Franklin Turns Harvest Festival into Pumpkin Stroll
Oct 01, 2015 06:00AM ● Published by Pamela Johnson
Franklin's Pumpkin Stroll: Thurs., Oct. 15; Bellingham's Pumpkin Stroll, Sat., Oct. 24
The October Stroll was created after organizers postponed the Harvest Festival this year because of downtown streetscape construction. Festival organizers embraced the opportunity to bring the community together to enjoy a pumpkin decorating contest, crafts, entertainers, seasonal treats and other activities on a smaller, more intimate scale.
“Our shops are open, groups and businesses want to connect with residents in Franklin and surrounding communities, and we are excited to offer some fun activities in many locations around our downtown,” says Nicole Fortier, Franklin Downtown Partnership president.
Many activities are planned for the kids. Dean Bank will be giving out pumpkins along with decorating kits to children at its 21 Main Street location.
Franklin’s Bernon Family Branch Hockomock Area YMCA will create a kids’ sports center in the parking area behind Rockland Trust. It will be the ideal place for children to burn off extra energy while trying out games and learning new sports skills.
Music and entertainment are planned for seven different venues, including Dean Bank, Rockland Trust, the Main Street parking lot, Jane’s Frames, The Cake Bar, Simon’s Furniture and The Black Box.
Jamie Barrett is scheduled to perform at Jane’s Frames, and Kevin Wolfe will entertain visitors on Main Street. Franklin High School student musicians will perform at The Cake Bar and Dean Bank. Go to www.franklindowntownpartnership.org for details about performance times as they are finalized.
The Franklin Performing Arts Company will present a preview of “The Addams Family” at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street. Stop in between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and take a photo with a costumed cast member from this production, based loosely on the 1960s TV show.
DJ Domenic Cotoia of Music Odyssey Productions will entertain crowds browsing booths in the parking lot on Main Street, and WMRC 1490-AM will broadcast live from the event.
Downtown stores and restaurants will offer specials and fall-themed treats at their locations. Make time for cider and cookies at the Franklin Historical Museum and take a tour of the latest displays.
Local businesses, crafters and groups will have booths at Simon’s Furniture on Summer Street and the patio on East Central Street. More vendor booths will be found along Sponsorship Row in the Main Street parking lot.
Gold Sponsors for the October Stroll are Middlesex Savings Bank and Rockland Trust. Silver Sponsors are Dean Bank, DCU, Franklin Ford and The Estate at Franklin.
The Bronze Sponsor is Keefe Insurance. Friends of the Stroll Sponsors are Alumni Restaurant, Beaux Regards Photographic Art, Chestnut Dental Associates, Crossway Church, D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, Jane’s Frames, Nexamp, Next Step Living, The Franklin Historical Museum and WMRC.
The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit, 501©3 organization made up of businesses, residents and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. The Partnership runs events such as the Strawberry Stroll and the Holiday Stroll, and is involved in streetscape and design efforts, greenspace and sculpture projects. Go to the www.franklindowntownpartnership.org to learn more.