Let's eat! Loading up at 2015 BBQ.
Tents provide a shady place to sit and talk.
Some of the nonperishable food donations.
The Plainfield community will gather Saturday, as it has for the last eight years, at the annual community BBQ hosted by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and his wife Amelia at their home.
This is always a highlight of the summer, where resident, friends and political supporters get to mingle, enjoy plenty of good food and barbecue, listen to live music (with a lot of folks dancing as the evening goes along), and take a few sips of the mayor's fabled rum punch.
Little ones play on the swing set as older folks sit in the shade and catch up on community gossip.
While the event is free of charge, it has always been an opportunity for sharing our bounty with others. Attendees are invited to bring a contribution of nonperishable or canned goods, which will be donated to a local food pantry.
On her blog, Rebecca Williams (see here) notes that the invitation to donate "toiletries" includes the need for tampons and sanitary napkins, articles which homeless women are in special need of.
The community BBQ gets under way at 4:00 PM at the Mapp home, 535 West 8th Street. As with all Plainfield parties, it ends when it's over.
-- Dan Damon [follow]