Quality Harborfest Anticipated Despite Challenges

“The goal of Oswego Harborfest is to draw attention to our community and its beautiful harbor, while at the same time providing something special for the residents of our area,” said Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske.

The 28th annual festival is rapidly approaching, but the task of providing a quality admission-free event is a challenge.

Buske noted, “I don’t think most people realize there we are a tax exempt organization and that we do not have a lot of financial resources left after Harborfest is over. Every year is a new game and we start from scratch each year as we move forward to the next year. When this year is over we will immediately begin planning for next year as we have to start all over financially.”

Over the years support has come from many fronts and includes not only financial support, but in-kind services that contribute to maintaining the high quality event.

The executive director is proud of the fact that Oswego Harborfest remains one of the few admission-free festivals in the nation and noted, “We want it to remain that way.”

He said, “For 28 years everyone has come together to make Oswego Harbofest a success and showcase our area. Everyone just works together as they are proud of what we are doing.”

Organizing a four-day festival of this scope is not an easy matter and has become more complicated in recent years.

Buske explained, “There are challenges as our operating budget is one-third of what it use to be, but we continue to successfully produce a viable Harborfest. We use to have eight full time staff, We now have five part-time people putting the event together.”

Support from businesses, organization, municipalities, state units and individuals continue to provide the blood line for the festival.

However, Buske explained, “We really haven’t talked about it, but there are expenses that I don’t think are common knowledge for the thousands who attend the festival. The cost of the stages is in excess of $33,000.“

Recently, there was a surprise for Buske into the required ambulance services. The director said, “Safety is a main emphasis for us and we are required to comply with federal, state and local regulations. The cost of the ambulances went up more than $5,000 in one year and we had not budgeted for that type of increase.”

It is no secret that the cost of quality entertainment is increasing. Buske explained, “Just look down the road at the New York State Fair and you can see the difficulty they are having booking entertainment as costs have soared. We continue to have one of the last free music festivals in the nation and we are obtaining the best musicians we can afford.”

Continuing he said, “We need to rent all of the bathrooms and hand wash stations as well as pay for security and over $18,000 alone for tents along with tables, chairs, lighting, stages, signage, office costs and rent are additional expenses. There are also costs involved in paying for numerous support staff areas including stage manager and sound technicians.”

Reflecting on what it takes to keep the quality of Harborfest going he noted, “The generous support we have received is what keeps us going, but times are changing and the economy is much different than it was years ago and some of the businesses that supported us years ago aren’t there today.”

If someone is waiting to support Harborfest the director noted, ”We are quite a bit behind in fundraising contributions this year and we really need support to maintain the quality and the future of what we consider a major resource for our community and Central New York. . It would not be possible to continue this event without the massive support we receive from the City of Oswego, governmental entities, businesses, organizations and individual and family members. If anyone would like to contribute to the support of this fantastic region wide event we can be reached at 41 Lake Street, Oswego, N.Y. 13126 or by calling 315-343-6858.

Sounds of Aerosmith, Dave Matthews & Chicago at Harborfest

Oswego Harborfest will come alive with the sounds of “Aerosmith”, “Dave Matthews Band”, and “Chicago” this summer.
Three highly sought after cover bands will be rocking the NRG Lakeview Stage in Oswego’s Breitbeck Park.
These musicians are anything but ordinary and the sound is true to the legendary artists as “Draw The Line”, “Big Eyed Phish”, and “Brass Transit” will be shaking up the NRG Lakeview stage.
Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske said, “We have one of the few admission free music festivals in the nation. With the addition of these three outstanding musical groups along with Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, Gin Blossoms, Fastball and Rembrandt’s this year’s schedule just keeps get more spectacular.”
Continuing he said, “We will be announcing the East Park Jazz and Blues Park performers very soon to complete our talented musical roster for this year’s Harborfest.”

