Food, fun and sun at Bottle Hill Day in Madison

Eve, 7 of Morris Township practices her backflips, at Bottle Hill Day 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove


By Jeff Sovelove

On what may have been the most perfect autumn Saturday of 2019, Madison celebrated its annual Bottle Hill Day last weekend.

The name refers to the original 1715 village, called “Bottle Hill,” and the day featured live entertainment, more than 200 vendor booths, food, and rides for the kids.

Madison Mayor Bob Conley welcomed visitors, along with the mayors of Chatham, Morris Township, and Morris Plains.

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

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Conley noted that the four towns have banded together to ban plastic grocery bags for environmental reasons.  He estimated the day’s turnout at about 50,000 which was undoubtedly helped by the perfect weather.

Visitors also were treated to a rousing production of The Pack, replete with wolf growls and howling, by the Madison High School marching band.

Madison H.S. Marching Band, Bottle Hill Day 2019. Video by Jeff Sovelove for

Nearby was a display of antique fire trucks from all over Morris County, and the annual Madison Car Show, where proud owners showed off customized vehicles old and new, including an antique Citroen 2CV, muscle cars and Jeeps.

Three stages provided live music throughout the day, and just about any food imaginable was available.  The empanada stand and cookie booth both were very popular.

Activities for the younger ranged from martial arts demos, slides, rides and a bounce house.

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