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Posted on: July 20, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Township to Host “Play Ball Summer” Celebration Festival

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The Mayor and Township Committee of the Township of Union invite residents and their families to come out for the 1st “Play Ball Summer” Celebration Festival on July 31st from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Rabkin Park.

The festival will feature a vintage baseball game between the Elizabeth Resolutes and the Union Farmers at 3pm.

“My colleagues and I are so excited to celebrate one of the great American past times with a festival of this caliber,” said Mayor Manuel Figueiredo.

The Resolutes are the first nineteenth century rules baseball club in New Jersey, and the only baseball club in New Jersey that plays by the actual rules of the club they have recreated. The Resolutes have helped to further nineteenth century baseball research by introducing 1870, '73, and '91 rules into regular match play.

The “Play Ball Summer” Celebration Festival will also feature ballgame activities, arts & crafts, and ballpark food. A rain date has been set for Sunday, August 7th.

“Play Ball Summer” is an initiative through the Major League Baseball Association and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

It is an effort by American mayors that will span from June through August. The initiative encourages mayors across the country and in Puerto Rico to host activities to engage citizens, families and city departments to organize individual and community-based events (such as playing catch, "running bases" in the backyard, family gatherings, park and recreation activities and business-supported activities) to strengthen the connection between baseball and American communities, especially in urban and underserved areas.

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