Close-by fun for Central Islip families

August 17, 2012 by  

Central Islip parents looking for a fun, summer outing with their children do not have far to go this weekend. The Ss. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Church (SSCM) has kicked off its Family Festival of Fun which started on Wednesday evening, August 15.

Scheduled to run through the weekend, the celebration has made a return after a 20-year hiatus and organizers could not be more enthused. Modeled after the type of summer carnivals once popular in the area, this year’s event offers ferris wheel rides and more.

Steering committee member Carol Tannehill said:

“Brand new this year, we have live entertainment every night. We have a kitchen area that is going to sell all sorts of old fashioned candy like Mary-Janes, Buttons and things like that.”

In addition to bands, candy, and rides, the festival has a special children’s area featuring such kids’ favorites as face painting, faux tattoos, a magician, and an all-u-can-eat Oreo cookie contest. As a spoiler warning, parents might want to do the rides before the cookies.

Local, summer fetes such as the Family Festival of Fun are always welcome and not just in the case families. Area businesses often join in by donating goods and providing services such as flyer printing for event advertising or gift certificates for prize drawings and raffles. Not only does a business contribution help the bottom line for the sponsoring organization, it also boosts community good-will for the business.

Festival planners say all proceeds from this year’s revived event will go to support the new technology needs of students at the SSCM parish school.