Friday, April 26, 2013

Upcoming Events

FDP General Meeting
Thursday, May 2nd 8:30 AM
Dean College, Golder Room
Agenda will be posted on website
Important: Downtown businesses encouraged to attend.  We will be discussing downtown parking solutions.

FDP Spring Party
Tuesday, May 7th, 5:00-7:30 PM
Pour Richard's Wine & Spirits
The entire community is invited. A fun time to meet other FDP members residents, and customers!
Important:  If you are interested in donating raffle items please e-mail Jane Curran at
Thank you to Dean Bank and Next Step Living for sponsoring this event.

2013 Membership Due
If you have not sent in your membership renewal please do so this week.  Any questions please e-mail the FDP Treasurer Mary Graff at

Beautification Day
Saturday, May 18th 9:00-12:00
If you would like to volunteer or be a sponsor please contact: Eileen Mason < or Chris Bond < also need volunteers to join the Clean-up Committee please contact Chris Bond or Jim Schultz at

2013 Sponsors Needed
We need sponsors for the Beautification and the upcoming Strawberry  Stroll on June 13th.  Please consider being a sponsor for this fun event.

Important: Please let us know soon so we can get you listed in all of the May press releases!
Thank you to our 2013 Sponsors:
Thank you to Insanity All-Stars, Jim Schultz, D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, Dean Bank and Next Step Living for their 2013 Sponsorships.
We are looking forward to a fun Spring and Summer! 


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Join Us Wednesday Afternoon!

Franklin Downtown Partnership members are invited to join the MACC at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 

Pour Richard's Wine & Spirits

Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

Specializing in a fabulous selection of great values in wine, craft beers and spirits. Pour Richard's is proud to support small producers, showcasing local and organic/sustainable vineyards and breweries. Their guiding principle is "Never Drink Ordinary."

Owners Ann and John feel that their beverages are endlessly fascinating but firmly believe they should also be fun. Come on by to check it out! 

Complimentary wine and beer tasting.

Pour Richard's Wine & Spirits
14 Grove Street, Franklin, MA  02038

Monday, April 22, 2013

FDP & Pour Richard's Fundraiser Press Release

Raise a Glass with the Downtown Partnership at Pour Richard’s

The Franklin Downtown Partnership invites the public to Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits for a wine and beer tasting party on Tuesday, May 7. Come mingle with friends old and new while sampling a variety of beverages and learning about Pour Richard’s unique products. Try your luck with a chance to win raffle prizes and hear about the FDP’s plans for downtown Franklin.

The fundraiser will take place at Pour Richard’s new location, 14 Grove Street, Franklin, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will help to support the Partnership’s Beautification efforts and downtown events. Dean Bank and Next Step Living will sponsor the event.  Raffle prizes include items donated by Jane’s Frames and Emma’s Quilt Cupboard. 

“Pour Richard’s is a unique new business in Franklin and we invite everyone to come experience something different,” says Lisa Piana, FDP executive director. “We hope to bring the community together to support our downtown revitalization efforts, and this is a fun way for residents and business owners to learn more about the Partnership’s goals.”

Money raised at this tasting evening will be used to support on-going beautification efforts and the downtown events, including the Strawberry Festival on June 13th. The Partnership, the Franklin Garden Club and many volunteers plant more than 1,200 colorful flowers downtown each spring, and hang wreaths and greenery for the holidays. This year’s spring Beautification Day will be Saturday, May 18. 

“We enjoy partnering with local and regional nonprofits on fundraising initiatives,” says Ann Williams, co-owner of Pour Richard’s. “We present a well-edited selection of small producers, unique products and great values. With more than two decades’ experience in wine sales, we find our products endlessly fascinating; we firmly believe they should also be fun,” she adds. 

For more information about this event please contact FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774) 571-3109 or Details about the Partnership, Beautification efforts, downtown events and sponsorship also can be found on the FDP website, 

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization made up of business owners, town leaders and residents working together to revitalize downtown Franklin through improvement projects like beautification and streetscape design and with events such as the Strawberry Stroll, Harvest Festival and Holiday Stroll. The Partnership currently has more than 160 members and welcomes all businesses and residents.  The next general meeting is May 2.

Beautification Press Release

Franklin Beautification Day will be May 18

The Franklin Downtown Partnership and the Franklin Garden Club currently are seeking volunteers and donations for the 10th annual Beautification Day on May 18. The event is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, rain or shine. 

The non-profit Partnership and the Garden Club plan to install more than 1,000 flowers and greens on the bridge and islands downtown and in planter boxes in front of some businesses. The group will also plant and mulch the memorial gardens on the Town Common.  All residents, especially students in need of community service hours, are asked to donate their time to help decorate downtown Franklin. 

Besides planting help, a crew is also needed to help clean up brush and trash from downtown. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. on the center island in front of the Rome Restaurant. Any volunteers with pickup trucks are asked to help transport plants from Fairmount Farms on Lincoln Street at 8 a.m. 

“We are working with Fairmount Farms again this year to create beautiful red, white and yellow displays,” says Beautification Day Chairperson Eileen Mason. “We are fortunate to have the continuing support of the FHS Hockey teams, and this year the YMCA has also stepped up. It’s our strong community spirit that helps us make a welcoming impression on the public.”

Beautification Day’s heavy lifting is accomplished by volunteers, some of whom work year-round planning, growing, planting, watering and maintaining the decorations. Donations and sponsorship are still needed. Fairway Independent Mortgage and D.G. Ranieri Real Estate are gold sponsors this year. 

Additionally, proceeds from a fundraiser at Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits will help to offset the costs. The entire community is invited to a wine and beer tasting event on May 7 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Pour Richard’s, 14 Grove Street. Tickets are $10 per person. 

Anyone interested in sponsoring or volunteering for Beautification Day should contact Eileen Mason at  Anyone interested in assisting the downtown clean-up committee can e-mail Chris Bond at or Jim Schultz at Gold and platinum-level sponsors will have their names prominently displayed on a sign in the center island for the 2013 season. Silver sponsors will have their name displayed on a group sign in the center island for the remainder of the year. Details about sponsorship can be found at

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to: Franklin Downtown Partnership, P.O. Box 413, Franklin, MA, 02038. For more information about the Partnership and becoming a member contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774)571-3109 or