NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The annual New Providence Street Fair, sponsored by the New Providence Business Community, benefitted from warm, sunny weather on Sunday. Kicking off the fall season, it was held on Springfield Avenue between South Street and Livingston Avenue.
The street was crowded as people visited booths by local civic organizations, non-profit groups, businesses, food concessions and vendors.
Chris Collard of the New Providence Lion’s Club was pleased to have the club represented. She said that the turnout was “great” and commented that people were learning what the Lion’s Club does when they stopped by their booth.
Audrey Burns was on hand to represent the Newcomers’ Club of Summit, Berkeley Heights and New Providence. The purpose of the club is to welcome people to the neighborhood and give them an opportunity to meet new people, find schools and playgroups and learn more about the area. Burns said that there was a lot of interest in the Newcomers’ Club.
The New Providence Public Library provided information about library services and opportunities. Louise Smith who volunteered at the booth said that there was a wonderful response and that many visitors expressed their interest and appreciation for the library and their many programs, including children’s programs.
The New Providence business community was well represented including Elefante Music that also provided entertainment, Paolo’s Kitchen, and The Pediatric Center as well as many others.
Many young families took advantage of the sunny weather to have a day out and enjoy the festivities, which included special attractions for children, including a large, inflated bouncer and a popular kiddie ride. The Waldron family of New Providence said that they were “definitely enjoying” the festivities.
The New Providence Boys Scouts had a booth to inform guests of their organization, but the scouts emptied the trash throughout the day to keep the area clean and neat. Many young people interested in learning about scouting stopped by to get information from the leaders and scouts.
This year’s New Providence Street Fair was twice as large as the community's street fairs in past years. It was a rousing success for the groups and businesses that exhibited.