Draw the Line

Draw the Line

“Draw The Line” is the only “Aerosmith” approved cover band in the nation. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler has raved about the band and they have been featured on the Official Aerosmith Website.
Neill Byrnes, the lead singer of “Draw The Line”, actually won a Steven Tyler look-a-like contest! Even the contest doesn’t do the striking similarities justice. Mia Tallarico, Steven’s daughter, noted how strikingly similar the two were after she attended one of “Draw The Line’s” shows.
However, the comparisons between the two bands don’t stop at just looks. The highly recognizable “Aerosmith” sounds are replicated with perfection every time “Draw The Line” hits the stage. You’ll be dying to “Walk This Way” when Draw The Line comes to Oswego; you might even say “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing!”
Big Eyed Phish

Big Eyed Phish

If you’re a “Dave Matthews Band” fan, “Big Eyed Phish” is as good as it gets and is a must see performance.
The band is the only seven-piece Dave Matthews tribute band in the country. In the past couple of years, Big Eyed Phish has become one of the college circuit’s most demanded bands. Hits like “Don’t Drink the Water”, “Ants Marching”, “What Would You Say” and many more will have audience members feeling like they just left a “Dave Matthews Band” concert- right in Breitbeck Park!
Brass Transit

Brass Transit

It is no small undertaking to play the music of the arguably one of the best jazz rock bands in history, but Canada’s “Brass Transit” dazzles the legendary music of “Chicago”. Playing the greatest hits from Chicago’s golden age of music, “Brass Transi”t stuns crowds all over, even snatching the attention of “Chicago” themselves.
Neil Donell, the band’s lead singer and Canada’s most recorded voice, is a legend for his four-octave vocal range and impeccable talent of mimicry. Critics have named “Brass Transit” are just as good as the real deal, playing hits like “25 or 6 to 4, “Saturday in the Park, and “You’re the Inspiration.”
These can’t-miss acts are sure to give event goers the full experience the sounds of “Aerosmith”, “Dave Matthews Band”, and “Chicago” concert right in our own backyards. “Draw The Line” plays at 9 p.m. on Saturday and will return to the NRG Lakeview Stage at 10 p.m. after the Grucci fireworks,” Big Eyed Phish” plays at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, followed by “Brass Transit” at 6:30 p.m.
Buske also noted, “Oswego Harborfest is supported through contributions from individuals, families and businesses. If anyone would like to contribute to the support of this fantastic region wide event please mail a check to 41 Lake Street, Oswego, N.Y. 13126 or if you would like your business or organization involved we have vendor and marketing opportunities and these can be arranged by calling 315-343-6858″.

Opening Night Adds More Good Time Music

Opening night of the 28th edition of Oswego Harborfest will be a family party night with the announcement of another spectacular musical act on the NRG Lakeview Stage.

Nik and the Nice Guys will open this year’s four day musical and pyrotechnic celebration on Thursday, July 23.

Nik and the Nice Guys

Nik and the Nice Guys

This high energy, rock and roll band features 11 multi-talented musicians and performers including a female singer, dancers and the “Niktones” horn section.

Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske said, “Nik and the Nice Guys have provided plenty of good time music over the years. No one will be sitting down as the festival will open with a family party atmosphere with entertaining and dance music. We are glad to have them aboard for this year’s festival as not only do they have their own following, but are always creating new fans with their crowd-pleasing show.”
Following the Nice Guys will be official opening ceremonies and then Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals to cap off a spectacular first night.

Nik and the Nice Guys was formed by a group of hockey players at St. Lawrence University that including National Hockey League coach Mike Keenan and present day Nik Manager Gary Webb. The group disbanded upon graduation, but then reformed in the 1980’s in Rochester when Keenan accepted a coaching job with the Rochester Americans.
Originally, the recreated band was a means for day-time business professional to become night-time party animals raising funds for charity.

However, the continued success of the bad has led to a full-time musical commitment.
Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske reminded,” We are certainly known for the reputation as one of the few admission free music festivals in the nation. It would not be possible to continue this event without the massive support we receive from the City of Oswego, governmental entities, businesses, organizations and individual and family members. If anyone would like to contribute to the support of this fantastic region wide event we can be reached at 41 Lake Street, Oswego, N.Y. 13126 or by calling 315-343-6858.

Editor’s Note-For further information please contact Bill Foley at pr@oswegoharborfest.com or at 315-343-3733

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“Circle of Friends” Tour Friday Feature at Harborfest; Gin Blossoms, Fastball and The Rembrandt’s

Gin Blossoms and special guests Fastball and The Rembrandts will rock the Breitbeck Park NRG Lakeview stage on Friday night July 24 as the “Circle of Friends” Tour for night number two of Oswego Harborfest.

