Fall Clean-Up Day, Fall Planting Day and Wedding Weekend are on Tap This Month


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By Russell Swanson, Exec. Director, VDID / Mainstreet Vineland

A Columnist for the Grapevine Newspaper

It’s time once again to put the summer events behind us and concentrate on the array of fall events coming up. We have our annual of trifecta of events coming up this month—Fall Clean-Up Day on Saturday, September 19 and, on the next Saturday, Fall Planting Day and Wedding Weekend. Since Fall Clean-Up Day and Fall Planting Day are related events, I’ll deal with this here and fill you in on Wedding Weekend next week.
Fall and Spring Clean-Up and Planting Days are examples of initiatives that show true volunteer spirit and a sense of community cooperation. Our Main Street Vineland volunteers have been joined by other community groups—schools, faith-based groups, civic organizations, garden club members, and others—to join together to make our downtown look a lot nicer.
Though our entire downtown is important, the volunteers have, over the years, focused most energy on those days on the mini-parks at the Boulevard and Landis Avenue—and for good reason. The mini-parks are in the midst of our downtown business district and they are focal points as cars and pedestrians cross the railroad tracks. The mini-parks’ appearance tells a lot about the appearance and care of the rest of downtown and, so, we start there, spreading out to other areas downtown as time and number of volunteers permit.
These efforts are carried on each month with our Adopt-a-Block initiative and we have community groups that have volunteered to help with this—usually on the third Saturday, monthly. As Fall Clean-Up Day comes on the third Saturday of this month, volunteers from our Adopt-a-Block project partner for this month, Century Savings Bank, will be joining us in our efforts.
Fall Clean-Up Day and Fall Planting Day will take place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Everyone will meet at the Main Street Vineland booth at the mini-parks at 9 a.m. both days and sign in. If you have hand tools and comfortable gardener’s gloves, bring them. We’ll also have some.
Our Clean-Up Days are used to prepare the areas where we’ll be planting the following week, but also to clean up other areas, as well. That means weeding, removing leaves and dead plants, and picking up trash and litter.
The following week, we plant. In the past, we have had flowers donated by Ivy Acres and that spirit of cooperation is another factor in what make events like this work so well.
For Clean-Up and Planting Days, we need your help. The more volunteers we have, the more we can accomplish—and the more areas we can cover. An added incentive: We’ll have pizza for the volunteers afterwards, on both days. Come and join us!
Looking ahead, remember to buy tickets for A Taste of Vineland and our Volunteer Recognition Event, to take place on October 14. It’s an opportunity to enjoy food, music, and fellowship—all to help Main Street Vineland in its work—and for just $40 a ticket! We’ll also be recognizing our Main Street Vineland volunteers and give our “Volunteer of the Year” award.
For more information on Main Street Vineland, call 856-794-8653, visit www.mainstreetvineland.org or check them out on Facebook. You can also e-mail rswanson@vinelandcity.org.

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