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Feast of St. Rocco Franklin

If, sometime between August 11-14, you find yourself floating Fred Flintstone-style toward the scent of something delicious, you’re probably sensing the advent of St. Mary’s Parish’s annual Feast of St. Rocco. This North-End style feast, the brainchild of Father R. Michael Guarino in 1979, according to St. Mary’s website (, is a family-oriented religious, social, and cultural event. The feast honors Saint Rocco, the patron saint of the sick and impoverished, who was born (with a red cross birthmark) in Montpelier, France toward the end of the 13th century.

Drummers’ Studio Celebrates 6th Anniversary

Music and Rhythm Studio Offers Showcase, Camps and Open Houses

The Drummers’ Studio (TDS) recently celebrated their 6th Anniversary Drum and 2nd Anniversary Piano Showcase held at the FUSF Meeting House on June 25th. This year’s theme was entitled, “Classics, Charts and Chops, centered around the idea that the contemporary musician should be able to play “classic” songs within different styles, along with songs on current or recent radio “charts.” “Charts” also means we want to have the ability to read music to enable us to learn at hyper-speed.

PMC Rides through Franklin on August 6th

The Pan Mass Challenge, a 36-year-old Massachusetts bike-a-thon that raises money for lifesaving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will ride through Franklin on Saturday, August 6. In 2015, over 6,000 cyclists took part. Bikers can choose one of six two-day routes that range from 132 to 190 miles and six one-day rides that range from 25 to 110 miles. PMC’s goal is $46 million for this year (It raised $45 million in 2015), and thanks to thousands of volunteers, every penny goes to Dana-Farber.

3rd Annual Blood Donor Drive at St. Rocco’s Feast

With St. Rocco the Patron Saint of the Sick, the Graci family thought it a fitting location three years ago to host their first bone marrow registry booth, aimed at increasing the pool of candidates in the DKMS registry who could potentially save or prolong the life of someone with blood cancer. Now for the third year, on Friday, August 12, from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, August 13, from 12-7 p.m. and Sunday, 12–6 p.m., Rita Graci and her husband, Brad, will once again encourage festival goers to take a simple tissue swab and fill out a form.

Franklin 4th Celebrates 33rd Year

The Franklin July 4th Coalition boasts its sole mission as to preserve the town’s annual Independence Day tradition, and the show must go on again for the 33rd year. An all-volunteer group is once again making the privately-funded Franklin July 4th Celebration a reality.
Franklin will celebrate our Nation’s birthday in style, with a five-day celebration beginning on Thursday, June 30th and ending on Monday, July 4th. The festivities will also include vendors, a children’s parade, various musical bands, a larger parade and a laser show.

“Mex without the Tex,” Jalapenos Grill Opens Bellingham Location

Many Franklin residents already know that Jalapenos Grill in Walpole is the place to get authentic Mexican food, true to their tag line, “Mex without the Tex.” But folks in Franklin may not realize that Jalapenos recently opened a second restaurant at 15 N. Main Street (across from the Bellingham Town Common in the Bellingham Commons shopping center) in Bellingham with same menu, same great authentic Mexican recipes, and the same insistence on fresh ingredients.

Fire Officials Urge the Public to Leave the Fireworks to the Professional

Last Fourth of July weekend, two members of the National Football League demonstrated just how dangerous fireworks can be. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C. J. Wilson was forced to retire from a promising football career after losing two fingers from fireworks on the Fourth of July weekend. That same weekend, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul mangled his hand with fireworks. Both of these national athletes set a negative example for impressionable youth.

THE BLACK BOX to Feature Bands of Roy and Madden

The Chick Magnets & Ben Gardner’s Boat to Unite Again Under One Roof, April 8

Did you know your local Rep. rocks out on guitar and that your local car dealer has been playing keyboard for most of his life? This month, on April 8 at THE BLACK BOX, Rep. Jeff Roy’s band, Ben Gardner’s Boat, and Barry Madden’s (of Franklin Ford) band, The Chick Magnets, will play together for a fun night out.
Last summer, Raye Lynn Mercer, director of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, approached me. I had heard Jeff Roy had a band as well. At the time she said, ‘I’d like to get a couple people here and do a night, like a cabaret night with two different bands.’”