Thursday, February 16, 2012

2012 Events Press Release

Franklin Downtown Partnership Announces 2012 Events

The Franklin Downtown Partnership has set the dates of its exciting events and festivals for 2012 such as the Strawberry Stroll, the Harvest Festival and the Holiday Stroll. The Partnership has also scheduled its General Meetings and invites all businesses and residents to attend and learn more about what’s happening in and around Franklin.

Downtown Beautification Day will be Saturday, May 19th. The FDP will join the Franklin Garden Club to spruce up the downtown center for spring and summer. Volunteers will plant more than 1,200 flowers, and community service hours will be available for students. Contact Eileen Mason at about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Winter Decorating Day will be November 18th.

The Strawberry Stroll is set for Thursday, June 7th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Partnership plans its famous strawberry shortcakes, entertainment and a sidewalk sale. The FDP is looking for sponsors for this popular event. For more information please contact event Co-Chairpersons Nicole Fortier or Tina Rogers at

The always-popular Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday, September 30th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each year this event draws more than 5,000 visitors. Booth registration information will be available on the FDP website in June. Mary Graff is the booth co-chair of this year’s festival and can be reached at   Jeanne Sherlock is the entertainment co-chair and can be contacted at

The Holiday Stroll will be Thursday, November 29th, at 4:00 p.m. A tree lighting, carolers, a visit from Santa, refreshments and shopping specials will kick off the holiday season. Once again Cindy Kozil and Roberta Trahan will be the co-chairs for this fun event.

The Partnership will hold General Meetings on March 1st, May 3rd, September 6th and November 1st. All businesses and residents are invited to learn more about the Partnership’s efforts in revitalizing downtown Franklin. These Thursday meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. at the Dean College Campus Center.

A complete listing of all events, meeting dates, contacts and volunteer opportunities can be found on the Partnership’s website,

The Franklin Downtown Partnership’s mission is to stimulate economic development downtown to create a positive impact throughout the area. Besides running the Harvest Festival and other events, the Partnership is also active in downtown improvement projects like beautification efforts and streetscape design. The Partnership welcomes all businesses and residents.  

As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Franklin Downtown Partnership depends on sponsors and membership to fund its efforts. Any business, organization or resident interested in becoming a sponsor or a member should contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at or (774) 571-3109, or visit the downtown office at 9 East Central Street.