Written by Jill Nossa Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00
The Inaugural Sea Faire at the Glen Cove’s waterfront took place during a major heat wave over the Independence Day weekend, and an estimated 10,000 people ventured out over the course of the weekend. The much-hyped event was created as a way to draw residents and people from other communities to the waterfront, which has been cleaned up in recent years, with plans for major redevelopment.
The temperature climbed into the 90s both Saturday and Sunday, and the hot sun and high humidity was likely a deterrent for many people, though quite a few curious folks did come out to hear the music, taste the food (which included gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, sausage and peppers and falafel sandwiches and burgers), sample Long Island beer and wine, and enjoy the carnival rides. The oyster sloop Christeen was available for tours, a pirate show for the kids got some laughs and a slew of vendors braved the heat to sell their wares.
“Our goal was to show Glen Covers and people from across the North Shore just how much has already been along the waterfront and most importantly, to give them a taste of the kinds of events and activities, as well as overall waterfront access, that will come with the advancing of the Garvies Point community over the next several years,” said Scott Rechler, chairman and CEO of RXR Realty.
Entertainment at the Sea Faire inWhen evening fell and the sun began to set on Saturday, the folks who decided to stay in the comforts of their air conditioning during the day ventured down to the festival. A crowd of about 5,000 people was estimated to have come out for the fireworks by Grucci, a fifth-generation, family owned and operated company that dates back to 1850.
“As someone who grew up near Glen Cove and still lives close by, visiting the city regularly for shopping and recreation, I was so excited to see so many people enjoying themselves down at the waterfront,” said Rechler.
"Sea Faire festival was a wonderful event to celebrate Glen Cove’s beautiful waterfront,” said Dr. Maxine Cappel Mayreis, who was there with her kids as well as doing volunteer service for the Foundation of Wellness Professionals. “There were lots of tasty food choices, freebies, entertainment, exciting boat rides, carnival fun, a variety of vendors and spectacular fireworks. Too bad the heat was unfit for families to make a day of it! Let’s do the next one in the spring or fall!”