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Open Mic Night at the Williams Center

By Jennifer Ersalesi

On Saturday, July 30th, the Williams Center hosted its first Gold Leaf: Open Mic Night. Members of the community and surrounding communities signed up to participate in what will hopefully become a regular event at the Williams Center.


Participants sang, played instruments, read poetry, and did stand-up comedy. One performer told a story about Dr. William Carlos Williams, who was his pediatrician and read a poem written by Williams in a fitting tribute to the namesake of the Center.


To conclude the evening, stand-up comedian, actor, and activist, Steve Way, kept the audience laughing. Steve was the last person to perform on the main stage of the Williams Center before it was closed for public use in 2012 after the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. He was thrilled to be back performing in a space that is so important to him and his hometown of Rutherford. To learn more about Steve Way, click here.


To learn more about the plans to revitalize the Williams Center, click here. For a list of upcoming events at the Williams Center, click here.





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