Friday, January 24, 2014

You're Invited to a Toastmasters Open House on Monday

What does this have to do with the Franklin Inn? Not much, except I thought you might benefit from this group too. Open house details are at the end of this post.

Over the last 13 or so years, I have enjoyed our conversations via Facebook, Twitter, this blog, eInnSider email updates and our conversations at the restaurant. This is where I am comfortable.  Public speaking....that's a different story. Speaking in front of more than a small group...not what I want to do! It happens only when I have to or am forced to but I rarely volunteer. I forget what I'm going to say, use the wrong words, think of the things that "I should've said" afterwards, etc. I think this lack of confidence in my oral communication skills hinders my effectiveness in both my professional and volunteer work. Over the years, I've wanted to work on my speaking day...when I had time....until then I "delegate" public speaking to others who I feel are better at it.  

Well, a member of the Inn Group (the networking group that meets at the Franklin Inn), Michelle Hall, invited me to her newly formed Cranberry High Noon Toastmasters this past Summer.  She is the club's president, so I made the time and went to take a peek. Guess what?  I loved it and I now attend regularly.

I have met wonderful people, learned so much from listening to the other speakers (who are at various levels of speaking ability), and even worked up the nerve to give three speeches of my own. These speeches were met with encouragement and great tips to build upon. Since the meeting is only an hour long, its easy to fit in my schedule too.

There are a lot of "I"s in my writing above because I personally am gaining from my Toastmasters experience. Toastmasters might be a great opportunity for you to also equip yourself with tools to become a better communicator, speaker, and leader. Why don't you come to the Cranberry High Noon Toastmasters OPEN HOUSE meeting and take your own peek? And, then you can come to the Franklin Inn for lunch or a margarita afterwards. Bring a friend (to both places!).

Here are the details:

You are Invited to Experience a Toastmasters Meeting!
Visit the Cranberry High Noon Toastmasters Club

 Monday, February 3rd
Check In at 11:45am

Cranberry Municipal Building, Council Chambers
2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

RSVP: Click here!
All guests are welcome - it is FREE to attend!

For more information, visit the club website at:

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Victory for Your Taste: Beer Dinner at the Inn

Are you a lover of hops and great food?  Then this event is for you. 

We are excited to be hosting our first beer dinner at the Franklin Inn Mexican Restaurant on Sunday, February 16th at 4pm.  Seats are only $45 for a delicious homemade four course meal with beer pairings.

A special four course menu is being created in-house that will pair perfectly with selections from Victory Brewing Company. The meal will, of course, have a Mexican influence and use the fresh homemade ingredients that Franklin Inn customers love but there will be an additional inspiration: Victory Beer.  Chris shared our menu proposal with the representative from Victory who then told Chris that the menu he is creating is "spot on."  Here's an advanced peek: The fourth course includes John's homemade ice cream which features a Victory beer. Stay tuned for more information on the meal.  Yesterday I was able to sample (I know....I is tough for me) some of the menu items that Chris is working on perfecting for you. They were delicious. I can't wait for you to taste them too.

Along with the food comes the beer! There will be a free reception beer before we get started and then you'll have the opportunity to taste four more 8 oz. beers from Victory Brewing Company. A representative from Victory, Bob Gera, will be at this dinner to walk us through the food and beer pairings. Bob will also answer your brew questions. You'll even get to take home a free Victory Pint Glass as a souvenir.

This is going to be a fun and tasty event. We hope you can join us and bring a few friends. Seats are selling fast. We were half sold out a week ago. Please reserve your spot asap.

Hint! Hint! This also makes a great Valentine's Day Gift for the hop-lover in your life.

Please share this information with your friends. To learn more and reserve your seats visit:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

We are closed today so that our staff can spend time with family and friends. Best wishes for a blessed and happy new year. Thank you for being such a pleasure to serve in 2013! Franklin Inn Patrons Rock.