The featured trio of Friday night bands will be capped off at 10 p.m. when Gin Blossoms take the stage. The special guests will commence with The Rembrandt’s at 7 p.m. followed by Fastball at 8:30 p.m.

Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske said, “We are bringing in the best talent we can afford for this year’s event. Gin Blossoms, Fastball and The Rembrandt’s are well-known and have had numerous hits. Night two of Harborfest should be a genuinely exciting and fun night at Breitbeck Park.”

For more than two decades, Gin Blossoms have defined the sound of jangle pop.

Singer-guitarist Robin Wilson together with guitarist Jesse Valenzuela and bassist Bill Leen co-founded the group in 1987.

A nation-wide poll named the Gin Blossoms the number most 90’s band in the country. With hits Grammy nominated “:As Long As It Matters”, “Hey Jealousy”, “Allison Road”, “Until I Fall Away”, “Mrs. Rita,” and “Found Out About You” the band captured the 90’s alternative rock scene.

The Gin Blossoms have described themselves as a band that has a little something for everybody and pride themselves on the quality of their music. Their most recent album, “No Chocolate Cake” featuring the song “Miss Disarray” landed the band on Billboard’s Top 200 at #73 and slayed the Amazon chart, soaring to number one on the list.

“We’re entertaining and we have chops,” says Wilson, “but it really comes down to the songs. The reason we’re still here is that we have good songs. When young musicians ask me for advice, what’s the best thing to do to further my career, I always say, ‘Write good songs’ It always comes down to that.”

Almost twenty years of rock ‘n’ roll has done anything, but slow down Fastball. Miles Zuniga, Tony Scalzo, and Joey Shuffield, boast such accomplishments as platinum-selling album, two Grammy nominations, and an MTV Music Award nomination.

Their second album, “All The Pain Money Can Buy” sold more than one million copies within six months. The album included hits like “The Way,” “Fire Escape,” and “Out of My Head.” In 2007, VH1 named “The Way” #94 on the 100 Greatest Songs of the 90’s.

The Rembrandts became household names when their song, “I’ll Be There For You,” off the album LP, was chosen to be the theme song of the beloved television sitcom, “Friends”. Their iconic song reached #17 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1995 and remained on the chart for eight weeks. LP went multi-platinum, thanks in part to their smash hit. Since then, The Rembrandts have gone on to record songs like “Just The Way It Is, Baby” and “Johnny Have You Seen Her.”

Buske reminded,” Oswego Harborfest is certainly known for its reputation as one of the few admission free music festivals in the nation. It would not be possible to continue this event without the massive support we receive from the City of Oswego, governmental entities, businesses, organizations and individual and family members. If anyone would like to contribute to the support of this fantastic region wide event we can be reached at 41 Lake Street, Oswego, N.Y. 13126 or by calling 315-343-6858.

Editor’s Note-For further information please contact Bill Foley at pr@oswegoharborfest.com or at 315-343-3733

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals Kick Off Oswego Harborfest

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Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals will provide a “good times” opening to the 28th annual Oswego Harborfest.

On Thursday, July 23 the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park will set the mood for the rest of a spectacular weekend as one of the premier free music festivals in the nation kicks off.

Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske said, “Felix is a great way to launch this year’s celebration. I would like to thank Cayuga Community College and C&S Companies for their sponsorship of opening night.”

Buske continued, “This is the first of several major announcements and I think festivalgoers will be very excited with the news coming up involving this year’s festival. There are many exciting acts and events in store for everyone this year. From Thursday night right through Sunday evening there will be plenty of family oriented events and musical performances that will make a great summer weekend experience.”

Felix Cavaliere, who is celebrating his 50th anniversary tour, believes his music has always stood for peace, love and happiness.
The legendary singer songrwriter makes people feel good and his illustrious 50 year career includes the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriter Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame.

Few artists can claim they defined a generation, but Felix continues to remind music fans to keep listening for the world’s beauty.
In early 1965 Felix formed the ‘Young Rascals’ with Dino Danelli, Eddie Brigati and Gene Cornish. That October, they caught the attention of promoter-manager Sid Bernstein with their high-energy set at Long Island’s elite club, Barge.

