Brewster's Biggest Event of the Year Founder's Day

The following article was posted by Village of Brewster's Peter Brewster Hansen on Facebook.

Founder's Day - This not all-inclusive aggregate of posts by Laurie Manning over the last few weeks. Want to know what to look for? Check it out.

Let's talk inflatables!! Are we going to have the ever reliable, fully enclosed "Extra Large Bounce House" for the little ones?? Of course! It wouldn't be Founder's Day without it. Wonderful fun for the younger kids. But what about the older kids?? (And those of us who wish we were still kids) Surely there's something available for them too, right? Well, yes. Yes, there is!!

We're bringing in a Giant Velcro Wall for even more fun! Don a jumpsuit covered with one half of the sticky stuff, take a running jump and plaster yourself onto the wall covered with the other half of the sticky stuff .... SPLAT! But wait - there's more!

Who remembers Hungry Hungry Hippo??? Did you know that they've gone ahead and created an inflatable based on the favorite children's game? Yup, it's 30 feet in diameter and involves belts and long elastic cords and .... you can imagine the rest!

As always, there's no charge for this rollicking good time. Just head on over to Main Street and enjoy!

The fun just keeps on coming ... new this year is our Selfie Station!! And we have you covered - choose from hats, glasses, feather boas and more. Then select one of three different backdrops and you're set!! We didn't forget the little, little ones - you'll find a Seuss-themed background and 3 giant bears for added fun.

So, Grab a Prop & Strike a Pose!!

We are pleased to announce that I95 will be joining us from noon to 4 with a two hour live broadcast with on air personality, Lou Milano , of the Ethan and Lou Morning show!! I95 has been Connecticut and New York's home of Rock & Roll for over 40 years!

Lou grew up in Brewster and graduated from Brewster High School. He's been at i95 for almost 20 years and has been a staple of the Ethan and Lou Morning show for over 9 years!

Who's ready for some more fun?!?! New this year ... Dinosaurs Rock!

Dinosaurs Rock is an interactive exhibit of high quality dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric related items. This is as up close and personal as it gets! You'll be amazed as you explore their specimens. In addition to their exhibit, the first 500 children can participate in a genuine fossil dig! With this wonderful hands-on experience, they will be awed as they uncover genuine dinosaur bones, shark teeth, ammonites, petrified wood and more. Kids can take their fossil home and start their own collection.

No one really ever outgrows the appeal and wonder of dinosaurs. Stop by and check this out!

A great festival has many layers. One of the most important? Vendors!! And boy, do we have Vendors! You'll find we have all the bases covered ... products that range from jewelry & clothing to crafts & toys ... Main Street merchants to explore ... mouth watering food from grilled cheese & wraps to rice & beans with grilled chicken or beef, ice cream and more ... plus local businesses and organizations.

To date, we have more than 50 Vendors registered with more signing up every day! It will be a great day to begin your Holiday shopping early and to sample delicious food! We'll be posting regularly, so stay tuned.

Brewster Founder's Day Street Fair. It's Where You Want to Be!!

Vendor Spotlight!!

Stop by and meet Mary Ellen Cioto. She is a Pink Zebra Consultant. The sprinkles are soy wax. She also has soaks, woolies, warmers and much more.

Come and meet Vendor, Carolina Fontes. Her company, Lina's Art, offers beautiful and unique hand painted wine glasses. Safe and fun to drink from! Facebook page: Lina's Art

Visit our Main Street merchants ... the Eagle Eye Thrift Shop was started in 1965 to raise funds for Putnam Hospital Center. It is one of the oldest continuous businesses on Main Street in Brewster. The Thrift Shop sells donated items ranging from clothing , furniture, jewelry, vinyl records, books, toys, art work and more! The shop is run by volunteers with all of the proceeds going to Putnam Hospital Center. They have raised over $3 Million for the Hospital.

Katelyn's Kreations candles are made with a natural palm wax which is eco-friendly, sustainably sourced and produces a lovely crystalline feathering appearance. Each candle will burn for about 48 hours and the scent will last throughout ... or take the lid off without lighting, the candle will still make the room smell great!

Southeast Museum director, Amy Campanaro, will have an informational table on the history of Southeast as well as Museum programs. The Southeast Museum is a non-profit, educational institution established in 1963. It is located in the Landmark Building, the 1896 Old Town Hall of Southeast, on Main Street.

In addition to its ongoing exhibits, the Museum also offers temporary exhibits each year. Other programs presented by the Museum include tours, lectures, family activities, art & music events, as well as programs for school groups and other organizations. Stop by on Founder's Day to see Laura and Bob Yorburg ... take home one his balloon animals or have fun making sand art with Laura!

