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Dearest Friend of Franklin,

The Franklin Street Events Association is all about bringing the FUN back to the Franklin St. community and we would love for you to be a part of it. Whether it be your talents, time, or treasures, your contributions help make us what we are.

Our mission is to encourage, coordinate and enhance the development and promotion of quality art, small business growth and entertainment of every variety. We foster creative endeavors throughout the community and will position Franklin Street as a leading center for art, culture and entertainment.

 Our goal is to improve the quality of life and small businesses for Evansville’s patrons by: facilitating professional, courteous and efficient delivery of municipal services; developing partnerships which bridge the gap between the public and private concerns; and enhancing and revitalizing Evansville’s beloved Franklin Street.

As a friend of Franklin we know that you are itching to help us complete our goals. Your talents, time, and treasures are what we need to keep the fun on Franklin. If you would like to help, let us know who you are and tell us how you would like to contribute to the FUN!

Warmest Regards,

Franklin Street Events Association Board

Treasure:  (Please make all checks to Franklin Streets Events Association mail to:  FSEA, 1331 W. Franklin, Evansville, IN 47710 OR MAKE A DONATION using the paypal button)

  • Fabulous Friend $100 ___
  • Fantastic Friend $50 ____
  • Fun Friend $25 ____
  • Other ___________

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Talents (computer skills, event set-up/break down, marketing, etc):___________________________________________________________

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Halloween on Franklin Oct. 26

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Halloween on Franklin Oct. 26

We’ve had a very busy summer on Franklin, and we hope many of you joined us for our movie nights in the park. We are gearing up not only for FALL FESTIVAL the first full week of October, but the very first HALLOWEEN ON FRANKLIN!!! Here is a run-down of the days activities:

Halloween on Franklin Agenda:
9am: Witches Walk/Run 5K! Please join us in costume for a 5K in the morning down Franklin to kick off the day of events. Children 15 and under FREE. $15 pre-registartion, and $25 day of the run. Shirt included.

11am-6pm: Lil’ Monster Bash! Children’s Halloween Activities in the Franklin Street Park. Pumpkin painting, Face painting, spooky stories, bounce house, Zorb balls, and more!

4pm-6pm: Trick or Treating on Franklin Street! Children will receive free trick or treat bag and are encouraged to walk the Franklin Street businesses for trick or treating! Trick or Treat bags picked up at West Library Lawn Lil’ Monster Bash activity center.

6pm-2am: Zombie Pub Crawl! Kiddies head home and the adults time to play! Wear your costumes and zombie pub crawl Franklin Street! Shuttle service to all the bars, cab rides at the end of the night, fabulous t-shirt! $10 for t-shirt, shuttle, AND cab ride at the end of the night! ONLY those with armbands for the event will be allowed to ride shuttle, and be offered the cab at the end of the evening.

8pm: Community Pumpkin Carving Contest! Come see the Franklin Street West Library Park lit up with hundreds of jack-o-lanterns! CASH prizes for carved pumpkins!  Pumpkins are carved AT HOME, and brought to the West Library park finished to be judged.  There are NO size requirements or regulations other than a carved pumpkin.  There will be a FREE registration table in the park from 11-6 to register your pumpkin!  MAY THE BEST CARVER WIN!  GOOD LUCK!

More details to follow! Mark your calendar for this SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN ON FRANKLIN!

Race Link for Registration:

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Never a Goodbye…See you later and Thank You!!


Greetings Franklin Street Fans,

First, I want to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you and for the greater good of Franklin Street. I realize not many business owner’s  and patrons are as trusting and able to see potential in those who have not yet been able to prove their full ability to achieve any given task at hand. I am forever grateful.

Being a founder and part of the Franklin Street Events Association from the beginning and watching us grow has given me experiences and life lessons I will never forget. The pride and dedication our community has invested in our street is humbling beyond words. Plus, the friendships and bridges that I have made will always remain open and unburned will pass sky limits.

With that being said, I want you to be aware that I have put in my bittersweet two-week notice at Tin Man Brewing Co. I have been given an opportunity at Yazoo Brewing Company that I cannot pass up. It has been no secret that Nashville has a special place in my heart and that is where I truly feel like I belong and can call home. Although, Tin Man and the FSEA has been able to fill many of my empty spaces for a while, it’s time that I go back to where it is I call “home”  and I am most happy and alive.

