Friday, November 18, 2022

Franklin's Event Outlook: Nov 18, 2022 to Nov 24, 2022

Theater, theater, and theater. The Dean College shows are sold out but the FHS performances of Cinderella and the FPAC performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time have tickets for sale this weekend.

Winter Farmers Market opens this Saturday, join the Deep Dive into the school district's work on diversity, equity, and inclusion that is scheduled for the Library Saturday morning or stop by the Library book & bag sale also schedule for today and Saturday.

Friday, November 18

12:00pm - Library Book Sale (Franklin Public Library)

5:00pm - FHS Red Cross Club: Movie Night -> Monster's Inc (Franklin High School)

5:30pm - Patrick Durkin (67 Degrees Brewery)

6:00pm - Jess Ward (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

7:00pm - Cinderella (Broadway Version)  (Franklin High School)

7:30pm - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  (FPAC - THE BLACK BOX)

7:30pm - All Shook Up (sold out)   (Dean College)

Saturday, November 19

9:00am - Library Book Sale  (Franklin Public Library)

10:00am - Winter Farmers Market (Fairmount Fruit Farm)

10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

10:00am - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Deep Dive

11:00am - Yoga in the Taproom (67 Degrees Brewery)

1:00pm - Library Bag Sale (books by the bag)  (Franklin Public Library)

2:00pm - All Shook Up (sold out)   (Dean College)

3:00pm - Trolley Dogs Food Truck  (La Cantina Winery)

4:00pm - AK Cody (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

5:30pm - Jennifer Teft (67 Degrees Brewery)

7:00pm - Cinderella (Broadway Version)  (Franklin High School)

7:30pm - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (FPAC - THE BLACK BOX)

7:30pm - All Shook Up (sold out)   (Dean College)

Sunday, November 20

1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

2:00pm - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (FPAC - THE BLACK BOX)

2:00pm - All Shook Up (sold out)   (Dean College)

7:00pm - Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (Franklin Federated Church)

Thursday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Day

8:00am - Turkey Trot - 5K walk/run (Church of Latter Day Saints - benefits Franklin Food Pantry)


The Franklin Art Association Art Gallery remains open during business hours at Escape into Fiction (Main St, Franklin)

Find the full Community event calendar

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events

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

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

Community Calendar
Community Calendar

First Winter Farmers Market this season opens on Saturday, Nov 19 at 10 AM

The first of the series of Winter Farmers Markets open on Saturday, Nov 19 at Fairmount Fruit Farms. Located at 887 Lincoln St, the market is open from 10 AM to 2 PM. The market runs approximately twice a month on Saturday.

Check out the listing of vendors ->

Check out more info about Fairmount Fruit Farm online ->

Conversation with Franklin's Health Director Cathleen Liberty - 11/08/22 (audio)

FM #880 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 880 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin's Health Director Cathleen Liberty  November 8, 2022. We had our conversation via virtual conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The recording runs about 36 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Cathleen. Audio file ->


Metacomet Health page ->

Health Dept page

Health Dept - COVID reporting dashboard -> 

Board of Health page

Sign up for Health alerts via Regroup -> 

The Topic podcast -> 


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial. 

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


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If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

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!


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

"Finding the Light" in Franklin from Nov 27 to Dec 18

"Greetings art lovers!  
Beginning on holiday weekend, Nov 27- December 18, I will leave a piece of art at an undisclosed location for the Franklin community members to find. 
This collection is called "Finding the Light" and it is part 2 of last year’s kick off. 
I created this series during my Artist in Residence role for Natick 2021. I had just lost my father. This prompted me to imagine how many others are coping through pain and loss around the holiday season, sparking the need to share "light".   
In that same spirit, I mean for it to be uplifting, bring hope, joy and giving around the holidays.  
Come to this page for clues and an image to help you find it easily. The clues may be released early each week, but the art will be placed on Sunday mornings. "
Shared from Amy Adams Facebook page 

Find the clues online ->

"Finding the Light" in Franklin from Nov 27 to Dec 18
"Finding the Light" in Franklin from Nov 27 to Dec 18

Christmas Fair returns to St John’s Episcopal Church - Dec 3

Load up the family on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM - 2 PM (new end time) for a cookie walk, children’s activities, refreshments, a silent auction, raffle items, and fresh wreaths. 

