Paper Mill Playhouse Celebrates 71st Season With A Free Community Event

MILLBURN—Paper Mill Playhouse will host a community event to celebrate the opening of the 2009-2010 season.  The Little House on the Prairie Harvest Festival will be held in Taylor Park and Main Street in Downtown Millburn on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 1 until 5 p.m.

This free, fun-filled event for the entire family will feature a live blue-grass band, a live country-rock band, professional and amateur square-dancing, free pony rides, free petting zoo, free hayrides, free face painting, a pie baking contest, a Prairie-themed costume contest, specialty foods, an appearance by cast members from Little House on the Prairie-The Musical.


Bring your favorite lawn chair out to Taylor Park for four hours of continuous country music. The Lewis Brothers are the tri-state area’s best-known bluegrass band. The current incarnation is a five-piece band featuring banjo, dobro, mandolin, guitar and stand up bass.

The group, heavily influenced by Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe, features along with Wanamaker Lewis on banjo, Peter Lorch on guitar and vocals, Jim Heffernan on dobro-the area’s best-Larry Hunsberger on mandolin and vocals, and Lewis Brothers stalwart Ron Greenstein on bass. Outstanding instrumentals and great vocals with tight three-part harmony highlight this top-notch band’s profile.

The Lewis Brothers will alternate sets with The Classix. With their big blues, country, southern rock and classic rock sound, The Classix have been launching crowds throughout the United States onto the dance floor since 1999. The Classix play all the popular favorites plus a sophisticated selection of original tunes that will leave the crowd begging for more.

For the kids, Paper Mill Playhouse is offering, free pony rides, a large petting zoo, and horse-drawn hayrides. Happy Tales is New Jersey’s original traveling petting zoo & farm with friendly farm animals, pony rides and horse-drawn hayrides.  There will be a children’s area set up on the Main Street side of Taylor Park.  Kids should also prepare their best prairie outfits for the costume contest with fun prizes for kids.

For the adults, put on your baking gloves and get ready for Millburn’s Premier Pie-Baking Contest with multiple prizes for best looking pie and best tasting pie. To register your participation for the Pie Baking Contest, call Amanda Householder at Paper Mill Playhouse, 973-379-3636, ext. 2645.

Food vendors will be selling refreshments on Main Street throughout the day or make it a picnic and bring your own meal.

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