Donna Lee, Tribute to Patsy Cline at Original Congregational Church, 1 East St. Bringing to life the music and memory of the late, great Patsy Cline, bridging the gap between pop and country. $15 advance, $20.00 at the door. (7:30pm)
Yogurt Beach fundraiser for The Friends of Fiske. Visit Yogurt Beach, 80 Taunton St., Plainville on February 17, from noon to 9 p.m. and tell them you're there to support Friends of Fiske. They will donate 30% of the sale to the group that supports Fiske Public Library. This fundraiser is also part of Dancing with the Wrentham stars and money raised count as votes for Carrie McSweeney as she participates in the community fundraiser.
Pastels with Greg Maichack at Fiske Public Library. Maichack is offering a free class. All materials will be provided and space is limited to 25 adults and older teens.Signup after Feb. 1. The program is sponsored by the Wrentham Cultural Council and the Friends of the Fiske. (6-8 pm)
Karen K & the Jitterbugs will be at Fiske Public Library to play rock and pop music the whole family loves. Great for kids 7 and younger. Tickets available at the circulation desk. Program is free but canned-good donations will be gratefully accepted for the Wrentham Food Panty. This program is supported with a grant from the SWEATT FUND. (10:30am)
TEENS: COOK THE FOOD YOU WANT TO EAT! at Fiske Public Library. Cooking instructor, Liz Barbour, will demonstrate a variety of techniques that will help everyone enjoy dinner. All materials will be provided and you get to sample the results. Signup is required and space is limited to 35 guests. Perfect for teens. (3pm)
MINDFUL EATING at Fiske Public Library. Liz Barbour will help you identify the cycle of "mindless eating" and offer simple ways to help you become "mindful". The cooking demonstration, geared for adults will include two healthy seasonal recipes and samples for all. Recipes included. Signup is required and space is limited and 35 guests. (6:30pm)
Evening Book Club meets to discuss The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. (7-8:30pm)
Pancake Breakfast to support Wrentham Lions Club. Saturday, February 27 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Original Congregational Church. $5 per person and $25 family maximum. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org. Money raised will go to Wrentham Lions and count as votes for Steve Langley on of the participants in Dancing with the Wrentham Stars.
Giant Book Sale at Fiske Public Library. A wide selection of selection of young adult titles, picture books, DVD's and more. "Fill a bag for $10" is back with the bags donated by the Wrentham Cooperative Bank. (10am to 3 pm)
The Dancing Deputy Dance Party! Join Dancing with the Wrentham Stars, Deputy Chief Bill McGrath, as he hosts a night of movin' & goovin' to your favorite 70s & 80s music to benefit Frind of Wrentham. Saturday, March 5, 2016, 7 to 11:45 p.m. American Legion Hall, 592 South St. $30 per person. Get your tickets today at dancingdeputy.eventbrite.com.
King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey invites boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12 to Norfolk Arena, 1 Dean St., Norfolk, on Saturday, Feb. 20, for a Try Hockey for Free clinic to experience ice hockey for the first time.
New players will be introduced to hockey in a fun, positive and safe environment. No prior experience is necessary, and the first 40 players to register will receive a free USA Hockey jersey, goodie bag and more. Participants should have some skating experience and be able to support themselves on skates, but no prior hockey experience is needed and a limited amount of equipment is available to borrow. At the very least, players must wear a helmet and gloves.
King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey is a non-profit community hockey organization for boys and girls from Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole and Wrentham. Players learn from USA Hockey-certified volunteer coaches who help new players build confidence and develop fundamentals through a focus on small-area games, skating skills and fun.
The Try Hockey for Free Day will begin with registration at 5 p.m. and includes an hour of hockey at 6 p.m. and then a pizza party before Norfolk Arena’s open skate at 7 p.m.
On Friday, January 29th, James Breakfast and More, 850 Franklin St., was transformed into a winter wonderland for the Holly Club’s newest fundraising event, the Snowflake Gala. Holly Club members, friends, family, neighbors, and many of the Wrentham Lions, came together to enjoy great food and music, fun raffles and a silent auction to raise money and help the local community sparkle.
Guests enjoyed a delicious array of appetizers and a cash bar provided by James Breakfast and More. A Hot Chocolate and Biscotti Bar satisfied the sweet tooth with an assortment of homemade biscotti and toppings for hot chocolate, provided by The Cookie Lady – Janice DeMarzi.
Paul Payer, with Sound Stream Entertainment, was the Emcee as well as provider of beautiful uplighting and great music, to add to the ambiance of the evening. Guests enjoyed dancing under the snowflake lights, socializing with friends and neighbors and winning prizes, throughout the night.
Members of the Holly Club and many businesses donated gorgeous gift baskets and prizes for the raffles and silent auction. Some of the prizes included a weekend in Newport, Red Sox tickets, and signed Patriots memorabilia. Guests could also try their luck at the 50/50 raffle.
The Holly Club would like to thank the sponsors who participated in making this event a success:
Admiral Fitzroy Inn, Newport
CABI by Mary Lou Briggs, North Attleboro
Cafe Assisi, Wrentham
Dolce Vita Ristorante, Boston
Happy Tails Doggy Daycare, Franklin
Head 2 Toes Salon & Day Spa, Foxboro
Holiday Inn, Taunton
James Breakfast and More, Wrentham
Newport Distilling Co., Newport
Newport Storm Brewery, Newport
Newport Vineyards Winery, Newport
Pampered Paws Grooming, Plainville
SoundStream Entertainment, Woonsocket
Stop & Shop, Plainville
Wampum Corner Liquors, Wrentham
Donna Canavan, Holly Club President, said “Everyone had a great time and got caught up in the hometown community feeling and festive atmosphere, that set the tone for an enchanted evening. I would like to thank our guests and sponsors for taking this journey with us to our winter wonderland of snowflakes and sparkle, raising funds to support projects in the community we all love so much.”
