Westhampton Beach Fall Season Highlights

Westhampton Beach is hopping with activities over the next few weeks.

“We have several events going on for the next three weekends,” says Sarah Mendenhall-Luhmer, President of the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce. “We will be sponsoring the Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale, the Art & Craft Show, the ongoing Farmers Market and a new Oyster Festival.”

Spanning three weekends—September 28 and 29; October 5 and 6; and Columbus Day Weekend October 12, 13 and 14—the Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale event will finds local merchants putting out close-out and special merchandise on street displays to entice shoppers.

“It’s a good way to stroll the village and see what the stores are offering now,” says Mendenhall-Luhmer. “We have some new businesses in the town and it’s a way to peruse some real deals.”

The sidewalk sale runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The events are rain or shine. All the stores along Main Street, Glovers Lane, Moniebogue Lane and Sunset Avenue will be participating in the sale, so look for everything from ski and swimwear to baby clothes, shoes and home décor.

There will be food and drink specials at area restaurants, with sunny outdoor seating at many of the cafés—great for sipping coffee and people watching.

The October Columbus Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale will be held in conjunction with the October Arts & Crafts Show, which will be on the Village Green at Mill Road and Main Street throughout the three-day weekend.

“We have some very high quality vendors this year. It’s truly one of the highlights of the fall here,” she says.

The Fall Art & Craft Show, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., brings over 65 artisans and craftsman to the Westhampton Beach Village Green and Gazebo this year. Browse and choose from a variety of fine art, sculpture, stained glass, fiber, jewelry, wood furniture, clay, pottery, shell art, blown glass, metal work and so much more.

Through mid-November, check out the weekly Saturday Farmers Market at 85 Mill Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featuring breads, cheeses, produce, duck, eggs, fish flowers, fruits, gourmet items and the ever-popular pickle man, the market is more than just a place to buy food. It’s a true community event that gives an opportunity to meet the people who actually grow and produce the foods we eat and also teaches about the importance of buying local. Dog friendly and family friendly, the market also has weekly events, live music, educational programs and activities for kids. Drop by the Chamber booth to meet the Market Manager and get info on more local events and local discounts. The farmers market was voted Best of the Best Farmer Market by Dan’s Papers in 2011 and 2012. Come see what 2013 has to offer.

One more event is new to the calendar this year. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Westhampton has announced the First Annual Oyster Festival to be held Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach Marina on Library Avenue. Rain date is Sunday, October 13.
The Oyster Festival seeks to raise awareness about local waterways and the importance of preserving the ecosystems. Funds from the event will be used to help revive local waterways and support other Kiwanis initiatives. The educational events will happen while participants also enjoy oysters, clams, seafood, music, kids’ rides and marine related interests.

For more information, visit whbcc.com.

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