Bring your own carved pumpkin and have it displayed along the Bike Path during our Friday Market Off Centre on October 16th and October 23rd to participate in the first Monsterville Jack O'Lantern Walk. The Merchantville Public Events Committee will provide a candle for each pumpkin. Enjoy walking the market to buy a variety of local, handmade, and homemade goods and services then, continue your way down the path enjoying hand carved pumpkins.
On May 27, 2020, Pope Francis announced that the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will become beatified on October 31st. The ceremony will occur during a special Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT. This exciting news was welcomed by Knights of Columbus councils worldwide including George Pierlott, Grand Knight of Council 6735 out of Merchantville’s Saint Peter Parish. “It’s a great group of men, always willing to help,” he said. A Grand Knight since July 1st, and a member of the council since 2006, Pierlott has joined his brothers in assisting the parish during COVID-19. Their work has included setting up the parish’s live-streaming of Masses; organizing a drive-up and drop-off to fill the pantry of the parish’s local Saint Vincent de Paul Chapter, and help feed over 50 families each month; and providing funds for the church’s sanitizing supply.
Candy apples have been around for a long time. This vibrant red apple confection usually hits the shelves in the month before Halloween and you can find them every fall at Aunt Charlotte's. According to some sources, in 1908, a candy maker named William W. Kolb was looking for ways to draw customers into his little shop in Newark, New Jersey during Christmastime. To do so, he experimented with a red cinnamon candy, melted it down, and dipped apples on sticks into the sweet yet spicy coating. Delicious Red Candy apples and yummy Caramel Apples are being made now in Aunt Charlotte Candies factory so, stop by and get yourself a nice treat today!
In the past few weeks parents and kids have come upon some delightful, little wooden carvings hidden in the trees while traveling the bike path. These clever sprites are are Koroks from a race in "The Legend of Zelda" series. They are small, wooden people who wear leaf masks over their faces. Their personalities may differ greatly, and are often reflected in their masks. They are spirits and protectors of the forest they live in. The Koroks are very shy, and do not normally appear to humans - so if you find one you're very lucky! The key to finding Koroks is to look for something out of place. Look for things like a rock that's sitting on top of a pillar, or a balloon with a target painted on it, or an unnatural arrangement of stones. If you listen very carefully, you may also hear a wooden wind chime sound when you're close. Enjoy the hunt!
We were looking forward to the town-wide yard sale, but totally understand it being cancelled. We are going ahead with our sale on Saturday, September 26th at 308 Somerset Avenue. Every penny raised in this multi-family sale will be donated to help the homeless animals at the Animal Welfare Association where we are volunteers. Come shop or donate! We'll be wearing masks and social distancing and ask that you do, too. Hope to see you there! State of New Jersey information on yard sales, garage sales, estate sales, and similar private sales. Municipalities may impose additional restrictions on these sales.
Exciting news! MLL is offering a Fall Baseball Clinic to both Merchantville Little League and Pennsauken Little League baseball players ages 9-12. This clinic is being run by Coach Eric Newell of Haddon Heights High School and Coach Gautier of Pennsauken. Over the years, MLL has fed players to both high schools and the coaching staff at both schools are eager to develop future players. All participants will receive a clinic tee shirt and participate in 3 days of baseball. Clinic dates: October 2nd through 4th. Friday, October 2nd: 5:30-7:00 p.m. with Coach Newell of the Haddon Heights Garnets; Saturday, October 3rd: 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. with Coach Rolando of PHS Indians. Sunday, October 4th: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. with Coach Mike Stallone of PMS Indians and Coach Rolando. Registration fee is $25 + tax for all three days and is open until 19th of September. Location TBD.
The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) Program at Virtua is a cancer screening program for Burlington and Camden County residents who meet certain age and income requirements. To enroll in the program, you must be between the ages of 18 to 64, uninsured or underinsured, and not able to pay for the screenings you need. NJCEED provides breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal cancer screenings for those who qualify. Clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap smears, pelvic exams, PSA blood tests (for prostate screening), and fecal occult blood testing (for colorectal screening) are among the services offered by the program. To determine eligibility for NJCEED, you must fill out an annual services form, consent form and a declaration of income and insurance status form. For additional questions, please call 856-247-7388.
Have you gained that "Quarantine 15"? A juice cleanse is a great opportunity to take a break from unhealthy eating habits. A juice cleanse can help to refocus your diet with a variety of fresh fruits & vegetables that aim to detox, energize, repair, & hydrate you from the inside out! A cleanse supports the body’s natural detox process, breaks the cycle of craving unhealthy foods, reduces your appetite, increases your energy, eliminates foods that cause problems for many people (dairy, wheat, gluten), helps balance the gut microbiome, and blasts your body with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Please call ahead to order a juice cleanse from The Juice Bar, 22 South Centre Street.