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Non-Profit Theater Seeks Support on “Giving Tuesday”

The Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center, formerly known as the Orpheum Theater, is home to a number of community theater and children’s groups as well as dramatic and musical performances by a wide variety of touring professionals.

But the theater needs your support to continue its record of high quality entertainment and providing a community resource for local performing arts groups.

On Dec. 3, for the first time, the theater and its volunteers will be seeking public donations with a goal of $5,000 during “Giving Tuesday,” the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Giving Tuesday
has become a traditional day to support charities and nonprofits throughout the country.

“It’s a day for the community to show their support for the theater and what we’re doing,” said Executive Director Emily Garven. “There are a number of equipment and building upgrades we’d like to make, and we’re hoping this will help us in that direction.”

The theater’s supporters will be dedicating the entire day to receiving and cataloging donations which can be made through PayPal or by credit card via the theater’s web site, https://www.marilynrodmanperformingartscenter.org/ or called in by phone to the theater at 508-543-2787. Updates will be livestreamed throughout the day on the center’s Facebook page.
Upgrades the theater is hoping to accomplish with donors’ help include a new sound board and additional handicapped accessibility.
Besides physical improvements, Garven said, the theater also hopes to leverage expanded programming.

“We hope to do even more productions, musicals and some really big acts,” she said.

In the past, the theater has played host to popular celebrity appearances as well as local productions, including comedian Lenny Clark, The Edwards Twins, Maureen Hancock and The Brothers Four. It’s also well known as the home of many children’s and adult theater programs.

Donations can also be mailed to the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center, 1 School St., Foxboro, MA.

Kenny Chesney Announces Chillaxification 2020 Tour; Returns To Gillette Stadium August 28, 2020

Community Press Release

The country music star will headline Gillette Stadium for the 20th time next summer.

Tickets go on sale to the public on October 4 at 10 a.m.

Eight-time Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney is ready to take it back to the stadiums! His Chillaxification 2020 tour designed to bring great music, good vibes and one of his most diverse lineups is coming to Gillette Stadium Aug. 28 – Chesney’s 20th time headlining the home of the six-time champion New England Patriots and New England Revolution. Joining him for this summer’s adventure are six-time Academy of Country Music/Country Music Association Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line (“Meant to Be,” “Cruise”), three-time and reigning ACM/CMA Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion (“Make It Sweet,” “Break Up With Him”) and summer touring sensation Michael Franti & Spearhead (“Sound of Sunshine,” Say Hey (I Love You)”).

Chillaxification 2020 kicks off Saturday, April 18 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas – and culminates Friday, August 28 with his 20th show at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The Gillette Stadium show will be produced and promoted by the Messina Touring Group in conjunction with Kraft Sports and Entertainment. Tickets for all dates will go on sale next Friday, October 4 at 10 a.m. local time.

“These stadium shows are the most fun thing I do,” says the high-energy songwriter. “It’s been a year, so when I get out there, I wanna make sure that No Shoes Nation is being rocked, having fun and getting all the music they can out of the day. We always try to do something different, bring someone new – and for anyone who’s never seen Michael Franti and Spearhead, just wait!”

The only country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years, Chesney’s summer stadium treks have become legend – and gave rise to the iconic No Shoes Nation. Built on a strong commitment to the fans, Chesney’s No Shoes Radio serves as a connector for the man The Los Angeles Times deemed “The People’s Superstar” and The Wall Street Journal hailed “The King of the Road.”

“I love playing for No Shoes Nation any time, anywhere,” says the soft-spoken superstar, “but these stadium shows are always something so powerful, I can’t tell you how much anticipation goes into each one. Not to mention, we’re always wanting to top what’s come before – and I think this lineup might just pack the most fun of them all.”

Recently singled out by Variety as “Country’s only long-term stadium act,” Chillaxification 2020 builds on the enduring rite of summer that Chesney’s stadium shows have become. With the multiple week No. 1 “Get Along” from his deeply personal Songs for the Saints, benefiting the Love for Love City Fund, and the steamy “Tip of My Tongue” hovering just outside the Top 10 at Country radio, there’s a lot of new music, old favorites and surprises on tap for what will be the summer’s biggest tour.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, September 26 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, October 3 at 10 p.m. local time. General ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, October 4.

Having defined the country music stadium experience over the last decade and a half, Chesney spent this year’s Songs for the Saints Tour taking his music to the cities that have been overlooked on his massive million-tickets-a-summer treks. Having played 159 stadium shows – rocking over a million people at Gillette Stadium alone – Chillaxification 2020 promises to be everything No Shoes Nation has come to expect from the man who gave them “American Kids,” “Beer In Mexico,” “Out Last Night,” “Noise,” “When the Sun Goes Down” and more. His stadium shows are a summer tradition for many, including in the birthplace of No Shoes Nation, New England.

