2020 Art Walk

Calling all Artists to the 3rd Annual Merchantville Art Walk. This year’s Art Walk will take place on May 1st, 6:00-9:00 p.m. It will be paired with the "First Friday“ market events in town. What is an Art Walk? Each participating business will share their space with a local artist and the artist’s work will be on display inside of the business for the night. The Art Walk encourages guests to stroll around town and visit each participating business to see, and hopefully, purchase the art. The goal is to benefit Artists AND Businesses. The fee for artists to participate is $25. Application deadline: March 14, 2020. All sales are handled by the artists and are 100% yours. The Eilandarts Center will organize pairing artists with businesses and coordinating the hanging of the show. We will also take care of the website, advertising, flyers, and postcards

Munro Marks 100th

Imagine living 100 years on this earth - for one local man, its a reality. Edgar Munro, who was born on February 8, 1920 in Merchantville, N.J., celebrated his 100th birthday. His family lived in New Jersey where his dad worked in the shipyards until they moved to Loch Haven where he owned the Munro Milk Farm. Edgar remembers helping his dad by delivering milk as a boy. He had seven siblings, one of which is still alive. His brother Alfred B. Munro still resides in Jersey Shore where another Munro family farm is located. Through the years Edgar and his wife Dorothy raised six children and took over the farm. At 100, he's never lost his love of farm tractors and the Antique Machinery Association Show.

Bread Making Class

Fragrant with herbs and rich with olive oil, focaccia is an Italian flatbread dating back to Roman times. There is no end to the variety of flavorings for this very easy dough and, whether you smother it lavishly in toppings or dress it simply with oil and sea salt, the foundation is the same. In our class, we use biga (a natural leaving) to ferment our dough and create a light, tender, utterly delicious flatbread that you will want to make often. Join us to learn how to make focaccia with Jolynn DeLoach in Merchantville on Sunday, July 26th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Limited spaces. Register for the class here.

Leap into Ladies Night

Celebrate Leap Year by trying something new! Join Acqua Silk Designs, at Ryan's retail on Saturday, February 29th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to design your own silk scarf by painting on water and learning about the ancient art form of Turkish Marbling. It's unique, creative, and fun, and perfect for any age or ability. You will take home your uniquely-designed, 100% silk scarf with care instructions. No art ability needed. There will be a craft table available for the kids, so no need to get a babysitter - BYOB - Snacks will be provided. Tickets $40 each. Register here.

From Shoes to Lamps

Merchantville Antiques and Salvage came across a photo of his grandfather's Shoe Repair Shop the other day. The picture, taken in 1928, shows shop owner Orlando Ricci posing in front of his storefront. Upon finding this treasure, Michael and Jaclyn Ricci remarked on how amazing it is to think that in a couple years their family will have lived here for 100 years. Truly, one of the most valuable characteristics of Merchantville life is the rich history of each generation owning a small business at 37 South Centre - from shoe repair shop to luncheonette to dress shop, and now their antiques and lamp repair shop.

Crates are Great!

Merchantville Antiques and Salvage offered another "Inspirational Tuesday" post on their Facebook page all about old crates, boxes, and drawers. Co-owner Jaclyn Ricci's personal favorites are the cheese boxes used as a chalk holder for the chalkboard wall in the kitchen and for small tools on her husband's work bench. These unique boxes and crates can be filled with plants, hang on walls for a shadow box effect, or used as storage bins. Merchantville's antique store also has a booth - A14 - at the antique and arts mall, Carnival of Collectibles, in Sicklerville, NJ. Pinterest has nothing on Jaclyn so, stop by the shop - open Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - at 27 N. Centre Street, or their booth for some great ideas. 

Tom Duffy, 90

 

On January 8, 2020, age 90, of Merchantville, NJ. Tom was the beloved husband of Bernadette (nee Storey) and the late Clare (nee Kraus). He was the loving father of Thomas P. Jr. (Susan), Christine (Ray) Lodge, James (Eileen) and Daniel (Linda). He is also survived by 8 grandchildren Kevin and Rachel Duffy, Ryan (Jenna) and Kyle Lodge, Jennifer (Bo) Smith and Kathleen, Daniel and Faith Duffy; one brother Joseph Duffy and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Monday evening from 6:00-9:00 PM and Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:30 AM in the Alloway Funeral Home 315 E. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10:00 AM in St. Peter Church Merchantville, NJ. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery Cherry Hill, NJ. Full obituary.

Nature's Herbal Remedies

When our grandmothers needed to attend to the bumps, bruises, fevers and other illnesses their family suffered, they didn't have a corner drugstore. Instead these good women relied on simple wisdom, common sense, and pantries well stocked with herbal remedies. With few exceptions, these herbal remedies were made from plants and herbs that grew in the kitchen garden or were gathered in the fields and woods surrounding their homes. There is a growing awareness of the importance of returning to the use of whole foods and healthy herbs into our modern lives. Merchantville's own Spirit to Sole Connection has many of your herbal needs. Stop by, browse around and chat with owner, Jeannie Muetz Francis. Her home herbal remedy collection is her small way of working to preserve the knowledge of my grandmother and yours for future generations. It is grounded in my desire to explore the natural world of plants and live a simpler and healthier life. 

Check, Please!

No doubt you’ve found yourself squabbling with friends over restaurants and your respective reviews of them. Now imagine going to a bar, sitting next to a stranger, and having the same debate. That’s the premise of Check, Please!, WHYY12’s latest 13 episode series, premiering at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 9th. The show is a lot about setting expectations for viewers at home — not just taking people at their word, but getting to know, “What would I experience if I went to this restaurant?” It’s also really challenging pairing guests. Park Place Café is one of the restaurants featured in 'Check, Please!' In every episode, the other guests can’t have eaten in each other’s restaurants before — which gets really, really tricky with people who love food, because if you’re a big foodie, you’ve eaten at most places. So we end up having to make sure that we’re getting places that are a bit out in the field or off the beaten path, just so there’s more variation and we have those interesting conversations that get into, even though they’re used to eating in Center City, why it’s worth driving over to Merchantville.

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