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Friends of the Downtown-Medford’s Community Bike Program

Community Bike Program - Medford Wi

The Friends of the Downtown-Medford are currently working on a Community Bike Program to provide bikes to local Motel/Hotels for their guests. We went to the Medford City Council Meeting on Monday, July 10 and presented our program.

We are asking that the City of Medford place bike racks in Downtown Medford locations and other areas of interest for the use of bicyclists.  The meeting was very positive and we will be contacting the Hotel/Motel Tax Committee for funding of the bike racks.


Please see below for some basic information on our Community Bike Program.

The Friends of the Downtown are currently working on a Bike Program – where the FOTD will be placing bikes at local HOTEL/MOTELS for use of guests. This type of program is considered a Bike Library or a Bike Corral.

This program will be staffed by the location where publicly available bikes are stored and checked out to riders.Checkout times would be determined by the staffing at the Motel/Hotels. The Bike library would have various bikes available for use and have helmets and maps available for the guests. Because bike libraries are by nature staffed, they have limited operating hours and usually only a few locations. Currently we are planning on 2 locations to start with. The locations would each have 6-8 bikes for use.

The Friends of the Downtown are requesting that the City of Medford add bike racks to downtown and city locations for bike users to park bikes while shopping, eating and exploring our city. The current locations we are looking to have bike racks are the Mini Park on Main Street, Huey’s Hideaway, Medford Library, Chamber of Commerce, Marilyn’s Catering/Tuesday Farmer’s Market, Saturday Farmers Market, JC Field/Baseball Diamond.

The 2017 Chair Affair – Celebrating 11 Amazing Years!

Join Us For The 2017 Chair Affair – Celebrating 11 Amazing Years!

Thursday, August 17 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

How Can You Help???

We’re still accepting vendors for the night of the event! There is no charge to set up! Looking for artists, craft’s people, farmers market, civic organizations etc…  Call 715-748-6611 to reserve your FREE spot.

Create A Chair!

Do you have a creative side, great – If you don’t that’s fine too! Create a work of art from a chair for the Friends of the Downtown-Medford, Inc. to auction off! We know you have great ideas – put them to use. If you need a chair stop at the Black River Art Gallery in Downtown Medford and they’ll help you find one!

The 2017 Chair Affair

Thursday, August 17, 2017   3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Downtown Medford

  • Food, Wine, Beer, Music
  • Raffles, Prizes & More
  • Chair Affair Auction
  • Adult Musical Chairs at Marilyn’s Fire Station!
  • Lounge Around – Beer, Brats, Burgers, Cheese Curds! Uncommon Ground – Steak Bites! Plus other locations with food.
  • Auction starts about 6:30 p.m. .
  • Vendors, Farmers Market, Pies, Ice Cream & more!!!

 

 

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Minutes – March 2017

Friends of the Downtown-Medford, Inc

Minutes

March Meeting, March 03/06/17

Attendance:  Jeff Miller, Marilyn Miller, Laura Holmes, Tami Fuchs, Linda Reynolds, Michelle Grimm, Marilyn Frank, Melissa Hieneke

Minutes were submitted from our February Meeting and approved.

Treasurer’s Report: No report as Carol is out of town.

Old Business:

MapleFest: Per our last meeting FOTD will be providing $350 towards entertainment for the event. Marilyn F. attended the Lions’ Meeting. The Lions’ will match our $350.   

-Music Red Higgins and Freedom Train

-FOTD Light Appetizers

-FOTD 50/50 Raffles and Raffle Prizes

-Fire Station will be closing street and setting up tent for additional seating/dancing.

Brat Fry: Tax Day Brat Fry will take place on April 18, 2017 in the Post Office Parking Lot from 10:30 until 3:30.  

-Marilyn M. and Jackie will order food and supplies for the event.

-Jeff will contact Lions Club for use of Food Trailer.

-We will have pre-order forms out earlier this year.

-Will try to have Chair Affair Raffle Tickets/License for pre-sales.

-Work Schedule and Bake Sale volunteers needed.

-New grill needed for event – Dave Z. is checking pricing.

New Business:

Mini-Park: We will be contacting City to see what can be done jointly to get the Mini-Park back into great shape.

Bikes: Still working on Bike Loan Program for FOTD/Downtown Area.

Flowers: Marilyn M. will take baskets to Frenchtown to be planted. We are also ordering (4) add’l baskets that have become missing throughout the years. Marilyn will also be asking Lee Waldhart (basket maker) about creating a large metal Christmas Decoration for the Riverwalk.

Chair Affair: The 2017 Chair Affair will be held on August 24. We will be getting posters, table tents and other materials out for advertising.

Meeting adjouned.

Next meeting Monday, April 3, 2017 at Las Palmas in Downtown Medford. Meeting will start at 5:15 p.m.

