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BBQ, Music, Wine at Briarcliff's First Thursday

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Locals enjoyed free wine samples, grilled meats with special marinades and live acoustic music during the Briarcliff Chamber of Commerce's First Thursday barbecue night.

"People are getting to know each other," said Jill Jackson, who works at Wake Robin lifestyle and clothing store on Pleasantville Road.

For Barbecue Night, Wake Robin offered customers bread with a fresh olive tapenade and 20 percent off aprons, cutting boards and select tabletop items.

A small crowd gathered in front of Manor Wines & Spirits to listen to Mike and Miriam Risko, owners of the Mike Risko Music School in Ossining, perform acoustic music and to sample marinated salmon grilled by Vincent Janniello, owner of Janniello Specialty Foods.

"This is the first time I've come. I expected more people to come out, but it's good," said Briarcliff resident Elaine Bonder as she savored grilled salmon marinated in a whiskey and maple syrup sauce.

Janniello said he decided to serve salmon because people "get sick of hamburgers and hotdogs."

"People love the Wild Alaskan (salmon)," he said.

In front of Holbrook Cottage lifestyle gift store, Roman Zuluaga was serving skewered chicken rubbed with herbed spices and dipped in a citrus garlic rosemary sauce and mini-hamburger sliders.

"It's been terrific, very busy, a lot of families," said Holbrook Cottage owner Sue Taub. "It gives people something to do."

Briarcliff residents Adrienne and Matt Shulman left their three kids at home with a babysitter so they could come out and enjoy a relaxing time at First Thursday Night.

"We really liked the band that was in front of the wine shop and the wine tasting at the wine store," said Adrienne Shulman. "We bought a bottle of wine called 'Mommy's Time Out.'"

First Thursday Night festivals are held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every first Thursday of the month in downtown Briarcliff on Pleasantville Road. Next month's First Thursday theme will be Artist Night and the work of local artists will be featured.

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