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South River cultural commission plans Renaissance Faire

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SOUTH RIVER Created to preserve, promote and celebrate the borough’s history, the South River Cultural Arts and Heritage Commission is preparing for upcoming events.

The commission’s mission is to celebrate the borough’s heritage by bringing together and promoting the diverse cultures within South River through various programs and events with the hope of creating harmony and a true sense of community, according to Board Chair Teresa Hutchison.

“We are always looking for performers, artists, musicians, storytellers, writers and energy to participate in our programs and events,” she said.

The commission hold its meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month in the Human Services Building’s third conference room, located at 55 Reid St.

Comprised of 11 members, the commission was established about 10 years ago and sponsors several community events throughout the year, such as the annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, the Renaissance Faire and museum walking tours, Hutchison said.

The commission’s next event is its second annual Renaissance Faire that will be held Sept. 24 at Edward A. Grekoski Park, located at 319-373 Whitehead Ave.

“Admission is free and we ask all who attend to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the South River Food Bank. It will be an afternoon of family-friendly fun, delicious food and wonderful entertainment. We are working on other events for the year [with] more information to follow,” Hutchison said.

Members of the commission are Vice Chair Simon Catarino, Board Secretary and Treasurer Alda Melo, Ed Adamsky, Amelia Espejo, Peter Guindi, Robyn Prasek, Cindy Wilk, Stephanie Finley, Susan Olsen, Bill Smith. The liaison to the Borough Council is Councilman Jim Gurchensky.

Hutchison said she has been a member of the commission since 2011.

“I am truly proud and honored to be serving with the members of our commission. Everyone brings their expertise, personal strengths, creativity, enthusiasm and energy to our meetings. Everyone is involved in all aspects of planning and execution of our events. I believe I can speak for all of our members and our council liaison when I say that we are all very honored to serve South River as the Cultural Arts and Heritage Commission and very much appreciate the support of our town,” she said.

Residents can show support toward the commission by enjoying its events, Hutchison said.

“We post upcoming events on our Facebook page and our council liaison or a Cultural Arts and Heritage member will announce upcoming events at council meetings,” she said. “Most importantly, show support for our fallen heroes and our veterans by coming out for our annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. On Memorial Day, and every day, please display your American flag,” Hutchison said.

For more information, visit www.southrivernj.org/CAHC_main.html, email CulturalArts@SouthRiverNJ.org, or call 732-257-1999, ext.150. 

Contact Vashti Harris at vharris@newspapermediagroup.com.

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