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Where We Live: Aurora/East Aurora

Aurora/East Aurora

The national anthem will be sung from the roof of Vidlers 5 & 10 next Saturday morning to add a little bit of pizzazz as the 44th annual East Aurora Street Festival gets underway. The event will features sidewalk-chalk mural making, a tent of wares sold by kid entrepreneurs, and about 100 more adult vendors selling clothes, gadgets, pottery, candles and wooden toys along the sidewalk.

“What better way to kick off an event on America’s Main Street than by singing the national anthem?” said Gary Grote, executive director of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce. “It adds more of a this-is-Main-Street-America here in East Aurora.”

Doug Allen, known for singing the anthem at Sabres games, will sing at 9:45 a.m. The fest officially starts at 9 a.m. and goes on until 4 p.m.

The sidewalk sale brings crowds as it converges with East Aurora High School’s reunion weekend, which draws alumni for Saturday gatherings.

This includes a 1 p.m. Saturday luncheon at the Roycroft Inn porch for the class of 1964, now gearing up for its 50th next year. On Friday night, a party for alums at Fireman’s Field on Pine Street draws from all classes. “We get thousands of people,” Grote said.

Also this week:

• The Aurora Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Southside Municipal Center auditorium, 300 Gleed Avenue.