Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2013 Events Press Release

Franklin Downtown Partnership Sets 2013 Events

The Franklin Downtown Partnership announces the dates of its exciting events and festivals for 2013, including the Strawberry Stroll, the ever-popular Harvest Festival and the Holiday Stroll. The Partnership also has scheduled its General Meetings and invites all businesses and residents to attend and learn more about what’s happening in and around Franklin. 

Downtown Beautification Day will be Saturday, May 18th, at 9 a.m. The FDP will join the Franklin Garden Club to spruce up the downtown center for spring and summer. Volunteers will plant more than 1,200 flowers, and community service hours will be available for students. Contact Eileen Mason at about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Winter Decorating Day will be Sunday, November 24th. 

The Strawberry Stroll will be Thursday, June 13th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Partnership plans its famous strawberry shortcakes, entertainment and a sidewalk sale. The FDP is currently looking for sponsors for this popular event. For more information please contact event Co-Chairs Nicole Fortier at or Bryan Taberner at

This year’s annual Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday, October 6th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each year this popular fair draws more than 6,000 visitors. Booth registration information will be available on the FDP website in June.

The Holiday Stroll will be Thursday, December 5th, at 4:00 p.m. A tree lighting, carolers, a visit from Santa, refreshments and shopping specials will kick off the holiday season. Roberta Trahan and Gregg Chalk will be the co-chairs for this festive event. 

The Partnership will hold General Meetings on May 2nd, September 5th and November 7th. All business owners and residents are invited to learn more about the Partnership’s efforts in revitalizing downtown Franklin. The Thursday meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. at the Dean College Campus Center. 

A complete listing of all events, meeting dates, contacts and volunteer opportunities can be found on the Partnership’s website,

The Franklin Downtown Partnership’s mission is to stimulate economic development downtown to create a positive impact throughout the area. Besides running events, the Partnership is also active in downtown improvement projects like beautification efforts and streetscape design. The FDP currently has more than 150 members.  The Partnership welcomes all businesses and residents.  

As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Franklin Downtown Partnership depends on sponsors and membership to fund its efforts. Any business, organization or resident interested in becoming a sponsor or a member should contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at or (774) 571-3109, or visit the downtown office at 9 East Central Street.