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HAMMONTON - Visitors to Downtown Hammonton were transported back in time for a “Holiday Renaissance” in order to get into the holiday spirit during this month’s Third Thursday on Nov. 17.

The Noyes Museum of Art at Kramer Hall had a free opening reception for its new exhibit — “The Noyes Associate Artist Members Exhibition.” The exhibit displays the work of 13 New Jersey artists in mediums ranging from photography to sculpture.

“I watched it going up and it caught my eye,” said Caz Boyd an employee of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance who works on the third floor of Kramer Hall. The exhibit runs from now through Jan. 15, 2017.

It was an extra special Third Thursday for Chatter’s Baskets as it just celebrated its fifth anniversary of being open. Owner Mary Young’s husband, Jeff Young, was the stilt walker for Third Thursday.

“They were looking for a stilt walker and I offered Jeff,” chuckled Mary. Jeff Young works in construction and uses something similar to stilts at construction sites.

At Kitchen 19, it was all about empowering women with the local Soroptimist International Chapter. Soroptimist International of the Americas is an organization whose goal is to empower women and girls in order for them to fulfill their full potential.

“My great-aunt was a founding member,” said Dinah DeMarco, who was passing out fliers to passersby about the organization and letting them know about the event at Kitchen 19. For more information on the Soroptimist organization, please visit www.soroptimist.org or www.liveyourdream.org.

New store Tales of the Olive experienced its first Third Thursday after being open for only six days. Tales of the Olive is a gourmet olive oil shop.

“I love the concept of all the products being on tap,” said owner Kelly Brown. Besides olive oil, the shop also sells balsamic vinegar and gourmet chocolates. Tales of the Olive is located at 218 Bellevue Ave.

December’s Third Thursday theme will be “Glitz, Glimmer and Holiday Shimmer” and will be held on Dec. 15. For more information on events in Downtown Hammonton, please visit www.downtownhammonton.com.

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