LPCA to host popular country fair on June 21

(L-r) Francis Landi, Sadie Salute, Maria Mondelli, and Nettue Cicalo manning the white elephant table at one of the first LPCA Country Fairs. - Photo courtesy of the Locust Point Civic Association

The Locust Point Civic Association is bringing back a tradition whose history in the tight-knit community stretches back 40 years. 

The LPCA Country Fair had once been a highly anticipated event, but a recent lack of interest caused its cancellation. 

However, by moving the event from the fall to the summer, on Saturday, June 21, local leaders feel the event will be bigger and better than ever before.

“We thought it would be better to have the fair during the summer this year, because we’ve had a history of higher turnouts for events during this time of year,” Jerry Landi said. 

The country fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the waterfront of the LPCA clubhouse, at the corner of Locust Point Road (E. 177 Street) and Tierney Place.

“We are going to have a full day, and it should be fun,” Landi continued, noting that there has already been a great deal of buzz from local business. 

Francesca Falciano’s Creative Image Salon at 3162 E. Tremont Avenue, is scheduled to be at the fair from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Falciano will be volunteering her services for anyone who would like to donate their ponytail to Locks of Love, a non-profit that collects hair to make wigs for children who cannot grow their own hair because of cancer treatments or other ailments.

In addition, The Bear Bus is expected to be present at the club all day. Bear Bus allows youngsters to design their own teddy bear from scratch at a mobile truck that comes right to your neighborhood.

The LPCA is also offering vendor spaces and “yard sale” item tables. Spaces will be approximately 10’ x 10.’ Vendors must provide their own table, and the fee is $25 dollars per space.

In addition to the flea market, which will include Park Lane Jewelry and Partyline Candles, among other vendors, the fair will feature a concert from a local band and a cello player, a silent auction, squirrel exhibits, and perhaps even a presentation of Landi’s own film, Silent Deafening, on the beach.

This comes in addition to food and beverages, a traditional bake sale, white elephant and teen tables, and as always, plenty of raffles and chances. 

Neighborhood businesses that wish to contribute to the silent auction or raffles are promised free promotion in the LPCA newsletter and the organization’s column in the Bronx Times Reporter.

Artists and craftspeople are also being asked to donate a piece of artwork or a handcrafted item to the silent auction. The gift baskets for the silent auction already include prizes from a local dance studio, a scrap-booking basket, a gourmet food basket, and a spa basket donated by skin care company Peter Thomas Roth.

The LPCA is calling on all Locust Point residents to put their cooking skills to good use and donate such dessert items such as brownies, cookies, cupcakes, baklava, or cakes for the bake sale.

For more information on the  fair, including how to volunteer services or goods, call Chrys Napolitano at (718) 792-7647.

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