Steve Sherlock hosts The Franklin Senior Center Writer's Group for a monthly reading of short stories, essays, poetry and more.Find more episodes here (or on your favorite podcast app) -> https://senior-scribblers.captivate.fm/episodes
Providing accurate and timely information about what matters in Franklin, MA since 2007. * Working in collaboration with Franklin TV and Radio (wfpr.fm) since October 2019 *
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Senior Story Hour - WFPR: Episode 051 - March, St. Patrick's Day, Valentines Day, "Fifty Ways To Love Your Lover" (audio)
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Senior Story Hour - WFPR: Episode 050 - Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Presidents Day more (audio)
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Second Sunday Speaker Series: History Of Franklin Written In Stone - Sunday, Mar 12
Sunday March 12, 2023. Doors open at 1:00, presentation starts at 1:15. Admission is always free.
We’re collecting paper towels to donate to the Franklin Food Pantry. Please consider making a donation.
|Ray family monument at Union St cemetery|
Monday, December 5, 2022
The backstory to a famous children's story
Maria Popova writes of the backstory to the familiar children's story:
"Six weeks before my grandmother was born on the other side of the world, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle announced the publication of a book described only as “a children’s story of a bull,” sold for $1.In The Story of Ferdinand (public library), a gentle-souled young misfit sits out the perpetual head-butting by which his peers hone their bull-skills, choosing instead to smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree in solitude. His mother, at first worried about his bullness, recognizes her son’s difference and trusts that he would find his way.And so he does."
|The backstory to a famous children's story|
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Senior Story Hour: Episode 046 - Fall Stories & More (audio)
In this episode, the Franklin Senior Center Writers Group share stories, poems, writings plays and more about the autumn season, cars, violence in schools and more.
This episode aired on Franklin Public Radio for October 2022.
Audio file -> https://senior-scribblers.captivate.fm/episode/episode-046-fall-stories-more
Monday, September 19, 2022
Senior Story Hour - WFPR: Episode 045 - Work & Post Summer Stories (audio)
In this episode, The Franklin Senior Center Writers Group share stories, poems, writings plays and more about work & labor, end of summer stories, "The Hokey Pokey" in the style of Shakespeare and more.
This episode aired on Franklin Radio for September 2022.
Saturday, January 8, 2022
#LoveFranklin - Open Mic Night at THE BLACK BOX - 12/08/21 (audio)
FM #689 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 689 in the series.
This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the #LoveFranklin Open Mic Night held on Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021 at THE BLACK BOX.
The evening master of ceremony duties were shared by MacKenzie Atwood and Jamele Adams.
The original raw recording runs an hour and 36 minutes. You’ll be listening to the edited version which is shortened by about 12 minutes.
Key reasons for shortening the recording (1) to spare your ears the jarring sound of cleaning the microphone between performers. (2) A couple of the audience participation exercises were shortened. (How much indistinct audience/crowd noise can you listen to?).
One percussion performance added at the last minute during the evening was also shortened. The percussion exercise was good to be in while it happened but would have been headache inducing to listen to. So we spared you that. No other performance was shortened or edited in any way.
Let’s listen to the Love Franklin Open Mic Night of Dec 8, 2021.https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-689-lovefranklin-open-mic-night-12-08-21
The lineup for the "Love Franklin" Open Mic Night at THE BLACK BOX
1. Jamele Adams - poem
2. Mia Magliari - All I Ask by Adele
3. Audrey Olmstead - She by Dodie
4. Hope Guanga - If I knew by Bruno Mars
5. Mackenzie Atwood - Back In (self written poem)
6. Joe Maple and Audrey Olmstead - Can't Help Falling in Love with you
7. Meghan Whitmore - Her Personal Story
8. Andrew Mitchell - Crisis by Joshua Bassett
9. Maria Zaki - Complainers by Rudy Francisco
10. Steve Sherlock - Poem: Variations on the theme of "A dark and stormy night"
11. Hope Guanga - Crocodile Rock by Elton John
12. Judi Perez - percussion exercise
Jamele closes with a recap of some of the audience inspirations
More information about the Freedom Team can be found online -> https://www.franklinfreedomteam.org/
More of my poetry can be found at quietpoet.com/
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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.
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|for the 'selfie exercise' with Meghan Whitmore|
Pantherbook article on this event -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/12/pantherbook-lovefranklin-open-mic-night.html
|Pantherbook: LoveFranklin Open Mic Night - Dec 8, 2021|
Monday, December 13, 2021
Pantherbook: LoveFranklin Open Mic Night - Dec 8, 2021
"From the cast of Franklin High School’s Mamma Mia! to a Dean College faculty member, Franklin community members from all backgrounds were able to express themselves on stage on December 8th, 2021. Mackenzie Atwood, FHS senior, had the emcee position for the first half of the night and, expectedly, provided a very entertaining experience for the audience members. She kept the audience constantly engaged through small anecdotes about the participants and subtle quips. (Notable audience members included Steve Sherlock and Dr. Sara Ahern). Atwood started the night off by highlighting her recent experience at the October school committee meeting and emphasized the importance of “speaking up for people who can’t speak up for themselves.” She later conveyed her experiences as an openly gay student through an original poem– a beautiful one, might I add. Participants in the latter portion of the night were introduced by Jamele Adams, the leader of the Franklin Freedom Team. "
"An Accepting Community – Meghan Whitmore
For those of you who don’t know, Meghan Whitmore is a transgender woman who delivered a heartfelt speech on Open Mic Night about her experience transitioning and the reception she received afterward. Her moving words illustrated the importance of inclusivity, and Whitmore even stressed how touching it was to have people accept her as a woman."
