BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Monday, July 16, the celebration of Mt. Carmel Feast continued with a procession around town, a mass at the Church of the Little Flower, and a picnic at Peppertown Park. 

The Metropolitan Festival Band played during the morning while walking in the procession, then played during the picnic. The band is a regular feature on Feast Day.

The picnic offered all comers a meal of hot dogs, sauerkraut, Italian sausage, pepper, onion and potato sandwiches, corn on the cob, baked beans, macaroni salad, and potato salad. 

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Families and friends gathered in the Park, chatting, eating and, from time to time, dancing...although mostly children danced.

it was a time for remembering past feasts and friends and sharing family stories. 

Dot Amodeo said she moved to Berkeley Heights from New Providence when she married into the Amodeo family. She first attended the Mt. Carmel Feast and joined the procession 60 years ago and, while she doesn’t always go to the fireworks on the 16th she and her family, who are long time members of Mt. Carmel Society,  always attend the picnic. Her father-in-law Anthony “Cowboy” Amodeo was the Berkeley Heights Fire Chief years ago, she said, being part of the Feast has been a family tradition for more than 100 years and will continue to be, she said. 

Tonight the fair opens at 6 p.m., but there is no parking on the site. Admission is $15 per person age six or older. Parents may purchase a bracelet to let children ride all night for $25, or buy ride tickets...for cash.

The fireworks extravaganza begins at 11 p.m.