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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Ladybug Trail Unveiling scheduled for June 10 at 6 PM

On June 10, the Franklin Downtown Partnership will unveil the exciting new Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail during the Strawberry Stroll. The Trail uses ladybug sculptures to tie approximately 25 historical, cultural and business sites together in downtown Franklin. Signs and a digital map will explain the various works of art. 

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.

The history of the ladybug in the town of Franklin is rich. In 1974, Franklin’s John F. Kennedy School second grade students and their teacher, Palma Johnson, petitioned the bill to name the ladybug the state insect and subsequently witnessed it signed into law.

The Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail Committee cordially invites everyone, especially the artists and those children from the 1974 second grade class, to attend the unveiling. It will take place on the Dancing on Dean stage at the corner of Main Street and Dean Avenue at 6 PM. Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail maps will be available at the FDP booth during the Strawberry Stroll or at the Franklin Historical Museum.

The Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail Committee is comprised of Chair Lisa Piana, Pandora Carlucci, Jane Curran, Melanie Hamblen, Eileen Mason, Mary Olsson, Beth Simon, and Roberta Trahan.

Sponsors of the Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail map are: Platinum sponsor Middlesex Savings Bank and Gold sponsor Eileen Mason of RE/MAX Executive Realty.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit, 501©3 organization made up of more than 350 business owners, community leaders and residents working to stimulate economic development downtown and create a positive impact throughout the area. Learn more about the Partnership at www.franklindowntownpartnership.org. 
Photos of the ladybugs are they were unveiled in 2014 on the Town Common for the first time  https://flickr.com/photos/steve_sherlock/albums/72157645935226828

ladybug at the Franklin Public Library
ladybug at the Franklin Public Library

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Franklin Cultural District - ArtWALK & Strawberry Stroll (through June 15) #artshappenhere

The Franklin Cultural District outlook for events through June 15 continue the theme of #ArtsHappeningHere. The Downtown Partnership's Strawberry Stroll and the Cultural District's ArtWalk fill the weekend with a variety of events in and around downtown and District as shown in the listing below.


Thursday, June 9

7:00pm - ArtWALK: Adult Paint Night (Expressions Enrichment - registration required) Register -> https://www.expressions-enrichment.com/services/p/paintnight

7:00pm - FHS Theatre II presents: The Chronicles of Jane Book 7  (free)


Friday, June 10 

Downtown StoryWalk!

2:00pm - Farmers Market (Town Common) https://www.franklinfarmersmarketma.com/

4:00pm - ArtWALK: Franklin Art Association Gallery (Escape Into Fiction)

4:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)

4:00pm - ArtWALK: Franklin Library StoryWalk, "Show the World!" (Main Street store windows)

Strawberry Stroll


4:00pm - Strawberry Stroll presented by Franklin Downtown Partnership (downtown Franklin)

4:00pm - Dom DeBaggis performs (Birchwood Bakery patio)

4:00pm - Smokey the Bear & 1949 ladder truck (downtown fire station)

4:30pm - 'Dancing on Dean' featuring Scott Brown and the Diplomats (corner Dean/Main Sts)

6:00pm - ArtWALK: FDP Ladybug Trail unveiled (dancing stage)

Franklin Cultural District - ArtWALK

6:15pm - Heath Nesbitt performs (Birchwood Bakery patio)

7:00pm - The One Act Play That Goes Wrong (Franklin High School - ticketed event) https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/franklin-high-school-theatre-company/the-one-act-play-that-goes-wrong-31270

7:30pm - ArtWALK: FPAC presents "Sweeney Todd"  (THE BLACK BOX - ticketed event) https://www.theblackboxonline.com/events.php?id=1570


Saturday, June 11 

Downtown StoryWalk!

9:30am - St Mary's Women's Faith Formation (St. Mary Church, lower level)

10:00am – Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

10:30am - ArtWALK: Josh Funk and Kelly Light, story time and art (Escape Into Fiction)

10:30am - ArtWALK: LiveARTS performs (Historical Museum)

1:00pm - ArtWALK: Ammaya Dance and Drum (Town Common)

1:00pm - ArtWALK: Kids Painting Class (Expressions Enrichment - registration required)

2:00pm - The One Act Play That Goes Wrong (Franklin High School - ticketed event) https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/franklin-high-school-theatre-company/the-one-act-play-that-goes-wrong-31270

3:00pm - BANG BOOM BURN: Explosive True Crime Gun, Bombing, and Arson Cases from a Federal Agent’s Career with Author Wayne Miller (Franklin Library)

7:30pm – ArtWALK: FPAC presents "Sweeney Todd"  (THE BLACK BOX  ticketed event) https://www.theblackboxonline.com/events.php?id=1570


Sunday, June 12 

Downtown StoryWalk!

