1 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: THE BLACK BOX, 15 W. Central St., Franklin will present a concert featuring the music of legendary musical theater duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, starting at 8 p.m.

Innovators of the American Musical Theater, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II created some of the most memorable music to grace the Great White Way. From classics like Oklahoma!, Carousel, and The Sound of Music to lesser known gems like Allegro, audiences will enjoy performances of the pair's timeless music.

The event features New York City guests, Boston-based vocalists, voice faculty from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, and Franklin Performing Arts Company favorites.

Modeled after the popular cabaret series “54 Sings” at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC, THE BLACK BOX Sings… series celebrates the music of musicals, composers, and artists sung by Franklin Performing Arts Company favorites accompanied by the ACME Rhythm Section.

Tickets ($20) are available at www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or by calling the box office at 508-528-3370. The venue
features a full bar.

 

2 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29: The Plainville Lions Club is hosting its annual Fall Festival, 12-5 p.m., at Telford Park next to the old Town Hall on South Street/Rte. 1A across from Cumberland Farms in Plainville center. The rain date is Oct. 6.

The event features family activities including bouncy houses, trackless train, balloon characters, face painting and pumpkin decorating; live musical entertainment; multiple vendors with crafts and jewelry, food products, and natural organic products;food -- hamburgers and hotdogs sold by Plainville Lions; Historical Commission open house at the Humphrey House, and a car cruise.

Registration for the car cruise starts at 11 a.m., with trophies awarded at 3:30 p.m.

Admission is free, but donations to the Living Bread Food Pantry would be greatly appreciated.

 

3 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5: The Franklin Downtown Partnership is hosting its annual 17th Annual Harvest Festival, 12-5 p.m., in downtown Franklin. The rain date is Oct. 6.

This year’s Harvest Festival will feature entertainment, kids’ activities, artisans and crafters, fall-themed giveaways, and an expanded food court with pizza, Italian sausage and pepper, chicken, burgers, ice cream, and more.

New this year, The BLACK BOX will host an Oktoberfest during Harvest Festival featuring German food and music, as well as wine from LaCantina Winery and beer from As Built Brewing Company, Start Line Brewing Company & Shovel Town Brewery.

More than 160 vendors, crafters, exhibitors and groups will participate. The festival will take place on Main Street, Dean Avenue, West Central Street, Depot Street, and the large parking area behind Rockland Bank. Dean Bank will sell cider doughnuts and warm cider, with proceeds supporting Partnership events, in front of the bank.

Dean Bank will also host Dancing on Dean, featuring the bands Ben Gardner’s Boat and The Noyz. Other entertainment includes fashion shows by Dynasty Models and Talent, performances by Feet in Motion Dance Studio at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and live broadcasting by MyFM 101.3.

The Franklin Historical Museum will be open and serving seasonal favorites. The Franklin Art Association will host “Autumn
Splendor,” a fine art painting and photography exhibit in the Rockland Trust building next to the bank. Attendees may vote for a “People’s Choice” award.

The children’s area, located in the parking lot behind Rockland Trust, will feature a petting zoo and Ruby’s Ice Cream Truck. Additionally, the Franklin Fire Department will host its always-popular Touch-a-Truck event, and Bobo the Clown will be creating balloon animals.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit, 501©3 organization made up of 275 business owners, community leaders and residents working to stimulate economic development downtown and create a positive impact throughout the area. Go to www.franklindowntownpartnership.org/ for more information.

 

4 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5: The Franklin Art Association will present its membership’s fine art painting and photography exhibition “Autumn Splendor” from noon to 6 p.m. in the Rockland Trust Annex, 44 Main St., Franklin.

The exhibition will include works in oil, acrylic, water media, photography, pastel and mixed media. In addition to the exhibited works, small works and unframed art will be available for purchase. A pop-up tent also will be present outdoors in front of the building with original art on display for sale. It will be held in conjunction with the Franklin Downtown Partnership Harvest Festival.

Attendees may vote for a people’s choice award. For information, visit franklinart.org.

 

5 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5: Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 108 North St., Norfolk, is holding its 41st Annual Fall Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The fair is an annual community event featuring more than 40 crafters displaying and selling their hand-made wares, along with children’s games and activities, animal presentations, live music and more.

For more information, call Stony Brook at 508-528-3140 or email: stonybrook@massaudubon.org

The Norfolk Community League's 6th Annual Wood Duck Derby will also be held at the Stony Brook fall festival. The wood duck derby race will begin at approximately 2 p.m. The first duck to cross the finish line wins the grand prize of $750 cash. All proceeds will benefit Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and the Norfolk Community League.

Adopt rubber ducks online by visiting NCL page www.norfolkcl.org and click on upcoming events to buy ducks online. Ducks will also be sold at Stony Brook and a limited number of ducks will be available at the fall fair.

The cost is $5 for a single duck, $20 for a five duck "Quack Pack," and $100 for a 25 duck "flock." Note that you do not need to be present to win.

Online sales will close on Friday, Oct. 4 and noon.