Friday, March 1, 2024

Franklin's Event Outlook: March 1, 2023 to March 7, 2024

Friday, March 1 - First Day of Women's History Month

7:00pm Flowers for Algernon (ticketed event) (Franklin High School)

7:00pm A Pirates Life for ME! (ticketed event) (BFCCPS)

7:30pm She Loves Me (ticketed event) (Dean College)

Saturday, March 2

9:30am Land Use & Sustainability Subcmtes (Franklin Public Library)

10:00am Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

10:00am Happy Birthday Franklin (Franklin Historical Museum )

10:00am Story of the Personalized Calendars (Franklin Historical Museum )

2:00pm She Loves Me (ticketed event) (Dean College)

2:00pm A Pirates Life for ME! (ticketed event) (BFCCPS)

6:30pm Chad Hollister (live music) (SAFE Coalition)

7:00pm New England Country Dance (FUSF, Chestnut St)

7:00pm A Pirates Life for ME! (ticketed event) (BFCCPS)

7:30pm She Loves Me (ticketed event) (Dean College)

Sunday, March 3

1:00pm Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

1:00pm Story of the Personalized Calendars (Franklin Historical Museum )

2:00pm She Loves Me (ticketed event) (Dean College)

Tuesday, March 5

11:00am Children's Museum of Franklin pop up (Franklin Public Library)

6:00pm Franklin Garden Club - meeting (Franklin Public Library)

7:00pm Trivia Night (Raillery Public House)

7:30pm Voice of Franklin, part of Toastmasters International (Franklin TV Studio)

Wednesday, March 6

10:00am Veterans Coffee Social (Franklin Senior Center)

6:30pm Franklin Art Association (Franklin Senior Center)

Thursday, March 7

6:00pm Franklin LGBTQ Alliance (Franklin Public Library)

7:00pm Community Coffee Conversations: One Franklin (Birchwood Bakery)


Why have multiple calendars?
There is a Cultural events calendar upon which other community events are layered to create the Community calendar.

Respectfully, the Library and Senior Center calendars are too full of events to include all their events so we tend to focus on the major events. Town and School meetings are also kept separate. Links for all the calendars are shared here:

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events

Find the full Community event calendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Library calendar of events ->    calendar link

The Senior Center calendar of events ->

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found 

Franklin's Event Outlook: March  1, 2023 to March  7, 2024
Franklin's Event Outlook: March  1, 2023 to March  7, 2024

Franklin Senior Center: The Senior Connection Newsletter for March 2024 is ready for your reading pleasure

March 2024 Senior Connection Newsletter

The Senior Connection Newsletter for March 2024
The Senior Connection Newsletter for March 2024 


Here is Franklin Senior Center's March 2024 Senior Connection Newsletter. Take a look at all the fun programs to keep you active, social, and engaged!

Start registering for programs on Friday, March 1st by coming in to the Senior Center or giving us a call!

Happy March :)

-Your Franklin Senior Center Family

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FHS girls basketball almost pull off upset before falling by 2 pts in playoffs

Via Twitter and our subscription to, we share the results of the winter sports competition for Franklin High School on Thursday, Feb 29, 2024.

Girls Basketball = Division 1 = #20 Franklin, 43 @ #13 Andover, 45 – Final 
– Franklin led by nine heading to the fourth quarter and looked poised to pull an upset in a matchup of the two teams that shared the 2020 state title, but the Panthers were held to just three points over the final eight minutes and Andover rallied to pull out a win in the final seconds. Chloe Fales scored eight points and Sasha Tracey and Norah MacCallum each scored five, as the Panthers jumped out to a 20-14 lead after one. Things tightened up in the second, but Olena Malymina scored five in the frame to send Franklin into halftime with a nine-point edge. The teams each scored 10 in the third, as Franklin maintained its advantage, but in the fourth a late three-pointer was all the offense that the Panthers could muster. Ella Vidoni scored seven of her game-high 20 to help Andover rally and pull out the win. Fales scored a team-high 15, MacCallum added nine, and Malymina scored seven. Franklin coach John Leighton praised his team’s effort on the road against a strong opponent.

For other results around the Hockomock League (subscription required) 

FHS Panther sports results shared via Twitter & subscription to
FHS Panther sports results shared via Twitter & subscription to

Panther TV: Panther News for March 1, 2024 (video)

Panther TV (@fhspanthertv) posted  Thu, Feb 29, 2024:
On this week's Panther News: FHS students will travel abroad next year-find out how to join them. 
And if you're struggling in Spanish class-Spanish Honors Society students want to help! @FHSPantherbook @FranklinHS via @YouTube

In this Town Council Quarterbacking session, we recap the meeting of Feb 28, 2024 (audio)

FM #1148 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1148 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares our “Town Council Quarterbacking” with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. We had our conversation via the Zoom Conference Bridge on Thursday, February 29, 2023.  

ok, what just happened? 

What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?

