Pennington Day 2016

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Weather UpdateWeather Update: We’ve got some Good News… and some Bad News… and Some Good News!

Good News: Rain or Shine, Pennington Day will happen this Saturday, May 21, 2016. And the Hopewell Valley Arts Council has plans for great music and a good time (under tents) for Pennington Day! (See the updated details below.)

So, please come and support the local organizations  and businesses that work so hard to make this a special community day. Whatever the weather, there will be plenty of things to do and lots of fun for all!

Bad News: Unfortunately, although the forecast is improving, some of the artwork we intended to bring you is simply too fragile for the potentially wet forecast. So the Artists Walk (local art sale) is cancelled.

Good News: Although The Art of Upcycling Pop-Up Gallery will not “pop-up” at Pennington Day due to the forecast, it has been rescheduled for Pennington’s Memorial Day picnic and concert on Monday, May 30! So, let’s keep this party going and we’ll see you again next week! Now, keep scrolling below to see our final schedule for Pennington Day! And Bring It, Mother Nature!! We got this!!


website_penndayLive Jazz. Live Art.
Art in support of Sustainability.
Local Art Sale.

Come hang out and have some fun
with the Hopewell Valley Arts Council at Howe Commons!

For the third year in a row, we’ll be hosting a Pennington Day celebration of the arts at Howe Commons. (Howe Commons is the lawn in front of the Pennington Professional Center on Main Street.) And this year, we’re delighted to be kicking-off our 2016-2017 theme, the Art of Upcycling, (#HVUpcycledArt) on this special community day! We’ve got a lot planned for Pennington Day and we keep adding more. So check back frequently for updates!



Visit us at Howe Commons and enter to win an HV Arts Council Gift Pack (A $100+ value), including…

  • a 4-pack of tickets to this year’s aMAZing Pumpkin Carve at Howell Farm;
  • four Pumpkin Carve t-shirts; and
  • two packs of Hopewell Stampede notecards, featuring the colorful illustrations of the Stampede oxen!

Prize drawing will be at 4pm; the winner does not need to be present to win.
Official Rules


Become a member of the Arts Council on Pennington Day Weekend  (May 21 and 22) and we’ll include TWO TICKETS to this year’s aMAZing Pumpkin Carve, in addition to a tote bag or t-shirt! 

This year, the aMAZing Pumpkin Carve will be open for two weekends at Howell Living History Farm, October 7-10 (long Columbus Day weekend) and October 14-16. Take a look at last year’s pumpkins!

Hopewell Valley Arts Council Schedule at Howe Commons

11:30-2:30 The Jack Furlong Orchestra at the Howe Commons Patio

The Jack Furlong Jazz Orchestra

STILL ON! Get in the groove: Recording artist Jack Furlong and his 12-piece jazz orchestra will perform under a large tent (AKA, Stage 3) at Howe Commons. And we mean a LARGE tent, with plenty of room for you to hang out and enjoy some great food! Serving at the “Howe Commons Patio” will be: Jersey Devil Barbecue; WTF? Food Truck; Northeast Kettle KornUncle Ed’s Creamery; The Pennington School – Bird Feeder; The Gingered PeachArlee’s Raw Blends; and Undrgrnd Donuts.

A Pennington native, Jack Furlong got his musical start with HVRSD violin lessons in 2nd grade but fled to the alto sax for Toll Gate’s 5th Grade Band. Two music degrees and many gigs later, Jack returns to play Main Street. (And yes, “Mrs. Furlong” is his mom.) Featuring saxes, trumpets, a trombone, guitar, piano,bass, drums, and two vocalists, and led by Jack on baritone sax, the orchestra will play a diverse selection of music spanning jazz genres from swing to Latin to funk, classic standards, and even a hint of pop.

Co-sponsored by Pennington Day.

1:30 pm Live Art Demonstration with Leon RainbowNationally known graffiti artist Leon Rainbow with the Pennington Day 2015 mural

STILL ON! Get inspired: Nationally-known graffiti artist Leon Rainbow of Trenton is back at Pennington Day with the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. This year, watch as Leon reinvents a traditional wing-back chair by painting it in his signature style.

All Day Long  HV Arts Council Information TentHopewell Valley Arts Council at Pennington Day 2015 STILL ON! Get the full picture: Find out what’s happening in the local arts scene, our plans for 2016 and beyond, and how to get involved with the HV Arts Council. Join the Arts Council on Pennington Day and we’ll include two aMAZing Pumpkin Carve tickets, as well as a tote bag or t-shirt, with every new membership! 
All Day Long Pop-Up Gallery of Upcycled Art

Upcycled Cyborg Woman by Sandy Bonasera

Sandy Bonasera’s upcycled “Cyborg Woman” is part of the “Trashed” exhibit at Trenton Artworks.

RESCHEDULED! Will now “pop-up” at Pennington’s Memorial Day Picnic and Concert, Monday, May 30 at Howe Commons. Rethink your trash: See what beauty can be made out of junk we discard and send to landfills every day. This thought-provoking gallery will feature works on-loan from Terracycle, Guy Ciarcia, George Olexa, Sara Keeler, Leon Rainbow, Carl Geisler, Linda Iannacone, Sandy Bonasera, Nancy Stark, Chris Schuster, Ken McIndoe, Willie Henderson and Timberlane Middle School students. Plus, see a few the pizza box portraits from our April workshop at the Pennington Public Library.
All Day Long  Artists’ WalkArtist George Olexa CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER! Watch for the Artists Walk to return next year! Take home a treasure: Here’s the place at Pennington Day to shop the work of local artists! Among those represented will be Linda Bradshaw, Susan Ewart, Teresa Galvin Anderson, Gyuri Hollosy, Mary Michaels, Kate Eggleston, Nancy Stark and Connie Bracci-McIndoe. Stroll through the display in search of that great find, or just to window-shop.