SOMERVILLE, NJ - The open invitation from the Downtown Somerville Alliance asked visitors to "Show Their Local Love," by offering a full day of sidewalk sales, specials on merchandise and a suggestion to lounge and picnic on the lawn of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse after purchasing food-to-go from restaurants lining Main Street,
Mother Nature cooperated - the event had been postponed because of bad weather on Aug. 29 - and provided sunny skies and temperatures in the '70s. Main Street restaurants and retail stores, the Division Street pedestrian mall and the courthouse lawn were busy all day, with a mini-concert by the Chloe Bee Trio in front of the courthouse, followed by a hard-hitting three-hour performance by the Bob Lanza Blues Band on the Division Street Summer Stage from 6-9 p.m.
There were bargains to be had, with discounts at many stores and free giveaways.
From the Hive Honey Shop on Division Street was offering free samples outside the store, and ReDelico's Paint on West Main Street had a cart in front of its store offering free gallons of paint.
And for music lovers, Bob Lanza was handing out free CDs.
The Downtown Somerville Alliance is a TAPinto marketing partner.