Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Harvest Festival Registration is Open!


Registration for booth space at the Franklin Downtown Partnership’s 16th annual Harvest Festival s now open! The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., on Main, West Central, Dean and Depot Streets in downtown Franklin. The rain date is Oct. 14. Organizers expect booth space for this event to sell out. Franklin Downtown Partnership members receive a booth for free; non-members pay $125. Downtown businesses must send in an application to ensure store-front space. Booths are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. Follow the registration link and pay online through the Donate” button on this page.



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Kindness Rock Garden Installed in Downtown Franklin


Franklin’s new Kindness Rock Garden has been installed and is located on Main Street in downtown. The project is an extension of a popular national initiative called The Kindness Rocks Project that has a mission of promoting random acts of kindness to unsuspecting recipients by painting and dropping inspirational rocks.

The project was a community effort: Berry Insurance spearheaded the Kindness Rock Garden, Rockland Trust donated the space, Franklin Agway put down river stones and planted marigolds, and the Downtown Franklin Partnership facilitated the project. 

The project kicked off during the Partnership’s Strawberry Stroll in June when children and adults painted rocks at the Berry Insurance booth. 

“We’re excited to bring a dedicated Kindness Rock Garden to downtown Franklin, said Berry Insurance President Kaitlyn Pintarich. “Watching the residents paint rocks at the Strawberry Stroll was so rewarding – together we can help spread more kindness one rock at a time.”

Berry Insurance plans to continue to offer rocks and supplies for people looking to make them throughout the year and is also hoping to offer one or two “paint nights” a year for community members. 

Visitors are encouraged to visit the Kindness Rock Garden next to Rockland Trust, 58 Main St., Franklin. 

“Rockland Trust is excited to be part of the Kindness Rocks Project and invite all of Franklin to stop by the garden outside of our branch to see the wonderful designs and messages firsthand,” said Laurel Katsaros, Vice President of Retail at Rockland Trust and Franklin Branch Manager. “We take great pride in our community involvement and were delighted to participate in a program that emphasizes positivity and strengthening relationships with one another.”



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Harvest Festival October 13


The Franklin Downtown Partnership is planning downtown Franklin’s Harvest Festival for Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In case of rain the event will take place on Sunday, October 14. 

Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the event which will feature music, entertainers, delicious foods, crafts, give-aways, sidewalk sales and more. For the first time, the Harvest Festival will also host a Fall Craft Beer & Wine Tent. 

In mid-August, the Partnership will post a link to register online through the FDP website, www.franklindowntownpartnership.org. Booths are free to 2018 FDP business members and $125 for non-members. 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 September 30. Booth space is expected to sell-out prior to the deadline so businesses are encouraged to sign up during August if they want to secure a booth. 

“Traditionally, the Harvest Festival has been our biggest FDP event,” said FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana. “We expect this year will also be incredibly popular and we’re excited to bring such a vibrant event to downtown Franklin.”

Sponsors are needed to help support the Harvest Festival. Sponsorship forms are posted on the FDP website. Alternatively, business owners can contact the FDP office. Questions about the Harvest Festival should be directed to Scott Martin, chair of the Harvest Festival, at fdpharvestfest@gmail.com.







Tuesday, June 12, 2018

FDP General Meeting June 14

Join us Thursday for the last FDP general meeting until September. The Campanella Room is located on the first floor of the Dean College Campus Center across from the Dining Center. 


Monday, June 11, 2018

2018 Strawberry Stroll


The 16th annual Strawberry Stroll was the best one ever! Thousands of people flooded Main Street in downtown Franklin to visit 100 vendors, and enjoy musical entertainment, activities, and of course, strawberry shortcake!




Thank you to the co-chairs of the Strawberry Stroll Committee Beth Wierling and Jen Hurst, as well as the many volunteers who donated their time and energy to make the event successful!



Many thanks to the Franklin DPW for their help in setting up this event and the Franklin Police Department for directing traffic and keeping everyone safe!

Also, thanks to the wonderful musicians who kept adults and children entertained throughout the evening!









The Strawberry Stroll would not be possible without sponsorships by area businesses. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of these sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor
Dean Bank




Gold Sponsor
Dean College


Silver Sponsors:
Atria-Franklin


Franklin Cultural Council
Keefe Insurance


Bronze Sponsors:
Chestnut Dental


DCU


Franklin Ford
Glen Meadow Apartments


Middlesex Savings Bank
Teen Revolution



Friends Sponsors:
Franklin Central Pizza
Franklin Health & Rehabilitation Center


Renewal by Andersen


Tom Fricker Heating & A/C, Inc.

See many more photos on our Facebook page! View the 2018 Strawberry Stroll photo album

Friday, June 8, 2018

Highlights of the 2018 Strawberry Stroll

Wondering what's in store at the Strawberry Stroll? Check out the highlights here. Better yet, join us in downtown Franklin from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 8! 



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Traffic and Handicap Parking

Please note that on Friday, June 8, Main Street, Dean Avenue and Depot Street in downtown Franklin will be closed to vehicular traffic for the Strawberry Stroll from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Parking on Main Street will be closed from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There will be handicap parking available at the Dean Bank parking lot during the Strawberry Stroll on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This will give seniors and others with mobility issues only a short walk to the strawberry shortcake tent in front of Dean Bank. We will have plenty of chairs and tables as well.
Also, there will be room for senior buses to drop off seniors in the Dean Bank parking lot off Dean Avenue. Please keep in mind that Main Street will be closed so buses will need to enter off Dean Avenue.

