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4 community events this weekend
Here’s a roundup of four events to attend this weekend:
Nautical Mile festival kicks off
Freeport’s popular Nautical Mile Festival returns Saturday after it was moved last year from its original June date to October.
The festival will start with a ribbon-cutting opening ceremony with village and other elected officials, business owners and community leaders at 10 a.m. on Woodcleft Avenue and Front Street, followed by a walking tour of Woodcleft Canal.
The one-day event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help businesses still recovering from superstorm Sandy kick off their summer tourism season.
For more than 25 years, the event typically was held in early June. The festival draws as many as 150,000 people to the South Shore village’s Nautical Mile, lined with restaurants, shops, seafood markets and docks along Woodcleft Canal.
Last year, village officials decided to hold the festival in October due to rising costs and safety concerns, former Mayor Andrew Hardwick said then. Freeport reduced the festival from two days to one in 2010.
Current Mayor Robert Kennedy said 85 percent of the Mile’s 58 businesses will be up and running for the festival.
For additional details, call 516-771-4184.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM
Vendors join free festival Sunday
The Smithtown Chamber of Commerce will host its 25th Annual Smithtown Festival Day on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The free festival, held along seven blocks of Main Street from Route 111 to Maple Avenue, drew about 15,000 people last year, said Barbara Franco, executive director of the chamber.
“It’s the biggest outdoor party Smithtown has,” she said.
More than 350 vendors will sell jewelry, lawn ornaments, crafts and children’s accessories, local nonprofit organizations will distribute information at booths. There will be numerous food stands, children’s activities and raffles.
Family-friendly entertainment includes performances from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by several groups such as Empire State Karate (10 a.m.), Smithtown High School West Jazz Choir (11 a.m.), Selden Cadets Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps (12:30 p.m.), Smithtown High School East Music Honors Society (1 p.m.), and a kids band from Rock and Roll University (3 p.m.)
For details, call Smithtown Chamber office at 631-979-8069.
— LAUREN R. HARRISON
Group sponsors cleanup of preserve
The Seaford Wellness Council will sponsor its ninth annual community cleanup of Tackapausha Preserve Saturday.
The event will start at 9 a.m. and correlates with the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day 2013 celebration being conducted across the country that same day, organizers said.
This year, the cleanup will focus on the middle section of the preserve that extends between the Long Island Rail Road right of way on Sunrise Highway and Clark Street. Volunteers will gather at the Riverside Avenue and Clark Street entrance for assignment and instructions, organizers said.
The Seaford Chamber of Commerce, Seaford Lions Club, Seaford High School Key Club and the Friends of Tackapausha are expected to participate, organizers said.
The preserve is a historic 84-acre sanctuary of oak forests, ponds and streams, small mammals and scores of bird species.
For more information, visit the council’s website at seafordwellness.com or call council president Mike DiSilvio at 516-384-8536.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM
Day to address community concerns
Hempstead Town senior Councilman Anthony Santino will give Lynbrook residents an opportunity to meet with town officials to address problems in their communities when he brings the town’s Mobile Town Hall to Lynbrook Village Hall, 1 Columbus Ave., Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Residents will be able to meet Santino and his staff, who will address concerns and provide information about town programs and services offered.
For more information, contact Santino’s office at 516-812-3252.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM