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Monday, September 16, 2013

Plainfield's festivals peak over weekend

Food was abundant at Plainfield festivals.
Plainfield's busy 2013 festival season peaked over the weekend with four more events being held throughout the community.

Voluntad Productions' Central American Independence festival took place in the public parking lot between Watchung Avenue and the Supremo supermarket from Friday through Sunday.

Though the hours were somewhat restricted after the Council heard feedback from residents and merchants, the event went without a hitch with amplified music shutting down at 9:00 PM each day and the event closing at 10:00 PM.

The music stopped exactly on the dot, and within minutes a steady stream of attendees, many carrying toddlers or pushing infants in strollers, filled the streets as they dispersed.

On Saturday, Front Street shops were noticeably impacted by the Festival, with very few shoppers seen afoot. This seemed to have recovered somewhat by Sunday afternoon, when more shoppers were spotted downtown.

Also on Saturday, Faith Tabernacle Church held an outdoor festival. Originally slated as a street closure on Clinton Avenue, the event as it transpired took place on the vacant lot at the corner of Clinton and West Front, which the congregation has 'adopted', much improing the appearance of that intersection.

Unfortunately, the open house slated for Green Waste Technologies, located in the former Mack Truck works, seems not to have taken place. When I arrived at 3:00 PM, there were no signs or indications of any activity.

Two further events on Sunday topped off the weekend.

Mision Evangelica del Esperitu Santo celebrated Central American Independence with a street fair featuring foods of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Across town, one of the longest blocks in the city, North Avenue between Richmond and Berckman Streets, was closed off for a celebration by the Xample Motorcycle Club, which featured a show, barbecue and activities for youngsters.

The season winds down with the Outdoor Festival of Art next Saturday, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the event, and a two-day festival being organized by the Latin American Coalition and slated for October 6 and 7 on North Avenue between Park and Watchung Avenues.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Bob said...

I want to say that we have too many "festivals" in Plainfield and the peace and quiet of residents suffers. I live on the corner of Park and Crescent and was bothered by loud music and talking, in Spanish, so I don't know what was being said. It was not a relaxing weekend for me. I hope we can broaden the 9 p.m. outdoor mucic curfew to everyone in town. Many people have private events and the music goes on until 3 a.m. and you have to call the police. All outdoor music, no matter who is celebrating should cease by 9 p.m. and maybe we can all sleep better on weekends.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering what happened to my comment about these events having taken place on Yom Kippur. Interesting.