Arts & Entertainment

Five Nights of Fun in Berkeley Heights at the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Lou Vispoli, Pat Capone, and Anton Delia, members of the Mount Camel Society at the beer and wine garden. Credits: Julia Torsiello
Festival goers get on line for amusement rides at the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Credits: Julia Torsiello
Food and fun at the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Credits: Julia Torsiello

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - If opening night is any indication of what’s to come, local residents can expect nothing short of a good time at the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Last night marked the beginning of this year’s festival, which is still going strong in its 103rd year.

“My parents started [the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel],” Anton Delia, a member of the Mount Carmel Society, explained. “It’s something to keep going,” Delia added, illustrating just how important this event is to the people who organize it.

The amount of work that the Mount Carmel Society put into planning the feast was apparent in the many attractions there.

Kids of all ages enjoyed a wide variety of amusement rides and games while adults visited the beer and wine garden. Festival goers ate from a multitude of food vendors, munching on delicious treats like cheesesteaks, calzones, zeppoles, fried oreos, Italian ice, popcorn, candy apples, funnel cakes, hotdogs, chicken fingers, and much more.

Mount Carmel Society member Lou Vispoli told The Alternative Press that those who attend the feast can expect “crowds of happy people, good food, and the best fireworks in the nation.”

On Monday night, Investors Bank will present the longest fireworks display in the state of New Jersey at 11 p.m. “Every time they shoot [the fireworks] it’s like the finale,” said Pat Capone, another member of the Mount Carmel Society. Capone referred to the fireworks display as “phenomenal,” urging residents to come out to the spectacular event.

Adding to the longstanding tradition, members of the Mount Carmel Society will process through the streets of Berkeley Heights on Monday July 16 in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. At 8 a.m., members will meet at Little Flower Church to march on a century-long route carrying a statue in her honor.

The procession will be followed by a mass for Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 11 a.m.. After the mass, a picnic will be held in Peppertown Park for all residents of the Berkeley Heights community.

For those who weren’t able to make it last night, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will continue through Monday evening. The festival will take place on Mount Carmel Field between 6 and 11 p.m. on Friday through Sunday and from 6 p.m. until midnight on Monday.

Admission to the feast is free through Sunday, but a $10 donation is requested on Monday. “One of the purposes of [the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel,] Capone explained, “is to fund the rebuilding of the Little Flower Church.” The Mount Carmel Society sponsored the church’s renovation and will use proceeds from the festival to fund their efforts.

In addition to rides, games, and food, festival goers can enjoy live music from local bands on Sunday and Monday nights. Non-stop evening entertainment will include performances by The Barefoot Tramps, Detour, and Third Rail on Sunday night and Smashed, Rewind The Crisis, and Street Hassle on Monday night. For a complete performance schedule, please visit

Sunday night will also feature BaDaBoom!, a special kids night fireworks display presented by Overlook Medical Center.

Local residents should be advised that Springfield Avenue will close at 6 p.m. on Monday from Plainfield Avenue into Long Hill Township.

The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is made possible by many generous sponsors, including Investors Bank, Overlook Medical Center, Garden State Fireworks, the Township of Berkeley Heights, the County of Union, WDHA, Bud Light, 92.3 NOW, Pasqua,, WCBS FM, Budweiser, Chevrolet, Z100, Sun Drop, 106.7 Lite FM, Sunkist, Q104.3, AT&T, Power 105.1, and 103.5 KTU.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

'Tired of cronyism? Yeah, us too'

July 21, 2018

The Union County Freeholders’ decision to appoint State Senator and newly-elected Union County Democratic Chairman, Nick Scutari’s chief of staff, Ed Oatman as County Manager smelled of corruption from the start. To place a political consultant like Oatman in the role of overseeing 2,800 employees and running the day-to-day operations of the $500 million county budget suggests ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Business Features New Providence Dentistry

July 17, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto "Summer Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features New Providence Dentistry, operated by Dr. Beth Herko and her staff of ...

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...

Caring Contact Volunteer Listener Training

July 21, 2018

Caring Contact Volunteer Listener Training Fall 2018

Are you looking for a flexible, rewarding volunteer opportunity?

Have you ever been told you are a good listener?

Do you have a yearning to really make a difference?

Become a Caring and Crisis Hotline Listener.

You could save a life.

Volunteers receive 52 hours of comprehensive training in active listening, Mental Health ...

Shakespeare in the Park Returns to Union County Sunday, July 22

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the return of Shakespeare in the Park this weekend. The performance will be presented on Sunday, July 22 at 12:30 p.m. at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The Shrew Mechanicals Troupe from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present an hour long performance of “Shakespeare Gumbo,” a stirring collection of ...

Enjoy a Lifetime of Discovery in Union County Parks

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and Union County residents are invited to celebrate this year by exploring “undiscovered” programs and activities found throughout the nearly 6,200 acres of the Union County parks system.

“Union County was one of the very first counties in the United States to establish its own county-based park system for nature conservation and ...

Union County Honored for History Projects

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that two national achievement recognitions for history projects have been presented to the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

“Union County is rich in history, and this Freeholder Board is committed to engaging the public with ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, July 22, 2:00 PM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Moths and other Pollinators

Education Green


Tue, July 24, 3:00 PM

Grillestone Restaurant , Scotch Plains

Hear the Story of Amelia Earhart, America's Most ...

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


Tue, July 24, 5:30 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Summit Area YMCA Swim Team Tryouts July 24th

Health & Wellness


Tue, July 24, 5:30 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Summit Area YMCA Swim Team Tryouts July 24th

Health & Wellness


Wed, July 25, 1:30 PM

Trailside Nature & Science Center, MountainsidE

Trailside’s Annual Summer Wednesday Matinee ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sings Conclude with Verdi ...

Arts & Entertainment

Special June Episode of 'Berkeley Heights Here & Now' Features 6th Annual Street Fair

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) today announced a special edition of Berkeley Heights Here & Now is available on the Township website,


The special episode features the 6th Annual Berkeley Heights Street Fair held on June 24 and includes onsite interviews with attending residents/visitors, event ...

And Over Here is the Dining Hall 2

My very first job in admissions was while I was still an undergraduate myself as a tour guide.  Very early on they indoctrinated us with some tricks of the trade.  It’s a dining hall, not a cafeteria.  A residence hall, not a dorm.  If you have to divulge some negative bit of information, sandwich it between two positives.  There were instructions for glossing over ...

Women Have Special Financial Needs That Advisors Overlook

Women have special financial needs that advisors overlook in two ways: 1) advisors don’t always acknowledge the different planning needs women have and 2) advisors don’t always communicate well with female clients – especially if the client comes to a meeting with her husband. It’s very common for a male advisor to spend much or most of the face time in meetings talking to ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...