Thursday, January 29, 2015

Please Join Us!

Franklin Downtown Partnership 
General Meeting
Thursday, February 5
8:30 a.m.
Dean College Campus Center
Golder Room

Bring your ideas for 2015!
Coffee and Refreshments Served
Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

December's '12 Days of Donating' Totals Top 2013

The Franklin Food Elves are pleased to announce that the final donation numbers are in and the “12 Days of Donating” Campaign has collected more than three tons (or 6,400 pounds) of goods and $8,500 for the Franklin Food Pantry.

(L-R) Food Elf Ellie Teixeira, Co-founder Cameron Piana, Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch at the Franklin Food Pantry in December 2014.
More than 90 Food Elves collected from over 30 Franklin neighborhoods, the most volunteers in the history of the Franklin Food Elves. They worked in conjunction with local businesses that set up collection bins at their locations around town.
“We’d like to thank all of residents of Franklin who donated to our campaign this year. We also would like to thank the elves who worked hard to bring the donations in, and the businesses that helped fill the donation bins at their locations,” says Cameron Piana, Food Elves co-founder.
The Franklin Food Elves was co-founded by Melissa and Cameron Piana 9 years ago and
has grown each year.  Since the beginning the organization has brought in a total of 10 tons (20,380 pounds) of food donations and over $25,700 for the Franklin Food Pantry.
Local businesses were deeply involved in this year’s campaign. DCU gave a check for $5,000, and 15 other businesses pledged a $200 cash donation and donated time and bin space to the cause.
Those businesses included Auerr, Zajac & Associates, LLC, Berry Insurance, British Beer Company, Dean Bank, Dean College, Drama Kids of Metro West, Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, the Franklin Downtown Partnership, Jane’s Frames, Keefe Insurance Agency, Murphy Business, Printsmart Office Products, Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits, RE/MAX Executive Realty, and Yellin & Hyman, P.C. 

For more information about the Food Elves and the “12 Days of Donating” campaign, please contact the Food Elves at or visit their Facebook page.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

After Hours Thank You

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold, wet weather last night to join us for our After-Hours Fundraiser at Pour Richard's Wine & Spirits. 

Fun raffle items were donated by Emma's Quilt Cupboard, Franklin Honey, Jane's Frames, Simon's Furniture and the Bernon Family Branch YMCA. 

Ann and John of Pour Richard's sponsored the event and donated a portion of the night's sales to the Partnership. 

Many thanks also to The Cake Bar, Big Y World Market and Making Whoopie... for the delicious refreshments.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cultural District Committee Planning Celebration of the Arts

Come Join Us  January 15 at 7PM at THE BLACK BOX
Hi All
The Franklin Cultural District Steering Committee is in the process of planning a week-long celebration of the arts in downtown Franklin in July. 
We envision a celebration that would include participation by all things Cultural that are Franklin-based
We’ll celebrate Franklin’s
           History through Museum and Library tours and events
           Culinary Arts – Restaurants etc
The week could include performances at venues throughout the downtown such as Franklin Common, THE BLACK BOX and others. Museum and Library tours.  Events at our Downtown Restaurants.  Let’s think out of the box.            
BRING YOUR IDEAS.  Plans are not finalized yet.  The purpose our meeting is to develop some enthusiasm and get your feedback to drive this event to a  wonderful week celebrating the arts and perhaps to build an annual celebration. 
Hope to see you there.
Alan Mercer
Director of Advancement
Franklin Performing Arts Company
Office: 508-528-8668  Cell: 508-922-7290