The sun came out and so did community residents for the 3rd Annual Columbia Waterfront District Fall Festival held on Saturday, September 10th, 2011. The Festival was a day of fun and festivities for families and friends. Community residents savored the numerous offerings from food vendors, shopped from a variety of merchants, enjoyed the rides and games, and listened to the live music provided by the Union Band and Less Magnetic.
Our elected officials also showed support and greeted community residents. These included Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Council Member Brad Lander, and District Leader Jo Anne Simon of the 52nd Assembly District.
A 50/50 Raffle and Wine Basket Raffle capped the festivities. Lucky winners were Mr. Jordan Blynn for the 50/50 Raffle and Mr. Andrew Friedman for the Wine Basket Raffle.
Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. would like to thank the following individuals for their assistance in making the Festival a success:
– Mr. George Fiala of the Red Hook Star-Revue for the stage, the sound system, and the Union Band.
– The 76th Precinct, Detective Paul Grudzinski and Officer Vincent Marrone for securing the site and redirecting traffic.
– Ms. Georgia Kral of the Carroll Gardens Patch for covering the event.
– Mr. Arturo Galeano for donating power for the stage.
– Ms. Sarah Gormley for public relations assistance.
– The Less Magnetic Band for the cool jazz music.
– Promoter Mike Hyatt of Meteor Festivals for organizing the Street Fair.
– Former CGA Board Members Lydia Buffington, Adam Wolff, Frank Galeano, and Paul D’Agostino for their participation and assistance.
– CGA Board Members Michael L. Brown, Buddy Scotto, Pat Ruiz, Vlad Portnoy, Israel Delgado, and Mark Kolman for volunteering their time.
– Many thanks especially to CGA Board President Cynthia Gonzalez for serving as emcee and for donating a beautiful Wine Basket for the raffle prize.
– The CGA Staff: Executive Director Vilma Heramia, Admin Assistant Beatriz Lorenzo, and most especially Community Organizer Mike Racioppo, who worked tirelessly to coordinate the event.