Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hamilton Festival 2010 -- it's today, hon!

The Hamilton Festival may be the worst promoted festival on the planet, but then again, maybe that just goes with the understated attitude of this neighborhood in general -- Lauraville gets all the attention, and Hamiltonians are generally okay with that.

Yet, it would be nice to support this festival and maybe turn the spotlight up Harford Road just a bit to let people know that cool places like Hamilton Tavern and Clementine are actually in Hamilton, not Lauraville. Neighborhood associations up this end of Harford Road seem to move forward in fits and starts -- I've seen lots of progress and just as much backtracking in my mere 7 years here. And one of the reasons we started this blog was to keep our little identity alive by encouraging neighbors here in Westfield to communicate, albeit virtually.

But, I digress. My point is, the Hamilton Festival is TODAY people, and we should all go down to the intersection of Hamilton and Harford between 11 am and 8 pm today. I said it was terribly promoted, and I mean it. I have no idea about specifics, and didn't even remember it was today until I saw a #19 bus going down Glenmore this morning (because Harford Road will be closed off).

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Art, food, beer, crafts? What more do we need, people? It's a beautiful day, the humidity's low -- I'll be walking down there later this afternoon. Hope to see you there, hon!

Although there doesn't seem to be any one place to find out everything about the festival, the Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street site does have some tantalizing bits such as a map and list of the craft vendors, and a stage schedule listing the bands playing. C'mon. it'll be fun!


Robert Walshe said...

It certainly could have been better promoted however it did have a nice turnout.

Two stages, a DJ in the alley next to Hamilton Vacuum, beer from Brewer's Art and Flying Dog, adult snowballs from Hamilton Tavern, vendors, and an open house from Performance Workshop Theatre who are the new owners of the Provident Bank building north of Clementine.

Some promo stuff was posted to the Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street blog linked to below.

Still on till 8 PM Saturday Night.

Oh and to add some visibility on future events,

September 25th is Lauraville Fair.

October 23rd is the 2nd Annual Harford Rd Zombie Pub Crawl.!/group.php?gid=105363602850299&v=info

October 24th is the first Hamilton Soap Box Derby.

Trev said...

Didn't know the festival was on either until I was detoured on the way to the post office this morning. I walked down and took a few pictures, posted to flikr
Love your blog...keep writing!

Sue J said...

Hi Rob -- we didn't get there until 6:30 and it was still rockin'. I wish we had gotten there earlier, and next year we definitely will!

Trev -- thanks! You have some nice photos at your flickr link.

I'm putting a couple more up tonight that I tool, but I just had my cell phone and it doesn't do great when the light is dimming. Everybody check out Trev's instead!

Anonymous said...

Promotion takes money and man-power. Main Street is broke and is run by volunteers. Please join their monthly meetings to find out more about the events and to see how you can help.

Anonymous said...

I guess you didn't hear or read one of the many adverts about the Festival that I listened to and read. And most of the bands at the festival had it on their calendars. It was even on the City Paper's Calendar of Events online...

I don't know how you could have missed news. It was everywhere I was looked. Too bad for that you. You should get out more.

Sue J said...

Hey now anonymous, play nice. All I know is that no one in my neighborhood knew more than the date -- it would have been nice to have all the information about the bands, the vendors, the food in one post somewhere. All I ever saw was a sign on the front window of the Hamilton Tavern, and then some posts on the Mainstreet blog, which I always try to help promote here.

I'm always happy to promote events here at our little blog, too, so please send information to: pookyshoehorn at

But please be patient if I don't respond right away -- we're volunteers around here, too.