Wedding Weekend


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

A Columnist for the Grapevine Newspaper

In last week’s column, I told you about the first two in our September trifecta of events—Fall Clean-Up Day this past Saturday, September 19 and Fall Planting Day this coming Saturday, September 26. I’ll tell you this week about the third event, also taking place this coming Saturday—Wedding Weekend. If you’re a bride- or groom-to-be, it’s an event you won’t want to miss!
One our most successful events is our Wedding Weekend, which has been steadily gaining popularity over the past four years. Organized by Main Street Vineland, its major sponsors, this year, are Al’s Shoes and The Banquet Hall at the Landis Theater. It’ll take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, on Landis Avenue. With our downtown area having several wedding-related businesses, about a dozen businesses will give the happy couple information about services they offer. You’ll find everything from gowns and formal wear, to shoes, to jewelry and flowers, catering facilities, limousine services, nail salons, tanning facilities and more.
As in past years, we’re sweetening the pot with some great grand prizes. Prizes include a $250 gift certificate from DeSoto Jewelers and almost $750 in certificates from other participating businesses. All you have to do to be eligible for the grand prizes is to register at half the participating businesses that will be set up along Landis Avenue. Businesses will be participating from their own locations or will have booths set up in other locations on the Avenue.
Brian Lankin, Owner of Al’s Shoes downtown, spearheads the event each year. Brian is a member of our Main Street Vineland Board of Directors and is chairperson of our Promotions Team. His heart is in showing that our downtown is a real destination to shop. That is part of the mission of Main Street Vineland and we want to have more merchant-related events like this downtown.
So, before you and your beloved tie the knot, come to Landis Avenue on September 26 and see how we can make that special day even more special.
I also want to urge you to come out this coming Saturday for Fall Planting Day. It’ll take place, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and just like Fall Clean-Up Day last Saturday, we’ll meet at the mini-parks at the Boulevard and Landis Avenue. Just as we cleaned up this past Saturday, we’ll plant this coming Saturday, bringing seasonal beauty to these downtown focal points. With enough volunteers, we may even add in some other downtown focal areas. If you have gloves and hand tools, bring them; otherwise, we’ll have some. We’ll also have pizza for you when the work is done. The more help the better, so come on down!
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 or check them out on Facebook. You can also e-mail

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