Signed to Atlantic Records, and now called ‘The Rascals’, the mega hit “Good Lovin” struck number one in February 1966. They followed suit with a string of hits including “I’ve Been Lonley Too Long”, “Groovin”, “How Can I Be Sure”, “A Girl Like You”, “A Beautiful Morning” and “People Got to Be Free”.

The group was considered the best ‘blue eyed soul’ group to come out of the 1960’s as well as one of he groups with the most record sales.
Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals are perfect for opening the 28th annual Oswego Harborfest celebration.
Buske reminded,” Oswego Harborfest is certainly known for its reputation as one of the few admission free music festivals in the nation. It would not be possible to continue this event without the massive support we receive from the City of Oswego, governmental entities, businesses, organizations and individual and family members. If anyone would like to contribute to the support of this fantastic region wide event we can be reached at 41 Lake Street, Oswego, N.Y. 13126 or by calling 315-343-6858.

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Children Auditions Scheduled for Oswego Harborfest “Wonderland” Production

The annual Oswego Harborfest Novelis Family Park will once again feature several performances of a spectacular children’s performance as “Wonderland” is this year’s musical event. Co-Director Bobbie Palange (left) is joined by Harborfest  Board of Directors President Chena Tucker as they discuss plans for upcoming auditions.

The annual Oswego Harborfest Novelis Family Park will once again feature several performances of a spectacular children’s performance as “Wonderland” is this year’s musical event. Co-Director Bobbie Palange (left) is joined by Harborfest Board of Directors President Chena Tucker as they discuss plans for upcoming auditions.

Oswego Harborfest is certainly known for its reputation as one of the few admission free music festivals in the nation.

However, Harborfest is much more than a music fest as it is also a celebration of and for children.

The Novelis Family Park provides sensational and exciting participatory activities.

Once again in 2015 former Oswego City School music teachers Bobbie Palange and Rocky Farden will provide an unforgettable experience for not only children, but parents, siblings, grandparents, relatives and festival attendees.

For the past few years, under a huge tent in West Park, a standing room audience has applauded the talents of school age children.
There have been musicals saluting the obstacles faced by immigrants coming to America and the story of Peter Pan.
This year the Children’s Park Committee is proud to announce another production.

Palange said, “Harborfest proudly announces that we will be doing ‘Wonderland’, based on the novel ‘Through the Looking Glass’ by Lewis Carroll.”
With the book by James DeVita and music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur, the show will presented on the Children’s Stage several times during the July 23-26 event.

However, before the show goes on there needs to be a cast.

Palange said, “Auditions will be held at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street in Oswego, on Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.”

Students in grades three through ten are invited to audition.

Children auditioning should be prepared to sing “My Country ‘tis if Thee” and “Happy Birthday” as well as read for parts.
For further information contact Rocky Farden at 272-7805 or Bobbie Palange at 343-9595.

The annual Oswego Harborfest Novelis Family Park will once again feature several performances of a spectacular children’s performance as “Wonderland” is this year’s musical event. Co-Director Bobbie Palange (left) is joined by Harborfest  Board of Directors President Chena Tucker as they discuss plans for upcoming auditions.

The annual Oswego Harborfest Novelis Family Park will once again feature several performances of a spectacular children’s performance as “Wonderland” is this year’s musical event. Co-Director Bobbie Palange (left) is joined by Harborfest Board of Directors President Chena Tucker as they discuss plans for upcoming auditions.

