June 2018 MFE News

June 2018 News 

 

This Month in Music For Everyone:

Keys For The City 2018 Pianos Are on the Streets!

We’re rolling into summer so that means the Keys for the City pianos are back in downtown Lancaster. This year we are featuring 13 pianos. So, get your groove on and come down to tickle a few ivories and experience, first hand, why Lancaster, PA is the “Street Piano Capital of the World”.

Head to our website KeysfortheCity.com or to MusicForEveryone.org for more information regarding locations and additional events around the pianos. You can also follow the pianos on our Facebook and Instagram pages, where we will be posting pictures and announcing various events and promotions relating to the pianos all summer long.

We’d like to thank the following sponsors for making Keys 2018 a reality:

Presenting Sponsor:

Piano Sponsors:

Aaron’s Acres

Atlee Hall

Church World Service

The Lancaster Arts Hotel

Lancaster Central Market

Lancaster County Community Foundation

Lancaster County Conservancy

Rotary Clubs of Lancaster

Tellus360

Willow Valley Communities

 

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

EHD

High Companies

Lancaster City Alliance

 

In-Kind Sponsors:

Ardent Construction Company

Benchmark Construction Company

Dawn Herring Piano Tuning

Go Welsh

Mt. Everest Moving Company

PennStone Outdoor Living

 

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MFE Continues to Add “Street Spots” to Music Friday

MFE has been partnering with LOOP and Series 42 to “expand” the amount of music in downtown Lancaster during Music Fridays. Between the 15 “street spots” with busking musicians, the 13 Keys for the City Pianos, and our renewed efforts to encourage bars, restaurants, and galleries to sponsor music, beyond the “Mothership Stage” in Binns park, there will be almost 40 music acts spread throughout downtown. This will further enhance Music Friday and represent another “brick in the wall” in our efforts to assist Lancaster in its development as an “arts destination”.

For our 21 and older friends, there will also be a beer garden returning to Binns Park brought to you by Tellus360.

We’d like to thank our Music Friday lead sponsor – First National Bank.

 

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MEDA World Night Market Rescheduled for June 10th

Invite your friends and bring a blanket for an exciting afternoon in the park, complete with live music, international foods, a chance to take your picture in a rickshaw and more!

MEDA’s World Night Market is being held on June 10, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, in Buchanan Park (corner of Buchanan Ave / Race Ave in Lancaster City). This rain or shine event is FREE and open to all ages.

MEDA World Night Market
June 10, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Buchanan Park

 

 

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MFE Teaming up with THE for a Keys for the City Special Event

Join MFE and THE on June 10th as we host a special outdoor concert featuring the Keys for the City pianos and some amazing bands. From 3pm – 7pm the Keys will be rocking featuring:

THE

The sonic Tonic

Tony DiCarluccio of the Main Street Sweep

One Too Many

And More!

Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/192656178036837/?active_tab=about

 

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The Music For Everyone Music Festival Returns to Kitchen Kettle Village

This new event celebrates the beginning of summer with a fun and delicious kick-off to the warm months ahead! Enjoy beach music, yard games and contests, great shopping and grilled foods all while raising money for Music For Everyone!

•10am-4pm – Kid’s Fun Zone featuring a Candlyland Bounce House, water balloons, flip flop craft, carnival games, chalk walk & more. There is an admission fee of $5 to this area with all proceeds benefiting Music For Everyone.

•11am-2pm – Photo Booth in the Village by donation to capture your summer memory

•11:30am-2:30pm – The Bailey Fulginiti Duo performing at the top of the Village

• Noon-2pm – Balloon Twisting by Tony “The Balunguy” strolling in the Village

• Noon-1:30pm – Music For Everyone Choir performing at the stage area

• 1-3pm – Sweet Korn & Peanut performing in the Village

• 2pm – Hula Hoop Contest at the stage area

• 3-5:30pm – The Cavern Club, a Beatles cover band, performing at the stage area

• All Day – Yard Games

• All Day – Hospitality Table in the Village serving Raspberry Lemonade

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Year seven of “MFE in the Schools” – Increasing our impact

