A SPLENDID SPRING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY IN SEA CLIFF
June 9, 2014 -- With weather that could have easily been mistaken for mid-summer, Sea Cliff was bustling this weekend with the Civic Association’s Garage Sale Saturday, and Sunday's Springfest and Northwinds’ performance at Clifton Park.
Carpenter Avenue was nearly impassable at times as both locals and visitors took advantage of the bargains at the more than 80 garage and tag sales held throughout the Village on Saturday.
On Sunday, Sea Cliff Avenue between Roslyn and Main, was packed from late morning to late afternoon for the Second Annual Springfest, a celebration of Sea Cliff's vibrant community culture - in particular its volunteer groups, businesses, artists and musicians. At booths lining the avenue, local artisans and proprietors sold their wares and community organizations were given the opportunity to publicize their services and recruit new members. At the Sea Cliff MakeShop booth, children, working with conductive clay, learned about circuits.
Entertainment was provided by local musicians who performed from a stage set up in the lot of G&H Auto Repairs. Performers included Jenn Gerrity, the Sea Cliff Drum Circle, both encouraging audience participation, Lazy Dogs, Kris Rice & Company, Chicken Head and Roots Revelators.
Several North Shore High School Students decorated Roslyn Avenue in front of the Metropolitan Bistro with Chalk Art, with Nicoletta Royal taking first prize, Maggie Nizich second, and Emily Sturges third in the competition.
As Springfest wound down, and one walked up Sea Cliff Avenue towards Clifton Park, the Reggae rythyms of the Roots Revelators gradually gave way to the stirring sounds of the Northwinds Symphony, under the direction of Helen Bauer, performing "American Pageant," a concert of classic American band music.
Residents, some seated in lawn chairs and others lounging or picnicking on blankets, filled the southwestern corner of the park as they listened to the band perform marches, Broadway and movie tunes, patriotic favorites, and solo features by members of the band. Additionally, concert goers had the opportunity to view a portion of Glen Cove resident Robert Staada's extensive collection of military memorabilia dating from World War II to the present that has been featured in Newsday.
The concert was presented by Northwinds in collaboration with the Sea Cliff Civic Association and the Sea Cliff Arts Council.