Beth Pacheco of the Cranberry Street Neighborhood Association gives us all the details on tomorrow’s fair:
The Cranberry Street Annual Fair will be held Sat. Oct. 3am from 11am to 3pm. We’re not sure if its the 28th, 29th or 30th fair. Suffice it to say that neighbors have converged for years in early October to hold a non-commercial block party that unites the entire heights community. Volunteers put the day together; the numbers who give their time and energy have increased with the years and reflect our neighborhood’s diversity.
Activities span Cranberry Street from Columbia Heights to Hicks Street. We have live jazz throughout the day. We begin special activities with the ever popular Pet Parade at 12 noon. Every participant wins a yummy prize.
Next comes a troupe of elegant Oriental (Belly) dancers and musicians who perform and then give instruction. There are,of course, childrens’ games as well as pumpkin painting and apple dunking, fortune telling and contests: count the cranberries and estimate the weight of the giant pumpkin.
We sell eats, books, fleas, fall flowers and treasures. Modest proceeds go towards neighborhood beautification. Our mentor and leader in this endeavor is Richanda Rhoden whose studio opens out onto Cranberry Street. Mrs. Rhoden who has lived in the Heights since the 60s personally plants and nurtures the lovely seasonal flowers in planters that we provide throughout the area. This year our focus will be on saving our trees which are severely endangered. Material on urban gardening and conservation is available.
Because we are civic minded, there are forms available for voter registration. A fire engine from the local fire house is accessible for kids to climb.
The Fair concludes with a raffle drawing at 3:00. Local merchants: gyms, store owners and restaurants contribute gift certificates;. We are particularly pleased that this year museums including The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, The New York Transit Museum and, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden are contributing memberships.