October Events at the Old Franklin School Are Pretty AND Scary AND Educational

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Friday, October 3, 8pm

"ALIEN: A Staged Radio Play Parody & Themed 35th Anniversary Party"

In space no one can hear you scream! That's right, folks, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the science fiction horror film Alien, the Old Franklin Schoolhouse becomes the commercial towing ship Nostromo for one night only!  Don't miss Raconteur Radio's next staged radio play and themed party with complimentary refreshments, an exhibition of movie memorabilia, PLUS a sideshow sword swallower recreates the whole facehugger-proboscis-down-the-throat bit with a variety of invasive items!
Cost: Advance tickets only $15! ($25 at the door, if available)


Sunday, October 5, 12pm to 5pm


Gallery Walk Metuchen 2014, sponsored in part by the Metuchen Arts Council, will showcase six exhibition spaces that make their home in the tiny borough.  In addition to visual enjoyment, the galleries will include the tasty specialties of their various local "art partner restaurants" as well as music in various locations. The galleries can be visited in any order between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm. Transformations Gallery, located at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, is one of the stops on the self-guided tour and will host "Looking Back," comprised of over two dozen of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society's most beautifully composed and unexpected images, mostly from the Frey-Sen Collection donated to the archives a few years ago.  


Friday, October 17, 2014, 7pm to 10pm - free!

PROJECT PURPLE: An evening of Awareness, Education and Support for Victims of Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence awareness month, and we are raising funds to support the Woman Aware "Donate a Room" program and collect much needed supplies for victims and their families to help them get on their feet to a future without violence. Our ultimate goal is to raise $5000 to pay for the renovation of six bedrooms at the Women Aware safe-house. There is no fee to attend the evening, but bring your checkbook and/or credit card - we'll have basket raffles and will be taking pledges towards this ambitious and important fundraising goal. We will also collect goods and supplies. There will be various speakers discussing education and awareness around domestic violence.


Saturday, October 18, 8 pm
Join us for an intimate, candlelit evening of music featuring a quartet of the region's top singer-songwriters. Sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council, the second installment of this quarterly event will feature host Sharon Goldman and three talented, award-winning artists performing round-robin style: Paul Sachs will share his roots-country stylings; Allison Tartalia will make the piano, ukelele and kalimba sing with her one-of-a-kind tunes and George Wirth will share his gift for telling human stories shaped by imagery and narrative. Refreshments included, CDs for sale, doors open at 7:30! 
Cost: $10 ($5 for seniors/kids under 12)


Sunday, October 26, 4 pm -- free! 
ZOMBIES INVASION: On the Hunt for Brains in the Brainy Borough Foodbank Donation Drive

A vile horde of wretched Zombies will once again invade Metuchen, dragging their rotted limbs along the asphalt in search of brains in the Brainy Borough while they gather food bank donations.  These moaning menaces will gather at the Old Colonial Cemetery (Main Street at Woodbridge) by 4pm for photos and donation drops, then 'depart' and stagger hungrily along Main Street gathering willing victims as they go.  They will 'terminate' at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse lawn for some brainy-ade and cookies, and fully costumed undead will receive discounted entrance to the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.


Sunday, October 26, 6 pm and 8 pm; Thursday, October 30, 7 pm and 9 pm
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW: A Staged Radio Play and Interactive Haunt!

For two nights this October, the Old Franklin Schoolhouse will once again serve as a classroom...  but this time it will be Ichabod Crane serving as schoolmaster!  Angered that hometown heiress Katrina Van Tassell has grown fond of recently hired schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, village rowdy Brom Bones tries to scare off the timorous teacher with local legends of a Headless Horseman, said to be the ghost of Hessian soldier decapitated by a stray cannonball during the Revolutionary War. It all comes to a "head" (so to speak), one dark, fateful night under a lightning-struck tulip tree.   By Alex Dawson (from Washington Irving's classic ghost story). 

Cost: $15.00 (advance); $20.00 (door; if available)

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