Come check out the Soldano family - pictured here clearly hard at work! They'll be selling Mike's self-published first novel in the action adventure series: "Tales From the Wasteland." Buy a book & get it signed. You'll be able to say you knew him before the TV show, movie, fame and inevitable retreat into seclusion. Jeannine's Robot Scrambles will be selling be-stickered and upcycled, rainbow-covered, unicorn-adorned, alien monster, handbags, clocks, frames, bracelets and more. For the colorful girl who has everything but still wants more. Designed for maximum compliments.

C’mon down and meet one of our new food vendors, Roseann Martin. Her roadside eatery, Roseann's Kitchen, will be featuring Homestyle Cooking. They will be offering breakfast wraps, grilled chicken Caesar wraps, buffalo chicken wraps, chili, rice balls and French fries.

Don't miss one of our new vendors, Amy Sampayo. She is featuring Usborne Publishing - a multiple-award winning, worldwide children's publishing company. They offer books, including phonics and activity for babies through young adults!

Be sure to see Eliana Lebwohl - shebang artist who creates images to sell either as originals, framed or unframed, or to be out on shirts, mugs, canvas bags, etc. She's been doing this for the last few years and have been very successful in this endeavor. She also takes custom orders!

Our Vendors make it easy to Start Your Holiday Shopping Early!

Here's a family owned business specializing in artisan bread made the old fashioned way. They also humanely raise rabbit and chicken. They sell naturally leavened bread, wood fired pizza, doughnuts, croissants, bagels and various other baked goods. They will have these products at the Street Fair as well as eggs, rabbits and chicken.

Say hello to another one of our new Vendors: Groovy Baby Tees! If you're looking for something one of a kind, Groovy Baby Tees can help! They have unique tie dyed onesies, socks, bibs and crib sheets with beautiful designs. Not one of them is the same!! Stop by and start your Holiday shopping early!

Newcomer, Danielle Calvi brings her own line to our Event - Lucky Chest Jewelry. It's all handmade ... from bracelets to anklets. Many of her beads are hand blown glass that she makes herself. She also has shell headbands that are made with shells she has found on the beaches of Aruba. She'll have candle displays as well.

Melissa Graziano is on our roster of new Vendors and brings us Origami Owl. Their 'Living Lockets' are created for You! For you to tell Your story. It's your Journey to share however you please. Lockets and charms, bracelets and wraps, dangles, earrings and chains!

Here with her first appearance at Founder's Day is Jennifer Farenholc, an independent consultant with Pampered Chef. She can help you bring your family around the table with quick, easy and healthy meals. Check out all the great new products to Pamper you in the kitchen!

We're thrilled to welcome new vendor, Christina Mead! She's a lifelong Brewster resident who decided to take a leap of faith and start her own craft business and so Twine Life was born! She uses up -cycled wine bottles and turns them into beautiful, rustic vases. Each one is handcrafted and no two are the same! They also hand pour lovely beeswax candles.

Meet Mercedes Portillo, your local Amway representative. She will be greeting you with an array of products for you and your home. Everything from face creams to perfumes to household cleaners. Stop by and see what she has to offer.

A warm welcome to Little Em's Diaper Cakes & More. Tina Coons was inspired by her first grandchild. These adorable, unique and practical diaper cakes make great baby and first birthday gifts. All creations can be tailored to your request and around your budget. From critters to tiered & square shape type cakes and from Wizard of Oz theme to simple owls!

Smellz Good: these products are naturally based skin and body care. Goat milk soaps and lotions help bring moisture back to your skin without leaving a greasy residue. 4T - Thief oil is 'first aid' in a bottle. Great on virtually anything: cuts, burns, poison ivy and more. Wack's Attack Bug Away bug spray. NO DEET. No chemicals. Magnesium Oil - 80% of us are deficient.

Say hello to Cindy Eisner and LulaRoe! LulaRoe only produces 2,500 pieces of clothing in a particular print. If you find a print and Love it, Get it! Once it's gone, you may never see it again. You may actually have a piece of clothing that no one else in your state has. That's just one of the many things that makes LulaRoe so unique!

Elisa Gambino is a Group Leader with Touchstone Crystal Jewelry, a Swarovski Direct Sales Line! Swarovski has been around for 121 years and has been a fashion powerhouse for the majority of those years! Half the line is $50 and under!! Come see the best sparkle ever!

Bull & Barrel Brewery is Putnam County's only brewery and they are proud to be in Brewster where the Brew in Brewster compliments what they do. They are hand crafting on location their artisan draft beers, such as their gold & silver award winning Honey Blueberry Beer. They are known for such things as their mechanical bull, line dancing and the award winning bacon cheese wontons - which they will be serving up at the Street Fair! They have a private banquet room to hold private events such as weddings, birthdays and comedy shows, contact them to book a party. They proudly just opened their beer garden with outdoor dining and the best of backyard games to keep you entertained. Come with the family, come with friends, they have something for everyone. Specials in the garden: Wed-Fri 4PM - 7PM Happy Hour with $1 off all drinks & 1/2 price apps, $12 all you can eat BBQ Thursday nights 7PM - 9PM & Friday nights are for the ladies with 1/2 price drinks 8PM - 11PM.

