Monday, September 28, 2009
This weekend, our friends at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church host Greekfest. The festivities kick off Friday, 10/2 at noon. Hours for the weekend are Friday, 10/2 from noon to midnight, Saturday, 10/3 from noon to midnight and Sunday, 10/4 from noon to 8:00 pm. Event features food, culture, rides for the kids and wine tasting. You can even pick up some yummy greek food to go via their new drive thru service throughout the festival.
On Sunday, the Village of Suffern hosts a Street Fair from 10 am to 5pm. Merchants, performances by Ben the Magic Man and the famous YO-YO man with illuisionary arts. A petting zoo and pony rides will also be included in the day's activities. Free parking in the Suffern municipal lots. Takes place rain or shine. Some more info about a really cool Breast Cancer Event below.
Suffern Chamber of Commerce member, Mystic Images, is bringing together fellow merchants and partnering with Rockland County's Cancer Institute to present 'The Mystic Makeover Fashion Show for Breast Cancer Awareness'. The fashion show honoring cancer survivors will be one of many offerings at Suffern's Street Fair on Sunday, October 4th. Mystic Images' owner, Gina Bertolino, along with Anne Kilduff of High Style, Lucy Kotsidis of Victoria's Bridal, and Chris and Sue Tobin of Crumbs Bakery are contributing time and talents in honor of survivors, those who love them, and our community. Their 'think pink' message will be presented free to the public directly outside Mystic Images' beauty salon at 75A Lafayette Avenue (Rt. 59) beginning at noon and again at 2PM. The fashion show kicks off our nation's month-long October campaign to bring attention to a disease effecting 200,000 women annually.
For over two decades, Gina Bertolino and her team of hairstylists, makeup artists, and manicurists have cared for clients in all seasons of life. From weddings to births to just the simple everyday 'stuff', folks tend to open up while sitting in any beauty salon chair. "Next to bartenders, I think we might be professionally in line to get 'the real dish'", laughs Gina.
Sadly, sometimes candor is heartbreaking. "For years, we've supported worthy causes", says Gina. "Our clients represent only a small fraction of women and a disease needing more attention. And if 'The Mystic Makeover Fashion Show' can further breast cancer support, awareness and a day of laughs to the balance of tears, then we're going to do our part."
The fashion show has three community goals:
- Provide makeovers for local women (ages 13 & up) with an emphasis on breast cancer survivors and their family/friends.
- Showcase Rockland County Cancer Institute's breast cancer programs and 'National Breast Cancer Awareness Month'.
- Co-market with other area merchants and Suffern Chamber of Commerce to create a well rounded, locally enriching event.
Beyond Suffern's Downtown stores, there will be commercial support and donations from Rockland-based Emiliani beauty supply, Kokopelli accessories & gifts boutique, Balloon Artistry, and Suzy Said. The Rockland County Cancer Institute will distribute literature and be on-hand for Q&A all day from 10AM to 5PM. As a bonus, Crumbs Bakery will have 'think pink' confections at the show and in their shop the entire month of October.
As for community involvement and donations, there will be many ways to plug into the cause. First, anyone who wears PINK to 'The Mystic Makeover Fashion Show' will be automatically entered to win their own makeover on another day of their choice. Attendees will also be able to purchase pink ribbons that day and all of October to be displayed in Mystic Images' storefront window. Plus, Mystic Images will sell raffle tickets to win a beauty products gift basket (valued over $150). Finally, Crumbs Bakery will be contributing a portion of each dessert sale throughout October to breast cancer research. All proceeds will be donated to Suffern's own Avon Foundation. "Our collective, local support of Avon's global effort is yet a continuance of bringing commerce together around a greater cause."
'The Mystic Makeover Fashion Show' will feature many familiar faces from the Lower Hudson Valley. Models, staff, shopkeepers and emcees welcome everyone to join in rain or shine.