With the close of the school year upon us, we are happy to announce another successful year for “MFE in the Schools”. This program is designed to address the “mentoring/instructional gap” in school music programs. In short, you can provide each child in a class of 40 with brand new instruments, but if there is only one instructor/mentor for the group, those instruments will never unleash their full educational potential. For the past five years, Mike Jamanis Jr.  and an assortment of high school and college student volunteers have worked in eight SDOL schools, alongside existing music educators providing both group and ensemble instruction. We’ve also been able to underwrite four part-time instructors (Matthew Woodson [Percussion], Gentry Stoltzfus [Brass], Francis Miller [Strings], and Rick Ferrarelli [woodwinds]). Collectively the “music mentors” worked with almost 400 students per week for the entire school year. MFE in the Schools has also provided several public performance opportunities for the children and also arranged for and underwrote several in school music performances by various ensembles. Most notably, several of Millersville University Music Department ensembles performed in SDOL Schools. Additionally, MFE is proud to announce that we have expanded this program to also include the Columbia School District. This expansion is led by music mentor Samantha Schlechter. We are looking forward to expanding this program for the 2018 – 2019 school year.

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Save the Date – Thursday October 25th for the “Tellus Takeover”

Go ahead and mark it down… IN INK! This year will be a HUGE celebration in honor of Music For Everyone. For the third year in a row, MFE will take over the entire building at Tellus360 for a night filled with fun, music and fonky surprises. It will certainly be a night in “true MFE fashion”. If you have been to one of the large MFE celebrations, you know what we’re talkin’ ‘bout. If not, we assure you that it’ll be in your best interest to be there. If you have questions, contact John Gerdy.

Interested in participating as a sponsor? Email MFE

And remember, “There ain’t no party like an MFE PARTY!”

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MFE and the Willie Marble Xperience Tellus360 Concert Series

Music For Everyone has joined forces with the mysteriously swampadelic Willie Marble Xperience and Tellus360 in a concert series to benefit Lancaster non-profit organizations. This month’s concert will benefit The Edible Classroom and be held on June 21st.

Doors will be at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is by a suggested donation of $10.

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Reminders: MFE Ukulele Uprising!

Come Join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm at the Vision Corps Building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.  Back to the Top!

 

Until next time Lancaster, play on!

 

May 2018 News

May 2018 News 

 

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

“Keys For The City 2018” Roll Out.

We’re getting ready to roll out the pianos for another summer of music on the streets of Lancaster. Fifteen pianos will be situated throughout the downtown area by May 18th and will remain there until late September. So get your groove on and come down and tickle a few ivories. Head to MFE’s Website or visit the official “Keys For The City” Website for more information regarding locations and additional events around the pianos.

We’d like to thank the following sponsors for making Keys 2018 a reality:

Presenting Sponsor:

Piano Sponsors:

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

In-Kind Sponsors:

 

 

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MFE Music Friday Summer Series Kicks off on May 18th

While Lancaster celebrates Music Fridays (the third Friday of the month) year round, it is May through September when we take Music Friday to the streets. Between the main stage acts; to the 15 or so street acts that appear on the street corners and alleyways on N. Queen, N. Prince, and King Streets, to the 15 MFE “Keys For The City” Pianos, to the music acts appearing in the galleries, bars, and restaurants, there will be live music at over 40 venues throughout downtown. So come on down and wander the streets. Music begins at 6:00 PM and there will truly be Music For Everyone. We’d like to thank our Music Friday lead sponsor – First National Bank.

 

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MEDA and MFE are Teaming Up for a World Market Night to Kick Off Music Friday

 

 

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MFE Community Chorus Spring Concert

The Music for Everyone Community Chorus under the direction of Jonathan Shoff will perform a spring concert at Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster entitled ‘Songs of Hope’ on Sunday, May 20 at 3PM. The Chorus will be accompanied by the Unitarian Universalist Rise up Drummers performing songs born out of celebration as well as tribulation. Together they will explore how music can be both a source and an expression of hope in all circumstances. Come out and enjoy this uplifting concert and join The Chorus and Rise up Drummers as they celebrate the spirit of hope and the joy of community.

This concert is sponsored in part by the Walters/Unitarian Universalist Church Trust, an endowment from Arthur and Selma Walters to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster in support of events that affirm the worth and dignity of all humans and that strive to increase the awareness of and respect for our environment

Sunday May 20 at 3PM
Unitarian Universalist Church
538 W Chestnut St
Lancaster PA 17603
717-393-17603

Learn more through the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/461122567672487/

 

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Open Streets Lancaster

Music For Everyone and the Lancaster Recreation Commission are teaming up for Open Streets Lancaster on May 20th from 11am – 3pm. This event temporarily closes Water Street from Farnum Park to James Street to motorized vehicles on a spring Sunday afternoon so that you can use them for healthy and fun activities. Our Lancaster event joins more than 90 Open Streets initiatives in the United States and Canada.

