On Saturday, September 29, Spring Lake, New Jersey, will be transformed into an Italian village for the annual Spring Lake Italian Festival. Morris Avenue will be closed and turned into a festival area, featuring live music with Dominique & Julian, the “Al Fresco” Italian specialty food court, a wine and beer garden, face painting and balloon twisting for the kids, as well as a festival favorite – the petting zoo. Rounding out the activities will be Italian dancing featuring Spring Lake School of Dance and the annual Spaghetti Eating Contest. New this year will be a performing mime, a staple at festivals in Italy. Local merchants and vendors will be featuring their products and services and the food court will be presented by Chamber of Commerce member restaurants. Third Avenue will once again be lined with artwork, making September 29 the last Art Walk of the season.
This year will feature renowned Italian entertainer and Italian Tribune columnist “Uncle Floyd” Vivino. The “Uncle Floyd Show” aired in the NY-NJ markets for 24 years and Uncle Floyd has appeared in many television shows and movies. He will bring his music and comedy at 4:00 pm to the Morris Avenue stage.
On Thursday, September 27, the festival committee and the “Friends of the Spring Lake Italian Festival” will host its annual fund raising dinner at the luxurious and historic hotel, The Breakers OnThe Ocean, located at 1507 Ocean Avenue in beautiful Spring Lake. Entertainment for the evening will feature Zachary Alexander, winner of Hoboken’s 2016 Frank Sinatra singing contest.
Tickets for the show and Italian buffet dinner are $50 and include the first drink. It promises to be an evening filled with food, music and lots of fun! Tickets can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce office located at 313 Washington Avenue, 732-449-0577; Joseph’s Delicatessen, 516 Warren Avenue, 732-449-1412; Kate & Company, 1100 Third Avenue, 732-449-1633 or D’Amico & McConnell, 1201 Third Avenue, 732-449-4966.