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Get Crafty In Sea Cliff

On July 13, the 4th annual Sea Cliff Summer Craft Fair will take place.

Four summers ago, Sea Cliff Arts Council co-chair Kathleen DiResta and longtime Sea Cliff resident Donna Barrett decided to organize a small, intimate affair showcasing local artists, since many of the local makers were lost in the shuffle at Mini Mart. The first Sea Cliff Summer Craft Fair took place on a warm, sunny day in the beautiful Memorial Park overlooking the Sound. There was a steady flow of people who visited the booths of about 15 local artisans, many who still participate in the fair. The booths were filled with all types of artwork, including local scenic photography, handmade body essentials, jewelry, and so much more. To top it off, Kris Rice played her guitar and sang her lovely songs.

Last year, so many vendors wanted to participate that the event grew too big to be held in Memorial Park and it was switched to Clifton Park.  Many of the artists have been there since the beginning, such Donna Barrett with her beaded jewelry designs and Jane Irvine with her colorful fused glass. Diane Bard of Peace Soaps will have a booth with natural soaps such as Enchanted Forest and Mountain Fig. Patricia Kaegi will display her artwork of local everyday scenes. Plus, she will also be working on her “Amazing Project” where she creates portraits on the spot.

“Once an individual decides to have their portrait painted for the Amazing Project, I take the first five to 10 minutes interviewing them and then I paint their portrait,” explains Kaegi. “Ideally it takes about 20 minutes to a half hour. The response has been really positive and one parent told me that it was a really great self-esteem booster for her daughter.”

Sea Cliff MAKEshop, an organization promoting arts and sciences for children, will have a table set up for kids to design bottle rockets that they will safely launch from the park. In addition, there will be clothing, candles, and many other handmade items available. The Sea Cliff Arts Council hopes that this will be another well-attended event.

This year the event will be held on Sunday, July 13 in Clifton Park, between Sea Cliff Avenue and Glen Avenue, at Dubois Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is July 20.

News

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

A visit to the Village Wine Merchant in Sea Cliff is more of a learning experience than merely a shopping outing. The staff aims to help customers find exactly what they are looking for, and is happy to educate and eager to develop a relationship with customers to better serve them. The wine store on Sea Cliff Avenue just celebrated its one year anniversary, considered a significant landmark in Sea Cliff.

 

“It’s a tradition in Sea Cliff to not hold a ribbon cutting until a business has hit the one year mark,” said Mayor Bruce Kennedy. “Otherwise, we’d be holding them all the time...too many don’t make it. If you can make it a year, you can make it 30 years.”


Sports

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run. 

 

For Daniel Badalament, 71, of Glen Cove, the Main Street Mile was just a warm up. Running for the past 57 years, Badalament said the mile long sprint is a great workout and helps him better prepare for the more rigorous races. 

 

“Monday, I run the 5-mile [Labor Day Run] in long beach,” he said, “so this helps loosen me up.” 


Calendar

Club Closet Sale - September 19

International Coastal Cleanup - September 20

Salute to Freedom Program - September 20


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