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Old-Fashioned Family Picnic and Art-At-The-Oval on Sept 22nd

by: Sue Adler
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shutterstock_135986744Come celebrate Livingston’s 200th birthday at the Old-Fashioned Family Picnic and Art-At-The-Oval on September 22nd.  The event is hosted by the Livingston Bicentennial Committee and will feature a whole day of free events that the entire family can enjoy.

About the Old-Fashioned Family Picnic

The Old-Fashioned Family Picnic is being sponsored by local favorite Nero’s Grille and will feature a fun carousel.  The picnic festivities begin at noon and continue until 5pm.  Here’s a breakdown of all the events of the afternoon:

  • Starting at noon, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, a hayride, live music, clowns, family field games and carnival booths
  • From 1pm to 4pm, various field games will be played
  • At 2:45pm, a special tug-of-war will be battled out between the fire department and the police squad

All of the attractions at the Old-Fashioned Family Picnic are free!  There will be plenty of food trucks on hand to sample local cuisine, with musical entertainment provided by Dave Rimelis and Larry Roe of Livingston.  All the attractions are provided by Joan Rothbard of Recreation Picnic Services, a company based here in Livingston.  Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the food and live music.

About Art-at-the-Oval

During the Old Fashioned Family Picnic, the Arts Council of Livingston will be presenting the Art-at-the-Oval, an outdoor fine art and craft exhibit and sale.  This event will take place from 11am to 5pm and will feature local and regional artists and craftspeople who will be on hand to exhibit and sell their work.  Art in a variety of mediums will be displayed, and the entire show will be judged by a professional art juror.  Awards including ribbons and cash prizes will be given for artistic excellence.  This event is also free to the public.  If you’d like more information about Art-at-the-Oval, please contact 973-992-1950 or 973-994-1516.

Historical Tours

Learn more about the history of the community with a tour sponsored by the Livingston Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Committee.  Residents can take a journey through Livingston’s past with activities planned throughout the day.  The doors of the Old Force Home will be open to the public, and visitors will get to see history brought to life with reenactments of Livingston’s forefathers from 1813.  A historical tour is also available.  Families can hop on the bus to take a tour of all the interesting historical sites around town.  For more information about the historical attractions, please contact Patty Arnold at [email protected]

Visitor Information

General parking for the day’s events will be available in the lots at St. Philomena’s Church, Livingston High School and Town Hall.  Handicapped parking is available at the library.  Cars must use the S. Livingston Avenue entrance to Memorial Park.  In case of bad weather, most of the day’s activities will be moved inside.  In addition, the Lion’s Club of Livingston will be sponsoring a blood drive through the New Jersey Blood Center from 12:30pm to 5pm.

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