Fun-filled festival of arts returns to Plainfield
By Tiffany Giles
The Plainfield Chamber of Commerce presents “Play’nfield in the Park” on Saturday, July 29, noon – 9 p.m. The festival will be held at Hummel Park Performing Arts Center in Plainfield and admission is free. Play’nfield in the Park is open to everyone and is a daylong celebration of the wide array of performance arts within Hendricks County.
Rebecca Todd of the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce said, “This is a nice opportunity for people to see great performances in an outdoor atmosphere that is comfortable for all ages, while at the same time being able to come together as a community and celebrate art.”
Play’nfield in the Park features performing artists from The Danville Children’s Ballet, Launch Pad School of Rock, The Biz, Hendricks Civic Theatre and The Hendricks Art Council. Children and their caregivers are encouraged to visit the Kid Zone sponsored by the Plainfield Masonic Lodge, where strawberry shortcake will be served and a special puppet show will be presented by the Mental Health Association of America. This year the puppet show will be focused on the topic of bullying. Face painting, airbrushed tattoos and a wandering magician are guaranteed to bring joy to kids of all ages.
Artist demonstrations and information will be provided throughout the event by The Hendricks Art Council. While artwork will not be available for purchase, artists will be readily available to demonstrate their talent and answer questions regarding their work as well as providing tips and tricks to aspiring artists.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from several local foodie favorites including FarOut Fred, Karma Kitchen, Rolling Asian Delights and GiGi’s Cupcakes.
On the main stage at 7 p.m., The Hendricks Civic Theatre will perform Twentieth Century. This Ken Ludwig adaptation of the original Hecht-MacArthur play is a hilarious comedy. Taking place in the observation car of the luxe 20th Century Limited train, a crazed producer named Oscar Jaffe pursues his one-time love, actress Lily Garland. Jaffe is a megalomaniac and Garland, who dumped him for Hollywood, is every bit his equal. Audience members will be pleased with this special performance. During the show, Brewlink and Chateau Thomas will have beer and wine available for purchase.
A complete list of the day’s events, including performance times can be found at www.plainfield-in.com/playnfieldnthepark. The festival began last year and was successful in both drawing a crowd and providing fantastic support for local art. Todd went on to say she has had several people inquire about last year’s event and the desire to make it an annual celebration. She
She explained, “because of the generous contributions of corporate sponsors Hendricks Regional Health, Citizens Bank, The State Bank of Lizton and the Plainfield Masonic Lodge, we are again able to host the festival and even expand the number of performances.”
Play’nfield in the Park is a nonprofit event; any proceeds earned from the event go directly toward the support of performing arts within the Hendricks County community.