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Summer’s Last Hurrah

by Marianne Lods, Executive Director, Millville Development Corporation

The City of Millville’s Recreation Department is sponsoring a new event in Millville’s Glasstown Arts District on Saturday, August 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a street festival on High Street between Main and Broad streets.

Chairing the event is department head Samantha Cruz who said, “Get ready for a festival like no other!” Volunteers from downtown nonprofit organizations and some business owners have worked on the event with Cruz.

Tent booths will be set up on the street with pedestrians able to walk down the middle of the street to view all of the vendors’ booths. Vendors include artists, crafters, ceramic artists, hand-crafted jewelry makers, personal services, nonprofit organizations, girl scouts, and so many more!

A food court area will be set up at High and Mulberry streets and will include tables and chairs under a tent. Some of Millville’s best eateries will be participating along with a few food trucks. They include Everything Classie Sweet Soulful Café, Mr. Frostbite’s ice cream truck, Bolt Catering, McDowell’s Mess Hall, Belly Box and Bowls food truck, and Yaya’s Frutie Favorites. Yum!

This is a family-friendly event and will include a “trackless train ride” for the kids, obstacle courses, and more fun activities.

For the kids of all ages, we will have a henna tattoo artist and a face painter.

Three bands will be set up in different locations for your enjoyment. Tony Mascara jazz band will be in the first block of High Street, the Tom Buckley Band will be set up near the Village on High in the 500 block, and The KNomads will be near the food court in front of Rowan College South Jersey. We will also have DJ Elwell at Pine Street playing all your favorite dance music.

Before the kids go back to school, visit Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center during the month of August. There is no admission fee for the entire month, and you can visit the glass museum and watch the glass artists create all types of decorative glass art. The Down Jersey Folklife Center has very colorful and informative exhibitions from various places around the globe.

WheatonArts is open April through December from Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special events are held throughout those months and hours may differ, so check the website for more and updated information:

Another fabulous place for all ages to visit with the family is the Millville Army Airfield Museum at Millville Airport. It is rich in the history of Millville and Cumberland County. The museum is free of charge; donations are very welcome and important. There are many exhibits to see indoors, and the outdoor grounds hold a large amount of military equipment. Art murals located on the buildings tell the story of the role the Airfield had in our victory during World War II.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can visit during that time or schedule a guided tour. View this tour video on their website: The tour may give you a better insight into the history that is being told here.

There is so much to see and do in Cumberland County—start your visits with these suggestions.

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