Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Holiday Stroll Press Release

FDP Looking Ahead to 2011 Holiday Stroll

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is making plans for the 2011 Holiday Stroll, to be held downtown on Thursday, December 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to the tree lighting and Santa’s annual visit, the Partnership and the charitable community service group Franklin Food Elves will be collecting items for the Franklin Food Pantry.

Organizers expect about 1,000 people will come downtown for an evening of holiday fun.  A holiday tree lighting ceremony at Dean College will kick off the festivities, complete with carolers, cookies and hot chocolate. Visitors can drop off their Food Pantry donations there and then stroll throughout the downtown to enjoy special promotions and entertainment at participating businesses. Santa will be on hand from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to hear children’s wish lists at Simon’s Furniture, and radio station 103.3 WODS-FM will be at the Berry Insurance parking lot handing out prizes. The Historical Museum will be open for tours that evening too.

For more information on the Stroll please contact event co-chairs Cindy Kozil,, and Roberta Trahan,

This year’s Stroll will be supported by Silver Sponsors D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, Dean Bank, DCU, Ferguson Enterprises, Middlesex Savings Bank and NHS Print, and Bronze Sponsors Judith Butler, MA, L.L.C. , Attorney John J. Roche, Laura Lowe, Realtor, Coldwell Banker, and Franklin Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. Businesses interested in supporting this event should contact FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774)571-3109 or for details. Sponsorship forms can also be found here.

As a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, the Downtown Partnership depends on sponsors to run this and other events, including the Strawberry Stroll, the Harvest Festival and Beautification. For more information please contact the FDP at  

Monday, October 24, 2011

Holiday Stroll Sponsorship Needed

Holiday Stroll
Thursday, December 1
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sponsorships are needed for this exciting event!

If you are interested in being a sponsor please email Lisa at the FDP office,, by Tuesday, October 25 so we can list your business on the flyers!

Bronze Sponsor -- $100
Silver Sponsor -- $250
Gold Sponsor -- $500

Your business will be listed on all flyers, posters, website and in all press releases. SUCH A DEAL!

Thank you for your continued support!  We look forward to another exciting Holiday Stroll. Please contact our Holiday Stroll Co-Chairs if you are interested in participating in the Stroll: Cindy Kozil,, or Roberta Trahan,

Click here for a Sponsorship Registration Form.

Click here for a list of Sponsorship Opportunities.

Click here for the Letter to Businesses.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We're looking ahead to the 2011 Holiday Stroll

If you don't have a Facebook account you can download and print the file from here.2011 Holiday Stroll Letter to Businesses

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sunday's 9th Annual Harvest Festival was a big hit! Thousands of visitors enjoyed everything the festival had to offer -- crafts, music and dancing, exhibits, food and fun. The sun even made an appearance! Check out our slideshow (right) to see hundreds of photos of our vendors, entertainers and visitors. 

THANK YOU to our numerous volunteers and our generous Sponsors! All of you made this event a great success. 

Gold Sponsor:  Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation

Gold Sponsor Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation

Silver Sponsors:  DCU, Green Mountain Chocolates, Middlesex Savings Bank

Silver Sponsor DCU and the Mobile Branch

Silver Sponsor Green Mountain Chocolates

Silver Sponsor Middlesex Savings Bank

Bronze Sponsors:  Byrne Financial Freedom, LLC., Chestnut Dental Associates, Dean Bank, NHS Print and Mike Dunsky/Guaranteed Rate

Bronze Sponsor Byrne Financial Freedom, LLC.

Bronze Sponsor Chestnut Dental Associates

Bronze Sponsor Dean Bank manned the food booth

Friends of the Festival Sponsors:  D.G. Ranieri Supply Company, Fenton Financial Group, Ferguson Enterprises, Keefe Insurance, Ten Key, Inc., and Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, Franklin

Friends of the Festival Sponsor Ferguson Enterprises

Friends of the Festival Sponsor Ten Key, Inc.

Thank you also to the Franklin Police Department and the Franklin Department of Public Works for helping to make this a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Passport Draw Winners

Thank you to all our visitors who used our Harvest Festival Passport and entered the drawing for fabulous prizes donated
by our sponsors and vendors.

Congratulations to our Winners! 

Susan Moore of Franklin won the Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center Ballet Princess Basket valued at $200.

Bonnie McGaffigan of Franklin won the Sally's Alley Provenance Woven Wood Shade valued at $550.

Ginny Greenhalgh of Franklin won the Christine Hogan Tupperware Tupperware item valued at $25.

Shane Cataido of Franklin won the Happy Tails Doggy Daycare Dog Treat Basket valued at $75.

Chris McFarlane of Wrentham won the Hockomock Area YMCA Gift Certificate valued at $100.

Meredith Vaughan of Franklin won The Blu Bead & Paw Italian Onyx Bracelet valued at $15.

Jay Crittenden of Franklin won the FSPA Electric Youth CD valued at $15.

Clare Crawford of Franklin won the Hampton Inn of Franklin and Milford One Night Stay valued at $179.

Judy Shumaker of Franklin won the Gems by Jules Reversible Ribbon Belt valued at $25.

Carol Cotoia of Attleboro won the Studio Seventy Five Jewelry Chalcedony Briolette & Necklace valued at $49.

Warren Mayhen of Franklin won the Ten Key, Inc., Wine Basket valued at $70.

Elizabeth Rawlinson of Lunenburg won the Beaux Regards Photographic Art Artistic Tote Bag & Stationary valued at $27.

Heidi Anderson of Medway won the Franklin Art Association 9x12 Oil on Canvas valued at $220.

JoAnn Laliberte of Franklin won the H&R Block Tax Preparations valued at $200.

Debbie Shook of Norfolk won the Amanda Gard Discovery Toys Quibits Set valued at $60.

Phyllis Mueller of Franklin won the SELF One Hour Facial valued at $65.

Terri Donovan of Franklin won the Grandma Jen's Crafts Gift Certificate valued at $15.

Pam McLeod of Franklin won the TruPickles Gift Certificate valued at $70.

Judy Anderson of Franklin won the LiveARTS Two Tickets to a LiveARTS Concert valued at $36.

Kim Smakal of Franklin won the Clarion Farm Half Hour Private Riding Lesson valued at $50.

Prizes can be picked up during regular branch hours at 
Middlesex Savings Bank, Franklin Village Branch, 
1st Floor, 1000 Franklin Village Drive. 
Harvest Festival Chairperson Angie Grant will contact each winner via email with more details.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Harvest Festival Today

Please join us TODAY for the 
Harvest Festival
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rain or Shine!
Downtown Franklin:  East Central Street, 
West Central Street and Main Street

Crafts, Food, Children's Games and Activities, Historical Museum Tours, Live Entertainment, Antique Cars, Fire Station Open House, Farmers Market, Local Businesses' Specials

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Gold Sponsor:  Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation

Silver Sponsors:  Middlesex Savings Bank, DCU and Green Mountain Chocolates

Bronze Sponsors:  Dean Bank,  Chestnut Dental Associates, Byrne Financial Freedom, LLC., Mike Dunsky/Guaranteed Rate and NHS Print

Friends of the Festival Sponsors:  D.G. Ranieri Supply Company, Ferguson Enterprises, Ten Key, Inc., Keefe Insurance, Fenton Financial Group and Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, Franklin