A Very Murray Christmas

MHPA invites you and your family to the 2nd Annual A Very Murray Christmas on Sunday, December 8th at Four Corners Park. Last year, we had a great turn out for the inaugural event started by Eleta McMeekin and friends. MHPA would like to help make it a fun Murray Hill tradition. We plan to have late afternoon games and an outdoor evening movie. We invite neighbors to bring games and food to share, and we plan to invite a food truck as well. Please join your neighbors for this special event to celebrate the holiday season. We hope to see you there! For more details or to help, please see MHPA’s website or Facebook page or Nextdoor. Sunday, December 8th, 4 -8 p.m., Four Corners Park.

Neighborhood Resource

Murray Hill is lucky to have its own online social network through Nextdoor. Nextdoor is user-friendly and allows neighbors to connect with each other and share useful local information. We can post events, classifieds, safety alerts and share goods and recommendations. It also allows you to post to your neighboring neighborhoods (like the other sections of Murray Hill or Riverside and Avondale) if you wish. Special thanks to Tina Ramey for setting up a Nextdoor site for Murray Hill! Join the online group Nextdoor Murray Hill: murrayhilljacksonville.nextdoor.com/join flyer code: QHCRJD

First Block Cleanup

Murray Hill neighbors worked together recently to clean-up Murray Hill’s “First Block” (Edgewood Ave. just north of Roosevelt). While enjoying Florida’s wonderful fall weather, they picked-up trash, trimmed trees and pulled weeds to beautify Murray Hill’s main street. Many hands made light work.

Murray Hill’s “First Block” is the entrance way to our neighborhood and making it beautiful puts a nice face on Murray Hill and helps our wonderful local merchants. Keeping our neighborhood clean helps to keep it safe as well. Special thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers!

A Little Slice of History Pizza Party

MHPA Fund Raiser “A Little Slice of History”.  On Wednesday, Sept. 25th the driveway of the library will be converted into the setting for the Murray Hill Preservation Association pizza dinner “A Little Slice of History” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. MHPA fund raiser sponsors for the dinner are Moon River Pizza and Edgewood Bakery. A dinner includes $6 – 1 slice, salad, dessert and a drink or $8 – 2 slices, salad, dessert and a drink.

Friends of the Murray Hill Library will also be hosting their annual auction and will be presenting the last program in their Murray Hill Memories Series at the library, Murray Hill: Past Present and Future. Auction begins at 5pm and presentation begins at 7pm (MurrayHillLibrary.org).

Use this form to purchase tickets to our Slice of History Pizza Party. Add each type of ticket from the drop down menu and change the quantities from the shopping cart. Once your PayPal transaction is complete, you will have an opportunity to print your receipt. The receipt will serve as your ticket. You will also receive a receipt via E-mail.





Come Join us for the annual Murray Hill Antique Appraisal Fair & Ice Cream Social

icecreamWe want to welcome back special guests Barbara Langston, ISA AM and her son, Jon Grogan, who are accredited by the International Society of Appraisers, again for Murray Hill’s Annual Appraisal Fair & Ice Cream Social. For a small donation (optional $5), you can bring in items to be appraised while you enjoy ice cream with your fellow neighbors. The event will be presented in the Antiques Roadshow fashion so that we can all see your items appraised. If you need their services in the future contact them at (904) 642-1003 or www.blangston.com.

The event will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Murray Hill Presbyterian Church, 940 Talbot Ave (enter from the Parking lot) at 7:00PM on June 27.

A Very Murray Christmas


A Very Murray Christmas

Join us in Four Corners Park for a few hours of holiday fun. Hot drinks, sweet treats, games, luminaries, and a movie with the wonderful neighbors of Murray Hill.

This is a neighbor-organized event and we are looking for volunteers! More details to come, but if you are interested in helping please message for details.

Come one, come all- bring yourself, a few neighbors, family and friends. All are welcome.

Saturday December 15th at 3:00PM

Visit the Facebook page for more details.

