Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Strawberry Stroll registration deadlines, health permits

The deadline to participate without paying a late fee is this Thursday, May 25
. After May 31 no more applications will be accepted. 

All participants need to fill out a participation form in order to reserve a space (even if you are a sponsor or have a store front). 

Send all forms and questions to Beth Wierling, Event Chair, at strawberrystroll@gmail.com.

If you plan to serve food that is not prepackaged and you are not a restaurant, you need to contact Town Hall to secure a health permit. There is a $50 fee for the permit, which you must send to Beth prior to event in order to serve your food product.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Strawberry Stroll Poster

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Downtown Beautification Day May 20 - Volunteers Wanted!

Volunteers Wanted for May 20 Downtown Beautification Day

A lot of April showers are sure to bring May flowers, which is perfect timing for the Franklin Downtown Partnership and Franklin Garden Club’s annual Beautification Day in downtown Franklin and the Town Common on Saturday, May 20.

Dozens of volunteers are needed this year to help plant the flowers and greenery on the downtown bridge and in barrels in front of businesses. The event will go on rain or shine.

Community service hours are available to high school sports teams, scout groups and students needing volunteer opportunities. Contact Beautification Day Chairperson Eileen Mason at emason4234@gmail.com to sign up.

Volunteers with trucks are also needed to help pick up a few trays of flowers at 7 a.m. at Fairmount Fruit Farm, 887 Lincoln St.

“Special thanks to Barry Madden of Franklin Ford for his generous donation of a pickup truck for the day’s activities,” says Mason. “I’d also like to thank Melanie Hamblen of Franklin Agway for volunteering her time and truck.”

Helpers can grab their garden gloves and meet Mason at 8 a.m. in the small commuter parking lot on West Central Street near Central Pizza and Hair Mania. Work is expected to wrap up by 11 a.m., or earlier if there are more volunteers.

“Our theme this year is patriotic red, white and blue, and all the plants are drought resistant,” says Mason. “The displays will give downtown Franklin a fresh and welcoming look and be a colorful finishing touch to the streetscape project.”

The Town is planning to incorporate additional plantings on the center island later this spring to add even more visual appeal.

Beautification Day is the result of a full year of planning, growing, maintaining and improving the summer and winter displays. Local businesses generously support the ongoing project without getting their hands dirty unless they want to.

D.G. Ranieri Real Estate and Eileen Mason of RE/MAX Executive Realty are the Gold sponsors this year. Draper & Kramer Mortgage Corp., Emma’s Quilt Cupboard & Sewing Center, Middlesex Savings Bank, and Charles F. Oteri & Son Funeral Home are Silver sponsors. Auerr, Zajac & Associates, LLP, Flynn|Wirkus|Young - Attorneys, John S. Marini of Marini Construction, and Tom Fricker Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. are Bronze sponsors.

To inquire about sponsorship or learn more about the event, please contact the FDP office at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Progressive Dinner poster

Follow this link to buy tickets today! 

Progressive Dinner press release

Downtown Franklin Progressive Dinner Tickets On Sale  

The Franklin Downtown Partnership invites everyone to savor the flavors of Franklin’s downtown restaurant scene in its third Progressive Dinner on Sunday, May 21. 

All of downtown Franklin’s dine-in restaurants are participating, offering specialty dishes that are sure to please everyone. 

“The progressive dinner is a fun way to experience the great tastes of Franklin’s downtown restaurants in one evening, in the company of good friends. Enjoy flavors from around the world by walking from one local restaurant to the next, without ever having to leave town,” says Jane Curran, event organizer. 

Tickets are $55 per person, including tips and taxes. Beverages are not included. Buy tickets and see menus at the Eventbrite ticket site, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/springtime-progressive-dinner-tickets-34482452945?ref=ebtnebtckt. The Progressive Dinner link is posted on the FDP website and on the FDP Facebook page. 

Diners will choose a start time and either “Flight A” or “Flight B” when they purchase tickets. Each flight will include a soup at one restaurant, an appetizer at a second location, then dinner at a third. Flights will be staggered to start every half hour beginning at 4:30 p.m., and diners can expect the evening’s activities to last about two hours. 

As a special treat before each flight begins, diners are invited to sample some remarkable olive oils and balsamic vinegars at Franklin’s newest shop, The Little Shop of Olive Oils, located at 5 Main Street.

“We’re thankful for these restaurants for participating and for our sponsors for making this night possible as this is a big fundraiser for the Downtown Partnership,” says Curran.

Real Living Realty Group is the evening’s Gold sponsor. Teddy Gallagher’s Irish Pub is a Silver sponsor. Printsmart Office Products and Tom Fricker Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. are Bronze sponsors.

Sponsorships are still available for this event. Contact Jane Curran at janeframe@verizon.net for more information or with questions about the dinner.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501©3 organization made up of 240 residents, business owners and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. The Partnership manages events like the Strawberry Stroll, Harvest Festival and Holiday Stroll, and initiatives such as Beautification, streetscape design, greenspace and sculpture projects. For more information about sponsoring an event or becoming a member, contact us at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com. Learn more at www.franklindowntownpartnership.org


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