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September on High Street

by Marianne Lods, Executive Director, Millville Development Corporation

The Glasstown Arts District (Main Street Millville) is in the midst of public project including a mural creation for its Creative Placemaking grant that was awarded recently. Artist Kenneth Lazan Faulk, Jr. of Atlantic City, has just completed the first painted piece at 19 N. High Street.

The location is fondly referred to as the “tunnel.” This historic area between two buildings erected in the early 1900s, was a cut-through for livery stables in the rear of those properties.

For several years, local musician Kevin Smith, aka “The Troubadour KP,” along with other talented entertainers would set up in the tunnel to play live on Third Fridays. With that in mind, Main Street posted Requests for Proposals to the artist community. A musical-themed mural was a mandatory element of the design. Faulk’s mural design captured all the elements that the arts district was looking to include.

Now with its completion, The Troubadour KP remarks, “This is terrific! Would love to plan live music back in the tunnel again.”

Smith adds, “The Troubadour KP will be performing there this coming Third Friday, September 20, from 6 to 9 p.m., with an interesting assortment of guest performers. He welcomes all the old fans of the The Troubadour Tunnel to stop by and enjoy the vibes of old as well as all newcomers to this unique musical space.”

When you come out for Third Fridays on September 21 and October 18, you can enjoy the Troubadour and his band in the Tunnel.

As we look forward to autumn and the beauty of this colorful season, several special events will be held in September. On the 7th and 8th, go out to the Fairgrounds for an Apple Fest that showcases artists, craftsmen, a home show, festival food, pony rides, free apples and craft making for kids and apples for sale. Enjoy the apple dessert contest, apple-butter making, and apple pie eating contest. It’s an indoor and outdoor event, pet friendly, rain or shine. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Coming up at the Arts & Innovation Center (Clay College), 321 N. High Street, on Saturday, September 21, is the Fine Arts & Crafts Fair a collaborative project between Rowan College South Jersey (Clay College) and the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts. Artists and artisans will show their beautiful works of artistry and it will be for sale. The fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more details, call 856-765-0988.

September 21 is also the final Farm Market for the 2019 season. It takes place just two blocks from the Clay College in the Village on High, 501 N. High Street. End of summer produce, gourmet mushrooms, plants, honey, medicinal herb products, fresh flowers—All Jersey Fresh! Market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 856-293-0556 for more.

The last September event: Downtown Car Show sponsored by the Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce on September 28 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Vintage and antique cars will line High Street. Shops and eateries will welcome you at outdoor tables or inside their galleries, stores and dining rooms. Additional crafters will be on sidewalks. The Chamber is planning to have a Kids Zone and live music in a couple of locations. For more, call 856-825-2600.

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