 

Oswego Harborfest Seeks More “Friends of the Festival”

There is a substantial amount of work that goes on behind-the-scenes to make the annual Oswego Harborfest celebration become a reality.
Oswego Harborfest is one of the largest admission free music festivals in the nation.
However, not only is Harborfest packed with numerous varieties of music, but highlights also include the spectacular Entergy sponsors world class Grucci fireworks display as well as the Novelis Family Park which provides unique experiences for youngsters and their families.
Once again this year Oswego Harborfest will be celebrated during the last weekend of July with festivities commencing on Thursday, July 23 and winding down late Sunday afternoon July 26.
This regional event is brought together through the cooperative efforts of business, industry, municipalities, community not-for-profit organizations and the support of families and individuals.
The behind-the-scenes organization has changed considerably over the years, but the festival continues to be a “must see” destination for thousands of New York State families.
Executive Director Doug Buske said, “Harborfest is unique in that is organized by five part time employees, a volunteer board of directors and is successful because of the tremendous cooperative partnership between the city, county, law enforcement, department of public works, businesses, industry as well as the many families and individuals . Without the generous support of our ‘ Business Partner Members’ and’ Friends of the Festival’ members Harborfest would not be possible.”
Harborfest may not be opening until late July, but this is a very important time of year for the organizational team.
Carol Dillabough has been actively lining up sponsorships with businesses while individual memberships are being coordinated by Cindy Loughrey.
Loughrey said, “We have mailed out over 500 letters seeking ‘Friends of the Festival’ contributions and thus far many area residents have supported Harborfest with generous contributions, but I know we have not reached out to everyone. “
Harborfest “Friends of the Festival” support comes at many levels, but any contribution to support this annual festival area appreciated.
Loughrey continued, “We like to recognize the generous support that is provided by our friends and we are currently organizing the annual program and the names of our friends will be listed there as well as on our website. So this is a perfect time to contribute to the support of Harborfest.”
There are various levels for donor contributions including $25 (name is listed in Harborfest program and on website), $50 (listing as well as a Harborfest program), $100 (all of the previous as well as a transportation button), and $200 (all of the above as well as a t-shirt).
Loughrey noted, “There are various levels, but any support is appreciated as we continue our efforts to enhance Harborfest.”
To become a “Friend of the Festival” please send a check or money order to Oswego Harborfest, in care of Cindy, 41 Lake Street Oswego, N.Y.
Further information can be obtained by emailing vendor@oswegoharborfest.com or by calling 342-7113.
Loughrey also noted, ”We will be conducting another mailing in the next couple of weeks in hopes of reaching out to invite area residents, families and individuals to become a ‘Friend of the Festival’. It is my hope that everyone who enjoys Harborfest will come aboard as a friend and we appreciated your support.”

Mitchell’s Speedway Press Assists Harborfest Organization

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Vendors and businesses simply don’t arrive at the annual Oswego Harborfest celebration and set up their concessions or information booths.

It takes months of logistical planning to organize Breitbeck, the Novelis Family Park at West Park, East Park as well as the river walk.

Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske is heavily involved in a coordinated effort with Sponsorship Coordinator Carol Dillabough and Vendor Coordinator Cindy Loughrey as well as the Harborfest Logistics Committee to place all of the participants in a suitable location.

Buske said, “It takes a significant amount of time to plan locations for everyone participating. I would like to thank Mitchell’s Speedway Press and owners John and Kathy Henry for their generous contribution of the wall maps that greatly assist us in organizing what is one of the largest free music festivals in the nation.”

Mitchell’s Speedway Press owner Kathy Henry said, “Harborfest is a great community event and we are proud to be part of it. We would like to become more involved and hopefully these maps will make it easier for Harborfest officials to place the tremendous number of businesses, vendors, musical groups and organizations that are involved.”

These maps are placed on the walls of the Harborfest Conference Room and in the weeks ahead will start to be filled with all of the pieces that make one of the largest free music festivals in the nation such a success.

Mitchell’s Speedway Press provides a wide variety of services including full color printing, graphic design, newsletters, brochures, business cards, flyers, direct mail campaigns for businesses and organizations as well as being non-profit campaign specialists.

The local business possesses full color publisher printing, high speed copy service, folding, binding, invitations, color scanning and much more to provide for printing and publishing needs of businesses, organizations and individuals.

Planning continues, but there is still plenty of room for vendors, businesses or other groups that would like to become participants in Harborfest. There are still openings for businesses, organizations or individuals who would like to become involved with the event.

Sponsorship information is available by contacting Carol Dillabough at 342-7140 or dillabough@oswegoharborfest.com while individual memberships and vendors should call or email Cindy Loughrey at 342-7113 or vendor@oswegoharborfest.com.