10:00am - HMEA's incredABLE Day 2022 (King St Memorial Field) https://www.hmea.org/incredABLEday/

12:00pm - Disc Golf Tournament (Dacey Field)

1:00pm – Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

1:15pm - ArtWALK: 150 Year History of the Franklin Fire Department (Historical Museum)

2:00pm - ArtWALK: FPAC presents "Sweeney Todd" (THE BLACK BOX  ticketed event) https://www.theblackboxonline.com/events.php?id=1570

2:00pm - ArtWALK: local authors books for sale  (Escape Into Fiction)

3:00pm - LiveARTS String Quartet Concert (FUSF, 262 Chestnut St - ticketed event) https://www.liveartsma.org/events/livearts-string-quartet-2

5:00pm - Care for Ukraine (Town Common)



Tuesday, June 14
7:00pm - Herb Gardening with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens (Franklin Library)

Find the full calendar  https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/blog-page.html

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:  https://forms.gle/oPdi8X3ZbHHyrHzo6

The Town meeting calendar is found  https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar

The School district calendar is found  https://www.franklinps.net/calendar-by-event-type/26

Franklin Cultural District: Arts are happening here!
Franklin Cultural District: #Artshappenhere

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Get your Strawberry shortcake and enjoy your Stroll on Main St this Friday, June 10

The Franklin Downtown Partnership (FDP) is thrilled to be able to bring back its annual Strawberry Stroll this year, after a two-year break due to the pandemic. Enjoy a taste of summer with mouth-watering strawberry shortcakes while enjoying entertainment, fun activities, and more than 90 vendor booths at the annual Strawberry Stroll in downtown Franklin on Friday, June 10 from 4 PM to 8 PM.  The rain date is Saturday, June 11 from 4 PM to 8 PM.

"We are excited to hold the first Strawberry Stroll since June of 2019, said Kevin Johnson of Edward Jones and this year’s Strawberry Stroll chair. “This is our opportunity to invite everyone to come together downtown and experience the local businesses. The mix of entertainers, vendors, and activities will make it a special evening for all ages."

Dean Bank’s staff will be serving the signature strawberry shortcakes under the tents in front of the bank. Strawberries donated and cut by Dean College will be piled on top of hundreds of shortcakes and topped with whipped cream. Proceeds from the sale of strawberry shortcakes are allocated to the FDP to help fund the event.

Plenty of entertainment will be available during the Strawberry Stroll. Dean Bank will host Dancing on Dean that will feature the band Scott Brown and the Diplomats from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Dean Avenue and Main Street. MyFM 101.3 will be broadcasting live from the top of Main Street. On the Birchwood Bakery patio, Dom DeBaggis will perform from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., Heath Nesbitt will perform.

A variety of activities will be offered that will appeal to young and old. The weekly Farmers’ Market which starts at 2 p.m. will continue until 6 p.m. on the common. Additionally, during the Stroll at 6 p.m., the FDP will unveil the Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail which uses ladybug sculptures to tie approximately 25 historical and cultural sites together in downtown Franklin. Visitors can receive their Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail maps at the FDP booth or by visiting the Franklin Historical Museum.
Get your Strawberry shortcake and enjoy your Stroll on Main St this Friday, June 10
Strawberry Stroll on Main St, Franklin June 10

The Franklin Art Association (FAA) is having an exhibit during the Strawberry Stroll on June 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rockland Trust Annex. The show is open to all members of the FAA and is being judged with ribbons awarded for first, second, third place and honorable mention recognition in four categories.

There will also be small works for sale in the show. The FAA will also have a booth on Main Street in front of the Rockland Trust Annex and it will feature a fundraising raffle of donated art and photography to raise funds for the support of FAA ongoing expenses. The tent and display panels and booth supplies were purchased with a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council and Franklin Cultural District. 

“FDP’s Strawberry Stroll celebrates all that is downtown Franklin, showcasing businesses, restaurants, organizations, institutions, town government, and culture and the arts. Join the fun and ‘Stroll’ Main Street Franklin on June 10,” said Pandora Carlucci of PGC Associates LLC. Carlucci and Roberta Trahan are vendor relations coordinators for this year’s Strawberry Stroll.

