Think there's nothing to do on a wintery Saturday? Think again!
I'm Bill Yacopucci, creator of Franklin Gear Apparel & Accessories. Pictured above me is Trestle View Park in downtown Franklin. The future home of Mill City Park is across the way.
While the Mill City Project will be a great addition to our City, no need to wait. There's plenty to do in Franklin.
Here's your itinerary for Saturday:
10:00am: Head up to
266 Flaghole Road
Built in 1960 by the Army Corps of Engineers for the City of Franklin. This hidden gem is only 30 minutes from Concord! Located in West Franklin, I suggest a drive up Route 3 is in order.
The Hill, as we affectionately call it, is run by the Franklin Outing Club. Don't let that word "Club" deter you; no membership is required. The nonprofit FOC has been chartered to operate the area since inception. And thanks to our generous corporate sponsors this weekend is totally free skiing & boarding. That is not a typo!
230 Vertical Feet
FREE Skiing & Boarding!!!
Even if you don't ski, join the Franklin Outing Club in celebrating the 58th Annual Franklin Winter Carnival at VMRA!
1:00pm: The Cardboard Sled Races
Finally a decent use for all those Amazon boxes! Come to spectate or bring your own sled. There are no entry fees. Build it for speed or style - you might win either way!
Check out some of last year's participants. The Plow took first place in design, followed closely by my favorite - the Millenium Franklin!
Not too late to make a sled! Find out more at
2:30pm: Pond Hockey (no skates required)
The Winter Carnival is for all ages and skill levels to enjoy. Pond Hockey is a great example. No expensive equipment or fancy skates required. Come as you are!
Dinner Time is an Asian Delight
330 Central Street
Hate that greasy feeling you get from the average Chinese restaurant? It doesn't have to be that way! Located across Memorial Street from Franklin CIty Hall is one of the best Asian restaurants in the state! And that's not just me talking. Asian Delight has consistently been top rated by WMUR's Viewers Choice Awards.
After Dinner: Drinks at
378 Central Street
The origin of the word Vulgar means of the people. Vulgar Brewery in Downtown Franklin has a mellow attitude and flavorful brews. The perfect place to hang out and sample some great beer.
You won't get blasted out the door by loud music. Actually hear your companions. Relax and enjoy one of Vulgar's funky pizzas with your beer. Straight from their pizza oven to your table. How about a Royal With Cheese!
While the brew equipment is on display through its windows on Central Street, Vulgar's entrance is just a few paces away through cozy Marceau Park. And speaking of park, there is tons of free parking behind Vulgar.
No matter your downtown destination, don't be deterred if Central Street is full. The free municipal parking lot is accessible down either Memorial or Smith Street.
7:30pm: Music at
Located inside City Hall
In the 1890's the City of Franklin focused their attention on quality of life issues for their vibrant community. By 1892 they had planned and started construction of a new City and Soldier's Memorial Hall.
Designed by William Butterfield in the Romanesque Revival style, the red granite and brick building included City offices, the police and water departments, the city court, a theatre and function hall. The police, court and water department have their own buildings now, but the beautiful theater remains!
316 Central Street
Surprised? Franklin has a lot more in store and we can't wait to share it with you!
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