Portraits of Plainfield
Plainfield's Oral History Project
at the Plainfield Town Hall during the 4th of July Activities
The Historical Society has encouraged community members to share their memories of life in Plainfield during the the 20th century as the Town changed from a rural, farming community to the mixed community we now see. The exhibit will feature photographs taken by Chad Finer of Plainfield residents who were interviewed for the oral history project and will include excerpts from their interviews by each portrait. You can listen to their full interviews on this website by clicking on Oral History 2018 under History in the menu at the top of the page.
Meriden Players 1981-2008
Meriden Players Exhibit
On July 4th after the parade in the Plainfield Historical Society Club House
Did you know that our town has an incredible history of theater production? One group, the Meriden Players, was formed in 1981 and produced some of the finest musicals north of Boston for over 25 years. Hundreds of community members who lived, worked, worshipped or went to school in Plainfield and Meriden joined in this effort as cast members, musicians, stage crew, costume designers, set construction, directors, playwrights, and much more. People of all ages with so many different talents spent hundreds of hours throughout each fall and winter rehearsing and preparing the numerous sell out shows. At least two families in town celebrate three generations of participants over the years.
Beginning with The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in 1981, the plays were held in the Meriden Congregational Church. Shows included Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Sound of Music, and more. In 1990, the productions moved to KUA’s Flickinger Arts Center and the Plainfield Town Hall. Later shows became joint productions with KUA. These plays included Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Secret Garden, and others. The last show was Samantha Star’s in 2008 presented at the town hall.
Today, a group of friends and alumni of the Meriden Players have come together to share this important history and build community and creative expression for future generations. We will be hosting a number of activities over the coming months starting with an exhibit on the 4th of July at the Plainfield Historical Society right after the parade. Come see the photos, videos, costumes, and other memorabilia from 1981-2008. If you would like to get involved, please contact Jill Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We also have a Facebook page with many photos and programs.