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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.

a14497f4-a212-4bf3-b375-15826babf1f0This 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.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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