MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Middletown Day returns to Croydon Hall on Saturday, September 25th to bring the families together for a day of non-stop fun. The event, which takes place rain or shine, is held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road. Admission is free. The first 1,500 visitors receive free Middletown Day hats.
Local arts and entertainment will be featured at this year’s fall festival. Six bands with local roots will play free 45-minute performances at Middletown Day. The Band of Two Rivers, directed by Donald Swinchoski, kicks off the day’s entertainment at noon. This concert band based in Rumson and Fair Haven plays a variety of music from Broadway to John Philip Sousa. The Colts Neck Swing Band, a 20-piece Big Band directed by Cheryl Parker and Dan Petrosini, will perform music from the swing era of the 30s, 40s, and 50s at 1 p.m.
The day’s musical fare switches into high gear in the afternoon with a dose of rock and roll. Joe Benoit and the Regulars will take to the stage at 2 p.m. Middletown native Joe Benoit and his band will perform originals and cover many popular rock-n-roll hits. Dave Hickman's “G” Band, a rock band of local Middletown musicians, will play their brand of contemporary rock starting at 3 p.m. Bamm Hollow, founded by Michael Massa and Middletown native Joe Magrino, bring their unique style of popular rock and original tunes to Middletown Day at 4 p.m. Jonnie Dog and the Dingos will take to the stage at 5 p.m. Doug Tomchuk's band will end the day with the music of the California "Surf" sound.
Meanwhile, talented residents from the 2010 Middletown Talent Showcase will perform in front of the field house throughout the day. Inside visitors will find free arts and crafts activities for the kids and a sample of some of the Arts Center’s Community Art Projects.
Everyone’s favorite Doodle Dude will sketch pictures at the Arts Center exhibit. Performances by a tuba quartet, a group of flutists and magicians will round out the day.
Middletown Day, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors, includes kid-friendly attractions such as, mini-golf, carnival games, and other interactive attractions. Families are invited to enjoy the new bocce ball court and participate in a tournament for prizes. Admission to all games will cost $1 for a wristband. The day’s activities also include a petting zoo and pony rides for a nominal fee.
Get your holiday shopping done early this year at the Craft Fair while the kids play. Then visit Granny’s Attic at the Senior Center where a treasure trove of flea market finds awaits! Visitors will find also a smorgasbord of tasty festival fare from fried Oreos to sausage sandwiches in the Food Court.
Car lovers are invited to visit the Classic Car Show, which features an impressive fleet of classic and antique cars from the tri-state area. Trophies will be awarded in several categories. Call 732-615-2260 to be a part of the show. On-site registration is accepted.
Other highlights of the day include a hayride, fire, first aid and emergency management exhibits, demonstrations of colonial activities by Poricy Park, and the Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse’s community rally. Clean Communities, a division of the township’s Public Works Department, will offer recycling and storm water pollution prevention tips as well as a fun, educational show about recycling for the children.
Parking is limited at Croydon Hall. Park at Bayview Elementary School or Kunkel Park and ride the free shuttle to and from the Middletown Day grounds. All shuttle bus riders can enter a contest to win free prizes. Continuous round trip shuttle services is provided every 5 to 10 minutes.
Visit www.middletownnj.org or call 732-615-2260 for more information. Middletown Day is hosted by the Middletown Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department in partnership with the Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council. The festival is funded entirely by sponsorship from businesses and community organizations. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.