Morris Park Palooza brings crowds to Morris Township

Scarlett, 6, and Sailor, 2 from Harding Township show off their sparkly hat, at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Scarlett, 6, and Sailor, 2 from Harding Township show off their sparkly hat, at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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By Jeff Sovelove

If you were looking for some fun for the whole family this weekend, you didn’t have to look any further then the Morris County Park Palooza at Lewis Morris Park in Morris Township.

This fundraising event for the parks system had games for the kids, beverages for the adults, and plenty of eats from a bevy of food trucks.

You could take home some sand art, get your face painted, discuss wealth management, or talk to the folks from Stumpy’s Hatchet House about having a team-building hatchet throwing event for your company. (Apparently it helps relieve stress.)

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove. Click/hover over images for captions:

The kielbassa food truck at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Lola, 1, from Montclair plays with a hula hoop at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Ted, a bulldog mix and Cali, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, enjoy the sun at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Bruce, an American Bully from Barsippany, at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Mmmmmm! at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Scarlett, 6, and Sailor, 2 from Harding Township show off their sparkly hat, at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Larissa paints Graham, 3, of Bernardsville, at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
There was plenty of live music at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Jackson, 4, and Camden, 4, of Morristown, at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Torta truck's mascot at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Glazed and confused, at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Charlie of Brooklyn, a Chow Lassa Shepherd mix, at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The crowd at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Graham, 6, of Parsippany, plays Jenga, at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A panorama of the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Angry Archie's served up lobster rolls at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Stumpy's Hatchet House at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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As Lindsey from Mendham said, “We wanted an event where there are things for the kids but also things for the adults too.”

The Biergarten proved popular with the adults.  Many people also brought their pets out to enjoy the sunshine, and some visitors set up chairs and blankets for picnics.

How difficult it is to paint faces?

The kielbassa food truck at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The kielbassa food truck at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

“It’s very different than using oils on canvas, since I have a fine arts background,” said Larissa of Face and Body Art by Larissa.

“The canvas doesn’t tend to move around and the oil paints take forever to dry.  All of the face paints are makeup, and the kids do tend to squirm at times.”

Everyone appreciated her efforts, and a long line quickly formed at her table.

Games for the little ones included a huge Jenga puzzle made of two-by-fours, mini basketballs, and hula hooping.

Presented by the Morris County Park Commission, the Palooza was a hit, if the full parking lots were an accurate barometer.

The crowd at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The crowd at the Morris County Park Palooza, April 27, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

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