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!




Sunday, June 20, 2021

Ladybugs Populate Downtown

Have you noticed all the new ladybug sculptures popping up in the downtown? The Franklin Downtown Partnership has been busy placing more ladybugs around town and hopes to have 15 ladybugs downtown by the end of the summer. New ladybug locations include Intermission, Franklin Historical Museum, The Rome, Franklin Public Library, All-State Insurance, Agway, Simon's Furniture, Rockland Trust by the Kindness Rocks Garden, and the Franklin School for the Performing Arts alleyway on Main Street.

Take a walk in our beautiful downtown and enjoy all the new sculptures!











Thursday, April 29, 2021

Ladybug Trail Springing to Life

The FDP, in collaboration with other local organizations and businesses, is launching an exciting new project to create a sculpture trail connecting historical and cultural sites in downtown Franklin. The Ladybug Trail will use ladybug sculptures to tie approximately 25 sites together. Visitors will walk along the trail using a digital map and view signage detailing the history of Franklin and the names of the artists who painted the ladybugs. The purpose of the Ladybug Trail will be to promote economic development in downtown Franklin by encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy all that Franklin center has to offer by visiting, dining, and shopping at downtown businesses while they walk the trail of sculptures. Read all the details here.



Wednesday, March 3, 2021

April 1 FDP General Meeting

It's no April Fool's joke, our next FDP General Meeting is on April 1 at 8:30 a.m. Small business owners, in particular, are encouraged to join us to hear our featured speakers:


Speakers include:


• Kaitlyn Pintarich from Berry Insurance will present "How to Market your Business in a Post-Pandemic Economy"


Dawn Porthouse from Liberty Tax will present "How to Navigate the New Small Business Tax Changes"


See the Agenda Here


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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Spring Beautification May 22

Spring is in the air at the Franklin Downtown Partnership! The FDP and Franklin Garden Club is seeking volunteers for its spring beautification project. The volunteers will plant fresh flowers throughout the downtown area on Saturday, May 22. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for beautification. Please email Eileen Mason at emason4234@gmail.com if you are available to volunteer or Lisa Piana at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com to sponsor beautification.



Monday, February 8, 2021

Summary of General Meeting Information

 If you didn't get a chance to join our general meeting, you can still get all the important COVID-19 information that was shared by local and state leaders during that meeting by reading our update here: https://conta.cc/3jC0FpW



Wednesday, January 13, 2021

General Meeting Feb. 4, 2021

The first FDP general meeting of 2021 is scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 4, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. on Zoom. The meeting will focus on small business loans/assistance and vaccine distribution. Email the FDP office for the Zoom link. See the agenda here.