Winning 50-50 Number 344655

The winning 50-50 Oswego Harborfest ticket has been drawn.

The winning number is a yellow ticket 344655 and the person with this ticket will received $3,902.36.

The winner must contact Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske within 48 hours. Buske can be reached at 315-342-7140.

Harborfest Fun Day Sunday

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Sunday was the final day of the 28th edition of Oswego Harborfest and there was no letdown after the spectacular Entergy Nuclear sponsored Grucci Fireworks the night before. All four festival venues were quite busy throughout the day. On the NRG Lakeview State in Breitbeck Park the curtain to Harborfest came down in rousing fashion as Canada’s Brass Transit brought Chicago to Oswego with a true-to-life sound of the musical icons. Throughout the afternoon the music of Big Eyed Phish brought Dave Matthews Band music to the stage and F5 rocked off the afternoon. However, throughout the venue large crowds turned out for the Port of Oswego Authority Typhoon Tommy Jet Ski Show and the K-9 Grooming and Pet Hotel sponsored Jersey Disc Devils high flying and trained border collie show. Food vendors had anything that was desired as hundreds of people turned out to relax in the park on a Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile at the Labatt’s Blue Light Stage at East Park Canandian jazz star Tia Brazda followed Diana Jacobs Band and Brownskin Band while folks sat under the shade of the park trees enjoying frozen custard, gourmet egg rolls, baby back ribs or a cool glass of lemonade and of course a cool Labatt’s. The Novelis Family Park was a huge success this year as thousands of youngsters and their families spent numerous hours enjoying a variety of opportunities. Sunday was the final performace of “Wonderland” which is a musical presented by Oswego and surrounding area youngsters under the direction of Rocky Farden and Bobbi Palange. Boater safety was on the docket as well as the numerous activities of the Oswego Children’s Museum and the performances of Bubbleman Doug Rougeoux, InJest, and numerous other activities. Arts and crafts booths lined the east bank of the Oswego River and visitors wandered the area throughout the afternoon. DSC04281 DSC04369 DSC04403

Sensational Nuclear Entergy Grucci Fireworks

In one of the most sensational pyrotechnic displays ever in Central New York the Entergy Nuclear Grucci Fireworks proved to be a display that would not soon be forgotten.

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Entergy Works With Our Youngest

Entergy Nuclear employees and volunteers were on hand throughout the weekend providing special treats for youngsters.

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K-9 Grooming Hosting Disc Devils

Sunday the Jersey Disc Devils will be performing at Breitbeck Park courtesy of K-9 Grooming and Pet Hotel.

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90’s Night On NRG Lakeview Stage

Gin Blossoms, Fastball and The Rembrandt’s brought the “Circle of Friends” Tour to Oswego Harborfest on day two of the 28th annual event sponsored by Eagle Beverage-Budweiser and Exelon Generation.

Thousands of fans dance, sang and simply enjoyed the night with friends and “old friends” to the sounds of the 90’s.

 

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Children’s Parade and Show of Love Start Day

Hundreds of children joined with the Mexico High School Summer Band and the Catskill Puppets for the annual Novelis-Oswego Health-Oswego County Federal Credit Union-Palladium Times parade.

Prior to the march a large number of youngsters participated in the Show of Love.

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Sensational Opening Day

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Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, Nik and the Nice Guys and the U.S. Army rock band Avalanche brought the 28th edition of Oswego Harborfest to life on Thursday night as they rocked the NRG Lakeview Stage.

The first day of Harborfest was a tremendous success as opening ceremonies officially kicked off the four day annual celebration.

Master of Ceremonies Bill Foley recognized the major sponsors “who without their support there would be no Harborfest.”

Joining together on stage to receive a welcome and thanks from the audience in excess of 4,000 were Brian Sullivan of Entergy Nuclear, Robert Marko of NRG, Malcolm Gabriel representing Novelis, John Trimble of the C&S Companies, Nick Patel of Verizon Go Wireless of North Syracuse and Watertown, and Jeff Rosenthal from Cayuga Community College. Though not represented on stage Eagle Beverage Budweiser and Labatt’s Blue Light and Exelon Generation are also major sponsors of the celebration.

It was a perfect night as another spectacular sunset put the curtain on another day as Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals continued to perform until 10:30 p.m.

Day two is another active day with the Labatt’s Blue Light Jazz Stage coming alive at 1:30 p.m. at East Park, the East Side Riverwalk arts and crafts show is in full swing and the Novelis Family Park will have a host of activities from robotics, face painting, children’s performances and so much more.

Friday night the featured performers at Breitbeck will be at 6 p.m. as The Rembrandt’s take to the stage followed by Fastball and the Gin Blossoms.

