NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - “The best laid schemes o’ mice and men gang aft a-gley,” which means plans often must be changed. The New Providence Tricentennial Committee knows just what that means, but members are not put off.
The Turkey Dinner, scheduled for April 25, has been postponed. As many of you know, New Providence was once known as Turkey Town, and then just Turkey, because of the many wild birds that roamed the streets of the settlement. The current name came into being when the balcony of the town’s Presbyterian Church collapsed while being worked on, miraculously causing no harm to the people below. The town’s folks considered that an act of Divine Providence, and thus the current name.
Due to the impact of the coronavirus, current tentative plans call for the dinner to be held on Saturday, Oct. 17.
The next planned event, which New Providence looks forward to each year, is the Memorial Day Parade, scheduled for May 25. Put on by American Legion Post 433, the parade honors all of those people who have volunteered their time, and often their lives, for our country. Members of the Tricentennial Committee will be putting together an entry in the Parade. Again, the hope is things have calmed down by that time so that the participants can pay their respects. The march is to begin on Springfield and Central Avenues and end at the American Legion Hall on Elkwood Avenue next to the library. Committee members hope it goes on as scheduled.
Heritage Day is planned for June 14, Flag Day, to celebrate the history of New Providence from Turkey to today with food, music, contests and more. It is to take place on and around Academy Street and surrounding areas, ending at the American Legion Hall, where the annual flag retirement ceremony is to take place. It promises to be a great day for all.
The last event is still in the planning stages. It is best described as an old-fashioned community carnival and “birthday party” for New Providence which is slated to take place on the grounds of New Providence High School, on Saturday, Sept. 26. Rides, games, food and entertainment will be offered. As well as a big birthday cake for N.P…..300 Years of Pioneers! There are several other exciting things being looked at for inclusion.