2014-08-15 / Community

Craft Fair Comes To The Boardwalk

By Dan Guarino

Something new came to the beach this year. A craft fair.

The Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Craft and Gift Fair held its first annual event on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fifty-two vendors spread their wares on tables along the boardwalk from Beach 86th Street eastward. A mixture of local sellers and others offered a variety of hand crafted and handpicked items to an interested crowd that came throughout the weekend.

Strollers and even those who stopped by on their way to enjoy the beach had mostly favorable comments about the fair.

Organizer Alan Finchley, who runs similar craft fairs all over Long Island, explained “we had somewhere between seven to 10 thousand people come through.”

“In fact,” he said, “the vendors took a little longer to set up because shoppers were coming well before 10 a.m. And people kept coming, kept shopping till about 8 p.m.”

Vendors were also pleased with the event. One local man mentioned that he asked a seller if he’d be coming back next year. The vendor replied that he’d “be happy to come back next week.”

Residents also noted the event was well organized and that organizers left the area exceptionally clean after the event.

“Rockaway has survived a lot,” Finchley explained. “I grew up at 122-20 Ocean Promenade, the Loyard Building. I spent my summers working at the boardwalk penny arcades in Rockaway.”

“With this first annual fair, we are celebrating the resilience of Rockaway and its return.”

Among those responsible for its success he included the Rockaway Civic Association, the NYC Department of Parks, community activist Joe Hartigan, the Rockaway Artists Alliance, the 100th Precinct and all essential services.

“Really everybody in Rockaway had a part. It was a mass effort,” he added.

Although details are not yet available, Finchley did say, “Our intention is to continue to do events like this on an ongoing basis.”









Visitors came out the first annual Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Craft and Gift Fair held the boardwalk August 9 and 10. Photos Michael Schor to on on by Visitors came out the first annual Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Craft and Gift Fair held the boardwalk August 9 and 10. Photos Michael Schor to on on by

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