Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Strawberry Stroll registration deadlines, health permits

The deadline to participate without paying a late fee is this Thursday, May 25. After May 31 no more applications will be accepted. 

All participants need to fill out a participation form in order to reserve a space (even if you are a sponsor or have a store front). 

Send all forms and questions to Beth Wierling, Event Chair, at strawberrystroll@gmail.com.

If you plan to serve food that is not prepackaged and you are not a restaurant, you need to contact Town Hall to secure a health permit. There is a $50 fee for the permit, which you must send to Beth prior to event in order to serve your food product.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Strawberry Stroll Poster

Download your poster here

Monday, May 1, 2017

Downtown Beautification Day May 20 - Volunteers Wanted!

Volunteers Wanted for May 20 Downtown Beautification Day

A lot of April showers are sure to bring May flowers, which is perfect timing for the Franklin Downtown Partnership and Franklin Garden Club’s annual Beautification Day in downtown Franklin and the Town Common on Saturday, May 20.

Dozens of volunteers are needed this year to help plant the flowers and greenery on the downtown bridge and in barrels in front of businesses. The event will go on rain or shine.

Community service hours are available to high school sports teams, scout groups and students needing volunteer opportunities. Contact Beautification Day Chairperson Eileen Mason at emason4234@gmail.com to sign up.

Volunteers with trucks are also needed to help pick up a few trays of flowers at 7 a.m. at Fairmount Fruit Farm, 887 Lincoln St.

“Special thanks to Barry Madden of Franklin Ford for his generous donation of a pickup truck for the day’s activities,” says Mason. “I’d also like to thank Melanie Hamblen of Franklin Agway for volunteering her time and truck.”

Helpers can grab their garden gloves and meet Mason at 8 a.m. in the small commuter parking lot on West Central Street near Central Pizza and Hair Mania. Work is expected to wrap up by 11 a.m., or earlier if there are more volunteers.

“Our theme this year is patriotic red, white and blue, and all the plants are drought resistant,” says Mason. “The displays will give downtown Franklin a fresh and welcoming look and be a colorful finishing touch to the streetscape project.”

The Town is planning to incorporate additional plantings on the center island later this spring to add even more visual appeal.

Beautification Day is the result of a full year of planning, growing, maintaining and improving the summer and winter displays. Local businesses generously support the ongoing project without getting their hands dirty unless they want to.

D.G. Ranieri Real Estate and Eileen Mason of RE/MAX Executive Realty are the Gold sponsors this year. Draper & Kramer Mortgage Corp., Emma’s Quilt Cupboard & Sewing Center, Middlesex Savings Bank, and Charles F. Oteri & Son Funeral Home are Silver sponsors. Auerr, Zajac & Associates, LLP, Flynn|Wirkus|Young - Attorneys, John S. Marini of Marini Construction, and Tom Fricker Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. are Bronze sponsors.

To inquire about sponsorship or learn more about the event, please contact the FDP office at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Progressive Dinner poster

Follow this link to buy tickets today! 

Progressive Dinner press release

Downtown Franklin Progressive Dinner Tickets On Sale  

The Franklin Downtown Partnership invites everyone to savor the flavors of Franklin’s downtown restaurant scene in its third Progressive Dinner on Sunday, May 21. 

All of downtown Franklin’s dine-in restaurants are participating, offering specialty dishes that are sure to please everyone. 

“The progressive dinner is a fun way to experience the great tastes of Franklin’s downtown restaurants in one evening, in the company of good friends. Enjoy flavors from around the world by walking from one local restaurant to the next, without ever having to leave town,” says Jane Curran, event organizer. 

Tickets are $55 per person, including tips and taxes. Beverages are not included. Buy tickets and see menus at the Eventbrite ticket site, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/springtime-progressive-dinner-tickets-34482452945?ref=ebtnebtckt. The Progressive Dinner link is posted on the FDP website and on the FDP Facebook page. 

