December 2021 Newsletter
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Keep It Local - Support Franklin Businesses
Light Up Downtown Franklin and Beyond!
The Franklin Downtown Partnership is inviting everyone to participate in “Light Up Downtown Franklin and Beyond” with lights and winter decorations in businesses from Nov. 20 to Jan. 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Learn more about how to participate here.

Thank you to our sponsors: Dean Bank and Fenton Financial Group!
Winter Decorating Thanks
Lots of great volunteers braved the chilly weather on Nov. 20 to decorate downtown Franklin for the holiday season. Special thanks to Eileen Mason, who always spear-heads the effort, members of the Franklin Garden Club and the many people who decked the halls in downtown! We also thank Peter Willis Photography for documenting the event through photos.
Newspaper Article on New Business in Franklin
The Country Gazette recently published an article on new businesses in downtown Franklin. Read it here.
Last Call for Holiday Newsletter
If you have a holiday promotion or event you would like listed in the FDP's December Special Holiday Issue Newsletter and on social media please, send Lisa Daly the information and photos no later than Friday, Dec 3. if you are selling gift cards, let us know so we can get that listed on the FDP website as well.
New Murals Downtown
A couple more murals are coming to dress up Franklin alleys on East Central Street. Peg Munson is creating the Bubbles Make Smiles murals pictured here. Additionally, Amy Adams of Painting Venus is creating a beautifully detailed mural. You can see her creative process here.
Help Us Spread the Word
Reminder: Please share the FDP social media posts to help spread the word on our shopping local campaign!
MEMBER NEWS
News from AcuPUNKture
AcuPUNKture is now open full time and accepting new patients for acupuncture! The practice accepts many insurances and treat a wide variety of ailments from pain, mental health, digestion, fertility and more! We can be reached at 508-507-8015 or franklinacupunkture@gmail.com
Acupuncture treatments are available by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and every other Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Its Whimsical Wellness Boutique is now fully stocked with products and open five days a week. You can find crystals, gemstones, jewelry, organic CBD products, therapeutic essential oils, professional grade supplements and vitamins, warmies heatable stuffed animals, planters, plants, local art and more! Boutique hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit @acupunkture on Instagram. 

AcuPUNKture is also looking for subletters. If you are a health practitioner, body worker or offer any other forms of healing modalities and looking to put down roots or expand your private practice, contact franklinacupunkture@gmail.com. There are three fully stocked private treatment rooms with electronic tilt tables - open to renting by the hour or the day. The business also has a large community event space perfect for small workshops, yoga sessions, meditation and more.
Support the Food Elves
The Franklin Food Pantry announces Food Elves 2021. This year the Franklin Food Elves “12 Days of Donating” Campaign marks 16 years of helping neighbors in need during the holiday season and beyond. Starting on December 1 and running through December 12, the neighborhood collection by local middle and high school students serves as the largest fundraiser for The Franklin Food Pantry. In 2020, the Food Elves collected over $80,000!

The Elves collect monetary donations only. The Pantry uses monetary donations to purchase chicken, beef and other meats, dairy products, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruits at a deep discount from the Greater Boston Food Bank.

The Food Elves will distribute flyers and envelopes in their neighborhoods. Donations can be made in two ways: through a check donation that the Elves will pick up personally; or through each Elf’s own online personal campaign page. If an Elf doesn’t visit your neighborhood, you can donate to the general page here.
FPAC Performances
Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will present The Nutcracker, at FHS Auditorium on December 4 and 5. On Dec. 6, FPAC and cast of the national tour of Hamilton present Hamilton-Home for the Holidays, fundraiser to benefit Franklin Performing Arts Company & The Santa Foundation at 7:30 p.m. Visit the website for tickets and information about even more December events.
Gingerbread House Decorating
Expressions Enrichment will host a Gingerbread House Decorating event on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost of $50 will be for a parent with a child decorating a gingerbread house. All supplies are included. Register online at www.expressions-enrichment.com.
Tips from Berry Insurance
Protect your business from winter-related hazards. The last thing you want this winter is a business insurance claim. So you need to be prepared! To help you evade some common winter claims, check out the article: Avoiding Common Winter Business Insurance Claims on the Berry Insurance website.
Food Pantry Donations Match
Allegra Franklin will match all donations to the Franklin Food Pantry, up to a total of $1,000, in the month of December. Read more here.
St. John's Holiday Schedule
Celebrate Christmas and Epiphany at St John’s Episcopal Church.

