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Ossining Busts Out The Chalk For Sunday Festival

Ossining will host its first ever Chalk It Up Festival Sunday.
Ossining will host its first ever Chalk It Up Festival Sunday. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Stephanie Chase

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Village of Ossining will be transformed into a work of art on Sunday.

The village will be hosting its first-ever Chalk It Up! festival on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main and Spring streets.

It's the first event sponsored by the Village of Ossining Downtown Events Committee, which was established to promote the downtown as a lively, safe and vibrant community.

Attendees can expect a day of music, dance, crafts, face painting and food along with amateur and professional artists painting the streets with chalk.

Yorktown illustrator Rose Mary Berlin will be the event's featured artist. Berlin will be hosting a free drawing activity for children at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Berlin has illustrated more than forty children's books.

"This is a family fun event for all ages," Ingrid Richards, manager of downtown and economic development, said. "We want people to enjoy Ossining and the downtown. We want to attract families to the downtown as much as possible. All artistic talent will be showcased at the event."

Students from Ossining High School will also be participating in the event and showing off their artwork.

Richards said they don't know how many people will attend the event, but have done a lot of advertising.

"We hope for a very successful event," Richards said. "The first event is always the hardest to get people out. Events like this are essential to the revitalization of Ossining. It's important we get the community out."

The village is experiencing a transformation, Richards said.

"There are many developments happening," Richards said. "We want people to get comfortable and enjoy our downtown. It's essential to growth and sustainability. We want to attract the young professionals."

Ossining Mayor Bill Hanauer said this was a very exciting development in the village.

"We're hoping for good weather," Hanauer said. "The committee has purchased a certain number of chalks in various colors. It will be first come first serve for those who don't have their own chalk."

Hanauer said if they have more of a critical mass in the downtown, commercial development will follow.

"We are already seeing new businesses on Main Street," Hanauer said.

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