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Food And Jazz At Briarcliff Night Lights Festival

Free chair massages, live jazz and blues music and grilled fruit samples with mango spritzer drinks were some of the highlights of Briarcliff's Night Lights street festival held yesterday evening.

"I love it. I was on my way home, I saw the children playing on the sidewalk and I heard the music and I said I have to pull over," said Emancia Neil, a doctor who lives in Ossining and works in the Bronx.

Neil enjoyed a sample of grilled pineapple and peaches marinated in spices and served with vanilla ice cream while listening to musicians, Joe Adam and Tony Tenoglia, play blues music.

The grilled fruit was offered by Holbrook Cottage, a gift store on Pleasantville Road.

"This is great," said Lydia Sternfeldt, who swayed from side to side to live jazz music with her daughter, Lucy, 13 months, strapped to her chest.

Sternfeldt's husband, Marc Sternfeldt, agreed. As a piano player, he liked the theme of the night: jazz.

The Briarcliff Thursday Night Lights are a series of street festivals held on the first Thursday of each month during the spring and summer. The festivals are organized by the Briarcliff Chamber of Commerce.

Briarcliff resident, Jennifer Siscard, who was out with her son Jack, 2, and dog Simba said it was great having various music groups play on the street because kids really love that.

"It's nice to have an excuse to come out and invite friends to enjoy our town," she said. "This is a great opportunity to show off our town and actually appreciate it."

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