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This is Rutherford's Weekend Happenings {October 18-20, 2019}

Updated: Oct 18, 2019

By Tracy Leigh

TIR has your list of events happening in and around town.

Elks Shake, Rattle & Roll Bunco

48 Ames Ave, Rutherford

Friday, October 18th @ 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm

The Rutherford Elks #547 hosts its Shake, Rattle & Roll Bunco on Friday, October 18, 2019. 7:00 pm Check-in. 7:30 pm Game Starts. Prizes and Raffles. Lots of Fun! $15 per person. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to play, they'll teach you!

Annual Rummage Sale

Rutherford Congregational Church

Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th

Rutherford Congregational Church will hold its Annual Rummage Sale.

AAA Defensive Driving Course

Rutherford Public Library - Glass Room

Saturday, October 19th @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

AAA Northeast will offer a Defensive Driving course, approved by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission. Completion of the course entitles the student to up to a 10% discount off their insurance (percentage varies by carrier) and two points off their driving record. Since this course is run by AAA, there is a cost: $44 for AAA members; $35 for AAA members age 60 and over; and $59 for non-members. To register for this course, call 866-901-8457 or visit

Advanced ESL

Rutherford Public Library - Mezzanine Park

Saturday, October 19th @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Registration is required. For ESL students who are beyond the beginner level.

Pet Photo Contest

Rutherford Public Library

Saturday, October 19th @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Friends of the Library of Rutherford will hold its third annual Pet Photo Contest. Entries will be accepted from Sept. 21 through Oct. 4. Entries are $3 each and you may only enter one photo per pet. All pets are welcome. Photos can win the following categories: Most Glamorous Pet; Cutest Pet; Most Whimsical Pet; and Most Unusual Pet. There will also be a People's Choice category in which library patrons can vote on their favorite photos at $1 a vote. Photos will be on display at the library from Oct. 4 through Oct. 19. The day of the event, join us to see the winners. There will also be books about pets, dog and cat mask making, and a visit from our local Humane Society with pets that can be adopted. Attendees age 18 and over can purchase raffle tickets at $1 each to win a Vera Bradley Weekender set with a pet theme. All are welcome to enter the contest and to attend. For more information, contact Friends President Linda Rynd at 201-456-1897. To enter, stop by the library to pick up a form or click here.

Pumpkin People in the Park

October 19th - November 2nd

Lincoln Park, Rutherford

The Woman’s Club of Rutherford is proud to announce its 5th Annual Pumpkin People in the Park fundraiser. Slated for October 19 – November 2, 2019 this family-friendly event is a great way to show off your creativity and add some autumn flair to Lincoln Park, while supporting the many worthwhile endeavors of the Woman’s Club.

The cost of entry is $50 which includes an 8 ft. x 10 ft. pumpkin patch spot in Lincoln Park, a bale of hay and a pumpkin sign. You supply the pumpkin and your imagination to create any theme you wish. Your display will remain in Lincoln Park for 14 days, offering a pleasant, family-friendly experience to our Rutherford residents. Each space will be clearly labeled with your business, organization, family or individual name.

You will be required to set up on Saturday, October 19th or Sunday, October 20th and remove the display on Saturday, November 2nd.

Please reserve your spot by October 11th and make checks payable to the Woman’s Club of Rutherford, 201 Fairview Avenue, Rutherford, NJ 07070. For more information: Laura O’Connor at 201-893-1172.

Farmer’s Market

Saturday, October 19th @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm at Williams Plaza

The Rutherford Farmer’s Market is in its 22nd season. The market is sponsored this year by the Borough of Rutherford. The governing body welcomes the opportunity to support regional farmers by allowing them to market quality products in our downtown area. To remain competitive, farmers need to be able to develop new markets for agricultural products grown on their farms. These markets provide the economic activity necessary to help preserve farmland and open space, which in turn contributes to a better quality of life in our region. Our borough benefits because market patrons have access to fresh, high quality produce and our local businesses enjoy increased business activity.

