HAMMONTON - A relaxing afternoon in the park included a little history on Sunday as the first “Sunday in the Park” was held in Leo Park here, right outside of the Hammonton Historical Society.

The event, which was the first of three, was put on by The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society and The Hammonton Lions Club, with the help of the Hammonton Historical Society.

“These events were part of the commitment we made with the Sesquicentennial Committee to provide entertainment for the town” said Hammonton Lions President Lisa Orsi-DeKlerk.

Orsi-DeKlerk praised the Mount Carmel Society for all its hard work in putting together the event, “They did the majority of the planning.”

Visitors set up chairs and blankets in the shade to listen to the band Packaged Goods Orchestra, which had been brought out to play the event by the Hammonton Lions Club.

The Lions Club had a tent that included artwork by local artist Marie Natale and information about the club.

“We came out to support Leo Park and for the sausage and peppers,” laughed Olivia Bellano as she and her family enjoyed the food, which was provided by the Mount Carmel Society.

“We are trying to help promote the town and say happy birthday,” said Louis J. Pantalone, president of The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society. The society also set up a table with pictures taken over the years.

The Hammonton Historical Society was open during the event for visitors to come in to explore the history of the town and to cool off.

There will be two more Sunday in the Park events. The next one will be held on July 31, with the third one being held sometime in October.

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