FLEMINGTON, NJ – In May, Hunterdon County Commissioner J. Matthew Holt made a welcome announcement for residents and families of Flemington and Raritan Townships as the 2021 summer free public concerts “Music Under the Stars ”in Hunterdon County will now take place at Deer Path Park in Flemington.
Four concerts planned for the summer will no longer be just drive-in events, following plans and makeshift accommodations at the South County Park Fairgrounds that the County Parks Division staged during the pandemic last summer.
Holt explained that with the updated plan for Deer Path Park to serve as a concert venue, “families and friends can once again bring their blankets and chairs to enjoy the music outdoors.” He said public health and safety protocols will be followed based on what’s in place “at any given time,” leaving some room for necessary modifications.
Each of the concerts organized by the county is free and open to the public.
The current 2021 schedule for the county’s outdoor concert series – each starting at 7 p.m. – begins with Hunterdon Symphony on June 17. Next up will be a Southern Steel concert, “Jersey’s Own Guitar Army” on July 8th.
The Flemington-based barber shop choir Hunterdon Harmonizers arrives on stage July 22 and the summer finale is August 5 with the band Captain Jack Billy Joel Tribute.
The County Council meeting agenda for June 1 includes a resolution authorizing Council Director Susan J. Soloway to sign contractual agreements with these four groups who will perform as part of the concert series. 2021 “Music Under the Stars”.
“Due to the relaxation of state emergency orders and the ability to safely assemble outdoors while following current CDC guidelines, the Parks Division felt it was fair to return to Deer Path Park for the summer concert series, ”said Holt. “Deer Path Park is a great place that welcomes more people. It serves larger crowds and has excellent parking. The county has been hosting phenomenal concerts there for many, many years.
“Life is slowly coming back to normal,” he added. “We are grateful to the Parks and Recreation Division for providing family-oriented activities throughout the pandemic, ensuring everyone is safe and entertained.”
Parks division chief Dan Bush said they always ask everyone to follow CDC guidelines during events.
“As we continue to reopen our facilities and popular events, we ask everyone to continue to be considerate and follow all CDC guidelines and state executive decrees that are in place on the occasion of each event. “, did he declare. “We encourage the community to attend concerts and drive-thru movies and enjoy the county parks.”
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any of the county parks, but food is permitted.
Hunterdon County will still be holding outdoor movies in the grounds of the South County Park Fairgrounds this summer. The Driving Movies will take place on September 4 and 18, with specific movie titles to be announced, and the rain dates for 2021 are September 9 and 23.
Holt said South County Park has better facilities “in terms of vehicle use to accommodate drive-through movies.”
Holt noted on May 18 that the county park facilities will continue to be rented out for group gatherings and events, including pavilions and gazebos in the outdoor park. Some of those available include Court Street Park in Flemington, Deer Path Park Lookout, Hunterdon County Arboretum Gardens, and South County Park.
“Outdoor park facilities are bookable under all county limits in terms of guidelines,” Holt said. “If you are interested, contact the Hunterdon County Parks Division for more information at 908-782-1158 or email [email protected]”
He also indicated that the indoor park facilities at Echo Hill Park (Clinton Township) and Hunterdon County Arboretum are still in use for certain operational needs of the county and therefore cannot be put into use yet. available for reservations.