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Music lovers find rare records, memorabilia in Massapequa

A rare Elvis Presley collectible booklet was on

A rare Elvis Presley collectible booklet was on sale at the Long Island Music Lover's Faire at the American Legion Hall in Massapequa. (Jan. 22, 2012) Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Fred Falk sat behind several folding tables covered with vintage records, CDs and music memorabilia at the American Legion Hall in Massapequa on Sunday as fellow music fans looked eagerly for rare albums and collectibles.

For music fans used to instantaneous downloads, leafing through dusty records, old compact discs and cassette tapes might seem more like a chore than an exciting afternoon.

But Falk understands that there is still a need for the record stores, especially for music lovers who have a more vested interest in classic albums and artwork. That’s why he started the Long Island Music Lover's Faire 13 years ago.

“This is a place for people who love music to buy and sell records, CDs, 45s and memorabilia,” said Falk, 50, of Hamburg, N.J.

It’s an event for music collectors to gather and share their passion for all types of music.

“Who knows what I might find – something good, something bad,” said Mike Ascherman, 57, of Queens. “Part of the fun is just hanging out.”

Over the years, the fair has become a haven for Long Island music lovers looking to connect with other collectors and swap stories about their finds.

“I’ve made a lot of friends here,” said Jack Knapp, 66, of Rockville Centre. “It’s like going to a club, because you have so many people you see over the years and you swap stories.”

Music fans ranging from teens to their 60s buzzed eagerly through cartons filled with albums and rare imports from artists like The Beatles, Diana Ross and The Rolling Stones. Even though they differed in age, they all shared a love of music that went deeper than a digital download for an iPod or MP3 player.

“It’s a love of music,” Falk said. “That’s why we’re here.”

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