Chamber booth ladies 2018Emphasizing the play in its tagline, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Fall Festival delighted attendees of all ages on a sunny end of September Sunday. 

Whether it was a salty pickle or pretzel, hand-carved wood sculpture or cutting board, bouncy house or face painting, impressive performance from a brown belt or a group of in-sync singers and dancers, the 7th annual festival offered something to please everyone in the POB community where residents “live, work and play.”

“We are so happy to be the home of this wonderful event,” said Gretchen Browne, director of the Plainview Library. “The festival takes this central gathering spot and extends it, literally, offering our residents, and others, a fun, family-oriented day of outdoor enjoyment.”

For the first time, the festival was anchored by two presenting sponsors: Platinum sponsors Akiva Shapiro Law, PLLC and TD Bank (a gold level sponsor in 2016 and 2017). Several silver sponsors and a boost in bronze level sponsors helped shatter records for 2018. “These local businesses are the backbone of this annual event,” pointed out chamber president Andrew Lamkin. “With their loyal support we are able to orchestrate this special day for the POB community.” 

On the east side of the library parking lot, the Town or Oyster Bay Showmobile featured a steady stream of entertainment and on the west end, the action was all about the chamber’s prize wheel (generously loaned each year by Plainview’s St. Pius parish). In the center of it all were 99 vendors, featuring a mixture of crafts and unique merchandise peppered with proud chamber member businesses happy to be interacting with the community.
Back at the prize wheel, eager players paid $1 for a single spin or $5 for a chance to spin, to be eligible for the big screen TV (generously donated by Beechwood Homes) and to take a guess at the amount in the money jar. Debra Fortunado was the lucky TV winner and chamber member Fred Morante came the closest at guessing the contents of the money jar: It contained $137. 73. Over 50 area businesses donated the eclectic range of prizes and the chamber is extremely thankful for their generosity. See their names below!

All proceeds from the raffle earnings – almost $800 – will be donated to the chamber’s new charity partner for 2018-2019, Birthday Wishes of Long Island. The Hicksville based non-profit provides birthday parties for homeless children in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. With these funds, and others which will be raised throughout the year, the organization can provide presents, cake, party favors and a memorable birthday experience for children in shelters.

Planning for the single day event began back on a cold February morning at the Mid-Island Y JCC. (The chamber is grateful for their continued use of space for meetings and events.) Seven months later, the committees’ hard work, showed. Board member Ned Marzigliano chaired the festival for the first time and with his leadership, took the event to new heights. Many thanks to all the committee members, especially Ben Alssid of C2 Education who worked tirelessly, and to the staff of the POB Library for their contributions as well.

Check our photo gallery soon for many more photos! 

Thank you to all the area businesses who donated nearly 150 prizes!

Advantage Hyundai

American Dry Cleaners

Beechwood Homes

Bella Vista Pizza & Pasta

Best Friend Foods

Bliss Nails

Buffalo Grille

C2 Education

Camera Land

Camp Apollo

Carvel

Center Coffee Shop

Coliseum Kitchen & Caterers

Cravings Market

Crystal Chem Dry

Dr. Steven M. Riess Chiropractor

Econo Lodge

European Wax Center

Family Bagels & Deli of Plainview

George Martin 1989

Get Healthy America

Goldstar Carpets Cleaning

Huntington Learning Center

Imp Ideas

Inc. Mary Kay Cosmetics - Linda Herskowitz

Incredible Feets

Kidz Entertainment

Law Office of Jaime D. Lewis

Law Offices Of Elan Wurtzel, P.C.

M.J. Beanz

Meadowbrook Dentistry

Mid-Island Y JCC

Mill Brook Travel - Laura Avital

Northwell Health - Plainview & Syosset Hospitals

Pete the Greek

Plainview Cleaners

Plainview Mailroom

Psychological Services Long Island

Shop Rite

Simplay

Starbucks

State Farm Insurance - Ned Marzigliano Agency

Strut Your Stuff

Synergy Professional HR Consulting, Inc. - Stephanie Horn

Talisman Jewelers

Temple Chaverim

The Grill

Town Bagel

Trader Joe's

Trio Hardware & Paint

Tutor Doctor - Gayle Charlack

Umberto’s Pizzeria

Villa Monte

Yiasou Yeeros

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Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 577
Plainview, New York 11803
(516) 937-JOIN (5646)

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