Join us for a delicious Spaghetti Dinner

Thursday, September 27, 2012
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Murray Hill Baptist Church Gymnasium, 4300 Post St.
$8.00 a dinner
Eat in or take out

Join us for a delicious dinner and an opportunity to buy food for the mind, as well, at our annual spaghetti dinner and Library book sale. There will be lovely tables for dining and visiting with friends and family, as well as a take out option for those on the go. And, as in the past, you never know what delightful surprises may pop up!

When our Library was threatened with closure, MHPA was there, with decades of organized, effective community support in place. We were there for the concerned citizen who didn’t want to see the priceless community resource die and was willing to work to save it. MHPA was able to immediately facilitate the effort to save the library, providing publicity, a temporary sub-account for banking, networking advice, and person to person canvassing for organizing and petitioning. Ultimately, this effort led not only to the saving of our branch, but also to support for the idea of neighborhood branches. The “powers that be” came to realize how much Jacksonville’s citizens can contribute to the city’s quality of life and therefore to its viability as a city.

Our dinner is a chance to support MHPA and help keep it vibrant, so it will continue to be there for future issues that affect you. MHPA is the kind of organization, much like the Jaguars, that makes Jacksonville a worthwhile place to live, where citizens have, and exercise, the power to create a good life.

At press time, many local companies have recognized MHPA’s value as a community strengthening force. These companies have donated generous support to our dinner and we hope more will join them. We thank JAA Architecture, Inc, Exit Real Estate, Edgewood Bakery, Shep’s, Flowers by Pat, OE&S and Friends of the Murray Hill Library. Additional contributors will be recognized at the dinner.

We have just booked our entertainment for the evening. He is Mike Clouser and he is a Robin Williams impersonator and musician. He is a great entertainer and promises to bring us a barrel of laughs.

If you have gently used books you would like to donate for the sale, please contact Judy Klein at 384-1523, jdklein@mindspring.com

As we nourish ourselves, we’ll be nourishing our community, enriching life for us all. See you there!

Antiques Road Show and Ice Cream Social

ice cream

Our July general meeting features one of our most popular events, our Antiques Road Show and Ice Cream Social.  For a small, tax deductible donation ($5 per item suggested), expert, accredited appraisers Barbara Langston and her son, Jon Grogan will give you information and valuation on any items you bring.  Old junk or priceless treasure?  It’s a thrill we all share, as we find out!  If you need future appraisal services, reach them at (904) 642 1003 or www.blangston.com.

The ice cream and socializing are free.  All are welcome.

Murray Hill Presbyterian Church Social Hall

940 Talbot Ave. 32205 (corner of Post & Talbot, entrance on Talbot)

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 7 p.m.

Come to Our Blooming May Meeting

On Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the social hall of the Murray Hill Presbyterian Church, 940 Talbot Ave, 32205, we will have a “blooming” presentation by Shirley Collier, manager of Lowe’s garden shop. She will “show and tell” us about Jacksonville summer gardening and offer to answer any questions we might have.

With our accustomed summer heat and our unaccustomed drought, her expert advice on lawns, ornamentals, vegetables and flowers will be most welcome. Shirley is as interesting and vibrant as she is clear and knowledgeable. We look forward to her time with us and appreciate her willingness to share her expertise.

Board Elections
This is also the meeting required in our by laws to vote in new board members. We will need a quorum, so please make every effort to fit this meeting us into your busy schedule. The candidates are: President, Jim Robson; First Vice President (programming), Len Burroughs; Second Vice President (membership), Richard Sapp; Treasurer, Steve Walker; Secretary, Rosemary Stout; Members at Large, Chuck Mann,  Helene Stewart, Kelly Klinger (Facebook), Z Carter.

MHPA Newsletter Is Now Available By Email

In order to save on postage and printing expense, the Murray Hill Preservation Association is exploring the idea of delivering this newsletter by Email. If you would prefer to receive the newsletter by this method, please send an Email to murrayhilljax@yahoo.com or put a check mark on your renewal form at “Send my newsletter by Email”. Don’t forget. . . your membership dues are now tax deductible.