Friday, September 8, 2017

2017 Harvest Festival Poster

Click here to download and print or share our poster!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

FDP General Meeting Thursday morning

Please join us Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at Dean College for our fall General Meeting. Everyone's invited to meet fellow members and hear the latest updates from town administrators and event organizers. There will be free coffee, too!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Updated 2017 Events and Meetings schedule

We have added a luncheon, adjusted a meeting time, and moved up the Harvest Festival start time. Here's our updated 2017 Events and Meetings schedule:

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Happy Labor Day

The FDP office will be closed Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

2017 Harvest Festival Registration Form

2017 Harvest Festival Registration Opens press release

Registration will begin in August for crafters, vendors, artists and community groups who want to participate in the Franklin Downtown Partnership’s 15th annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This fall’s Harvest Festival is expected to draw more than 8,000 visitors to downtown Franklin. The rain date will be Sunday, October 15. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for the event.

Booths are free to 2017 business members, $125 for non-members, and $185 for food vendors. The registration deadline for participants is September 20. Downtown business owners need to send in a registration to secure store-front space.

A late charge of $35 will be added to registration forms received after September 20, and no registrations will be accepted after October 1.
Event details and registration forms will be posted in early August on, on the FDP’s Facebook event page and on Twitter. Questions can be directed to Harvest Festival Chair Scott Martin at

Sponsors are needed to help support the FDP’s largest and most popular festival. As a non-profit organization, the Downtown Partnership depends on sponsors to fund this and other efforts including Beautification, the Strawberry Stroll and the Holiday Stroll. Sponsorship forms can be found on the FDP website under the Sponsors tab.

Currently, Dean Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank and Rockland Trust are Silver sponsors. Chestnut Dental Associates, DCU, the Franklin Cultural Council, Franklin Ford and Real Living Realty are Bronze sponsors. The Franklin Historical Museum and Franklin Cultural District, LeafFilter, Rescom Exteriors, and Tom Fricker Heating & AC, Inc. are Friends sponsors.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a 501©3 organization made up of 240 business owners, community leaders and residents working to stimulate economic development downtown and create a positive impact throughout the area. For more information please visit  


Thursday, July 6, 2017

FDP Member-to-Member Discount Program Taking Shape

Discount open to members, families

Resident members, business members, and their families are invited to take part in the new Franklin Downtown Partnership Member-to-Member Discount Program!

We are busy compiling the growing list of discounts (right), such as special pricing on a car at Franklin Ford, 10% off restaurant orders, items for your home, money off dance lessons, and more. 

If you'd like to participate in this inexpensive, easy and quick way to reach more customers, please fill out the Discount Program Form (right) and email it to us.

All members will be listed on the Partners List here on the FDP website. In order to receive one of the listed discounts, business owners can can pull up the Partners List and check that the customer -- either a resident or business owner/employee -- is a member.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Strawberry Stroll Recap, Thank Yous and Photos

WOW - what a sweet Strawberry Stroll!

What an afternoon it was -- Mother Nature was incredibly kind to us yesterday and the sun came out early for our 15th annual Strawberry Stroll! It was the largest spring event we've had with more than 70 vendors and huge crowds. 

Hundreds came out to spend time with friends and neighbors in downtown Franklin, enjoying music and dancing, playing games, meeting new business owners, sampling goodies from local restaurants and shops, and devouring the Partnership's Strawberry Shortcakes, which sold out in only two short hours. 

Thank you to our event organizers Beth Wierling and Jennifer Hurst for the many hours spent coordinating the Stroll! 

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors! As our events continue to grow each year we count on our sponsors more than ever. The Franklin Downtown Partnership continues to provide these types of community events because of this support.

Platinum Sponsor Dean Bank

Past FDP President Nicole Fortier returned for the afternoon's festivities!
Gold Sponsor Dean College - Thank you for providing the sliced and sugared strawberries and the biscuits!

Bronze Sponsors Chestnut Dental Associates, DCU, Franklin Ford, Keefe Insurance, and Middlesex Savings Bank.

Friends Sponsors Atria Franklin, Envoy Mortgage, Flynn|Wirkus|Young Attorneys, Franklin Central Pizza, Franklin Health & Rehabilitation Center, Garelick, Historical Museum and Cultural District, Jane's Frames, LeafFilter, My FM Media, Rescom Exteriors, Simon's Furniture, and Tom Fricker Heating & A/C Inc. 

A dozen volunteers helped with planning, set-up and clean-up, vendor directing, tent erecting, and question answering - thank you all! 

We'd like to thank the Franklin Police Department for expertly diverting and directing traffic and keeping all of us safe to enjoy the event. 

