The 22nd Annual Great Neck Village Business Association's Crafts Fair is coming to the Old Village this Sunday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This ''traffic-stopping'' event will be set up along Middle Neck Road, from Fairview Avenue all the way up to Hicks Lane. As always, the fair is free, open to the public, and lots of fun!
Roberta Seid at the slab roller, preparing for this Sunday's Old Village Crafts Fair.
And, although the sun always seems to shine on the Crafts Fair, a rain date is set for Sunday, May 21.
Once again this year, over 30,000 people are expected to attend the fair, with an opportunity to enjoy over 260 crafts exhibitors. In addition to the full complement of professional vendors set up by the fair's professional coordinator, Showtiques, Ltd., there will also be some local craftsman supplying their wares for view and for sale.
Great Neck artist Roberta Seid has been one of these talented exhibitors for the past eight years, and she will return this year, conveniently stationed at her same spot, ''across the street from CVS, on the park side.''
''It's the only street fair I do,'' said Ms. Seid. ''I request the same spot each time I show ... it makes life easier for my clay and drawing students at the Woman's Club and at Great Neck House to find me.''
In addition to her wonderful array of crafts, Ms. Seid pays serious attention to the children too. Having walked many of these fairs in years past with her son in a stroller, she is well-prepared for the little ones. ''I try to offer new and exciting projects for the children ... something to free up the parents for a couple of minutes, so they too can shop,'' she explained.
Describing her work, Roberta Seid stated: ''My studio glass is contemporary and my ceramic sculpture organic in feeling. Even though I am always in search of a new language with which to express myself, the figure still dominates my work. However, I think I have taken it to another level.''
Other wonderful crafts (perfect for Mother's Day, graduation, and more) include handmade toys and clothes, unique jewelry, one-of-a-kind pieces, and all kinds of art and hand-crafted work --- pottery, stained glass, fiber work, metal, and leather.
Lots of music and live entertainment will further enhance the day. Check out the programs at the Town of North Hempstead's ''Showmobile'' (at the corner of Beach Road and Middle Neck Road)!
Need information? Community-based non-profit organizations will set up information booths at the fair, and the Great Neck Village Business Association will feature its own information tent at the corner of Beach Road and Middle Neck Road.
Hungry? Wonderful food courts will be set up at special locations. Tables and chairs will allow for a comfortable meal. Or, try one of the Old Village's very special restaurants that open for the Fair. Either way, the result will be delicious!
And do not forget to check out the great things for sale at stores open along the fair route. There is lots to see, lots to buy!
Great Neck Village Business Association Chairman of the Board Richard Stancati invites everyone to come and enjoy the Crafts Fair on Sunday, May 7!