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First Fridays on Love Lane was a beloved tradition for the village of Mattituck. (Photo by Lilly Parnell)

First Fridays on Love Lane, an adored Mattituck tradition, returns to Love Lane after an extended hiatus. 

Presented by the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce, this street fair returns this Friday, October 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. for an evening of shopping, eating, and drinking your way through the picturesque Love Lane. 

The series was initially canceled in 2020 as a result of the pandemic and made no sign of returning in the three following years. That is until this past August when the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce announced the return of First Fridays via Facebook. 

“The response on social media has been awesome and the excitement is definitely there to bring back this great family-friendly night that’s become almost a staple or tradition in Mattituck,” said Terry McShane, board member of the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce. 

In alignment with the series’ typical finale date, this one-time-only event will feature businesses such as Love Lane Kitchen, North Fork Doughnut Company, The Village Cheese Shop, goodfood., Ammirati’s of Love Lane, Lombardi’s Love Lane Market, and Love Lane Sweet Shop. Live music performed by Points East will accompany the festivities. 

“Right now, we’re keeping the participation to mainly local shops, restaurants, and Mattituck Chamber of Commerce businesses,” added McShane. “Almost all of the businesses on Love Lane – and some on Pike Street too – will be open and we’ve offered any Mattituck Chamber members the opportunity to set up a booth at the event as well.” 

Although this street festival will only occur once this year, newer members of the Mattituck business community are excited to participate for the first time.

“I’m looking forward to having the neighborhood come alive on a Friday evening,” said Luchi Masliah, owner of goodfood. “Our cafe [on Pike St.] will be open late and will be offering some of our most popular tapas such as camarones al ajilo and patatas bravas along with a house-made sangria.” 

This event is completely free to attend. For more information and updates, check out the First Fridays Facebook page.