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Friday, September 12, 2014

Big Weekend: Festival, Concert, Family Day, Bus Trip, House Tour

Sunday Netherwood House Tour is one of featured activities.

A really big weekend for Plainfield
runs from today through Sunday: a festival, concert, family day, bus trip, house tour -- and the Cardinals opening game. Is that enough?


Voluntad Productions hosts its third annual Latin Heritage Festival from Friday through Sunday in the public lot between Watchung and Roosevelt Avenues. The carnival rides began arriving on Tuesday and many were set up and lit on Thursday evening. Organizer Rodney Maree of Chez Maree told me recently that he had gotten more rides and vendors and of course a full schedule of musical groups. The volume was toned down a bit last year and things will shut down at 10 PM each night. Nothing more has been said about an opening parade since the May Council meeting (see post here), so it may not be happening. The competing festival by Edison Garcia of Los Faraones is NOT happening this year.

The Friends of the Plainfield Public Library have a bus trip to Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton on Saturday. This is the world-famous exhibit of outdoor public sculpture. As of Thursday, I understand there are still a few seats available. The cost is $20/person and tickets may be purchased at the Library's Circulation Desk until 5 PM today. The bus departs the 9th Street Library parking lot on Saturday at 10:30 AM sharp. Lunch is on your own at any of the three restaurants on the grounds.

Sorry, gang. The event is NEXT Saturday, Sept. 20. My bad -- Dan. Councilors Cory Storch (Ward 2) and Rebecca Williams (2/3 at-large) are hosting a Family Fun Day and Community Picnic on Saturday from Noon to 4:00 PM at the Leland Avenue Playground. The event will features refreshments and games for children and adults. Arrangements are under supervision of the Plainfield Division of Parks & Recreation.

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp invites all to gather for a 'One Plainfield' Concert at Cedar Brook Park, also on Saturday, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Performers include Melisa Morgan, Kimara Lovelace, the 5.0 Band and Los Primos. The event is hosted by comedian Kenny Williams. Remember to bring lawn chairs. Parking in the Park Drive lot.

Netherwood Heights Neighbors Association is holding its 'Tour of Homes' Sunday from 1:00 to 5:30 PM. Eight of the district's gracious homes will be open for visitors. Tickets are available in advance at Swain Galleries, Sleepy Hollow Realtors and FroYo in Westfield. $30/person in advance. Day-of tickets are available at 1201 Denmark Road for $35.
Plainfield High's Cardinals kicks off the fall football season with their opening game against the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders Saturday at 2:00 PM at Hub Stine Field.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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