First Annual Funjoy Festival Brings Fun, Joy

The 2016 Funjoy Festival, held Saturday, June 18, on the Eastern Promenade, drew several hundred visitors of all ages. The beautiful weather provided the perfect backdrop for a day of games, music, food, crafts, and demonstrations.

Any given Saturday in the summer months sees a number of kids and parents on the Eastern Promenade playground, especially on a sunny day. Add to this a few hundred enthusiastic neighbors from all over Portland, and the result this past Saturday was a fun, vibrant crowd ready to take full advantage of all the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization had on tap.

The MHNO events committee has been working hard to organize and plan the Funjoy festival since December. The committee consists of Molly McCarthy (chair), Janine Kaserman, Cindy Bartlett, Lindsay Rowe, Meg Summers and Jessica Thornton.

For the kids, there was a range of activities from face painting to crafting tables, free popcorn, skill games like ring toss and Tip-a-Troll, cornhole and the like, giant bubble wands, a treat truck, and even a police K9 demonstration: a big hit with both children and adults.

Of course the Eastern Promenade itself added to the festive atmosphere, contributing the usual dog walkers, little league baseball, picnickers soaring kites, and beautiful views.

Mobile epicurean offerings (i.e. food trucks) included Japanese street food from Mami, Korean fusion from Tacos Del Seoul, and traditional festival food from Mainely Burgers, as well as the unique farm-fresh menu of the Saltbox Café. Beverages were provided by the very cool Capt'n Eli's Soda Draft Truck, with taps built into the vehicle itself.

Down at the water, Portland Paddle was offering stand-up paddleboard (SUP) demonstrations amid brisk boat launch activity. Joan Sheedy manned the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization tent near the Cleeves and Tucker Monument with t-shirt sales and MHNO information, while nearby, the Portland Fire Department showcased Munjoy Hill's Ladder truck, offering kids a chance to jump aboard.

Red-Eyed Fox (Jake Hoffman of Tumbling Bones and Tyler Lienhardt of Tricky Britches and C.C. & The Swing Set) provided a fantastic soundtrack of folk guitar, fiddle, banjo and vocals for the duration of the event.

Also check out Maine Today's coverage of Funjoy here.

Officer Finely and Mako demonstrate K9 training.

Photo by Kevin Schochat

Clover Johnson gets a rainbow. Photo by Kevin Schochat.

Folk musicians at Funjoy. Photo by Kevin Schochat.

Fun & Games! Photo by Kevin Schochat.

Munjoyous Spa provided free chair massage.