Wednesday, October 13, 2021

FDP Partners with The Ellie Fund

The Ellie Fund’s Do Good Franklin Goes Pink Campaign will run from Oct. 24 to Oct. 30, during National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Local businesses can participate by decorating their storefronts pink, hosting events, donating a percentage of sales or collecting contributions in support of the Ellie Fund. Proceeds from the campaign will benefit Ellie Fund patients by providing these essential support services: nutritional & grocery assistance, transportation to appointments, housekeeping, childcare reimbursement, prepared & delivered meals, and integrative therapies. Learn more about the Do Good Campaign here.

To register your business to participate, please complete this form.





Thursday, September 2, 2021

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Attention Harvest Festival Vendors

 All Harvest Festival vendors should have received your set-up instructions and map last week.

If you have not received them, please email FDPEvent@gmail.com.

The FDP information booth will be located at Dean Bank on Saturday if you have any questions during Saturday's event set-up.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Harvest Festival Registration is Open

If you are a Franklin Downtown Partnership member and have paid your 2021 membership, you can receive a free booth space. Non-members of the FDP will pay $125, with the exception of food vendors. Non-member food vendors will incur a separate fee and need to contact the FDP office prior to registering. 

Booth spaces are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and we expect to sell out of booth spaces this year.

Businesses on Main Street need to contact the FDP office if they plan to participate so committee members can reserve their space. Remember: ALL businesses and restaurants need to register online in order to secure a space.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact the FDP office.

SPONSORS NEEDED: If you would like to be a sponsor of the Harvest Festival, please contact the FDP office.

Scott Martin is the Harvest Festival Chair. Chris Peterson is the Harvest Festival Vendor Relations Coordinator. If you have questions, contact Chris at fdpevent@gmail.com.




Saturday, August 21, 2021

Attention Restaurant Owners & Food Service Providers

All food vendors at the Oct. 2 Harvest Festival need a temporary food permit. The fee is waived so there will be no cost for the permit. Complete this form for the permit. 


Please fill out by September 5, 2021.




Monday, August 16, 2021

18th Annual Harvest Festival Preparations in Full Gear

The Franklin Downtown Partnership has scheduled its 18th annual Harvest Festival, a family-fun community event, on Saturday, October 2.

The Harvest Festival will be held in downtown Franklin from noon to 5 p.m. on Main Street, Dean Avenue, West Central Street, and Depot Street, as well as the large parking area behind Rockland Bank. The event’s rain date is Sunday, October 3. 


Visitors to the Harvest Festival will enjoy local entertainment, delicious foods from local restaurants, fun kid crafts and activities, shop specials, artwork and crafts by area artisans and helpful information from community groups and vendors. Dancing on Dean will feature live music from two popular local bands: Ben Gardner’s Boat and The Driftwoods. 


Organizers expect booth spaces for this event to sell out. Partnership members receive a booth for free; non-members pay $125. Downtown businesses must register to ensure store-front space. Booths are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. You can find the registration link at http://bit.ly/FranklinHF. Email Chris Petersen, vendor coordinator, at fdpevent@gmail.com with questions about booth spaces. Scott Martin, president of the FDP, is once again chairing the Harvest Festival.


The Partnership welcomes business owners to help support the Harvest Festival while gaining publicity for their businesses with sponsorships. Please email the FDP office at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com to become a sponsor. 


Many businesses are helping make the Harvest Festival possible by sponsoring it. Thank you to platinum sponsors Dean Bank, Mosquito Mary's and RI Motorsports and Detail; silver sponsors Bissanti Real Estate Appraisals & Consulting, Glen Meadows Apartments, Hockomock YMCA, Liberty Tax, Middlesex Savings Bank, Rockland Trust & The Enclave of Franklin; and bronze sponsors: Arcadia Dental of Franklin, Beaux Regards Photographic Art, Camford Property Group, Chestnut Dental Associates, D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, Edward Jones - Kevin L. Johnson, Fenton Financial Group, Keefe Insurance, La Cantina Winery, LeafFilter North, Mint Dental of Franklin, MyFM 101.3, Nerds to Go, and Senate President Karen E. Spilka.




Franklin Downtown Partnership Unveils Flower Alley

The Franklin Downtown Partnership (FDP) unveiled its finished Flower Alley between 15 and 17 East Central St. this week. The unveiling comes after months of planning by the FDP and mural paintings by five Franklin Art Association members.

The floral-centered murals that line the alley will comprise one of approximately 25 stops along Franklin’s Ladybug Trail. The Ladybug Trail will feature ladybug sculptures, as well as murals, to help promote economic development in downtown Franklin. 


"Eventually, visitors will walk along the trail using a digital map and view signage

detailing the history of Franklin," FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana said. “The FDP believes economic development projects like this encourage people to walk around the area and enjoy the art, historical sites, and the many wonderful businesses and restaurants in our downtown.”


Read more here.


Signs By Cam employees, FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana, mural artists and members of the Ferrara family gathered at the unveiling of Flower Alley



 Ferrara sisters Anna and Giannina with a mural created by AnneMarie Tracey


FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana and artists Amy Adams and Peg Munson


Monday, July 26, 2021

Registration for 18th Annual Harvest Festival to Open Soon

Registration for the Harvest Festival will open August 1 for 2021 FDP Members only.  A link to the online registration will be sent to all FDP members on August 1.  

If you paid your 2021 membership, you will be able to register and receive a free booth space. Booth spaces are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and we expect to sell out of booth spaces this year.

Restaurants need to contact the FDP office if they plan to sell food and would like a space in the food court area.

Businesses on Main Street need to contact the FDP office if they plan to participate so committee members can reserve their space.

Remember: ALL downtown businesses and restaurants need to register online in order to secure a space.

Registration for non-members will open August 10 on the FDP website. Non-members pay $125, with the exception of food vendors. Non-member food vendors will incur a separate fee and need to contact the FDP office prior to registering. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact the FDP office.

SPONSORS NEEDED

If you would like to be a sponsor of the Harvest Festival, please contact the FDP office.

IMPORTANT:

ALL businesses NEED to REGISTER online. Even if you called or emailed the FDP office, you will still need to register online beginning Aug. 1 in order to reserve a space.

Scott Martin is the Harvest Festival Chair. Chris Peterson is the Harvest Festival Vendor Relations Coordinator. If you have questions once registration opens, contact Chris at fdpevent@gmail.com.



Monday, June 21, 2021

Harvest Festival Scheduled for October 2, 2021

The FDP is forging ahead with planning the 2021 Harvest Festival based on the decrease in COVID-19 cases and the planned widespread vaccination by the fall. The FDP is optimistic that the town can resume its Harvest Festival this year on Sat., Oct. 2 with a rain date of Sun., Oct. 3.

Held every autumn, with the exception of last year, the Harvest Festival draws thousands of people to the closed-off streets of downtown Franklin to enjoy community, entertainment, food, art, kids actives and more. 

Businesses and organizations that plan to have booths at the festival must have paid their 2021 membership dues. Booth spaces will be limited - FDP members will get to sign up first to secure their free spaces.

“With recent developments with increased vaccine accessibility, a number of FDP members and people throughout the community are seeing some light ahead,” said Scott Martin, president of the Franklin Downtown Partnership Executive Board. “Knowing how we all want to be together again, and how much people want to return to the kind of events that bring our community together, our FDP will move forward with planning our Harvest Fest for the first Saturday in October.”

The Strawberry Stroll, normally held in June, has been canceled for this year but the FDP is looking forward to hosting it again in 2022!