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Friday, December 9, 2011

More Holiday Fun: Wagon ride, Crafts Fair, house tour and concert this weekend


Youth of all ages enjoy the SID's annual horse-drawn wagon rides.
Plainfield's end-of-year Holiday season continues with several weekend activities and a midweek event at the YWCA.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY: ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR AT FUSP
Saturday, December 10 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) and Sunday, December 11 (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM). At the historic First Unitarian Society of Plainfield (FUSP), 724 Park Avenue. Local crafters and artists' handmade gifts are among the best buys for the season.

Homemade treats, Kids craft activities, Fair Trade items, demonstrations, craft raffles and coffee/dessert/lunches.

The Fair is free and open to all. Proceeds from the Fair support the congregation's work and community outreach. More information at the parish website here.
SATURDAY: 7th ANNUAL HOLIDAY HORSE & WAGON RIDES
Saturday, December 10, Noon - 3:00 PM. Two Staging Locations: Downtown at Parklet near McDonalds on West Front Street; South Avenue at Plainwood Square Park (between Leland and Terrill).

Join in this community fun day of an old-fashioned horse & wagon ride, with goody bags for all participants courtesy of Plainfield SID merchants. Bring your camera and take picture of the kids with Santa (Downtown: Noon - 1:15 PM; South Avenue: 1:45 - 3:00 PM).

The rides are free and open to all. Entry forms at both locations will be put in a drawing for a Giant Toy-Filled Christmas Stocking, to be awarded at Plainwood Square Park at 3:00 PM.
SATURDAY: NORTH PLAINFIELD: WASHINGTON PARK HD HOUSE TOUR
Saturday, December 10, 4:00 - 9:00 PM. Tour starts at Church of the Holy Cross, corner of Washington and Mercer Avenues.

Founded in 1988, North Plainfield's only historic district will be featured in a Holiday house tour titled 'Architectural Treasures of North Plainfield'. Nine of the District's homes -- mostly Victorians -- will be featured, all dressed up for the Christmas holidays.

Tickets are $25 the day of the tour and may be purchased the Holy Cross Church, the tour's starting point, where maps will also be available.
SUNDAY: CRESCENT CONCERTS: YULETIDE BY CANDLELIGHT
Sunday, December 11, 5:30 PM. At Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, corner of Watchung Avenue and East 7th Street.

The Crescent Singers present their annual gift of holiday music of all ages to the community.

Free and open to all (donations gratefully appreciated).

Parking available at Swain Galleries across the street or in the church lot on First Place.

For more information, see Crescent Concerts' website here.
WEDNESDAY: YWCA 'HANGING OF THE GREENS'
Wednesday, December 14, 6:00 - 9:00 PM. At the YWCA, corner of East Front and Church Streets (one block east of Watchung Avenue).

The 'hanging of the greens' is a tradition of the Plainfield YWCA that harks back to 1924 and marks the beginning of the holiday season. It originated when single women lived at the YWCA and gathered together to decorate the striking octagonal entry hall of the landmarked Tudor Revivial building. Though the YWCA no longer houses young women, the event continues and offers an opportunity for staff, Board and program clients to gather together to thank the YW's supporters and friends and celebrate the holiday season.

There will be music and refreshments as well as information about the YWCA's programs and an opportunity to meet Board and staff.

For more information, call (908) 756-3500 x127 or visit the website here. To help celebrate 105 years of service to the greater Plainfield community by making a gift in support of programs, call Development Director Dana Wilson at (908) 756-3500 x128, (732) 277-8184 (cell), or email her at dwilson@ywcacnj.org.


-- Dan Damon [follow]

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