WESTFIELD, NJ — Quimby and Elm Streets in Downtown Westfield will become “Charlie’s Ale Garden” on Saturday, Oct. 27, as part of the town’s first AddamsFest, a three-day town-wide festival celebrating Westfield native Charles Addams, creator “The Addams Family,” that will include family-friendly events, lectures, exhibits and film screenings.
The town council awarded the contract for the beer garden to Harvest Restaurant Group, which owns Addams Tavern, Tuesday night. Harvest will pay up to 30 percent of the proceeds from that night to the town, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said during the council’s conference meeting Tuesday.
“We’re excited about having Addams Tavern as partner on this event,” Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, AddamsFest chairperson, said. “And we’re hoping it could possibly turn into a tradition.”
Addams Tavern, which is named for Charles Addams and features a stained glass portrait of the cartoonist, has been closed since December of 2017 for court-ordered renovations.
Mayor Shelley Brindle said at Tuesday’s conference meeting that she did not know when the restaurant would re-open.
“I speak to them fairly frequently, and they are full on-board committed to being back here and being in Westfield,” Brindle said. “Hopefully they will be open by AddamsFest. But even if they’re not, they’re able to participate and it would be the beginning of something.”
Festivities at the outdoor adults-only beer garden will be held from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. and will include live entertainment.
Tickets to enter the beer garden will be $10 if purchased in advance on the AddamsFest website later this month and $15 on the day of the event, pending availability. Pricing includes the entry wristband and commemorative cup, with beer and wine sold separately. Entrants must be 21 and provide proof of age.
Entertainment at the beer garden will be provided by several local bands – Thingama Jigs, 3rd Gear, Little Secret, and Shots and Earplugs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Counterfeiters, an 80s/90s cover band, are scehdueld to play from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
AddamsFest has partnered with Lyft, the ride-sharing app, to encourage all attendees of Charlie’s Ale Garden to leave their cars at home and travel safely, the town announced. Lyft will be offering promotions to AddamsFest attendees, including free and reduced fares.
“We are very, very fortunate that we are partnering with Lyft for the weekend, which will help alleviate some of the parking concerns, but also it will be a great way to promote responsible partaking in the festivities,” Mackey said.
In addition to the ale garden, there are several other AddamsFest activities planned in Downtown Westfield that day, including:
- Chill Out on Quimby, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Inspired by Charles Addams’ high school nickname, “Chil,” Quimby and Elm Street will be a place where people can enjoy casual outdoor activities, listen to live music, play a game of giant chess, enjoy the street performers and dine al fresco on local fare from Westfield’s restaurants.
- Movie screenings at The Rialto Theater: “The Addams Family Movie” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (screening times to be announced).
Tickets for all events will be available later this month on the AddamsFest website, www.addamsfest.com.