BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Peppertown Park will be filled with art on Saturday, May 19, when the “Art in the Park” fundraiser for the park debuts.

Council members gave their approval to the project at the Feb. 20 meeting of the council. Midge Vicendese, a member of the Peppertown Park Renewal Committee, gave council members an overview of the event, which is still in the planning stages. The park is located in the heart of downtown Berkeley Heights, near the train station. Those who are working to renew the park have said they hope it will become a cultural hub, where concerts and other live events will be held on a yet-to-be-built permanent stage or gazebo of some sort. 

Vicendese said “Art in the Park” will be a “family-friendly event.” Artists from around the area, not just Berkeley Heights, will be invited to pay a fee for a space in which they will be able to set up, display and sell their art, she said. There will also be a children’s art space, where children will be able to create their own art work to take home and possibly even a “chalk garden” where children and adults can decorate a sidewalk. Some activities would be free, others would cost a nominal fee, she said.

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The event will also feature a 50/50 and, if artists donate a piece of their work, possibly an auction of some sort. All the proceeds from the day's activities will be used for the renovation and renewal of Peppertown Park , which was first announced in October 2016. In June 2017, the committee held a Bocce Tournament as the first fund-raiser for the park.

More information will be available when the plans are firmed up. In the meantime, artists start gathering your best work and wait for the "Call for Artists" to be issued.