CM Spring Fest returns

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Main Street in Center Moriches came alive on June 12 for the 2022 Spring Fest.

Vendors offering clothing, accessories, and toys lined both sides of the street as friends, family, and furry companions strolled several blocks. Several Center Moriches businesses set up tents of their own among the vendors to promote their work within their community, including the Center Moriches Free Public Library. Other groups, from the Ancient Order of Hibernians to the VFW Post 414, set up tents along the road to attract new supporters to their respective missions.

As they walked along, attendees stopped for hot eats like sausage and peppers and gyros, classic street fare snacks like cotton candy and popcorn, beer samples from the Moriches Field Brewery and—perhaps the most popular item of the day—fresh pickles on a spear.

Guests also enjoyed a handful of live performances. A musical duo played near the event’s eastern boundary, while girls ages 7 through 11 from East Moriches’ You Gotta Dance performed for an applauding crowd of spectators.

“It’s absolutely amazing for the girls to dance for the community, especially because we do a lot of fundraisers,” Tina Quaglino, a teacher at You Gotta Dance, said. “It’s just good for them to get out and be a part of the community.”

In the morning, attendees arrived donning raincoats, as this year’s street fair began under a cloudy sky giving way to rain. Eventually, as the Sunday progressed, the sun prevailed overhead.

“Given the weather, I think we’re doing well,” Gerry Sapanaro, treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce of the Moriches and the fair’s organizer, said. “People came out with their umbrellas, so they still want to support us.

“It’s unfortunate that we can’t control what happens,” she continued. “But I think overall we’re going to be fine. I think this is going to pass through and we’ll have a nice afternoon.”

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