Written by Katherine M. Trager Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00
Despite a last-minute rain date rescheduling, the Westbury B.I.D.’s annual Fall Festival and Street Fair maintained its traditional mix of commerce, cuisine and community culture.
From Orchard Street to Cross Street, Post Avenue was a shopper’s paradise. A huge selection of jewelry, art, clothing, accessories and an endless assortment of toys and novelties awaited crowds of bargain hunters.
Groups of children, many sporting brightly colored face paint and carrying towering funnels of cotton candy, automatically steered in the direction of the toys. Nearby, parents chatted with neighbors as they browsed vendor booths and compared discoveries.
“I had a really nice time,” said fairgoer Marilyn Gobel, as live singing and music drifted overhead from the Village Piazza.
“Considering it was rained out yesterday, we had a pretty good crowd today. I had a delicious hot pretzel for lunch, and I bought these beautiful soft sheets for a great price,” she said, holding them up proudly.
Ray and Patty Muntz also enjoyed the day’s events as they welcomed people to the Westbury Historical Society’s table.
“The street fair is a great community activity, and it brings a lot of people to our village,” said Ray, showing interested passersby a display board filled with old photographs and information on Westbury’s rich history.
“And, luckily, today is a beautiful sunny day,” he continued, smiling.
Added Patty, “It’s wonderful to see neighbors and friends, and to see everybody having a great time.”
Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, who held his “Meet the Mayor” office hours outdoors for the event, also greeted fairgoers and answered questions from residents.
“There was a little difficulty with the date change early on, but when the street fair really got into gear around noon, we had a great turnout,” said the mayor.
“I met a lot of people from both inside and outside the village. Next year, we’re looking forward to the renovated movie theater as an additional attraction at the street fair,” he added.