UPCOMING EVENTS

1st Annual Sparta Train Station Vintage Car Show

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Train Creative presents the 1st annual Sparta Train Station Vintage Car Show! Make sure to bring your family to the Sparta Train Station for a fun filled day of antique cars, classic cars, food, and much more on Saturday, September 9th from 10am to 3pm. This event will be held in conjunction with the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Vintage Chevy Club. In the Event of rain, this event will be held on September 10th.


7th Annual Sussex County Heritage Tour

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Explore the History of Sussex County on Columbus Day Weekend. This October, the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council, in cooperation with area historical museums and heritage organizations, will host the 7th Annual Sussex County Heritage Tour. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore the rich history and unique sites of the area.While touring our county and enjoying the scenery at its colorful best, stop at its farms, farmers markets and wineries. Pick some pumpkins or apples. Our maps and guides will steer you through the beautiful fall landscape with its farms, farmers markets and wineries. At each point of interest knowledgeable docents will greet you, show you around, and make sure any questions you have are answered. Join us and celebrate Columbus Day, the scenery, and our heritage.

The Sparta Train Station is proud to be a stop on this heritage tour, stop by and see us between 10am and 5pm Saturday October 7th or Sunday October 8th 2017!

To Learn more about this event please visit www.scahc.org


 

PAST EVENTS

Love Letters from Jersey Concert Fundraiser

Jody Mullen performed her signature cabaret known as "Love Letters from Jersey." This delightful musical performance was paired with a wine tasting provided by Sparta's own White Deer Liquor Store allowing guests to simultaneously expand their palette and heighten their senses. Jody's musical homecoming debut in Sparta marked a special milestone for the Sparta Train Station as it celebrated being in operation for six months. A portion of the proceeds from this concert and wine tasting experience benefitted the Sparta Train Station. Sparta Train Station is a nonprofit organization preserved for the use and enjoyment of the community offering a rail museum and inspiring backdrops for creative training experiences. 

In her show, "Love Letters from Jersey," Jody Mullen deviates from her opera background to tackle the works of Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Sarah Vaughan and Bruce Springsteen, among others.

Jody Mullen is a soprano from New Jersey … but not the kind who has turned to a life of crime (yet). With an “acclaimed soprano voice that lends itself to the well-known classics and popular show tunes known as the Great American Songbook” (The Sparta Independent), she has performed in some of the country’s most exciting venues … as well as a few shady ones! In April and May 2015, she debuted her solo show Love Letters from Jersey at Don’t Tell Mama, the legendary cabaret space in midtown Manhattan, directed by Lennie Watts, with musical direction by Eddie Schnecker. The show, which she has since performed in Gillette, Rocky Hill, Bridgewater, Warren, and Rochelle Park, NJ, is a celebration of music made famous by New Jersey’s most iconic musicians, from Frank and Nancy Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan to Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Jerome Kern, and Laura Benanti.  In 2013, Jody performed a solo program of traditional pop standards at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for the St. Joseph’s Charity Ball, where prominent guests included WABC-TV anchor Lori Stokes and former U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli, among many others. She has appeared as a professional concert artist, recitalist, and entertainer throughout the tri-state area. As a soloist, she has performed at The West End, 440 Gallery (Park Slope), 180 Maiden Lane (Manhattan), the Westmount Country Club (Woodland Park, NJ), St. Paul’s Chapel (Columbia University), and many others.  Jody graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she won the Ethel Stone LeFrak Prize in Music for her senior recital of American Songbook literature by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Loesser, Sondheim, and others.  She spent two seasons performing with the critically acclaimed NYC-based young artist program dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, where her roles included Papagena and Erste Knabe in Die Zauberfloete, for which Meche Kroop of The Opera Insider praised her “fine harmonizing.” Jody serves as a professional soprano soloist/section leader at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights and is also on the roster of Music for All Seasons in NJ.


Rev It Up! 5k/10k Festival and Expo

Sparta P.A.L. was started in the 1960's by Fred Gefken (former Sparta Police Chief), with the mission of Police Officers interacting with Sparta Youth in a positive way through athletics. The goal of the Sparta P.A.L. Basketball itself is to provide 4th-8th grade boys and girls a positive environment to learn and apply the principles of teamwork, discipline, dedication, and sportsmanship. It is all about the kids!

The funds raised at this event helped pay for the athletes' participation in summer and fall programs. These programs allow them to train toward competing on a higher level for those interested.


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The Toys For Tots Train Stopped at Sparta Train Station!

The Sparta Train Station welcomed Santa and US Marines as they arrived on the Toys for Tots “Operation Toy Train” December 3rd 2016! The train load of donated toys arrived on schedule while children had a chance to enjoy festive family activities, food trucks, train displays, as well as a ‘Hoops for Troops’ contest sponsored by the Sparta PAL! 

Children and their families eagerly lined up to get that special photo with Santa and his Elf. It was the inaugural year for the event at the Sparta Train Station. As the last stop for the train, which collects thousands of toys throughout the day, many volunteers helped load toys into trucks to distribute to kids this holiday season. Thanks to the generosity of our community the Sparta Station collected more than 600 toys! The event was such an overwhelming success it is already on the calendar for 2017! 

Sparta Train Station plans on hosting the Toys For Tots Operation Toy Train for many years to come. Feel free to visit www.toysfortotsnj.com as well as www.facebook.com/OperationToyTrain to get up to date information on this exciting U.S. Marine Corps "Toys For Tots" Event.

Special Thanks to All of Our Generous Sponsors... 

United States Marine Corp, Santa!, Toys for Tots, NYS&W, Train Creative, Sparta Train Station, Sparta PAL, Henry O'Baker, Sparta Twp. Fire Department, Techflex Inc., PattyCakes, Lakeland Bank, SeptiCare, Lantek, Friar Mnt. Model Rail Road Museum, UPS, 102.3 WSUS, RubberFab, Bagful O' Bagels, Sussex County Railroad Club, Military Transport Association, Reverand Brown Daisy Troop 6564, Sauced & Rubbed, & Taxi Cab Burger

Would your business like to help by sponsoring this event in the future?  Contact katelyn.leondi@traincreative.org to see how you can help.  This is a great cause and we would love to see you onboard.


Sparta Train Station Dedication

On October 1st, 2016 the Sparta Train Station was dedicated in honor of William E. Dermody, Jr., a man who worked tirelessly to shape the future for his family and community. The drive and passion of William E. Dermody, Jr. and his wife, Beatrice, set a high standard of citizenship and generosity that exemplified their generation. This Sparta Train Station, as a symbol of ingenuity, perseverance, momentum and strength embodies the values that Bill Jr. demonstrated and admired in others.

The dedication ceremony went beautifully and was celebrated with family and friends of the Dermody's along with historians and local dignitaries.


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Sparta Train Station, as well as the Sparta PAL and the surrounding area, can be booked for your next event or gathering. Give us some details and we'll help you get set up!