The following is a letter to the editor from the Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy.
President Grover Cleveland would have been proud.
More than 500 people turned out on Sept. 21 to celebrate his namesake park’s 100th anniversary. Grover Cleveland Park’s Centennial Celebration was hosted by the not-for-profit Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy in conjunction with the Essex County Park System
The Five-O Trio & Friends kept a festive atmosphere with their selection of popular soft rock from decades past and present. Cloverleaf Tavern and Gelotti sold food while Stop & Shop provided water and snacks to attendees.
The GCPC displayed its park art and historic postcard collection. Turtle Back Zoo, Hilltop Honey, Guerrero Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, pond seining, archery demonstrations by South Mountain Archery Club and the county's cider press entertained and educated the guests.
Children enjoyed having their faces transformed by face painter, Becky McDonald. And they were kept amused by a petting zoo, various crafts provided by GCPC and We Knead the Dough Cookies.
Additionally, they tried their hands at making huge soap bubbles and finding obscure information in the GCPC’s Scavenger Hunt. The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association got the kids moving in sack races.
There was plenty to delight park-goers of any age.
The next event in the centennial celebration series will be a discussion titled "Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy and the Future of the Park: Restoring and Preserving its Woodlands." It will be presented by Claudia Kolster and Caroline Mescia, current and past presidents of the GCPC.
The talk will be on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at the West Caldwell Public Library, at 30 Clinton Road in West Caldwell. For more information about the library, call 973-226-5441 or visit http://westcaldwell.bccls.org
For more information about the Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy, visit www.groverclevelandpark.org, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 973-618-9154.