The Medford Friends Meetinghouse wears its 200 years well. The sturdy brick building still houses an active group of Quakers who worship, hold classes and cover dish luncheons, provide space for other groups and even host a dance studio. In celebration of the building’s 200th Anniversary, members invite the public to join us on Sunday, June 8 for a day of activities, culminating in an outdoor party featuring music, games, crafts and, of course, ice cream and birthday cake. All events are free, but reservations are requested for lunch. They may be made by emailing Medfordfriendsmeeting.org or by calling 609-654-6485. The Meetinghouse is located at 14 Union Street in Medford Village, New Jersey.
The Medford Arts Center’s annual Plein Air art contest will add a new feature – an arboretum theme. The painting contest will be held at Medford Leas on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The event is open to all artists ages 17 and under or 18 and older who work in oil, acrylics, watercolor or pen & ink. Participants can paint views in the Arboretum, natural areas along the Rancocas Creek or any Medford Leas buildings or courtyard gardens. Artists are welcome to visit Medford Leas beforehand to scout out their favorite locations. The contest is not open to photographers.
On Saturday, June 7, 2014, the Dr. James Still Historic Site & Education Center at 209-211 Church Road, Medford will be hosting a special event entitled Juneteenth Celebration: Africans in America. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. a series of presentations, performances, and activities will be scheduled to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. This event is provided through a Medford Historical Society and Burlington County College partnership.
The Medford Historical Society will again hold its renowned Annual Quilt Show on Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th. The show begins at 10 a.m. each day and ends at 4 p.m. The quilt show will be held at Kirby’s Mill, 275 Church Road, Medford, NJ.
FREE parking is available off of Fostertown Road. Admission is FREE with donations accepted.
The Medford Arts Center at 18 North Main Street in the Center of Medford, New Jersey will present Dianne Sahms Guarnieri and G. Emil Reutter as the featured poets on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm.
Widely published, both Sahms Guarnieri and Reutter live and work in Philadelphia. Editors of The Fox Chase Review, an online literary magazine, they also host readings at The Ryerss Museum and have initiated The Poets at Pennypack
In addition to Sahms Guarnieri and Reutter’s presentation, Dr. Sharlene DeMartini will conduct a free mini poetry workshop that will begin the evening at 7 pm and an open MIC will conclude the event. An award will be given to the best open MIC presentation chosen by the audience. Light refreshments will be served. The MAC has been presenting poets and open Mics at the center for seven years inviting poets to come and listen as well as present their own original work. The event is free but donations are welcome.
Sahms Guarnieri, a Philadelphia Poet and Poetry Editor of The Fox Chase Review, also co-curates The Fox Chase Reading Series. Her first collection Images of Being was released in October of 2011. She was awarded a grant in poetry from the AEV Foundation in May of 2013 and currently serves as Poet in Residence at Ryerss Museum and Library in Philadelphia. . Sahms-Guarneri’s poetry has been published widely in the small and electronic press. You can visit her at http://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com/ and http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/ On YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9oJuy6i2gw
Reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia where he founded The Fox Chase Review and The Fox Chase Reading Series. Eight collections of his poetry and prose have been published by Stonegarden.net, Blazevox Books and Persistenica Press. His most recent collection, Carvings. was published in November 2010. You can visit him at http://gereutter.wordpress.com/ and www.gemilreutter-author.com on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYeH7ihUbKQ.
For more information on the poetry reading and other events at the MAC, visit www.medfordartscenter,org.
Tents filled with fine arts, colorful crafts, fine wine and good food will line Medford’s Main Street on Sunday afternoon, June 1, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm as the annual Art, Wine & Music Festival returns to mark the start of summer. Main Street in beautiful Medford Village will be closed so that visitors can stroll the street to enjoy the festivities. Nine South Jersey wineries will be interspersed between the arts and crafts booths and local bands will play music throughout the afternoon. New this year will be a beer garden at the Gazebo and the prize autos of the Medford Lakes Corvette Club will occupy south Main Street. Food will be available from local eateries and other food vendors. More than 3,000 visitors are expected to attend this annual event presented by the Medford Arts Center, the Medford Business Association and ShopRite of Medford.
The Medford Township Council is pleased to announce that it will hold its Annual Memorial Day Parade & Observances on Monday, May 26th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Parade will start at Memorial Middle School on Mill Street, proceeding down Mill Street to Trimble Street to Main Street. The parade will then continue to the cemeteries in the village for a 21-gun salute and flag raising. Returning to Main Street, the parade will then stop at the Veterans’ monuments at 21 S. Main Street, next to the Medford Memorial Community Center, for the official ceremony. VFW Post 7677 will host the activities in conjunction with Medford officials. In the event of inclement weather, the Ceremony will be held in the VFW Hall located on Church Road.
Parade participants include members of the VFW Post #7677, the Medford Returning Veterans Committee, the Shawnee High School Marching Band, the Medford Police Department, Medford EMS, the Union & Taunton Fire Companies, as well as many other public safety representatives and military re-enactment associations from neighboring communities.
The Township Council invites and encourages Veterans to march in the Parade or join them in a vehicle. Local Scout troops and civic organizations who wish to march in the parade are also encouraged to do so and should contact the Beth Portocalis at the Municipal Offices or by calling 609-654-2608 x338. Also, participation in the parade on decorated bicycles is highly encouraged. Bikers should report to the Memorial Middle School staging area by 10:30 a.m., and must wear safety helmets.
This year’s Grand Marshall is Larry DeVaro. A resident since 1943 and owner/proprietor of Larry’s Barbershop on Main Street, Larry is a US Army veteran who served from 1953-1956 in the 11th Airborne at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He is a 50+ year member of the Union Fire Company and served in many capacities for them. He was also one of the founding members of Medford’s Recreation Advisory Board, who for years organized Medford’s Memorial Day Parade and decorated the grave sites of veterans for this observance.
For more information concerning Medford’s Memorial Day events, please call (609) 654-2608 x 338 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org