Showing posts with label Strawberry Stroll. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Strawberry Stroll. Show all posts

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Mark your calendar for the Franklin Downtown Partnership Events coming along in 2023

Franklin Downtown Partnership Events


Networking Breakfast


FDP Networking Party

MARCH 22, 5 - 7 PM

April General Meeting


Ladybug Trail Spring Walk


Beautification Day

MAY 20

June General Meeting


Strawberry Stroll


September General Meeting


Harvest Festival

SEPT. 30

November General Meeting

NOV. 2

Winter Decorating Day

NOV. 18

More Information to Come...Stay Tuned

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Franklin Downtown Partnership Announces 2023 Events and Meeting Dates

The dates for Franklin Downtown Partnership events and meetings during 2023 have been set.

The Strawberry Stroll is scheduled for Fri., June 9, with a rain date of Sat., June 10. Join us for delicious strawberry shortcake in an old-fashioned block party in downtown Franklin!

Our largest event of the year, the Harvest Festival, is set for Sat., Sept. 30, with a rain date of Sun., Oct. 1. Celebrate the fall on the closed-off streets of downtown Franklin with all your neighbors.
Franklin Downtown Partnership
Franklin Downtown Partnership

“We are so happy to present our signature events and welcome all our Franklin residents to celebrate our community,” said Franklin Downtown Partnership Executive Director Lisa Piana. “We are so thankful to our Franklin businesses, volunteers and sponsors who make these events possible.”

General meetings of the Partnership are scheduled on April 6, June 1, Sept. 7 and Nov. 2. Meetings begin at 8:30 AM at Dean College, Dr. Paula Rooney Student Center on the second floor in the Golder Room.

The Partnership works with the Franklin Garden Club to deck out the downtown with seasonal decorations. The 2023 Spring/Summer Beautification Day is scheduled for  Sat., May 20. The Autumn/Winter Beautification Day is Sat., Nov. 18. Groups are encouraged to volunteer and high school community service hours are available.

Sponsors are needed for the Partnership’s 2023 events. Please contact the Partnership office at if you’re interested in sponsorship.

The Partnership reminds residents to shop local to support our Franklin businesses. The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit, 501©3 organization made up of more than 360 business owners, community leaders and residents working to stimulate economic development downtown and create a positive impact throughout the area.  

Visit the Franklin Downtown Partnership for more info or to join ->

Friday, February 3, 2023

Franklin Downtown Partnership shares schedule of major events for 2023

Mark your calendar for the following Franklin Downtown Partnership activities...
  • Strawberry Stroll - Friday, June 9, rain date Saturday, June 10
  • Harvest Festival - Saturday, Sep 30, rain date Sunday, Oct 1
  • FDP Partnership General Meetings - April 6, June 1, Sep 7 and Nov 2
  • Spring/Summer Beautification Day -  Saturday, May 20
  • Autumn/Winter Beautification Day - Saturday, Nov 18
Residents can become members of the Downtown Partnership for only $25/yr, students & seniors for only $15/yr. Business members pay on a scale according to the size of their business. Check out the membership details ->

Disclosure: I have been an individual member since 2010.

Franklin Downtown Partnership shares schedule of major events for 2023
Franklin Downtown Partnership shares schedule of major events for 2023

Friday, June 10, 2022

Franklin's Event Outlook: June 10, 2022 to June 16, 2022

June is a busy month for Franklin with so many choices of indoor and outdoor activities. This weekend in particular kicks off the action with the Strawberry Stroll and ArtWALK. Something for everyone as #artshappenhere!

Friday, June 10 
Downtown StoryWalk!
2:00pm - Farmers Market (Town Common)

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)

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)

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

7:00pm - The One Act Play That Goes Wrong (Franklin High School - ticketed event)

7:30pm - ArtWALK: FPAC presents "Sweeney Todd"  (THE BLACK BOX - ticketed event)

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)

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)

Sunday, June 12 
Downtown StoryWalk!

10:00am - HMEA's incredABLE Day 2022 (King St Memorial Field)

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)

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

3:00pm - LiveARTS String Quartet Concert (FUSF, 262 Chestnut St - ticketed event)

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

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

Wednesday, June 15
Downtown StoryWalk!
11:00am - Franklin Matters Q&A (hybrid)

Thursday, June 16
Downtown StoryWalk!
8:30am - Town Council Office Hours (Senior Center cafeteria)
7:00pm - 350 Mass Greater Franklin Node (virtual meeting)

Find the full calendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found

The School district calendar is found

Community Calendar
Community Calendar

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Magic Mirror Photo Booth at the Strawberry Stroll & Franklin For All Table - THIS FRIDAY!

