Central Park in Lawrence Township is hosting a day full of food, live music, craft vendors and more on its annual Community Day on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Residents can partake in different activities like yoga and face painting while discovering more than 100 tables manned by local businesses, services and non-profit organizations.
“We like that everyone comes from Lawrence, there are many different groups, businesses and services that a lot of people don’t know are available here,” says Nancy Bergen, the superintendent of the township Lawrence’s Recreation Department.
More than 1,000 people attended last year’s event, which was held at Village Park, where Community Day has been held for years. The township switched up the venue for this year, moving the event to Central Park on Eggerts Crossing Road.
“We want to show off another park in Lawrence and give residents the opportunity to ride their bikes or walk in a different part of town,” Bergen says regarding the change of venue..
The Lawrence Recreation Department has been working to expand the event providing a wide range of activities from noon to 4 p.m.
A punt, kick and pass competition is being held by the Junior Cardinals football team during the day, and craft vendors will be at the event selling an assortment of goods, such as jewelry.
This year the event will feature live performances from musicians at School of Rock Princeton and local party band The Southside Wanderers, who play tunes from Motown, oldies, classic rock and British invasion.
Different activities for children will be available including “Touch a Truck,” which includes various vehicles provided by the Lawrence Township Public Works Department, fire trucks and police cars.
The size of the crowd attending this year’s Community Day is expected to be large after last year’s success. It is a weather-permitting event and does not have a rain date.
“This is a way for the residents to see everything that is available in town and get together as a community,” says Bergen.
The event is made possible by the Recreation Department and its advisory committee, Lawrence Township Public Works and the Lawrence Police Department.