BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- On a drizzly, chilly Friday evening, signs in Bernardsville informed bypassers that the scheduled "Sounds Around Town" even has been rescheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Residents of Bernardsville and the surrounding communities will have a chance to walk through the borough and take in a diverse selection of musical offerings at the 17th Sounds Around Town event.
Billed as a "music stroll through Bernardsville," the event hosted by the borough's Chamber of Commerce will feature bands and singers offering an electic selection of different musical genres on virtually every street corner around town.
More than just music, Sounds Around Town is also an evening when local merchants will be offering their products at reduced prices during the evening's sidewalk sales, there will be classic cars from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and local retailers also will be offering special promotions.
"It’s been five years since the last time the Chamber of Commerce did Sounds Around Town," Bernardsville Mayor Mary Jane Canose said. "They are doing it again now by popular demand. It is a great event. They always get a big crowd, and different venues all around town have different bands.
"They usually have a rock band right in Quimby Square on the island, and they also have vendors, stores do sidewalk sales," Canose said. "This is a great opportunity for businesses and the community."
Canose pointed out that the borough needed to get approval from Somerset County and the state of New Jersey to use the island in Quimby Square. Additionally, because the event will be starting during Friday rush hour, travelers should be advised that there will be closures along parts of Route 202 (Mine Brook Road) in and near the center of town.
The rain date for Sounds Around Town was set for Saturday, Sept. 7 at the time the original date was set at Sept. 6.