Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
Willis Hobbies owner and past COC president and Fair Co-Chair Steve Ford detailed the upcoming fair exclusively to the Mineola American. He hopes this year Mother Nature doesn’t delay the fun for the village.
“Last year, having to use the rain date, we lost quite a bit,” Ford said. “We lost some of the rides last year because of that.”
Ford’s task was to reel in businesses to participate in the fair, showcasing the village’s business district. The main focus, Ford said, is to encourage people to, “shop Mineola.”
More than 80 vendors will be participating in the event this year, rather than an estimated 60 in 2011. The COC tapped Van Buren GMC and Cadillac to showcase new 2013 vehicles. Select vintage cars will also be on display.
“It’s a way of promoting the businesses in town and getting them involved with the community and the chamber,” COC President Bill Greene said. “This fair is going to expose the shops to everyone and showcase what’s available as well as getting businesses to see what a vibrant chamber that we are.”
Chamber members were still in talks with ride vendors last week, but Ford estimated that between 10 and 15 would be available, “for younger kids. We’re not sure where it will be located,” said Ford. The fairgrounds stretch from Main Street to First Street and Second Street on Mineola Boulevard to Willis Avenue and west to Harrison Avenue.
“Each year, we try to enhance the fair a bit,” Ford stated. “Like adding more rides, more entertainment. I think we really stepped up in the entertainment department.”
The fair will hold three stages. The main stage will be designated for the opening ceremonies and singing and performance groups and located at First Street and Mineola Boulevard. The second stage will be located on Main Street and Second Street and used for winners of the open “Talent Show” auditions held at Shakers Restaurant.
The third stage will be hold other various performers.
“The chamber is working incredibly hard to make [the fair] a great day as it did last year,” Mayor Scott Strauss said.
Two fairs have been held in the downtown area in previous years at Main and Second Street. The concept is not totally brand new, but it will be the second time it has expanded to Mineola Boulevard, the essential entranceway into the village. Previously, the fair had been run out of Memorial Park.
“One of the reasons that we left the park is that many businesses weren’t involved,” Ford said. “We want to promote businesses. The best way was to bring people to their front door. The businesses that go the extra mile to promote local shopping in Mineola are a testament to the dedication of the village and its residents.”
Entertainment coordinators managed to attain local, hometown talent for this year’s fair, including Mineola High School graduate Michelle Ferreira. The lifelong resident recently graduated from Pace University. She released her first album last year, according to her Facebook page. The entertainment list was finalized last week.
“We have an incredible array from internationally experienced performers to local residents,” entertainment coordinator Sheila Rettaliata said. “My job as a producer for the last two years is to try to cultivate excitement via the entertainment side of the fair.”
Select participating businesses will hold demos for their products, including but not limited to Revolution Athletic Club, Further Fitness, Island Pottery and Foxes, according to Fair Co-Chairman and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano, who will host a fashion show.
“We are thrilled that [the fair] is on the street as opposed to when we used to have it in the park,” Lubrano said. “The first time we decided to use the street fair, initially people had a wait-and-see attitude, but after last year, everyone wants to get involved. We think it can only be bigger and better this year.”
The schedule for the Mineola Street Fair is detailed below.
Stage 1: 1st Street and Mineola Boulevard
Town of North Hempstead Showmobile
11 a.m.-Counterclockwise*-Creative new sounds and classical instruments.
11:30 a.m.-Ms. Senior America Seasoned Steppers
12:30 p.m.-Anita and Olivia of Print Café
1 p.m.-Mineola Fair Celebration-Rev. Chet East of the First Presbyterian Chruch will sing the national anthem. Welcoming remarks of the Mineola Village Board and local elected officials. Norm Jardine, a Vietnam War veteran, will lead the St. Aidan’s choir in “God Bless America.”
1:30 p.m.-Dance Dynamics*
2 p.m.-Flo Michaels-Singer/Comedian
2:30 p.m.-Irish American Champion Step Dancers*
3 p.m.-Mark Brier-Family Comedians
4 p.m.-Carolyn Harding, Calvin Booker and Caleb Johnson-Jazz Ensemble.
5 p.m.-A Side of Darkness
Stage 2-2nd Street and Main Street
11 a.m.-Pictures of Home-Mixed Rock
Noon-Big Daddy-Blues band.
1:30 p.m.-Cascades and St. Aidan’s Choir*
2:15 p.m.-New York Jazz Academy with Carolyn Loenhart*
3 p.m.-Michelle Ferreira*
4 p.m.-Zymurgy-classic rock.
4: 30 p.m.-Congregational Church of Contemporary Gospel of South Hempstead.
5:15 p.m.-Ray Prada of Bagelman-Latin rock.*
Stage 3-1st and Main Street- 1 to 5:30 p.m.
Vicki Lee Iregbulem
Gabriella Von Elekes
Susan McGurn: Body in Balance
Beth Levine: Zumba
Jeff Pastoressa: Tai Chi
All is subject to change. All fair attendees can stop by Shakers Restaurant on Mineola Boulevard at 6 p.m. for an open cast party with entertainment.
* Local Mineola talent.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The spirit of giving during the holiday season is ramping up and two Mineola-based organizations were one of the first beneficiaries. The Family & Children’s Association and the Winthrop Cancer Center for Kids recently received 325 Toys
“R” Us gift cards totaling $8,125 from MSC Industrial Direct Co., a metalworking supply company headquartered in Melville. The two groups have received gift cards from MSC’s Annual Toys “R” Us Holiday Gift Card Program for the past several years.
The Family & Children’s Association is a multi-faceted organization that helps foster children, homeless youth, runaway teens, struggling families, veterans, and even senior citizens. While the association has a hand in many types of community outreach, it started out as an orphanage and still places an important emphasis on housing. The goal is simple—to keep families together.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.