From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A great arts organization can be like a roaring bonfire, drawing together people entranced by the lively flames and illumination.
But just as a thunderstorm can quickly drench a good bonfire, the pandemic abruptly doused the programming of two local arts organizations.
“In 2019 we had the best year that we have ever had as an organization,” said David Lavalley, the executive director of TCAN, The Center for the Arts in Natick. “We had an all-time high in terms of attendance and program revenue. We paid off our mortgage. We had nothing but blue sky ... In the first four months of this year we had members continuing to renew their memberships, we had families and donors making contributions. We received generous grants from Middlesex Savings Bank and the Foundation for MetroWest. ...We felt protected and supported.”
But a state of emergency was declared in Massachusetts on March 10 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and everything changed. On March 13, TCAN suspended all programs at its 14 Summer St. location, a red brick building that was once a firehouse. All live performances were rescheduled or canceled."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) https://www.milforddailynews.com/entertainmentlife/20200818/fire-still-burns-local-arts-organizations-innovate-during-pandemic?rssfeed=true
"A parking lot celebration featuring a reunion of past and present FPAC performers accompanied by the ACME Rhythm Section! Sponsored by 1776 Financial.
Masks and social distancing are required in the lobby; our typical gathering in the lobby is currently not allowed. Two people will be allowed at a time in the rest rooms; please wait six feet apart if there is a line. Table groupings will be limited to six. Please purchase tickets for your table group in one transaction. You will only be seated with family or those with whom you are comfortable socializing. Advance ticketing and payment encouraged. The Bar will be table service only."
Tickets for OUTSIDE THE BOX = https://www.theblackboxonline.com/events.php?id=1395&month=08&year=2020
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