Topics for this session

  • Brownie troop 64085 led the pledge as part of their work on the Democracy badge

  • Zoning change from residential to business, two hours, “No action”

    • Procedural move to refer back to the Planning Board for their ‘full’ assessment & recommendation

  • The OPEB financial report was presented and reviewed, we are in a better position than we were previously

  • FY24 Capital Improvement Plan was approved

  • Gift Acceptance - Veterans’ Services Dept. ($2,900), Senior Center ($200), Police Dept. ($50)  were approved with thanks

  • Cable Funds in Support of PEG Service and Programming per MGL Ch. 44, §53F3/4 actually 2 resolutions were approved. 

  • Joint Budget SubCmte meeting on March 6 will begin work on how to resolve a $10.1M budget deficit across town and school budgets. Agenda and budget details to be released Friday March 1

  • Council entered executive session to not return to open meeting for discussion of a matter regarding a real estate purchase

The recording runs about 39 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Tom on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Audio link ->


Town Council agenda for Feb 28, 2024 meeting -> 

Town Council recap & video link -> 

My notes captured via Twitter and collected in one PDF -> 


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In this Town Council Quarterbacking session, we recap the meeting of Feb 28, 2024 (audio)
In this Town Council Quarterbacking session, we recap the meeting of Feb 28, 2024 (audio)

BFCCPS performs A Pirate's Life for Me! - Mar 1 & 2

Please join us for this weekend's performances of the BFCCPS Musical: A Pirate's Life for Me!
  • Show #1: Friday, March 1 @7pm
  • Show #2: Saturday, March 2 @2pm
  • Show #3: Saturday, March 2 @7pm
  • Adult Ticket - $17
  • Senior/Student Ticket - $13
  • Staff/Faculty Ticket - $10
  • Adult Tickets for all three shows - $45
  • Senior/Student Tickets for all three shows - $30
  • Family Matinee- 2 adult tickets, 2 senior/student tickets for Saturday, March 2nd at 2pm - $55

BFCCPS performs A Pirate's Life for Me! Mar 1 & 2
BFCCPS performs A Pirate's Life for Me! Mar 1 & 2

Hockey Triple Header at DCU in Worcester - FREE TICKETS FOR VETS!

Veterans Appreciation Day & Night - Saturday, March 30, 2024 
- Reserve your seat today!

Join the Department of Massachusetts VFW for a day of camaraderie and hockey on Saturday, March 30 beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester!

Reserve your seat today by calling: Mike Raymond at: (603) 608-6898

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Hockey Triple Header at DCU in Worcester - FREE TICKETS FOR VETS!
Hockey Triple Header at DCU in Worcester - FREE TICKETS FOR VETS!

Washington Post: "Ultra-processed foods linked to 32 health problems"

"A review of research involving almost 10 million people has found a direct association between eating too many ultra-processed foods — those breads, cereals, snacks and frozen meals that have been industrially manufactured with flavors and additives to make them more palatable — and more than 30 health conditions, including heart disease, anxiety and early death.

The facts
  • In recent years, dozens of studies have found that people who consume a lot of ultra-processed foods have higher rates of weight gain, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
  • Now, a team of international researchers has undertaken a comprehensive review of the evidence on adverse health outcomes to date — examining 45 “pooled meta-analyses” from 14 review articles involving nearly 10 million people. All were published in the past three years, and none was funded by companies making ultra-processed food.
  • The researchers’ findings, published in the British medical journal BMJ, “show that diets high in ultra-processed food may be harmful to many body systems.”

Direct link to research study ->

Washington Post: "Ultra-processed foods linked to 32 health problems"
Washington Post: "Ultra-processed foods linked to 32 health problems"

Franklin Health Dept: Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Franklin Health Dept: Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Eating Disorder Awareness Week


It is eating disorder awareness week. 
An estimated 9% of the U.S. population will have an eating disorder in their lifetime but only 27% will receive treatment for it. 
Learn more about eating disorders: 

Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio ( schedule for Friday, Mar 1, 2023

  • or 102.9 on the FM dial = Friday

9:00a/12:00p /6:00p Chapters – Jim Derick  Insightful, life-affirming stories and interviews

10:00a/1:00p/7:00p Music to Lift the Spirit - Jim Derick & Frank Falvey

11:00a/2:00p/8:00pm Senior Story Hour – Senior Center Scribblers Group

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel         (Comcast 6, Verizon 26) = FRIDAY

8:30 am Frank's Musings: More About Israel
9:00 am Frank's Musings: Pride Flag
10:00 am Riffin' on Main Street: Erin Gallagher
11:00 am Senior Connection: Updates
12:00 pm Brooke'n'Cookin: Mac'n'Cheese
12:30 pm Sons & Daughters of Italy: Italian Cookies
1:00 pm Physician Focus: Oral Health
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Margherita Pizza
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Summer 2018 Show 4
3:00 pm Winning Ways with the MIAA: Road to TD Garden: Districts
5:00 pm Tri County Building Project
8:30 pm Circle of Friends: Joe Jencks

