Markets and Murals

by Marianne Lods, Executive Director

Two events will be opening in the month of June. First, our summer Farm Market will return on every fourth Saturday, at the Village on High, 501 N. High Street, Millville, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some of your favorite vendors are returning and we have added more. They are Kumarie’s Organic Garden, Woodland Flower Farm, Erma’s Potted Plants, Baker’s Bloom Bakery, Great Full Garden, and ColorStreet.

Andy Dimacle and accompanying musicians will join the markets with live music each month beginning at 10 a.m. Andy covers the fun rock ‘n’ roll tunes of the ’70s and ’80s.

Don’t forget your shopping bags and join us June 25, July 23, August 27, and September 24.

I am pleased to announce the debut of two self-guided Mural Arts Tours. The first is in the Glasstown Arts District mainly along High Street with a few deviations. The second is at the Millville Executive Airport surrounding the Millville Army Air Field Museum and there’s another one at the NJ Motorsports Park. We are proud of the murals that have been created in the last three decades beginning with the mural on City Hall (1998) entitled “Wall of Remembrance.” It shows the history of America’s first defense airfield that trained fighter pilots during World War II.

As you read through the descriptions of the various murals, you will learn about the subject, the artists, and the organizations that commissioned each one. A lot of hard work went into raising the funds for each mural. Various grants were received while some funding included private donations.

You’ll be able to view the two tours on your cell phones. On your mobile device, put in our website: glasstownartsdistrict.com. The first photo at the top of the page is titled: “Celebrating the Arts in Multiple Ways.” In a few seconds, the second slide will appear with a photo of the Gateway Mural and titled “Mural Art Walking Tour.” Click on it and it will take you to the Tour with the listing and description of 13 murals.

When you are ready to view the second Tour, wait for the third slide at the top entitled “Mural Art Tour at the Air Field,” which shows the four murals and their history. The fifth mural is actually at the NJ Motorsports Park adjacent to the Airport. Millville Army Air Field Museum and its murals celebrate the rich history of the fighter pilots and their P47 airplanes also known as the “Thunderbolts.” Artist Sam Donovan created all of these murals along with Millville’s first on City Hall.

All of the organizations that have made these murals possible will be adding more in the future depending on the funding they are able to obtain. We all hope you will enjoy this experience. It is a great learning tool to share with your children or to show off to family and friends who visit you.

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