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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Weekend: Exhibit, Concerts, Cleanup


2015 Photo Contest winner Brian Cook's "Hard Hatters."


This weekend is jam-packed with must-do Plainfield activities: a photo exhibit, two concerts and the regular weekend cleanup.

SATURDAY: LIBRARY'S ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST EXHIBIT

The Plainfield Public Library will host an opening reception for the 11th Annual Photo Contest on Saturday (November 12) from 10:00 AM to Noon.

Twenty-three contributors submitted 91 images in the contest. This year's theme is "Plainfield: People, Places, Things". "The images represent people, places and things the entrants view as important in documenting the Queen City for future generations," says Sarah Hull, head of the Library's Local History Department.

The exhibit is mounted in the Anne Louise Davis Gallery and will be available for viewing during regular library hours through the end of November. Prizes and certificates will be awarded during the event.

The public is warmly welcomed and light refreshments will be served.

The Plainfield Public Library is at Park Avenue and 8th Street and is an accessible facility. Parking available in the 8th and 9th Street lots.

SATURDAY: CRESCENT CONCERTS IN 'I WAS GLAD'

The Crescent Choral Society's "I Was Glad" program of English choral music on Saturday evening will be the debut performance of its new music director Clifford Parrish. For more about Mr. Parrish, see my post on his appointment here.

The title is drawn from a piece of Sir Hubert Parry performed at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Other works in the concert wil be by composers ranging from William Byrd and Henry Purcell to Ralph Vaughn Williams and John Tavener.

If English music is your thing, you won't want to miss this exciting program. And if you think it is not, you will be pleasantly surprised.

The concert gets under way at 7:00 PM. Though there is a charge, I can find nothing on the website. If my memory serves me, I think tickets are $20/person and may be purchased at the door.

The Crescent Choral Society performs at -- where else! -- Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, East 7th Street at Watchung Avenue. The church is an accessible facility.

Parking available in the church lot on First Place, in the Swain Galleries lot or on the street.

SUNDAY: QUEEN CITY PRIDE CLEANUP


DPW Superintendent John Louise, nicknamed "Superman" by
the QCP volunteers, stands atop his truck to remove an illegal sign.

This weekend's Queen City Pride cleanup gets under way Sunday (November 13) at 9:00 AM at the corner of Plainfield Avenue and Randolph Road.

The crew of volunteers will pick up litter along both sides of Plainfield Avenue down to its foot at the Drake House at West Front Street.

On the way back they will make a loopp over South Second Street to Mt. Olive Baptist Church and then up Liberty Street to the end, then west on 8th Street to Plainfield Avenue to complete the loop.

For more information on upcoming cleanups, be sure to friend the group's Facebook page here. You can also contact them by email at queencitypridenj@gmail.com.

SUNDAY: NEW JERSEY YOUTH SYMPHONY CONCERT

The final activity of this busy weekend is a concert by the New Jersey Youth Symphony on Sunday (November 13) at 7:00 PM.

Two of the symphony's groupings -- the Youth Symphony and the Youth Orchestra -- will present a program that includes Beethoven's Egmont and Coriolan Overtures as well as Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet suite and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade.

Both groups are advanced, full orchestras; the Youth Orchestra is open to students in grade 7 through 12, and the Youth Symphony is open to students in grades 9 through 12.

The performances will be led by conductor Simon Lipskar and artistic director and conductor Jeffrey Grogan.

Tickets are $20/person, $15/seniors and students, and may be purchased at the door.

The concert is at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, East 7th Street at Watchung Avenue. The church is an accessible facility.

Parking available in the church lot on First Place, in the Swain Galleries lot or on the street.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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