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel        (Comcast 8, Verizon 28) = FRIDAY

7:00 am MICCA Festival 2019
8:30 am Mental Health: Shannon Nesbitt
10:00 am FHS Varsity Wrestling: v Taunton 01-05-23
12:30 pm Universe of Adolescent Sleep
1:30 pm FHS Jazz Cafe 2024
3:00 pm Community Arts Advocacy Day: A Discussion
6:30 pm Hockomock League Swimming Championship 2024 Day 2

  • Franklin Town Hall TV - Our Government Channel (Comcast 9, Verizon 29) =  FRIDAY

8:00 am  Zoning Board of Appeals 01-18-24
2:00 pm  Zoning Board of Appeals 01-18-24

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online   

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Franklin Art Association meeting March 6 features Kim Gorrasi

Kim Gorrasi will be the featured artist at the March 6 Franklin Art Association meeting.  Meetings begin at 6:30 and are held at the Franklin Senior Center.  All are welcome.  In her demonstration, Kim will guide us through the fundamentals of portrait painting.  She is well known in her field of portrait painting and has exhibited widely.  More information may be found at
Kim Gorrasi
Kim Gorrasi

Kim Gorrasi’s portrait commissions reside in the collections of Harvard University, Bentley University and The Players Club of New York. She recently held the first-ever live portrait painting demonstration at the Boston Athenæum on Beacon Hill. Her portrait, Lois & Gingerella, was granted a Finalist award in the 2023 Portrait Society of America Members Only Portrait Competition.

Gorrasi received her training at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and the New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative Art in Manhattan. She earned her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in her native Boston, where she later became an instructor and lecturer. She has continued her studies at The Art Students League of New York under the instruction and mentorship of renowned portraitist and fine artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, painter of two official U.S. presidential White House portraits.

Kim Gorrasi portrait of Shandra in stages and finish
Kim Gorrasi portrait of Shandra in stages and finish

Her work has been represented nationally by such galleries as Richland Fine Art in Nashville, Metropolitan Gallery in Washington, D.C., Newbury Fine Arts in Boston and Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe. In New York City, she has exhibited at the Salmagundi Club’s historic brownstone and the Museum of American Illustration. She has also shown her work at the Florence Griswold Museum in Lyme, CT and the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA.

Gorrasi is an Artist Member of Boston’s Copley Society of Art, where she has served as past Membership Committee member, exhibition curator, workshop instructor and live portrait painting demonstrator. She is also a member of the Portrait Society of America and the Salmagundi Club in Manhattan. She has served as exhibition juror for the Society of Illustrators, New York, whose prestigious annual of American illustration, Illustrators 41, features Gorrasi’s work. Her work has appeared in International Artist Magazine and The Boston Globe.

Party For The Pantry '24 Promises an Unforgettable Evening of Fun, Music, and Generosity

Get ready to mark your calendars for an evening of excitement and giving back as Party For The Pantry gears up to take center stage on Friday, March 29th at 7:00 PM. Hosted at the picturesque GlenPharmer Distillery in Franklin, this event promises to be an unforgettable experience for all attendees.


According to co-organizers Ray Auger and Bill Donovan, Party For The Pantry is not just about having a good time; it's about making a difference in the community. Auger states, "We're thrilled to bring back Party For The Pantry for another year of fun and fundraising. This event allows us to come together as a community and support our neighbors in need."


Party For The Pantry '24 Promises an Unforgettable Evening of Fun, Music, and Generosity
Party For The Pantry '24 Promises an Unforgettable Evening of Fun, Music, and Generosity

Attendees can anticipate a night filled with live music, featuring sensational performances by local favorites Jon-Paul Royer, The Pub Kings, and South Street Six. With their electrifying tunes, attendees will be dancing the night away in support of a great cause.


Donovan emphasizes the importance of community involvement, stating, "Party For The Pantry is a testament to the power of community. By joining us for a night of music and merriment, attendees are not only supporting the Franklin Food Pantry but also demonstrating their commitment to helping those facing food insecurity in our community."


In addition to the lively entertainment, Party For The Pantry will offer attendees the chance to win fantastic prizes through an array of raffle opportunities. From Silent Raffles to Standard Raffles to Super Raffles, there's something for everyone. Attendees can try their luck while supporting the Franklin Food Pantry, as all proceeds from the event will directly benefit those in need within the community.


Tickets for this charitable extravaganza are priced at $40 per person, offering access to a cash bar stocked with delightful GlenPharmer spirits to keep the celebration going all night long.


Party For The Pantry presents an opportunity for businesses and individuals alike to get involved through sponsorship. Those interested in becoming sponsors are encouraged to visit to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.


Individuals can contribute to the event's success by donating raffle items valued at $50 or more. To donate a raffle item, please email


For more information about Party For The Pantry and to purchase tickets, please visit


For media inquiries, please contact: Ray Auger – – 617-851-7542