Al Fresco Is A Collaborative Effort

Gus Lucas of Port Washington, left, bought the 1966 Mustang three years ago. At right is Casey Grippi of Manhasset, who displayed the black 1932 Ford Coupe as well as the sky blue 1955 Chevrolet sedan. (Photos by Frank Rizzo)

Next outdoor event to take place July 24

The bonds of community were evident on a gorgeous July Sunday afternoon on Plandome Road in Manhasset. The Manhasset Chamber of Commerce organized its second Al Fresco afternoon of the year (the June 26 event was cancelled by rain), closing the south portion of the main drag for outdoor dining, music and other activities.

Massage therapist Stephen A. Sanacore works on Rodney Hakim using what he called his myofascial release method. Rodney admitted he was a bit skeptical of massage, but might have been converted. His wife Dorit also took a turn on the massage table as their children, Eliana, 10, and Noah, 8, watched. Learn more at

Children played “street” tic-tac-toe and cornhole and enjoyed crafts—all courtesy of Douglas Ellliman. The Traci Clinton Conway Team/Compass sponsored a blow-up water slide that kept children entertained and cooled. The chamber itself hosted a rock painting workshop.

Charlotte Macchioli of Sea Cliff was invited to sing by her friends in the Glenn Strange Band.

The Gift of Life International, under the rubric of the Rotary Club of Manhasset, presented information on how it sponsors life-saving heart procedures for children around the globe. Its founder, Manhasset’s own Robbie Donno, was on hand to talk about its mission and help raise funds for its cause. In its 47 years, it has helped more than 43,000 children in 80 countries.

Connie Knies of Manhasset entered a raffle at the Precision Surgery of New York PC booth. 

Project Help Long Island also had a booth, dispensing information about its mission to ensure mental health and addiction services.

Vintage car lovers could get up close with glass and metal masterpieces, thanks to the Elite Automotive Repair Car Show.

Music was provided by the Glenn Strange Band, guitarist Raffi, DJ Rad and the County Line Band.

Outdoor dining participants were Pearl East, Buttercooky Bakery & Cafe, Villa Milano, Herb & Olive Market and For Five Coffee.

Douglas Elliman Realty sponsored street games and crafts for the youth.

And this being a chamber event, it gave numerous area business the opportunity to introduce themselves to visiting residents while providing giveaways, raffles and other specials.

Manning the Project HELP Long Island table were Connie Bruno of the Manhasset CASA (Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse) and Jeff Stone of Port Washington, president of the organization that provides information on mental health addiction.

The next Al Fresco will be held Sunday, July 24 on North Plandome Road. which will be closed from Webster Avenue/Colonial Parkway to Maple Place/Hillside Avenue.

Entertainment: 4 to 5 p.m.: DJ Rad (Manhasset Cinemas); 4 to 5 p.m.: School of Rock (Starbucks); 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Liam Morrisey (Publicans); 5 to 6:30 p.m.: Red White and Blues Band (Gino’s); 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.: Charlotte March (Publicans); 6:30 to 9 p.m.: Allen Gogarty Band (Manhasset Cinemas).

Children could thank one of the area’s real estate firms for keeping them cool and entertained on the hot afternoon.

Outdoor dining options: Greens Irish Pub, Pita Station, Gino’s Manhasset, Pho Manhasset, Publicans and Carvel.

There will also be a long list of businesses and organizations with giveaways, raffles, wine and food tastings.

North Shore University Hospital will host a free blood pressure screening and an ambulance for kids to explore.

Among the non-profits will be Manhasset’s own One Love Outreach, which aids the homeless, the Tower Foundation of Manhasset, which supports the Manhasset schools, and the service organization Kiwanis Club of Manhasset/Port Washington.

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