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A New Date for Outdoor Community Fun
When our winter without end seemed to give way to its
counterpart — rain without end — merrymakers were washed
out of all kinds of outdoor fun, including the annual spring Communiversity
street festival. The Princeton Arts Council is hoping to make amends
this week with a community Summer Solstice Celebration, set for Saturday,
June 21, from 1 to 5 p.m.
The afternoon of family fun will feature live entertainment on two
stages, children’s activities and games, and an array of foods from
around the globe. Nearly 200 artists, crafters, merchants, and area
organizations are planning to join in the festivities as they exhibit
their wares on Nassau and Witherspoon Streets. Many Communiversity
favorites who surrendered their spring festivities to April showers
are expected to return. And this time the fair has a rain date, Sunday,
Some of the highlights planned for the Summer Solstice Celebration
include live music by the Alice Project, Dr. Thunder, The Shaxe, Bob
Norman, Eco del Sur, and A-plus Attitude. There will be dance
by the "Anointed" Ezekiel Dancers and Arts Council Fiesta
Witherspoon Street be closed to traffic to accommodate artists and
crafters, as the area is transformed into "Artists’ Alley"
for the afternoon. On display and for sale will be original paintings,
photography, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, baskets, hand-painted furniture,
At the Arts Council booth itself, children can express their creativity
through painting at "Nana’s `Make a Mess’ Workshop." Youngsters
can also decorate their own ceramic tiles, have their faces painted,
fish for prizes in the "Fish Pond," and buy cotton candy.
"We are delighted that so many Communiversity performers, vendors,
nonprofits, and sponsors are able to be part of this one-time summer
street fair," said Janet Stern of the Arts Council. "Everyone
was devastated about the April cancellation, but safety issues prevented
our going ahead and the constraints of the academic calendar and of
other downtown institutions prevented our scheduling a rain date.
For the Summer Solstice Celebration, however, we have worked
hard to arrange a rain date for the next day. We are determined to
give Princeton its street fair!"
The Grand Sponsor for this event is Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
Other leading corporate supporters include Fleet; Triumph Brewing
Company; Weichert Realtors; Gloria Nilson GMAC Real Estate; Goldman
Sachs Princeton, LLC; Palmer Square Management; Patriot Media; PNC
Bank; and Princeton Real Estate Group.
Admission to the Summer Solstice Celebration is free. Public parking
is available in lots and garages located on Chambers Street, Hulfish
Street (next to Halo Pub), and Spring Street. Additional parking can
be found on side streets and in Princeton University lots 10 and 10A,
located off Washington Road on William Street.
For more information call the Arts Council. If in doubt about the
weather, participants and visitors can listen the morning of the event
to radio station WPST (97.5 FM), which will carry postponement information.
Nassau Street, Palmer Square, and Witherspoon Streets, 609-924-8777.
Rain date is Sunday, June 22. Free. Saturday, June 21, 1 to 5 p.m.
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