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Weekly Recommendation: The Return of Nyack SpringFest!

Nyack SpringFest is back after a two-year Covid-induced hiatus. (Courtesy Nyack Chamber of Commerce; Photo by Nina Skow)

After two years of Covid-related rain checks, Nyack SpringFest is finally back!

This harbinger of spring, gone for far too long, is going down Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

There will be art. There will be crafts. There will be hippy jewelry, wooden spoons and tie-dyed t-shirts.

You will bump into random people you haven’t seen since 2020. You might lose a child for 15 minutes. You will be overwhelmed by the temptation of a deep-fried oreo.

It will be a blast. And hopefully get into the mid 50s!

It will also be a boost to local businesses that have either weathered the Covid storm or, surprisingly (or maybe shrewdly), decided it was the perfect time to open up shop.

“Small businesses in Nyack have been hit hard over the past two years,” said Maria Luisa Whittingham, co-founder of Nyack Merchants United and owner of Maria Luisa boutique on South Broadway, where the fest will be in full swing, according to a press release. “But the hard times toughened us up, and we’re back even stronger than before, with many new businesses already operating, and new doors ready to open in coming months.”

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In fact, since right before the pandemic hit in 2020, Nyack’s added more than two dozen new businesses. (To be fair, we’ve also lost a few treasured old stand-bys. RIP O’Donoghue’s.)

Still, that’s pretty awesome, you know, given the general state of the world.

Which brings us to the other important detail we learned from the Nyack Chamber of Commerce’s press release: the neighborhood around Maria Luisa on South Broadway is now being branded “So-Bro”.

We’re not so sure how to feel about that one. We’ll have to let it marinate for a while before we pass judgment. (Please feel free to write us at info@nyacknewsandviews.com with your feelings and analysis.)

Finally, here’s the lineup of live outdoor music you can find while drinking over-sized fresh squeezed Lemonade:
— Electric Beef Band offers classic rock from the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s
— Maureen’s Jazz Cellar presents the David Budway Quartet on North Broadway
— DJ SC-One & Mr. Lee on live percussion and vocals
— Live Acoustic Blues Duo featuring Lee Farber and Jim Hayes

For more local events, check out Visit Nyack.

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