Ralph Albanir

Middlesex County Celebrates
Plays-in-the-Park 50th Anniversary
with a Day of Free Family Fun

Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian
and Other Family Entertainment to be Part of Celebration


Join us at Roosevelt Park, in Edison on Aug. 12 for a full day of family friendly events and activities to celebrate the landmark 50th anniversary of Middlesex County's Plays-in-the-Park.

All events begin at 1 p.m. in the shaded grove surrounding the Plays-in-the-Park Theater which is located in the park, on Parsonage Road in Edison.

“As Freeholder Chairman of the Department of Parks and Recreation since 1990, I have had the distinct honor of watching the Plays-in-the-Park program grow and mature into the most amazing community theater/government partnership in the country,” said Freeholder Stephen J. “Pete” Dalina, chair of the County’s Infrastructure Management Committee.  “As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, I look back with pride of what we have accomplished and with gratitude to all those who have played such vital parts in its success.”

The event will feature a special performance by John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful. 

Schedule of Events

1 pm                            Magicians, Clowns, Face Painters, Balloon Sculptors, Costumed Characters and Food Vendors will fill the shaded grove surrounding the theater    
1:30 - 3 pm                  Concert performance by the Broadway Pops Orchestra
3:45 - 4:45 pm             Concert performance by StarFish! (Rock & Roll for Kids)
5 pm                            Gates open to the main theater seating area
5:45 pm                       Official program begins
6 - 8 pm                      Concert performance by John Sebastian*

Also, available for purchase, a limited-edition, full color, coffee table book detailing the history of Plays-in-the-Park. 

“Like the hundreds of thousands of residents who have been delighted by the shows, the County has witnessed the growth of Plays-in-the-Park from its humble beginnings to its current larger-than-life reality,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “The program has received accolades and awards from prestigious organizations, and has been raised to a standard to which innumerable community theaters now aspire.”

He added: “I offer kudos and say bravo to all those who have selflessly given of themselves to make Plays-in-the-Park the spectacular success that it is.”


*In case of rain, The John Sebastian Concert will take place at Middlesex County College