FRAMINGHAM – More than 500 people attended Noche De Fiesta in Framingham Saturday night.
The first-ever summer block party was held on Lexington Street. The 3.5-hour event was a fundraiser for the Framingham Public Library Foundation to support the City of Framingham Libraries.
The fiesta highlighted the many offerings of the Framingham Public Library, including the SparkLab, the Library of Things, the Bookmobile, the new Business Center, the Summer Reading program, and many other programs.
The event featured performances by Los Sugar Kings, dance lessons by Sarah Oliviera, and music spun by Craig Sutton.
There were food trucks, and a beer garden featuring Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company. Exhibit ‘A’ donated $2 for every beer sold to the Library Foundation.
Food trucks include KUSH by Saba, which is owned by Chopped champion and Framingham resident Saba Wahid Duffy, Kona Ice, and Sweeties Candy Bus. Other food vendors include Dulce D Leche in Framingham and Nada’s Cart, with empanadas.
The event was free for attendees. The only cost was for food & drink, although the Framingham Public Library Foundation provided free bottles water all night.
The event could not have been possible or free without generous sponsors, said organizers.
$1,000 sponsors were VTT, BRZ Insurance, Middlesex Savings Bank, State Rep. Maria Robinson, Eversource, Realtor Phil Ottaviani Jr., TJX, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Realtor Kathy Foran, and UG Auto Sales in Framingham.
$500 sponsors were Carmel Movers, Auto Brite Car Care in Framingham, Crosspoint, South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), City Councilor Michael Cannon, Jim & Marion Kelly, Framingham Liquors, Jewish Family Services of MetroWest, St. Mary’s Credit Union and Danforth Art
Realtor Kathy Foran sponsored the free face painting by Making Faces Boston.
$250 sponsors included Mayo Charlie Sisitsky and First Lady Robin Kaye, Senate President Karen Spilka, Dia Feliz Adult Day Care, MetroWest YMCA, Framingham Housing Authority, Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, School Committee Chair Priscila Sousa, City Council John Stefanini, McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, MetroWest Credit Union, and Santander Bank.
Part of the Fiesta will continue throughout the summer, as Noche de Fiesta featured a live art event.
the live art was sponsored by Danforth Art, Framingham State University, Fiesta Committee member Nancy O’Connor & SOURCE media.
A half dozen artists interpreted the theme FIESTA and painted live during the event. Their art will be displayed at the Framingham Public Library later this week and throughout the summer. In September, the paintings will be auctioned off with 50% of the proceeds going to the artists and 50% to the Foundation.