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A Cinco de Mayo spring fling in Port Wash

Lyla Grosso, 2, of Port Washington, takes a

Lyla Grosso, 2, of Port Washington, takes a ride on a trolly during the hamlet's "Spring Fling," a downtown event geared toward encouraging residents to shop local. (May 5, 2011) Photo Credit: Photo by T.C. McCarthy

Cinco de Mayo was a working holiday in Port Washington Thursday night, as civic organizations promoted fun and local business growth with the second of three  events.

The program Spring Fling is a combined effort of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District, Port Washington Chamber of Commerce, Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington and the Town of North Hempstead. Spring Fling was adapted from the winter Port Night Out program.

Shops stayed open late, a free trolley carried shoppers to each end of the mile-long Main Street, and music, art projects and face painting filled the hamlet’s sidewalk. At Dvora's Art Studio, children munched on salsa while painting using strings of yarn.

“It’s geared toward the entire family,” said Mindy Germain, executive director of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington. “They are a continuation of what we did over the winter.”

Dolphin Bookstore offered salsa lessons to children who came in to visit. Proprietor Patty Vunk said she feels events like Spring Fling help drive local business.

“I think the idea is to have people walk around the town and see their neighbors,” Vunk said. “There’s a wonderful sense of community in Port Washington, and I think this helps to solidify that.”

The final Spring Fling event is scheduled for Thursday, June 2, from 5  to 8 p.m. Call the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce at 516-883-6566 for more information.

Photo: Lyla Grosso, 2, of Port Washington, rides the trolley during the hamlet's Spring Fling community event.

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