People traffic replaces car traffic – and the streets become ‘paved parks’ where people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can come out and improve their physical and mental health.

Open Streets Lancaster is different than a block party or street fair. It is part of a broad City effort to encourage physical activity, and help people meet, make social connections, and reimagine the City as a place to walk and bike for transportation.

Music For Everyone will be providing music and will have an information table at the event. There you can pick up brand new MFE gear and make percussion instruments to take part in the community percussion circle led by Earth Rhythms.

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Music For Everyone Approved to Receive Funds from the EITC

MFE has a great opportunity for businesses to both contribute funds to MFE and receive a tax credit at the same time. How you ask? Through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit or EITC. This credit allows a business to pledge funds to a nonprofit educational organization and deduct 75-90% of that contribution as a tax credit.  For example, if your business were to pledge $10,000 for two years to MFE, the business could write off $9,000 of that donation. That is a $10,000 donation that only costs $1,000. Think about how many instruments we could provide to schools in Lancaster County, while allowing your business to benefit from the tax credit! If you would like more information, please contact Brendan at MFELancaster@gmail.com.

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MFE and the Willie Marble Xperience Tellus360 Concert Series

Music For Everyone has joined forces with the mysteriously swampadelic Willie Marble Xperience, the Lancaster Ski Club, and Tellus360 in a concert series to benefit Lancaster non-profit organizations. This month’s concert will benefit Special Olympics Lancaster and be held on May 17th.

Doors will be at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is by a suggested donation of $10.

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Reminders: MFE Ukulele Uprising!

Come Join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm at the Vision Corps Building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.  Back to the Top!

Until next time Lancaster, play on!

 

April 2018 News

April 2018 News 

 

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

The Great Big Piano Party Returns to a NEW Location (Rock Lititz) on April 28th

On April 28th, Music For Everyone will host the “Great Big Piano Party” presented by Benchmark Construction Company, Inc.. The event will celebrate nine years of magical musical street scenes in Lancaster through “Keys for the City”. Music For Everyone often characterizes itself as “not being your grandmother’s non-profit”, in reference to the grassroots and unique ways the organization operates. The Great Big Piano Party is the embodiment of this mentality, combining stellar entertainment, food, and beverages with the fun and fonky vibe that MFE is so well known for producing. For this year’s event, we are thrilled to announce that we will be teaming up with Rock Lititz‘s Pod 2, to create an unforgettable evening of music, dance, food, and drink.

The Great Big Piano Party will be held at Pod 2 (201 Rock Lititz Blvd.)  from 6:30 – 10:30pm This truly will be a one of a kind experience for our guests and supporters.

Tickets are on sale now! Get yours at: https://gbpp2018.eventbrite.com In true MFE fashion, this event will be so #FUNKY that it is #FONKY!

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for making the Great Big Piano Party possible:

Key Sponsor:

Benchmark Construction Company

Clair Global

Music Sponsors:

Simon Lever

Blakinger Thomas Law firm LLC

Versatek LLC

Staging Sponsors:

Listrak

Murray Insurance

Nimblist

Piano Moving Sponsor:

Lancaster County Motors

 

 

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The “C-Note”: A New Way To Support Keys For The City!

Always wanted to do your part to support one of Lancaster’s most unique, fun, and fonky public arts projects, but couldn’t afford $3,000 to sponsor a piano or $500 to help sponsor the MFE Community Piano? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE to be part of bringing Keys For The City to Lancaster again this summer for a $100 donation. That’s Right! We are looking for sponsors of the MFE “C-Note” piano. For $100 your name will be incorporated into the design of the piano and those funds will be applied to MFE’s annual instrument grant program. If interested please contact John Gerdy.

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MFE’s Sixth Annual Festival Of Voices Choral Festival a Rousing Success!

