Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00
The fun begins early for the 20th annual HarborFest Dock Day on June 6. At 10 a.m., the Parent Resource Center will open the Children’s Fun Park on the Town Dock, sponsored by the Port Washington Tennis Academy. There will be family activities and entertainment all day on the Town Dock, plus more fun at the Model Boat Regatta in Baxter Pond, at the PAL Field and in Sunset Park.
The Port Washington Tennis will be setting up mini tennis courts where Tennis Academy staff will coach youngsters in the art of the game. 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, Petland Discounts, Port Pediatrics, SAIL Consulting LLC, Send in the Clowns Entertainment Corp., TD Bank and the Training Station. The Science Museum of Long Island will offer hands-on fun with a touch tank. The NY Islanders will have a slap-shot inflatable and 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 America the Beautiful. At 10:45 a.m., the much anticipated Talented Kids of Port Washington Show will begin. Students from 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 at 2:15 p.m. by five exciting local bands who are part of the “Talented Kids of Port Washington” show. The Grand Finale on the Fun Stage will be performances by members of the Paul Green School of Rock starting at 3:15 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.
Adding to the excitement at HarborFest is the opening of the Treasure Chest. Children who participate in the two-week long HarborFest Treasure Hunt get chances to win one of many prizes donated by local merchants. Of course, all children will be winners – even the consolation prizes are great! The Treasure Hunt is sponsored and organized by State Bank of Long Island. Kate’s Good Things is a major sponsor and Mint Condition Comics and Baseball Cards donated many of the prizes.
One of the most exciting things at this year’s HarborFest will be an authentic Wells Fargo stage coach, pulled by four horses. There will be free rides on the stage coach offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., thanks to Wells Fargo and Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Real Estate.
At 1 p.m., the PAL field will be the site of an exhibition Beepball game played by the amazing Long Island Bombers. All players on the team are blind, so the ball makes a beeping sound – and these players really know how to hit the ball! The Lion’s Club has made all the arrangements.
The HarborFest Model Boat Regatta features pontoon-style boats made by third graders from recycled materials. It will take place at Baxter Pond from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. The Port Washington Public Library Foundation – Tepper Intergenerational Program sponsored T-shirts for all the participants. Benefactors are the Nautical Advisory Committee of the Port Washington Public Library, Councilman Fred Pollack and the Manhasset Bay Sailing Foundation. Major sponsors are the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, North Shore Yacht Club, Port Washington Yacht Club and Restaurant Yamaguchi. Additional financial support is received from many Chamber of Commerce members.
For the artistically inclined, Art In The Park will have a special workshop for children called “Fun With Clay” beginning at 11:30 a.m. Art In The Park is sponsored by The Art Guild.
Kids and their families can take a sail aboard the beautiful tall ship SoundWaters. The SoundWaters will depart at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for 1 and one-quarter hour sails around Manhasset Bay. There will also be opportunities to ride on the Port Washington Water Taxi.