Great Neck Street Fair and Music Festival in full swing

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Great Neck Street Fair and Music Festival in full swing
Dana, Sabrina and Kevin Levian, the grandchildren of Norman Namdar, enjoy a ride on the Scrambler at Village Green. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

By Chris Eder

Elena Barakhovski and the rest of SundayGirl, a Blondie tribute band, perform at the Village Green on Sunday. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)
Elena Barakhovski and the rest of SundayGirl, a Blondie tribute band, perform at the Village Green on Sunday. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

The Great Neck Street Fair and Music Festival was in full swing Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, introducing live music and scenic views to this year’s festivities.

 

The Village of Great Neck and the Great Neck Park District teamed up to move the fair onto the Village Green, where families unfolded lawn chairs to enjoy the tunes while children lined up to hop on carnival rides. There were an estimated 300 in attendance.

Carnival goers whirl around in the Scrambler at the Village Green on Saturday night. (Photo by Chris Eder)
Carnival goers whirl around in the Scrambler at the Village Green on Saturday night. (Photo by Chris Eder)

A Surf-rock band, the TarantinosNYC, jammed on stage at 7 p.m., followed by Blondie tribute band SundayGirl at 8 p.m. Couples lounged on the lawn to enjoy the music before hopping on stage for some karaoke at 9 p.m., courtesy of Arlene’s World Famous Rock and Roll Karaoke.

There were also three carnival rides this year, one of which was the Scrambler, which had residents of all ages spinning around rapidly. There were also go-karts and a small carousel for the youngsters.

 

 

Children gathered to see and try petting a myriad of animals at the petting zoo. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)
Children gathered to see and try petting a myriad of animals at the petting zoo. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

Park District Commissioners Tina Stellato and Frank Cilluffo said they attended to make sure everybody was having a good time.

“There’s a buzz in the air,” Stellato said. “Everybody looks excited to be here.” Cilluffo added, “It’s a great evening. The weather’s perfect.”

Two girls hold hands as they go down a giant inflatable slide together. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)
Two girls hold hands as they go down a giant inflatable slide together. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

This year also marked the premiere of Great Neck’s new stage. A longtime resident who gave her name as Carolyn recalled how bands performed on the Village Green’s bandstand before the new stage premiered. “It’s great that they’re doing this,” she said.

Though Saturday’s events wrapped up by 11 p.m., the event continued into Sunday with Great Neck’s annual Crafts Fair, which lasted from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Vendors prepare food for a carnival patron. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)
Vendors prepare food for a carnival patron. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

While there was some light rain, hundreds attended to browse offerings from vendors, check out kosher food stands, and once more listen to live music and enjoy carnival rides.

Among the performers were the Parade Band, Adam the Real Man, TarantinosNYC and SundayGirl, and Straight to Hell, a Clash tribute band.

 

Dan Strummer, the lead singer of Straight to Hell, a Clash tribute band, sings before an audience at the Great Neck Street Fair and Music Festival. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)
Dan Strummer, the lead singer of Straight to Hell, a Clash tribute band, sings before an audience at the Great Neck Street Fair and Music Festival. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

There will be more music and performances during this year’s annual summer concert series at Steppingstone Waterside Theatre, slated to go on from July into early September. It will feature acts such as Blues Traveler, Taylor Dayne, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Sepideh, the Meade Brothers and more.

For more information on specific show dates and times, visit the Great Neck Park District website.

 

Janelle Clausen contributed reporting.

A group of children drive around a track. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)
A group of children drive around a track. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

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