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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,

June 22.

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

Flamenco.

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,

and more.

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.

Summer Solstice Celebration, Arts Council of Princeton,

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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