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Get Ready for an Old Fashioned Picnic and Art-At-The-Oval

Jessica Marrone Parkes

Thursday, August 22, 2013 • 6:45am

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Bicentennial Old-Fashioned Family Picnic along with the annual, Art-At-The-Oval are fast approaching.  

On Sunday, Sept. 22, The Bicentennial Committee has planned an old fashioned picnic to celebrate Livingston at 200.  The picnic will take place on the same day and at the same time as The Arts Council of Livingston’s 14th annual Art-At-The-Oval.

“It’s going to be an extra special event.  The two-event-combination is going to give everyone in town a reason to come out and celebrate,” said Andrea Ubaldi, Co-Picnic Coordinator.

The Old-Fashioned Family Picnic is sponsored by Nero’s Grille, along with a carousel sponsored by members of the Dignity Memorial Providers Bernheim, Apter, Kreitzman, Suburban Funeral Home and Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home.

The Bicentennial Old-Fashioned Family Picnic festivities will include:

Starting at 12 Noon – Pony rides, petting zoo, hayride, music, clowns, family field games and carnival booths

1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Various Field Games (to be announced)

2:45 p.m. – A special tug of war between the police and fire departments

All the day’s attractions are free.  There will also be food trucks on site as well as musical entertainment provided by Dave Rimelis and Larry Roe of Livingston.

Joan Rothbard of Recreation Picnic Services, a Livingston-based company, will be providing the attractions.

Art-At-The-Oval

Amidst the Picnic activities, residents will also be able to enjoy the outdoor fine art, craft exhibit, and art sale provided by The Arts Council of Livingston.  Art-At-The-Oval will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature emerging and established local and regional artisans exhibiting and selling their work.

Artists at the show will be displaying a variety of two and three dimensional art pieces done in various mediums.  The show will be judged by a professional art juror who will reward artistic excellence with ribbons and cash prizes. 

Art-At-The-Oval is also free to the public.  For more information, contact Vivian Olshen at (973) 992-1950 or via email: vivolshen@aol.com, or Irene Feign at (973) 994-1516 or via email: irenefeigenstudio@gmail.com.

The Livingston Historical Society

“The Livingston Historical Society has joined forces with the Bicentennial Historical Committee to take resident’s on an adventure through Livingston’s past,” explained Patty Arnold, Historical Committee Chair.

The doors of the Old Force Home will open to the public and will come to life with reenactments of Livingston’s forefathers from 1813.

A historical tour will also be arranged for residents. “Families can hop on the bus and take a tour of our many historical sites throughout town,” added Arnold.

For more information about the historical attractions at the picnic, contact Patty Arnold at part333@aol.com.

The Details

Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.  Parking for handicapped spectators will be available at the library and cars must use the S. Livingston Avenue entrance to Memorial Park.

General Parking will be available in the lots at St. Philomena’s Church, Livingston High School and Town Hall.

In case of inclement weather, most activities will move indoors.

The Lion’s Club of Livingston will also be sponsoring a blood drive through the New Jersey Blood Center from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Livingston at 200 events have been made possible by donations from lead sponsors including:  St. Barnabas Medical Center, Regal Bank, Crystal Plaza, Investor’s Savings Bank, Air Group, Eastman Companies, Kiwanis of Livingston, Nero’s Grille, and Valley National Bank.

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