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Berry Important Festival

By Michael Shain

Every June for as long as anyone in Douglaston can remember, Zion Church, the 186-year-old Episcopal congregation on Northern Boulevard, has held a strawberry festival. The longtime organizer, Julia Schoeck, and her husband trek out to the Anderson family farm in Riverhead on the Friday before to pick up the berries — 536 quarts in all this year.

These are not the pebble-hard strawberries you get in the supermarket but fat, red things with a couple of inches of stem still attached. A total of 67 flats of fruit are usually sold out by 2 p.m.

The rest of the church grounds are turned over to a barbeque, flea market, book and bake sale — the kind of afternoon that hasn’t changed in Douglaston since God was a young boy.

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