This was the Holly Club’s first co-ed fundraising event of this type. Due to its resounding success, it definitely won’t be the last. True to the Holly Club’s mission, the funds raised will support many endeavors and special projects that are important to the local community.
The Holly Club is affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Clubs. It meets monthly from October through May and currently has 55 members. The group's fundraising efforts include, the newly launched Snowflake Gala and the 2nd Annual Holly Club Hustle 5K taking place on Sunday, April 10th, as well as the sale of Christmas ornaments and two Wrentham inspired afghans.
Holly Club also supports Wrentham Food Pantry, Veterans, Public Health Nurses, DECA, Fiske Library, Arbor Day Project, KP Senior All Night Party, the elementary & middle schools, along with giving out college scholarships to KP high school seniors. To learn more about The Holly Club, check out their website or friend Holly Club on Facebook.
The Wrentham Cultural Council has awarded 18 grants for the 2016 calendar. The recipients are:
Applefield, Janet: Combating Hate and Prejudice
Daly, Rachel: Hornithology Summer Horn Ensemble
Fiske Public Library: Glenshane Irish Folk Duo
Fiske Public Library: Jungle Jim's The Reading Olympics
Franklin Performing Arts Company: Whatever Theater Festival
Gately, James: A Chalk Memorial to Sidewalk Sam
Greater Milford Ballet: The Nutcraker
Lappen, Henry: A Passion for Birds Performance
Lewis, Stephen: May Day International Poster Exhibit
Live Arts: 2015-16 Concert Season
Maichack, G.: Pastel Paint Still Life Like the Masters
Mass Audubon Stony Brook: Nature in Your Neighborhood
Norfolk Cooperative Preschool: Music and Enrichment with Mr. Dave
SE Mass Community Concert Band: Band Concert
The Un-Common Theater: Beauty and the Beast
The Un-Common Theater: Fall Production - Shrek
The Un-Common Theater: Spring Show
The Un-Common Theater: Young Adult Company Prod 2016
The amount allocated to the Wrentham Cultural Council from the state of Massachusetts was $4,600. Applications were considered with the following priorities in mind: innovative, collaborative, and creative; showed strong planning and evidence of ability to follow through; addresses a community need or reach an under-served population; local artists given preference.
The Wrentham Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are available online. Applications are due in early October.
The Wrentham Cultural Council (WCC) is the local branch of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In addition to awarding grants, The Wrentham Cultural Council also plans exhibits and events at the Old Fiske Museum, and “Arts on the Common".
All the early morning practices at the Adirondack Club in Franklin paid off for the King Philip Swimming Program. The KP boys team captured the Hockomock League Championship for the sixth time in the past eight years. The squad also went undefeated during the dual meets. "The team takes a lot of pride in the title and it is our goal for every season," says coach Kathy White. "All eighteen boys made contributions to help the team."
The girls team also had a stellar season. The team finished 2nd at the Hockomock Championships and earned a 7-1 dual meet record. "It was a great season for both boys and girls teams," White says.
The boys team showed great depth and strong leadership. The team was led by captain Alex DiGiacomo. The senior swimmer was undefeated in dual meets in both the 50 free and 100 fly. The other captains, Ian Light and Jack Allan, and the group's younger swimmers were big contributors in scoring points for team this season. "We had a great group of boys from seniors and upper classmen to a good group of freshmen who helped us with a lot of depth," says White.
The Hockomock Championship top 10 finishers for KP:
Alex DiGiacomo - 1st 50 free, 3rd in 100 fly (senior) Andy Sprague- 5th in 50 free and 4th in 100 free (junior) Jack Poppenberger- 3rd in 200 free and 500 free (junior) Tate Duffy- 5th 500 free and 5th in 100 breast (sophomore) Tim McQuaid-6th in 200 IM, 2nd 100 back (freshman) Tyler Stringfellow- 2nd in 200 free and 500 free (freshman) Colby Vieira-4th in 100 back and 8th in 200 IM (freshman) Dean Whyte- 5th in 100 fly, 9 th in 200 IM (freshman)
On Saturday, January 30, Wrentham Boy Scout Troop 61 enjoyed a very successful day competing in the snow. The troop showcased their scouting skills in a Klondike derby at Camp Squanto in Plymouth. A Klondike derby is an outdoor competition where the scouts are challenged to test their skills and leadership abilities in several events. Nineteen teams from the area took part of the events on this day.
Each team of four to six scouts follows a course designed for them to work as teams and rely on their scouting and problem solving skills. Events include a sled race, fire building, log sawing, ice rescue and archery. Teams are awarded points in each event for accuracy and speed. When the final scores were added up Troop 61 not only had a lot of fun, but they won some of the top awards in both individual events and overall scoring for the Scouting division and Mountain Man (age 14+) division.
First place winners in the Scouting division: Michael Flood, Nicholas Hurd, Slade and Ty Kammerer, and Peter Munn
Second place winners in the Mountain Man division: Lucas Laliberte, David Veno, Timothy Volpe, and Michael Young.
Third place winners in the Scouting division: Nicholas Bartlett, James Munn, Diego Trapani, and Kellen Voss.
The boys trained for weeks under the direction and troop leadership of Steve Marland, Ray Rose, Ray Welsh, Michelle Kammerer, Arthur Hurd, Brenda Trapani and Tino Volpe.