Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Harvest Festival 2009 - video

The 2009 Harvest Festival video


Video edited by Michael Puttre with photo contribution from Lisa Piana and Terri Frank

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

America on the Move - Wed 12:00 PM

Dear Members

As part of the YMCA America on the Move the FDP will be walking downtown
for 30 minutes on Wednesday, September 23rd at 12:00 noon. 

We will be meeting in front of Cafe Dolce.

Please come and join us for a walk downtown.

For more information you can go to

Harvest Festival

Warren Reyonld's posted a video recap of the Harvest Festival:

Steve Sherlock posted his pictures and comments on Franklin Matters here

Thanks to all for taking part, it was a great day!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Harvest Festival 2009 Flyer

2009 Harvest Festival Press Release

September 14, 2009-For Immediate Release Contact: Lisa Piana (774)571-3109


Franklin Harvest Festival Expands This Year

The Franklin Downtown Partnership expects this year’s sixth annual Harvest Festival to be even larger than in years past. With more food vendors, more music and entertainment, an antique car show and over 100 crafters, the Partnership expects close to 3,000 visitors to attend this year’s festivities.

The festival will be Sunday, September 20th, from 11:00 am-4:00 pm. The rain date is Sunday, September 27th. The event will be held in downtown Franklin on Main Street, East Central Street and the Summer Street Patio. According to Festival Chairperson Mary Graff, the Harvest Festival is the Partnership’s largest fundraising event and the largest event of its kind in the area. “We are excited that for the first time we will be closing down Main Street to traffic,” says Graff “This will really add a new dimension to the festival...”

Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include; an antique car show, martial arts demonstration, Children ID, painting demonstrations and a farmers’ market. In the children section there will be a moon walk, slide, face painting and many fun children’s games. There will also be plenty of music at the CafĂ© Dolce patio and in front of Rockland Trust Bank. The bands include Random Play, Nothing to No One and Knuf Said.

In addition to the Partnership’s food stand at Dean Bank, there will be food vendors

set up at the Berry Insurance parking lot that will include fun food like sausage sandwiches, fried dough and clam chowder. “We listened to visitors last year who asked for more food, so visitors should come hungry!” commented one festival organizer.

Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation is this year’s Gold Sponsor and Middlesex Savings Bank is the Bronze Sponsor. Additional Festival Sponsors include CVS, Dean Bank, D.G. Ranieri Supply Company, Digital Federal Credit Union and Vallee Jewelers. According to Executive Director, Lisa Piana, “We are able to have this festival each year due to the generosity of our sponsors and the support from town hall, especially the police department.” As a non-profit organization the Downtown Partnership depends on sponsors in order to fund the downtown events.

Visitors to the festival can find parking at the old municipal building on Emmons Street, Davis Thayer School the town common, the library parking lots, and the historical museum. Traffic will be detoured from East Central Street to Cottage Street. Visitors should plan accordingly since Main Street will be closed during the event.

Any one who would like to volunteer or sponsor future events should contact the Franklin Downtown Partnership office at Any business or resident who would like to become a member of the Partnership should call Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774)571-3109 or visit the downtown office at 9 East Central Street. The Partnership’s mission is to stimulate economic development in the downtown in order to create a positive impact throughout the area. New members are always welcome!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Third Thursday

The September air was fresh. The clouds were collecting the sunset. ArtBeat's craft room was busy. The folks at H&R Block were quietly organizing some files awaiting visitors. The downtown streets were relatively quiet for this Third Thursday.

Plan for the next Third Thursday, Oct 15th

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Third Thursday - 9/17/09

Yes, Third Thursday has rolled around for September already. Here are the details for the events scheduled to occur this Thursday evening in downtown Franklin:

Thursday, September 17 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM hosted by Artbeat, The Creativity Store

Turning Sibling Rivalry into Harmony
Meet identical twin sisters (and Bellingham residents) Heather Kempskie and Lisa Hanson this Thursday, September 17th at ARTBEAT from 4:30 to 6:00 PM when we feature their award-winning "The Siblings' Busy Book: 200 Fun Activities for Kids of Different Ages."   Heather and Lisa will share tips with parents, and kids will have the chance to try some fun activities that help turn sibling rivalry into harmony.  

Theme:  It's All About Time

Emma's Quilt Cupboard, It's Time to get started on your Holiday Gifts.  Come see our beautiful fall/holiday samples and take advantage of our new class offerings

Jane's Frames, 11 E. Central St. It's Time for Celebrating 15 years in business. Daily specials with lots of 15% off savings!

H & R Block, 9 E. Central St. It's Time for Tax Planning! Tax talks every 15 minutes. Topics: education, making work pay credit, first time home buyers credit, home energy credits

Hair at Nail It, 20 Main St. Free wash & blow dry & new customer coupon

Franklin Pizza,  18 Cottage Street, Free 2 liter soda with large pizza purchase

Pretty is Pink, 9 Summer Street, It's Time for You. Shop for yourself, enter free drawing for Gift Certificate

Rick's Restaurant  28 W. Central St., It's Time for Taste, 3rd Thursday participants: Diners enjoy free homemade onion rings.

Sarapaan,  17 E. Central St , It's Time for a new look! Design your earrings and let us finish it for you.

Salon Sorella, 9 Summer St. It's Time to relax! Receive a free 10 minute back massage.

Get full details at each participating business

So much is happening Downtown/Uptown Franklin Come join the Fun!

You can also mark your calendar for October 15th and November 19th for the next Third Thursdays!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Event Reminders

FDP General Meeting

Thursday, September 17th - 8:30 am
Campus Center, Golder Room 2nd Floor
Agenda will be sent out shortly
Coffee will be served

Third Thursday in Downtown Franklin

Thursday, September 17th
More details to come

Harvest Festival

Sunday, September 20th
Need volunteers for set up and clean up
Please contact Nicole Fortier at if you can help out.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

General Meeting Agenda

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dean College Golder Room @ 8:30 am

  1. Open Meeting 8:30 am
  1. Adoption of Agenda
  1. Report from Executive Director:
    1. Membership
    2. Harvest Festival
  1. Partnership Website Presentation: Lisa Piana, Terri Frank
  1. Streetscape Update: Bryan Taberner
    1. Two-way traffic on Main Street
    2. Underground utilities on East Central Street
  1. New Business
  1. Other Business
  1. Adjourn

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Friday, Sep 11 - Jack Murray Performs at Cafe Dolce

Friday, September 11th
Jack Murray, a Downtown Partnership member, will be performing at Cafe' Dolce,. 
All donations will be given to the Dana Farber Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Harvest Festival - Sunday, Sep 20th

11:00 am-4:00 pm.

The event will be downtown on Main Street, East Central Street and Summer Street. Over 100 crafters and vendors, free music and entertainment, children’s games, fun food, farmers’ market, and an antique car show.

Rain date is Sunday, September 27th

For more info contact Mary Graff at or the FDP office at (774)571-3109

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dead Trees Removed

Just a quick update.  I met with the DPW this morning.
They will be removing the dead trees throughout the downtown area and replacing the grates with cement in areas where the trees were.   This will be most noticeable on Main Street where it will open up some of the sidewalks.
Lisa Piana