Cultural District Comm Appeals for Members, Bruits Plans for Fall

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Above, a screen capture of Amy Adams, who nominated the individuals who were elected to co-chair the Committee

The Cultural District Committee, which oversees the state-recognized Franklin Cultural District, met via Zoom on Thursday evening, Aug. 11. The first item on the agenda was election of officers.

Member Amy Adams nominated Pandora Carlucci (currently Clerk) and Roberta DeBaggis Trahan, to serve as co-chairs. This motion was seconded and voted unanimously. John LoPresti was then reelected as vice chair and Katherine Botelho was elected Clerk, again both votes being unanimous. Bryan Taberner, the town’s Director of Planning and Development, was also on the call to provide advice and share in the discussions.

The election process led to a discussion of the need to recruit additional members. Carlucci shared that a number of people had expressed interest but the positions remain unfilled. Any interested parties are urged to fill out the  Volunteer Application Form.

Much of the rest of the meeting involved discussing plans for participating in the Franklin Cultural Festival on Sept.10, where the Committee will have a booth that will aim to provide information about the District and the organizations that work within it. Adams offered to demonstrate painting at the booth to draw interest from attendees and the group agreed to see if anyone else might wish to do something similar.

Plans for the Harvest Festival, at which the Committee will also be represented, were also outlined.

Carlucci also reminded the members about Cultural Wednesdays, a weekly newsletter that goes out to hundreds of subscribers. It provides roughly a weeks’ worth of upcoming activities in the Cultural District.

Toward the end of the meeting Taberner reported on an expected visit in October from Mass Cultural Council Officials. The Committee discussed arranging a partial “loop" around the Cultural District to showcase some of the main features of the town  to the visitors.

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