The Rotary Clubs of Madison and Florham Park are happy to announce the return of the Rotary Family Festival at Florham Park, September 8-11, 2011.  The four-day festival will be held on 20+ acres adjacent to the Jets Training Center at 180 Park Avenue in Florham Park, generously made available by the Rockefeller Group.   

The Festival will include a full carnival with rides and games; a food court with a diverse range of foods, beverages (non-alcoholic) and desserts.  Local food vendors include Rocco’s Tuscany Grill, David’s Rumba Café, Resto & Rob’s Bistro, Chef’s Smokehouse, and Crowley’s Cupcakes.  Entertainment will include musical and theatrical performances. Currently, sporting events include a bocce tournament.

On  Saturday, September 10 from noon until 6:00 p.m.  is “Japan Day NJ,” celebrating Japanese Arts and Culture.  This will include demonstrations of martial arts, ikebana (Japanese Flower Arranging), Taiko drum performance, tea ceremony, etc .  A fireworks display presented by the Garden State Fireworks Company will take place Saturday evening at 9:30. 

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Current entertainment schedule includes:   The Frost Kings; Alex Vezza & No Shame;  Bob Rocco & Jumping the Gun;  Dance Innovations Performance Company,  Moss Points North;   Baroque Orchestra of NJ and the Madison Marching Dodgers .   

Hours of Operation are:  Thursday (9/8): 5:00 – 10:00 pm; Friday (9/9):  5:00 – 10:00 pm; Saturday (9/10):  noon-10:00 pm;  Sunday (9/11): noon –  9:00 pm.  On-site parking is free.  Handicapped parking will be available.

 Daily admission is $5; a four-day Festival Pass is $10.00. Discount tickets for Carnival Rides and 4-day Festival Passes will be available beginning August 15 at the following locations:  Florham Park Borough Hall; Florham Park Liquors, Florham Park Diner.  In Madison, discount tickets will be available at Rocco’s Tuscany Grill; Crowley’s Cupcake,  D.Torr Boutique.

This year’s Corporate Sponsors are St. Clare’s Healthcare System and AAA of Florham Park, Madison Honda, The Rockefeller Group and Turner Construction. Organizations and individuals interested in sponsorship opportunities may contact Program Chair Ellsworth Havens at ellsworthhavens@msn.com.

The Rotary Family Festival is a fine example of collaboration between two Rotary Clubs (of Madison & Florham Park) assisting other local non-profits through a single venue.   In other words, non-profits helping other non-profits.  The Bocce Tournament’s proceeds will benefit the Madison YMCA; the proceeds from the Games of Chance will benefit the Madison Athletic Foundation; the proceeds from Japan Day NJ will be directed to the “3/11 Fund” to benefit  Japanese charities for tsunami relief.  

Entertainment during the four- day event is being organized by the Madison Arts & Cultural Alliance (MACA), a local non-profit organization fostering collaborations with arts & cultural organizations, educators, civic & community groups, and citizens at large.  The Family Festival will provide fun for all while benefiting others…a win-win situation!  Visit our website:  www.madisonrotarynj.org.