Monday, September 17, 2018

"The Colored Museum" Hits the Stage in Plainfield This Weekend!

This weekend, Danielle Tucker Productions and Onyx Keesha present The Colored Museum, George C. Wolfe's amazing and painfully funny comedy, which satirizes pretentious aspects of African American theatrical culture, at the same time skewering racist assumptions about black culture. 

Directed by Plainfield's own Danielle Tucker,* whose fine-tuned directorial skills are on display once again, the show will be presented at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield's Parish Hall Theater (located at 724 Park Avenue in Plainfield) on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 at 8:00 pm, and on Sunday, September 23 at 5:00 pm

Tickets for the performance are only $18. To order, call (908) 912-4396 or click on the link: The Colored Museum - Tickets

The Colored Museum originally premiered back in 1986 at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick before moving to Joe Papp's legendary Public Theater on Lafayette Avenue in New York City. Wolfe's play takes no prisoners, as he gleefully wounds the sacred cows of African American theater history, such as Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, with "The-Last-Mama-on-the-Couch Play." 

I am looking forward to seeing this piece again, and I am glad that it's being staged right here in Plainfield. Danielle Tucker is part of a re-energized performing arts wave that is hitting Plainfield, and she is joined in this production by her frequent collaborator Onyx Keesha of M.Power Arts.

*Director Danielle Tucker most recently directed the sold-out performances of Annie, Jr., The Vagina Monologues, and August Wilson's Fences.

New 2nd Street Youth Center Grand Opening on Wednesday, Sept. 19!

This Wednesday, September 19, at 12:00 noon, the City of Plainfield, in partnership with Plainfield Avenue Urban Renewal, invites you to the Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting ceremony for the Second Street Youth Center (SSYC) at its new location, 200 Plainfield Avenue (at S 2nd St.). SSYC will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the new space, which features a new Early Childhood Educational Center and an Agricultural and Food Education Center

I am really looking forward to this event, hosted by the SSYC Foundation, Inc., which will commemorate the center's longstanding commitment to Plainfield's young people as well as to the larger Plainfield community. A couple of years ago, I facilitated an 8-week college prep writing workshop for teens at the old location as part of SSYC's Youth Leadership Academy. I am looking forward to volunteering in the new location, as it was incredibly rewarding to be working with teen leaders on the cusp of adulthood. 

The SSYC continues to focus on the needs of the Plainfield community. As noted on its website, SSYC Foundation, Inc.

The Second Street Youth Center Foundation, Inc. (SSYC) is a multipurpose non-profit organization seeking to bring about better community relations by providing educational, vocational, cultural and recreational activities for youth and adults in this community.
Through these activities the Foundation strives to provide opportunities for self expression, the building of self-worth and an overall environment that fosters creative learning and enables people to reach their full potential. SSYC has become a recognized viable community service agency in the City of Plainfield. Each year multitudes of residents pass through this Agency as recipients of many types of services.

Friday, August 10, 2018

2nd Annual Plainfield Senior Swim Soiree at Hannah Atkins Pool!

For the second year in a row, the City of Plainfield will be hosting a great event for our older active adults! Sunday, August 26, 2017from 3:00 - 7:00 pm, the City of Plainfield is proud to sponsor the "2nd Senior Swim Soiree" for our seniors (AKA older active adults), also at Hannah Atkins Pool, located at 508-552 West 3rd Street.Registration is required--call (908) 753-3097! Bring your own beach chair, and come and enjoy water aerobics, card games, music, dancing, and food and drink. There will also be a Bathing Suit Contest (Best Cover Up, Best Designed Bathing Suit, and Most Colorful Bathing Suit) with prizes! As always, proper bathing attire is required! 

So...come on out and have some fun to mark the end the summer pool season! 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Thursday, August 9: Rhythm Review Dance at Plainfield City Hall!

Last year's Rhythm Review Dance at Plainfield City Hall
Bring your dancing shoes, because the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation is presenting this year's "Thursdays in the City Summer Concert Series," kicking off with the Rhythm Review Dance, with Plainfield's favorite DJs playing a variety of music--classic house, old school, r & b, hip hop, and even favorites from the 60s, 70s, and 80s! Those of you who attended last year's dance party know that we had a blast!

The music series begins this Thursday, August 9, starting at 7:00 pm at City Hall Plaza, 515 Watchung Avenue! The rest of the summer concerts are listed below--all kick off at 7:00 pm. Bring a chair and bring a friend! And bring some water to stay hydrated! This year's finale will be a Saturday back to school jam--stay tuned. For more information, contact the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 753-3097.

Thursday, August 16
Jazz Fest

Thursday, August 23
World Music

Thursday, August 30
Rhythm & Blues

Saturday, September 8
Back-to-School Jam with Young Local Talent!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

National Night Out in Plainfield: Tuesday, August 7 at City Hall Plaza

Join your neighbors for National Night Out this coming Tuesday, August 7, at Plainfield's City Hall Plaza, 515 Watchung Avenue, starting at 6:30 pm. Partly sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the evening's festivities will include music, food, safety tips from our public safety professionals, and a giveaway of book bags and school supplies (first come, first serve). Have an event on your own block, or come to Plainfield City Hall for the festivities. I look forward to seeing you there! For more on National Night Out, click here.

Donations Needed: Book Bag Drive for National Night Out

This year, Plainfield Action Services is collecting school supplies and book bags for distribution to Plainfield's school age children on National Night Out (Tuesday, August 7). The Book Bag Drive donations are being collected in the office of Plainfield Action Services, located in the City Hall Annex at 510 Watchung Avenue (1st Floor). The deadline for donations is Wednesday, August 1st. For more information on how you can help, call Plainfield Action Services at (908) 753-3519.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Delta Academy Applications Now Available! Deadline: September 1

Applications are now available for Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century: The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, a national mentoring program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The program is being offered in our area by Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and it provides adolescent girls (ages 11-14: grades 6 - 8) with an opportunity to explore careers in STEM-related careers. In addition, the program offers leadership training, community service involvement, field trips, and character building to prepare these future leaders for success. The deadline for applications to be submitted is Saturday, September 1, 2018. Girls in Middlesex, Union, and Somerset Counties are strongly encouraged to apply for this enriching and rewarding experience. Click on this link, Delta Academy, for more info about this life-changing program!