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Friday, February 4, 2011

Much ado in Plainfield this weekend: Free Family Concert, Quakers and Abolition

Plainfielders will find plenty to do this weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday.


The weekend kicks off Saturday morning with 'Quakers, African-Americans and racial justice in the lead-up to the Civil War', a presentation starting at 9:00 AM at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 225 Watchung Avenue.

Presenters are Vanessa Julye, co-author of Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship (Quaker Press, 2009), and a self-described 'Friend of color'; and Richard T. Irwin, historiographer of the Friends Meetinghouse and Cemetery of Randolph Township.

They will be joined by Roger Dreisbach-Williams, longtime member of the Plainfield and Rahway Monthly Meeting, who will share from the Plainfield Meeting's rich history as well as conducting a tour of the Meetinghouse and its historic burial grounds following the presentation.

Registration is $10/person, and light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

The event is funded in part by a grant from the NJ Historical Commission and is sponsored by the Union County Freeholders through the UC Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. Info: (908) 558-2550.
The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra presents its annual free family concert at 3:00 PM (doors open at 2:30) Saturday afternoon at Shiloh Baptist Church, 515 West 4th Street.

Billed as 'an interactive pops concert for the whole family', it will feature guest conductor Roger Stubblefield and an appearance by the Union County TEAMS Charter School Choir.

The program includes Khachaturian's fiery Gopak and Sabre Dance, Dvorak's Goin' Home in a choral arrangement, and Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave, as well as works by Honegger, Smetana and Ravel.

The concerts have become smash hits since moving to Shiloh, and you are advised to be plenty early to guarantee a good seat. Overflow parking at St. Mary's Church, West 5th and Liberty Streets lot.
The opening of this new exhibit at the Drake House has been postponed from this Sunday to next, February 13. Will post details later.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Prof. Williams said...

I just returned from the Plainfield Quaker Meeting House program on African Americans, abolition,and "Friends." It was an excellent program, and History Programs Coordinator Ethel Washington is to be commended for putting it together. There was a good turnout in spite of the horrid weather conditions, and I was especially gratified to see so many young people in attendance!


Anonymous said...

Dan, the free concert was outstanding. Your comment about the need to come early almost scared me away, but I went and had an excellent seat. Shiloh Baptist should be proud of the acoustics in its chapel, as well as the overall beauty of the new building. The best sound I have heard from the orchestra. Alot of fun. Thanks for publicizing it.