The Barn Studio of Art
Pat Witt is the matron of the blossoming arts community in Millville. She is the original advocate for the arts in the area. She founded her Barn Studio of Art on her beautiful wooded property on the outskirts of Millville in 1962. Pat is approaching 80 now (although her free spirit keeps her looking like a woman in her 60's) but she still teaches. Children who have been lucky enough to have her as a teacher are likely to be greatly influenced not only in the arts, but in their outlook on life. Pat is a rare and beautiful person who is widely admired in Millville for her eccentric and beautiful presence. Our local PBS station did a wonderful one-hour special on Pat Witt. If you'd like to learn more about her, you can actually order the video on-line from PBS network affiliate NJN.
If you or your children will be in town for an extended stay would like an opportunity to study art with Pat, please contact her to explore your opportunities for study.
Lots of local events
There is always something going on in the area. Most events aren't widely publicized though. So, if you want to find out what's going on, you should look for copies of the various free community papers. The two best ones are the "Down Jersey Magazine" which is printed seasonally, 4 times a year; the second is the Cumberland Reminder, which is mostly classifieds, but also has community calendars listed by township.
You can obtain copies of these local freebies in public places and foyers of mom and pop shops, waiting rooms, etc.
For example, the photo illustrates one of Millville's children's events in October. Every year we have a free Halloween party in the park with hay rides, costume parades and prizes, pumpkin decorating and a show.
Millville is a moderate sized town with 30,000+ people, +/- 20 churches, and one barber shop. There are lots of beauty salons, but if you want to experience the old-timey quaintness of a real barbershop, go see Pete the Barber.
Corson Lake Park is one of many lakes in Millville. This is the park we frequent most often. Corson Park is a congregating point for many city sponsored activities. There are frequent activities at this park througout the year, especially for children during the summer.
High and Main streets. Doesn't every town in America have one of these? In the background is Jaycee Plaza a senior high rise. Main Street is also called Route 49.
Also at this intersection of High and Main Street is city hall. The mural is a tribute to our Army Airfield and airport. (See tip)
Outside of the cities urbanesque center, Millville is quite rural and woodsy in many places.
Downtown, you'll find a few interesting murals. I really like this one. This was created by art students under the direction of the Millville Renaissance Center for the Arts.
This is another view of the intersection at High and Main. Again, you see Jaycee Plaza. But I posted this photo because you can see my church in the background. It's a lovely old church. There are 7 Methodist churches in Millville!
Scenes from the Arts District on High Street
Eygptian mural on High Street's dayspa by Dennis Tawes.
Love the old fashioned lamp posts on High Street.
Even brick pavement and new trees add charm to High Street.
The old Levoy Theater on High Street is being renovated by a community group. It's a difficult task but they are doing very well. They are far enough along in the project now that they are able to hold events here again. Sadly one of the things that has really put steam into this project is the tragic death of one of the Levoy Preservation Society's founders, Joseph Pierce, Jr. He was a standout guy who was a Big Brother (Big Brothers/Big Sisters). He was at Union Lake with his little brother two years ago and drown. His untimely death (he was only 25) really brought attention and new energy to the Levoy project.
Glasstown Plaza from the entrance on High Street.
A mural takes the place of an eyesore.
I've always wondered about this metal tree..., I dunno why they don't plant a real one in it's place. Art. go figure.
Another shot from the Glasstown Plaza on High Street. This view is taken from the Buck Street entrance.