"Tomb Sweet Tomb" Contest

The Haunts of Monsterville returns for 2019 with a "Tomb Sweet Tomb" theme. If you've always wanted to participate or are a veteran decorator this is a great year to sign up! Contestants must submit their haunted entry by high noon on October 25th. There are four categories this year: "Fresh Blood" for novices to this competition; "Eerie Exterior" for the ghostliest outside appearance; "Path to Doom" for frightful walk-through path experiences; and the "Monsterville Merchant" for the spookiest window decore - voted by the zombie residents of Monsterville using Survey Monkey from 10/21-10/31! Prizes include the prestigious Golden Broomstick and gift cards to McFarlans, The Juice Bar and The Station. Winners will be announced at the gazebo, 7:00 p.m. on November 1st during the Friday Night Market. Rules: (1) Home or business must be in Merchantville. (2) No professional decorating companies (3) Decorations limited to the exterior. (4) All Judge’s decisions are final. (5) Have fun!

Classic Towns Closes

After 11 years, designating 30 “classic” communities, reaching over 420,000 online visitors, Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia is coming to a close.The Classic Towns marketing program was launched with initial support from the William Penn Foundation in 2008. This initiative supported reinvestment in the region’s older suburbs and urban neighborhoods through strategic messaging and branding about the benefits urbanism, smart growth, and transit-oriented development have on a community’s quality of life. In 2019, the Classic Towns marketing program was discontinued but the work that goes into creating livable communities continues. Merchantville was designated a Classic Town in 2008. Here's a recap and highlights from the program: https://dvrpc.org/ClassicTowns/

Yard Sale, 10/12

Multi-person yard sale on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at 308 Somerset Ave, Merchantville, NJ. Sale will feature the following items and so much more: antique caned rocking chairs, antique books, medicine cabinet, glassware, bottles; Remington "His First Lesson" cowboy print; vintage Libbey tulip stemware; designer woman's clothes size medium 8-10; artwork and decorative items including beautiful porcelain molds; Christmas decorations. Retail quality without the retail prices!

Locals Star in ‘Meteor Shower’

Greg Wood, Susan Riley Stevens and their family live in Merchantville. The couple are longtime theater vets who play Norm and his wife Corky in Steve Martin’s new comedy, "Meteor Shower", and bring seventeen years of marriage on stage in Martin’s comedy, playing at the Walnut Street Theatre through October 27th. Playwright and comedian Steve Martin is always quirky and always exceedingly funny. In "Meteor Shower" he takes an absurd look at how we deal with modern marriage. Set in 1993, they play a couple that invites another couple to watch a meteor shower - an engaging mix of cocktails, nighttime and a couple of couples. Read a review here.

 

 

Monsterville Hits Biz District

Businesses in Merchantville have the Monsterville spirit! You'll find Bones Alexander at Monsterville Antiques and Salvage letting you know that for the month of October he'll be in charge. They have lots of new antiques and salvage just brought in, so what better a time to stop by and visit him where - He'll be waiting! Eclipse Brewing has a new 8% Pumpking Ale on tap - a tasty malty fall beer or fall in love with their Coffee Chocolate Porter - an absolutely fantastic coffee-chocolate explosion of goodness! Janice and Pete at Mcfarlan's Market have everything you need for noshing while watching your favorite football teams in October - get ready with their fresh picnic shoulders for pulled pork, fresh-made sweet & hot sausage or munchies! And, wiccans who visit Spirit to Sole Connection can stock up on supplies for All Hallows Eve with their selection of floor washes, smudge sprays, energy shifting tea's and "Break the Spell" salts and goolish line of Organic Herbal Tea's just for the season! The Blue Monkey joins in this month-long celebration with their official 2019 Blue Monkey Tavern FallFest featuring 90+ craft and independent beers, wines, ciders, hard seltzer, hard kombucha and more! And for that ever nagging sweet-tooth Aunt Charlotte's Candies offers a mouth watering selection of caramel and candy apples, gummy candy and spooky foil chocolates! And, if you're looking for the perfect zombie look don't forget Halloween hairstyling at The Clip JointCastle of Beauty or Dash Styles - they've got the answer! #shopmonsterville

Gazing at Morning Glories

Thanks to Dorothy Foley and Cynthia Hertneck the sunflower garden has transformed into a spectacular morning glory garden! You can check it out the corner of Browning and Chestnut. Volunteers from IE Merchantville and the Garden Club gathered to get their hands dirty helping to plant Merchantville's first Sunflower Garden in May 2019. Morning Glories are one of the last annuals to bloom in most regions, often in August or even early September.

Linda Maratea, 71

Linda Jean Maratea, age 71, (nee Morgan) of Ocean Pines, MD formerly of Merchantville, NJ moved from this life early Tuesday morning September 17, 2019. She is survived by her husband and love of her life for 53 years James M. Maratea, and children Jenny A. Karpinski (Jim), Jill M. Forte (Michael) and Patrick J. Maratea (Elizabeth). She was the adored grandmother of Elizabeth, Julia, Francesca and Lainey. She is survived by her brother Bruce Morgan and was predeceased by a brother Daniel Morgan. Relatives and friends are invited to gather will her family on Friday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Alloway Funeral Home 315 E. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 AM in St. Peter Church 43 W. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis, TN 38105. Full obituary.

Town Food Blogger Wins Grand Prize

Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today recently announced the Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 #FindJerseyFresh photo contest is Sarah Licata, a food blogger based in Merchantville in Camden County. The grand prize for Licata is a $500 gift card to a business that features Jersey Fresh produce. Her place of choice was the A.T. Buzby Farm in Salem County. Licata sources some of her fruits and vegetables from that farm to feature in recipes she posts on her blog, saltjar.com. The winning photo by Licata featured a table of cherry tomatoes of different colors during the Burlington County Farmers Market at the Burlington County Agricultural Center.

MHS Hosts Annual Meeting

If you have a personal treasure you have been yearning to know its historical significance and value, we have a venue for you. Join us for the Annual Meeting of the Merchantville Historical Society on Wednesday, October 9th, at 8:00 p.m., at the Community Center. Go to the Merchantville Historical Society Facebook page to indicate you are attending. Those guests wishing to bring an item for evaluation, should select the appropriate box. The first 35 people, registering a submission, will have their pieces placed in a viewing area. Mike Ivankovich, professional appraiser, will expound on each item to the audience. We are pleased to have The Woman’s Club of Merchantville co-hosting the event. Peruse your attic or storage areas; register your participation and come to our antiques style road show.

Interactive Walking Tour

Merchantville is a treasure trove of a variety of well-preserved styles of residential architecture. A classic mix of 19th and early 20th century architecture and tree-lined streets with beautifully maintained gardens define the historic borough and its vital downtown. Less than one square mile, Merchantville is home to almost 3,800 residents. Quaint and intimate, Merchantville offers an unprecedented and authentic sense of community. This interactive walking tour adapts and combines the Merchantville Historical Society's individual district tours. They can be walked separately or together depending what you choose to explore during your time in Merchantville. Detailed descriptions of the houses in each tract are linked to in the directions below or can be obtained in person at Borough Hall, One West Maple Avenue.

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