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Mitchell’s Speedway Press created logistic maps for Oswego Harborfest. The maps are used to assist in placement of participating vendors and businesses in the July 23-26 event. From left are John Henry, Harborfest Sponsorship Coordinator Carol Dillabough, Kathy Henry, and graphic designers Sara Albanese and Kelly Sheridan.

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Ray Bodley Senior Creates Award Winning Harborfest Poster

G. Ray Bodley senior Chlarissia Crast is congratulated for her award winning poster design as it will represent 2015 Harborfest. Joining in the celebration were Harborfest Sponsorship Coordinator Carol Dillabough, Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buskey, Crast, Art Teacher Jaclyn Tyler and G. Ray Bodley Principal Donna Parkhurst.

G. Ray Bodley senior Chlarissia Crast is congratulated for her award winning poster design as it will represent 2015 Harborfest. Joining in the celebration were Harborfest Sponsorship Coordinator Carol Dillabough, Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buskey, Crast, Art Teacher Jaclyn Tyler and G. Ray Bodley Principal Donna Parkhurst.

OSWEGO,NY (February 18)-G. Ray Bodley senior Chlarissia Crast created the poster design for the 2015 Oswego Harborfest.

In a brief ceremony in the Fulton High School art room Crast was very emotional and excited when Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske announced that her work was chosen to represent this year’s celebration.

Art teacher Jaclyn Tyler, in cooperation with Oswego Harborfest Sponsorship Coordinator Carol Dillabough, coordinated the project.

Buske expressed his appreciation to all of the students who participated.

He told Crast that the poster would appear in the annual program and be on sale throughout the festival and she would receive a professionally framed copy. Buske also invited Crast, her family and art teacher to the annual Harborfest Gala which will be held during Harborfest week. There she will be publicly recognized for her work.

Dillabough said, “There were several entries that could have been selected to represent this year’s Harborfest. Students displayed a solid grasp on what the event is and its meaning.”

Other students who participated included Callie Beckwith, Alexis Caruana, Victoria Gillette, Hayley Grant, Lina Helmsteader, Jennah Lamb, Gabriella Lanza, Julia Polly, Devin Russell and Cara Todt.

G. Ray Bodley Principal Donna Parkhurst expressed pride in her students’ work to assist this community festival.

Buske said, “In recent years students at the Oswego High School developed wonderful posters which were considered and some eventually chosen to be the symbol of Harborfest. I have to thank the OHS students for their contributions.”

Continuing he said, “I wanted to expand the opportunity to other schools and this year thanks to the cooperation between Carol Dillabough and Fulton Art teacher Jaclyn Tyler we were able to include G. Ray Bodley.”

Art teacher Jaclyn Tyler was very supportive of the project and talked about her students’ involvement.

Tyler said, “It was a larger undertaking, but one I knew this particular group of students could handle. They are very talented, creative and hardworking and understand the process of making a successful piece of art. They were excited for the challenge and worked very hard on their submissions.”

Continuing she said, ”Each student grew in one way or another throughout the process and I am extremely proud of them all.”

Of the winner, Chlarissia Crast the teacher noted, “She plans to pursue graphic design after graduating. What strikes me about Chlarissia is that, while she may get frustracted when she runs into snags with her artwork, she never gives up. She is not afraid to ask for help or for advice. She takes constructive criticism well, because she sincerely desires to be better. As every art teacher knows, these are very important qualities for a successful artist to possess.”

This was G. Ray Bodley High School’s first year of incorporating Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator into the Advertising and Design curriculum. Tyler noted, “The majority of my students had never used these programs before this year. When we were offered the opportunity to design the Harborfest Poster, I was hesitant to take on the task as my students were inexperienced.”

However, her hesitation worries were not necessary as the students produced several potential submissions that could have been chosen to be the “face” of the 2015 Harborfest celebration.

