Melrose Public Library Book Sale

The Melrose Public Library is hosting the MLA booksale on November 8th and 9th… then resuming on November 14th-17th! With more books than ever before – it’s the spot to find that perfect book to cuddle up with! The library is located at 312 Wynnwood Ave. Melrose, FL 3266! See you there, book lovers!

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Fall Bazaar at Trinity Episcopal Church, Nov. 10-11

Don’t miss the Trinity Episcopal Church Fall Bazaar, Nov. 10, 2 to 6 p.m.,  and 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chili Supper Friday starting at 3. Barbecue Lunch on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Also included are bake sale, jams, jellies, pickles, and other goodies such as: antiques, furniture, collectibles, art, quality housewares, renewed, recycled, and repurposed items, plants, living “green,’ Christmas selection, crafts, jewelry, and quality pre-owned clothes.
State Road 26 in historic Melrose, FL.  The church sponsors and contributes to many local groups including Lake Area Ministries, AA, Boy Scouts, and Pack-a-Sack.
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Scams, Frauds, and Identity Theft, Nov. 2, 2 p.m.

program at the Melrose Public Library, Wynnwood Ave., behind the Post Office.

Presented by the Melrose Library Association and the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Fraud, at the Melrose Public Library, Wynnwood Ave., behind the Post Office.
The Division of Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, information and protection. We regulate various businesses, and protect consumers and businesses from unfair and unsafe business practices across a wide range of market sectors. If you have been the victim of scams, fraud or identity theft, or want to know more about your rights as a consumer, please attend this presentation.
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Thanksgiving in the Park

2017 marks the 10th year of this FREE event sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church! Everyone is welcome to enjoy a free Thanksgiving feast in Heritage Park in Melrose. Bring your friends and family for good food, good company, good music, and good fun. Children will enjoy the bounce house and games.

11:00 am until 2:00 pm, Thursday, November 23rd.

At Heritage Park in Melrose, across from Trinity Episcopal Church.

If you’d like to help us set up at 8:30 am, or work at the booths, or clean up at 2:00 pm, please contact us at 352.475.2177.


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Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night hosted by Paula Tyner

Friday, October 20 from 7pm to 9pm

at the

Melrose Sr. Community Center

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MBCA General Meeting for October 10, 2017

A General Meeting of the MBCA will be held on Tuesday, October 10th, at the Homemakers Club. Everyone s invited to attend. Doors open at 11:30a, meeting starts at noon. The agenda for the meeting includes:

  • Guest Speaker- Ken McCaffrey
  • Bartram Frolic Event
  • Update on Melrose Senior Community Center
  • No Mine Fundraiser
  • MBCA Officer Elections
  • Christmas Lights and other events


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Melrose “Back in The Day” Event at the Library



Small Town Coming Together to Bring Great History Event to Public Library

The Melrose Public Library has a mission: to gather the town-folk of Melrose together and share stories of making a living in Melrose throughout the years. On September 28th at 2:00 pm – they’re hosting an event to do just that!

With the help from their residents and their community organizations – Melrose Back in the Day will bring together all walks of life from the business side to the residential side of Melrose history – and tell their town story. The event will feature archival materials from personal collections and presenters who will detail the history of Melrose business starting in the 1850s and wrap up with “what the future holds.” There will be presentations, collaborative photo sharing, story-telling, and light refreshments. So come and hear the familiar town tales and new stories you may have never heard before! The event will be held in the Melrose Public Library atrium. Arrive early for a good seat!

The Under the Porch singers, a group that frequents the Melrose Community and Senior Center, will be performing early (starting at 1:40 pm) for the folks arriving to get a good seat. “We’re expecting a large turnout – people are really interested because our town has so many facets,” says Sheree Sims who is the Branch Manager at the Melrose Public Library, “we want people to get here early so they don’t miss any of the presenters or these awesome performers!” Arrive early as the library is expecting a full house.

The Mossman Foundation is lending the library some of their prints depicting scenes from an earlier day in Melrose for attendees to view. “There will be lots to look at… photos, maps, art and artifacts, we’re grateful to our organizations like the Mossman Foundation and Historic Melrose who can collaborate with us,” says Sims. Historic Melrose Inc. will have its new pictorial history of Melrose book available at the event.

The event is slated to bring out representatives from both the Small Business Development Center and UF’s Oral History department – who will start us on our own oral history collection in Melrose. Attendees will be able to make an appointment at a later date to talk with these folks.

With input from the Melrose Library Association, Putnam County Public Library System, Mossman Foundation, the Melrose Lake Dwellers, the Melrose Woman’s Club, the Melrose Senior and Community Center, Historic Melrose Inc., the Melrose Business and Community Association, The Melrose Bay Owners, The Small Business Development Center, the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Project, the Under the Porch Singers, and the lively residents of Melrose, FL – this event is sure to be one for the history books!


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Hurricane Irma Passing Through Melrose

Here are the detailed forecasts for our area regarding wind and rain for Alachua and Marion Counties. This was current as of noon, Friday, 9/8.

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Melrose Artventure -October 8, 2017 12-6pm

Take a drive on the wild side and visit artists’ home studios in beautiful Melrose, FL. The artists welcome you into their homes and studios so you can meet them, and see their works of art. You may even catch a glimpse of them working on their latest creations. This is a self-guided driving exploration through Melrose, neighboring Hawthorne , and Keystone Heights. Look for the yellow “Artventure” signs indicating each stop along the way. Brochures with map and artist info will be available at Mossman Hall in Melrose on the day of the event. Also see Melrose Artventure Facebook page for all of the info. Any questions, call Amy 352-262-1987.

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Shake Rag Coffee Talk Schedule

Shake Rag Coffee Talk,

Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Inside Melrose Senior Community Center

            307 State Road 26, Melrose, FL 32666

August 3, 2017      Joseph Mark

Joseph has performed for over 40 years at many clubs and music festivals throughout Florida. Starting out as a classical musician he now brings guitar and fiddle to stage to share traditional and old-time tunes, along with his own reflective original songs to paint scenes we are all in.

August 10   Don Austin  

Don is a multi-talented song-writer/singer/music master of the violin, guitar, mandolin and harp; he is a member of the band, The Alley Cats.  An extensive repertoire includes tunes anyone will recognize performed by a very talented and experienced musician.

 August 16  Bill Fote Trio

“Bill Fote and the Guys with Big Instruments” play jazz.  Bill sings and plays trumpet and flugelhorn, Jake Newcomb plays double bass and Howard Wapner sings and plays piano.  Together they play a vast array of tunes ranging from bossa nova to bebop and everything in between.   You will not hear any Kenny G. or any Beyonce but you still won’t be disappointed.

 August 24 Jimmy “Redbone” Childs  

Redbone has been a local blues musician in Gainesville since the early 70s and played professionally with Little Mike And The Tornadoes for five years. He has associated and played with notable national blues acts as Kim Wilson from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Willy Smith, drummer from the Muddy Waters Band and piano players Barrelhouse Chuck and Sunnyland Slim.

August 31 Joe and Katie Waller

Duo of Joe Waller and Katie Waller give us mild bluegrass music, and many styles of fiddle tunes, with a little gospel, western music, and civil war period music.  Katie was classically trained in the viola and violin but is now having wonderful time playing fiddle.  She won 2nd place in the Old Time Fiddle Music Championship 1999 and 2nd in the state Twin Fiddle Contest at White Springs in 2001.


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