HISTORY DAY: CENTENNIAL AND ANTIQUES

The crew from Paul Davis Partywares in Shrewsbury setting up the tent and tables at Fair Haven Fields Thursday for Saturday’s celebration of the town’s centennial. Below, Riverbank Antiques in Red Bank, which will host an open house. (Click to enlarge)

After the George Sheehan Classic in Red Bank Saturday morning, there’s plenty for locals and visitors to do hereabouts on the Green. And the weatherbot says Mother Nature will cooperate, providing ample sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s.

Here are two diversions, one indoors, and one out, both steeped in the richness of the past: Fair Haven’s Centennial, and a celebration of the reconstituted Red Bank Antiques district.

Fair Haven Centennial:

An old-fashioned parade, a townwide picnic and the closest thing most of us will see to an Independence Day fireworks show this summer are all packed into a seven-hour-long celebration of the borough’s 100th anniversary.

Parade: Starting shortly after 2 p.m. at Willow Street and Kemp Avenue, the parade will proceed down River Road, turn left on Hance Road and then left on Dartmouth Avenue, arriving at Fair Haven Fields at approximately 4:15 p.m.

Residents are asked to remove all vehicles from parade route.  As vehicular access will be limited, please plan accordingly if you need to leave or return to your residence during the parade, and  consider biking or walking to Fair Haven Fields, as parking will be  limited.

Picnic:  The Picnic will be held at Fair Haven Fields between 4 and 9 p.m.  Please feel free to bring blankets and/or chairs.  Pets are prohibited.

Fireworks: A pyrotechnics display will cap the festivities at Fair Haven Fields at approximately 9 p.m.

Red Bank Keeping Antiques Alive:

The displacement of two dozen dealers from Monmouth Antique Shoppes, at West Front Street and Bridge Avenue, in advance of a development project last month dealt what appeared to be a strong blow to Red Bank’s vaunted antiques district.

But many of those dealers have now relocated just a few doors away, at the Gizzi family’s sprawling Riverbank Antiques, at 169 West Front, which is now fully tenanted, Carla Gizzi tells us.

To celebrate, the dealers are hosting Keeping Antiques Alive in Red Bank to call attention to their survival, show off their new merchandise, and mill with customers old and new.

Most dealers will be offering special discounts on select merchandise at the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.