With a Road Race in Middletown this Sunday, that will constrict and block access to much of Wesleyan Campus and the surrounding area, WESU 88.1FM has decided to cancel the Annual WESU Spring Community Record Fair, scheduled to occur this Sunday from 10am-4pm. The Road Race, which brings thousands to the streets of Middletown, weaves its way through the Wesleyan University campus and surrounding neighborhoods down to Main Street. “I’ve been working to develop an access plan for patrons to get to our venue but in the last 24 hrs I have learned that the only viable plan will create undue burden for vendors and patrons.” laments Ben Michael, WESU General Manager. “This is an important event for our community and our fundraising efforts. We feel awful about this decision but we feel it is prudent to reschedule and are working on a date in the near future.” Michael says.
The popular annual event features dozens of vendors from across the North East who sell Records, CDs, cassettes, and music memorabilia and is enjoyed by students and a wide range of record crate digging patrons from across the region. For ten years WESU has been organizing these events in the fall and spring. The Funds raised roughly 10% of the station’s annual fundraising needs. “The WESU Community Record Fairs have developed a great reputation among patrons and vendors alike. It pains us to cancel this weekend’s event, but ultimately we feel it is in the best interest of our community to do so.” Michael claims. Due to the race route, both roads (High St and Washington Terrace) that access the fair venue on Wyllys Ave will be closed for much of the duration of our event and the closest parking options for patrons would be several blocks away, making the event inaccessible for anyone with a physical disability or mobility issues. Beyond that, patrons would have to navigate the race route, barriers, and police escorts to cross intersections to get to our event. Stay tuned for information about a new date for the Record Fair in the coming week.
We still have tickets available for our first ever fundraising dinner, to take place on Wednesday, December 7th!
Dinner tickets will be $25 and will net you a delicious buffet of freshly cooked Mexican food while contributing to one of the nation’s oldest continually broadcasting radio stations!
We will be hosting a silent auction throughout the event, featuring goods and services from Middletown businesses.
WESU Middletown, The Outer Space at the Ballroom, and Manic Productions are teaming up to get you free tickets to see great live music!
Great Good Fine OK will be performing with the Dreamers and Mission Zero on Tuesday, November 1st at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT. Want a chance to win free tickets? Easy as pie! Just visit us on Facebook and LIKE the post below!
WESU’s Fall Community Record Fair returns to Wesleyan’s Beckham Hall on Sunday October 9th from 11am to 4pm. This fun filled annual event features dozens of vendors from across the northeast selling new and used records and music in all formats. It’s also a great place to find concert T-shirts and music memorabilia. Plus, you can pick up some WESU discounted swag! WESU DJs will be spinning vinyl all day and the WESU booth will be selling thousands of albums and CDs for $1 each!!!
As always, the event is free and open to the public. New this year, early bird record crate diggers can enter the hall before the event is open to the public for $5 admission after 10am.
WESU is always accepting record donations to sell or add to our extensive record library at the station.For more info contact WESU Ben Michael, WESU General Manager. 860-685-7707 email@example.com
Beckham Hall is located at 55 Wyllys Ave on Wesleyan Campus Middletown CT 06457
Vendor space is sold out for this show, but we are eager to expand our event in the future. Please get in touch if you are interested in vending at future shows.
Come out this Saturday, November 16th at 10PM for a FREE concert hosted by WESU featuring HARD NIPS, A Deer A Horse, and Novelty Daughter at Eclectic (located at 200 High Street on the Wesleyan Campus in Middletown, CT). This will certainly be a night you won’t want to miss!
Today’s record fair was a great success! Photos and video courtesy of Dave Bauer.