Upcoming Events at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Heads up (and off)! For two nights ONLY, the Old Franklin
School, a landmark (and,
some say, haunted) 1807 schoolhouse, is the classroom of Ichabod Crane and the
homestead of Baltus Van Tassell. That’s right, folks! The Van Tassells are
throwing a Harvest Party the whole town is talking about! And guess what?
WITH theatrical lighting! Period costumes! Vintage commercials! Gold Age radio equipment! Extensive sound effects! PLUS homemade Dutch doughnuts (oly koeks), apple cider (hot and cold), spiced rum (for those inclined to spike) AND a variety of surprise, interactive special effects!
JUST ADDED: Danielle Illario sings "The Last Rose of Summer." PLUS a variety of homemade Harvest pies and crumbles.
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.
Adapted by Alex Dawson (from WashingtonIrving). Starring Laurence Mintz as Ichabod Crane, Jeff Maschi as "Brom" Bones, Michael Jarmus as Baltus Van Tassell, and Danielle Illario as Katrina Van Tassell. With Special Effects & Decor by Jason Diorio
Run time: 55 min. Spooky fun for the whole family! Parental guidance suggested.
Sun. Oct 26 at 6pm & 8pm
Thurs. Oct 30 at 7pm & 9pm
Tickets (a head): $15.00 (advance); $25.00 (door; if available). To purchase advance tickets online (CC only) click HERE . Print tickets (cash only) available at Marafiki Fair Trade (20 New Street, Metuchen) soon.
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Presented by Raconteur Radio, Fright Radio, and the Borough Improvement League.
Zombie Invasion – Sunday, October 26
On the hunt for Brains in the Brainy Borough! Zombies will invade Metuchen on Sunday, October 26, on a hungry hunt for canned goods and other non-perishables. The vile horde of “walkers” will gather at the Colonial Cemetery at 4:00pm (by the Metuchen Train Station) and depart by 5:00pm, moaning along Main Street and headed towards the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, gathering willing victims & cans of soup as they stumble along the sidewalk. For more info, contact "Zombies of Metuchen" on Facebook or call 862-368-2202.
This fall, Transformations Gallery at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse will host an installation of some of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society’s most interesting and beautifully composed images from its archives: Looking Back: unexpected images from the archives.
Most of the photographs come from the Frey-Sen Collection donated to the Society in 2007, and date primarily from the 1950s and early 1960s. The exhibit can be seen during any of the public events at the schoolhouse as well as by appointment. All of the high quality prints, custom-mounted in archivally stable frames, are available for sale.
In addition, there are two special opportunities to view the exhibit. The first is during the Gallery Walk Metuchen on Sunday, October 5th from 12pm to 5pm when all six galleries in Metuchen will be open, and guides will be available in advance online and around town. Then, on Sunday, November 16th from 1pm to 4pm, Transformations will host a special reception for Society members and friends, which will include a showing of the ca.1929 “Metuchen Movie.” Light refreshments will be served.
Holiday House Tour – Sunday, December 7
$20 in advance, $25 at the door