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Monday, July 13, 2015

Souza and Shakespeare in Plainfield

Aspiring actors performed on the county's portable stage.

The crowd sought out the shade.

County Manager Al Faella, Freeholder Linda Carter and
Vicky Durbin pose for a snapshot at the event.

A fivesome of brass players from the NJSO
played with zest at Library Park on Saturday.

A warm, sunny weekend was the perfect backdrop for two Plainfield events: Saturday's concert by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's Brass Ensemble at Library Park, and Sunday's performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park.

Saturday's concert gave listeners a round-the-world tour of music for brass instruments -- by turns exciting, thoughtful and amusing. The audience clapped along with a lively rendition of Hava Nagila, tapped toes to a Tango, and were swept away when the five-piece group strutted its stuff with a rendition of John Philip Souza's Washington Post March.

Afterwards, one of the group's members asked me if you could still get a Texas Weiner in Plainfield. I was happy to tell him the shop is still open at the same location since 1925.

On Sunday, the Shakespeare Theater of NJ's summer troupe of aspiring young actors presented a scaled-down version of Romeo and Juliet (complete with balcony) at Cedar Brook Park.

About one hundred and fifty people sat on blankets or lawn chairs to watch the performance in full sight of Plainfield's magnificent Shakespeare Garden. Some members of the audience toured the garden before and after the performance, which was sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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