FROLIC ON FRANKLIN, Roxy Gala Coming Soon on Saturday, September 13

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on August 29, 2014

Art for art’s sake. That really could be the tone for the Roxy Gala and also for Frolic on Franklin: visual artists giving of their talent, energy and time to keep the performing arts alive and well — not only well, but flourishing.

Sadly, we Americans have this unexplainable belief that if it is here, it couldn’t be good. There is no way to change that mindset. The idea that the grass is always greener is in the genes. Yet these brilliant, albeit local, artists’ work sells for so much more outside of Clarksville — and is well worth it.

Frolic on Franklin, an all-day event culminating in the 32nd Anniversary Roxy Gala, celebrates the arts both visual and performing. On Saturday, September 13, Franklin Street will turn into a tent-lined boulevard of arts, crafts, music and dance, and it is free. Free. All are invited, free to browse and possibly pick up that beautiful thing you didn’t know you could find, and there it is. It is also a great time to get a head start on Christmas shopping.

The festival’s location provides the perfect segue from the Downtown Market around the corner to the tents on Franklin Street. For some, Frolic on Franklin is an all-day affair. For me and the Roxy crew, it’s a pre-sunup event lasting past midnight — but it’s well worth the work, aching feet notwithstanding.

This year’s Frolic lineup includes A Stitch or Two (scarves, coasters, dishtowel dresses and baby quilts), Amber Wallace Artwork (recycled/re-purposed mixed-media paintings), Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council (prints, coloring books, model buildings and postcards), Carolyn Rogers (embroidery and fabric items), Curious Cases & Photography (vintage and renewed suitcases, photography and succulents), David Magers Photography, Downtown Artists Co-Op (various works by members, demonstrations and kids’ art projects), Friends of Photography, Horsefeathers (face-painting and kids’ art projects), LNM Creations (clay garden ornaments and photo cards), Made With Love (jewelry), Nanotime Photography, Pocket Charm Purses & Bags (fabric handbags and totes), Portraits by James Davis (color chalk pastel and Prisma colored-pencil drawings and designs), The Cut Above Woodworking (woodwork, scroll saw ornaments and puzzles), Thornton Pottery, Tuckessee Woodturners (lathe-turned wood products), Twisted Creations (bottlecap jewelry and hair bows), Twisted Sister Designs (beaded and wire jewelry), Two Branches (prints, paintings and knit products), 2 Old Biddies (crocheted toys and household items and painted bird houses), Westchester Falls Candle Company (candles with wooden wicks), and Wooden Things (wooden items and utensils).

Our current offering, A Night on the Terrazzo, continues tonight and Saturday at 8pm, with performances at 7pm on Thursdays and 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, with a 2pm matinee next Saturday, September 6. Take a walk down memory lane with songs from our last three decades on the corner of Franklin and First, performed by Ryan Bowie, Corinne Bupp, Allie McCaw and Chase Miller. A limited number of tables and chairs are available, and seating is general admission. Admission, which is $20, includes a beverage and light refreshments.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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