We hope you'll join us for the Strawberry Stroll on Friday, June 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Strawberry Stroll June 8

Please help the Franklin Downtown Partnership promote this event by telling your friends!
Thank you again to all our wonderful sponsors!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Beautification Time Change!

Due to the predicted inclement weather on Saturday morning, we are changing the planting time to Friday evening, May 18, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Anyone with a truck willing to help is encouraged to meet us at Fairmount Farm on Lincoln Street to transport plants to downtown at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Thank you all in advance for your help with this project!

Questions? Please contact Beautification Committee Chair Eileen Mason, 508-330-4234.




Friday, May 11, 2018

New FDP Sign

Thanks to Signs by Cam for installing our new FDP sign and ladybug!



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Volunteers Wanted for May 19 Downtown Beautification Day

The Franklin Downtown Partnership and Franklin Garden Club’s annual Beautification Day in downtown Franklin and the Town Common has been scheduled for Saturday, May 19.

Dozens of volunteers are needed 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. A new feature this year is that residents who volunteer for Beautification Day can obtain a free, one-year, resident membership ($25 value) to the Franklin Downtown Partnership. Membership offers discounts to a variety of businesses and a subscription to the Partnership’s newsletter.



Friday, April 27, 2018

Strawberry Stroll Registration is Open

Registration is now open for booth space at the Strawberry Stroll on Friday, June 8! This year's fun - and tasty - event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Show off your business to the large crowd that will be kicking off their summer season at the Strawberry Stroll!



Monday, April 23, 2018

Beautification Day May 19

The Franklin Downtown Partnership and Franklin Garden Club’s annual Beautification Day in downtown Franklin and the Town Common has been scheduled for Saturday, May 19. Dozens of volunteers are needed 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. A new feature this year is that residents who volunteer for Beautification Day can obtain a free, one-year, resident membership ($25 value) to the Franklin Downtown Partnership. Membership offers discounts to a variety of businesses and a subscription to the Partnership’s newsletter. 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. Contact Beautification Day Chairperson Eileen Mason to sign up to volunteer.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Franklin Art Association Meeting

The Franklin Art Association will meet on May 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St. in Franklin. Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a short business meeting and a presentation on Social Media for the Artist. Meetings are free and open to the public.



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

FDP Networking Breakfast

Join us any time on Friday, April 20 between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. at the Dean College Dining Center, main level of the Campus Center, for a delicious breakfast and conversation with fellow FDP members. Breakfast costs only $5.61 - you can't afford not to come! 

Contact Matt Lechter or Gary Donelan for more information.


Friday, April 13, 2018

DCU is hiring


DCU's Franklin branch, 500 W. Central St., is looking for two part-time Member Service Representatives. Please follow the links to apply, or share this email with a friend!








Berry Insurance is hiring!

Berry Insurance is looking for a full-time Sales Executive and a Fall Marketing & Branding college intern. The Franklin insurance company, 31 Hayward St. Suite J, St., posted these openings on Indeed. Please follow the links to apply, or share this email with a friend!



Thursday, April 5, 2018

New Board members and new Communications Coordinator

At Thursday's General Meeting, two new Board of Directors members were introduced to FDP members, as was the new Communications Coordinator. 


We would like to welcome new Board member Kevin Johnson! Kevin is an Edward Jones financial advisor and planner and has been an FDP member since 2016.

We would also like to welcome Christopher Peterson to the Board of Directors! Chris is the manager of the DCU branch in Franklin and has been an FDP member for 2 years. 

Cyndi Rich has stepped down as Treasurer, and we would like to thank her for her years of service to the organization!

Gary Donelan, Middlesex Savings Bank manager, is the FDP's new Treasurer. 

Please welcome Lisa Daly-Boockoff as the new Communications Coordinator! Lisa is replacing Terri Frank and will be managing writing, social media and email communication duties. You can reach Lisa at fdpcommunications@gmail.com.

Partnership Board of Directors April 2018
Seated (L to R) Kevin Johnson, Paul Resten, and Matt Lechter. MIddle row (L to R) Beth Wierling, Executive Director Lisa Piana, President Roberta Trahan, Vice President Scott Martin, Communications Coordinator Lisa Daly-Boockoff. Back row (L to R) Bryan Taberner, Pandora Carlucci (in red), Jen Hurst, Christopher Peterson, and Gary Donelan.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting Agenda
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8:30 a.m.
Dean College Campus Center, Campanella Room


I.              Open Meeting                        

II.            Adoption of Agenda  

III.          Member Introductions         

IV.          New Board Member Introduction  

V.            Thank you to Terri Frank    

VI.          New Communication Coordinator Introduction

VII.        Town Update-Jeff Nutting & Town Council 
VIII.     FDP Updates-Lisa Piana        
a.     Membership Discounts
b.    New Website
c.     Sponsorships
d.    Ladybugs, Kindness Rock Garden, Beautification Day
                                                                                                           
IX.          New Mixed Development-Brad Chaffee

X.            Merchant Meeting Update- Pandora Carlucci

XI.          Strawberry Stroll-Beth Wierling/Jen Hurst
a.     New Day and Time - Friday, June 8, 5:00-8:00
b.    Registrations and Sponsorships

XII.        Networking Breakfasts-Gary Donelan/Matt Lechter  
                                                                                               
XIII.     New Business and Member Announcements         

XIV.      Adjourn & Networking


Networking Breakfast -- Friday, April 20
Beautification Day -- Saturday, May 19
Strawberry Stroll -- Friday, June 8
General Meeting -- Thursday, June 14