Following the popularity and warm reception of last year’s Night Fall performance in Elizabeth Park, the free outdoor event was held for the second year in a row, this time in Pope Park. With a few phrases here and there in Spanish, signs posted around town, and promotion of the event at seemingly every other event in Hartford over the past few months, the effort for community outreach is hard to challenge. The attendance was more than that of the previous year, with some representation from those actually living in the Frog Hollow neighborhood where Pope Park is located.
Before the official start of Night Fall on Saturday evening, the Colonel Albert Pope & The Hartford Hot Several — a local marching band — stationed itself on the Trinity College campus, inviting students to join in.
Not a single student took up on this offer. There was little interaction between the band and student body, despite marching across the campus during early evening hours, playing loud, lively jazz.
When the band reached Summit Street, the response was different. Drivers tooted car horns and waved. At Summit and Zion, Families leaned out apartment windows and watched as they were serenaded.
The hope was to pique the interest of residents and passersby, and invite them to the Night Fall performance. Things may not have played out in that way, but it gave folks something to talk about, or at least some pics and video to post online.
In Pope Park, children especially stopped to watch.
Hartford Hot Several’s appearance was part of the pre-Night Fall activities.