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South Orange Train Station 'Roaring Twenties' Centennial Celebration on for Sat., Oct. 1

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Historical photo of the South Orange train station. Credits: Thomas Vilardi
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Historical Photo of the South Orange Train Station Credits: Thomas Vilardi
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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - "The party will go on!" stated South Orange Village President Sheena Collum via email on Sept. 30, sharing the decision to hold Saturday night's South Orange Train Station Centennial celebration despite some concerns about the weather.

Collum explained, 'there’s still a chance of light rain but our staff and event team volunteers are completely prepared with tent rentals and utilizing covered and indoor spaces in and around the station."

Saturday night's event is a celebration of the 100th birthday of the South Orange Train Station, and is a “roaring-twenties” themed party, with period attire welcome.

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According to organizers, the event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sloan Street, will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres from the era, a cash bar with beer, wine and a special Centennial Cocktail, a 20-piece live jazz and swing band, and a brief presentation at 7:00 p.m. when a historian will share period photos and take the audience "back in time." 

Discounted online ticket sales are available until midnight on Friday, Sept. 30 at www.SOStation100.com, $25 per person online and $30 at the door.  Thanks to the generous support of event sponsors, all ticket sales proceeds will go directly to a newly established “Fund for South Orange Station," dedicated to improving and beautifying the South Orange Station as it begins its second century of service.  

"I think we can all agree the station needs some love and we’ve got a great plan for beautification including lighting upgrades and murals.  So if you can’t attend the event, please consider making a donation," wrote Collum via email.

Logistical information:

  • Sloan Street will be closed between South Orange Avenue and the circle at 1st Street beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.  Attendees should park in the Sloan Street Lot, the Firehouse Lot, or the NJ Transit Lot. 
  • Alcohol will be served at this event so please don’t forget to bring your IDs (even if you think you look old enough). 
  • Young adults and kids under 21 years old are welcome to join the celebration as the Village will be providing ample security within the event area. 

Built in 1916 by architect Frank J. Nies, the South Orange Train Station was designed in the Renaissance Revival style and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Today, it is the busiest stop on the Morris & Essex Line with over 4,000 boarders a day.

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