Inaugural Oyster Bay Day looks to help local businesses with street festival
The Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay is canceled for the second year in a row, but the North Shore community is putting on a new event for residents to enjoy.
Oyster Fest is a fall tradition that usually draws thousands of people, and its cancellation is leaving businesses a little down.
“Oyster Fest brought so many people in town,” says Bernie Seringer of Sweet Tomato. “You could not, not make a little extra bit of money from it.”
Instead, the Oyster Bay East Norwich Chamber of Commerce decided to launch the first ever Oyster Bay Day, an eight-hour street festival.
Laura Escobar, who is part of the Chamber of Commerce, says they are closing off Audrey Avenue from Carvel all the way down to the train station and Spring Street.
“We will have local businesses with tents set up outside and we will have live music with School of Rock by the bandstand by the post office,” Escobar says. “We’ll have a family friendly zone in the municipal lot.”
She says there will also be oysters, which Seringer hopes will promote business in the area.
“Oyster Bay is here, we’re here, come down, visit us,” Seringer says. “And I think every town should do the same thing.”
The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs until 6 p.m.