Time to meet Nidia ... proud owner of Enoc's Market on Main Street. She and her sister run this lovely, clean grocery. Her freshly made juice is outstanding!! Cold, crisp and full of flavor! She keeps it low sugar - it's like drinking a piece of fruit! She'll also be offering fruity ice bars and, of course, fresh fruit! Stop by - you won't be disappointed!

Here's another Main Street merchant that will be joining the fun ... and creating some of their own! Since 1985, the Kwoks have owned Peking Garden and now their son, Kenny runs the business. He'll be on hand with his wife Jenn and they'll be operating a carnival favorite ... Ping Pong in the Goldfish Bowl!!

Sully Candles are homemade soy based candles with cotton wicks made by two sisters. These candles are not only for giving fragrance but the oil from the melted wax is FDA approved for body massage oil. Please stop by and smell their different scents. Hope to see you there!!

Norma Pereira-Aka-Ixmucane's Artisan is an artist residing in Putnam County who focuses on unique hand made crafts while bringing diversity into others' lives. Born in Guatemala, Norma came to the U.S. & for more than two decades has worked proactively with community leaders in pushing for reforms to assist the immigrant population. During the past few years, in addition to her desire to assist North America's newest residents, Norma turned her artistic abilities into creating colorful handmade wooden jewelry boxes, paintings, conducting youth & adult workshops while supporting other craftsmen.

The Brewster Public Library will be joining the festivities! Stop by for a fun, temporary tattoo and check out their sale of gently used books & videos. Edith Diehl started the Brewster Public Library in 1896 with a collection of 500 books at a storefront on Park Street. The present building - donated by Andrew Ferris - opened in 1931. Its collection now contains over 25,000 items and public access computers provide free internet access. They also offer story times and special programs for children of all ages.

Let's meet another Main Street merchant! Brother / sister team Ashley and Marvin are the owners of Ashley's Deli. Their wonderful shop offers dry goods and a homemade buffet filled with savory dishes. They'll be out with their grill serving up delicious Beef Kabobs & Chicken Kabobs, as well as refreshing fresh fruit.

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition's goal is to promote and raise funds for the development and effective management of affordable, accessible performance space that will provide local residents opportunities to participate in and appreciate cultural arts including lectures, theater, dance, film, music, visual arts and inclusive community events. Their current focus is the renovation of the Southeast Old Town Hall, a historic landmark within the village of Brewster and a perfect venue to serve as a cultural hub. The Old Town Hall has been described as a "Jewel in the Center of Brewster" and its renovation will help foster the revitalization of downtown Brewster.

The Putnam County Department of Health will be providing information and educational literature on Lyme Disease, Zika Virus, Immunization Clinics, School and Public flu clinic schedules, Hepatitis-C, HIV, emergency preparedness, lead, WIC, and many other Health Department programs and services.

Brewster Rotary will be on hand with an Emergency Shelter Box. Come find out more about Rotary and their partnership with ShelterBox. They offer opportunities to collaborate in providing emergency shelter and vital supplies to stabilize, protect and support communities affected by disaster and humanitarian crises.

A warm welcome to Anne Koplik Designs - their first time at Founder's Day!! They have been designing and hand crafting jewelry for over 35 years in their Brewster Studio. Their artisans use crystals from Swarovski, freshwater pearls, hand-mixed and hand applied enamels, Mother of Pearl, solid brass and lead/nickel/cadmium free metals. They are the go to brand for hundreds of celebrities and stylists around the world, including the Emmy Award winning wardrobe department for "Dancing with the Stars ".

Just one more reason to Start Your Holiday Shopping early!!

Seven Star School of Performing Arts has been providing amazing programs for babies to pre-professional and everything in between for the past 16 years! With over 100 classes in a variety of dance styles, SSSPA provides a flexible schedule for their community's busy families. Students will be performing on stage at Founder's Day. Visit their booth to find out more about the classes & camps. Children will receive a special goody bag for free.

So many new Vendors this year! Wait until you meet Scott. His business - Spot on Spice - features Artisan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!! Choose your favorite from the menu, like "The Junkyard". ... it's a little bit of everything, toasty & delicious. Bring your appetite!!

And once you've had your lunch, it's time for dessert!!! We are pleased to offer a favorite festival and fair food - Deep Fried Oreos plus Funnel Cakes! The thought of indulging in some warm and fresh deep-fried Oreos and funnel cake makes any festival day complete!


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