Saturday, August 31, 2013

Deadline TODAY!!

Harvest Festival Registration Deadline is September 1.
Click on the following link to download and print a Harvest Festival Registration Form.

Everyone must fill out a registration form in order to participate, even if you are a downtown business and FDP member. 

If registration is postmarked after September 1, please include a $35 late fee to reserve your space. NO exceptions. 

No registrations will be accepted after September 5.

2013 Harvest Festival Press Release

Family Fun Planned for Partnership’s Harvest Festival

Back to school shopping, apple picking, and New England Patriots football are all sure signs that Autumn has arrived, and the Franklin Downtown Partnership is busy putting the finishing touches on the largest fall festival in the region. 

The eleventh annual Harvest Festival will be Sunday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Franklin. The Partnership expects more than 6,000 people will sample the mouthwatering food choices, browse crafter, artist and local business booths, and enjoy a DJ as well as live, local entertainment on several stages. 

The children’s area will be full of games and activities for kids of all ages, and local farmers will offer fresh local produce. The Franklin Fire Station and the Historical Museum will host activities and displays for visitors of all ages, and downtown businesses will hold sales and special promotions. 

“The Harvest Festival is like a Franklin block party, and we invite everyone to come downtown and meet friends and get to know the local businesses,” commented Lisa Piana, Executive Director of the Franklin Downtown Partnership.

Vendors can register until September 5. Please check the website, for registration forms and fee information. 
Sponsors are still needed to fund this festival. As a non-profit organization, the Partnership depends on sponsors to run this and other events, including the Strawberry Stroll and Holiday Stroll along with its beautification efforts.  Businesses and individuals interested in sponsorship can contact the FDP office at or (774) 571-3109. Sponsorship registration forms and a full list of opportunities can be found on the website under the Sponsorship tab. 

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization made up of over 200 business owners, community leaders and residents working together toward the common goal of revitalizing downtown Franklin. For more information about the Partnership or any of its efforts please contact the FDP office at (774)571-3109 or

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Important Dates

Harvest Festival Registration Deadline: September 1
See post below for link to registration form, important late fee information, etc.

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting
Thursday, September 5, Dean College
Agenda will be posted next week. Everyone's welcome!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Harvest Festival Deadlines Approaching

Dear FDP Members:
We only have a few booth spaces left for the October 6th Harvest Festival so make sure you send your registration form in this week if you haven't done so  (no need to e-mail if you sent it in already). Click on the following link to download and print the form:  2013 Harvest Festival Registration Form
Important Reminders:
Everyone must fill out a registration form in order to participate even if you are a downtown business and an FDP member.
If your registration is postmarked after September 1st you must include a $35.00 late fee to reserve your space (no exceptions).
NO registrations will be accepted after September 5th.
We will e-mail all participants after September 15th with your booth placement.
Downtown Businesses:
Please remember to send in your registration form by September 1st if you plan to participate. If we don't receive a registration form we will assume you are not participating in the event.
Sponsors Still Needed:  Please let us know if you would like to sponsor this year's festival.  All sponsors will have their booth location on Main Street on Sponsorship Row. Deadline for all press materials is September 4th.
Click on the following link to download and print a sponsorship form:  2013 Sponsorship Registration Form.

If you would like to volunteer for this event please contact Bryan Taberner at  We need many hands to help us run this event so please consider helping with set-up or clean-up.
We look forward to another Exciting Downtown Harvest Festival!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Join the Draft Master Plan Conversation

Have you been following the conversation about the 2013 Franklin Master Plan? A public hearing was held last Saturday to garner feedback from residents and businesses about the DRAFT Master Plan created by the volunteers of the Franklin Master Plan Committee.

Details of the Draft Master Plan can be found on the town website:  

In case you missed the public hearing you still have the opportunity to comment on the draft plan. Comments will be accepted until Friday, August 16, at 1 p.m. and can be made one of three ways --

By mail:  Planning and Community Development Department
335 E. Central St., Franklin, MA 02038

By email:, Attn: Beth Dahlstrom

Steve Sherlock has been following the issue closely on Franklin Matters and on Saturday posted this Live Reporting:

Antique Appraisal Day Coming to Historical Museum

The Franklin Historical Museum will host an Antique Appraisal Day on Sunday, September 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nancy Wyman, a certified appraiser with Coyle's Auction Gallery in Bellingham, will appraise two to three items per person at $5 per item. 

Among the items that can be appraised are decorative stoneware and pottery; vintage clothing and costume jewelry; fine china, glass and art glass; oriental rugs; paintings and prints; objects d’art; lamps, clocks, decorative accessories; Hummels and music boxes; sterling silver, pewter and brass; american, victorian and country furniture and accessories. Items that cannot be appraised include fine jewelry, coins, stamps and weapons. 

All procedes from the appraisals will benefit the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum. The Museum is located at 80 West Central Street and is open Thursdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Franklin Historical Museum please go to their website:

More information about Coyle's Auction Gallery can be found here: