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Thursday, June 9, 2022

MetroWest Visitors Bureau Presents 9th Annual MetroFest - June 11

The MetroWest Visitors Bureau welcomes all to attend the 9th annual MetroFest on Saturday, June 11, 2022. The event will be held at the Bowditch Athletic and Cultural Complex, 475 Union Ave, Framingham, MA from 11:00am to 4:00pm. 2022 marks our return to an in-person festival following two virtual events during the pandemic years as “MetroFest: At Home Edition!” 

This event is made possible each year thanks to our many sponsors and volunteers. With their help, this event is again free admission for the family-friendly event, which will offer food, arts, exhibitors, music, classic cars, craft beverage tastings, and much more. 
9th Annual MetroFest - June 11
9th Annual MetroFest - June 11


Make sure you show up hungry as there are 15+ different food trucks coming. To name a few: Sun Kim Bop Korean Fusion; Eds French Fries – fries and poutines; The Taco Dude; The Smokin Food Truck 51, and many more.

Throughout the day, you will be able to enjoy a variety of music and entertainment on two stages, with a little something for everyone. Enjoy performances by returning groups The Reminisants with Oldies, Eguie Castrillo and his Orchestra, Latin percussion, and new in 2022 The Zajac Family Band featuring your favorite classic rock and more. 
 
Eguie Castrillo
Eguie Castrillo


MetroFest 2022 will have a wide variety of fun activities for all ages to enjoy with more than 75 crafters, artisans and exhibitors. Family-friendly activities will include Touch-A-Truck, magic shows, community stage performers, classic cars and lawn games. Habitat for Humanity returns with their playhouse building area. New this year is a remote-controlled racing car track, and the Framingham Public Library’s Bookmobile.

MetroFest is again excited to showcase a variety of offerings from MetroWest region: the Colonial Curling Association, bounce houses and inflato obstacle course in Kids Town; and a tasting tent featuring Framingham’s Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and Natick’s Lookout Farm Brewing & Cider Co.  

“MetroFest unites residents, visitors, and businesses together from the MetroWest area and is the largest arts and culture event of its kind in the region,” says Erin Lynch, Executive Director of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau.  This is the 9th year for MetroFest and we are excited to continue to showcase the tremendous assets across this region. There is so much to do and see!  The MetroWest region possesses such amazing cultural diversity and that is what we highlight at MetroFest--from the food and music to activities, community entertainment, tastings of the region’s locally produced beer and hard cider, businesses and activities.  There is something for everyone and this is a family friendly, FREE event.  Come one, come all, and relish in the richness of the region.”  

*The 9th Annual MetroFest is made possible through generous sponsorships from Avidia Bank, MetroWest Medical Center, Mass Bay Community College, Middlesex Savings Bank, Town of Franklin, Natick Center Cultural District, City of Framingham, Framingham Parks & Recreation, and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism and our media partner MyFM101.3. 

About the MetroWest Visitors Bureau — As the only regional organization with the mission of stimulating the MetroWest economy by marketing the region's assets, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau has served hundreds of businesses, nonprofit agencies, and municipalities since its founding. This independent nonprofit organization markets the region’s cultural and recreational venues, retailers, restaurants, accommodations, and educational and other services to visitors and residents alike. These marketing efforts also serve to brand the region, to build collaborations across sectors and towns, to support jobs-producing enterprises, and to celebrate the diverse and vibrant MetroWest community. Learn more about the MWVB by visiting www.metrowestvisitors.org or by following on social media @visitmetrowest. 

Sunday, May 29, 2022

FHS tops Hopkinton 2-1 in 9 innings to take Pedroli Championship

Via HockomockSports.com, Twitter (@MetroWestSports), and the Boston Globe, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Saturday:

Baseball = Franklin, 2 vs. Hopkinton, 1 – Final (9 Inn.) for the Pedroli Championship

** Pedroli Tourney Champs ** Franklin 2, Hopkinton 1 (9inn). WP-Kuczmiec (2.2inn, H, 0R, & 2Ks). Mucciarone great in the no decision (6.1inn, 3H, 0ER & 4Ks). Offensively, Goode (1-3, 2B & RBI), Raider (2-4), Gerety (1-3, 2B & BB), Chin (1-3, GW-R & BB) & Marino (1-2, 2BB) https://twitter.com/FHSCoachZBrown/status/1530637545310195713
Franklin junior scores the game-winning run in extra innings to hand the 14th annual Rich Pedroli Memorial Daily News Classic. The Panthers are back-to-back champs . https://twitter.com/tommycassell44/status/1530635372186705923

