Upcoming Events at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse

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Family Arts of Metuchen Childrens Concerts!  

6:15 on Wednesdays (following dates).  $4 per person.  

Bring a picnic - Outdoors (weather permitting)

June 25 - Mr Ray
July 9 - Martin Swinger
July 23 - Baze

August 6 - Preschool of Rock


An Evening with Gertrude Stein & The Lost Generation: A Staged Radio Play/Themed Party w. Live Music, Crepes & Absinthe!

Friday, July 25

Raconteur Radio & The Borough Improvement League cordially invite you to spend an evening in Paris with Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Isadora Duncan, Henri Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald & Salvador Dali at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Hosted by Gertrude Stein!  For some forty years, Stein's home at 27 rue de Fleurus on the Left Bank of Paris was a renowned Friday evening gathering place for both expatriate American artists and writers and others noteworthy in the world of vanguard arts and letters. Entrée into the Stein salon was a sought-after validation, and Stein became combination mentor, critic, and guru to those who gathered around her, including Ernest Hemingway, who described the salon in A Moveable Feast.  To commemorate Stein's passing on July 27, 1946, Jane Hardy returns for ONE NIGHT ONLY! with her tour-de-force radio drama portrayal of the dynamic matriarch and the (lost) generation of writers and artists she mentored.   Featuring theatrical lighting, period costuming, extensive sound effects, and a selection of period Parisian ballads (Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker) sung live by our resident honey-toned chanteuse, Danielle Illario.  Plus a range of French appetizers/desserts (TBA), and a variety of French wines, liquors, and cocktails popular with the Lost Generation including Pernod, dripped Absinthe, and the Jack Rose (using Harry MacHelone's 1920's Paris recipe)    Cabaret-style table seating. 35.00 in advance. 45.00 at the door. House opens at 7:30.


Songwriter Series, Saturday, July 26


August 8 – Raiders of the Lost Ark


On Fri. August 8th, the Old Franklin Schoolhouse is a booby-trapped temple, a Nepal tavern, a Nazi U-boat, and the Well of Souls!

I've been waiting to stage this, my all-time favorite film, until I thought we were good enough to do it justice. Well, folks, after almost a hundred performances this past year (of 25 different shows), I think we're finally there.

Don't miss Raconteur Radio's take on the summer blockbuster! Our most ambitious project to date! Fun for the whole family!

With Laurence Mintz as French archeologist Rene Belloq and Gestapo agent Arnold Toht, Michael Jarmaus as museum curator Marcus Brody and Egyptian excavator/sidekick Sallah, Danielle Illario as Indy's former lover Marion Ravenwood, and starring Jeff Maschi as Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr. (aka Indiana).

FEATURING theatrical lighting, period costuming, vintage commercials, and extensive sound effects.

INCLUDING Peruvian finger food (TBA) and an outdoor Tiki bar with Pisco Sours, Peru's national cocktail, and Chicha Morada, a sweet non-alcoholic drink made from purple corn. Plus a particularly potent, original concoction called an "Adios, Satipo."

ALSO an extensive exhibition of archeological accoutrement and Indiana Jones memorabilia AND Danielle Illario sings Cole Porter in Cantonese (partly); that is, Willie Scott's version of "Anything Goes" from The Temple of Doom, along with a handful of other period hits.

$25 in advance; $35 at the door; $15 for kids 15 and under. For advance tickets call (862) 368-2202 (CC/1.50) or visit Marafiki at 20 New St. in Metuchen (Cash/Check). House opens at 7:30 PM.

Presented by Raconteur Radio & The Borough Improvement League.


Dragonfly Multi-Cultural Arts presents
'The Coarse Acting Show"
Saturday, August 23rd


Friday August 29th


September 20 –Tentative Beerfest 2014 Date.


October Gallery Walk – Sunday, October 5
Galleries of Metuchen


Zombie Invasion – Sunday, October 26


Tree Lighting - Friday, December 5


Holiday House Tour – Sunday, December 7