 

 

 

 

Children’s Gala Tremendous Success

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There was actually something for everyone at the unofficial opening of Oswego Harborfest on Tuesday night as well over 200 children celebrated at Breitbeck Park.

The “Alice in Wonderland” theme was alive as a madhatter cake along with all of the accompanying goodies were enjoyed.

No one went home hungry as there was cake, snow cones, popcorn, ice cream and candy.

Children made t-shirts, hula hooped, played croquet, drew, colored, jump and slid on the inflatables and so much more.

The event could not have been a success without the support of the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community, Port City Bakery, Paul’s Big M, Duffy’s Designs, Barlow’s Concessions, P.J.’s Ice Cream, Lake Ontario Photo Booth, Kyokushin Karate, Good Times and Soul Hooping.

 

 

NRG Lakeview Stage Going Up

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The countdown is nearly to zero for this year’s beginning of the 28th edition of Oswego Harborfest. Stage crews were on hand Tuesday beginning erection of the NRG Lakeview Stage. Thursday at 5:15 the U.S. Army band “Avalanche” will play and following will be Nik and the Nice Guys, official opening ceremonies and the featured performer of the night with Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals.

Entergy Nuclear Fireworks by Grucci Promotes Oswego Pride

The world-renowned Fireworks by Grucci, sponsored once again by Entergy Nuclear, will help spotlight the fantastic cultural and recreational opportunities to be found in the City of Oswego and its waterfront, the County of Oswego, the Oswego River and the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario with a World-Class Fireworks performance this Saturday as a centerpiece of 28th annual Oswego Harborfest.

Oswego Harborfest promotes an increased public awareness of, and civic pride in, the unique history and geography Oswego and its surrounds. The festival will be held July 23-26.

The 22-minute World-Class fireworks performance, presented by Entergy Nuclear, will begin at 9:30 pm with primary spectator viewing at Brightbeck Park. Camera-ready highlights include:

• At 6:05 in the performance, a scene of “Brite White” Magnesium Comets fired from a barge as well as from the break wall will illuminate the sky with enough luminosity to make the night seem like day. This powerful scene will be set to the song “Hallelujah” as performed by Rufus Wainwright.

• Midway into the performance the Gruccis will display a cutting- edge 1,000′ wide by 500′ high “USA” in red, white, and blue colors across the sky over the Oswego break wall. This tremendous scene will appear twice at 15:14 and 15:20 at the conclusion of the song “I am a Patriot”. This scene is created using patented Grucci Pixelburst-tm technology. Each PixelBurst- is outfitted with a small microchip that when initiated allows precise millisecond timing to control the height of a burst.

• As a prelude to the renowned Grucci Grand Finale approximately 20:27 into the performance, the Gruccis will pay tribute to all of the volunteers who tirelessly make Harborfest a yearly success with a signature scene of the exclusive Grucci Gold Flitter Split Comets. The Gold Flitter Split Comet is an Aerial Shell, originally conceived and developed by the late James Grucci, displays 600’ in the sky and extends a series of glittering gold comets that create a descending pattern and, after 6 seconds of flight, split into a milky way of gold glitter. This incredibly elegant effect is a crescendo to the bold, dynamic color and bombardment of a Grucci Grand Finale. This scene is set to the song: Hall Of Fame by Will I Am.

• Custom Entergy Logo Pattern Shells in red and white set to the song “Bang, Bang” by Jessie J, ArianaGrande & Nicki Minage will be displayed at approximately 21:00 in the performance over the Oswego harbor as the first scene of the Grand Finale.

The PixelBurst-tm, Brite White Magnesium Comets, Entergy Pattern Shells and Grucci Gold Flitter Split Comets as well as others in this State-of-theArt performance have all been designed, engineered and manufactured in the USA in the Grucci’s upstate New York factory and Virginia manufacturing plant.

Classic Rock TK99 and 105.5 FM will simulcast music.

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For those who can see the show from the surrounding area but cannot hear the music score, Fireworks by Grucci is providing a new, free mobile app for IPhones and Android devices that allows spectators to experience of real-time synchronized fireworks music. The app is currently available as a free download from both the IPhone app store and the Google Play store for Androids.

“Fireworks are synonymous with pride and celebration,” said Phil Grucci, President and Creative Director of Fireworks by Grucci. “We want our performance to honor and reflect Oswego’s natural beauty, history, and cultural value, so expect a stunning show.”

Additional event information is available at www.oswegoharborfeest.com

Fun Facts
Show Design and Choreography: Phil Grucci
Producer: Christopher Carlino
Pyrotechnician: William Crucilla
Number of days to install: 4
of hours to choreograph: 22
Number of Pyrotechnicians: 12
Number of man hours to set-up: 576
Largest firing Aerial Shell: 10 inch

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A mix of family friendly music from yesterday and today. Selections will feature some of your favorite artists including The Beatles, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Carol King, Usher, Brad Paisley, Jessie J and much more.