We are delighted to report that our sixth choral festival was again a huge success! We are also thrilled to report that our partnership with Tellus360, SDOL, and The Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo Family Foundation and the Unitarian Universalist church of Lancaster Arthur & Selma Walters Trust to greatly expand the sixth annual Lancaster Festival of Voices, was a success as well. This year, MFE combined forces to expand the festival into a weekend-long festival with four distinct events at two different venues. All of these shows were a HUGE success and we look forward to next year’s Festival of Voices. Many thanks to our partners, everyone in attendance, and our generous partners including;

 

Tellus360

The Thomas A. and Georgina

The Arthur & Selma Walters/ Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster Trust

School District of Lancaster

 

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MFE Community Chorus Spring Concert

The Music for Everyone Community Chorus under the direction of Jonathan Shoff will perform a spring concert at Grace Lutheran Church entitled ‘Songs of Hope’. The Chorus will perform songs born out of celebration as well as tribulation, exploring how music can be both a source and an expression of hope in all circumstances. Come out and enjoy this uplifting concert and join The Chorus as they celebrate the spirit of hope and the joy of community. Donations will benefit the music scholarship program at Grace Lutheran Church.

Sunday April 15 at 3PM

Grace Lutheran Church
517 N Queen St
Lancaster PA 17603
717-397-274

Learn more through the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/113652426148715/

 

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MFE and the Willie Marble Xperience Tellus360 Concert Series

Music For Everyone has joined forces with The mysteriously swampadelic Willie Marble Xperience and Tellus360 in a concert series to benefit Lancaster non-profit organizations. This month’s concert we’re changing it up a bit. One of our members, Gary Miller, just got out of the hospital after breaking both of his hips. While most of his medical expenses are covered, there are additional services that he can use to help in his recovery. The WMX show will be held on April 26th.

Doors will be at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is a suggested donation of $10.

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MEDA and MFE are Teaming Up for a World Market Night to Kick Off Music Friday


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Reminders: MFE Ukulele Uprising!

Come Join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm at the Vision Corps Building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.  Back to the Top!

March 2018 News

March 2018 News 

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

 

March 2018 E-Blast

 

Music For Everyone Invests Over $112,000 in instrument grants!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the awarding of $112,000 in grants to 51 different schools and community organizations. The majority of those grants will be used to purchase instruments. 2018 marks MFE’s the twelfth year of awarding grants. Since 2006, MFE has awarded over $860,000 through this program. We are particularly excited to announce that due to our efforts to “single source” the purchase of instruments, we were able to purchase the value of 112,000 in instruments for a significantly discounted rate. This is a great example of how we becoming more efficient, effective, and strategic with every dollar that we receive.  Stay tuned as we will be holding a HUGE grant give out event in the near future.  Back to the Top!

Keys for the City to Return for its 9th Season With a Special, Fonky, Fun Twist 

 

Keys for the City is Music For Everyone’s signature community building initiative. From mid-May through the end of September, between 12 and 15 fully designed and painted pianos will be placed throughout downtown Lancaster available for anyone to play 24/7. The objective of Keys is to provide access to music opportunities, foster creativity and build a sense of community and in the process, raise awareness and resources for local music education programs. The revenue raised through Keys is applied to MFE’s annual grant program to purchase instruments for schools and community arts groups.

Keys for the City is presented by: 

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Want to Help Make Keys 2018 and our Keys for the City campaign a Success? Please consider becoming a sponsor. There are sponsorship opportunities available in price ranging from a piano sponsorship ($3,000), to a community piano sponsorship, to a C-Note Sponsorship ($100).  If interested, please contact John Gerdy.

And in the meantime, say it loud and say it proud: Lancaster, PA is the Street Piano Capital of the World. Spread the word!

 

MFE to Host the Sixth Annual “Lancaster Festival of Voices”

The Music For Everyone Lancaster Festival of Voices is an annual celebration of the vocal arts in Lancaster, PA. Lancaster is enjoying a renaissance as it emerges as a destination for artists of all genres. This renaissance has benefited the city both culturally and economically. The Lancaster Festival of Voices provides a supportive venue for singers of all ages, thus creating awareness of the voice as an instrument and bringing yet another genre of music to this musically thriving community.

 

This year MFE is partnering with Tellus360, the Thomas and Georgina Russo Family Foundation, and the Walters/Unitarian Universalist Church Trust to bring the FOV to Lancaster. Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars now.

 

For more information on the 2017 Festival of Voices click here.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Friday March 23, 2018
6:30 PM
Concert at McCaskey East High School (1051 Lehigh Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

Featuring:

The School District of Lancaster Combined Elementary Chorus
The Linden Hall Musea Chamber Choir
The Ephrata High School Camerata Singers
The Pequea Valley High School Chamber Singers
Millersville University’s Chromatic Expansion

The MFE Lancaster Community Chorus
Saturday March 24, 2018
3:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Community Choral Workshops at McCaskey East High School (1051 Lehigh Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

Orfeia – Workshop Time: 3:15-4:00

 

Biography

Founded by internationally acclaimed Bulgarian singer, director, and composer Tatiana Sarbinska, Orfeia Vocal Ensemble celebrates the rich and varied folk music traditions of Bulgaria and Eastern Europe.