The Strawberry Stroll Committee encourages people in attendance to visit the downtown businesses and restaurants, especially the six new shops: Birchwood Bakery and Kitchen, Briller Boutique, Escape Into Fiction, Greco Design Co., I Have Coins and Collectibles, and Zuzu’s Petals & Cafe.

The Strawberry Stroll is made possible by the support of local sponsors. The event’s Platinum Sponsors are Dean Bank and PhysicianOne Urgent Care. Gold sponsors are Dean College, Middlesex Savings Bank, and Mosquito Mary’s. Silver sponsors are Camford Property Group, Inc., and Fenton Financial Group. Bronze sponsors are Beaux Regards Photographic Art, Grove Street Auto Repair, Keefe Insurance, Mint Dental of Franklin and LeafFilter.

Entertainment is supported in part by grants from the Franklin Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information about the Strawberry Stroll, please email fdpevent@gmail.com.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501©3 organization made up of more than 350 residents, business owners and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. The Partnership manages events like the Strawberry Stroll and Harvest Festival, and initiatives such as the Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail, beautification, streetscape design, greenspace and sculpture projects. For more information go to www.franklindowntownpartnership.org.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Strawberry Stroll, Ladybug Trail, ARTWALK and Second Sunday Speaker Series all in one weekend at the Historical Museum!

The Franklin Historical Museum plans a busy June weekend beginning with a special Friday night opening June 10. In conjunction with the Franklin Downtown Partnership the museum will be open from 4 PM - 8 PM during the annual Strawberry Stroll celebration. The much anticipate Ladybug Cultural & Historical Trail will be dedicated that evening, on Main Street, as well.  

Stop by the museum to visit two points of interest on the trail, the Delegates Ladybug, which tells the story of the Ladybug becoming our ‘state insect’. And the Straw Hat Sculpture, sitting happily on the museum’s front lawn, which is a nod to the once thriving straw industry in our town. Learn a bit about the 2nd grade Kennedy School class that went to the State House and learned about the legislative process of making a new state law.

Saturday morning, June 11 the LiveARTS string quartet performs at 10:30 AM as part of the Franklin ArtWALK Celebration sponsored by the Franklin Cultural District. Events around town during this 3-day celebration include live performances, art exhibits, family activities, a kick off reception and more. The Franklin Historical Museum is proud to once again host one of the many live performances for this event. For more information on the ArtWALK schedule visit www.franklinculture.org

Rounding off this busy weekend is our Second Sunday Speaker Series with a presentation on the 150 year history of the Franklin Fire Department as they commemorate their founding in 1872. Fire photographs from the Stanley Chilson collection will be on display, and a presentation of interesting facts and figures recounting the early years from hand drawn pumper wagons, to horse drawn pumper wagons to today’s finest and fastest rescue apparatus. Do you know when our first fire station was built? Do you know which prominent Franklin citizen of his day funded the building that served our town for so many years? Do you remember the fire whistle signals? Join us and take a look back at the changes the years have brought to the Franklin Fire Department.  Doors open at 1:00pm and the presentation will start at 1:15. 

Admission is always free and we are ADA accessible. 

Be sure to visit our gift shop which is run by the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum. 

Strawberry Stroll, Ladybug Trail, ARTWALK and Second Sunday Speaker Series
Strawberry Stroll, Ladybug Trail, ARTWALK and Second Sunday Speaker Series

Friday, May 20, 2022

You can still help with the Beautification Day scheduled for May 21

Volunteers are needed for the Franklin Downtown Partnership and Franklin Garden Club's annual Beautification Day in downtown Franklin and the Town Common on the morning of Saturday, May 21.

Dozens of volunteers are needed to help plant red, white and blue flowers on the downtown bridges and in barrels in front of businesses. Volunteers with trucks are also needed to help pick up trays of flowers at Fairmount Fruit Farm, 887 Lincoln St., Franklin. Community service hours are available to students needing volunteer opportunities.

If you can volunteer, please email Beautification Chair Eileen Mason at emason4234@gmail.com.

