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Rotary Family Festival Returns

Four-day event set for Sept. 8-11.

The and Florham Park announced the return of the Rotary Family Festival at Florham Park, Sept. 8-11. 

The four-day festival will be held adjacent to the Jets' Atlantic Health  Training Center at 180 Park Ave. in Florham Park, on 20-plus acres donated by The Rockefeller Group, the clubs said in a release.
 
The carnval/fundraiser enables both Rotary Clubs to continue to support community projects and non-profit groups in these difficult times. 

The festival will include a full carnival with rides and games. It will also have a food court with a diverse range of foods, beverages (non-alcoholic) and desserts. Entertainment will include musical and theatrical performances arranged by the Madison Arts & Cultural Alliance. A bocce tournament will be held, the proceeds of which will benefit the . Proceeds from games of chance will benefit the Madison Athletic Foundation.

New this year is “Japan Day NJ,” celebrating Japanese arts and culture. This will include demonstrations of martial arts, ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), Taiko drum performance, and more on Sept. 10 from noon until 6 p.m.

A fireworks display presented by the Garden State Fireworks Co. will take place Saturday evening at 9:30 p.m. 

The live entertainment schedule includes The Frost Kings, Alex Vezza and No Shame, Bob Rocco and Jumping the Gun, Dance Innovations Performance Company, Moss Points North, and the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. The Marching Dodgers are also tentatively scheduled.
 
The festival runs on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 from 5 to 10 p.m. and on Sept. 10 and 11 from noon to 10 p.m. On-site parking is free, and handicap-accessible parking will be available.

Daily admission is $5. A four-day Festival Pass is $10. Discount tickets for carnival rides will be available after Aug. 15 at Florham Park Borough Hall, Florham Park Liquors and Florham Park Diner. In Madison, discount tickets will be available at , and Boutique.

The festival is sponsored by St. Clare’s Healthcare System and AAA of Florham Park. Organizations and individuals interested in sponsorship opportunities may contact Program Chair Ellsworth Havens at ellsworthhavens@msn.com.

Carmela Moeller August 13, 2011 at 05:30 PM
The Rotary Family Festival is a fine example of collaboration between two Rotary Clubs (of Madison & Florham Park) assisting other local non-profits through a single venue. In other words, non-profits helping other non-profits. The Bocce Tournament’s proceeds will benefit the Madison YMCA; the proceeds from the Games of Chance will benefit the Madison Athletic Foundation; the proceeds from Japan Day NJ will be directed to the “3/11 Fund” to benefit Japanese charities for tsunami relief. Entertainment during the four- day event is being organized by the Madison Arts & Cultural Alliance (MACA), a local non-profit organization fostering collaborations with arts & cultural organizations, educators, civic & community groups, and citizens at large. The Family Festival will provide fun for all while benefiting others…a win-win situation!

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