Merchants to host annual Tremont fair

Throggs Neck merchants are gearing up for their 6th annual Throggs Neck Merchants Association Sidewalk Sale.

The annual affair will run along a 30-block stretch of E. Tremont Avenue between Dudley and Harding avenues on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The group is boasting this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, with the culinary offerings of popular local restaurants, browsing products and services offered by local merchants, and fun entertainment along the way.

Merchants Association president Steven Kaufman said that the annual event is going to have a great deal of variety, and will offer free transportation to all of those folks who want to visit the entire length of the street festival.

“We are going to have all sorts of attractions, and one of them is the Bronx Arts Ensemble,” he said, which will be stationed near the Throgs Neck Library and Cross Bronx Expressway overpass.

“Bronx Arts Ensemble is excited to be participating for the first time in the 2013 Throggs Neck Merchant Association Street Fair,” said Rosemarie Triana-Moreno. “BAE’s musicians will present a live Magical Mystery Tour of Popular ‘60 hits featuring music of The Beatles, Buddy Holly, The Coasters, Dion and The Belmonts, The Kinks, Herman’s Hermits, Ray Charles and more!”

At one end of the festival, St. Frances de Chantal Church will sponsor a flea market, with face painting and a DJ.

Among highlights of the Throggs Neck Merchants Fair at different locations along E. Tremont Avenue will be:

•an FDNY smokehouse teaching people of all ages about fire safety, at Walgreen’s at 3085 E. Tremont Ave.

•clowns and cotton candy at Susan’s House of Magic at 3121 E. Tremont Ave.

•barbecue at Skibbo’s at 3154 E. Tremont Ave.

•an exhibit by the Bronx Children’s Museum, face painting, and an arts/crafts workshop at Anthony’s Flower Farm at 3240 E. Tremont Ave.

•the NYPD’s rock climbing wall and TNCAP underage drinking education at Rite Aid at 3590 E. Tremont Ave.

•a blow-up castle and hot dogs at Fine Fare at 3630 E. Tremont Ave.

•pony rides at Wawa’s Puppy Boutique at 3039 Cross Bronx Expressway

•CPR/First Aid Training, New York Botanical Garden, and Bronx Zoo at Throggs Neck Volunteer Ambulance Corps. at 3955 E. Tremont Ave.

•a restaurant tasting at Derosa O’Boyle Triangle at Cross Bronx Expressway and E. Tremont Avenue.

Patrick Rocchio can be reach via e-mail at procchio@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 742-3393

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