Sunday October 30th, 2022 was a beautiful fall day to celebrate the 84th anniversary of the War of the Worlds broadcast.
On October 30th, 1938, Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater on CBS radio presented a work of art that had a lasting effect on the psyche of the nation.
Our celebration honored West Windsor’s connection to the broadcast as the location of the alien’s landing. Supporters and friends joined us to enjoy great food and drinks, tours of the historic Schenck Farmstead and their intriguing collections, Halloween crafts for kids, and a masterful lecture by the author of “Broadcast Hysteria” A. Brad Schwartz. To top it all off we announced the winner of our mARTian Project sculpture design contest! We thank MarketFair Shopping Center for their sponsorship of the event.
Congratulations to Jodi Walker on her winning design! Jodi is a local artist and owner of Bat Factory. She has participated in many community sculpture projects including Boonton NJ’s “Dog Days of Summer.” This experience translated into a fun design that will be a great blank platform for other artists to realize their creative designs. Stay tuned for more information about the next phase of this fun community engagement project.
Featured image above: Paintings depicting the War of the Worlds invasion of West Windsor by artist Robert Hummel.