CHATHAM, NJ - By the time the Blue Soul Band played its final tune around 6:15 p.m., vendors had packed everything up and the Chatham Borough Department of Public Works had pretty much swept away most of the remnants of the 2019 Chatham Fishawack Festival on Saturday.
Anyone left had gathered at the Turpin Real Estate sponsored Pub to find some shade and drink in a final taste of the day.
Herb Woodson, Mike Hogan, Ted Brancato, and Joe DeVico closed the curtain on the 2019 Fishawack Festival as the final act on the Lum stage
"The vendors and people who participate gathered at the pub at the end of the day," Janice Piccolo, director of Chatham Community Services, said. "It really got very packed (at the Pub) when the day was over. No one wanted to go home at six. We had a very good day.
"The day was great. It was a good reflection of what kind of community Chatham is - welcoming and hospitable."
Since Chatham Borough took over the reins in running the Fishawack Festival four years ago from Chatham volunteers, Piccolo has tweaked it each year, figuring out what works and what doesn't. This year, there was live music at both the Gazebo and the Lum stage, located near the Pub and food vendors.
"There were more vendors than we've had in the past, which is important," Piccolo said. "Next year, we probably want to have something unplugged at the top of Fairmount to attract more people to the street. You have to keep it fresh. No one wants the same thing every year, or it gets stale."
Local bands were invited to perform on the Lum stage throughout the day, including students from the School of Rock in the video below. At the Gazebo, Chatham High sophomore Ozzie "Hammer" Richman made his debut performance.
According to Piccolo, Kevin Hannon, the coach of the league champion Chatham-Madison girls ice hockey team, used his contacts with the New Jersey Devils to bring a puck shooting game to the Chatham Fishawack Festival. Roman Sutorius, 12, was the first to take his shots in the video below.
Matt Roche of the Chatham Hockey Club set up shop next to the Devils setup to sign up players for Chatham Youth Hockey. Chatham is starting a mites team for ages 5 to 8 and signed up 18 girls to play in the first 72 hours after the team was announced.
Piccolo noted that for the third straight year, Chatham Asset Mangement has sponsored the Kids Zone. The Chatham Club ran a boot camp on the Gazebo lawn, right after Dance Innovations performed.
One of the new vendors was Ping Wang, who came from upstate New York to sell his puppets (see below). He said he plans to return next year.