MayFest Memories and More on a Misty Monday About Town
A marvelous MayFest was had by all despite the sullen skies — and the photos of Bob Krasner prove you don't need sunshine to produce beautiful smiles and pictures.
Maplewoodians young and old strolled about Springfield Avenue making the most of the plethora of edibles and entertainment available at Sunday's somewhat soggy MayFest — as evidenced here through Bob Krasner's photos and a few humble shots by yours truly.
From classic cars to bouncy rides, trains to ponies, this street fair had fare for all, even with the not-so-fair weather. Liz Perlman and her son Will (dashing in his Boy Scout uniform) served up smiles and pulled pork sandwiches over at the tent for Troop 60 with chief chef and organizer Mike Yablonsky at the smoker.
“Seasoned boy scouts helped train the younger boys to cook, serve and share the hard work which began for some on Friday afternoon,” explained Liz. Their efforts paid off wonderfully well– the sandwiches were a huge hit with all who ordered them. (Alas, even when pressed, Perlman refused to divulge the ingredients for the delicious “secret sauce”. Scout's honor, indeed…)
Directly across the street, in front of Kari’s Café, Laura Himmelein of ‘Party Cake Party Cake’ was busy serving up creative sweet treats with the help of some pint-sized helpers. Such a hit were her cupcakes and trademark cake pop kids that she was completely sold out by 3:30.
“I had a great time,” gushed Himmelein. “Everybody was so great - it was nice to see so many folks come out despite the weather. It really makes me proud to be a Maplewoodian!”
The entrepreneurial spirit also extended beyond Springfield Avenue:
On a nearby street the enterprising Finlayson kids made the most of foot traffic from the fair by setting up a lemonade stand complete with cookies and brownies. Smart move — turns out these two adorable siblings raised $75 – and all for a good cause:
“They've decided to donate their earnings to Jersey Animal Coalition,” reports their proud mom, Peggy. “They’d been planning the stand since last MayFest, but turning it into a fundraiser was something they decided to do last minute.”
What a wonderful way to put a very sunny spin on an overcast day!
Happy Monday, Maplewood!