Wednesday, August 2, 2017

2017 Harvest Festival Registration Form

2017 Harvest Festival Registration Opens press release

Registration will begin in August for crafters, vendors, artists and community groups who want to participate in the Franklin Downtown Partnership’s 15th annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This fall’s Harvest Festival is expected to draw more than 8,000 visitors to downtown Franklin. The rain date will be Sunday, October 15. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for the event.

Booths are free to 2017 business members, $125 for non-members, and $185 for food vendors. The registration deadline for participants is September 20. Downtown business owners need to send in a registration to secure store-front space.

A late charge of $35 will be added to registration forms received after September 20, and no registrations will be accepted after October 1.
Event details and registration forms will be posted in early August on, on the FDP’s Facebook event page and on Twitter. Questions can be directed to Harvest Festival Chair Scott Martin at

Sponsors are needed to help support the FDP’s largest and most popular festival. As a non-profit organization, the Downtown Partnership depends on sponsors to fund this and other efforts including Beautification, the Strawberry Stroll and the Holiday Stroll. Sponsorship forms can be found on the FDP website under the Sponsors tab.

Currently, Dean Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank and Rockland Trust are Silver sponsors. Chestnut Dental Associates, DCU, the Franklin Cultural Council, Franklin Ford and Real Living Realty are Bronze sponsors. The Franklin Historical Museum and Franklin Cultural District, LeafFilter, Rescom Exteriors, and Tom Fricker Heating & AC, Inc. are Friends sponsors.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a 501©3 organization made up of 240 business owners, community leaders and residents working to stimulate economic development downtown and create a positive impact throughout the area. For more information please visit  


Thursday, July 6, 2017

FDP Member-to-Member Discount Program Taking Shape

Discount open to members, families

Resident members, business members, and their families are invited to take part in the new Franklin Downtown Partnership Member-to-Member Discount Program!

We are busy compiling the growing list of discounts (right), such as special pricing on a car at Franklin Ford, 10% off restaurant orders, items for your home, money off dance lessons, and more. 

If you'd like to participate in this inexpensive, easy and quick way to reach more customers, please fill out the Discount Program Form (right) and email it to us.

All members will be listed on the Partners List here on the FDP website. In order to receive one of the listed discounts, business owners can can pull up the Partners List and check that the customer -- either a resident or business owner/employee -- is a member.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Strawberry Stroll Recap, Thank Yous and Photos

WOW - what a sweet Strawberry Stroll!

What an afternoon it was -- Mother Nature was incredibly kind to us yesterday and the sun came out early for our 15th annual Strawberry Stroll! It was the largest spring event we've had with more than 70 vendors and huge crowds. 

Hundreds came out to spend time with friends and neighbors in downtown Franklin, enjoying music and dancing, playing games, meeting new business owners, sampling goodies from local restaurants and shops, and devouring the Partnership's Strawberry Shortcakes, which sold out in only two short hours. 

Thank you to our event organizers Beth Wierling and Jennifer Hurst for the many hours spent coordinating the Stroll! 

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors! As our events continue to grow each year we count on our sponsors more than ever. The Franklin Downtown Partnership continues to provide these types of community events because of this support.

Platinum Sponsor Dean Bank

Past FDP President Nicole Fortier returned for the afternoon's festivities!
Gold Sponsor Dean College - Thank you for providing the sliced and sugared strawberries and the biscuits!

Bronze Sponsors Chestnut Dental Associates, DCU, Franklin Ford, Keefe Insurance, and Middlesex Savings Bank.

Friends Sponsors Atria Franklin, Envoy Mortgage, Flynn|Wirkus|Young Attorneys, Franklin Central Pizza, Franklin Health & Rehabilitation Center, Garelick, Historical Museum and Cultural District, Jane's Frames, LeafFilter, My FM Media, Rescom Exteriors, Simon's Furniture, and Tom Fricker Heating & A/C Inc. 

A dozen volunteers helped with planning, set-up and clean-up, vendor directing, tent erecting, and question answering - thank you all! 

We'd like to thank the Franklin Police Department for expertly diverting and directing traffic and keeping all of us safe to enjoy the event. 

Thanks, too, to the Franklin Department of Public Works for the street sweeping, cones, bins, and more. 

Oteri & Son Funeral Home loaned us chairs so guests could enjoy Strawberry Shortcakes while sitting if they wanted to - thank you!

And many thanks to the Red Devils Car Club for showing off those beautiful classic cars at the Historical Museum and BLACK BOX parking lots. 

We have many more photos to see on our Facebook page!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Parking Alert for Main Street

There will be no parking on Main Street after Noon today to allow for set-up for the Strawberry Stroll. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic at 2 p.m. and will re-open after the event.

Between 12 and 2 p.m., only vendors will be allowed onto Main Street to drop off display materials, after which they will move their vehicles. 

Thank you for your understanding.