What's going on at The Franklin Shops
ART WALK Friday, April 5, 6–10pm
Local History: Females & Fires
Did you hear about 6 year old girl who kept Fort Myers from being deserted in 1873? How about the women and black RR workers who saved the town from total destruction in the Great Fire of 1903? Or how fire reduced Patio de Leon to rubble in 1914, ending a real life game of Monopoly – or a local movie theater raffled off a live baby to get people to come to the show? Let local historians Tom Hall and Robin Tuthill share these and dozens of other stories during Art Walk. They’ll be in the Franklin Shops promoting their books, Female Pioneers of Fort Myers and Epic Fires of Fort Myers during Art Walk. Stop by and get your signed copy!
Meet the Creators of Abby Normal’s Workshop
Charlie and Jan Cox have been collectors of antiques and vintage items for decades. Then, they began collaborating to create one-of-a-kind mixed media found object sculptures using all kinds of vintage materials. Jan and Charlie produce a variety of lamp sculptures, night lights, creatures and robots - all with character and a crisp sense of humor. The artists formed Abby Normal’s Workshop and will meet Art Walkers for a Meet & Greet at The Franklin Shops. Jan’s baby-doll night lights, made from old dolls, toys and household items, are just a little bit creepy. And Charlie’s industrial, mad scientist lamps are fun to look at, and functional, too.
MUSIC WALK Friday, April 19, 7–10pm
The Diva is back: Tish Brown live at the Shops
What a voice… Fort Myers based singer Tish Brown will come to The Franklin Shops again during Music Walk on April 19 (7—10pm). Tish has made her name as one of the very few female solo performers in town. Her song selection ranges from Motown to the current top 40 hits. Tish’s specialties are the divas: Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Adele – to name just a few. Come and enjoy the best renditions of your favorite tunes. See you at the shops on Music Walk night!