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ALL GOOD: Middletown Area Historical Society's 40th annual Arts and Crafts fair


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The 40th annual Middletown Arts & Crafts Fair was a smashing success.


The weather held up, and the crowd at Hoffer Park Saturday far exceeded the number of people who went to the 2014 fair at the Ferry House property.


"It was utterly amazing," said Jenny Miller, a member of the Middletown Area Historical Society board of trustees. The annual fair is a fundraiser for the society.


She didn't have a crowd count, but Miller said the society brought 900 programs for the event "and we have zero left."


The close to 80 vendors Saturday was almost triple the 32 who were at the 2014 fair.

Applications for next year's fair - June 11, 2016, at Hoffer Park - have already been given out to all the vendors who were at this year's event, Miller said. Organizers will also be reaching out to a number of vendors who said they wanted to be at this year's event but were unable to make it.


"Our goal is 100 crafters" for the show in 2016, Miller said.


Major sponsors of the Arts and Crafts Fair were as follows:

- United Water (Platinum Sponsor)

- Nittany Student Housing (Gold Sponsor)

- Faulkner (Silver Sponsor)

- Let's Pretend (Bronze Sponsor)

- With Kidz in Mind (Bronze Sponsor)

- Members 1st (Bronze Sponsor)



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23 Years Ago: 6/17/15

6 17 1523 YEARS AGO - Winners In Spirit Too! – Not only was the Middletown Area High School’s boys’ basketball team a winner this season, but the cheerleaders and students who supported the local squad were true champions in the area of school spirit. Pictured are members of the cheerleading squad with the Blue Raider mascot.


From The Wednesday, June 17, 1992 Edition Of The Press And Journal


Stepping Aside For 

The Next Generation


 A local elementary school principal has taken Johnny Carson’s cue: After 37 years with the Middletown Area School District, Ray Thompson is retiring to let a new generation head the school. 


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Out & About: Frey Village Strawberry Festival



There are good reasons to love the strawberry. It’s high in Vitamin C, and its anti-inflamatory nutrients benefit your cardiovascular system.


Best of all: It’s sweet and delicious.


Frey Village celebrated the strawberry at its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 6 offering music and other entertainment, jewelry sales and a pork barbecue lunch to residents and visitors. The star of the show, however, was the strawberry – there were fresh strawberries, chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry jam and strawberry cobbler for sale.


See who was there!


Photos by Jaime Rishar and Michael Swartz Jr.




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Art and soul



The purpose of art, Picasso once said, “is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.’’


A walk through Hoffer Park to take in the Middletown Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, June 13 might have felt as though it rid your soul of a little dust. It certainly was a nice diversion, taking in the works of painters, jewelers, musicians, broom makers and other artists and craftsmen.


The fair, the 40th held by the Middletown Area Historical Society, drew a large crowd upon its return to the park after a brief hiatus. Last year, a smaller version of the fair was held at the Swatara Ferry House property.


Press and Journal Photos by Dan Miller 




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23 Years Ago: 6/10/15


6 10 1523 YEARS AGO - District III AAA Champs – If the energy that the Blue Raiders exerted this season on the court was combined in any other activity the result would be the same – SUCCESS. Posing with the District III AAA trophy and medals are this year’s Middletown Area High School’s Blue Raider boys’ basketball team and coaches. Presentation of the trophy and medals came after the local talents’ 53-46 victory over Kennard-Dale last Thursday.




From The Wednesday, 

June 10, 1992 Edition Of 

The Press And Journal


Town Sends Money 

To Amish Fund


 Middletown Mayor Robert Reid has disclosed that a total of $1,685 contributed by local residents has been sent to the Amish Relief Fund as “an expression of our gratitude for the voluntary aid extended to area residents by the Amish people during the 1972 flood.


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