 

These G. Ray Bodley High School students all participated in the design effort for the Harborfest poster. In front (left to right) are Alexis Caruana, Chlarissia Crast, Gabriella Lanza and Jennah Lamb while in the middle are GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst, Devin Russell, Lina Helmsteader, Victoria Gillette, Julia Polly, Callie Beckwith and Art Teacher Jaclyn Tyler. In back are Hayley Grant and Cara Todt

These G. Ray Bodley High School students all participated in the design effort for the Harborfest poster. In front (left to right) are Alexis Caruana, Chlarissia Crast, Gabriella Lanza and Jennah Lamb while in the middle are GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst, Devin Russell, Lina Helmsteader, Victoria Gillette, Julia Polly, Callie Beckwith and Art Teacher Jaclyn Tyler. In back are Hayley Grant and Cara Todt

 

 

 

 

 

Harborfest Posters Created by G. Ray Bodley Art Students

The selection of the 2015 Oswego Harborfest poster is just about completed.

This year art students at the G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton partnered with Harborfest to create colorful posters for consideration.

Harborfest "team" reviews poster entries

Harborfest “team” reviews poster entries 

Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske said, “In recent years Oswego High School art students submitted their tremendous poster designs to celebrate one of the largest free music festivals in the nation. We genuinely appreciate what the OHS artists did, but this year we wanted to provide this exciting opportunity to another local high school.”

Oswego Harborfest Sponsorship Coordinator Carol Dillabough contacted GRB Art teacher Jaclyn Tyler in hopes of getting her students interested in the project.

Dillabough said, “It has been fun working with the students, seeing some of their wonderful designs and creative processes. The selection was quite difficult as there were several posters that represented the excitement and theme of Harborfest.”

She indicated that an announcement would be made by mid-February in regards to the winning poster.

The Oswego Harborfest “team” reviewed and examined posters that were considered for this year’s annual festival. The poster entries were submitted by students from the G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton. Considering the poster entries were Harborfest Business Manager Barb Manwaring, Sponsorship Coordinator Carol Dillabough, Vendor Coordinator Cindy Loughrey and Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske.

Harborfest Welcomes New Officers & Board Members

OSWEGO,NY (January 20) –Folks visiting the annual Oswego Harborfest celebration enjoy the food, music, fireworks, but aren’t necessarily aware of what it took to stage one of the largest admission free festivals in the nation.

Executive Director Doug Buske said, “It takes a substantial number of people who possess a wide range of life experiences to organize and stage the annual event.”

Twenty-three area residents and business persons have volunteered to serve on the 2015 Oswego Harborfest Board of Directors.

New officers established in their new leadership positions are Chena Tucker, this year’s president, while Ernest Monts is the first vice president, Colleen Carmella the second president, Joan Carroll treasurer, Marta Santiago recording secretary, Chuck Handley correspondence secretary and Bruce Turner the at-large officer.

New to the board are Mary Greeney, Heathe Jones, Julie Restuccio, Margaret Mahaney, John Zanewych and Ann Kirk.

The six new members join Jeff Bame, Ron Falise, Joe Garafolo, Tony Gentile, Lisa Gray, Marilyn McMillen, Jake Mulcahey, Mike Myers, Amy Tresider, and Dave “Gibby” Thompson in creating an environment that supplies memories and exciting experiences for Harborfest fans.

Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske said, “The teamwork that is involved in making Harborfest the success that it is amazing. Everyone on the board of directors brings a special expertise to the table and that knowledge and experience creates the complete picture that helps provide in keeping Harborfest one of the largest admission free festivals in the nation.”

Oswego Harborfest will begin on Thursday, July 23 at Breitbeck Park in Oswego and conclude on Sunday, July 26.

Loughrey & Foley On Board with Harborfest 2015

Planning for one of the largest admission free festivals in the nation is well underway.

Harborfest 2015 is about six months away, but the part-time staff is dedicated to maintaining the tradition and excitement for this year’s event. The Harborfest sites are being planned, the search for crowd pleasing entertainment is underway and already vendors are planning to take up residence for the 28th edition of the festival slated for July 23 – 26, 2015.

Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske (center) welcomes two new staff members as Bill Foley (left) will serve in the public relations-media marketing area and Cindy Loughery is the new vendor membership coordinator.

Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske (center) welcomes two new staff members as Bill Foley (left) will serve in the public relations-media marketing area and Cindy Loughery is the new vendor membership coordinator. 

However, behind the scenes there are some new faces who hope to make major contributions to assist in the organization of this year’s event.

Cindy Loughrey has been named Vendor-Membership Coordinator while veteran journalist-public relations professional Bill Foley will serve as Public Relations-Media Marketing Director.