Meeting Minutes – FOTD Meeting Monday, February 6th

FOTD Meeting Monday, February 6th

Attendance: Melissa, Marilyn F., Tami, Jean, Adam, Nick, Sue, Marilyn M., Jeff, Hildegard, Loretta, Carol, Bob, and Dave.
Meeting was called to order by Melissa.
Secretary Position:  Position is still open; please have candidate ideas for next meeting.

Annual Tax Day Brat Fry: Will be Tuesday, April 18th, ( which is the official tax day this year). It will be held 10-4 in the Post Office parking lot. Jeff made motion to have event on this date, Tami second it. All in Favor. Last year we did pre-orders which went well, so we will do this again. Volunteer sign-up sheet was passed around. We need a new grill; Dave offered to take care of getting one. Jeff made motion for Dave to purchase a grill, Sue second it. All is Favor. Marilyn M. said Jackie J and she will take care of organizing/purchasing supplies, needed i.e. condiments, brats(400), hotdogs(150) from Abbyland, buns from Kwik Trip, bags of potato chips from Marilyn’s Go Go Catering. Advertising for event: Radio (day of) $100, Star News $100; Melissa will talk with ad reps. Jeff will get trailer from the Lions/Lemke. Tami will get approval from Post Office to use parking lot.

Maple Fest Event: Friday, April 28th held at Marilyn’s Fire Station beginning @ 6 pm. The entertainment will be Red Higgins and his band. Marilyn F. is looking for sponsorships for helping with the cost. Tami made a motion for FOTD to contribute a $350 sponsorship, along with $200 for food, Jeff second it. All in Favor. Fundraising ideas during event were discussed, i.e. raffles. Jeff will look into getting our raffle license. Maple Fest organization will be doing most of the promotions, which our event will be mentioned.

Beautification Projects: Planter & Hanging Baskets. Due to theft last year, we need to order 4 hanging baskets from Lee Waldhart. Sue made a motion that Marilyn M. place order with Lee, Jeff second it. All in Favor. Melissa will be in contact with Frenchtown Nursery regarding planting of the hanging baskets. Discussion involved other beautification ideas, Farmer’s Market area, flower pots on east side, mini park on main street, etc. Jeff will get some ideas from other communities that have green spaces. Michelle Grimm from UW Extension could be a good resource. We need to get our ideas solidified, so we can attend a city council meeting. Marilyn M. made a motion to compile a committee to obtain info to present to city council. Jeff, Sue, Melissa, possibly Michelle Grimm will be on this committee, Jean second it. All in Favor. Kuse sisters offered to advise.

How to Promote Downtown? We are disconnected, what can we do? Carol made a suggestion regarding a campaign called “Meet Me on Main Street”. Brain would interview business owners, we could use this has a tool to also speak to historical facts about their building.
Meeting Adjourned.

Check out Kuse Farm Museum and Nature Preserve Website

Friends of the Downtown-Medford members Hildegard and Loretta Kuse have been busy working on the Kuse Farm Museum and Nature Preserve website. It is quite impressive. Take a minute and check it out!

Welcome to the Kuse Farm Museum and Nature Preserve, a place where persons of all ages and interests can have an authentic experience with nature as it exists in their own backyard.Located at W6219 Allman Avenue, just north of the Medford Senior High School and Medford Area Elementary School, the 35-acre farm has been in the Kuse family since 1881. Although part of the land is still farmed for crops, trails surrounding the fields allow the visitor to view over sixty species of trees and more than fifty vines and shrubs, many wild flowers and heritage plants and the animals that live in this habitat. Exhibits in the museum buildings provide information about the ways the area has changed over the years and the way it has been viewed in art and history.

Located at W6219 Allman Avenue, just north of the Medford Senior High School and Medford Area Elementary School, the 35-acre farm has been in the Kuse family since 1881. Although part of the land is still farmed for crops, trails surrounding the fields allow the visitor to view over sixty species of trees and more than fifty vines and shrubs, many wild flowers and heritage plants and the animals that live in this habitat. Exhibits in the museum buildings provide information about the ways the area has changed over the years and the way it has been viewed in art and history.

Kuse Farm Museum and Nature Preserve

Chair Affair 2016 – 10 Amazing Years!

Thank you all who participated in making this yet another successful Chair Affair event!
So much appreciation goes to all the creative individuals who continue to amaze us all with your unique entries. We are sure that some of you are already imagining what you will create next year, you know who you are😉.
Again, thanks to all the vendors who shared their products and services, businesses who donated raffle items, Dane Bolz for donating his auctioneering talents and Dan Weber for assisting, all the retail, restaurant and bar owners that provided unique experiences, and of course those who attended event and placed bids during the auction. So those of you who were fortunate to get the winning bid, post/share a picture to let us know how you are enjoying your new piece of art!

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