LEWISBORO, N.Y. - Memorial Day in Lewisboro will once again be a day of celebration and remembrance with road races, children's games, artists, vendors, artisans, a silent auction, food and live music in the historic hamlet of South Salem. The activities all center around the town's annual parade and memorial ceremony and the 42nd annual South Salem Presbyterian Church Memorial Day Fair.
The day begins with the Memorial Day races (5K, 10K, Mile Fun Run and Pee Wee). The first race is at 8 a.m. Day of event registration begins at 7 a.m. More than 700 runners are expected to participate. The Challenge Run, in its fifth year, gives runners an additional chance to compete with a combined total in both the 10K and the 5K. Both courses are U.S.A. Track and Field-certified and use the Bib Tag Timing System (B-tags). This year’s featured charity is the Community Center of Northern Westchester.
The fair itself runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, with a break for the town parade, which kicks off at 12:15 p.m. (forming on Lakeshore Drive at 11:45 a.m.) and leads to the town hall for the ceremony. A medley of live bands will play throughout the day. The morning features the band Pluck and Rail. The afternoon features Blues Corruption, followed by the Lost River Boys and concludes with the Lilizan Trio, led by the church’s Anne Hill. Music sponsors include 850 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza Restaurant in Ridgefield, The Heights at Brother Vic's Music Lounge in Vista and The Horse & Hound Inn in South Salem.
The third annual Art Show features more than two dozen area artists, some with local acclaim, others known regionally and nationally, yet all works are priced at $500 and under. A preview party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 27. There will be wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music. Help celebrate the large artistic community in our area, meet the artists and get to know their work. For preview party ticket information, visit the church’s website at southsalempc.org.
Returning artisan craftsmen include wood worker Bill Trench and ceramist and potter David Hughes. The silent auction returns along with “Trinkets to Treasures” with an abundance of unique boutique jewelry items, antiques and offerings as diverse as a Mini iPad 4 to a ukulele with lessons and baskets featuring baby clothing to spa items. Also, stop by the bake sale for some coffee and homemade goodies, and try your luck with raffle tickets for a spectacular custom-made cake.
While more than 100 youth under the age of 14 are expected to participate in the 5K this year, the Mile Fun Run is offered for those youth not ready to attempt the 5K, starting at 10:45 a.m. Children won’t be left out. Youngsters ages 2 to 8 may compete in the Pee Wee Races immediately after the Mile Fun Run. The first 250 children receive a ribbon prize and T-shirt. Registration is available on the church’s website, southsalempc.org, until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 24. Registration on race day starts at 7 a.m. on the Lewisboro Library lawn, 15 Main St., South Salem.
South Salem Presbyterian Church is located at 111 Spring St. in the center of the South Salem hamlet. For information on the Memorial Day Fair, the Art Sale Preview Party or the races, visit the church’s website, southsalempc.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.