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The Delaware River gets a lot of the glory when people share what they love about Narrowsburg. Yes, the river is spectacular, but my money’s on Main Street when it comes to Narrowsburg’s best asset. From the utilitarian (post office and ATM) to the decadent (gelato and cashmere), this summer I’ve fallen in love with Main Street all over again.
Let’s start with the wooden benches and colorful flower boxes in front of most every restaurant and store. They say, “Take a seat, relax.” Whether you’re waiting for your friend to finish shopping, need to make a call (yes, cell phones work here now), or just want to people-watch while sipping an iced coffee from The Tusten Cup (25 Main St.), you’re encouraged to loiter on Main Street.
Next: Have you tried the corn and quinoa burger at The Heron (40 Main St.), topped with a spicy jalapeno sauce? It’s one of the best veggie burgers I’ve ever had, and I’ve pretty much tried them all in my 30 years as a vegetarian. And it doesn’t hurt that it comes with perfectly crispy french fries and is served up by The Heron’s good-looking waitstaff.
Finally, old school Brooklyn is alive and well on Main Street, thanks to Joan and Ron Santo, proprietors of two Main Street businesses at 44 Main St. On steamy days, the curb in front of Narrowsburg Proper features the upstate equivalent of the open fire hydrant: a giant inflated unicorn sprinkler that kids of all ages can dash through for a quick cool-down. And in front of Narrowsburg Fine Wines and Spirits, the Santos have been teaching the local country kids a classic New York City sidewalk game called Scully, created from a chalk-drawn game board and bottle caps for game pieces.
This Sunday, July 22, Main Street will be closed to cars as Riverfest takes over the roadway. Thousands of visitors gather for this quintessential summer street fair, which includes live music (Sarah Hulse Band and The Electric Chords) and several dozen arts and handcraft vendors. I’m excited to see that lots of new vendors are coming this year. Narrowsburg’s Giniece Noble paints bright floral designs on glassware, ideal for a chilled wine or fresh lemonade. Emma Switko will be offering henna tattoos. And local artist Karen Flood will be there with her mixed-media animal drawings.
Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) has been organizing Riverfest for 28 years. Its windows (37 Main St.) are currently bursting with over 60 original posters created by area artists, from original watercolors to 3-D sculptural works. All the posters will be auctioned off at the Main Stage mid-block starting at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the DVAA’s gallery spaces. See “Summer Pastimes” item on page 18. And see you on Narrowsburg’s Main Street!