March 2023 Newsletter

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Franklin Downtown Partnership 

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Ladybug Trail Spring Walk

The FDP’s 1st Annual Ladybug Trail Spring Walk is schedule for Sat., April 15 (rain date April 16). Celebrate spring by coming to downtown Franklin and walking the Ladybug Cultural & Historical Trail. Stop by the Franklin Historical Museum or Escape Into Fiction for a Ladybug trail map and ladybug merchandise.

We are excited to have the community come out and see some of the new murals by local artists that are along the trail and enjoy the local businesses. The museum and bookstore will have free ladybug give aways as well as unique ladybug merchandise for sale.

FDP Evening Networking Event

Join us for the FDP’s After Hours Networking Event on March 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Escape Into Fiction. LaCantina will be there with wine and beer. And everyone will have a chance to see the art gallery and see the new book selection.

Beautification and Strawberry Stroll Sponsors Needed

Sponsors are needed for our Beautification Efforts in addition to the Strawberry Stroll. View the sponsorship form and opportunities.

Breakfast Networking

Join us Fri., March 17, 2023 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the dining room of the Dean College Campus Center for a bite to eat and the opportunity to network with other FDP members!

Strawberry Stroll Registration Opening Soon

The June 9 Strawberry Stroll registration will open on Monday, March 27 to current FDP members only. Make sure your 2023 membership is paid.

More Downtown Murals

Look for more interactive murals coming to downtown this summer - one on East Central Street near Birchwood Bakery!

FDP Schedule for 2023

Check out the 2023 schedule of FDP meetings and events here.


Arts and Culture Listening Tour

The Franklin Town Council has established an Ad Hoc Subcommittee for Arts and Cultural Initiatives to host an Arts and Culture listening tour in town. Dates are March 7, April 28, and May 19. Read the details here


Small Business Contest

Rockland Trust is launching its 6th annual Small Business, Big Dreams contest! Small business owners can enter to win our Small Business, Big Dreams contest by submitting their background information and give an overview of their strengths, challenges and plans for the future for a chance to win $20,000! Learn more here.

Blood Drive

A blood drive sponsored by Comprehensive Wealth Planners at Dean Bank will be held at The BLACK BOX on March 21 from noon to 5 p.m. Click here to view the details.

Paint and Sip Night

Creative Corner Art Studio will host a St. Patrick’s themed Paint and Sip Night on March 16. Learn more here. 

Grab and Go Dinners

Grab and go dinners are available at Ferrara’s Market. Check out the options available this week on Ferrara's Facebook page.

Museum Presentation

Franklin Historical Museum’s Second Sunday Speaker Series presents “History of Franklin Written in Stone: Stories from the Union Street Cemetery.” It will be held on March 12 at 1:15 p.m., free admission.

Presentation on Peonies

The Franklin Garden Club, in conjunction with the Franklin Public Library, will co-sponsor a free program on “Peonies: Love of My Life” on March 7 at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Library. The program is presented by Christine Paxhia, an expert in growing peonies.

March Happenings at the Franklin Library

Click here to view the March News and Events at the Franklin Public Library.

AcuPUNKture & Whimsical Wellness Boutique

Click below to learn more about the offerings of AcuPUNKture and the Whimsical Wellness Boutique.

Wellness Center

Whimsical Wellness Boutique

Workshops and Community Events

Online Boutique with $10 shipping or free local pick up

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Escape Into Fiction March Events

March 2: Creative Writing Informational Meeting, 6 p.m. 

March 8: Franklin Newcomers Meeting, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

March 21: Book Club, 6 p.m., The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

March 22: FDP Membership Social, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

March 28: Poetry Night, 6 p.m.

Every Thursday 10 a.m. to noon - Open for writers to come in for a quiet space to write!

Encore’s Summer Music Camp

Ages 8 & up, Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

July 10 - August 31

Students will have morning core classes to firm up skills, such as Theory, Piano Lab, and Recording Techniques, as well as the choice of several breakout classes in the afternoon, including Rock ‘N Pop Ensemble, The Singing Actor, Drum Circle and many more! For more information, call 508-533-7700 or visit the website.

Production of Pippin

Dean College Theater presents Pippin from March 22 to 26 at the Dean College Main Theater. Click here for tickets, performance times and general information.

The Little Shop Favors

Send guests home with a fond memory of your celebration with the help of The Little Shop! Its favors are perfect for events large and small.

  • Wedding Favors
  • Engagement Party
  • Bridal Shower
  • Baby Shower
  • Fundraisers
  • Reunion
  • Corporate
  • Reveal Party

Enjoy Something Rotten!

The Franklin Performing Arts Company presents the musical comedy, Something Rotten! from March 10 to 19 at THE BLACK BOX. Click here for tickets and details. 

Summer Sewing Camp

Summer sewing camps at the Franklin Mill Store begins June 26 and continues through the month of July. Sewing classes are offered 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Classes are one-week long and include: Beginning Sewists, Open Sewing, and new this summer, Fiber Arts! Click here for info.

SheGrooves Performance

Circle of Friends Coffee House will host SheGrooves on April 1 at 8 p.m. Learn more on Franklin Matters.

Pokémon Card Show

I Have Coins is holding its next Pokémon Card Show on March 19 from noon to 4 p.m. There will be a Pokémon costume contest held during the show with best costume prizes awards in children and adult categories. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

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