My last day will be Friday July 12, 2013. Amy Word, owner of Lamasco Bar and Grille and current VP of FSEA, will be filling my presidential position. I have no doubt in my mind that the FSEA is in amazing hands and Amy has more then what it takes to continue to make Franklin Street a rising powerhouse. I will do my best to take care of everyone before I relocate because the West Side, Franklin Street, and everyone involved mean a lot to me.

Again, thank you all again for everything. The support you have given me, the community, and FSEA will never be unnoticed or forgotten. I have no doubt that Franklin Street and the West Side will continue to rise and become a leader in Evansville.

Thank goodness for the greater good being able to bring us all together.

Forever Franklin Street’s,

Leah Spivey

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April 20th Overview

Hey Franklin FUN lovers and supporters! We’ve had lots of people asking questions about the events taking place on Saturday April 20th and we apologize for not getting you the deets sooner but here’s a quick overview of what the day will bring.


The ‘Color Me FUN 5k’ packets will be ready for pickup by Friday. Pick all packets up between 2pm-7pm at Tin Man Brewing Co. in their upstairs area. (They are located at 1430 West Franklin Street.) Color run shirts and all sorts of local business goodies will be found in your Earth friendly reusable swag bag. Your individual packet of color for the race will be included in your bag as well. We’ll be kicking off the race by everyone throwing their color in the air!

If you are not able to make it to early pickup, bags and registration will be available in the library lawn area beginning at 6:30a.m. This is also where parents/guardians will be signing a waiver form for all kids 12 and under.

Children 12 and under are now FREE!! We met our attendance goal and now we want to give back to YOU and the rest of the community, especially the kids. Since they can now participate free of charge we are unable to afford shirts for them. Remember, we are not only a beginning organization but also a nonprofit organization so we encourage you to dress your kiddos in white and have them ready to be turned into a living canvas of color!!

The run will begin at 8a.m. and the route of the race will all take place on Franklin Street. Everyone will begin and end in the library lawn area. Distances will be marke but this is not a completive race. No awards will be given out for best time. This run is meant to be FUN, family friendly, and Evansville coming together to support local!

There will be five different local sponsored color stations setup that you will pass through and be showered with bright and beautiful earth friendly/edible colored powder. Since this is a powder, there is no guarantee that it may get in your eyes, mouth, etc. Some people suggest wearing googles or sun glasses to protect their eyes. That is your choice. We also suggest bringing a towel or something to lay down for you drive home.

As mentioned earlier, the race will be ending in the library lawn area where our Earth Day celebration will begin! Keep in mind that after the race a few local businesses are opening early to serve brunch. (Gerst, Tin Man Brewing Co)

Still time to register for the race:


Earth Day is something to be celebrated and there’s no better place then the library lawn area located at 2000 West Franklin Street! Beginning immediately after the run (estimating around 9a.m.) we’ll have over 20 local venders gathered including a variety of activities focused on children having fun and getting involved.

To name a few venders and activities-

  • Dallas Foster will be giving away seedlings to children to take home and plant
  • Free pirate bounce house
  • Children’s Art Activities
  • Recycled Art Instillations
  • Music from The Funk, Beaumont Grins, Salt the Earth, and The Honeyvines
  • Paintings by local Owensboro legend Aaron Kizer
  • Tasty treats from The Pacetre, Apple-A-Day, Jeanne’s Gelato, and many more
  • Local made jewelry by Barks and Wiggles, Abbi’s Beads of a Feather, Emily Wargel, and Rings of a Feather, plus many more!

To view the entire list of venders go here:

Activities in the park will last until 5p.m. but there’s still plenty of MORE FUN happening on Franklin!


It wouldn’t be an FSEA event without some sort of crawl!! Join us and the Arts Council of Doom at 2pm for EDAC (Earth Day Art Crawl)! The crawl consists of ten different gallery locations located on Franklin Street plus a multitude of sculptural installations featuring the work of over 50 local artists emphasizing recycled and reused materials! Most locations are all-ages and most will be free of charge, though closing hours vary on the site.

