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Port Wash shopping event isn’t washed out

Wednesday’s strong winds and heavy rains aren’t stopping Port Washington from holding its first Port Night Out: A Magical Shopping Experience. Tonight’s event runs until 9:30 p.m., with stores on Main Street open for the duration.

The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce and Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District are hosting the event to stimulate local holiday shopping, according to Bobbie Polay, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

The event, which will be held again Dec. 15, includes stores along Main Street offering what the chamber is calling “shoppertainment” to lure customers. Food, drinks, jugglers, singers, Santa and even a jump-roper will be in shops and on Main Street to entertain residents while they splurge on holiday deals in the mom-and-pop stores between Port Washington Boulevard and Manhasset Bay.

As for other Wednesday events:

* The Town of Huntington menorah lighting scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Village Green will instead be held in the lobby of Town Hall, 100 Main St.

* The Town of Brookhaven menorah lighting will be held at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville. It was already scheduled as an indoor event.

* Oyster Bay is hosting its first Holiday Shopping Stroll Thursday. The event is nearly identical to Port Washington's except Oyster Bay will also have its historic sites open.

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