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Newark’s Jubilee

By Linda Tancs

Newark, New Jersey, the state’s largest city, is celebrating the big 3-5-0 this year. Founded in 1666 by Puritan colonists, the city promises a jubilee celebration worthy of its history and contemplative of its future. Part of a yearlong commemoration of Newark’s 350th anniversary is Founders Weekend Festival this weekend. Appropriately enough, the event will be held in Military Park. Originally laid out in 1667 when the city was planned, the park’s six acres first functioned as a training ground for soldiers, serving as a camp for George Washington’s troops during the Revolutionary War retreat of 1776. Thomas Paine also began writing the first lines of his essay “These are the Times that Try Men’s Souls” while encamped there. Headliners for the festival include Newark’s local hometown heroes and international recording artists Faith Evans, Naughty by Nature, Cissy Houston and India. Kids will be sure to love the new carousel in the park, comprising 16 beautifully painted horses representing actual steeds depicting aspects of the city’s history.

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