“It usually takes four years for a project to solidify and become part of the culture,” Dempsey said, amidst a sea of artisans and musicians on South Street, where early twilight and a nip in the air hinted of fall on the eve of the Labor Day weekend.
Meet Me in Morristown, a joint effort with the Morristown Partnership, occurs on the last Thursday in May, June, July and August. For July, organizers shifted the focus from the Green to the Elm/South Street intersection as an experiment.
Dempsey said she is pleased to see crowds growing more diverse, and there has been talk of extending the fair to Speedwell Avenue, home to many Latino businesses and restaurants.
She also is excited about planned improvements to Headquarters Plaza’s Pioneer Park, near the Morristown Green. She envisions presenting dance and theatrical productions there.
Meanwhile, Morristown High School sophomore Briana Carmel was painting up a storm on Thursday at the Pinot’s Palette sidewalk booth.
“There’s definitely a painter hiding in everyone,” said instructor Tina Pezzino, overseeing creation of a communal “Morristown” welcome sign with help from franchise co-owner Emma Harvey. “As soon as you come in our studio, from then on, you’re an artist.”
Meet Me in Morristown promotes downtown businesses and performers and artists from across Morris County.
Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin