5 Things to Do – Wicked Local

5 Things to Do  Wicked Local

1FRANKLIN 5k TURKEY TROT: The annual Franklin 5K Tureky Trot benefiting the Franklin Food Pantry is planned with a few changes to keep runners safe.

While the turkey trot will still officially run on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26, each runner can run or walk their own personal 5K when it is most convenient for them and can map out their favorite course anywhere throughout town. Once runners have finished the race, they can post a picture on social media sharing that they completed their run and their time while tagging the Franklin Food Pantry and using the hashtag #turkeytrot2020.


The registration fee of $25 goes directly to the Franklin Food Pantry, keeping donations local to help feed those in need, and participants can register online at franklinturkeytrot.org. This year, the Franklin Food Pantry will not be able to accept food donations instead of the fee. Runners can purchase a t-shirt from the registration page.

There are also several opportunities for local businesses to sponsor the race. Funds received from sponsorships are used to purchase t-shirts for the first 100 registered race participants, and other costs associated with the event. Any additional money from sponsorships will go directly to support the Franklin Food Pantry. Interested sponsors should contact Kim Cooper at kcooper@franklinfoodpantry.org or Krystal Whitmore at franklinturkeytrot@gmail.com.

2 MEDWAY CHRISTMAS PARADE/ROLLING RALLY: The town’s 28th Christmas parade/rolling rally takes place on Saturday, Nov. 28, 5 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Things are going to look a lot different this year, but all the same: Fun is guaranteed. The 2020 rolling rally will observe all safe and healthy social distancing practices, and a modified route and events.

The parade will leave Medway High School and take a left onto Summer Street, then left onto Milford Street, follow to Franklin Street, left onto Village Street, left onto Holliston Street, and finally left onto Main Street.

Fire trucks will lead Santa’s float. When the float carrying Santa arrives at Choate Park, Santa will “light up” the holiday season. Note: This year there will not be a formal event at Choate Park/Thayer Homestead and consequently, there will be no fireworks. 

Families are asked to follow all social distancing protocols.  Families are encouraged to gather together and to not engage with larger groups.  Social distance and remember to wear a mask.

3 FRANKLIN SANTA DRIVE-BY: The Franklin Concerts on the Common Committee is organizing a Santa Drive-by event on Sunday, Nov. 29 starting at 4 p.m. Santa will first be escorted to the Franklin Common by the Franklin Fire Department as he rides on a tractor with the department’s mascot, Sparky.

Santa will flip the switch on the town common holiday lights, and then he will take up a spot at Union and High Street on one side of the common so that families can drive by and wave to him, as well as had him their letters if they wish. He will give out gift certificates for a chocolate lollipop from Green Mountain Chocolates to children who drive by.

Visitors should approach the common from Union Street and can turn onto High Street to wave to Santa. High Street will be one-way traffic for the event. Masks are required and everyone must remain in their cars.

4 MEDWAY (VIRTUAL) TURKEY TROT ROAD RACE: Because of the pandemic, the 2020 Medway Turkey Trot Road Race has moved to a virtual format. Run your own 5K anywhere you like, any time through Nov. 30.

There will be no in-person registration or bib pick-up this year. All registration will be done online, and Racewire will send participants a printable bib. The entry fee is $12. To register, go to http://medwayturkeytrot.org/registration/

There will be no awards in the 2020 virtual edition, but results will be posted online for bragging rights. T-shirts can be purchased for $10. These will be mailed in mid December.

Founded in 2011, the Medway Turkey Trot has been a Thanksgiving tradition for families from Medway and beyond. For 8 years straight, thousands of runners and dedicated volunteers have woken up early on Thanksgiving to be at Medway High School for the Turkey Trot. Although the race will be held virtually this year, the organizers are proud to be celebrating nine years of this event.

All proceeds of the Turkey Trot go to the Medway High School Athletic Department for uniform and other equipment purchases. We wish all of our virtual runners and walkers the best of luck!

For more information, visit www.medwayturkeytrot.org/covid19

5 MRPAC’S 2020 VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA & FUNDRAISER: The MRPAC’s 2020 Virtually Reimagined Christmas Extravaganza and Fundraiser will be held live on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

The event’s lead sponsor is Foxboro Federal Savings. Household tickets are being sold for $25 on www.orpheum.org and purchasers can use the code TURKEY to save $5 before Thanksgiving. This virtual variety show will welcome local dancers, singers, and guest celebrity performances performing holiday classics.

Tickets are on sale now at www.orpheum.org. Submit your talent at www.orpheum.org. All ages and acts welcomed. Community performer submissions are open until Nov. 30. The MRPAC is looking to feature performers of all ages with a variety of talents – from dance to singing and magic to gymnastics. Those interested can submit their works online at www.orpheum.org.