Come get your recommended DOSE OF DOOM starting at 2pm in these participating locations:
1. Paul’s Mens Wear
2. Smitty’s Italian Steak House
3. Memi Rabilia’s
4. Heirloom Records
5. Winzerwald Winery Tasting Room
6. Franklin Lanes
7. Tin Man Brewery
8. PG Cafe
9. Lamasco Bar and Grille
10. Carnegie Library Lawn

That’s our day in a nutshell and we are so excited to be spending it with you! It’s important to support local and take care of our neighbors. We couldn’t do this without the support of the community and our sponsors. We can’t thank everyone enough and we’re ready for some FRANKLIN STREET FUN!!

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Packet Pickups

There have been many questions about packet pickups. We are trying to have early packet pickups scheduled for Friday at Tin Man. We are currently waiting on your FSEA reusable bags to be delivered and for local businesses to get their swag ready so we can add it to the bags. Once we have everything in possession, we will have a better idea when it all should be ready. The day of the race, packet pickups will be located at 2000 West Franklin Street which is the library lawn area.

We are so excited and can’t wait for all the FUN this weekend!!

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Current Earth Day Vendors

This list is growing every minute and we love it! If you are interested in being a vendor, please, email and she will contact you! Thanks so much and remember, without YOU and the support of the rest of the community these events would not be possible!! Let’s keep the FUN rolling! Cheers!

  • H & R BLOCK
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Earth Day Art Crawl on Franklin


Two great tastes that taste great together, The Arts Council of Doom and Franklin Street Events Association, are teaming up in one of our most expansive endeavors yet known as EDAC – The Earth Day Art Crawl! 

Let’s celebrate our continued journey on this fabled rock around the massive exploding ball in the sky on Saturday, April 20. Festivities start at 8am with the FSEA’s COLOR ME FUN RUN, one ridiculously insane cornucopia of ‘WTF” awesome rolled up into a wild and messy 5k of pigmented weirdness (event details here: Afterwards, families can put the “FUN” back in dysFUNctional with a variety of kid-friendly activities and shenanigans on the Carnegie Library lawn including face-painting, a farmer’s market, and vendors.

Then make sure you all stick around and join us at 2pm for the EDAC! It’s HUGE* consisting of TEN (10) different gallery locations plus a multitude of sculptural installations featuring the work of over FIFTY (that’s right, as in 5-0) local artists emphasizing recycled and reused materials – all along our beloved Frank St.! Most locations will all-ages and most will be free of charge, though closing hours vary on the site. 

Come get your recommended DOSE OF DOOM starting at 2pm in these participating locations:

1. Paul’s Mens Wear
2. Smitty’s Italian Steak House
3. Memi Rabilia’s
4. Heirloom Records
5. Winzerwald Winery Tasting Room
6. Franklin Lanes
7. Tin Man Brewery
8. PG Cafe
9. Lamasco Bar and Grille
10. Carnegie Library Lawn

And check out these fine upstanding art punkologists:

Melissa Erwin
Gary Logan Hobdy
Steve Freeman
Amy Wilke
Christy Jochum
Jeannie Worley
Stephanie Osbourne
Amanda Sibrel
Kris Sibrel
Todd Huber
Jesika Ellis
Warren Hayes
Jamie Gish Bates
Kathryn Downing
Erin Bowen
Scott Scheller
Heather Landry
Miguel Latorre
Sarah Mottley
Heidi Krause
Kate Horvath
Jessica Crowley
Justin Sala
Jenna Citrus
Jessica Loveridge
Dene Stephens
Laurie Byers
Jacob Walker
Katie Watts
Anna Maria Whetstine
Brenna O’Connor
Al Holen’s USI Students
Christopher William Wilke
Craig Coursey
Matt Perez
Adam Shoulders
Scott Scheller
Andy Moore
Corey Krietenstein
Fred Hillenbrand
Warren Hayes
Derek Wirth

And a special thanks to our recycled materials donors: 
– Fulton Interior Systems Inc. (
– Fulton Manufactured Home Parts (
– Franklin Lanes (
– Westside Honda Kawasaki (

*(come on, make that “What she said joke” like it’s still clever, we triple dog dare you).

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