, dates, times, and ages. The Mill Store is located at 305 Union Street.

Thursday, April 18, 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Mingle N Paint led by Artist Amy Adams at The Curry House. Ticketed Event. This wonderful event encourages creativity and laughter. Proceeds help support local businesses; In addition, 10% of each ticket sale supports our Franklin Food Pantry. One free drink with each ticket, food available for purchase. Seating is limited. For information and to purchase tickets: Tickets. The Curry House is located at 418 West Central Street.

Mondays, beginning April 22, 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Lean in Girls, A leadership program designed to empower girls 11 - 15 years old. Proudly offered by Children's Museum of Franklin. The Lean In Girls curriculum, a subset of Sheryl Sandbergs original Lean In program, was established in 2023 as a “leadership program that helps girls see themselves as leaders in a world that often tells them they’re not.” Space is limited. Registered today! Select Girls for curriculum information and registration. All sessions take place in the Campanella Board Room at Dean College.

Thursday, April 25, 4:00pm to 6:00pm, A DREAM SHARED with Dean Student, Fatima Wojohat, Franklin Historical Museum. Please join us in celebrating the artwork and journey of Dean Student, Fatima Wojohat. A Franklin resident, Fatima Wojohat, has shared her work internationally and is eager to meet more of her community. She brings personal experience and awareness of the oppression brought to the girls of Afghanistan. The event is FREE to the public. For more on Fatima, view Fatima Wojohat. Franklin Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central Street.

Saturday, April 27, 8:00pm Garnet Rogers, Circle of Friends Coffeehouse. Ticketed Event. The Coffeehouse is located at First Universalist in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street.

Wednesday, May 1, Second Annual SAFE Coalition Gala, Lakeview Pavilion. Join us in celebrating the world of recovery! Dinner| Live Auction| Speakers| Keynote Speaker: Rob Ninkovich. Select SAFE for ticket purchase. Lakeview Pavilion, 45 Lakeview Rd., Foxborough, MA.

Saturday, May 18, 5 K Road Race, Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee and Tri-Valley Front Runners partner on their annual 5K Road Race at the Grove Street Trailhead. Select Race for information and registration.

Thursday, May 23, Empty Bowls Fundraiser at Franklin High School. Support Franklin Food Pantry. More details to follow. Select Bowls for information. Franklin High School, 218 Oak Street.

Saturday, June 1, 12:00pm to 6:00pm with a rain date of June 2, Franklin Porchfest !! Musicians and bands of all genres will be performing on porches and patios throughout the Cultural District. https://franklin.porchfest.info

Porchfest is made possible with funds granted from the Mass Cultural Council through the Franklin Cultural District Committee. The Franklin PorchFest Committee is thankful for the support it has received from the Mass Cultural Council, the Franklin Cultural District and the Town of Franklin.

Partnering with Franklin Matters @https://www.franklinmatters.org sharing information about arts and culture. Visit Franklin Matters for Franklin information.

FCD Committee

Franklin Cultural District Committee

Amy Adams, Katherine Botelho,

Pandora Carlucci, Sue Cass, Patrick Conlan,

John LoPresti, Roberta Trahan

Next meeting 7:00pm. April 11.