Fall Arts & Music Festival – poor city planning?
According to the Hoboken City website, this years Fall Arts & Music Festival is scheduled for Sunday, September 24th. It’s usually a good time of year, the hot summer is over and the smell of Fall (and peppers and onions) is in the air.
However, the city seems to have made a careless planning error. The 24th is the last day of Rosh Hashanah, a very holy Jewish holiday (a “High Holiday”). The synagogue here in Hoboken gets hundreds of people coming in from bordering towns to worship in the Temple on Rosh Hashanah. This of course will be difficult with the crowds and drunkeness occurring during our typical Arts Festival.
Do you think the “turnout” for the festival will be any less than usual? Will this financially impact the local businesses that set up booths to sell their food and products? Considering a good chunk of the Hoboken population is Jewish, and there are religious events planned at Pier A park for Sunday afternoon, I wonder what impact that will have, if any. But for those that do feverishly celebrate the holiday, but still want to enjoy the festival, it seems as if the city just overlooked them.
Should the city move the festival one week later? Or do most Jewish people primarily celebrate on the first day? I’m just wondering if the city thought about this at all.