SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Springfield residents had the opportunity to dine together Sunday afternoon as part of the Springfield Unity Project's (SUP) inaugural potluck meet and greet.
The event, which was held at the Chisholm Community Center brought together individuals from all over town. As part of the potluck-style event setting, many of the attendees brought in dishes for the others to enjoy.
SUP president Marissa Ruggiero felt that for a first-time event, the day turned out beyond the organization's expectations.
"It went really well," she said. "I was really excited to see people that I've never met before in the community coming out. The food was delicious...It's just a wonderful community-building event and that's just what the role of SUP is, to embrace our neighbors in the town and just have positive events that really highlight the togetherness and community that we feel."
Attendees enjoyed their time getting to socialize, as children played outdors on the new playground equipment, taking advantage of the beautiful weather.
As the event wound down, residents began to head out. However, enjoyment levels were high, and residents seemed to have a good time.
One of those residents was Mark Hinkes. He said that the number of people who showed up was awelcome surprise to him, and the comradery of the event was nice to see.
"I knew there'd be at least 20-25 people, turns out there was like 35-40 on a Sunday night, and it really was great, he said. "All the food was good, plenty of it and everyone got along. People that you haven't spoken to before, people that you might not have chosen to speak to before and everyone was just on the same page, it was great."