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 www.MedfordPolice.org the week prior to the festival.
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.
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RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to
Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
Encourage leadership of youth by youth
Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
District 7500 has been conducting RYLA programs since 1995 and has gained a reputation among Rotarians and educators around the country as one of the best RYLA programs in existance.
There are two main reasons why our program is so exceptional:
First, we truly believe that this is a Youth Leadership program and trust that concept so much that most of our program is delivered and facilitated by our own RYLA graduates. Each year the very best and most enthusiastic RYLA participants try out for a spot on our staff team. Only the very best are selected and they tend to return year after year, getting better and better with each year's experience.
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