MADISON, NJ - Saturday's weather was ideal for a fair and the residents of Madison and surrounding areas came in droves to downtown Madison to celebrate Bottle Hill Day and attend the annual Bottle Hill Day borough festival and street fair as well as stop by the popular car show.
The event, held on the first Saturday of October, was organized by the Downtown Development Commission.
Residents had the unique opportunity to go back in time with the New Jersey Frontier Guard and learn about life during the French and Indian Wars. Members of the New Jersey Frontier Guard attempted to recreate and demonstrate the crafts, skills, military activities and daily life of the mid-eighteenth century New Jersey resident.
There was live music on four different stages from local bands and the Original Music School, rock climbing, many different types of food, games for kids, and numerous booths featuring stores and vendors from the community.
Madison Cooperative Nursery School had a table at Bottle Hill Day and informed families about the education the Madison Area Y provides for youngsters. The Madison Cooperative Nursery School has been in existence for 52 years and is the oldest nursery school in Madison. Director Cheryl Piscopo said the school is different from most nursery schools.
“We have a creative and play philosophy,” Piscopo said.
At Madison Co-op, the parents participate in the classroom, providing help for the teachers and their child. They attend school once every few weeks and really seem to enjoy it, she said. While it is a lot more work for a parent, they gain much more out of it, she said.
“You need to understand what a parent wants,” Piscopo said.
Representatives from the renowned Sportscare physical therapy were there, as well. They have 50 locations throughout New Jersey and nine in Morris County. Sportscare provides occupational, pediatric and geriatric therapy. They also recently opened a hand therapy facility in Cedar Knolls.
Marketing representative Ashley Snyder said they try to provide the best care for the patients. Also, they handle physical therapy for the Brooklyn Nets, as well.
“We try to make it as fun as we can,” Snyder said. “We’re very accommodating.”
Many Madisonians also flocked to the Car Show where close to 100 cars were on display. Individuals had to sign up in advance to participate and the fire department judged each car on different categories. Some of the categories included body work, best car, best paint, best engine and best stock paint.
Mike Soroka of Gillette said he has always been passionate about cars and he was excited to be at the show. He participated in the past, but never with his 1959 Cadillac El Dorado. After getting the car as a wedding gift from his father in-law in 1988, it sat in his garage for 20 years until he restored it three years ago. He then put some money into it, remodeled it and it still drives great, he said.
Jeff Davis, who owns a body shop, Specialized Auto Craft in Chatham, said he fell in love with cars at a young age. He built his first one with his dad at the age of 16.
“It’s just been a passion,” Davis said. “I did body work to pay my way through college.”
He last attended the show in 1997, but brought a 1970 Chevy Chevelle on Saturday.