The Mamaroneck Village Harbor Fest returns to its original location and one-day format on Sunday, June 6 – rain or shine from 11 am to 6 pm.
After a few years of experimentation, the festival will once again be centered along Mamaroneck Avenue and at the entrance to Harbor Island Park. Entertainment and family fun areas will be staged at the park, while booths for arts, crafts, antiques and commercial exhibitors will run down the avenue. Food concessions will be at the top of the avenue (the Palmer end) and near the park entrance.
Admission is free and free satellite parking and shuttle buses will be available from Mamaroneck Avenue School, Mamaroneck High School and the Mamaroneck Town Center.
Begun in 2002 as a “historic street fair,” the festival now focuses on food and entertainment. However, there will be a museum set up in the old Mamaroneck Avenue fire house that will showcase photos and other memorabilia depicting Mamaroneck’s history, said Jennifer Graziano, co-chair of the event with Lenny Verrastro, the former administrator for the Village of Mamaroneck. There will also be a film tribute shown in the museum.
In a nod to Mamaroneck’s shipping history, the festival is bringing in the Yankee Clipper, a “tall ship” that will be docked in the harbor for people to tour.
New this year will be an expanded food court. “As everyone knows Mamaroneck has a vast array of cuisines from around the globe,” said Ms. Graziano. “A lot of those local restaurants will be displaying their signature dishes.”
As for entertainment, the local band Reunion will be on the main stage for a good portion of the day. Café Mozart will also have a stage outside the restaurant with a series of bands and other performers.
“And there will be plenty of children’s entertainment,” said Ms. Graziano. Applause Westchester, the children’s acting school in Mamaroneck, will be staging events. Families will also find children’s story telling, face painting, arts and crafts and other activities.
“It’s a combination of old favorites and new traditions,” said Ms. Graziano. “We’re hoping it’s a recipe for success.”