MADISON – A new weekly series of outdoor performances continues at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 on Waverly Place.
The Madison Arts and Culture Alliance, the borough’s Downtown Development Commission (DDC) and the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce are presenting a new fall festival, “Fall Back into the Arts,” sponsored by Coldwell Banker Realty. It started Sept. 25 and will conclude Nov. 6.
The performances are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Waverly Place and are free and open to the public.
DDC Chairperson Suzy Whitehorn said she hopes the event will provide a much-needed outlet for residents.
“It has been very disappointing for all of us to not be able to hold our usual town-wide events this year,” Whitehorn said. “And so, we are particularly excited to be able to present ‘Fall Back into the Arts’ as a fun, new source of entertainment and camaraderie in a 2020 pandemic-safe environment.
“In late May of this year, the Borough Council approved the closing of Waverly Place for outdoor dining, but that did not proceed as planned as the restaurant owners made other accommodations that worked better for them. The hope at the time was that this would provide a trial run for an expanded plaza space on Waverly Place. This festival will further this goal.”
Mayor Robert Conley said, “While we just said goodbye to summer, it’s great to see that we can still enjoy the outdoors in downtown Madison. Hosting an event with such a great range of entertainment will be a great showcase in the heart of our historic downtown. I am looking forward to see everyone on Waverly Place.”
The Madison Arts and Culture Alliance’s Director of Arts and Events, Eric Hafen, is responsible for the entertainment for the fall series. Said Hafen, “In stressful times, the arts have always been a welcome avenue for escape. The variety of entertainment in this series will make you smile, make you laugh, and make you want to dance. Come on down, you won’t be disappointed.”
In addition to scheduled entertainment, the series also will feature business showcases, and tables and chairs to enjoy takeout from local restaurants.
Madison Area Chamber of Commerce President John Morris observed, “Waverly Place is the heart of Madison and is just beautiful in the fall. We invite everyone to enjoy the great outdoor entertainment and to shop, dine, and play at our local businesses.”
In addition, on Friday, Oct. 30. the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps’ annual “Trunk or Treat” is planned to coincide with the arts festival.
The entertainment schedule is:
Oct. 2: The Half Step Down acoustic and electric rock band of Madison will perform.
Oct. 9: The week’s attraction will be stand-up comedy.
Oct. 16: The Renaissance Jazz Band of New Jersey and swing dancers will put on a show.
Oct. 23: The Madison-based rock band GVRL will entertain.
Oct. 30: Work of Heart Productions will stage a children’s interactive “Wizard of Oz,” with the Madison Music and Arts (MMA) and Madison High School musical theater students on hand.
Nov. 6: The Thorns will perform.
“Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs,” Whitehorn said. “Safety will be the highest priority and all COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including social distancing, mandatory wearing masks, and if necessary crowd size will be limited.”