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Midtown Person of 2014

Congratulations to Adam Porter for earning the Midtown Person of 2014 Award for his work with st@artup and the Midtown Cinema. We thank all who nominated a supremely qualified slate of individuals: Shaashawn Dial-Snowden, Stuart Landon, Doug Neidich, Liz Laribee, and Ashlee Dugan. These six individuals work hard to improve Midtown and we’re grateful for all their work.

We also thank all our attendees for making the Winter Social and Annual Meeting a success. We hope you had fun, met some neighbors, and will use this as an opportunity to increase your activity in Friends of Midtown.

Finally, we thank Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center for again hosting us at Stage on Herr.

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6/20: Broad Street Market Cook-Off

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           
Friends of Midtown Raises Funds for Broad Street Market with Competitive Cook-Off
June 12, 2014, Midtown Harrisburg: Friends of Midtown invites the Harrisburg-area community to the Broad Street Market Cook-Off on Friday, June 20, 2014, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the courtyard of the Broad Street Market (1233 Verbeke St.).
Maybe you’re new to the region and never visited the oldest continually operating indoor market in the United States. Maybe you’re a former customer who hasn’t visited for a while. Maybe you’re a regular customer who wants to broaden your horizons by trying the offerings of vendors you’ve previously never contemplated. No matter what, you need to know that the Broad Street Market has turned the corner and is continually improving. 

Celebrating the Market’s new leadership with more positive change to come, Friends of Midtown is organizing a fundraiser for the Broad Street Market in which you pay $5 to sample the best food that participating Market vendors have to offer and vote for your favorite. Meet and mingle with Market vendors while listening to live music and sampling quality food in this competitive environment as part of June’s 3rd in the Burg festivities.  

All collected admissions will further benefit the Broad Street Market’s goal to continue being a cultural, economic, and social hub of Harrisburg. Ample parking is available and the event will be held rain or shine. 

Come by for an opportunity to try out vendors’ offerings to see what you’re missing from Apple Dumplings, etc.; The Cornerstone Eatery; Fisher’s Deli; Green Ridge Acres; Golden Gate; Harvest; Lil’s Pretzels and Candy Scramble; Peach Ridge Produce; Polish Vegetarian Deli; Porter’s House; Rosetta’s Chilidog; and Two Brothers BBQ.

Friends of Midtown, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt community benefit organization whose mission is to engage the community through initiatives designed to spur Midtown Harrisburg’s progress as a vibrant, clean, safe, and diverse urban community. Among these initiatives are citizen foot patrols, community beautification projects, social outings, local lunches, and family-friendly events, like the Broad Street Market Cook-Off.
To learn more about Friends of Midtown, visit
Contact: Shawn Westhafer

2/20: Winter Social and Annual Meeting

On February 20, come out to Stage on Herr (268 Herr St.) for a great evening of food and fellowship with your neighbors at the Winter Social and Annual Meeting, an annual combination of business and pleasure. For your pleasure, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., we’ll have free appetizers, a cash bar, a door prize, and an icebreaker game. On the business end, we’ll summarize 2013 accomplishments, discuss plans for 2014, and present the Midtown Person of 2013 award. You don’t have to be a member to attend, but you’re welcome to join once you’re there. Bring a friend or two and meet some new ones. 

2/8 Local Lunch

Friends of Midtown organizes a monthly Local Lunch to highlight a Midtown eatery and encourage support of local business. Our last event, at Cafe 1500, even received some media coverage.

On February 8, we’re meeting at Nellie’s Southern Style Cafe, 306 Reily St, from noon to 2:00 p.m. In one visit, you can support this Midtown business, meet fellow neighbors, and enjoy a satisfying meal.

We need your ideas for Midtown locations to visit this spring, so nominate and vote for restaurants.

Vote for February’s Friends of Midtown Local Lunch

We had a blast with everybody who attended our Local Lunch at Café 1500 on Saturday! Now we’d like to hear from you: where should our February Local Lunch take place? Visit out Facebook page, find the appropriate post, and nominate your favorite Midtown restaurant suggestions in the comment section and vote by liking one of the comments. Not a Facebook user? E-mail your vote to the We’ll announce the location at the end of the week!

Santa will be in Midtown… December 15

Friends of Midtown invites one and all to the 2nd Annual Santa in Midtown event on Sunday, December 15 at the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum (1820 N. 4th Street). The Santa event will kick off at 1:00 p.m. and will include photos with Santa, cookies and cocoa as well as admission to the Fire Museum. This free family-friendly event will wrap up at 3:00 p.m.
With the holiday season in full swing, Friends of Midtown offers this free event for the youngsters of the community, hoping to instill a bit of the holiday spirit into each child. As a small, all-volunteer organization, Friends of Midtown focuses on promoting a safe & clean neighborhood as well as encouraging small business growth to create a more livable community and better quality of life. The organization works to spark public participation through events and activities such as the Santa event, helping to contribute to the well-being of the community and its members.

3/15: Spring Social

In case you missed the March eNewsletter, don’t forget about the Friends of Midtown Spring Social on March 15. 

While you’re out enjoying 3rd in the Burg, stop by the Friends of Midtown Spring Social at the Historic Harrisburg Resource Center, 1230 North Third Street. From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., indulge in appetizers and beverages while mingling with fellow Midtowners and listening to Irish music in this St. Patrick’s Day-themed event. Bring your friends and neighbors and meet some new ones.

The event is free to members and $5 for nonmembers, so join today

RSVP on Facebook

We’re also looking for some volunteers to staff the membership table. If you’re able to help, contact the Membership Committee.

2/13: Events Committee Meeting

Neighborhood revitalization is a fun and inspiring thing—this mantra drives FOM’s Events Committee. Whether it’s events that celebrate the arts, creative fundraisers, support of 3rd in the Burg, or socials open to current and prospective members, we enhance the cultural life of Midtown as an enjoyable place to live or visit!

At the last Events Committee meeting, we planned for the annual meeting, which took place on January 24. Thanks to all who attended.

At the next meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the second floor pews of the Midtown Scholar (1302 N. 3rd St.), we’ll discuss the March 15 spring social at the Historic Harrisburg Resource Center as well as look ahead to our June event at the Sunken Gardens. 

Contact the Events Committee.

Family Service Night Photos and Follow-up

Friends of Midtown was invited to have an informational table at the Family Service Night held at the Math/Science Academy at Ben Franklin School. The purpose of the event was to allow parents and students of MSA to learn of ways to serve. FOM rolled out a long banner of paper, opened a large box of crayons, and asked students to draw a picture of how they serve, whether in the community, at home, at school, or at church. In exchange, FOM gave to each participant a bag of crayons and a Talkin’ Trash activity book, published by Dirty Dog Hauling and cosponsored by Friends of Midtown, among other organizations and businesses. In all, approximately twenty students drew pictures of washing dishes, bringing mother breakfast in bed, and diving in the icy Susquehanna to benefit the Special Olympics. Meanwhile, FOM’s volunteers discussed the organization with parents and faculty. It was a great opportunity to reach out to Midtown families and see that we have a quality school right in our footprint, providing an incentive to raise a family in Midtown. 


HYP Home Tour Coming to Midtown

On May 11, 2013, the Harrisburg Young Professionals Home Tour is coming to Midtown Harrisburg. HYP is looking for twelve homes between Forster and Muench streets to be featured in the tour. If you are interested in showcasing your home, e-mail Lauren Mills or call 717-448-5034 to schedule a house visit. Here are the home tour questionnaire and waiver.