"Eisig Chin remembers May 5, 2018, like it was yesterday. 
He was in Plainville with his GBG 13U team, suited up for a doubleheader against Nakona. 
Two innings later, his life changed. 
Chin was starting in right field. A Nakona hitter scorched a ball into the right-center gap and Chin raced after it. So did the center fielder. No one called for it. The ensuing collision was ugly, and Chin suffered the brunt of it"
Continue reading the Boston Globe article (Subscription may be required)

 

9th inn drama unfolded in a torrential downpour today at Pedroli Classic. @FHSSports   Eisig Chin here receiving MVP plaque for scoring game-winner vs. Hopkinton
9th inn drama unfolded in a torrential downpour today at Pedroli Classic. @FHSSports Eisig Chin here receiving MVP plaque for scoring game-winner vs. Hopkinton

Monday, May 16, 2022

Introductory remarks & Keynote address from the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium (audio)

FM #797 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 797 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium held on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The recording includes the introductory remarks and the keynote address along with question & answer period with the audience. The four breakout sessions were also video recorded by Franklin TV. When those are available, they will be shared.

Kaye Kelly, Chair of the Franklin Cultural Council opens the session. A string quartet of FHS students plays a piece before going off to their MICCA competition.

  • Kaye begins her remarks at approx. 10 minutes

  • Kaye introduces Town Administrator Jamie Hellen at approx. 17 minutes

  • Jamie in turn introduces Roberta Trahan and Pandora Carlucci at approx. 22 minutes

  • Kaye returns to the podium to introduce Michael Bobbitt, Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council at approx. 27 minutes

  • Michael speaks and then opens for questions from the audience at approx. 47 minutes

  • Kaye returns to the podium to thank Michael at approx. 1 hour 9 minutes. 

The four break out sessions start approx. 15 minutes later each of which run for about 45 minutes, take a 15 minute break and then repeat with a different audience. After the second session, a networking lunch closes out the day.

When the Franklin TV video recording of the full event is available, we’ll update and let folks know.

The full recording runs about an hour and eighteen minutes, so let’s listen to the introductory remarks, and then the Keynote for the MetroWest Art & Culture Symposium.

Audio file => https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-797-metrowest-arts-culture-symposium-intro-remarks-keynote-05-14-22

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Symposium speakers and schedule

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/04/franklin-cultural-district-arts-are.html 

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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L - R: Raye Lynn Mercer, Jamie Hellen, State Rep Jeff Roy, Michael Bobbitt, Kaye Kelly, Ted Cormier-Leger, Cobi Frongillo, Roberta Trahan, Pandora Carlucci
L - R: Raye Lynn Mercer, Jamie Hellen, State Rep Jeff Roy, Michael Bobbitt, Kaye Kelly, Ted Cormier-Leger, Cobi Frongillo, Roberta Trahan, Pandora Carlucci

Monday, May 2, 2022

MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - register this week!


Last chance to register for the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium!

Last week to register for MACS! We've got an amazing line up of arts, culture, discussion and lunch planned for you! Join us in the lobby as you arrive to the sounds of the Franklin High School Jazz Band serenade our guests! Head on over to our "Arts Advocacy" selfie station for some fun! Be sure to pick up a free MACS journal and pen before heading in to hear Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council, Michael Bobbitt, address the audience.

Break out sessions afterwards include:
"Building Community Through the Arts" –Kelly Grill, Executive Director, Hopkinton Center for the Arts
"Equity and Access in Arts & Culture" –Cheyenne Cohn-Postell, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Mass Cultural Council
"Sharing your Arts Identity on Social Media" – Steve Sherlock, Social Media Practitioner, Franklin Matters/wfpr.fm
"Festivals and Community Celebrations " – Timothea Pham, Program Officer, Community Initiative, Mass Cultural Council

And finally, a boxed lunch by our local "Birchwood Bakery" where you are able to connect with regional supporters and leaders in the arts & cultural sector! There will be indoor and outdoor seating available for lunch. Masks and hand sanitizer will be on hand throughout the Symposium for your convenience.

Saturday, May 14th, 9am-1:30pm, Franklin High School
Registration is $15 and can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/270070025717

Looking forward to reconnecting with you!
Kaye Kelly
Chair, Franklin Cultural Council

MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - register this week!
MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - register this week!

