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HAPPY BIRTHDAY PENNSAUKEN!
On February 18, 1892, the State of New Jersey officially created the municipality known as Pennsauken Township. A lot has changed in Pennsauken during the last 125 years: the population has boomed to over 35,000 people from diverse cultures and backgrounds; over the last six years, businesses have invested over $100 million into the community; the town was identified as one of the top 40 commuter cities in New Jersey, with access to several major highways and three train stations; and has been home to professional athletes, prominent educators, successful business people, talented artists, and dedicated public servants.
To celebrate Pennsauken’s past, as well as to get excited about the Township’s future, a variety of events are being planned as part of a year-long, community-wide celebration.
As a signature event for Pennsauken’s 125th anniversary, the Township has planned a gigantic community-wide birthday bash on Sunday, August 27, held from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Pennsauken Community Recreation Complex, located at Westfield and Bethel avenues.
“We’ve put together quite a birthday party to help the town celebrate our 125th anniversary,” says Bill Orth, Pennsauken Township Committee. “This event isn’t just for Pennsauken residents and our neighbors. This party serves as a homecoming for those who have moved away from town.”
The summertime birthday bash has something for everyone. For the foodie, there will be a diverse selection of food trucks, including Mary’s Mobile Diner, Cooper River Lunch and Munch, Lil Trent’s Grille, Kona Ice, Dump-n-Roll, Not Your Mama’s Tacos, Mannino's Cannoli Express, Mannino’s Pizzeria Express, PJ's Pub, and Beast of the Street, offering a wide variety of fare. There will also be a craft beer and wine garden provided by P.J. Whelihan's. For the music lover, there will be live performances from the Collins/Flynn Band, the popular cover band playing classic pop hits of the 1960's – everything from the Beatles to the “one hit” wonders; the Sensational Soul Cruisers, an 11-piece band with horns fronted by four soulful vocalists who pay homage and tribute to classic performers from Otis Redding and the Drifters to Barry White and the Commodores; and AM Radio, playing “all the songs you grew up listening to, even the ones you’ve forgotten.” And for families, there are games for both kids and adults; inflatable bounce houses; meet and greets with costumed characters; kid-friendly entertainment, including balloon twisting and face painting; and more.
A special guest attending Pennsauken’s 125th birthday bash is none other than Greg “The Bull” Luzinski, the hard swinging left fielder that helped the Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series in 1980. Luzinski will be available for autographs and photo opportunities between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring blankets for when the sun goes down; an intense fireworks display will cap off a day of fun and festivities.
“This birthday bash is a wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate a community 125 years in the making,” says Pennsauken Mayor Betsy McBride. “My colleagues and I on Township Committee hope that all of our Pennsauken families join us for this special event.”
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- Kids activities, including petting zoo, video game truck, balloon twisting, and face painting - 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
- Magic show - 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- Police dog demonstrations - beginning at 4:00 p.m.
- Princess/Superhero appearances - 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
- Greg Luzinski - 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
- Collins/Flynn Band - 4:15 to 5:00 p.m.
- Sensational Soul Cruisers - 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
- AM Radio - 7:10 to 8:00 p.m.
- Fireworks - 8:15 p.m.
Kick-Off Event, February 18, 2017
Pennsauken Township is putting together a special “Pennsaukenopoly” keepsake board game in conjunction with the town’s 125th anniversary.
The game will be filled with a variety of local businesses, who sponsored the production of the game by purchasing spaces on the board; there will also be several Township landmarks highlighted, such as the Pennsauken Free Public Library and the historic Burrough-Dover and Griffith Morgan Houses.
Current plans are to make the game available prior to the holidays for purchase.
Throwback Thursdays On Channel 19
As part of the Township’s celebration of Pennsauken’s 125th anniversary, Channel 19 Pennsauken Television is going into its archives for “Throwback Thursdays.” Every Thursday throughout 2017, Pennsauken Television will air a variety of shows and programming from the channel’s history.
This “retro” programming will be broadcast throughout the day on Thursdays, allowing viewers several opportunities to watch.
- The Merchantville-Pennsauken Water Commission have installed a special 125th anniversary logo on its three million-gallon water tank, located on the corner of Park Ave. and Haddonfield Rd.
- Special banners commemorating Pennsauken’s 125th anniversary, which can be hung inside or outside of area businesses, are being offered to companies for purchase
- As part of the Friends of the Pennsauken Free Public Library 10th annual Art Show and Sale this April, the organization received submissions with a “Pennsauken” theme
- Banners with the 125th anniversary logo will line Westfield Ave. for the entire year
- “Our Town,” the 1950s-era film that highlighted Pennsauken, will be aired on Channel 19; in addition, a new video, “Our Town… Today,” will be produced by Pennsauken Television