Centered on the crossroads of East Curlis Avenue and Main Street, Pennington Day highlights the best of the town of Pennington, New Jersey Family Magazine’s 2015 #1 Town for Families.
Now in its 35th year, Pennington Day evolved from a community picnic organized in 1980 to raise funds for The Pennington School after a devastating fire. It has grown over the years into a polished, yet still community-sized event that continues its charter to give back and strengthen its community. Through the generosity of event sponsors, the Pennington Day Board of Directors raises funds in the form of community grants. In 2014, thirteen grants were awarded to local non-profits to support various missions totaling $13,500. The grant ceremony will be held during the festivities at the Crossroads Stage.
This Saturday, May 16th, from 10am-4pm, Main Street will be closed to traffic and opened up to 10,000 plus visitors for a day of crafts, art, baked goods, organic farms, live bands, dance troupes, children’s games and hundreds of exhibitors. There are multiple stages of live local music, performing and dance troupes, as well as the colorful Quilt Show — all featured throughout the day.
This year, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council will occupy Howe Commons in a theme of “Urban Meets Rural” where visitors can experience the phenomenal artistic talents of community-based artists. Over the course of the day, an 8′ x 16′ mural will be produced live by graffiti artist Leon Rainbow. An Artists’ Walk will feature up to 16 local artists who will present and discuss their works on display.
There will be two food courts this year, the second one being held in Howe Commons and featuring offerings from food trucks, Rita’s Ice, Arlee’s raw blends and Nomad Pizza.
MercerMe will be there all day with a booth near Howe Commons. Stop by, say hello, introduce yourself, give me feedback, and take a selfie in our goofy selfie-booth!
For more information on the event, check out www.penningtonday.com.