Downtown Vineland: Time to Shop


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By Russell Swanson, Exec. Director, VDID / Main Street Vineland

A Columnist for the Grapevine Newspaper

Downtown Vineland {by Russell Swanson, Exec. Director, VDID / Mainstreet Vineland}
With the 2015 Holiday Parade “in the books,” now it’s time to shop downtown for all your gifts and holiday preparations.
The Holiday Parade is over for another year and that means that the holiday season—shopping, shows, events, and so much more—is just beginning.
You can read about the winners below, but I do want to offer my thanks for a job well-done. The parade is one of our largest events of the year and, though it’s always an ambitious undertaking, it goes smoothly when you’ve got good people working at it. I want to thank BB&T for being the parade’s major sponsor. BB&T, formerly Susquehanna Bank, has been a good friend of Main Street Vineland through the years and has supported so many of our events. I also want to thank the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, as well as the others whose sponsorship and support made the parade possible.
Gary Galloway, a former Board chairperson, came forward to chair this year’s parade, as he did last year. He is stepping down from chairing the parade and he deserves my gratitude for helping me out last year when I first came aboard as Executive Director, as well as this year. I also want to thank my Assistant, Robin Barbetti, for all her hard work in organizing the parade—from the beginning to the day of the parade.
I thank our board for their support and all the volunteers whose help brought this parade from concept to reality. We had some new volunteers who joined us and some older volunteers who returned to give us the benefit of their experience. I can’t thank them all individually here, but my thanks and gratitude go out to all of them. These events, as I’ve said before, don’t come together by themselves.
And now, we move on. In my last column, I outlined some of our plans for the future. Like the Holiday Parade and the other events that we’ve done, these plans require people to come forward and volunteer to take on a task. You don’t have to be an expert or a specialist with a degree. All that’s needed is the desire, the passion, and the time and effort to work on whatever project or initiative best suits your talents and abilities. So get in touch with us—give us a call, e-mail us, or stop in, and find out how you can join us. Come on in, the water’s fine!
During the holiday shopping season, make downtown Vineland your destination for buying that special gift, as well as for fun all year round. Save money on gasoline, avoid the long lines at the malls and shopping centers, and also enjoy the events we have in town.
For more information on Main Street Vineland, call 856-794-8653, visit or check them out on Facebook. You can also e-mail
Holiday Parade: Winning Floats Announced
The winning floats have been announced for the Vineland Main Street Holiday Parade. The parade, organized by Main Street Vineland, with sponsorship by BB&T and additional sponsorship by the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, had the theme “Light Up the World” and took place on Saturday, November 28th, on Landis Avenue in Vineland. The various parade participant categories have been reduced this year to first, second, and third place winners for all floats.
“With so many entries showing holiday spirit and creativity, it was hard to narrow the judging down to three winners, but we wanted to make the selection process as streamlined as possible,” said Russell Swanson, Main Street Vineland Executive Director.
The winners are as follows:

  • 1st Place: Edgarton Christian Academy

  • 2nd Place: Spanish American Relief Fund

  • 3rd Place: Marie Durand Elementary School

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