Vendors for this year include:

• Becca’s Bakery –Amish baked goods: apple dumplings, whoopie pies, donuts, breads, cookies, honey, jams and apple butter - Wednesdays

• Sy Grisconis Farm – Fresh produce

• Dr. Pickle – Pickles and brine cured products - Wednesdays

• Black Sheep Irish Bakery – Scottish and Irish sweet and savory baked goods, Wednesdays beginning July 3 through August 28

• Dutch Hill Farm – Pork products and poultry, every other Wednesday beginning June 19th

• Kariba Farms – All natural and organic dried fruits and nuts

Visit the Meadowlands Museum

Saturday, October 19th @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Meadowlands Museum is open every Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Come see where your history lives. Donation $5 adults, $3 children. 91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford, NJ 201-935-1175.

The Museum is home to the largest collection of historical artifacts of the Meadowlands Region of NJ, and includes a special exhibit on Notable Women of the Meadowlands (on exhibit until September 2019), and permanent exhibits on the geology of the Meadowlands Region, antique toys and dolls, a pre-electric kitchen, antique tools, and an exhibit dedicated to the life and work of Dr. William Carlos Williams – the area’s famous doctor/poet. The Museum is housed in one of oldest Dutch farmhouses of southern Bergen County, and was a private home until the Museum purchased the property in 1974.

Bicycle and Sewing Machine Collection

Saturday, October 19 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Williams Center For The Arts

Woman’s Club of Rutherford Clubhouse, 201 Fairview Ave, Rutherford

Bicycle and Sewing Machine Collection on Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12 noon – 3 pm at the Woman’s Club of Rutherford’s Clubhouse.

The Junior Woman’s Club of Rutherford will be collecting used, repairable adult or children’s bikes and portable, working sewing machines in conjunction with Pedals for Progress / Sewing Peace in order to send these items to developing countries. There, these items will be distributed to poor, working adults to provide them with a means of transportation and/or a source of income.

Since it costs $45 to ship each item, the JWCR asks that you contribute $10 along with your bike or sewing machine donation to help cover this cost. All donations are fully tax deductible. For additional information contact Hillary (347) 393-9908 or Beverly (201) 893-1013.

Scarecrow Day at the Meadowlands Museum

Sunday, October 19th @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the Meadowlands Museum

Friends and Families are invited to build scarecrows on the Museum lawn! $20 per family (or group up to 6) per scarecrow. All supplies will be provided (scarecrow stand, old clothes, and hay) but feel free to bring special items that will make your scarecrow unique! Displays will be up for 4 – 6 weeks. For more information call 201-935-1175.

Annual Oktoberfest Dinner

Saturday, October 19th @ 6:00 pm

Boiling Spring Masonic Lodge No. 152

169 Park Avenue, Rutherford

Raffles, German Food, Beer, Live Oompa Band Music.

Tickets are $25 a person. Call 201 417 1605 or email

Relay for Life: Oktoberfest

October 20th @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lincoln Park, Rutherford

Join Rutherford's Relay for Life Team for an afternoon of pumpkin painting, corn hole, kan jam, SEE Plus live performance, free food & the chance to learn about how you can join the fight against cancer!

Don’t miss out on their “Donut on a string” game!

Click here to read all about Relay for Life of Rutherford here on TIR.

Register today:

55 Kip Designer Bag Bingo

October 20th @ 1:00 pm

55 Kip Center, Rutherford

Doors open at 1 pm. Bingo begins promptly at 2 pm.

Tickets: $30 and include 10 rounds of Bingo.

Complimentary Coffee/Tea and desserts and BYO beverage and snacks

Raffle baskets and door prize. Additional bingo cards and daubers available for purchase

Open House at Williams Center

October 20th @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Williams Center, Rutherford

You can speak to board members and see the building prior to the October 24th public meeting to discuss the Williams Center area redevelopment plan. Come see why we fight day in and day out to keep these doors open and why it is such a valuable tool for downtown growth.

To find more events going on in town, check out Rutherford 365.

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