The Franklin Downtown Partnership and the Franklin Garden Club currently are seeking volunteers and donations for the 10th annual Beautification Day on May 18. The event is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, rain or shine.
The non-profit Partnership and the Garden Club plan to install more than 1,000 flowers and greens on the bridge and islands downtown and in planter boxes in front of some businesses. The group will also plant and mulch the memorial gardens on the Town Common. All residents, especially students in need of community service hours, are asked to donate their time to help decorate downtown Franklin.
Besides planting help, a crew is also needed to help clean up brush and trash from downtown. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. on the center island in front of the Rome Restaurant. Any volunteers with pickup trucks are asked to help transport plants from Fairmount Farms on Lincoln Street at 8 a.m.
“We are working with Fairmount Farms again this year to create beautiful red, white and yellow displays,” says Beautification Day Chairperson Eileen Mason. “We are fortunate to have the continuing support of the FHS Hockey teams, and this year the YMCA has also stepped up. It’s our strong community spirit that helps us make a welcoming impression on the public.”
Beautification Day’s heavy lifting is accomplished by volunteers, some of whom work year-round planning, growing, planting, watering and maintaining the decorations. Donations and sponsorship are still needed. Fairway Independent Mortgage and D.G. Ranieri Real Estate are gold sponsors this year.
Additionally, proceeds from a fundraiser at Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits will help to offset the costs. The entire community is invited to a wine and beer tasting event on May 7 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Pour Richard’s, 14 Grove Street. Tickets are $10 per person.
Anyone interested in sponsoring or volunteering for Beautification Day should contact Eileen Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone interested in assisting the downtown clean-up committee can e-mail Chris Bond at email@example.com or Jim Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gold and platinum-level sponsors will have their names prominently displayed on a sign in the center island for the 2013 season. Silver sponsors will have their name displayed on a group sign in the center island for the remainder of the year. Details about sponsorship can be found at franklindowntownpartnership.org/.
The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to: Franklin Downtown Partnership, P.O. Box 413, Franklin, MA, 02038. For more information about the Partnership and becoming a member contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774)571-3109 or email@example.com.