MADISON, NJ - Under sunny skies and with summer-like temperatures, residents of Madison and neighboring areas gathered for Bottle Hill Day on Saturday.

The event is Madison’s annual town festival and street fair that features everything from food and entertainment to community organizations, businesses, vendors, sidewalk sales and antique cars. There were also many family activities that included the “Family Fun Zone” with rides and inflatables. The day wrapped up with a firework display at the Drew University campus.

Bottle Hill Day was created more than 30 years ago and now attracts between 10,000 and 20,000 visitors to Madison. It is organized by the Downtown Development Commission (DDC) and was chaired this year by Lisa Ellis, who has been a member of the commission since 2008.  This event highlights the town’s offerings and promotes local businesses.

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In his opening comments, Mayor Robert H. Conley spoke of the fact that Madison is commemorating its 125th anniversary and that Bottle Hill Day highlights the celebration. Conley told TAP into Madison, “The weather is beautiful. This is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s terrific to see all of the volunteer organizations representing the great things they do.”

The Madison Area YMCA was one of the local organizations represented.  Natalie Merizio, who is the member services director, commented, “This is a great way for the Madison Area Y to showcase all that we offer to the community.”

Peggy Oakes, one of the volunteers representing the Madison Public Library, said, “I feel honored to be a board member of the Friends of the Madison Public Library.”

Lauren Zurich, an intern at the Madison Health Department, was pleased to be at Bottle Hill Day to increase awareness about flu shots and the fact that is “Fall Prevention Awareness Week.”

With The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison in full swing, Rick Engler and Elizabeth Greenfield were on hand to tell guests about their upcoming show, Henry VIII.

Madison residents Russ Stern, Mike Kopas and Mark Fabyanski organized the popular “Beer Garden” that served Oktoberfest beers. They agreed that the day was a chance for the community to gather with friends and transform the downtown into an area that includes intergenerational socializing.

Isaac Beal of Madison attended Bottle Hill Day with his young sons, Benjamin and Oliver. Beal said, “The boys enjoy coming out for this. There is plenty to do and it is great for families.”

Pamela Posnock of Florham Park came out with her daughters, Hailee and Jessica.  Posnock said, “We love Bottle Hill Day.”

The Madison Downtown Development Commission is the organization of community volunteers that helps organize May Day, the Farmers Market, Taste of Madison, University Town Tour, New Parking Signs and Window Contests.  For more information visit the town’s web site at