Monday, May 16, 2016

2016 Strawberry Stroll Flyer

Our 2016 Strawberry Stroll happens Thursday, June 9! 
We have a lot of fun planned and hope you'll join us at our 
kick-off to summer celebration.

All Roads Lead to Downtown Franklin Restaurants at Sunday Night's Progressive Dinner

Sunday evening's Progressive Dinner in Downtown Franklin had diners enjoying soups at either Maguro House or Hang Tai, then appetizers at either Bamboo House or Acapulco's, and then ending with dinner, entertainment and a raffle at The Rome Restaurant. 

Thank you to the restaurants for the delicious food, and thanks to Franklin Matters for sponsoring our Restaurant Stroll!

Thanks, too, to all the businesses that donated raffle items for the night:  Bernon Family Branch YMCA, Emma's Quilt Cupboard, Jane's Frames, Printsmart Office Products and Sally's Alley!

Last -- but certainly not least -- thanks Jane Curran for your tireless organization of this event! 

The next Progressive Dinner is coming up in September - watch our website and Facebook page for ticket information!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dean College's 150th Commencement Happens Saturday

Congratulations and Good Luck, Dean College Graduates! 

Dean College's 150th Commencement Exercises

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Preparations will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the ceremony taking place at 11 a.m. 

Please be courteous and careful driving Saturday morning as many guests may be unfamiliar with downtown Franklin's streets. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Beautification Day Press Release

Downtown Beautification Day is May 21

The Franklin Downtown Partnership and the Franklin Garden Club will decorate the downtown center and the Town Common for spring and summer on Saturday, May 21, starting at 8 a.m. Many volunteers and sponsors are needed to help with planting, mulch spreading, and costs associated with beautifying Franklin’s public spaces.
Event Chairperson Eileen Mason and the 2015 display on downtown bridge. 

Helpers will bring their gardening gloves and meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine, in the West Central Street parking lot next to the bridge. Community service hours are available for students; members of the Franklin High School hockey teams will again donate time to the beautification project this year.

According to event organizer Eileen Mason, gardeners and helpers will plant the barrels downtown in front of businesses and on the Common that day. Volunteers with trucks are needed to help pick up materials at 7 a.m. at Fairmount Fruit Farm, 887 Lincoln St., Franklin.  

This is a fun and satisfying way people can give back to their community,” Mason says. “By making Franklin more attractive to those of us who live here and to visitors, we show we care about our town.”

Email Mason at to volunteer time or a vehicle.

Barrel outside The Rome Restaurant, 2014.
Student volunteers help out in 2014.
Mason adds that beautification efforts happen year round, not only two days per year. Planning, growing, maintaining and improving the summer and winter displays take and money.

“We count on the sponsors who support Beautification and help when we need to upgrade planters or replace displays. You don’t have to get your hands dirty, literally, to help us,” says Mason.

D.G. Ranieri Real Estate is a Gold sponsor, and Auerr, Zajac & Associates LLP is a Silver sponsor of beautification efforts. Interested sponsors can email or visit

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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Downtown Streetscape Project Update #28

From the Town Administrator's office:

May 10, 2016
Downtown Project Update #28
As many residents have probably noticed, the downtown revitalization project has hit its stride. For the upcoming two weeks, continue to expect frequent, short detours around downtown, while the contractors finalize installation of new sidewalks up East Central to the center and up Main Street. This section of work should conclude within the next two weeks, weather permitting. The contractors are also going to begin milling the street and getting the roadway network ready for paving.
This update will be the first in many to educate the public of when the downtown will become two-way traffic pattern. Please share with your friends and family that downtown will have two-way traffic. The Town will be placing electronic boards around the area to alert drivers of the new two-way traffic pattern. We expect this could occur as early as the end of June, weather permitting. Everything is weather permitting in New England, right?

Given the progress being made to date, the project looks to be on schedule for completion toward early August.