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Mosaic Street Painting Festival returns to Riverhead

Participants in the 2008 festival create a painting

Participants in the 2008 festival create a painting on the street in Riverhead.

Normally, the idea of people drawing all over the streets might seem not only wrong but downright illegal. However, for a few hours on Friday, the Town of Riverhead is actually encouraging people to come and mark up the pavement.

It’s the 16th Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival, and although you cannot simply doodle wherever you choose, anyone 14 and older can pay to grab a square section of downtown Riverhead’s roadway for the day (noon-5 p.m.) – then grab some street chalk and create a masterpiece.

It’s $20 to secure a spot, with chalk included and space provided on a first-come, first-served basis (the only people with any advantage on pavement placement are those who have previously reserved). In addition, there will be live music and theater performances, plus art demonstrations with sales and exhibitions. Art group Long Island’s Creative Vortex will also take part, and will present another session of its traveling “Shifting Realities Across Long Island” project, where people can anoint the Vortex’s “Reality” sculpture with paint.

The event will take place on East Main Street between Roanoke Avenue and East Street; for more information, go online to


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