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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Plainfield has something for everyone this weekend

FOSH Garage Sale draws thousands.

Celebrating a 'find' at the FOSH Garage Sale.

Thousands of visitors will be in Plainfield this weekend for the 'Maidens in May' house tour (Sunday) and the annual
FOSH (Friends of Sleepy Hollow) garage sale, which is being offered on both Saturday and Sunday this year, and the weather is expected to be glorious. Some garage sale locations are devoted to raising funds for organizations like the Plainfield Symphony, the Plainfield Garden Club and animal welfare organizations.

But that is far from all.

The weekend kicks off Friday (and Saturday) night with the musical comedy 'The Wedding Singer' featuring Plainfield's favorite Girl Scout supporter (and former SALT program director) Tiffany Wilson.

Saturday evening features a reprise concert by our all-time favorites the Ric-Charles Chorale commemorating the legacy of founder Charles E. Evans, with guests artists pianist Richard Alston and soprano June Townes.

Relay For Life overnight event at Hub Stine.

Overnight Saturday, from dusk until dawn, 35 teams have organized in support of Plainfield's Third Annual Relay for Life event in support of cancer survivors, research funding and remembrance of those who have passed. The event at Hub Stine Field, to which the public is invited, is stunning with its candelaria display on the bleachers in the fading sunset. Consider coming out.

Saturday morning kicks off with a workshop at the Plainfield Public Library on the 'Care and Keeping of Family Treasures', offering tips on spotting, preserving, caring for and displaying and sharing keepsakes ranging from family Bibles and records to quilts and unusual items.

At noon, culture mavens can have a crack at the annual 'Sabor Latino' festival at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. The event, a fundraiser for Latinas en Accíon, features Latin American food prepared by Plainfield's many Latino restaurants as well as musical and dance performances and information from community organizations.

On Sunday, garage sale buffs can expand their options by dropping by St. Mary's Church's parking lot for a monster flea market sponsored by the parish's St. Martin de Porres group, and then shuttle back to finish the FOSH garage sale.

You may be torn between two pleasant options for ending this glorious feast of a weekend: the 'Maidens in May' house tour (with reception) from 2-5 in the afternoon, or the Crescent Singers' 'Oldies but Goodies' concert of 1920s and 1930s hits from a turbulent time in America's history.

Whatever you choose, you will be delighted with the wonderful weekend spent at home in Plainfield.

See complete details below.

  • Friday/Saturday - May 21/22. 8 PM. Musical Comedy: The Wedding Singer. Take a ride back to the 1980s, and the budding romance between a wedding singer and a waitress. A 2006 Tony nominee for 'best original score'. Tickets: $20, $18/seniors/Students. Box office: (908) 276-7611. At CDC Community Theatre, 78 Winans Avenue, Cranford.

  • Saturday - May 22. 9 AM - 12:30 PM. Workshop: Care and Keeping of Family Treasures. Old photos? Family Bibles? Quilts or other textiles? Learn how to spot, care for, store and display your valued family keepsakes and heirlooms. Presenters include: Cynthia Harris of the Jersey City Public Library, and Mary Ellen Rogan, Jeff Wassen, Sonja Sekely-Rowland and Mary Della Sala of the Plainfield Public Library. Bring an item for which you have questions (no appraisals). $10/person (checks payable to 'Union County'). Info: (908) 558-2550 or (908) 757-1111. At the Plainfield Public Library, Park Avenue and 8th Street.

  • Saturday and Sunday - May 22/23. 9 AM - 4 PM. FOSH Garage Sale. Thousands of people descend on Plainfield annually for the FOSH garage sale -- for some of the best 'stuff' in New Jersey. This year, for the first time, the sale will run TWO days, Saturday and Sunday. Rain or shine. A good place to start is Watchung Avenue. Look for balloons. Lists of locations will be available at each participating home.

  • Saturday - May 22. 9 AM - 3 PM. Yard Sale Benefiting Animal Support Groups. This is the 5th annual multi-household yard sale to benefit a variety of groups and organizations supporting animals. Clothing, kitchen/household, antiques/collectibles, books, furniture and more. At 1326 Watchung Avenue. Saturday only.

  • Saturday - May 22. 9 AM - 4 PM. FOSH Garage Sale [Plainfield Symphony]. All sales at this location benefit the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, which begins its 91st season in September. At 900 Charlotte Road (corner of Watchung Avenue). Saturday only.

  • Saturday - May 22. 9 AM - 4 PM. FOSH Garage Sale [Plainfield Garden Club]. Sales at this location will benefit programs of the Plainfield Garden Club, which maintains the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park as well as other gardening and outreach activities in the community. At 1734 Sleepy Hollow Lane. Saturday only.

  • Saturday - May 22. Noon - 4 PM. 'Sabor Latino' Food Tastings and Cultural Celebration. The annual fundraiser for Latinas en Accíon and Venture & Venture. The event features samplings of foods of Latin America prepared by local restaurants, entertainment by local music groups and dance troupes, vendors and representatives of non-profit organizations. The event is dedicated in commemoration of Ms. Pepsi Charles, founder of 'Plainfield Cooks'. At Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue (parking in lot on First Place or at Swain Galleries). Info: (908) 397-5849 or (908) 561-9600.

  • Saturday/Sunday - May 22/23. 6 PM to 7 AM. Relay for Life Overnight Event. Plainfielders will gather in the 3rd annual overnight fundraising walk to honor cancer survivors, remember those who have been lost to the disease and raise funds for continuing research. 39 teams have been organized to walk through the night. Members of the community are invited to participate and/or visit the site. A Luminaria Ceremony will be held at 9:00 PM. More info at At Hub Stine Field, Randolph Road (near Woodland Avenue).

  • Saturday - May 22. 7 PM. Ric-Charles Choral Ensemble in Concert. A musical celebration to commemorate the legacy of Charles E. Evans. Featured artists include Richard Alston, pianist, and June Townes, soprano, with accompaniment by Wendell Woods and Kenneth Brown. Tickets: $20/person. At the door, or call Deborah Burke at (862) 215-7421. At Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue (parking in lot on First Place or at Swain Galleries).

  • Sunday - May 23. 10 AM - 4 PM. St. Mary's Flea Market. Giant flea market sponsored by Grupo San Martin de Porres at St. Mary's Church. In the parking lot, Liberty and West 5th Streets. All welcome.

  • Sunday - May 23. 2 -5 PM. Maidens in May House Tour. The United Way of Greater Union County's 2nd annual house tour features homes of historical and architectural significance in the Queen City. The tour concludes with a reception at the Tree Lawn Estate. Tickets: $20/advance, $25/day of tour. Advance tickets available online here or at Swain Galleries (703 Watchung Ave.), The Pillars (922 Central Ave.), Plainfield Music Store (120 North Ave.), Queen City Diner (1326 South Ave.), The Burney Group (1320 South Ave.) and The Town Bank (328 South Ave., Fanwood). Day of sale tickets available at Tree Lawn Estate (1038 Central Avenue and at 1401 Evergreen Avenue. Proceeds benefit the Plainfield Area Medical Transportation Fund (Red Cross and Plainfield Rescue Squad). Info online here, or call (908) 353-7171 x138.

  • Sunday - May 23. 3 PM. Crescent Concerts: Oldies But Goodies. The Crescent Singers revisit the 1920s and 1930s. Oldies but goodies abound in this nostalgic return to a turbulent time in our history. Tickets: $20/$25 at the door, Seniors $15, Students $5. Info: (908) 756-2468 or At Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue (parking in lot on First Place or at Swain Galleries).

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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