Record crowds turned out on a sunny Sunday, June 18, which also happened to be Father’s Day, for the fourth annual pull-out-all-the-stops celebration of the village and its merchants. According to Deputy Mayor Connie Kehoe, who oversaw the event, “Many more families with kids were participating at various locations: watching the student musicians, trying out the chalk art, taking part in the walking school bus. We got rave reviews for the classic cars at the library parking lot.”
Most of the village’s vendors opened shop. Janet Kovacs was out in front of Houlihan Lawrence face-painting. The Riverkeeper sponsored recruited kids to help “chalk” a river from Main Street School to The Black Cat Café. Body/mind expert Christine Azziz set up an “Ahimsa Acupuncture and Wellness Station” with displays of her various healing oils. Vintage cars were on display in the parking lot behind the library. BBQ-meisters at Revenge ran out of brisket early, but several musical groups played on throughout the day. An historic trolley was available to shuttle the weary from Astor Street to Broadway or out the Aqueduct to the Octagon House.