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Wednesday, May 1
9 a.m.- 8 p.m.: Post-It Note Collage ~ Franklin Public Library, In celebration of ArtWeek 2019, the Youth Services department will be building a Post-It Note Collage! Stop by anytime during the week to help add post-it notes to the wall. What will the final image be? Only time will tell!
5:30 – 7 p.m.: Welcome Spring! at Davis Thayer Elementary School (FREE)
Come join the Solutions Extended Day Program to learn about the forgotten tradition of May Day Baskets, how to create a silk flower arrangement, and make a May Day basket!
Thursday, May 2
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Post-It Note Collage (see May 1)
6 – 7 p.m.: Electric Youth Friendship Challenge—Anti-Bullying Workshop at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FREE)
Work with members of Electric Youth to bring personal stories of friendship to life on stage! A special event for kids ages 8-12, in partnership with Bully: The Adjective. Register: (508) 528-8668
6 – 8 p.m.: Empty Bowls Dinner & Fundraiser at Franklin High School ($10/$20)
Help raise funds for the Franklin Food Pantry with a meal of soup and bread, and take home a handmade bowl as a reminder that “somewhere someone’s bowl is empty.” Kids will also be able to make a bowl of their own to take home. Adults $20, Children $10. Tickets: www.franklinfoodpantry.org
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Wine Tasting & Abstract Art Mixed Media Workshop at Pour Richards Wine & Spirits ($12)
We will explore combining multiple processes to begin a personal visual art journal for collages and writing. As we create, we’ll sample delicious spring beverages and tasty nibbles. For beginners & advanced artists. 21+ only. Tickets: www.thecreativitycurator.com
7 - 8:30 p.m.: Open Rehearsal for The Chestnut Street Revue at First Universalist Society of Franklin (FREE) ~ see May 4
Friday, May 3
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Post-It Note Collage (see May 1)
1 – 3 p.m.: Fabric Vase & Flower Arrangement Project at Franklin Senior Center (FREE)
This fun spring activity will be offered by the Franklin Garden Club, who will provide the materials and instruction to create beautiful fabric vases and flower arrangements. Register with the Senior Center at (508) 520-4945.
2:30 – 4 p.m.: Little Red’s Puppetry Workshop at the Franklin Public Library (FREE)
Theater in the Open presents a puppetry performance of Little Red Riding Hood, set to music by Newburyport Chamber Music Festival’s David Yang, followed by a workshop on the construction and use of traditional hand puppets.
7 - 8:30 p.m. & 8:45 - 10:15 p.m.: The Fabulous 50s - A Musical Tribute at THE BLACK BOX ($24)
Enjoy trivia and games, sing along and dress for the decade as we celebrate the Happy Days culture of the 1950s. Tickets: bit.ly/50s_tribute
Saturday, May 4
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Post-It Note Collage (see May 1)
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Sidewalk Chalk! at the Franklin Town Common (FREE)
Join BFCCPS’s first chalk festival! We will transform the cement on the Franklin Commons into a bright and colorful chalk art display! Parking on Queen St.
11 - 11:45 a.m.: Trowbridge Piano Performance at Franklin Historical Museum (FREE)
Local musician Dennis Ferguson will perform a selection of works by 20th century women composers on the Museum’s antique Trowbridge Piano, with details on composers and compositions.
12 – 4 p.m.: Art of Game Design with Jason Davis at Pete’s Nerd Emporium (FREE)
Jason Davis, the Franklin-based game designer of Davis & Daughters Games, will be giving a talk on his creative process, followed by a demo of his game, Heroes & Treasure, a traditional fantasy-styled RPG meant to be played with children as young as 4.
12 - 1:30 & 2 - 3:30 p.m.: Around the World in 8 Plays at THE BLACK BOX ($12/$15)
Travel around the world and explore forgotten myths and unusual legends in eight fast-paced and hilarious tales filled with magic, mystery, and morals. Tickets are $12 student/senior and $15 adult. Tickets: bit.ly/8_plays
12:15 – 1 p.m.: Horace Mann Birthday Celebration at Franklin Historical Museum (FREE)
Join us for a piece of cake and a little history to celebrate Horace Mann’s 223rd birthday.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.: Orff Percussion Jam at Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School (FREE)
The Orff Percussion Jam will allow people to use both pitched (xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, etc.) and non-pitched instruments (drums, tambourines, shakers, etc.) in a unique, multi-layered ensemble that will explore familiar children’s songs. For kids 5-12, although 13+ are welcome to help out by playing on larger instruments. Parking on Queen St.
1 – 3 p.m.: “May the 4th be With You” Star Wars Party! at Franklin Public Library (FREE)
Come celebrate Star Wars Day with us! Put your Jedi skills to the test with out-of-this-world games and crafts! Then refuel with snacks and refreshments straight from the Cantina!
2 – 3 p.m.: Drumming Around the World at Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School (FREE)
Drumming Around the World will focus on exploring different cultures and their musical styles through the art of drumming. Participants will learn elementary to intermediate rhythms by ear, participate in drum circles, practice improvisation skills, and learn a little of the history of hand drumming. Parking on Queen St.
2 - 3:30 p.m.: What Ever Happened to Sunday Dinner? at Franklin TV (FREE)
Author Ed Iannuccilli draws on his Italian heritage in his book What Ever Happened to Sunday Dinner? which is the focus of his ArtWeek lecture. Dr. Ed will share how and why he writes, inspiring the audience to write their own stories of immigration and cultural history.
7 - 9:30 p.m.: The Chestnut Street Revue at First Universalist Society of Franklin (FREE)
Join us for an evening featuring a broad range of musical genres. Local bands Critical Mass and Victims of Gravity will get your toes tapping, Heath Nisbett’s classical guitar will elevate your mood, the Universal Singers will entertain with some uplifting choral arrangements, Michele Kelly will engage with her beautiful vocals, and Dan Feerick and Jeff Cerrier will perform guitar solos. Gourmet desserts will be available at intermission.
Sunday, May 5
9 a.m. -12 p.m.: FPAC 5K and 1 mile Fun Run at THE BLACK BOX ($10/$25)
The first annual Franklin Performing Arts Company Road Race will begin and end at THE BLACK BOX. Along the route, runners will be entertained and encouraged by sidewalk art created by student artists. THE BLACK BOX theater will feature face painting, finish line sign-making for children, and a celebration with live music in the theater lobby. Race start time is 10 a.m. Race fees: 5K: $25 advance, $35 day-of; Fun Run: $10 advance, $15 day-of. Runner check-in 9 a.m. Free activities begin 10 a.m. Register: www.fpaconline.com
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Throwing Seeds mural painting ~ at Franklin Agway (FREE)
Come watch farmer and artist Tyler Harris create a mural on Agway’s fence as he interprets the phrase “Throwing Seeds.” Tyler grew up in Franklin and is now the manager of a farm in Dartmouth Mass.
12 – 2 p.m.: The Art of Canning Pickles at Franklin Agway (FREE)
You can enjoy the taste of summer year-round by learning how to preserve vegetables at their peak ripeness. Stir & chop, or just watch. Learn the lost culinary art of canning! Outdoor event; weather permitting.
1:30 - 2:15 p.m.: NoteAble Blend concert at the Franklin Public Library (FREE)
NoteAble Blend, an energetic women’s barbershop chorus, will perform an a cappella performance, including a fun and lively description of the four parts of barbershop.
1:30 – 5 p.m.: Post-It Note Collage (see May 1)
3 - 3:45 p.m.: NoteAble Blend concert at the Franklin Historical Museum (FREE)