Street festival celebrates 35th anniversary of local theater

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This Sunday, July 17, from noon to 6 p.m., The CM Noel S. Ruiz Theatre, will be hosting their first street festival in the parking lot directly in front of the venue.

“The summer after the pandemic first hit, CM had to get creative in order to keep providing entertainment, but safely. This resulted in a series of virtual streaming offers but also an outdoor entertainment series, utilizing a stage built outdoors in the parking lot,” said Brendan Noble, manager at the theatre.

When Long Island events started to move back to indoor gatherings, executive director Alyse Arpino wanted to once again provide an outdoor option as part of the theatre’s 35th anniversary.

The street festival is meant to reach out to a broader audience within the Oakdale and surrounding communities.

Popular food destination Island Empanada, which opened during the pandemic, will be at the street festival with a selection of eight empanada varieties, mac and cheese balls, churros, and French fries.

“We are so excited to be part of this event! It’s so great to be working together with another Oakdale establishment. We love being a part of this community,” said owner Danielle Pelaez.

Originally intended to be a battle of the bands, the event will feature live music entertainment from three bands that each feature well-known CM performers from past and present. I

In addition to music entertainment, CM has partnered with The Grillin’ Villain Food Truck and the iconic Mister Softee.

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