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Medford, NJ  08055
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We're hosting the Dickens Festival again!
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Dickens Festival to be held Dec. 3 in downtown Medford

MEDFORD-The Medford Sunrise Rotary will once again present the 27th annual Dickens Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3 in downtown Medford. The family friendly event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. and it promises to be a magical time for children and grown-ups alike. For one night every year, Main Street in Medford is transformed into a quaint winter wonderland, featuring holiday festivities galore with an old timely flair. The festival typically attracts more than 10,000 people from within Medford and from many surrounding communities.

Exciting things get underway around 5:45 p.m., when a parade heralded by the town crier transports Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf or two to the gazebo in the center of the downtown Village (18 N. Main Street). Grand Marshal Ron Murphy of Murphy’s Market is once again the presenting sponsor of the Dickens Festival. The annual tree-lighting ceremony happens next, as town officials gather to turn the lights on at the township Christmas tree. Santa and Mrs. Claus will stay at the gazebo all evening long to greet children of all ages.

Visitors are invited to stroll along Main Street in Medford’s historic district, past dimly lit lampposts and shops adorned with holiday decorations and twinkling lights. Carolers dressed in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” garb will make their way up and down the street, entertaining the masses. Various musicians – including the M-Town Jazz Jam, the Moorestown High School Madrigal Singers, Harmonia Voices a Cappella, Special Occasion Barbershop Quartet, The Brass Consort, the Geri Mingori Band and the Ridgeway Singers - will perform favorite holiday tunes from porches along the way.

New this year will be Marshall Steve’s pony rides. There will also be an ice carver sculpting a special holiday surprise, a moon bounce (with a “Frozen” theme), the Give ‘n Take jugglers, Stockton-Brown stilt-walkers, a face painter, a town crier (on a penny farthing bicycle), the always popular Live Nativity at Tomlinson Park in front of the library, and outdoor movies (at Union and Main streets).

Don’t be surprised to see Olaf from “Frozen” roaming the streets! And a popular float from Medford’s recent Halloween Parade will also be making an appearance at this year’s festival.

Plan to do some holiday shopping, as a whole host of crafters and vendors will also be on hand: New England novelties, Beaucycled, Blue Ridge Farm roasted almonds, Cheri Beri’s Stained Glass suncatchers, Duckie’s Soy Candles, Flo’s Doll Clothes, The Farmer’s Daughter, Grazing Goat natural soaps, Jersey Plate Art, , Just Life Essentials, Karen & the Nut, and Paws & Obey Dog Training.

And, of course, plenty of delicious food and beverages will be available, provided by vendors like Murphy’s Market, Broadwalk Specialties, Buzzetta’s Foods, Bacon Broads, Cape May Crab Cake Factory, Dunkin donuts Community Cruiser, Eddie’s Kettle Corn, Glazed & Confused Mini Donuts Cruiser, House of Fudge, Jim’s Jarhead Jerky, Jeremiah’s Cheesesteaks, Johnny Churros, J Dogs, La Bella Pizza, Matt G Dogz, Richie Lou’s Food Service, Spanky’s BBQ, Spanky’s BBQ and Tasty Trolley

While you’re in town, check out the information tables for Medford Sunrise Rotary, Habitat for Humanity, Crossroads Assembly, WaWa, Kiddie Academy of Marlton, Kitchen Magic, and Laurel Oaks Wealth Management Group. 

Local radio stations B101-More FM radio and Radio Station Z889 @ Rowan at BCC will be doing a live remote from the festival.

Please note: Main Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic during the course of the event, from Route 70 to Chapel Avenue. Parts of Union Street and Bank Street will also be closed. For more information, visit the week prior to the festival.
A listing of directions and Medford Village parking areas can be found at Handicapped parking will be available.
On March 16, 2016 at the meeting of the Medford Sunrise Rotary, the club congratulated this year's Paul Harris Fellows.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
On Monday, March 21, 2016, a special dinner will be held to thank Paul Harris Fellows. This year's dinner will be especially unique as the sitting Rotary International President, K. R. "Ravi" Ravindran will be on hand to personally bestow the Paul Harris Fellow medallions on this year's recipients.
Medford Sunrise Rotary welcomed Susan Miller on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 as our newest member. Susan accepted her Official Certificate of Membership from Club President, Norman Mackey and was presented with her Rotary lapel pin by her club sponsor, Jim Robinson.
Susan is currently employed at Camp Ockanickon in communications and marketing. Susan was formerly the editor of the Medford Central Record and is a fellow Medford resident. We are thrilled to have Susan as our newest member and we are grateful for all her talents and sparkling personality that she brings to the Medford Sunrise Rotary.
Theresa Tobey and David Heron presented the club with vital information from the Burlington County CONTACT Crisis line. Both Theresa and David spoke about how they came to volunteer/work at CONTACT and some different situations they have encountered. Theresa has been with CONTACT 39 years and David has been there 11 years.
CONTACT offers a 24/7 hotline to anyone needing guidance, comfort, or emergency assistance.  Some calls they receive are from someone lonely and needing comfort; some callers need a place to stay or help with their utilities; and some calls are from individuals in crisis such as suicide or domestic abuse. Many of their callers are the elderly, but they receive calls from school age children and up as well.
All volunteers receive 35 hours of training. The Reassurance program provides a daily call to check in on homebound persons. Their KidsLine is available to kids home alone after school. Specially trained volunteers provide assistance in the RAIN program to sexual assault victims as well as to the victims' family. Pet owners who have lost their pets and become depressed are offered support through CONTACT. Surprising to hear was that the highest rate of suicides are in the elderly population.
CONTACT is always looking for volunteers; no experience needed, just compassion.
Medford Sunrise Rotary has been having some exceptional guest speakers. See what you have missed!
David Borrelli - Central Record photographer
Mary Ainsworth & Margaret Schwab - Medford Newcomers Group
Margo Pelligrino - Kayaker

Today we were inspired by the USAF refueling pilot, Greg Olkowski. Greg spoke about taking what you are passionate about and using it with a purpose to make an impact on others.

Greg had a passion for music, which fueled him to excel. That music passion took him to enroll in the Air Guard band, which lead to an interest in flying, which in turn lead him to the Air Force.

Greg discussed the importance of using your time, money, and talent to give of yourself to mentor others and to make a lasting impression and impact on others (just as Rotary believes in, "Service Above Self".

Thank you Greg for inspiring us today and for serving our country.




Jeff Bowen, OPEX Corp. visted the club on January 20, 2016 and discussed "Likability". One question he presented was, "how do we perceive people at the first glance and how do others perceive us?"
The OPEX Corp is a global technology leader in mail room automation, document scanning, and material handling.
Margo Pellegrino paddles a kayak to raise awareness about water quality.


She encourages people to think about the water and how we need to take better care of it for our future generations.


Margo has paddled thousands of miles and one trip was down the entire Eastern shore!

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Medford Sunrise Rotary

P.O. Box 1235

Medford NJ 08055


President 2017-2018:

Linda Mackey


Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
Club Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Rotary International Foundation Chair
Service Projects Chair
Service Projects Co-Chair
District Conference Chair

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