Thursday, May 30, 2013

Strawberry Stroll Flyer

To download and print the flyer please click here.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

2013 Strawberry Stroll Press Release

Franklin’s Strawberry Stroll to be Thursday, June 13
Enjoy Strawberry Shortcake and Stroll Downtown from 4:00-7:00

The Franklin Downtown Partnership expects to dish up more than 700 sweet, juicy strawberry shortcakes at this year’s Strawberry Stroll on Thursday, June 13. The event will be held downtown from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., rain or shine. 

The FDP’s famous strawberry shortcakes will be served up by Dean Bank’s branch staff in front of the bank on Main Street. Volunteers expect to cut more than 160 quarts of red, ripe strawberries for the stroll. Garelick Farms will provide cases of whipped cream to top off the mouth-watering dessert. 

“We have seen great success with the transition of the event from a festival to a stroll. It encourages families to walk through the downtown and visit the local businesses. We are excited for our first event of the year and appreciate the continuing support of our local sponsors,” says Nicole Fortier, event chairperson. 

Sponsorship row will feature the event’s backers. Platinum sponsors for this event are Big Y World Class Market and Dean Bank. Silver sponsors are Dean College, Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU), Middlesex Savings Bank and Garelick Farms. Bronze sponsors are Chestnut Dental Associates and Franklin Ford, and at the Friends sponsor level CVS Pharmacy, Insanity All-Stars and Keefe Insurance. Music will be provided at the event by Music Odyssey Productions featuring Domenic Cotoia. The Franklin Art Center will have an art show and a sidewalk chalk design project for kids.

Participating businesses throughout downtown plan sweet and spring-themed specials for the afternoon. Singer and guitarist Kevin Wolfe will be performing outside Pisini Shoes on Main Street. At Jane’s Frames owner Jane Curran will have a special “Kids Create” art project for kids of all ages to participate in. 

The Historical Museum invites the public to its wedding gown display and A Cut Above will give out free hair tinsel, cider and cookiesMany other downtown businesses also are offering store specials and discounts.  Visitors can stroll downtown and visit booths in front of local businesses.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this popular event. For more information contact Event Chair Nicole Fortier at or Bryan Taberner at More information is also available on the Partnership’s website at  As a non-profit organization, the Downtown Partnership depends on sponsors for events including the Harvest Festival and the Holiday Stroll. 

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Partnership’s mission is to stimulate economic development downtown in order to create a positive impact throughout the area, and to be a pro-active organization that brings residents, business owners and community leaders together, encourages cooperation and builds leadership for the purpose of revitalizing downtown Franklin. For more information please contact the FDP downtown office at (774)571-3109 or  

A Google Docs version of this release is available here.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Links to Membership & Sponsorship Forms

It has come to our attention that recently there have been problems with links we've been using for various forms. We have re-set the Membership Application form and both the Sponsorship Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities forms.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this issue has caused. 

To access and print the forms in Google Docs click on the links below or on the links under the Membership and Sponsorship tabs.

Membership Application Form

Sponsorship Registration Form

Sponsorship Opportunities Form

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Beautification Day Recap


Thank you to all of you who came out Saturday to 
help with Beautification Day.  It was a real team effort by everyone involved.
Special Thanks to Eileen Mason who always makes this day a huge success.  Thanks to Barry Madden at Franklin Ford for donating the use of his truck and for Chris Bond for driving the team of volunteers! And to Jim Schultz for coordinating the clean-up crews. And to Shaw's for the bottled waters to keep us going. And to all the high school students who were able to participate in the planting.
Thanks to our sponsors:
Platinum: Big Y Foods
Gold: Fairway Independent Mortgage and D.G. Ranieri Real Estate,
Silver: Byrne Financial Freedom, Dean Bank
Bronze: Roche and Roche and Next Step Living
If you are interested in being a Gold or Silver sponsor please contact the FDP office this week so we can get your name listed on the sponsorship sign
Anyone interested in helping with the flower watering should contact Eileen soon...remember to keep your flowers watered.
Enjoy the Sun,

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Important Reminders

Anyone still interested in sponsoring the Strawberry Stroll
or Beautification who has not yet contacted the FDP office
should do so today so we can get you listed
on the promotional materials.
Beautification Day
This Saturday, May 18th
Please meet at downtown center at 9:00 am
Please contact Chris Bond, Jim Schultz or
Eileen Mason with any questions
or for community service forms.
Strawberry Stroll
Thursday, June 13th 4:00 pm
Anyone interested in participating should
contact co-chairs this week.  Nicole Fortier-
or Bryan Taberner-
If you still have not sent in your 2013 membership dues
please do so as soon as possible.  Important: All FDP business
memberships will need to be paid by June 15th in order to
receive a free booth at the Harvest don't delay.
Membership Forms can be found here.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sponsors Needed for Popular Event

Dear Business Members:
The Strawberry Stroll is only a month away, June 13th.
We hope you will consider sponsoring this fun downtown
Please let us know by next week if you plan to
be a sponsor so we can list you on the flyers, signs, and
in the press release.

Thanks for your support. See the links to the sponsorship
levels and details below.  Please call the office (774)571-3109 if you
have any questions.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Fundraiser this Tuesday

Raise a Glass with the Downtown Partnership at Pour Richard’s

The Franklin Downtown Partnership invites the public to Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits for a wine and beer tasting party on Tuesday, May 7. Come mingle with friends old and new while sampling a variety of beverages and learning about Pour Richard’s unique products. Try your luck with a chance to win raffle prizes and hear about the FDP’s plans for downtown Franklin.

The fundraiser will take place at Pour Richard’s new location, 14 Grove Street, Franklin, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.mTickets are $10 and proceeds will help to support the Partnership’s Beautification efforts and downtown events. Dean Bank and Next Step Living will sponsor the event.  Raffle prizes include items donated by Jane’s Frames and Emma’s Quilt Cupboard.

“Pour Richard’s is a unique new business in Franklin and we invite everyone to come experience something different,” says Lisa Piana, FDP executive director. “We hope to bring the community together to support our downtown revitalization efforts, and this is a fun way for residents and business owners to learn more about the Partnership’s goals.”

Money raised at this tasting evening will be used to support on-going beautification efforts and the downtown events, including the Strawberry Festival on June 13th. The Partnership, the Franklin Garden Club and many volunteers plant more than 1,200 colorful flowers downtown each spring, and hang wreaths and greenery for the holidays. This year’s spring Beautification Day will be Saturday, May 18.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 2 General Meeting Agenda

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting Agenda
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Dean College Campus Center @ 8:30 a.m.
Golder Room

I.         Open Meeting

II.        Adoption of Agenda

III.       Introductions

IV.      Spring Fundraiser Party -- Lisa Piana
           Pour Richard's, Tuesday, May 7, 5-7:30 p.m.

V.       Downtown Parking -- Town Administrator Jeff Nutting
           a.  Parking discussion and solutions

VI.      Report from Executive Director
           a.  Membership, Sponsorship

VII.     Strawberry Stroll Report -- Nicole Fortier, Bryan Taberner
           Strawberry Stroll, Thursday, June 13

VIII.    Networking Luncheon -- Joel Carrara

IX.      Beautification Day and Cleaning Committee -- Chris Bond
           Planting Day, Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. -- Eileen Mason

X.      New Business
          a.  New businesses coming to downtown

XI.     Adjourn

Next General FDP Meeting -- Thursday, September 5 (No July meeting)

Click here for a printable version of the agenda.