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Friday, June 6, 2014

Plainfield Gardens Tour, Carillon Concert Sunday

The Shakespeare Garden, maintained by the Plainfield Garden Club
and open to the public year-round is in its full glory in June.

Plainfield's historic Shakespeare Garden will be the centerpiece of a tour this Sunday that includes the grounds and gardens of seven Queen City residences. A free carillon concert follows at Grace Episcopal Church.

The Shakespeare Garden at Cedar Brook Park will be in prime viewing condition, and the site will be abuzz with activity -- including music supplied by musicians from the Plainfield Symphony and local artists painting and sketching the gardens from various perspectives.

The tour runs from Noon - 4:00 PM Sunday and benefits the Plainfield Symphony, New Jersey's oldest community orchestra.

Tickets for the tour may be purchased in advance for $25/person at Swain Galleries, Watchung Avenue at East 7th Street, or for $30/person the day of the tour. The tour steps off at the Shakespeare Garden, near the Randolph Road exit from Cedar Brook Park.


Also on Sunday, at 4:00 PM, a free carillon concert will be presented for the community at Grace Episcopal Church, East 7th Street at Cleveland Avenue.

The 47-bell Pittis Carillon will be played by two internationally renowned carilloneurs. The program by Janet Tebbel (carilloneur at First United Methodist  Church and the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, both in the Germantown section of Philadelphia) and Lisa Lonie (carilloneur at Princeton University and Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia) will include music from Carmen, as well as baroque music and a medley of tunes from Disney movies.

Grace Episcopal Church is at East 7th Street and Cleveland Avenue. Bring a lawn chair if you wish. Parking available on the street and in the public lot across 7th Street from the church. For more about the Pittis Carillon, one of only four in New Jersey, see the Grace Church website here.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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