First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, NJ
724 Park Ave., Plainfield, NJ 07060
PLAINFIELD MUSICAL CLUB
- Victoria Griswold, Piano
- Robert Romano, Clarinet
- Wendy Romano Bassoon
- Fred Fischer, Piano
- Lorne Graham, Trumpet
- Susan Graham, Flute
- Carolle Ann Mochernuuk, Piano
- Beverly Weber, Piano
- Ronald Thayer, Piano
- Edwin Lopez, Piano
- Sheila Harris Jackson, Soprano
This year will mark the 125th birthday of the Plainfield Musical Club, one of the oldest such organizations in the state. The Club was organized in 1882 by a group of Plainfield musicians who wished to have a venue for both performing for one another and an opportunity for socializing. The Club met in members homes, and
in its early days was a highly formal occasion, with men wearing tuxedos and women long dresses.
Today’s club, in line with the times, is much more informal.and not limited to Classical Music. It does remain a private organization, but has spread out into the community. In addition to its October appearance at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, the Club’s February and April meetings will be held at the Plainfield Public Library. These meetings will also
display materials such as news stories and pictures which are archived in the library.
In the early 1950’s the Club began a scholarship program for graduating high school students who wished to
pursue a career in music performance or teaching. Thanks to a bequest by Plainfield writer Adele deLeeuw, this year
the Club was able to award a total of $1,400 to four talented young musicians from Plainfield and surrounding communities.
The Plainfield Musical Club welcomes new members. For those who do not play an instrument but enjoy listening
to music, it has an Associate Membership. Those who wish to perform become Active Members. Anyone who may be
interested in joining this organization should contact its President, Robert Paoli, by e-mail email@example.com