SPARTA, NJ – Several events are on the calendar for this first week end of August in and around Sparta.

On Thursday night the Sparta Elks be once again selling their “push cart” hotdogs on the board walk as they do every Thursday night in the summer.  This week’s special is pulled pork hot dogs.  This event runs from 7 until 10 p.m. and includes hospitality in their newly refurbished Boardwalk room. 

An original production H + T in P (Hamlet and Tusenbach in Purgatory) will debut on the stage at Sparta High School’s auditorium.  The curtain rises on the “tragicomedy in one act” at 7 p.m. The play was written and directed by Sparta High School alumnus James Costello.  Tickets are available at the door for $15, a senior discount will be offered as well.

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On Friday evening the Sparta VFW continues their weekly summer barbecue.  Dinners of chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs and sides and soft drinks can be eaten at the newly refurbished VFW or taken home. 

The Sparta Summer Concert Series continues with “award winning blues guitarist Murali Coryell,” according to event organizers.   The free performance will begin at 7 p.m. on the outdoor Nicholson Pavilion stage at Dykstra Park.  In the event of rain, the concert will be moved into the Mohawk Avenue School auditorium.   

The New Jersey State Fair kicks off on Friday at the Fair Grounds in Branchville.  Gates open from 10 a.m until 10 p.m.

On Saturday the Sparta Library will be showing the movie Mother’s Day, rated PG -13.  The free movie will be shown at noon in the lower level of the library.  Registration is required.