Orfeia draws its name and inspiration from the ancient Thracian myth of Orpheus, a symbol of musical journeys and storytelling. From the motifs of village life to the sacred and spiritual, from the medieval to modern-day adaptations, the musical traditions and culture of the Balkans come alive for audiences through Orfeia’s unique and exciting repertoire.

Workshop Description

At the workshop, participants can expect to learn 2-3 traditional Bulgarian songs in two-part harmonies, as well as a brief introduction to Bulgarian vocal warm-ups and technique.
Parkside Harmony – Workshop time: 4:15-5:15
Biography

Founded in January of 2015, Parkside Harmony is one of the newest members of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Representing the Hershey, PA Chapter, we are extremely proud and fortunate to join an already thriving arts community here in the ‘Sweetest Place on Earth’ – and welcome passionate singers from all over central Pennsylvania who strive for musical excellence.

One of nearly 1000 choruses that make up an organization which spans the globe, we recognize the importance of fraternity and brotherhood. Our purpose is to do our part to ‘keep the whole world singing.’

Awards

– 2017 Barbershop Harmony Society 5th Place Bronze Medalists
– 2016 Mid-Atlantic District Chorus Champions
– 2016 Barbershop Harmony Society 8th Place International Finalists
– 2015 Mid-Atlantic District 3rd Place Chorus Finalists
– 2015 M-AD Western Division Chorus Champions

 

Workshop Description

Bel Canto for the 21st Century

Any choirs today have a tendency to sing harshly, with poor vocal production or poor choices for the instrument. We at Parkside Harmony refer to that style as Can Belto, however we prefer the gentler bel canto approach. Exploring briefly the three mechanisms of the voice, we will then take workshop participants into the practices of proper choices for the voice and how timbre and phonation choices can increase expressive qualities and dynamic range. Members of Parkside harmony will demonstrate the techniques discussed, and audience members will be able to explore the vocal tools for themselves as well. This is a participatory workshop open to all singers of all levels.

Participants will be able to explore their individual voices using the fundamental and advanced vocal techniques discussed and demonstrated. Much of what is learned can be applied directly to one’s own solo or ensemble singing almost immediately.

 

Saturday March 24, 2018
7:00 PM
The Festival of Voices at McCaskey East High School (1051 Lehigh Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

 

Featuring:

The Testostertones (The 2017 Acappellus winners)
Chromatic Expansion
Orfeia
Parkside Harmony
The MFE Lancaster Community Chorus

 

Sunday March 25, 2018
3:00 PM
The Big Community Sing at Tellus360 (24 E King St. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

 
The Lancaster Festival of Voices invites you to the BIG Community Sing at Tellus360. Please join us as we gather to sing for the sheer joy of singing. Led by Sasha Hsuczyk, this is sure to be a great time. We’ll provide the words, the guidance, and the venue. You just grab a pint and sing along!  Back to the Top!

 

March is Music in Our Schools Month

An important part of what MFE does is to advocate for the importance of music in our schools. This advocacy role has become increasingly important in this difficult economic environment of decreased educational funding. This, despite the substantial and growing evidence of music’s positive educational benefit in areas such as reading, creativity, language, math, and logic. While we know you value music in schools year round, March is the month we like to make it a point to sing the praises of music as an educational tool. Be sure to LIKE MFE ON FACEBOOK, to see the special “Music in our Schools Month” we will be posting.

SO SING IT LOUD AND SING IT PROUD! Keeping vibrant music programs in our schools is important!  Back to the Top!

MFE and the Willie Marble Xperience Tellus360 Concert Series

Music For Everyone has joined forces with the mysteriously swampadelic Willie Marble Xperience and Tellus360 in a concert series to benefit Lancaster non-profit organizations. This month’s concert will benefit Neighbors United and will be held on March 22nd!
Doors will be at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is a suggested donation of $10.  Back to the Top!

MEDA and MFE are Teaming Up for a World Market Night to Kick Off Music Friday


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Reminders: MFE Ukulele Uprising!

Come Join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm at the Vision Corps Building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.  Back to the Top!

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