  • Christmas Eve, December 24:
  • 5 p.m. - Children’s Pageant with Communion. Please reserve space in advance here.
  • 9 p.m. - Candlelight Service - no reservation required

  • Sunday, December 26:
  • 10 a.m. - Holy Eucharist with Christmas Carols - no reservation required

  • Sunday, January 2, 2022:
  • 10 a.m. - The Epiphany family service - no reservation required

Everyone is invited!
Historical Museum News
The Franklin Historical Museum has switched to its winter schedule. It is open weekends only, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Museum's Second Sunday Speaker Series will be held on Dec. 12 at 1:15 p.m. Franklin native Charles Harrington will discuss his book A Contemplative Life: Essays and Musings from the Last of the Baby Boomers. Admission is free. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Franklin Food Pantry.
Lifelong Learning Registration Open
Winter/Spring registration opens December 1 at Franklin’s Lifelong Learning Institute. Lifelong Learning is the community education branch of Franklin Public Schools, and provides educational experiences for Franklin residents, and those from surrounding towns, from elementary school through retirement. Visit www.FranklinLifelongLearning.com for full course details and to register.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
The Franklin Neighborhood Brigade is made up of volunteers who help neighbors in need during immediate, short-term crises. For more info, visit
I Have Coins and Collectibles
I Have Coins and Collectibles is now fully open in its new location at 15 Main St., Unit 1A in Franklin after moving from another smaller location within the same building. The new location is on the street and visible to people driving by. In addition to coins, the store now carries Pokémon cards, comic books, Star Wars and other collectible cards and toys. Holiday ideas include hobby supplies for collecting like boxes, bags and holders. Appraisals are available for no charge. The store is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Fridays and a few hours on the weekend.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Trivia at Franklin Library
The Franklin Public Library is hosting a Christmas Trivia Night event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 6. This program is free and open to the public. The program will begin with a brief series of hopefully humorous Christmas cartoons and pictures. There will follow a group of oral and written quizzes with full audience participation. All quizzes will pertain to Christmas subjects, including vocabulary, television, movies, music, literature, history, traditions, and more.
Coming Soon!
A new business will soon be calling downtown Franklin home. Stay tuned for more details!
Winter Farmers' Market
Even though summer is over, farmers' markets are not! Enjoy winter farmers' markets at Fairmont Fruit Farms. Keep an eye on its website for more details!
MyFM 101.3 Promotion
In honor of winning its record breaking 11th Massachusetts Broadcasters Radio Station of the year Award, MyFM 101.3 would like to offer the members of the FDP an additional 11% discount on its already specially priced, first quarter “Swing Into Spring” advertising promotion. To learn more, or to set up a no obligation appointment with a MyFM account executive, simply visit MyFMMedia.com today. *Some restrictions may apply.
Member to Member Discounts
Check out our newest discount sheet. These discounts are available to FDP members from FDP members. If you have a discount you'd like to add, let us know.
February General Meeting
The next FDP general meeting will be in February, 2022. Date to be determined.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW FDP MEMBERS
Franklin Nutrition
Franklin Nutrition is a family-run business located at 5 West Central St. in Franklin. Its products consist of energizing teas, protein smoothies, protein coffees, and coffee chillers. Check out the Franklin Nutrition website for more information or Instagram page for specials.
Escape Into Fiction
Located at 70 East Central St. in Franklin, Escape Into Fiction is a bookstore offering local home delivery or in-store pick up, catering to those who love fiction. Find more information about Escape Into Fiction on its website or Facebook page.
NETA
NETA provides premium cannabis to registered medical patients and adult-use customers across its three Massachusetts locations in Northampton, Brookline and Franklin. Products include flower, vapes, edibles, and more. Delivery is also available for both medical and adult-use customers. From seed to sale, NETA does it all right here in Franklin at 62 Grove St. Learn more by visiting the NETA website or on Twitter.
Power Painting Plus
Based in Franklin, Power Painting Plus specializes in interior painting and cabinet refinishing. Learn more about its services on its website or see some of the company's transformations on Facebook.
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