Creative Economy and Cultural Tour Highlights Farm Pond History

Downtown Framingham, Inc. gears up for an event featuring Howard Street Studios, a boat tour of Farm Pond and a Fashion Show at Braza Grill.


Downtown Framingham, Inc. is hosting its first Creative Economy and Cultural Tour on Saturday June 23rd from 2-6 p.m.

The tour will highlight the historical events, industries and stakeholders that have contributed to Framingham's culture and identity as a city.

Buses from Kiessling Transit will shuttle tour-goers between the stops on the tour, which begins and ends at the new Braza Union House Bar and Grill on Waverly Street.

The first stop on the tour is Farm Pond. The tour will stop at the boat launch on the north side of Farm Pond where there will be a boat tour and informational boards about the area and its history.


Tour-goers will rotate riding in the boat and exploring the exhibits on the shore about the history of Harmony Grove, where abolitionists gathered to rally against slavery,the Chautauqua Movement, which brought many people to camp "Lakeview" in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and The Bancroft Building.

The Bancroft Building was purchased by developers who will be present at the tour with renderings of the housing complex that is to be built on Fountain Street where the historic Bancroft Building stands.

A representative from the Sudbury Valley Trustees will ride along with passengers on the boat and talk about conservation efforts that are ongoing in the large body of water, which is the home to a large community of swans as well as some endangered plant species.

After Farm Pond, the tour will head to Howard Street Studios for a tour and a presentation from a local artist. Howard Street Studios became the home to many local artists after the Bancroft Building was purchased and the former Fountain Street Studios closed. This stop on the tour will focus on shared work spaces and the lifestyles and logistics of local artists.

After visiting Howard Street Studios, the buses will return passengers to Braza Union House Grill and Bar where they will be invited to enjoy a fashion show.

Local fashion designer Nill Rodrigues will showcase his collection of bridal couture and formal wear during the showcase. ATOS Boutique will also be displaying pieces from their Concord Street shop during the fashion show.

Tickets for the tour are available at and cost $15.

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