Larchmont Family Fair to return Oct. 30

| September 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

LARCHMONT FAMILY FAIR poster is reviewed by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and committee member Patty Lombard.

It’s back! After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Larchmont Family Fair is back. Mark your calendars for Sun., Oct. 30, from 2 to 7 p.m. for the reboot of this beloved neighborhood tradition that started in 1966.

The Larchmont Boulevard Association (LBA), organizer of the fair, said they are excited about some changes longtime fair planner Betsy Malloy is proposing for this year’s event.

“We decided it was time to do something a little different,” said Malloy, who has planned fairs for a decade. “The pandemic has changed so much of our daily life; it seemed like a good opportunity to change up this local tradition and bring everyone together to celebrate our neighborhood. In addition to all the usual fun activities for kids, we are adding some fun for adults.”

Malloy has teamed up with composer and film producer Stephen Endelman to produce a concert featuring classic songs from the movies. Thanks to a partnership with an artisanal brewery with deep ties to the neighborhood, adults can enjoy the concert in a beer garden setting, sampling specialty beers along with barbecue from a local family-owned catering company.

Concert at 5:30 p.m.
The Fair will still take place on the Sunday before Halloween, as usual, though it will start a bit later, at 2 p.m., with traditional booths and lots of activities for kids. To keep costs down for organizers and parents, Malloy is adding more free activities for kids and fewer expensive rides. The concert will start at 5:30 p.m.

“We are so delighted to be able to bring the fair back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic,” said John Winther, LBA president. “We love working with Betsy and her team, who have consistently delivered a family-friendly, community-building annual event. We are excited about this year’s concert and beer garden and hope to bring even more people to together on our neighborhood main street.”

The Larchmont Boulevard Association, the association of business owners and professionals on the street, has organized the Larchmont Family Fair, with proceeds supporting the association’s costs for holiday events, security, landscaping and beautification on the street. Every year, neighbors and local businesses also help support the fair through sponsorships and ticket sales.

Volunteers and sponsors
“Everyone who works on the fair is a volunteer, but the costs for insurance, rentals, city permits, clean up, etc. are significant, so we really appreciate the support of our sponsors and ticket sales,” explained Malloy.

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The Larchmont Buzz, a proud member of the LBA, is helping Malloy, along with LBA members Tailwaggers Pets, Rhodes School of Music and Chevalier’s Books, so look for more information on ticket sales, sponsorships and a schedule of events coming soon on the Buzz.

Snooknuk added to Fair
Snooknuk is coming back to Larchmont for the Family Fair. Creator Cheri Moon will be bringing her Snooknuk magic to the Children’s Stage at the Fair where she will curate three fun-filled hours of diverse programming, offering something to delight kids and their parents from 2 to 5 p.m.

“We are delighted to have Cheri, who is generously helping program three full hours of fun family entertainment on the Children’s Stage,” said Malloy, also a seasoned mom and grandmother, who said she wanted to make sure there was plenty of activity for children and their parents to enjoy in addition to the usual inflatables and rides.

Additional talent
“I am thrilled to be back on Larchmont,” Moon said. “I’m so happy the Larchmont Fair is all coming together! I’m excited about the talent I’ve secured so far for the Children’s Stage and potentially a few more that would really make it even more epic!” Artists Leah Sprecher, Nicole Mangi, Kymberly Stewart and DJ Princess Ellie are already confirmed.

When they had kids and couldn’t find a music class, former Broadway performers Leah Sprecher and Nicole Mangi created “Broadway Babies.” It’s their way to channel their love of old-timey musicals, vaudeville and slap-stick humor into an interactive song and dance extravaganza designed to engage kids in musical theater. Kids are encouraged to sing along and explore fun movement.

Kymberly Stewart is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, musician, actress, producer and early childhood music educator, and she also will perform.

Kymberly also is a collaborator with Cheri on their Grammy Award-winning album “All One Tribe” by 1Tribe Collective, selected for Best Children’s Album. The Collective’s compilation album contains 25 songs that celebrate the rich diversity of Black culture and promotes positive self imaging for children. The album received a mention by The New York Times and appeared in Billboard magazine.

And finally, to keep everything going, even in between sets and special events like the costume parade, pumpkin decorating and other fun events, DJ Princess Ellie will fill in with music and dance. Ekaette Ellie Shammah, stage name Princess Ellie, is an author and performer who performs with her group of kid and adult hip hop dancers.

Moon also has contacted Bob Baker Marionette Theater and Jim Henson Studios. She’s even working on getting a Robot Puppet that can create balloon animals!

The preceding detailed report comes from one of the organizers of this year’s Larchmont Family Fair, Patricia Lombard, co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. The information was first reported in the Buzz on Aug. 16 and Sept. 19. We appreciate her letting us share this information with our readers.

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