"Love One Another, Stand for Change – Jamele Adams
Needing no introduction due to his large impact on Franklin, Jamele Adams immediately captivated his listeners when he began to recite his poem. Although he was a participant in the event, Adams also played a significant role in organizing Open Mic Night, so when I broached the idea of making it an annual show, he enthusiastically replied, “More than once a year, hopefully, this could happen once a week!“, elaborating on the fact that “the Open Mic affected everyone in this space […] Folks shared that they were absolutely moved and then at the end when people were asked to write about how they were inspired, they shared how they were inspired […] People were moved in the space. People shared their narrative because they trusted in the space, and the energy was powerful and welcoming, and warm, supportive, and filled with advocacy for love. “
|Pantherbook: LoveFranklin Open Mic Night - Dec 8, 2021|
Friday, March 20, 2020
Audible: While school is on pause, kids listen free.
"As all of us around the world confront this difficult new period, we recognize the importance—and the challenge—of staying relaxed and entertained, especially for kids at home who are missing the stimulation of the classroom. From the beginning, Audible has served as an antidote to loneliness and even isolation, as a way to hear words that inspire and transport and for many – words that teach and entertain in deeply intimate ways.
With all of us experiencing varying degrees of social distancing and school closures, we have created something that we hope makes our customers' lives a little easier. At stories.audible.com, you will find hundreds of our titles available completely free. The collection has been handpicked by our editors and is a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18.
These stories offer a screen-free option that we hope may help break up the day for families with students home from school.
There are selections for our listeners in English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.
To access the free titles, just visit stories.audible.com from any web browser.
The experience is completely free – no log-ins, credit cards, or passwords required. Just click, stream and listen.
We wish you and your loved ones good health, and we hope that listening to a good story will offer some respite during these unsettling times.
All of us at Audible
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
St John's Pumpkin Patch - Oct 18 to 31
Where is the Pumpkin Patch? 237 Pleasant St, Franklin
Guess how many candy corn are in the jar at the checkout desk, and win a Halloween basket, provided by Girl Scout Troop 82533.
Storytime at the Patch: Brian Poirier, the leader of Cub Scout Pack 126 will read a variety of Halloween stories from Noon-1 PM this Friday and Saturday.
Thanks to our scouting friends for adding extra fun and sweetness to our patch.
Trunk-or-Treat at the Patch: This Saturday from 5-7 PM wear your costume and join us for chili and trunk-or-treating.
The Rev. Kathy McAdams, Rector
St. John's Episcopal Church, Franklin, MA
I'm off on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but call my cell in an emergency cell) 857-237-9428
"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."
- Horace Mann, native of Franklin, MA
|St John's Pumpkin Patch - Oct 18 to 31|
Thursday, August 1, 2019
George Monbiot at TED: "The new political story that could change everything"
"To get out of the mess we're in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says author George Monbiot. Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, he offers a new vision for society built around our fundamental capacity for altruism and cooperation. This contagiously optimistic talk will make you rethink the possibilities for our shared future."https://www.ted.com/talks/george_monbiot_the_new_political_story_that_could_change_everything
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Franklin Public Library: Songs and Stories of American Preschools - June 6
|Franklin Public Library: Songs and Stories of American Preschools - June 6|
This was shared from the Franklin Library page
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Franklin Public Library: Whalemobile and Storytime Fiesta
|Franklin Public Library: Whalemobile|
|Franklin Public Library: Storytime Fiesta|
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Franklin Library: Chanukah Story Time - Dec 28 - 10:30 AM
"Come join us for a fun filled hour featuring "If the candles could speak" by Dassie Pruss. We will hear some Chanukah stories, sing some songs, as well as make a Chanukah craft. We will also provide a snack and juice."
|Franklin Library: Chanukah Story Time - Dec 28 - 10:30 AM|
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Save the Date: The Great Thanksgiving Listen 2016
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Sunday, July 17, 2016
Bi-Lingual Storytime - July 18 - 10:30 AM
Shared via the Library page
Monday, June 27, 2016
Read with Wally at the Library - Monday, 10:30 AM
Wally the Green Monster will be at the Franklin Public Library (25 Kenwood Circle) on Monday, June 27th at 10:30 Am to lead a reading session.
Wally will bring one of his favorite books and act out the story. Kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite storybook character.
This was shared from the Franklin Library webpage
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The Model 3 - "the power of a trusted brand"