Cranberry Street Festival Announced for October 9

The 30th Annual Cranberry Street Fair will take place Saturday, October 9 from 11am – 3pm. BHB neighbor and jazzman Eric “Mr. President” Loffswold will be playing jazz; in addition, there will be the annual pet parade, belly dancers, a fortune teller, and more. Full press release after the jump. The fair is looking for volunteers to help with setup, etc. Contact Beth Pacheco if you’re interested: bpacheco AT .

Neighbors have converged for years in early October to hold a non-commercial block party that unites our entire Brooklyn community. Traditionally, volunteers have put the day together. The numbers who give their time and energy have increased with the years and reflect our neighborhood’s vivacity and diversity. We are particularly eager to have new residents including students at our local colleges join with us to make THE 30th FAIR special and fun for everyone.

The fair will be held on Saturday, October 9th from 11 am to 3 pm. Activities span Cranberry Street from Columbia Heights to Hicks Street.
Eric Loffswold plays jazz throughout the day. We have the ever popular pet parade with all species winning prizes. Beautiful belly dancers perform and give instruction. There is a fortune teller, and, of course, traditional games and contests: apple dunking, count the cranberries and guestimate the weight of the giant pumpkin.

Little ones paint little pumpkins. Kids have a yoga session and can climb on the fire engine from our local FDNY, the 205th..
For 2010, in keeping with our demographic, there will be a decorated stroller contest and promenade. Contestants, please embellish your vehicles at home.
We sell eats (close to1980 prices), fleas, books, collectible treasures, autumnal flowers, cranberry baked goodies and t shirts. Modest proceeds are for neighborhood beautification. Our mentor is Richanda Rhoden whose studio opens onto Cranberry Street. Ms. Rhoden personally plants and nurtures the lovely seasonal flowers in planters that we provide throughout the area. Material on urban gardening and conservation is available. So are forms for voter registration.

The fair concludes with a raffle at 3:00. Local merchants: gyms, stores, restaurants contribute gift certificates. Museums donate memberships.
Bring your donated books and fleas with you. Volunteers, please show up at 10 am on Oct. 9th at 23 Cranberry Street.


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  • Andrew Porter

    Instead of donating them to the Housing Works thrift on Montague, I will bring as many current review copies as I can carry, to be sold for benefit of the block association.