Residents enjoy fellowship, food and fun at Midtown Kingston block party – Daily Freeman

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KINGSTON, N.Y. — Residents up and down Van Buren Street in Midtown came together and enjoyed music, food and fellowship Saturday during the Spreading the Love Community Block Club Party.

Kids played on a bouncy house, while a DJ spun hit songs and neighbors served up everything from traditional hots dogs and hamburgers to Jamaican food prepared by Anthony Harding Jr. and Anthony “DJ King Tony” Harding Sr. of Linden’s Kitchen, a new Jamaican restaurant at 71 Furnace St.

Eddie Mollette, who owns a home on the street, said he was happy to see the community out together as he prepared a cookout and offered beverages to those in the neighborhood.

He said he was happy to see Kingston Police Department officers on bikes.

“I hope it stays a nice day,” he said. “It’s a great day, especially for the kids.”

Cheyenne Newton of the Ulster County Foster Care Program brought along her son, Scott Jackson, 9, who splashed about in a sprinkler set up on the street before moving down towards the bouncy house

Scott Jackson, 9, son of Cheyenne Newton, splashed around in a water sprinkler set up outside a home on Van Buren St. in Midtown, Kingston on Saturday, July 30, 2022 during the Spreading the Love Community Block Club Party. (Brian Hubert/Daily Freeman)
Scott Jackson, 9, son of Cheyenne Newton, splashed around in a water sprinkler set up outside a home on Van Buren St. in Midtown, Kingston on Saturday, July 30, 2022 during the Spreading the Love Community Block Club Party. (Brian Hubert/Daily Freeman)

“We’re getting out the word about the program and seeking out people who might be able to help,” she said. “It turned out perfect and there’s no rain, so we’re happy.”

Michelle Cash of Kingston, was offering up cotton candy and shaved ice. She said likes the vibe of these kinds of events.

“It’s great for everyone from the children to the parents to get together,” Cash said. “I like the message, it’s about spreading love and that’s what it’s all about. We need more of this and less of the other nonsense.”

Near the Broadway end of the street, the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County hosted a bike repair clinic that also featured helmets for kids.

Tom Polk, The YMCA’s bicycle program manager, said as of early Saturday afternoon a couple of people so far have stopped by for helmets for their kids.

Anthony Harding Jr. (pictured) and his father Anthony "DJ. King Tony" were serving up Jamaican and Guyanese favorites from their new restaurant Lindens Kitchen at 71 Furnace St., on Saturday, July 30, 2022 during the Spreading the Love Community Block Club Party in Midtown, KingstonSaturday, July 30, 2022. (Brian Hubert/Daily Freeman)
Anthony Harding Jr. (pictured) and his father Anthony “DJ. King Tony” were serving up Jamaican and Guyanese favorites from their new restaurant Lindens Kitchen at 71 Furnace St., on Saturday, July 30, 2022 during the Spreading the Love Community Block Club Party in Midtown, KingstonSaturday, July 30, 2022. (Brian Hubert/Daily Freeman)


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2 Comments on “Residents enjoy fellowship, food and fun at Midtown Kingston block party – Daily Freeman”

  1. I was skeptical about coming to the event. I was having a really bad week, things just haven’t been going my way but when I arrived at the location I saw nothing but smiles & laughter. There was all different types of food, drinks & live entertainment. There was someone on stage that touched me personally though I think the guys name was Mike Belgrave I hope I’m pronouncing it right, but he was introduced on stage as a comedian & he had such a positive message for the kids about supporting your friends small business & just spreading love & positivity & he also was pretty funny too, he even did a cartwheel for a kid in the crowd. My weeks been rough so it really made me smile to see that young guy up there w/ everyone else doing their thing! Good job Kingston!

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