WESTFIELD, NJ – Getting into the beer garden at AddamsFest has become akin to securing a ticket to the Broadway show “Hamilton.”
At least that’s the drama that played out on the festival organizers’ Facebook page Thursday night as a limited batch of tickets to the festival’s beer garden were snapped up within seconds of them being put up for sale.
"It was like a Bruce Springsteen concert or something," said AddamsFest Executive Director Adrian Pastore."We're thrilled that people are so excited to be able to come to this beer garden."
Organizers said they double- and triple-checked the online ticketing to make sure and they did, in fact, sell out this batch of Charlie's Ale Garden tickets in about a minute. Another 250 will go on sale Sunday night at 8 p.m. The original 800 put up for sale in September sold within four days, Pastore said.
Two hundred tickets “Charlie’s Ale Garden” were offered for sale Thursday starting at 8 p.m., and within seconds, it appears, beer-lovers snapped up those tickets.
According to Pastore, the number of advance tickets they can sell — 1,250 — is based on the capacity of the rain location, the Westfield Armory. But if the weather is nice, the beer garden at Quimby and Elm streets in Downtown Westfield will be able to hold twice that capacity, so plenty more tickets would be available at the door.
The tickets ($10 in advance, $15 at the door) available for purchase on the AddamsFest website get you a mug or wine glass and entry to the garden at the festival celebrating the life and works of Charles Addams, creator of the "Addams Family" and a Westfield native.
Charlie's Ale Garden will be open from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Sat, Oct. 27.
The social media fervor over getting into the beer garden comes to a town that could, perhaps, use a drink, following the closure of key establishments in the downtown-drinking scene.
Although anticipated to reopen this month, the restaurant and bar Addams Tavern, has been closed since it was shut down over a building code violation last December. And in 2016, The Office, formerly The Jolly Trolly closed its doors.
Seeking to draw new businesses into the downtown, however, the municipal government last month passed a local law allowing for microbreweries in its central business district.
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