Fun for all ages!

St John’s Episcopal Church, 237 Pleasant Street, Franklin

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Christmas Fair returns to St John’s Episcopal Church
Christmas Fair returns to St John’s Episcopal Church

Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - November 2022

Franklin Public Schools

District Newsletter

November 2022

22-23 School Calendar

Nov. 23 -25 Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 7 - Early Release Day

Access the 22-23 School Calendar 

We're Back in Action!

We are excited to welcome families from across the district and the greater Franklin Community to attend our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Deep Dives event!

Join us as we dive deeper into the Climate and Culture findings from our 21-22 Equity Audit and look towards the development of our Equity Action Plan throughout the 2022-2023 year. During this session, community members will be able to engage with District Adminstration to discuss questions, concerns, experiences, and solutions. The event will be held at the Franklin Public Library meeting room (School Street entrance) on Saturday, 11/19 from 10am - 11:30am.

You can review our D.E.I. Presentation to the School Committee here.

Art of Rangolis During Diwali

Oak Street teachers Ms. Kinney teamed up with Mrs. Parikh to help share the history of Diwali with their classrooms. Students were able to learn more about how many other people from around the world as well as their peers, celebrate this holiday. Students even designed their very own Rangolis, which is an Indian art form typically displayed at entryways to welcome prosperity and blessings. This was a wonderful way for students to learn more about their friends.

Clock is Ticking to See Cinderella

Franklin High School Theatre Company delivered a fantastic performance of Cinderella (Broadway Version) on Friday, November 11th. Audiences have two additional opportunity to experience this magical performance with shows...

Saturday, November 18th at 7pm

Sunday, November 19th at 7pm

Be sure to grab your ticket before this horse drawn carriage bids farewell!

Kindergarten Technology Win!

Our Digital Learning Integrationists work to educate our FPS community on how to effectively utilize the variety of digital tools. Recently, our DLI's streamlined a way to assist our educators and kindergarteners during instances of digital enrichment. Logging into a Chromebook can be difficult for our kindergarten kiddos who are still learning their lowercase letters and digital skills. When it's time to sign into these Chromebooks using their logins, it can be a challenge to get a classroom to login quickly. DLI's and IT techs developed a system which allows kindergarteners to login using their own unique QR code while these young learners begin to develop the important skill of being able to enter user and password information independently. Now login is a breeze for these students and they get right to the planned digital activity. What was once a task that took 20-30 minutes to master, is now accomplished in under 3 minutes! The confidence in the faces of these young learners and their teachers show how much of a game changer this system is!

Wednesday, November 16th was National Education Support Professionals Day! Our ESP's give their all to keep our schools running efficiently. We couldn't do it without our team of passionate and dedicated ESP's. Thank you for all that you do!

Inclement Weather Procedure

The FPS Inclement Weather Procedure outlines the decision making process for school cancellation or delays in response to weather related incidents. Families are encouraged to review the procedure as we enter the start of the winter season.

View the procedure here.

From the School Committee

Redistricting Analysis

As part of the Redistricting Analysis that is being done in collaboration with the Franklin School Committee, we established a Redistricting Advisory Group of 60 individuals composed of FPS parents/ guardians, educators, administrators. This group will meet with our redistricting consultant App Geo, through May 2023 to provide input, feedback, and local context on proposed scenarios to potential updates to attendance boundaries within Franklin. The initial meeting was held on Tuesday, November 15th.

The results and recommendations will be presented at the conclusion to the School Committee in the Spring of 2023. Any recommendations that may be approved by the School Committee will not go into effect during the 2022-2023 school year. The School Committee will continue to engage the public prior to reaching a final decision on any boundary adjustments.

We encourage folks to review the materials from the November 15th meeting here. You can learn more about the Redistricting Advisory Committee here.

Please join us for our next School Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 at 7pm.

Were thankful for the support of our FPS Families, Faculty Staff and Franklin Community!

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