Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Anniversary Fundraiser Gala Press Release

Franklin Downtown Partnership to Host Anniversary Gala

The Franklin Downtown Partnership will host an anniversary fundraiser gala on Saturday, November 12, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX to celebrate 15 years of service to the residents and businesses of Franklin.

Enjoy entertainment, dancing and mingling, and a chance to win auction and raffle items from local merchants as you view the new look of our downtown. Meet FDP members, learn more about the non-profit organization, and see what future plans hold for downtown Franklin.

Tickets are $100 per person and will go on sale in September.  Sponsorships are welcome; contact the FDP office at if interested.

If you would like to donate auction or raffle items, or to volunteer to help with the event, please contact event organizers Beth Wierling,, or Jane Curran,

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is celebrating its 15th year as a non-profit, 501©3 organization made up of 200 member businesses, residents and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. The Partnership runs events such as the Strawberry Stroll, the Harvest Stroll and the Holiday Stroll, and is involved in streetscape and design efforts, greenspace and sculpture projects. New members are always welcome. Learn more at    


Pictured L-R:  Nicole Fortier, President of the Partnership for 11 years;
Lisa Piana, Executive Director of the Partnership for 12 years. 

Click here to download this press release. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thank You FDP Harvest Stroll Sponsors!

The Franklin Downtown Partnership's Harvest Stroll will be Thursday, October 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Organizers are putting together some great fun and new activities for this favorite fall event.  

The Harvest Stroll is made possible thanks the support and generosity of our sponsors!

Gold Sponsor  
                       Middlesex Savings Bank

Silver Sponsors     
                       Dean Bank
                       Franklin Ford
                       Keefe Insurance

Bronze Sponsors   
                       Beaux Regards Photographic Art by Marjorie Sardella
                       Chestnut Dental
                       Michael Dunsky, Branch Manager Guaranteed Rate, Inc.

Friends Sponsors  
                       D.G. Ranieri Real Estate
                       Maven Hair Company
                       Simon's Furniture
                       Tom FrickerHeating & A/C, Inc.

Sponsorships are welcome! Please contact the FDP office at if interested. Click here for the Sponsorship Registration Form and the Sponsorship Opportunities

You can still participate in the Harvest Stroll. The deadline to register is September 15. Click here to download a Harvest Stroll Registration Form. Participation questions? Contact event co-chair Scott Martin at

2014 Harvest Festival, Main Street

Monday, August 8, 2016

Harvest Stroll Registration Form

We're already busy planning our annual fall event, and this year we've given it a new name!

This year's Harvest Stroll will be Thursday, October 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Franklin.

Thanks to the two-way traffic changes downtown, we will block off Main Street for this year’s Stroll, making room for more participant booths, activities and entertainment.

“We have some big plans for this year’s Harvest Stroll, including some new attractions. We’re envisioning a block party downtown in October. The streetscape project will be nearly complete and we hope the community takes the afternoon to enjoy downtown and celebrate the improvements,” says Scott Martin, event co-chair along with Beth Simon and Jared Simon.

Harvest Stroll booths are free to Downtown Partnership business members and cost $75 for non-members. Businesses and groups that want to participate can contact Martin at

Click here to download a registration form. Booths will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis.

Sponsorships are available for this event. If interested, contact FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana at

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What Has The FDP Been Doing For 15 Years?

You've visited, walked by or driven past these places and things for years, yet have you ever stopped to think how they came to be? 

Here are some of the projects and events the Franklin Downtown Partnership has created or been involved with since 2001:

1 - The multi-year $7.25 million Streetscape Improvement Project 
2 - The Franklin Commons Development

3 - The Cake Bar patio on East Central Street
4 - The Summer Street patio area and green space
5 - The green space sitting area on West Central Street
6 - The design of the green space in front of the Historical Museum
7 - The bronze statue of the straw hat boy in front of the Historical Museum
8 - The park benches in downtown
9 - The downtown changeable gateway signs
10 - The new trash and recycling barrels
11 - The downtown holiday decorations and lights 
12 - Beautification and flowers throughout the downtown
13 - The launch and early management of the Farmers’ Market
14 - The Food Elves “12 Days of Donating” campaign
15 - The Franklin downtown map and brochure
16 - Emmons Street development property
17 - The 150 Emmons Street green space and Horace Mann Statue 
18 - Franklin High School scholarships
19 - On-going Economic Development 
20 - The Annual Strawberry Stroll

21 - The Annual October Stroll
22 - The Annual Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting
23 - Progressive Dinner and Third Thursday Events
24 - On-going community outreach and business support

25 - Won’t you join us this year for our next exciting downtown project?