By Janee Law
Northport Village was filled with activities, music, food stands, and local vendors Tuesday night, as members of the community gathered to celebrate the start of the 10th annual Northport Family Fun Night.
The festive event was put together by members of the Northport Chamber of Commerce. Debi Triola, a member of the board of directors, said the Northport Chamber started the event in 2007.
“It was a little kernel of an idea from a group on the chamber of commerce,” Triola, who also owns Fashions in Flowers, said. “It was a tough time in the economy and businesses were having a tough time drawing people in and we thought if we could just get people to see how great Northport is on one night then they’ll definitely want to come back.”
Ron Iannacone, president of the Northport Chamber of Commerce, said the event has ballooned into what it is today. He added that Triola and Dorothy Walsh, Northport Chamber recording secretary, played a significant role in putting the event together.
“It’s a sensational event and people come from other parts of Long Island,” Iannacone, owner of Iannacone Podiatry, said. “My expectations are to keep it the way it is. It’s a great event and people love it.”
Tuesday’s event consisted of live bands, outdoor dining, games, face painting, antique cars on display, inflatable bouncy houses for kids and more.
Heather Moyssiadis, of East Northport, attended the event for the first time with her two sons Ryan and Jake, her husband Eric and family German Shepherd, Beau. Moyssiadis said the antique cars were a popular feature for the family.
Mike Gozelski, of East Northport, displayed his new 1959 Austin Healey Bug Eyed Sprite for the first time at the event. He added, “I was exciting to bring it down here and it makes people smile. It’s fun.”
With a variety of band performances, including The Liverpool Shuffle, School of Rock in Huntington and the Northport Jazz Band, Jenn Triquet, of Huntington, said her favorite part about the night was the music.
Triquet added that the event is a “nice way to bring the community together and it’s cool to walk around and see everything.”