Vernon Day a free day of fun

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:43

Vernon - Children’s games, jewelry making, face painting, archaeological tours of the Black Creek Site, food and entertainment for all ages — that’s what can be found at the second annual Vernon Day on June 5 sponsored by the Vernon Township Recreation Committee. The event will be held at Maple Grange Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 5. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a 5K Charity Run and 1-mile walk. Register online through June 3 at and select Vernon Day 5K and walk. Registration in advance is for $18 for walkers and $20 for runners. Registration the day of the event is $25 for both walkers and runners. Funds from the 5K will benefit the Moscato family. Michelle Moscato, a VTHS graduate and Vernon resident, endured a traumatic brain injury in 2003 as a freshman in college. Historic site A highlight of the day will be archaeological tours of the prehistoric Black Creek Site. Registered professional archaeologist Bill Sandy leads the guided tour as he reenacts and tells the story of the prehistoric Indian site. The tours are free and will be held every hour on the hour from noon through 3 p.m. Tours will begin at the Black Creek Site entrance, to the left of the athletic fields. Other events There will be a DJ, games and entertainment for children, including Dora and Diego Learning Adventure, slides, jewelry making, face painting and more; food, live music, vendors, historic displays and many other features for children and adults. Food drive There will also be a food drive for the needy. Attendees who come for the fun are also asked to bring nonperishable goods to donate to a local food pantry in town that is in dire need of restocking its shelves. For information, call 973-764-4055 Ext. 2261.