FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2009

 

 

Early American History & Culture Come to Life
 at Union County Harvest Festival, Sept. 27

The pre-European culture of Lenape Indians will be demonstrated by Ralph Dowdell during the 28th annual Union County Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 27, at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. Visitors will enjoy a variety of displays and demonstrations of Early American crafts and work skills, as well as musical performances from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $3.00 per person, with children ages seven and younger admitted free of charge. Trailside is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal and is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.
MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The pre-European culture of Lenape Indians will be demonstrated by Ralph Dowdell during the 28th annual Union County Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 27, at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. Visitors will enjoy a variety of displays and demonstrations of Early American crafts and work skills, as well as musical performances from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $3.00 per person, with children ages seven and younger admitted free of charge. Trailside is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal and is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. For more information, telephone 908-789-3670 or visit the website: www.ucnj.org.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – On Sunday, Sept. 27, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Community Renewal will host the 28th annual Union County Harvest Festival, rain or shine at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“As in years past, this year’s Harvest Festival promises to be a fun-filled event for visitors of all ages,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Walking through the festival grounds will give everyone a chance to see early American history come to life.”

At this year’s Harvest Festival, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of displays and demonstrations, including an 18th century sutlers encampment, quilting, canoe building, tin piercing, soap making, bobbin lace making, loom work, colonial games, fur trapping and trading, butter churning, and an authentic 18th century paper making demonstration.

Along with the many ongoing events, such as greetings by town crier Bill Joseph and his wife Alma, there are several scheduled performances that you won’t want to miss. Tap your toes to the bluegrass songs and tunes by Up and Runnin’ with special guest Marc Muller. Enjoy the barbershop harmony of the Rahway Valley Jerseyaires, and sing along with musical performances by Ronnie Brandt and others. This entertaining line-up promises to please visitors both young and old with good humor and great cheer!

The festival will include a Native American lodge and artifact displays, storytelling and performances, colonial and Native American crafts and work skills, a petting zoo, pony rides, log sawing and shingle splitting, and so much more. An always popular feature will be the “Build a Scarecrow” contest, which requires a nominal fee for participation.

Vendors will be on site selling a wide variety of food, such as corn on the cob, London broil, ribs, chicken, Italian ice, pretzels, shrimp in a basket, kettle korn, ice cream, funnel cake, and freshly squeezed lemonade.

The 28th annual Harvest Festival will be held rain or shine. So mark your calendar, harvest your family and friends and come on down. Admission is $3.00 per person, with children ages seven and younger admitted free of charge. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. Additional information can be obtained by calling 908-789-3670 or by visiting our website at www.ucnj.org.