Downtown Franklin Strawberry Stroll Friday, June 10
Franklin Downtown Partnership’s Executive Director, Lisa Piana, is more than ready for this year’s Strawberry Stroll, back on June 10th, from 4-8 p.m.
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 Fri., June 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The rain date is Sat., June 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“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.
“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 and Mosquito Mary’s. Silver sponsors are Camford Property Group, Inc., Fenton Financial Group, and Middlesex Savings Bank. 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 [email protected]
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.
Strawberry Stroll Children’s Activities*
Barry Insurance - rock painting, please place near rock garden in front of Rockland Trust
The Results Group at LAER Realty Partners – Table with balloons and raffles
Franklin Public Schools, Lifelong Learning – Pull a pop, photo opportunity, and a craft.
Grove Street Auto Repair – Balloon Guy Artist
Goldfish Swim School – Mascot, Bubbles the Fish
St. John’s Church – Kids’ activity
Franklin Music, Movement & Mindfulness – Musical instruments available to play
Franklin Children’s School – Kids’ art activities
Franklin Garden Club – Seedlings activity for children.
Franklin Federated Church – Children’s craft
Franklin School Committee – Prize wheel
Mint Dental of Franklin – Kids’ activities
Town of Franklin Marketing/Communication – Magic Mirror pranked
Hockomock Area YMCA – Prize wheel
Franklin Lions – Picture with Lion
Chestnut Dental – Bubble machine for kids
Franklin Fire Department – Smokey the Bear will be at the Franklin Fire Station. An antique fire truck will be on display.
*(Subject to change)