At least from our point of view, all of the organizing for this year’s Fall Foliage Weekends seems to have paid off. From traffic control, to parking, to vendor assignments and music scheduling, everything went smoothly. And we were happy to see the weather cooperating as well.
Despite some ominous clouds early in the morning the day brightened and before long the sun appeared and stayed for the entire weekend. Along with the sun, came the crowds. Gradually the municipal lot filled up well past the Lehigh River Bridge. Our parking lot circulator bus was put to good use early.
Vendors were reporting (anecdotally, at least) good sales. Local restaurants were happy to see the crowds, and vice versa.
The free music up and down Broadway drew people from one venue to the next. The emphasis was on providing some variety of musical styles as well as talented musicians. The stages are in the downtown Josiah White Park gazebo, in front of the Dimmick Library, on the Opera House steps and inside the Shapolsky Gallery.
One thing that was especially noticeable was the job the cops were doing routing traffic. Despite a pretty huge line of cars by early afternoon, they had it routed so that traffic flowed and people were able to easily cross from the park into town. It was all the more challenging because of the hundreds of passengers unloading from various trains into town.
In the past, before the advent of the current three-weekend format, this coming weekend would have been the official Fall Foliage Weekend. We think we’ve created a relaxed event that is business- and visitor-friendly. Please visit and let us know what you thought of it.