Saturday, August 18, 2007

Lots of Volunteers Needed

Volunteers will be in high demand on September 8.

Not only is the Division of Recreation attempting to revive the annual Outdoor Festival of Art in Library Park, the division is also calling for volunteers to help out at six playgrounds for the 2nd Annual Community Fun Day. The contact number for both events is (908) 753-3097.

Art Festival organizers in past years worked over the course of a year preceding each event to line up artists and arrange all the other details. This year, July came and went without an art festival. Now the Division of Recreation is trying to pull it off in five weeks. But the first committee meeting reportedly only attracted two volunteers.

The remaining committee meetings for the 44th Annual Plainfield Outdoor Festival of Art are scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Division of Recreation 0ffice, 510 Watchung Ave., on Aug. 29 and Sept. 5 and 7. Topics will include entertainment; artist and vendor contacts; park set-up; contestant and judging procedures; and work to be done on the day of the event. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 8.

For the 2nd Annual Community Fun Day, the Division of Recreation is seeking volunteers to bring food and grills to Milt Campbell and Seidler fields and Bryant School, Hannah Atkins, Rushmore and Mathewson playgrounds. Volunteers are also needed for face painting, cooking, serving and clean-up. The events, from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 8, will feature give-aways, games and music in addition to food and face painting.

My inner curmudgeon is muttering, “A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part,” but maybe those of sunnier disposition will rise to the occasion. Remember, to volunteer, call (908) 753-3097.


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