WILLIAMSTOWN -- Even as dark clouds were gathering in the sky, Spring Street was still bustling yesterday afternoon as hundreds of people turned out for the first Summer Sunday of the season. Attendees viewed local vendors' products, explored local businesses and enjoyed family activities.
Williamstown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Civello said the weekly street festival, which runs until July 28, is meant to benefit the local economy.
"Its a good thing for residents, but its also good for visitors to Williamstown who might say, ‘What's cooking on Spring Street on a Sunday afternoon or evening,'" she said.
Civello said organizers were pleased with the turnout, which was high despite foreboding weather forecasts.
"It's a tough day because everyone around us was getting thunderstorms," she said. "But we were a little pocket that never got wet."
Unlike previous years, Spring Street will remain open each week, Civello said. One reason for this was cost, as it's expensive to close down the street on a Sunday afternoon, she said.
The line behind Pittsfield-based food truck How We Roll stretched 10 people long as attendees waited anxiously for chicken dinners and pulled pork in deep-fried egg roll wrappers.
Children were able to take part in an art activity hosted by Stockbridge-based IS183 Art School, which recently expanded its classes and children's summer camp to Northern Berkshire.
Camp Coordinator Jenny Beers, a senior at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts participating in the Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP), said children could make their own book, or create flowers or small creatures during Sunday's event
Other family-friendly activities were hosted by incoming freshmen in Williams College Summer Science program.
Children were able to use different objects to create bubbles of various sizes, while an old exercise bike hooked up to a generator allowed riders to create their own electricity. The energy was then used to light up a series of light bulbs.
River Alpi, 9, of Williamstown, was happy he lit up every bulb.
"It's pretty cool," he said afterward. "At some points it gets a little hard."
The event concluded at the Morgan Lawn, at the top of Spring Street, for an outdoor showing of "Some Like it Hot," sponsored by Images Cinema.
Civello described the series as a group effort.
"We have a committee that works on Summer Sunday from all areas of the community," she said. "We get a huge amount of support from Williams College. We have student volunteers that get paid with a roll from How We Roll ... everyone steps up."
The Summer Sunday season continues next week, July 14. Activities start at 4 p.m., and include art activities by Wednesday Sorokin, and a showing of "Ghostbusters" at 8:30 p.m.
For more information on Summer Sundays, visit www.williamstownchamber.com.
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