We appreciate the support of these sponsors who make the beautification efforts in the downtown Franklin possible:

  • Platinum sponsors are: Camford Property Group; Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond and Weil, P.C.; Law Offices of Roche & Roche, P.C.; PhysicianOne Urgent Care; Eileen Mason of RE/MAX Executive Realty; Middlesex Savings; and RI Motorsports and Detail LLC.
  • Gold sponsors are: Dean Bank; D.G. Ranieri Real Estate; Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios; and Goldfish Swim School. 
  • Silver sponsors
    are: Fenton Financial Group; Keefe Insurance Agency; and Vet Med Pet Supplies. 
  • The Bronze sponsor is Safford Insurance.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501©3 organization made up of 350 residents, business owners and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. The Partnership manages events like the Strawberry Stroll and the Harvest Festival, and initiatives such as beautification, streetscape design, greenspace, alley murals, and sculpture projects. For more information go to www.franklindowntownpartnership.org.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Save the Date for June 10 - the Strawberry Stroll returns!

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is currently organizing its annual Strawberry Stroll, set for Friday, June 10, from 4 PM to 8 PM in downtown Franklin. The rain date will be Saturday, June 11 from 4 PM to 8 PM. 

During the Stroll, the Partnership will unveil the Ladybug Cultural and Historical Trail. The Trail uses ladybug sculptures to tie approximately 25 historical and cultural sites together in downtown Franklin.


Also during the Strawberry Stroll, Dean Bank will host “Dancing on Dean” which will feature two local bands on a bandstand at the intersection of Main Street and Dean Avenue. Delicious strawberry shortcakes provided by Dean Bank and Dean College will be sold in front of Dean Bank.


“We are thrilled to welcome the Strawberry Stroll back after a two-year absence because of the pandemic,” said Partnership Executive Director Lisa Piana. “We are looking forward to kicking off the summer season with this fun event.”


Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information about sponsorships, contact the Partnership office at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com.


 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Volunteers needed for Beautification Day - May 21

Volunteers are needed for the Franklin Downtown Partnership and Franklin Garden Club's annual Beautification Day in downtown Franklin and the Town Common on the morning of Saturday, May 21.

Dozens of volunteers are needed to help plant red, white and blue flowers on the downtown bridges and in barrels in front of businesses. Volunteers with trucks are also needed to help pick up trays of flowers at Fairmount Fruit Farm, 887 Lincoln St., Franklin. Community service hours are available to students needing volunteer opportunities.

If you can volunteer, please email Beautification Chair Eileen Mason at emason4234@gmail.com.

We appreciate the support of these sponsors who make the beautification efforts in the downtown Franklin possible. Platinum sponsors are Chaffee Property Group, Inc., Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond & Weil, P.C., RI Motorsports and Detail, and Eileen Mason of ReMax Real Estate. Gold sponsors are D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, Dean Bank, and Encore Music Academy And Recording Studios. The silver sponsor is Safford Insurance.

Shared from the Franklin Downtown Partnership page


Volunteers needed for Beautification Day - May 21
Volunteers needed for Beautification Day - May 21

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Franklin Downtown Partnership: Beautification Sponsors Needed


Franklin Downtown Partnership
BEAUTIFICATION SPONSORS NEEDED
Beautification Sponsors Needed
The Partnership's Beautification Committee and the Franklin Garden Club will be planting hundreds of flowers in downtown center in May.  

We are in need of sponsors to help fund this initiative to make the center even more attractive and draw customers to downtown businesses. Here is a rundown of sponsorship opportunities:
  • Platinum Sponsor (Industry Exclusive) $800
  • Gold Sponsor $500
  • Silver Sponsor $300
  • Bronze Sponsor $250 

As a sponsor, your business will be listed on the signs in downtown center for a year! Your company name will be listed in our press releases, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and on our website. View this year's sponsorship opportunities and the benefits of membership.

Please email the FDP office to let us know you are interested in being a sponsor!
Franklin Downtown Partnership • 774-571-3109 • FranklinDowntownPartnership.org
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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Franklin Downtown Partnership: Important Town Meeting on Parking





Franklin Downtown Partnership 

9 E. Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038
(774) 571-3109 • downtown.franklin@yahoo.com

Important Town Meeting on Parking
Downtown parking will be on the Economic Development meeting agenda Wednesday at 5:45 PM. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions on downtown parking, you should attend this meeting.


Economic Development Subcommittee - April 13, 2022
The Economic Development Subcommittee will meet on April 13, 2022 at 5:45 PM

Please find the agenda and links for the upcoming meeting here: https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-04-13_edc_agenda_packet.pdf
Franklin Downtown Partnership | 774-571-3109

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