Diners will choose a start time and either “Flight A” or “Flight B” when they purchase tickets. Each flight will include a soup at one restaurant, an appetizer at a second location, then dinner at a third. Flights will be staggered to start every half hour beginning at 4:30 p.m., and diners can expect the evening’s activities to last about two hours. 

As a special treat before each flight begins, diners are invited to sample some remarkable olive oils and balsamic vinegars at Franklin’s newest shop, The Little Shop of Olive Oils, located at 5 Main Street.

“We’re thankful for these restaurants for participating and for our sponsors for making this night possible as this is a big fundraiser for the Downtown Partnership,” says Curran.

Real Living Realty Group is the evening’s Gold sponsor. Teddy Gallagher’s Irish Pub is a Silver sponsor. Printsmart Office Products and Tom Fricker Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. are Bronze sponsors.

Sponsorships are still available for this event. Contact Jane Curran at janeframe@verizon.net for more information or with questions about the dinner.

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 about sponsoring an event or becoming a member, contact us at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com. Learn more at www.franklindowntownpartnership.org


You're invited to the Horace Mann statue unveiling

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Strawberry Stroll Registration Form, Important Deadlines

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is currently organizing the 15th annual Strawberry Stroll, set for Thursday, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. downtown, rain or shine. Crafters, community groups, businesses and entertainers are all welcome to participate.

If you would like to be involved please fill out this Registration Form and send it to the FDP office today! Participation for members is FREE!  Non-members should include $75 to purchase booth space (Interested in being a member? Here's our Membership Application).

Important form due dates:
By May 19 -- to be included in the event handout 
By May 25 -- to avoid a late fee 
After May 25 -- registration must include a $25 late fee
May 31 -- no forms will be accepted after this date

If you have any questions, please email event co-chair Beth Wierling at strawberrystroll@gmail.com.

Download our Strawberry Stroll press release here

Support the Strawberry Stroll with a sponsorship!

Businesses are welcome to sponsor the Stroll. Dean Bank is the Platinum sponsor for this event and will serve up the event’s famous Strawberry Shortcakes. 

For more information about the FDP and sponsorship contact the office at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com

Here's our Sponsorship Registration Form.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Board of Directors changes

We've had some changes to our Board of Directors this year, with several members of the leadership team making moves. 

Our President of 12 years, Nicole Fortier, has been promoted and is now working at a different Dean Bank location. As a result, she reluctantly stepped down from her leadership position.

Roberta Trahan has graciously agreed to become President.

Scott Martin is Vice President.

Beth Wierling replaces Roberta as Secretary.

Cyndi Rich has stepped down from the board but remains Treasurer.

Paul Resten of Dean College is a new board member.

Jennifer Hurst of Dean Bank is a new board member.

Our Board of Directors and their contact information is listed on our website, www.franklindowntownpartnership.org/aboutus.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

General Meeting agenda, *Campanella Board Room

*Please note:  this meeting has been moved back to the Campanella Board Room, 1st floor of the Dean College Campus Center. 

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting Agenda
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
Dean College Campus Center
Campanella Room

I.           Open Meeting 8:30 a.m.

II. Adoption of Agenda 8:32 a.m.

III. Member Introductions 8:33 a.m.

IV. FDP Board Update - Roberta Trahan 8:38 a.m.

V. Town Update - Jeff Nutting 8:40 a.m.

VI. FDP Event Updates - Lisa Piana 8:55 a.m.

VII. Beautification Day - Eileen Mason 9:00 a.m.

VIII. Progressive Dinner - Jane Curran 9:05 a.m.

IX. Strawberry Stroll - Lisa Piana/Jen Hurst/Beth Wierling 9:10 a.m.

X. New Business 9:20 a.m.

XI. Adjourn 9:30 a.m.

Save the Dates:

Horace Mann Sculpture Ceremony - Sunday, May 7
Beautification Day - Saturday, May 20
Progressive Dinner - Sunday, May 21
Strawberry Stroll - Thursday, June 8