On the Ave: Holiday Events

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The Christmas Parade may be in the books, but holiday events on The Ave are just getting hot. Take a look of what’s happening:

• Holiday Trees—We’ve been partnering now for the eight years with the Vineland Public Schools in a project where students decorate Christmas trees and place them in selected storefronts on The Ave. This year, it will take place on Monday, December 11. This project provides an important link between the schools, their students, downtown businesses, and the community. It also shows how unity and diversity connect our community. The public will be able to vote for their favorite Christmas tree by going to TheAve.biz—or by paper ballot in select downtown Vineland stores. The deadline for all voting is midnight Tuesday, December 21. Winners will be announced the next day.

• CommUNITY Tree Decorating Event—Also, on December 11 will be our second annual CommUNITY Tree Decorating Event, to take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the southwest mini-park, Landis Avenue and the Boulevard. Come one, come all—members of the community from all clubs and civic organizations, as well as people from every demographic group and faith. Bring an ornament you make and hang it on the tree, which will be placed at the mini-park. The tree will be lit at 7:30 p.m. It’s a celebration that brings people of all beliefs together at this special time of year. This is our way of contributing to a century-old tradition, when the first Community Christmas tree was raised in New York’s Madison Square Park.

• Hanukkah menorahs—Selected storefronts on The Ave will also be graced with Hanukkah menorahs during the holiday season, courtesy of the Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Salem & Gloucester Counties.

• Menorah-lighting—We’ll be joining with the Jewish Federation in celebrating Hanukkah with a menorah-lighting—“Hanukkah Live”—on the 600 block of Landis Avenue, across from Landis MarketPlace, on Monday, December 18. The lighting of the menorah, the largest in South Jersey, is organized by the Jewish Federation and the ceremony will include music, dancing, potato latkes (pancakes), and fellowship. Main Street Vineland has incorporated this Vineland Jewish holiday tradition into its schedule of events for the holiday season. The menorah was constructed by Kane Steel, of Millville, in 1994 and has been a fixture at various Vineland locations over the years for these menorah lightings. We’re hoping that people of all faiths and creeds can come together on The Ave to help in the celebration.

• Bay Atlantic Symphony Holiday Concert—Make the Landis Theater your destination on Saturday, December 9, at 8 p.m. for the Symphony’s traditional Holiday concert. Enjoy seasonal classical favorites, along with two singalongs—one with orchestra and one around the piano. Soprano Onadek Winan will be the guest soloist in two of the selections. Tickets are $30 each, plus ticket fees. Call 856-691-3600 and get yours today.

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Here’s a reminder about our Ugly Sweater Night Meet-and-Greet & Comedy Show coming up this Thursday, December 7, at Mauro’s on The Ave., at 830 E. Landis Ave. Go through your wardrobe for the ugliest sweater you can find—that monstrosity that you hid back in the depths of your closet. Get it out and come attired in it.

We’ll start with a Meet-and-Greet, free and open to the public, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the downstairs restaurant area. Main Street Vineland representatives and volunteers, downtown merchants, and the public will have the opportunity to network. The Ugly Sweater Contest will take place at that time.

Then, keep your ugly sweater on and go upstairs to the ballroom for an evening of laughs at our Comedy Show Fundraiser. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. The donation for the Comedy Show is $20 ($15 if you wear an ugly sweater), and as Main Street Vineland is a 501©3 entity, donations may be tax-deductible.

Proceeds will benefit the many programs, events, and initiatives of Main Street Vineland’s downtown revitalization efforts. You can get tickets online at TheAve.biz, at Mauro’s on The Ave, and at the Main Street Vineland office, 603 E. Landis Ave.—or by calling 856-500-8628 or the Main Street Vineland office at 856-794-8653.

You’ll be kept in stitches with the show’s headliner—comedian/ventriloquist/magician Gemini, who combines stage illusion, dance, comedy, romance, audience participation, ventriloquism, and great fun into his show. Also featured— singer/storyteller Jersey Bill, and comedian Ken Camp of the South Jersey DEVILer. The show is rated PG-17. So come out and have tons of fun for a great cause—just the way to get in a happy mood for the holiday season


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