Story by Sara Paul
Local businesses, both old and new. Curious faces, both familiar and foreign. Fun, friends, family, food, and forging ahead in Warwick’s inviting and exciting world of local commerce.
All this and more awaited Village of Warwick visitors as the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted its 11th annual “Community Showcase” on Sat., May 5.
The all-day event provided local businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations with an opportunity to display and discuss their products and services with tables, tents, and goods set up on Main St. and Railroad Ave.
Warwick Wine & Design Studio Owner Chelsea Lade, stationed right outside of Chase Bank on Main St., showcased dozens of original studio paintings and also invited onlookers to not just look, but to take part in the artistic process.
“I absolutely loved getting people to pick up a brush and help me paint our ‘Abbey the Giraffe’ painting. Kids from four years old to people of 65 years old all truly enjoyed letting loose and painting with me today!,” commented Lade, who has owned the business for two years.
“I had so much fun seeing familiar faces as well as meeting quite a good number of people who are new to our area! This is such a beautiful town that we live in,” Lade added.
Lisa Mitchell, owner of Down 2 Earth in Florida, NY, was also grateful for the opportunity to chat with people about all things healthy.
“I love meeting new people because I’m not only providing information, but I’m also getting information from them. It’s just a beautiful exchange, and I’ve been meeting some amazing people,” noted Mitchell, adding that the day’s event gave her the chance to “explain our business more deeply and tell people what we’re really about, which is not simply a juice bar.”
Other displays difficult to pass by without a long glance were Warwick Valley Humane Society’s photo gallery of adoptable pets and Betty Luraschi’s Fabric, Scissors & Thread business that specializes in “turning memories into personalized masterpieces.”
There was also a variety of entertainment on the Railroad Green. Oakie Dokey the Clown, acoustic music performed by students of The Rock Underground of Greenwood Lake, dance performances by D’Antono Dance Academy and a strings performance by members of the Wire Choir were included in the day’s agenda.
The Warwick Fire Department and The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc. (T.A.R.A.) were in attendance, with TARA providing low cost services for cats.
“Community Showcase” sponsors include Westchester Medical Center (WMC) Health, St. Anthony Community Hospital, ShopRite of Warwick, WVT, Edward Jones Investments, Myles Wealth Management, and Seely and Durland Insurance.
Patricia & Olivier Gillotin, owners of Shalimar Alpacas, pose by their furry stand. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
The Junction store team, staff member Robin with owners Annette & Jim DiZenzo stand in front of the Railroad Avenue shop. This year, The Junction celebrates its fifth summer in business. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Warwick Playground Dreams volunteers Hannelore Chambers & Carly Foster educate people about the proposed new playground for Stanley-Deming Park, which will break ground in April 2019. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Shoprite of Warwick associates Stephanie Rodriguez & Katie Jonkoski hand out keychains, notepads, & other goodies displayed beside a decorated sheet cake. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Frazzleberries Country Stores associates Stephanie Cressmona, Proprietor MaryBeth Schlichting, & Megan Burnell finish setting up their elaborate sidewalk display outside the Main St. shop. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Greenwood Lake Roasters Craft Coffee owner Yolanda Kozuha serves coffee samples to Allie Gannon & son, Dean (Try the Finca la Rosa!). The coffee shop will celebrate its one year opening anniversary this month after owners travel to CoffeeCon in Brooklyn, NY. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Chelsea Lade, Studio Owner of Warwick Wine & Design, shows off some studio artwork. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Odyssey of the Mind members stand behind their trophies. Coach Relcha Woods (from left), Kooki Aryeetey, Alexa Keys, Coach & Coordinator Donna Denny, & Julie Woods look forward to attending a competition in Iowa this month. Last year two of the groups’ teams took first place. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Clearview Vineyard Vintner Frank Graessle with friend Pat Galizio offer wine samples, sales & information at their table. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Galo & Janine Mendoza, of Clifton, NJ, take a burger break at Blarney Station’s outdoor sidewalk patio on Railroad Ave. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Suzanne Glaser, of Dental Arts of Orange County, talks with Hakimah al-Zahra at an information table for the Florida based practice. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Erin Kelly, owner of Erin Kelly Graphic Design for more than 25 years, stands beside her display of specialized labels & printed designs. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Middletown Medical associate Louanne Bowman soaks up some sun at the Community Showcase. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Flower Cakes By Nadine owner Nadine Webb with daughter, Oceania, & her sister-in-law, Linda, show off colorfully decorated cupcakes. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Down 2 Earth owner & Nutritional Counselor Lisa Y. Mitchell with her son, Sean, provided informational booklets on health issues & invited people to check out their Florida health market. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul
Staff & community members pose in front of UMAC Warwick, where visitors could spin the wheel & win a prize. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Sara Paul