RUTLAND - On Friday, June 21, downtown Rutland was
transformed into a bustling hub of vendors, performers, and
musicians. Even before the events officially openned at 6 p.m.,
Center Street was full of anticipating patrons, ready to enjoy the
evening. With the sun still high on the horizon (being that it was
the longest day of the year) and a clear sky, the Solstice Circus,
proved to be an exciting and family-friendly experience.
People of all ages had something to enjoy. Stilt-walkers,
jewelry vendors, and a petting zoo were some of the features that
children enjoyed most. The petting zoo was a new feature for the
Summer Series. Children enjoyed petting goats and lambs inside a
large cage to keep them safe and contained. Other fun stations
included bubble-blowing and a child karate demonstration.
The concert performance by Rick Redingtion and The Luv drew a
primarily adult crowd that overflowed the seats provided, many more
stood to watch.
Businesses down Center Street set out extra seating that quickly
Jacqueline Fleck, manager of the Coffee Exchange, has been
involved with past Friday Night Live events and said that this
year, "they're tried to make it more family-friendly." The new
petting zoo, kid-oriented street performers and face-painting
booth, were evidence of this effort. When asked what could be
improved, Fleck said she'd like to see a more even distribution of
booths in order to include businesses that weren't directly in the
center of the street. "Yes, it will improve. There are always kinks
to work out," she said.
Coming up in the Summer Series is Friday Sports Night on July
12, from 6-9 p.m. For more information visit