07/28/17 6:31am

Rain couldn’t stop Riverhead’s Alive on 25 this time around. After a two-week delay, the popular Riverhead Business Improvement District event returned Thursday evening.

“The streets are full, it’s really exciting,” said BID executive director Diane Tucci.

The street fair, now in its second season, featured eight bands, bar and restaurant specials, food trucks, artisan vendors and plenty of kids activities.

Ms. Tucci said Alive on 25 differs from other street fairs because it has a heavy focus on the arts. In addition to the scheduled vendors, the East End Fringe Festival hosted theatrical performances outside the East End Arts building.

Jerry Dicecco who has owned Jerry and the Mermaid on East Main Streetfor 25 years, said the event’s a great way to showcase improvements in downtown Riverhead.

“It gives everybody a different view of Riverhead for them to come back and visit us and see how we are now,” he said. “It’s all great, everybody has a great time.”

Alive on 25 returns for three more dates: August 10, 24 and 31.

(Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

(Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

Caylin Luciano, 10, of Manorville climbing the rock climbing wall at Thursday’s Alive on 25 event. (Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

The bubble palooza station. (Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

07/19/17 5:58am

A scene from the first Alive on 25 in Riverhead in July 2016. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Stormy weather stopped East Enders from enjoying the first Alive on 25 in Riverhead last Thursday, but that opportunity will not be lost forever. A rain date for that event, which is held four times throughout the summer, has been set for Aug. 31.

The Main Street block party features live music, food and other vendors and the remaining dates are July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31. (more…)

06/28/17 6:00am

A scene from the first Alive on 25 in Riverhead in July 2016. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Riverhead is gearing up for the return of its biggest block party.

The Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association has set the dates for its second annual Alive on 25 events, a Main Street block party featuring live music, food and other vendors. And the first one is coming up in just two weeks. (more…)

08/12/16 9:37am

Downtown Riverhead was filled with people last night on a hot, muggy night. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Despite the hot and muggy weather, Main Street in Riverhead was packed with smiling people Thursday evening as Riverhead hosted Alive on 25 and the East End Arts’ JumpstART 2016.

Public art installations were sprinkled from the East End Arts campus all the way down to Peconic Avenue and beyond. As folks enjoyed the Alive on 25 party, they also viewed paintings, sculptures and performance art. (more…)

07/08/16 9:59am

Alive After Five 2016 from Benny Migs Photo on Vimeo.

Modeled after the great Alive After Five in Patchogue, the four-date Alive on 25 series, launched by the Riverhead Downtown Business Improvement District, begins next Thursday, July 14.

The street fair will continue with food, drinks, music and more in downtown Riverhead every other Thursday through August, alternating with Alive After Five, which kicked off in Patchogue last night.

Our friends at greaterpatchogue.com and bennymigsphoto.com covered the first Alive After Five of the season Thursday and shared with us their photos and a time-lapse video to give readers on the North Fork who have never ventured out to the Patchogue event a bit of the flavor.  (more…)