Franklin villagers share a good time to benefit Community Center

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 3, 2012

FRANKLIN — The historic structures in the heart of downtown Franklin are slowly but surely taking shape to be converted into the Franklin Community Center, but there’s still more work to be done.

That’s why a group of villagers are teaming up to present two fundraising events this weekend on the Franklin Village Green to help raise the money needed to continue restoration efforts and showcase to the community just how useful the buildings will be when completed.

“There’s still a need to raise $29,000 to furnish the house, put in landscaping and air conditioning, and pay off a loan to the Franklin Baseball League. This event will help us reach that goal,” said event organizer Ann Lamott in an email. 

The first of the two events will happen Saturday, the Blue Grass Evening. To go along with the theme of the adult-friendly event, guests will munch on sloppy Joes and a baked potato bar. Later, they’ll enjoy a live performance of the Sunshine String Band. The cost for the bluegrass event is $25 per person.

The next day, kids get the chance to get in on the fun with a Nifty Fifties family day noon-3 p.m. Visitors will be able to strut their hula-hoop skills, do “the stroll,” and enjoy other toys and hands-on activities from the 1950s. The cost to take a stroll down memory lane is $10 per person or $25 for a family, which includes hot dogs, chips and root beer floats.

Lamott said both events are meant not only to be fundraisers for the community center, but a way to gather villagers in downtown Franklin to have a good time together.

“Perhaps you grew up in the ‘50s and you want to take a trip down memory lane, or you’d like to show your kids or grandkids the good old days,” said Lamott in the email. “You want to do more than have lived history. You want to revitalize it for future generations by supporting restoration of 1850s structures that will become the Franklin Community Center.”

Franklin resident Leslie Frick also helped to organize the two events. She’s looking forward to seeing the Kreger house, barn and shed be fully restored for use by all villagers, hopefully within a year.

“(The Community Center) can really be used for anything. People can rent it out for anything from wedding receptions to classes to business meetings. It’s there to be used,” said Frick. “It brings a sense of community. I believe it helps us all work toward one goal to meet the community’s needs with more resources and sources for bringing people and friends together. We want to just have a usable space for people who have nowhere else to go as far as a place to gather.”

The Blue Grass Evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Reservations can be made via email at That event and the Nifty Fifties event will take place at the Franklin Village Green, located between Wellington and Franklin Roads in downtown Franklin.