Life in the city of Newark is certainly fast paced for all employees, both in the public sector and in the private sector, who have hectic schedules. Fortunately, there is a relaxing event where individuals can rest from the hustle bustle of the workweek. Every Wednesday from 12 noon to 2 pm there is a farmer’s market at Washington Park located in downtown Newark. This event is free for the general public and lasts until early fall. At the market, individuals can buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Vendors also sell a variety of delicious foods that people can eat at the grounds during lunchtime. Some people even decide to buy goods such as jewelry as well as other items.
Most people come to the park to listen to the soothing sounds of jazz from professional musicians. Spectators wait for the band to get ready and even make new friends as they engage in lively conversations. Once the band starts playing, people achieve a state of nirvana as they listen to the music that is so good for the soul.
Hilda Mayo, who is a retired social worker, has come to the market three times just to listen to the jazz music. “I consider the music to be really exciting, and people enjoy themselves as they listen to the jazz,” Mayo said.
Joseph Kaselow believes that the best part of the event is the jazz. Two years ago, he remembers when his friend, Lauren Hooker, a professional musician, played jazz music at Washington Park. “I think this music is infectious,” Kaselow said.
Marc Roberts, who is a security guard, reminisces about the music of a bygone era. “These programs that Mayor Corey Booker bought to Newark put people in a nostalgic mood because they play the music of our era,” Roberts said.
As professional bands play jazz music every Wednesday at Washington Park, good soul music never dies.