SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Despite some concerns about the weather, South Orange Village President Sheena Collum declared that Saturday night's South Orange Train Station Centennial celebration would continue as village staff and event team volunteers prepared for rain with tent rentals and utilized covered and indoor spaces in and around the station for the event.
The “roaring-twenties”-themed party, complete with period attire, was held in celebration of the 100th birthday of the South Orange Train Station. Livingston Mayor Al Anthony and other out-of-towners like former Governor Richard Codey, county freeholders including Livingston's Pat Sebold and other local mayors were also on hand to celebrate.
"The South Orange Train Station has always been a tremendous convenience for Livingston residents and commuters to New York City and is the destination site of our jitney service from the Livingston Mall," said Anthony. "As such, it was a great joy participating in the 100th anniversary celebration of the train station on Saturday night. It was a fun, themed event hosted by my good friend Village President Sheena Collum, who continues to do a great job in South Orange."
According to organizers, the event, which ran from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sloan Street, included complimentary hors d’oeuvres from the era, a cash bar with beer, wine and a special Centennial Cocktail, a 20-piece live jazz and swing band, and a brief presentation at 7 p.m. when a historian shared period photos and take the audience "back in time."
Thanks to the generous support of event sponsors, all ticket sales proceeds will go directly to a newly established “Fund for South Orange Station," dedicated to improving and beautifying the South Orange Station as it begins its second century of service.
"I think we can all agree the station needs some love and we’ve got a great plan for beautification including lighting upgrades and murals," said Collum. "If you [couldn't] attend the event, please consider making a donation."
Built in 1916 by architect Frank J. Nies, the South Orange Train Station was designed in the Renaissance Revival style and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Today, it is the busiest stop on the Morris & Essex Line with over 4,000 boarders a day.