Back by popular demand … the annual Dickens Festival in downtown Medford!

MEDFORD-The Medford Sunrise Rotary Club will once again present the popular Dickens Festival on Saturday, Dec. 2 in downtown Medford. The family friendly event will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and it promises to be a magical time for children and grown-ups alike. This will be the 28th consecutive year that Main Street in Medford will be transformed into a quaint winter wonderland, featuring holiday festivities galore with an old-timey flair. The festival typically attracts more than 10,000 people from Medford and many surrounding communities. Locals never fail to catch up with old friends on the street; there's something for everyone! 

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 lampposts and shops adorned with holiday decorations and twinkling lights. Carolers, many of them dressed in Dickens-era garb, will make their way up and down the street, entertaining the masses. Various musicians will perform favorite holiday tunes from porches along the way.

Many popular entertainers and activities will be offered once again, including pony rides, ice sculpting, outdoor movies, a moon bounce (with a “Frozen” theme), jugglers, stilt-walkers, a face painter and a town crier. Don’t be surprised to see Olaf from “Frozen” roaming the streets! The heart-warming Live Nativity will once again be on display at Tomlinson Park in front of the library.
 
New this year will be a Victorian Best Dressed contest, with $50 gift card prizes awarded to a man, a woman, a child – and a dog – wearing the best Dickens-era costume.
 
Plan to do some holiday shopping during the event, as a whole host of crafters and vendors will also be on hand, with unique gifts suitable for everyone on your list. Many new vendors will be here this year in addition to some favorites.
 
And, of course, plenty of delicious food and beverages will be available, provided by vendors arranged in food courts at the ends of the streets, allowing for easier flow and less generator noise. 

While you’re in town, pick up your annual illuminated glass Christmas ornament at the Medford Sunrise Rotary table, and enjoy freebies and information from various local businesses. 

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.
 
A listing of directions and Medford Village parking areas will be found at www.medfordtownship.com/events. Handicapped parking will be available.
 
The annual Dickens Festival wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful support of the community. Rotarians raise money for the festival through fundraisers, including an annual coin toss collection. Also, tax-deductible donations to keep the tradition going may be made through a GoFundMe site for Rotary Dickens Festival at https://www.gofundme.com/7ahcb.
 
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Posted by Linda Mackey on Sep 08, 2017
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Dickens Festival to be held Dec. 2 in downtown Medford

MEDFORD-The Medford Sunrise Rotary will once again present the 28th annual Dickens Festival on Saturday, Dec. 2 in downtown Medford. The family friendly event will take place from 6 to 9:30 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.  Locals never fail to catch up with old friends on the street; there's something for everyone! 

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  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 will perform favorite holiday tunes from porches along the way.

We've invited many of the most popular performers from years past to come again:  Marshall Steve’s pony rides,  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,  the always popular Live Nativity at Tomlinson Park in front of the library, and outdoor movies. Don’t be surprised to see Olaf from “Frozen” roaming the streets!

Plan to do some holiday shopping, as a whole host of crafters and vendors will also be on hand: with unique gifts for the person that's hard to buy for, friends and family that are sure to surprise and delight.  Many new vendors will be here this year in addition to some favorites. 

And, of course, plenty of delicious food and beverages will be available, provided by vendors arranged in food courts at the ends of the streets, allowing for easier flow and less generator noise. 

While you’re in town, pick up your annual illuminated glass Christmas ornament at the Medford Sunrise Rotary table,  and pick up freebies and information from various local businesses. 

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.
 
A listing of directions and Medford Village parking areas will be found at www.medfordtownship.com/events. Handicapped parking will be available.
28th Annual Dickens Festival Linda Mackey 2017-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Mackey
Rotarians and Friends, come help at the Rise Against Hunger event.
 
In an assembly line we fill bags with protein enriched dry food, heat seal, and box up to be sent nationally and internationally to impoverished areas.
 
This is a fun event for all ages to volunteer at.
Bring the family; bring your friends.
 
Please sign up to help with this worthwhile cause.
 
The Mackey's will be there. Will you?
 
Sign Up:
https://shn.secure.force.com/events/registrationpage?id=701f1000001kkneAAA
 
 
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Posted by Linda Mackey on Apr 20, 2016
 
On April 20, 2016, the Medford Sunrise Rotary welcomed in their newest member, Anne Carrel. Anne received her Rotary lapel pin by Jim Robinson and was welcomed and introduced to the club by President Norman Mackey.
 
Anne originally visited the club late last year, but decided to not officially join until after her knee surgery. Now she is ready to join in on all of the club's activities. Yeah! Anne used to be a teacher and is currently a realtor with Exit Realty.
 
We are delighted to have Anne join the Medford Sunrise Rotary with all her talents and dynamic personality.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Linda Mackey
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.
 
 
2016 Paul Harris Fellows Linda Mackey 2016-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Mackey on Mar 09, 2016
 
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.
 
 
Congratulations to our newest member! Linda Mackey 2016-03-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Mackey on Mar 09, 2016
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.
 
 
 
Burlington Contact Crisis Line Presentation Linda Mackey 2016-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

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.

 

 

 

Greg Olkowski Linda Mackey 2016-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
 
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.
Jeff Bowen OPEX Corp Linda Mackey 2016-01-22 05:00:00Z 0