Monday, April 25, 2022

Register for the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - May 14

Via Representative Jeff Roy:

"There is still time to register for the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium in Franklin. Lunch is provided with the $15 ticket from our local Birchwood Bakery. So sign up soon by clicking the link before it fills up! Hope to see you there."

Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/jeffroy/status/1518336877388087296 

Yes, I am delighted to be leading a session for this event - "Sharing your Arts Identity through Social Media." I plan for it to be a collaborative session. I'll share the lessons I have learned and use regularly and solicit examples from participants.

Register for the Symposium via Eventbrite -> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metrowest-arts-culture-symposium-tickets-270070025717

Register for the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - May 14
Register for the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - May 14

Monday, April 11, 2022

MetroWest Visitors Bureau Awarded Tourism Recovery Grant

The MetroWest Visitors Bureau (MWVB) announced today (Apr 5, 2022) that they have been awarded $99,000 by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) as part of the Travel and Tourism Recovery Grant Program. This grant award will help fund the MWVB’s new “We Are MetroWest” campaign, designed to highlight the diversity of MetroWest, as well as the following projects by their collaborative partners:

Natick Cultural District’s Natick Nights, Holi Festival, and Multicultural Day marketing

Framingham Centre Common Cultural District’s “Many Cultures, One Heart” public art project and multicultural festival marketing

MetroWest Chamber of Commerce’s guide to underrepresented businesses

Town of Marlborough’s Brazilian Festival, Greek Festival, Marlborough Food Truck & Arts Festival, and Labor Day Weekend event marketing

Town of Ashland’s “The Corner Spot” marketing

Framingham Together’s diversity video

The Bureau’s executive director Erin Lynch says “MetroWest is an incredibly vibrant region, with a variety of cultural experiences to offer its residents and visitors. This award is exciting because it celebrates so many aspects of who we are as a welcoming and inviting destination.”

Part of the “We Are MetroWest” campaign will include a public TV series with episodes highlighting the diversity of MetroWest and its many ethnic and cultural communities and festivals. Episodes will air throughout MetroWest and on the MWVB’s YouTube channel. A new section of the website will be created to promote all “We Are MetroWest” events and activities. 

Sign up to receive updates here: https://www.metrowestvisitors.org/#newsletter

The MetroWest Visitors Bureau promotes travel and tourism throughout the 19 towns of the MetroWest region: Ashland, Bellingham, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, and Westborough. For more information, please visit the MWVB website at www.metrowestvisitors.org
Metrowest Visitors Bureau Awarded Tourism Recovery Grant
Metrowest Visitors Bureau Awarded Tourism Recovery Grant 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Metrowest Arts & Culture Symposium 2022 - at FHS on May 14


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Metrowest Arts & Culture Symposium 2022 - at FHS on May 14

Community Connections through the Arts. You don't want to miss this special regional event.


Join us in Franklin for an incredible morning of inspiration to take back to your communities. There will be live music. Inspiring speakers. Opportunities to connect. And lunch, to remember what it feels like to be together.

Keynote speaker, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council, Michael Bobbitt will kick off the morning! After a quick break, you'll be invited to participate in several different clinics of your choice. Executive Director of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Kelly Grill will lead a session on "Building Community through the Arts". Mass Cultural Council will lead sessions on "Arts Advocacy" and "Arts Equity". Steve Sherlock, of Franklin Matters will host a session based on boosting the social media presence of your organization or brand. A boxed lunch will be served by our local "Birchwood Bakery" and give us a chance to reconnect with one another.

Join us on Saturday, May 14 from 9-1:30 PM at Franklin High School. It's a one-of-a-kind event that will re-engage you with your artistic mission, your artistic goals, and leave you inspired and invigorated.


Tickets can be purchased for $15 on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/270070025717


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Our mailing address is:
Franklin Cultural Council
355 East Central Street
Franklin, Ma 02038

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Friday, March 18, 2022

Metrowest Symphony Orchestra - free concert Sunday, March 20, 2022

Metrowest Symphony Orchestra
MSO is pleased to announce a free family concert!

Classical Favorites Concert
Sunday March 20, 2022

2 pm at Natick High School Auditorium
Michael Bednarsky, conductor

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Ukrainian National Anthem
Hayden – Armida Overture
Mozart – Violin Concerto No 4 in D
soloist Alexander Romanul
Beethoven – Symphony No. 1


Metrowest Symphony Orchestra - free concert Sunday, March 20, 2022
Metrowest Symphony Orchestra - free concert Sunday, March 20, 2022

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Hold the date: MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium hosted by Franklin on May 14

We are SO excited to announce a new signature cultural event in Franklin!

