The HarborFest Committee of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce will be presenting the 15th annual HarborFest on Sunday, June 5. Kicking off the events will be the HarborFest Fireworks Cruise on Saturday, May 28, aboard the schooner Phoenix. The Rotary Club's Charity Clam Bake will take place under the big HarborFest tent on Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m. On Saturday night, June 4, the schooner Phoenix will take people out on a 3-hour Sunset Sail, boarding at 6 p.m.
Dock Day (June 5) activities start with the HarborFest Mini Olympics for kids 8 and under at 9 a.m. The Mini Olympics is organized and sponsored by Halime Berkay of Bluetique. Other sponsors are Fitness Alternatives, Gail's Stride Rite, King Kullen, and the Sands Point Center for Health & Rehabilitation. Every child who participates will receive a prize.
At 10 a.m., all the events will officially begin at the Town Dock and lower Main Street. A juried Craft Show, organized by Richard Strautman (Picus Enterprises) and Lucy Rubano, will feature over 80 quality craftspeople. The booths and arts and crafts demonstrations will be located along lower Main Street, next to the Town Dock. The Craft Show sponsor is North Fork Bank.
Registration for the HarborFest Model Boat Regatta begins at 10 a.m. at the south side of the Mill Pond. Third-graders from all five elementary schools were taught how to make catamaran-style boats from recycled materials. Eli Schefer organized the classroom sessions and Bill Palafox is organizing the actual races. The Regatta is being held in memory of Walter McKey, who ran the Regatta in past years. It will take place at the Mill Pond from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Regatta's major sponsors are the Knickerbocker Yacht Club, Manhasset Bay Sailing Foundation, North Shore Yacht Club and Port Sailing School, and it receives financial support from many Chamber of Commerce members.
The Port Washington Tennis Academy is sponsoring the Family Fun Park and will once again set up their popular mini tennis courts. The Port Youth Council will have lots of new and fun activities, including a Castle Bounce and other inflatables. Additional excitement will come from the New York Islanders and New York Dragons who will have sports games and giveaways for all. Many local organizations and businesses will have Fun Park hands-on activities and crafts so the kids will never get bored!
The Fun Park will also have free family entertainment on the Family Fun Stage, organized by Debbie Greco, president of Greco Integrated Communications, a Port Washington-based advertising agency. The children's entertainment will kick off at 11:15 a.m. with entertainment by "Constant Wonder Fun Songs." That will be followed by United Studios of Port Washington Kempo Jiu Jitsu demonstrations at noon, Olga Berest Dance Center at 12:30 p.m. and the incredibly popular "Talented Kids of Port Washington" talent show at 1 p.m. The Family Fun Stage is sponsored by Daniel Gale MacCrate Real Estate, Diane's Place Hair Salon and Dr. Madeline M. Pugliese, DO, Pediatrician.
The unique HarborFest Treasure Hunt, organized and sponsored by State Bank of Long Island, will be back with fabulous prizes from local merchants and special gifts for all. Children can go to participating businesses beginning May 20 and say the "secret message" (printed in the paper) to get a voucher for a chance to find the lucky key to the Treasure Chest. Mint Condition Comic Books & Baseball Cards contributed many prizes.
On the Town Dock, both under the Big Tent and in the open, there will be dozens of local merchants and organizations offering fine shopping and browsing, demonstrations, activities, services and information. Of course, HarborFest's Fabulous Food Court will be serving the hungry masses. There will be delicious selections from Port favorites Ayhan's Shish Kebab, Frank's Pizza, Main 415 and Shore 25 Catering. And it wouldn't be HarborFest without the Sons of Italy's famous sausages and peppers and the Port Youth Activities' hotdogs and hamburgers. Look for the Ralph's Italian Ices stand near the Craft Show.
Captain Dennis Watson will welcome all aboard the schooner Phoenix for 1 1/2 hour cruises embarking throughout the day, from noon to 6 p.m. Cruises are sponsored by Pall Corporation. Kayaken will be taking people out for kayak rides on the Bay - look for his booth!
HarborFest will have free live entertainment all day at the "Pride of Cow Bay" Tugboat Museum at the entrance to the Dock, sponsored by Stop & Shop. HarborFest's own songbird, Laura Leigh Carroll, will open HarborFest with a moving rendition of God Bless America at 10:45 a.m. HarborFest favorite "Stout" will perform their nautical melodies throughout the day at 11a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Red Stocking Revue will perform several fabulous encore selections from Port's favorite variety show at 2:00 p.m. Excitement will rule at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with energetic performances by the professional Zawacki Dancers.
This year's Enviro-Exp will have fascinating new hands-on demonstrations, alternative fuel vehicles, special displays about Manhasset Bay and up-to-date information and products, all sponsored by Sandsport Data Services. Grassroots Environmental Education will have a wonderful display about conserving and protecting our water - the theme of this year's school environmental project, sponsored by Luxottica Group. They will also bring back the organic farmer's market, which will open the season at HarborFest.
A new, rejuvenated Port Hole Pete will be at the helm of the "Pride of Cow Bay" Nautical Museum, where a new exhibit, "Postcards From Port Washington, 1905 - 1915: Collection of Marie Zwerlein" will be on view. The Nautical Museum exhibit was organized by Debbie Greco and is sponsored by Citibank, N.A. with prints provided by Foto-60.
This year, for the first time, HarborFest will be sponsoring a blood drive for the Long Island Blood Services. A bus mobile will be on site to accept walk-in donors or preregistered donors (call 883-6566.) All donors will receive a coupon for a free scoop of Ralph's Italian Ices, courtesy of the owners.
Another attraction will be the Port Washington Fire Departments new "Get Out Alive" trailer, where families can learn first hand how to escape a fire.
Dock Day is made possible by the Admiral Sponsorships of Anton Community Newspapers, the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District, Stop & Shop and the Town of North Hempstead. Other sponsors are All Island Media, Anthony's World of Floors, Apple & Eve, Diane Aurelio/Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Bank of Smithtown, Cedar Shopping Centers, Century 21-Laffey Assoc., Daily News, Delux Transportation, Designatronix Industries, Fab-Con Machinery Development Corp., Five J's Jewelers, Louie's Oyster Bar & Grill, Northern Contracting, North Fork Trolley, Councilman Fred L. Pollack, Port Tire & Auto Service, Port Washington Herbs & Acupuncture, Publishers Clearing House, Restaurant Yamaguchi, Sharodine, State Farm Insurance - Duval Agency, Toms Point Marina, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo and Zawacki Dance & Workout.
The HarborFest Committee gives special thanks to Grassroots Environmental Education, the Port Washington Fire Department, the Port Washington Police District, the Port Washington Rotary Club, the Port Washington Water Pollution Control District and the Port Youth Council.
For additional information about HarborFest, call the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce at (516) 883-6566, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pwguide.com.