Written by Bobbie Polay Wednesday, 03 June 2009 14:34The HarborFest Committee of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce will be presenting the 19th annual HarborFest Dock Day and Craft Festival on Sunday, June 7. HarborFest is made possible by the Admiral Sponsorships of Anton Community Newspapers, Pall Corporation and the Town of North Hempstead.
Kicking off the HarborFest weekend events will be the Kiwanis Club’s Dinner on the Dock, with great food, music and dancing, which will take place on Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Admission is just $25 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
On Dock Day, Sunday, June 7, all the events will officially begin at 10 a.m. at the Town Dock, Baxter Pond and lower Main Street. A juried craft show, organized by Wendy Collett and Richard Strautman, will feature over 90 quality craftspeople. The booths will be located along lower Main Street, near the Town Dock. Another attraction along Main Street is “Art In The Park.” Organized by The Art Guild, it features local artists displaying their work in Sunset Park, along the Manhasset Bay waterfront. There will also be art workshops for adults and children during the day.
Returning for the second year will be a genuine Wells Fargo stagecoach, pulled by four beautiful horses. The stagecoach will offer free rides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The stagecoach is sponsored by Wells Fargo and Daniel Gale Sothebys International Real Estate.
If you are lucky, you may catch a free ride on the picturesque North Fork Trolley, sponsored by the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District (The BID) and North Fork Trolley. The trolley will make a continuous loop from the train station to the dock area.
The HarborFest Committee is excited to welcome back the Tall Ship SoundWaters to HarborFest. The captain and crew will welcome all aboard this beautiful schooner for 1 1/4 hour cruises embarking at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. It is rumored that a group of maritime pirates may invade the SoundWaters before the first cruise. Be on the lookout for these colorful and fun-loving pirates coming off the SoundWaters and heading for our Town Dock. Other waterside opportunities include free kayaking by Kayaken and rides on the Port Washington Water Taxi for a small fee.
Registration for the HarborFest Model Boat Regatta begins at 9:30 a.m. at Baxter Pond. Third-graders from all elementary schools were taught by chamber volunteers how to make catamaran-style boats from recycled materials. Arlene Kase and Marian Weissman organized the classroom sessions, Bill Brakman and Mary Lu Dempsey put the boat kits together and Bill Palafox organized the races. The regatta will take place at Baxter Pond from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The regatta’s T-shirt sponsor is the Port Washington Public Library Foundation – Tepper Intergenerational Program. Benefactors are the Nautical Advisory Council of the Port Washington Public Library and Councilman Fred Pollack. Major sponsors are the Manhasset Bay Sailing Foundation, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, North Shore Yacht Club, Port Sailing School, Port Washington Yacht Club and Restaurant Yamaguchi. Additional financial support is received from many Chamber of Commerce members.
PAL and The Lion’s Club have organized an exciting afternoon of activities at the PAL field. There will be an exhibition Beep Baseball game featuring the Long Island Bombers – blind players who will play against some of Port’s own players. Family Field Day has families participating in many races: 3-legged, crab walk, sack, jelly bean, wheel barrel and relay. The Field Day concludes with an old-fashioned “Tug ‘O War.”
The Port Washington Tennis Academy is sponsoring the HarborFest Family Fun Park. The Parent Resource Center will have four exciting inflatables as well as crafts and carnival games in the Fun Tent, all sponsored by Dr. Mindy Pediatric Dentistry, Healthy Kids Pediatrics, Little Chefs, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Port Pediatrics – Dr. Sania Wilkins, Send in the Clowns Entertainment Corp. and TD Bank. The Science Museum of Long Island will have hands-on fun with a touch tank. Unlimited Sports Action will set up a pitching booth on the dock. Relay for Life will have a Dunk Tank and the Big Apple Circus will bring a clown. Other local organizations and businesses will have hands-on activities and crafts so the kids will never get bored!
