On Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, shoppers can go to the mall or buy on the internet, but they will not find the talented and unique artisans who help transform Anderson Park in Upper Montclair into a Fine Art and Fine Craft Gallery. The 29th annual Fine Art and Crafts at Anderson Park, a juried show, is scheduled rain or shine, from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Co-sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Janet and Howard Rose of Rose Squared Productions, Inc., the free-to-the-public show will feature over 150 fine artists, photographers and artisans in glass, clay, clothing, leather, wood, jewelry and much more. A variety of food and specialty foods will be offered.
Anderson Park is located on the corner of North Mountain Avenue and Bellevue Avenue in Upper Montclair. The hours of the free event are 10am-5pm, rain or shine.
Anderson Park is a 14.85-acre, small suburban park in Upper Montclair, bordered by North Mountain Avenue, Parkside Road, Bellevue Avenue, and NJ Transit train tracks.
Originally called "Montclair Park," this parkland was transferred to the Essex County Park Commission from the Town of Montclair in 1901. In 1909 the town requested the name be changed in honor of its original donor, C.W. Anderson.
As in the case of much of county parkland, this land was originally low and swampy. With underdrainage and fill, the trapezoidal-shaped tract was transformed into a beautifully landscaped park, featuring large shade trees and sprawling lawns. The design for the park was completed on August 4, 1903, by the Olmsted Brothers firm.
The park is unstructured and is generally used for strolling, Frisbee playing, and informal picnics. Therefore, no construction has been planned for this park. The passive scenery suits this quiet suburban neighborhood, in contrast to the heavily developed parks of Newark, illustrating how park design is dictated by the needs of the surrounding community.
. A scenic park with no recreational facilities
. Used for lacrosse and field hockey
. 3/5-mile jogging path
. Site of annual craft show