Magic Mirror Photo Booth at the Strawberry Stroll & Franklin For All Table - THIS FRIDAY!

June 10, 2022 from 4 PM - 8 PM

Franklin For All will be at the Strawberry Stroll this Friday from 4pm-8pm! Attendees will be able to connect with Franklin for All project staff regarding the proposed recommendations and enjoy a town sponsored magic mirror photo booth experience to document the fun and resident dreams of downtown revitalization. Find us at the intersection of Dean Ave and Main Street, directly across from the stage for fun and engaging photo- op!

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Magic Mirror Photo Booth at the Strawberry Stroll & Franklin For All Table
Magic Mirror Photo Booth at the Strawberry Stroll & Franklin For All Table

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

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

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee - agenda - June 8 at 5:30 PM

 Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
June 8, 2022 = 5:30 PM


1. Update: MAPC “Franklin For All” zoning reform project for Franklin Center, including the Downtown Commercial District and surrounding neighborhoods
a. Draft set of Recommendations - Slideshow from 5/16/22 Presentation
b. Updated Memo & Timeline (see below)

Re: Franklin For All Project Future Dates

The Franklin For All project is in it’s home stretch heading towards completion of the diagnostic analysis. Future dates are a sketch for upcoming meetings to note, but are subject to change:

1. June 10th at the Strawberry Stroll there will be a promotional event to help discuss the Franklin For All Project recommendations with residents and festival goers.

a. The Planning and Community Development department will be located at the intersection of Dean Ave and Main Street, directly across from the stage.
b. Attendees will be able to connect with Franklin for All project staff regarding the proposed recommendations.
c. Enjoy a town sponsored magic mirror photo booth experience to document the fun and resident aspirations of downtown revitalization.

2. June 30th Final report due (but should be in earlier and will be released upon final receipt)

3. July/August meeting of the EDC + Steering Committee to discuss prioritization of the formal recommendations by MAPC.

a. Each member of the Steering Committee will be given 3 votes to prioritize recommendations by MAPC to the staff. This is an effort to allow the committee to discuss the recommendations and give the staff some initial priorities to help focus our work and alleviate the potential to be scattered.
b. The Committee dates over the summer have not been set. We are hopeful that at the June 8th meeting we can set those dates in July or August on an evening without additional meetings after it.
c. The staff will also have some additional recommendations to consider that are not a part of the MAPC recommendations that focus on areas outside of the study zone, these are issues that have arisen locally that need to be addressed or have been discussed during this process.

4. September we will begin to publicly discuss the recommendations chosen by the Steering Committee and staff.

Agenda doc with remote participation info ->

Economic Development Subcommittee - agenda - June 8 at 5:30 PM
Economic Development Subcommittee - agenda - June 8 at 5:30 PM

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Jamie, Tom, & Lily join Steve to Talk Franklin, recap the budget, and look ahead to plenty of events (audio)

FM #810 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 810 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the special combination of “Talk Franklin” with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, and Town Council Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer. 

Talk Franklin was on the schedule for Friday, and given the double meeting of the Town Council for the budget hearings, it made sense to cover our Town Council Quarterbacking session after both public hearings, hence combining them together.

Lily Rivera, Marketing & Communication Specialists joins us on the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend to recap the budget, town state of affairs and look out to the near term events coming in June, Farmers Market opens June 3rd, and then the Strawberry Festival and the Franklin For All booth on June 10 kicks off ArtWALK and the Ladybug Trail. 

The conversation runs about 44 minutes. Let’s listen into my conversation with Jamie, Tom and Lily.

Audio file ->


Recap & audio for budget hearing #1 

Recap & audio for budget hearing #2 

Budget hearing #1 on YouTube for video replay 

Budget hearing #2 on YouTube for video replay

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Jamie, Tom, & Lily join Steve to Talk Franklin, recap the budget, and look ahead to plenty of events (audio)
Jamie, Tom, & Lily join Steve to Talk Franklin, recap the budget, and look ahead to plenty of events (audio)