A pet parade and more than two hours of karaoke are new features of this year’s Willowtown Spring Fair, sponsored by the Willowtown Association. The fair will take place Saturday, May 17, from noon to 5 p.m. the full length of Willow Place in Brooklyn Heights.
Overseen by professional dog walker Nadine Bilgore, participants in the parade are to gather in Adam Yauck Park in Willowtown at 3:15. They will then process on Columbia Place and around the corner on Joralemon Street to Willow Place, pausing mid-block for some singing led by the karaoke DJ, Domingo Ampil. When the parade continues to the end of the block, the Heights pet store Rocco and Jezebel will hand out bags of treats. The DJ’s karaoke session will go to the close of the fair.
The latest title of Willowtown’s own author of bestsellers, Amity Shlaes, will be available at the fair’s book table. It is a 300-page graphic treatment of her 2007 book, “The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression,” being released later this month. The graphics are by the comic book artist Paul Rivoche.
A representation of Willow Place circa 1940 will be seen in the prints posted of the city’s “tax photographs” taken during 1939-41. They will be added to the usual “house histories” hung on the fences all along the block.
Live music will be provided by the Five Deadly Venons, a group that has played at previous fairs. Staff members of the popular Columbia Place eatery, Iris Café, will again be on hand to serve their tasty food. Another local business, Waterfront Wines & Spirits, will present a wine tasting.
Yet another addition to the fair’s activities will be a “Mini Striker” game, where attendees can show off their strength. The two teams signed up for the afternoon’s tug-of-war can do so, too. A Jumpy Castle and running, potato-sack and three-legged races for kids and adults will also be offered as usual. The eight items that will make up the fair’s raffle are nearly all from Willowtown resources.