They join the team of Executive Director Doug Buske, Business Manager Barbara Manwaring and Sponsorship Coordinator Carol Dillabough in spearheading the organizational efforts for Harborfest 2015.

Buske noted, “It a pleasure to welcome Cindy and Bill aboard. Their years of expertise in their respective fields will contribute to the growth of Harborfest and they will definitely bring some different ideas to the organization. “

Continuing Buske said, “Harborfest is one of the largest admission free festivals in the United States and we want that to continue. We could not do this without the massive amount of cooperation from the City of Oswego, Oswego Fire Department, Oswego Police Department, Port Authority, Oswego Department of Public Works, Oswego County, our major sponsors, our business partners, our ‘friends of the festival’ and of course the hundreds of community volunteers.”

A veteran journalist and public relations professional, Foley said, “This is a new door that has opened that will provide an exciting experience. Harborfest continues to evolve and it is a privilege to be promoting and publicizing an event that attracts not only Oswego County residents, but exposes our natural and entertainment resources to visitors from throughout New York, Canada and the Northeastern part of the United States.”

Loughery also is enthusiastic over her involvement in Harborfest. She has over a decade of experience in customer service at Fulton Typewriter and related businesses.

Of her new position she said, “This is a new challenge which I am excited to begin. Harborfest is an outstanding community event and it is my goal to be involved with food and commercial vendors who will bring a wide variety of choices to Harborfest.”

Every day brings further excitement of Harborfest and updated information will be readily available at www.oswegoharborfest.com.

Sponsors & Members for 2015 Festival-Welcome Aboard

Welcome and thank you to all of the sponsors, business partners and friends for the 2015 edition of Oswego Harborfest Sponsors
Entergy
Port of Oswego Authority
Eagle Beverage-Budweiser
Eagle Beverage-Labatt’s Blue Light
Cayuga Community College
Oswego Palladium Times
Novelis
NRG Energy
NBT Bank
Pathfinder Bank
C&S Companies
National Grid
A-Verdi Storage Containers
Quality Carpets
Pipefitters & Plumbers Union
Fulton Savings Bank
Eastern Short Associates Insurance
Mitchell Printing
Ameriprise Financial
Business Partners
JP Wholesale Jewelers
Marketing
New York State Lottery
Peace Corps
Visionworks
Membership
Larry and Mary Lou Heintz
Donald and Maureen Feck
Marilyn A. McMillen
Paura’s Discount Liquor Store
John Woods
Alexandra Ackerman
Matt Chetney
Bob and Barb Sugar
Sharon Noel
Mrs. Margaret Falise
Marion Duplessis
Gen Loughrey
Susan P. Downey
Maria Conzone
Gregory Dufore
John & Shirley Conley
Peter Reidy
Marilynn J. Smiley
Tom & Mary Restuccio
Michael & Joanne Segretto
Jane E. Wright
Helen M. Breitbeck
David & Mary Roman
Charlie & Denise O’Connor
Barbara J. Handley-Place
Jim & Juanita Tschudy
Dr. Ernest Mears, Dentist
William & Cynthia Fatiga
Eva Briggs
James & Karen Metcalf
Arlene & Larry Spizman
Daniel & Mary Stergius
Carol & Gary Fox
Matt Chetney
Dr. Vilma Junio (supporting emergency services)
Mary Lue Ferguson
Dowdle Funeral Home

PERFORMING ARTISTS SOUGHT FOR HARBORFEST 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Barbara A. Manwaring 343-1229
PERFORMING ARTISTS SOUGHT FOR HARBORFEST 2015
Application deadline is January 10, 2015
OSWEGO,NY (October 8) – Harborfest 2015 is seeking performers for appearances at the 28th edition of the festival slated for July 23 – 26, 2015.
Artists of all types of music interested in appearing at Harborfest 2015 can obtain information and an application by clicking here or at the Harborfest office, 41 Lake Street in Oswego, weekdays during normal working hours.
There is no application fee, but a clearly labeled CD or audiotape and press or information kit must accompany each application. Applications must be completed and submitted with all requested information to the Harborfest office by no later than January 10, 2015.