Monday, October 20, 2014

Musicianship Rocked the Harvest Festival

The musical lineup at this year's Harvest Festival was the largest yet. Here are photos from just some of the entertainers who appeared on the Center Island and the East Central Street Patio earlier this month. 

Photos courtesy of John Samolyk. See more of John's photos here:  Contact John at

On the East Central Street Patio:

Brick Wall Hearts

Brass Quintet


On the Center Island:

Corinne Savage

Heath Nisbett


Michael Stefanic

Jamie Barrett

Friday, October 10, 2014

Berry Insurance Costume Drive Going On Now

Berry Insurance Kicks off the 8th Annual Halloween Costume Drive Supporting Boston Area Kids

It’s that time of year again! Berry Insurance is participating in the 8th Annual Halloween Costume Drive along with Four Points by Sheraton located in Norwood, Massachusetts. All donations are to benefit patients at Children’s Hospital Boston and their annual Halloween parade. Last year we had a great turn out of donations from the local community, and we are once again hoping to top that this year!
20140819_125616 - editedWe are accepting NEW Halloween costumes, accessories, and other Halloween “treats”. The possibilities are endless, from make-up, to props, coloring books, stickers, puzzles or games. Please, nothing scary or violent and no food/candy items. The donated items are collected for all age groups, from infant to teen sizes. Costumes and accessories for both girls and boys are welcome and appreciated!
The donations collected allow the kids at Children’s Hospital Boston to celebrate the joy of Halloween during their hospital stay. The hospital holds an annual Halloween parade for all the kids! If you would like to make a contribution to this great cause, please visit the Berry Insurance office before Friday, October 24th, 2014 to donate your gifts.
Don’t have time to stop by? Feel free to drop your gift in the mail directed to Berry Insurance (31 Hayward Street, Suite J, Franklin, MA 02038). Don’t have time to shop? We are also accepting cash donations & we’ll do the shopping for you. We truly appreciate your support of this worthy cause.
For more information about this great cause, please contact Kaitlyn Pintarich at (508) 440-2290. Thank you in advance for helping to make this Halloween exceptional at Children’s Hospital Boston.
*Authored by Amanda Spittell.

A Heartwarming Story from Franklin Matters

This story appeared on Franklin Matters this week. Nice job Mirabella and Katherine!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Harvest Festival Kids' Fundraiser Success!

Hi there! 
Katherine Kurtz (left) Mirabella Carrara (right)

I just wanted to share with "FRANKLIN MATTERS" about the wonderful, and 
successful day our girls had at their Harvest Festival booth. 

Mirabella Carrara and Katherine Kurtz, both age 9, met in pre-school, 
forming an immediate bond. They now sit side-by-side in their forth grade 
classroom at Davis Thayer Elementary. Their philanthropic hearts and love 
for American Girl dolls gave rise to the idea of selling crafts in order to raise 
money to buy toys, books and dolls for patients at Boston Children's Hospital
where Mirabella was treated as a baby.

The girls partnered with American Girl Place in Natick and were able to shop 
there and deliver gifts to BCH last year. 
crafts sold to raise money

With the local support and encouragement, the girls have decided to make 
this an annual event and started their efforts early this year. Through sales 
and generous donations, they raised $342 yesterday, selling hot pink sparkly 
star ornaments and earrings that they made. They also had a coloring table 
where children were encouraged to color an official Get Well card. We 
collected over 50 Get Well cards that will be delivered with our gifts in 

Thank you to Franklin for supporting these girls, their great idea, and the 
children at Boston Children's Hospital
Kellie Carrara (mother)
Franklin, MA

making Get Well cards at the Harvest Festival
making Get Well cards at the Harvest Festival

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Scenes from the Festival

Some photos from the 12th annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 5. Check out our slideshow (right) to see even more. 

Record crowds in downtown Franklin Sunday
Kids lined up for Face Painting at Emma's Quilt Cupboard
Franklin Art Association painted on Main Street
The Franklin Downtown Partnership informational booth
Domenic Cotoia entertained crowds in front of Rockland Trust
The Children's Area run by the YMCA
Ladybug Spots art project at E. Central and Summer streets
The FDP ladybug!
Balloon artist at the cake bar
Encore Music Academy booth on Main Street
Crowds worked their way through the booths
Liberty Tax's mascot took time out to dance to the DJ's jams
Main Street booths
Fred Astaire Dance School dancers strutted their stuff at the Center Island
Yoga break at Tranquil Souls
H&R Block booth on East Central
Nice Car Care's headless mechanic
Landscape Depot's activity entertained kids
Dean College students enjoy the day
More booths in the Children's Area
Children's Area booths

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic
Native Spirit booth on East Central Street

ERA Key Realty kept things lively on West Central Street
Maguro House served up sushi and smiles
All out of Whoopie Pies
Akin Bak at the Historical Museum
Fire Department's Touch A Truck 
Jamie Barrett and the "River Runs Through" mural