Dates for Kenny Chesney’s 2020 Chillaxification Tour

Featuring Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Michael Franti & Spearhead

April 18                  AT&T Stadium                                       Arlington, Texas

April 25                  Miller Park                                              Milwaukee, Wis.

May 2                     U.S. Bank Stadium                                  Minneapolis, Minn.               

May 9                     Raymond James Stadium                        Tampa, Fla.

May16                    Mercedes-Benz Stadium                         Atlanta, Ga.

May 22                   Minute Maid Park                                   Houston, Texas

May 23                   The Alamodome                                      San Antonio, Texas

May 30                   Heinz Field                                              Pittsburgh, Pa.

June 6                     Lincoln Financial Field                           Philadelphia, Pa.

June 13                   Busch Stadium                                        St. Louis, Mo.

June 20                   Ohio Stadium                                          Columbus, Ohio

June 27                   Nissan Stadium                                       Nashville, Tenn.

July 11                    Arrowhead Stadium                                Kansas City, Mo.

July 18                    CenturyLink Field                                   Seattle, Wash.

July 25                    Soldier Field                                            Chicago, Ill.

August 1                 SoFi Stadium                                           Inglewood, Calif.

August 8                 Empower Field at Mile High Stadium    Denver, Colo.

August 15               Ford Field                                                Detroit, Mich.

August 28                 Gillette Stadium                                      Foxboro, Mass.

Freedom Wind Tunnel Indoor Skydiving Facility Coming To Patriot Place

Community Press Release

The indoor skydiving facility is expected to open fall 2020

The venue will be located between CBS Sporting Club and Showcase Live

An indoor skydiving facility using the latest virtual reality technology is coming to Foxborough. Freedom Wind Tunnel Indoor Skydiving recently announced plans to open at Patriot Place in fall 2020.

The idea to open an indoor skydiving venue at Patriot Place came from North Attleboro resident and Army veteran Neal Gouck. When Gouck attended West Point, he was part of the Black Knights skydiving team. After serving in the Army for 12 years, Gouck and his wife, Sally, moved back to their hometown of North Attleboro to raise their five children. Gouck’s idea to open an indoor skydiving facility came from a simple conversation with his wife, Sally, and their desire to go indoor skydiving close to home.

“Someone should build an indoor skydiving tunnel at Patriot Place. It would be so cool,” Gouck recalled from that initial conversation with his wife, who replied, “Hey, why don’t you do it?”

From there, Gouck created Freedom Wind Tunnel, which will offer indoor skydiving to people of all ages and abilities. As a local, veteran-owned, small business, Gouck hopes to bring a family-oriented experience to all visitors. The new wind tunnel will stand more than 100 feet tall and aims to attract many fun and thrill seekers, but the venue will also be used for professional skydiving and military training. 

“My military training taught me how to put all the right pieces and all the right partners together at the right time,” said Gouck. “Now, after 5-plus years, we are ready to break ground and you might say, we are out of the plane and already in free fall. We are excited to move into this next phase of development by landing this facility at Patriot Place and turn that simple conversation so long ago into concrete reality.”

Skydivers will have the chance to use the latest virtual reality technology to transport themselves into an NFL stadium where they will deliver a game ball to the 50-yard-line. The virtual reality can also be used to teach avid skydivers how to get out of dangerous situations such as dealing with parachute malfunctions and coming too close to cliff faces. Freedom Wind also plans to bring historical and educational museum exhibits of skydiving to the facility.

“We are very excited to land an indoor skydiving facility like Freedom Wind Tunnel at Patriot Place,” said Patriot Place Vice President and General Manager Brian Earley. “We have been working with Neal for quite a while to bring his vision to reality. This type of entertainment is very unique to the region and Neal’s concept for the facility and his passion for the project is really impressive. We can’t wait to welcome indoor skydivers of all ages and abilities to Freedom Wind Tunnel next fall.”

Celebrate The End Of School And Start Of Summer With An Afternoon Of Free Fun At Patriot Place

Community Press Release

School is almost out for summer and it’s time to party at Patriot Place. The lifestyle center is celebrating the start of summer on Wednesday, June 19, with a School’s Out for Summer Celebration. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and feature events throughout Patriot Place for families to enjoy, including a live Animal Adventures show beginning at 1 p.m.

The Animal Adventures show will be located on the main stage outside Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ | Howl at the Moon | Topgolf Swing Suite. There will also be a Baby Animal Farm, located between Red Robin and 5 Wits, and an interactive Photo Booth.

