Friday, December 8, 2017

We Had a Jolly Good Time at the Holiday Stroll

It was a chilly and clear Thursday night and the crowds were out enjoying the 2017 Holiday Stroll in downtown Franklin!

The Stroll began with carolers and hot chocolates at the tree lighting ceremony of Dean College's campus. Families posed for photos in front of the tree strung with multicolored lights before strolling through downtown on their way to see Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Clara from the Nutcracker. Along the way they stopped to chat with business owners, warm up with a coffee, decorate some gingerbread cookies and sing some holiday songs. Those who didn't fill up on cookies and fried dough made a night of it and had dinner at one of the downtown restaurants. 

It was a great holiday party - thanks to our event organizers Roberta Trahan, Pandora Carlucci, Chris Peterson and Kevin Johnson

Thank you Dean College for hosting the tree lighting on your campus. The carolers were wonderful! 

Thanks to The Franklin Historical Museum for bringing Mrs. Claus to the Stroll, and thank you Simon's Furniture for hosting Santa and the FHS musicians. 

Thank you to our volunteers for setup and cleanup, to Bryan Taberner for creating the detailed map, and the Franklin Police for traffic duty. Thanks to the Franklin DPW for lighting the downtown and making it so festive! 

And, of course, thank you to our many generous sponsors who made the event possible. 

Gold sponsors Arcadia Dental, Jim Hanewich of Blue Hills Bank, Dean Bank, Dean College and Keefe Insurance.

Gingerbread cookie decorating at Dean Bank

Silver sponsors Atria - Franklin; Boston Solar; DCU; D.G. Ranieri Real Estate; Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C.; Michael Dunsky of Draper & Kramer Mortgage Corp.; Franklin Ford; Middlesex Savings Bank; Nerds To Go; Real Living Real Estate; Rescom Exteriors; and Tom Fricker Heating & Air Conditioning. 

Bronze Sponsors Berry Insurance; Beaux Regards Photographic Art by Marjorie Sardella; Flynn-Wirkus-Young, P.C.; Franklin Central Pizza; Franklin Cultural District; Franklin Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass.; Franklin Historical Museum; Kumon Math & Reading Center - Franklin; MyFM 101.3; Rockland Trust; Simon's Furniture; and Vallee's Fine Jewelry.    

More photos are online on Facebook!