For 19 years, 50+ concerts have been a part of Music in the Park. The event features local, national and internationally known artists. It has been produced by Pat Fields and hosted by the Pioneers and New Outlook Pioneers during its entire existence. The concerts are free and open to the public. During the past two years the attendees have been given an opportunity to donate new school supplies when they enter the concert. The school supplies are distributed to students who annually receive complimentary backpacks from NOP-Penn Jersey Chapter 132.

Funds to cover concert expenses have been raised by New Outlook Pioneers through grant writing, sponsorship and general donation requests.

The concerts bring a diverse group of artists to the stage, and a variety of music genres are presented. Another very popular part of the concerts has been the Plainfield Idol Competition which highlights the talents of young people in the community between the ages of eight and 18. Winners receive cash awards and trophies and some are offered the opportunity to appear on the stage of the Apollo Theater. Several of our Idol contestants have won at the Apollo. Other concert features include numerous vendors that offer food treats and products to the audience for purchase.

More than 2,500 guests come from all over Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland to take part in the concert. It is a huge success!

Submitted by Patricia Anne Fields President of Murry Hill Pioneer Club