May 18, 2007

CONTACT: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746
Wayne Avery, 908-527-4742

Media Advisory

Union County’s 150th Anniversary Celebration
Moves Indoors at Union County College, May 19

CRANFORD, NJ – Music, history, art and refreshments! You will find them all at Union County’s 150th anniversary celebration at Union County College in Cranford on Saturday, May 19.

The Commons at Union County College, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford, will be the venue for opening ceremonies, speakers and exhibits by local historical societies to mark the 150th Anniversary of Union County, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Admission is free and all are welcome!

Speakers will include Marc Mappen, executive director of the New Jersey Historical Commission, and Linda Caldwell Epps, executive director of the New Jersey Historical Society. They will tell us what was happening in New Jersey and the rest of the country in the 1850s and how Union County was formed.

Performances by the Rahway Valley Jerseyaires, the Decibelles Doo Wop Group, the Full Count Big Band, the Dixie Rascals Trio, and student groups will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the auditorium of The Commons instead of in Nomahegan Park because of the bad weather.

Activities for children, historical presentations, old-fashioned costumes, and historical society tables and displays will take place in the Commons area. Due to forecasts of inclement weather, the antique car show and the pie-eating contest are cancelled. But watch the weather – if it doesn’t rain, the Elizabeth Athletic Club will play the New York Mutuals according to 19th century baseball rules.

For more information, call the Union County Special Events Hotline, 908-436-2900, or visit the Union County website: