Autumn Lights fest date set

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:14

    WEST MILFORD-The Autumn Lights Festival returns to West Milford on Oct. 9. Now in its 10th year, this year's fall celebration will be more extensive than ever and offer something of interest for every age group. The annual festival celebrates installation of the township's first traffic signal more than a decade ago. A.L.F. festival committee Chairwoman Laurie Ardis says the business community welcomes the opportunity to show off its individual establishments as well as the township. Bearfort Shopping Village (formerly Rockport Shopping Park) plans vendors' and crafters' marts as well as games and amusements for children and live music. Live entertainment is planned at both Town Hall and Bearfort Shopping Village, among other sites. The West Milford Presbyterian Church is again expected to host its delicious chicken barbeque. Running and biking enthusiasts may want to take part in either the 5K foot race to benefit Juvenile Diabetes or the Jonathan Eisman Scholarship bike ride. For history buffs, the day can include visits to the West Milford Museum and Historic Long Pond Ironworks where special demonstrations and displays are planned. Pinecliff Lake Community Club on Union Valley Road is planning to host its Oktoberfest Open Haus featuring German food and drink. The festival committee also plans a children's carnival, and Friends of Greenwood Lake Airport have set Young Eagles Day to introduce young visitors to the excitement of flight. Representatives of local civic groups are urged to call Laurie Ardis 973-697-1092 for information. Vendors and crafters may contact Pat Golczewski 973-728-2386 for space and fee information. Business sponsors are urged to phone Lorraine Kirwan 973-853-5530 and the contact for the 5K-foot race is Jackie Boshart 973-728-4622.