Other fun activities planned throughout the day include a summer-themed Fun with STEM class hosted by The Children’s Museum of Easton, DJ and games located outside of Charming Charlie and an appearance by the New England Revolution Street Team outside of Green Tangerine Spa & Salon. There will be face painting at the newly opened Six String Grill & Stage. A mobile arcade will also be located outside of Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel along with Waste Management’s Touch-A-Truck event. Additionally, a live painting demo will be located at Muse Paintbar.

Additionally, Patriot Place’s gift of Play Action Pass will be having a one-day sale on June 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests can purchase a gift of Play Action Pass and receive one pass free. This offer is only available at the Patriot Place Management Office.

REgister For This Year’s Finish At The 50 Road Races And Have Your Photo Taken With The Patriots’ Lombardi Trophy On The Gillette Stadium Field

Community Press Release

Race participants will have their photo taken with the Patriots’ Super Bowl LIII Lombardi Trophy on the Gillette Stadium field when they pick up their registration bib at Patriot Place on Tuesday, July 2nd

July 3rd event, sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, features road races, live music, a celebration garden, free activities and a Fireworks Spectacular show

A portion of the proceeds from each race entry will be donated to Homes For Our Troops to support the construction of a specially adapted custom home for a military veteran in Massachusetts

Online registration for three race options is available at https://www.finishatthe50.com/


The countdown to the 10th annual Finish at the 50 has officially begun. In just three weeks from today, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Patriot Place will kick off Fourth of July celebrations early with a photo opportunity with the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl LIII Lombardi Trophy on Tuesday, July 2, and a 5K, 10K and Fireworks Spectacular at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, July 3.

Patriot Place today announced more details for activities and vendors that will highlight the patriotic festivities at the home of the six-time Super Bowl champion Patriots. The fun begins on Tuesday, July 2, with an exclusive photo opportunity for race participants with the Patriots’ Super Bowl LIII Lombardi Trophy. Registered participants who visit Patriot Place to pick up their race bib on July 2 will be able to have their photo taken with the Lombardi Trophy on the Gillette Stadium field from 3-6:30 p.m. 

At 6 p.m., on the Patriot Place Plaza, there will be free frozen yogurt samples from Menchie’s, music from a live DJ, lawn games, face painting and appearances by Uncle Sam and Revolution Patriot stilt walkers. At 7 p.m., Patriot Place will kick off its annual Summer Flicks Outdoor Movie Series with a free showing of Captain America. These activities around Patriot Place are free and open to the public.

On race day, July 3, Patriot Place will host live music performances by Devri, World Premier Band and Massive Groove on the main stage located outside of Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ beginning at 2 p.m. Other activities throughout the property include balloon twisting by Dan’s Balloons, a caricature artist and oversized games like JENGA. There will also be appearances by the New England Revolution Street Team, the New England Patriots Cheerleaders, Pat Patriot and the End Zone Militia.

New to the Finish at the 50 this year is premier footwear company, ASICS, which will set up on the plaza and gift complimentary running sneakers to the top three finishers in the men’s and women’s races; a painting experience by Muse and more.

Registration for the three race options: a Kids Fun Run (5 p.m. start), the 5K (6:30 p.m. start) and 10K (7:30 p.m. start) can be found atwww.finishatthe50.com.

RUN FOR A CAUSE
This year marks Harvard Pilgrim’s 50th anniversary and 10th year as the title sponsor of the Finish at the 50. As part of the milestone, Harvard Pilgrim, the New England Patriots Foundation and Patriot Place have teamed up to support Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and donating specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, as the beneficiary of this year’s races.                      

Harvard Pilgrim and the Patriots Foundation will present Homes For Our Troops with a $50,000 donation at the finish line inside Gillette Stadium on July 3 to help build a specially adapted custom home for a military veteran in the Merrimack Valley area of Massachusetts. Additionally, Patriot Place will donate a portion of the proceeds from each race entry toward the project.

RACES
The Kids Fun Run gives children ages 2-12 a chance to run a lap inside Gillette Stadium before finishing at the 50-yard line. Each participant will receive their choice of a Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 superhero cape to wear or official race t-shirt. The 5K race is run completely on the Patriot Place campus and the 10K race includes both Patriot Place and Foxborough roads.

Both the 5K and 10K races end with fanfare as participants emerge onto the stadium turf from underneath the Patriots’ inflatable helmet to the cheers of the crowd as they charge toward the finish line. Participants are shown on the stadium’s video boards and their names are called over the stadium’s PA system as they cross the 50-yard line. Participants of both races will receive an official race t-shirt and a commemorative medal.

FIREWORKS
Following the conclusion of the 10K race, the annual fireworks show will cap the Finish at the 50 festivities in spectacular fashion with a 20-minute display beginning approximately at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks can be seen with Gillette Stadium as the backdrop throughout Patriot Place’s North Marketplace and parking lots. Parking is free for the event.