After the last two summers, say "festival" to a Plainfielder and the immediate association may be "noise."
The festival roster for the summer of 2014 will again have a double feature in September, with events in city parking lots on both sides of Watchung Avenue. The City Council will be voting on those as well as seven other summer events at Monday's meeting, 8 p.m. in Municipal Court.
The September festivals last year were so noisy that Planning Board members said sound could be heard a mile away. One member thought perhaps it was reverberating off downtown buildings, as music in parks did not seem to carry as far.
The September 2014 events span the weekend of Friday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 14. Nightclub owner Edison Garcia wants to hold his "6th Annual Outdoor Fiesta Days Celebrating the Independence of Central America" in Municipal Lots 8 and 8A, between Somerset Street and Watchung Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with music to cease at 9 p.m. The Maree Group/Voluntad Productions proposes to hold its "3rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival" on the same weekend from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.on Sunday in Municipal Lot 1, between Watchung Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue.Each event organizer will be required to hire six police officers.
Other events up for approval Monday include:
- An Outdoor Latin Dance Concert/Cultural Affair in Library Park sponsored by the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library (date needs clarification).
- A Health Fair on June 29 sponsored by Supremo Food Market.
- A Fiesta celebrating the Independence of the United States on July 4, 5 and 6, sponsored by Edison Garcia.
-Four events sponsored by the Plainfield Special Improvement District on June 12, June 28, July 17 and Aug. 22.
Some of the information on the agenda needs clarification. Plaintalker will provide details later.