Winter wonderland ice skating rink
The village has approved the chamber’s request to operate a synthetic ice skating rink on Main Street as part of a holiday shopping event in December.

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Winter wonderland ice skating rink


The Patchogue Village board last night approved the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce’s request to operate an ice skating rink on Main Street for an Alive After Five® winter wonderland holiday shopping experience in December.

The event, according to chamber executive director David Kennedy, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 20. The idea, he said, was to expand the Alive After Five® brand with more of a holiday focus around shopping.

Lori Belmonte, business promotions committee chair and owner of the Colony Shop, said the synthetic ice skating rink company would do the entire setup and breakdown, as well as operate the rink with skate rentals. Those who shop in Patchogue would be able to skate for free and those who don’t want to shop but want to skate would have to pay a small fee. Details still need to be finalized.

Also, she said, the chamber is trying to get ice sculptures and snow globes at the shopping event, which will feature to-be-determined deals from local retailers, as well as Santa rides on the Mediterranean Manor carriage.

“It sounds like a great day,” said trustee Lori Devlin, happy to approve the request.

“You can skate, eat something, shop and go to the theatre,” added deputy mayor Jack Krieger.

The nonwater-based “ice” skating rink will be set up in front of the Pat-Med Library from 5-9 p.m. Approximately two and a half hours will be needed for both setup and breakdown, thus requiring the closing of streets from about 2-11 p.m. Roads will be closed from Ocean to Maple avenues.

Next week, Oct. 17, the chamber will be hosting their annual installation dinner in celebration of the village’s 125th anniversary, and the following weekend the semi-annual breakfast crawl will take place. Tickets are on sale now. Then, on Oct. 27 the chamber’s foundation will be hosting their annual Dia de los Muertos gala, this year at the Stereo Garden. The Suffolk County Marathon will take place on Sunday, Oct. 28 through Main Street, including a FreedomFest, and on Halloween the chamber will host their annual Halloween Happenings, safe trick-or-treating down Main Street.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the expenditure of $148,500 for renovations to the recreation center on Bay Avenue. According to Mayor Paul Pontieri, the money will be used from a leftover grant to renovate the second floor of the building, at no cost to the taxpayer, for use by the public safety department, which is currently operating out of a trailer at Village Hall.