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Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th anniversary will be celebrated in Essex County Anderson Park with live music, a display of antique bicycles, children’s activities, and a theatrical living-history portrayal by Joseph Smith of Olmsted, whose extraordinary career encompassed much more than pioneering landscape design. Free.  (Raindate: May 15) Visit the Friends of Anderson Park Facebook page for any rain date rescheduling.

PuppetTime puppet show

Schedule: 1-4pm

1 p.m. The birthday party begins!

2 p.m. Tree-planting ceremony with Essex County officials

2:30 p.m. Cake! (Thank you, Brookdale ShopRite!)

2:45 p.m. Puppet show by PuppetTime, under the Olmsted Oak

3:30-4 p.m. “A Ramble With Frederick Law Olmsted” performance by actor Joseph Smith, followed by an audience Q.&A.

All Afternoon

MUSIC by Richard Stillman’s three-piece brass rhythm band

VINTAGE BICYCLES presented by the Wheelmen of New Jersey & Pennsylvania.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES near the Olmsted Oak include a scavenger hunt, crafts, a science project (“Measuring the Olmsted Oak”), sidewalk-chalk art, Victorian hoop-rolling and jump rope, and a puppet show (at 2:45 p.m.).

COMMUNITY GROUPS are here to tell you what they do:

  • Bike & Walk Montclair
  • Brookdale Park Conservancy
  • Eagle Rock Reservation Conservancy
  • Essex County Parks Archives
  • Friends of Anderson Park
  • Garden Club of Montclair
  • Montclair Environmental Commission
  • Montclair History Center
  • Victorian Society (Northern New Jersey Chapter)
The Wheelmen - riders of antique big wheel bicycles

Sponsored by Friends of Anderson Park. Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through funds administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs.


May 14, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Friends of Anderson Park
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Anderson Park
274 Bellevue Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043 United States
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(973) 495-9056
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