"The Circle of Friends is the quintessential New England coffeehouse." Kristina Olsen
 
"If you go into a career in music because you have songs and you want people to listen to them, this is definitely the place for that. We're the lucky ones, the ones who play here." Cheryl Wheeler
Click here for the full text of Scott Alarik's Boston Globe article
 
 
The coffeehouse was founded in 1990 by a group from the First Universalist Society in Franklin. Our first eleven years were spent at the Masonic Hall, known far and wide for the bowling alley in the basement.
 
Our concerts are presented once or twice a month, usually on Saturday nights from September to May. In September 2001 the coffeehouse moved to the First Universalist Society meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. Doors open at 7:30 PM and all concerts start at 8:00 PM unless otherwise noted. All concerts are non-smoking and alcohol free.
 
Our audiences come to hear excellent performers in an intimate atmosphere with an exceptional sound and lighting system. The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse has evolved into one of the finest listening rooms in the country.
 
In addition to the excellent music, Circle of Friends is known for its gourmet desserts which vary from concert to concert, but typically include several varieties of cheesecake, carrot cake, fruit pies, trifles, tortes, and mousses. You get the idea; don't have dessert before you come! Coffees, teas, soft drinks, water, and cider are also usually available.

 
SOME PAST PERFORMERS
Circle of Friends 2016-2017
Circle of Friends 2015-2016
Circle of Friends 2014-2015
Circle of Friends 2013-2014
Circle of Friends 2012-2013
Circle of Friends 2011-2012
Circle of Friends 2010-2011
Circle of Friends 2009-2010
Circle of Friends 2008-2009
Circle of Friends 2007-2008
Circle of Friends 2006-2007
Circle of Friends 2005-2006
Circle of Friends 2004-2005
Circle of Friends 2003-2004
Circle of Friends 2002-2003
Circle of Friends 2001-2002
Circle of Friends 2000-2001
Circle of Friends 1999-2000
Circle of Friends 1998-1999
Circle of Friends 1997-1998
Circle of Friends 1996-1997
 
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