This May we will host, in partnership with the Franklin Cultural District, the first "MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium" in Franklin.

This event is geared towards arts advocates, arts supporters, local cultural councils, non-profit arts organizations as well as our Franklin town leaders and administrators. 

Stay tuned for registration and details soon! In the meantime, mark your calendars!

Shared from Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/p/CbGagNkP5Sp/

Metrowest Arts & Culture Symposium hosted by Franklin on May 14
MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium hosted by Franklin on May 14

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

MetroWest Visitors Bureau Announces Mini Grant Program

The MetroWest Visitors Bureau (MWVB) announced today that their annual mini grant program is now accepting applications. Designed for marketing projects that will promote tourism in MetroWest, mini grants are available for funds up to $5,000 each. The MWVB will consider applications for projects devoted to marketing a MetroWest event, attraction, business, service, or cultural or recreational offering. 

The applicant does not need to be a 501(c)3 charitable organization, but must be based in one of the 19 towns that comprise MetroWest or be devoted to attracting potential visitors to those 19 towns.

Eligible projects include brochures, print or online advertising, social media, websites, apps, and other print materials. The marketing project must be targeted, at least partially, at potential visitors who live more than 50 miles from the event or business location. 

Grant applications can be submitted at www.bit.ly/minigrant2022 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis from now until April 1. Awarded grant funds must be spent prior to June 30, 2022. 

For questions, or to discuss your project idea prior to submitting an application, please contact MWVB Executive Director Erin Lynch at erin@metrowestvisitors.org.


The MetroWest Visitors Bureau promotes travel and tourism throughout the 19 towns of the MetroWest region: Ashland, Bellingham, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, and Westborough. For more information, please visit the MWVB website at www.metrowestvisitors.org.

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  • Twitter: twitter.com/VisitMetroWest
  • Instagram: www.instagram.com/visitmetrowest
MetroWest Visitors Bureau Announces Mini Grant Program
MetroWest Visitors Bureau Announces Mini Grant Program


Monday, December 6, 2021

MetroWest Nonprofit Network: December Lunch and Learns


December 2021
Lunch and Learn Wednesdays
Dear Friends,
And just like that, we find ourselves at the end of 2021. We thank you for your participation throughout this entire year as we learned and shared ideas, challenges and solutions. We are looking forward to another full year of Lunch and Learns, affinity groups, and community collaborations in 2022! (Check out the new affinity group we are launching in on January 5th)
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December 8 - 12:30-1:30
Ask a CPA: Considerations to manage and grow your nonprofit organization
Susan McCarthy, CPA, MST, CSEP
As 2021 comes to a close many nonprofits are focusing on getting their financial houses in order. This Lunch and Learn led by Susan McCarthy CPA will be an opportunity to learn and ask questions. Susan will address specific areas in Finances and Accounting as well as Fundraising and Operations. For example, in the area of Finances and Accounting Susan will discuss:
  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Accounting Policies
  • Internal Controls
  • Accounting Software
  • Financial Reporting
  • Annual Nonprofit returns
  • Annual Budget/Cashflow projections
  • Insurance
She will also share a resource list as well as a roadmap for identifying the 10 Key Steps to Close the Gap Between Setting Goals and Achieving Them.

Do you have a question you would like to Ask the CPA? Send it here!

December 22 - 12:30-1:30 pm
Let's talk about Standing up, Speaking Up, and Bearing Witness
Rev. Dr. Debbie Clark, Open Spirit
We've all been there. You find yourself in a situation where you know you are witnessing harm being done to another person and you want to intervene. But how? What do you say? How do you go from being a passive onlooker to an active bystander?

This Lunch and Learn will introduce Training Active Bystanders which has been brought to MetroWest through a collaboration between Open Spirit and Jewish Family Services.

Rev. Dr. Debbie Clark and a TAB trainer will give an overview of the training developed by Quabbin Mediation which draws upon research and the wisdom of the gathered participants to identify barriers to active bystandership and develop ways to overcome them. You will leave this Lunch and Learn with a better understanding and tools to move from silence to action in 2022. 

Metrowest Nonprofit Network | P.O. Box 1661, Framingham, MA 01701

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