The Fun Park will also have free family entertainment all day on the Family Fun Stage, organized by Debbie Greco. The children’s entertainment will kick off at 10 a.m. with a performance by iSchool of Music & Art. At 10:30 a.m., Mrs. Meltzer’s Kindergarten class will say the “Pledge of Allegiance” and sing My Country ‘Tis of Thee and Oh, Beautiful. At 10:40 a.m., the much anticipated Talented Kids of Port Washington Show will begin. The Olga Berest Dance Studio will give a performance at 1 p.m.; World Tae Kwon Do Academy will have a demonstration at 1:20 p.m. followed by three exciting local bands – “Just Another Everyday” at 1:45 p.m, “No Turn on Red” at 2 p.m. and “Collision Course” at 2:25 p.m. The Grand Finale on the Fun Stage will be performances by members of the Paul Green School of Rock starting at 2:50 p.m. The Family Fun Stage is sponsored by Diane’s Place Hair Salon, Healthy Kids Pediatrics, Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and the Sands Point Center for Health & Rehabilitation.
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 from May 22 to June 6 and say the “secret message” (printed in this paper) to get a voucher for a chance to find the lucky key to the Treasure Chest. They can bring their vouchers to the Treasure Hunt booth on the dock anytime from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Dock Day. The other major sponsor is Glen S. Ruben, D.D.S. and Mint Condition Comic Books 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, give-aways, services and information. This year a main attraction will be HarborFest’s Fabulous Food Court. Port’s finest restaurants will present their specialties right on the Town Dock. There will be delicious selections from Ayhan’s Shish Kebab, Frank’s Pizza, Gold Coast Ice Cream, LI Festival Catering, Main Street Bakery, Manhasset Bay Sportsmens Club, Port Beer and Soda, Ralph’s Italian Ices, and the Sweet Comfort Bakery & Cafe. And it wouldn’t be HarborFest without the Sons of Italy’s famous sausages and peppers and the Port Youth Activities’ hot dogs and hamburgers. Come hungry – you can feast all day at HarborFest!
HarborFest will have free live entertainment at the “Pride of Cow Bay” Tugboat Museum at the entrance to the dock. Port Washington’s own Shannon Ferguson will open HarborFest with a moving rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at 10:55 a.m. HarborFest’s favorite group “Stout” will return to perform their nautical melodies at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The talented cast of the Red Stocking Revue will perform several fabulous encore selections from Port’s favorite variety show at 2 p.m. Look out for the Maritime Pirates who will invade the dock and tugboat at noon. The entertainment is sponsored by King Kullen.
This year’s Enviro-Expo will have fascinating new hands-on demonstrations, special displays about Manhasset Bay and up-to-date information and products, all sponsored by HSCB Bank. Grassroots Environmental Education has organized a timely environmental education project entitled “Big Fish, Little Fish.” The school project is sponsored by the Bank of Smithtown. Grassroots Environmental Education also organizes Port’s own unique Organic Farmer’s Market, which will open for the season at HarborFest.
Port Hole Pete will be at the helm of the “Pride of Cow Bay” Nautical Museum, where a new exhibit, “The Villages of Manhasset Bay: Manorhaven” will be on view. The Nautical Museum exhibit was curated by Debbie Greco and is sponsored by Strong’s Marine and the Village of Manorhaven. The HarborFest Committee is very pleased to celebrate the Village of Manorhaven with this nostalgic photo exhibit.
In addition to the above sponsors, other HarborFest sponsors are: Amsterdam at Harborside, Apple & Eve, Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Christine Shaub Agency - State Farm, David Lerner Associates, Delux Transportation Services, Designatronix, Fusion Wireless, Gold Coast Family Dental, Massage Envy, Montebello, Newsday Media Group, Personal Training Institute, Pierce Promotions – Wicked, Port Washington Herbs & Acupuncture, Scott Rex, M.D., St. Francis Hospital, Toms Point Marina, Vincent Smith School, and Visiting Pet Care.
The HarborFest Committee gives special thanks to: The Art Guild, CancerCare’s Red Stocking Revue, Grassroots Environmental Education, Kayaken, the Kiwanis Club, the Lion’s Club, PAL, the Parent Resource Center, the Port Washington Fire Department, the Port Washington Police District and Port Washington Water Pollution Control District.
For additional information about HarborFest, call the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce at 883-6566, email pwcoc@
optonline.net or visit www.pwguide.com.