American History, Music Blend At Olde Towne Independence Celebration

PISCATAWAY – Celebrate the nation’s birth during an afternoon of history and song on Thursday, July 4, at East Jersey Olde Towne Village at 1050 River Road in Piscataway.

The free program, “Rays of Light and Glory,” features Robert Mouland, a musician, historian and storyteller who uses period instruments and clothing to educate and entertain. He will highlight the melodies and songs that played an important role during America’s struggle for freedom during the 18th century.

Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

With quick wit, superb musicianship and dedication to detail, Mouland is a favorite with audiences of all ages. “Rays of Light and Glory” has been called “a concert, lecture and discussion all at one time.”

“I commend The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission for offering such a diverse array of programming.” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “Historic East Jersey Olde Towne is the perfect location to experience history.”

“Middlesex County has a wealth of history and culture and it is our responsibility as elected officials to ensure that history is not only made available to our residents, but is celebrated and preserved,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “On behalf of the Freeholder Board I encourage residents to come to this event and help us keep history alive.”

The program is free to attend, but registration is required. Please specify which time you would like to attend. For more information and to register for either the 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. session, call 732-745-3030. Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay Service.

East Jersey Olde Towne Village is a fully accessible site. An Assistive Listening System will be in use during the program. An American Sign Language interpreter is available with a prior request. Wheelchairs are also available for visitors who may need assistance from the parking lot to the program. All special requests can be made at the time of registration.

Village programs are funded in part by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

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