OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The township's second Fall Fest at Palaia Park was a day-long treat under warm sunny skies as visitors of all ages gathered for the season-welcoming event.
The traditions of the fire department's Oakhurst and Wanamassa companies excited kids and parents on the siren-sounding trip through the beautiful park forest.
A friendly dinosaur got everyone's attention, and a bit of "oh my" from those youngest who reached out to touch the friendly mammoth.
Mrs. Lucretia Garfield (aka Ocean Township Museum's Heather MacDonald) was there in a brilliant blue bonnet and matching dress to talk about life in those days. She was the wife of President James Garfield, a brilliant man in his own right.
A young entrepreneur, Tim, a teenage photographer was at his display showing his camera talents. Cub Scouts from Wayside Pack 36 invited other boys to join the cub pack.
The League of Women Voters reminded the crowd of the upcoming elections in November and encouraged local commitment to our democracy, for the people and by the people.
Councilwoman Donna Schepiga, the Recreation Committee liaison had strong support as she used the day to thank all and to look for other Fest opportunities for next year. The event is becoming annualized and Donna is making sure that includes even better Fall Fests.
Councilman John Napolitano was there lending support in the early part of the day.
A mixture of fun and play was demonstrated by the Clean Community of Ocean Township's staged comedic stars emphasizing how garbage and other pollutants can be managed with care and awareness, as two comedians joked with the youngsters at stage side about a better, cleaner way to have a Community of Gracious Living.
Dee Jay Bob Bart supplied the music. It was fun and it was positive for everyone.