Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2013 Events Press Release

Franklin Downtown Partnership Sets 2013 Events

The Franklin Downtown Partnership announces the dates of its exciting events and festivals for 2013, including the Strawberry Stroll, the ever-popular Harvest Festival and the Holiday Stroll. The Partnership also has 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 18th, at 9 a.m. 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 Sunday, November 24th. 

The Strawberry Stroll will be Thursday, June 13th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Partnership plans its famous strawberry shortcakes, entertainment and a sidewalk sale. The FDP is currently looking for sponsors for this popular event. For more information please contact event Co-Chairs Nicole Fortier at or Bryan Taberner at

This year’s annual Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday, October 6th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each year this popular fair draws more than 6,000 visitors. Booth registration information will be available on the FDP website in June.

The Holiday Stroll will be Thursday, December 5th, at 4:00 p.m. A tree lighting, carolers, a visit from Santa, refreshments and shopping specials will kick off the holiday season. Roberta Trahan and Gregg Chalk will be the co-chairs for this festive event. 

The Partnership will hold General Meetings on May 2nd, September 5th and November 7th. All business owners and residents are invited to learn more about the Partnership’s efforts in revitalizing downtown Franklin. The 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 events, the Partnership is also active in downtown improvement projects like beautification efforts and streetscape design. The FDP currently has more than 150 members.  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. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2013 Membership Application

Friendly Reminder....
Your 2013 Franklin Downtown Partnership membership is due by April 30th.
You should be receiving an invoice via e-mail or regular mail.  If you have not received your invoice, you can use the attached application to send in with your membership payment.
Thanks for your continued interest and support!  We look forward to another exciting and successful year. 
Lisa Piana
Executive Director

Monday, March 25, 2013

Beautification and Fundraiser Announcements

Beautification Day is right around the corner...
Saturday, May 18th at 9:00 AM
If you would like to volunteer please contact one of our Beautification Committee members:
Eileen Mason:
Jim Schultz:
If you would like to be a sponsor for Beautification please contact the FDP office or fill out this Sponsorship Registration form.
Please check out our Sponsorship Opportunities form for more information about how you can help us continue to produce our events. 
This year we will also be having a Special Fundraising Event to raise money for Downtown Beautification and FDP Events
Tuesday, May 7th
5:00-7:30 at Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits
More information coming soon! 
You won't want to miss this fun Spring Event!
If you would like to be a sponsor of this event or like to donate a raffle item please contact the FDP office at or (774) 571-3109.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Please Sponsor Us!

Dear FDP Members:
Spring is almost here and that means
it is event planning time for the Partnership.
We want to thank all of our past sponsors
who supported our events.  We look
forward to another successful year and hope
that we can count on your support again.
As you know, the FDP is only able to continue
these events with funding from businesses like
yours.  Our first event is the Strawberry Festival,
on June 13th.  The deadline is May 5th to be included
in the newspapers and promotional materials.

Thanks for your continued generosity,

Lisa Piana
Executive Director

2013 Sponsor Registration Form

2013 Sponsorship Opportunities

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Event Dates Set

We have set the dates for our popular Downtown events:

Strawberry Stroll -- Thursday, June 13

Harvest Festival -- Sunday, October 6

Holiday Stroll -- Thursday, December 5

Check back here to find contact information, sponsorship details and registration forms soon! 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March 7 General Meeting Agenda

FDP General Meeting -Thursday, March 7th at 8:30 am
Dean College, Golder Room
Trish White will be presenting
"Strategic Marketing Using Social Media"

Presentation will include:1. New trends in social media for 2013
2. What is SEO - search engine optimization?
3. Is blogging important?
4. Using social networks to engage with your customer base
5. A few (amazing) Google Business Tools
We hope to see all of you there to learn more...

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting Agenda

I.          Open Meeting

II.         Adoption of Agenda

III.        Introductions

IV.       New Business

V.       Jeff Nutting, Town Administrator
           a.  Town Updates

VI.      Trish White:  Strategic Marketing Using Social Media

VII.     Adjourn