Thanks, too, to the Franklin Department of Public Works for the street sweeping, cones, bins, and more. 

Oteri & Son Funeral Home loaned us chairs so guests could enjoy Strawberry Shortcakes while sitting if they wanted to - thank you!

And many thanks to the Red Devils Car Club for showing off those beautiful classic cars at the Historical Museum and BLACK BOX parking lots. 

We have many more photos to see on our Facebook page!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Parking Alert for Main Street

There will be no parking on Main Street after Noon today to allow for set-up for the Strawberry Stroll. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic at 2 p.m. and will re-open after the event.

Between 12 and 2 p.m., only vendors will be allowed onto Main Street to drop off display materials, after which they will move their vehicles. 

Thank you for your understanding. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

The forecasters are saying the SUN will come out on Thursday! 
Just in time for our Strawberry Stroll that afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m.

Police will close down Main Street for the event, so plan accordingly.

See you there!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June 1, 2017, General Meeting Agenda

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting
Thursday, June 1, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Dean College Campus Center
Golder Room (second floor)

  1. Open Meeting

  1. Adoption of Agenda

  1. Member Introductions

  1. Town Update - Jeff Nutting

  1. FDP Updates - Lisa Piana
    1. Strawberry Stroll
    2. Membership Discounts

  1. FSPA - Raye Lynn Mercer

  1. Small Business Marketing Presentation
                        Michael Carroll, Senior VP, Dean Bank

  1. New Business

  1. Adjourn

2017 Strawberry Stroll Press Release

Downtown Franklin Strawberry Stroll to be Thursday, June 8

Celebrate summer in Franklin with ripe, juicy strawberries and fluffy shortcakes topped with sweet whipped cream while enjoying entertainment, shopping sidewalk sales and checking out classic cars.

Do it all at the 15th annual Franklin Downtown Partnership Strawberry Stroll on Thursday, June 8. The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m., rain or shine, in downtown Franklin.

People will find activities to enjoy on Main, East and West Central Streets. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the event, something organizers have wanted to make happen for years.

“We are very excited to close Main Street for the first time for the Strawberry Stroll, and we’re bringing in more booths, more music and entertainment, and making more room to enjoy the strawberry shortcakes. We’re planning a lot of great activities for families who can enjoy the Stroll and have easy access to our downtown shops and restaurants,” says Beth Wierling, event co-organizer.

Dean Bank’s staff is serving up the signature Strawberry Shortcakes under the tents in front of the bank, layering more than 800 shortcakes with nearly 200 quarts of berries, sliced and sugared by Dean College, and using dozens of cans of Garelick Farms whipped cream to top off the desserts.

“Dean Bank employees always enjoy serving the shortcakes and we look forward to this event every year,” says co-organizer Jennifer Hurst. “This Stroll is a fun way to meet our customers and their families while giving back to our community. Hopefully we’ll see some nice spring weather to bring out the crowds.”

Music and entertainment can be found in five locations this year.  Jamie Barrett will entertain the crowds at Jane’s Frames. DJ Dominic Cotoia of Music Odyssey Productions will play a mix of popular music in the Main Street lot, and dance pros and students from Fred Astaire Franklin will perform.

Kevin Wolfe and James McCue will play at Pisini Shoes, and Guitarist Andrew Barry, a Berklee College of Music alum, will perform at Dean Bank next to the shortcake booth.

Catch the dance students from Feet In Motion Dance Studio and other entertainers in front of the Post Office, and look for Franklin High School student musicians performing at various locations around town.

On West Central Street, don’t miss the Classic Car Show at the Franklin Historical Museum and THE BLACK BOX. The Museum is also opening its popular Bridal exhibit that night.

The 15th annual Strawberry Stroll is made possible by support from generous local sponsors.

Dean Bank is the Platinum sponsor and Dean College is the Gold sponsor of this event.
Bronze sponsors are Chestnut Dental Associates, DCU, Franklin Ford, Keefe Insurance and Middlesex Savings Bank.

Friends sponsors are Atria Franklin, Envoy Mortgage, Flynn/Wirkus/Young – Attorneys, Franklin Central Pizza, Franklin Health & Rehabilitation Center, Franklin Historical Museum and Cultural District, Garelick Farms, Jane’s Frames, LeafFilter Gutter Protection, My FM Media, Rescom Exteriors, Simon’s Furniture and Tom Fricker Heating & AC, Inc.

There are still openings for businesses or groups that want to participate. Contact Beth Wierling at for information.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501©3 organization made up of 240 residents, business owners and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. The Partnership manages events like the Strawberry Stroll, Harvest Festival and Holiday Stroll, and initiatives such as beautification, streetscape design, greenspace and sculpture projects. For more information go to