ROXBURY, NJ – If Hurricane Dorian behaves as predicted - and heads out to sea later this week - clear skies and pleasant temperatures are expected for Saturday, when the 32nd Annual Olde Succasunny Day takes place in Roxbury from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Most of Main Street in Succasunna will be closed to vehicles during the day as pedestrians visit booths set up by vendors and local organizations, enjoy music and dance performances, buy (and make) crafts and taste food.
The event is co-sponsored by The First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna, the Roxbury Public Library and Succasunna United Methodist Church.
Opening ceremonies take place at 10 a.m. in front of the library with a welcome from Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo, a performance by the Roxbury High School Gaels Band and a flag salute/Pledge of Allegiance led by local Scouts.
A Tribute to an Important Family
Shortly afterward, a ceremony is scheduled inside the library where officials, including DeFillippo and library director Radwa Ali will “re-dedicate” the newly renovated Theodore F. Wolfe Room.
The room pays tribute to Dr. Theodore Wolfe and his daughter Mary Wolfe Thompson who lived in a Queen Anne style cottage at 103 Main Street. The house was purchased by The Roxbury Library Association in 1960 to become the township’s first public library a year later.
“The first library never would have existed without the vision of the Woman’s Club of Roxbury and the generosity of Mary Wolfe Thompson and Dr. Theodore Frelinghuysen Wolfe,” said Roxbury Public Library Board of Trustees President Tracy Baltz. “It was Ms. Thompson’s decision to bequeath her father’s estate to the young library that propelled it to become what it is today.”
Members of the Woman’s Club of Roxbury and the Roxbury Township Historical Society will be on hand to commemorate the legacy of the Wolfe Family.
The house that housed the first library was replaced by the current library building, but parts of it were salvaged and used in the gazebo on the library lawn.
“This year’s updates (to the Wolfe Room) truly help us pay tribute to the Wolfe Family,” said Ali. “In addition to adding new, attractive bookshelves to house books, resources and local history documents, the room also has new furniture, technology and a mural depicting a time-line of the library’s beginnings. Now everyone who makes use of the space will know about the father and daughter whose dream of a library in Roxbury became reality.”
Those interested in attending the dedication are urged to make reservations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the library at 973-584-2400.
Returning to Olde Suckasunny Day this year will be a dunk tank where people can pay a small fee for a chance at plunging town officials, including the mayor, into a tank of water. The tank will be in front of the library and the dunking will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
During the day, the library will be the site of a book, CD and DVD sale.
Rick Lansing, a member of the Presbyterian Church who helps organize Olde Suckasunny Day, said there will be more than 30 crafts people displaying their creations. The Bon Temps New Orleans-style brass band will perform a free concert of well-known jazz tunes inside the Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m., he noted.
“Suckasunny Day is about getting the community together as a family fun day,” he said. “It’s people in the community coming together to have a good time. That’s basically it. That’s what it been about for 31 years.”
To download the Olde Suckasunny Day schedule, click here.