About Fireworks by Grucci: Holders of two Guinness World Records, Fireworks by Grucci is a sixth-generation, family-owned and operated company. Known as “America’s First Family of Fireworks,” the Gruccis have transformed the night skies to the delight of millions across the globe since 1850. They are world-renowned for their pyrotechnic artistry, scientific innovation, and old-fashioned values. The Grucci’s gained the title for the world’s “largest pyrotechnic image” at the Star Spangled Spectacular celebration in honor of the 200th Anniversary of America’s National Anthem. The 600 foot high by 900 foot wide American Pyrotechnic flag was illuminated over Fort McHenry, in Baltimore, Maryland. Fireworks by Grucci remains the top choice for extraordinary performances in and around the world including; Las Vegas, NV., seven consecutive U.S. Presidential Inaugurations; the Olympic Games in Beijing, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Lake Placid; commemorations such as the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty and star-studded extravaganzas including the grand opening of the Atlantis Dubai and the Palm Jumeirah Island in the United Arab Emirates. On New Year’s Eve 2013, a stunning performance displaying 479,651 fireworks made its debut above Dubai’s iconic skyline. The Gruccis achieved their “Largest Fireworks Display” title and smashed the Guinness Book of World Record’s preceding mark. Phil Grucci currently serves as President/CEO – Creative of Fireworks by Grucci, Inc. and Pyrotechnique by Grucci, Inc., the manufacturing entity of the Grucci group of companies.
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Tremendous Support for Children’s Parade This Friday

Oswego Harborfest wouldn’t be the nationally-recognized event that it is without the wonderful opportunities for children of all ages.

From the Novelis-Oswego County Federal Credit Union-Oswego Health-Palladium Times Children’s Parade is the highlight of the first full day of the 28th edition of Oswego Harborfest.

One of the highlights of this year will be the Mexico High School Summer Marching Band as it will leads the hundreds of youngsters along the parade route.

Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske said, “The support we receive for our children is tremendous. I can’t thank Novelis, Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Oswego Health and the Palladium Times enough for their continued support of Harborfest and especially our youngest festival attendees.”

The traditional and famous Oswego Harborfest Children’s Parade is scheduled to begin on Friday, July 24 at 1:30 p.m. from Breitbeck Park and it will be composed of many local organizations as well as hundreds of children and a variety of surprises.

The march will commence at Breitbeck Park and will travel east on Lake Street before turning on to West Fifth Street to the Novelis Family Park in Franklin Square’s West Park.

Children Ready to Debut “Wonderland”

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The eighth annual Harborfest musical, Wonderland, will be presented by area students, under the direction of Bobbie Palange and Rocky Farden.

The musical is based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story, Through the Looking Glass, script by James DeVita, music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur.

Wonderland is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service. > >

Thirty five young people from Hannibal, Mexico, Fulton and Oswego fill out the cast of strange and wonderful characters: Alice is played by Audrey Hinman. Matt Caraccioli plays the Mad Hatter. White Rabbit is Megan Albright. The Red and White Royalty are portrayed by Laura Bornheimer, Donald Austin, Mary Bornheimer and Matt Bornheimer.

The Knights are Emma DeLoff and Emma Domachowski. The Red and White Pawns are: Sarah Fisch, Ava Cloonan, Vita Marie Dean, Emalee Herrington,Sydney Frantz, Angelina Levendusky, Kaila Loadwick, Kim Kaleta and Nealy Pippin. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee are Zeida Olson and Morgan Samson. > > David Harvey, Liam Hinman, Sean Metcalf and Ben Norton play the Proper Authorities. > Humpty Dumpty is portrayed by Matt Oldenburg with Mya Kinder and Sierra Palmer as the Dixie Chickens. Kyra Baker and Brianna Harrington are the Unicorn and Lion > > Alexandra Reith, Isabella Pelow, Leah Norton, Cassara Jones, London Jones and Indigo Davis > round out the cast as the Tourists. > >

Dr. Mihoko Tsutsumi provides piano accompaniment with violinist Caroline Chatterton and cellist Ben Chatterton.

Set construction by Bill Palange with Dave Chatterton; set design by Rebecca Chatterton with Marie Chatterton.

Costume design is by Jeanette Reyner. Choreography support from Jessica Goodnoe of Creative Dance. >

Support for the Children’s Park comes from Novellis and the Oswego County and City Youth Bureau > >

Performances will take place in the Children’s Tent in West Park on Friday, July 24 at 4:00 P.M., on Saturday, July 25 at 11:00 with a second performance at 2:30; and on Sunday, July 26 at 11:00 A.M. > >

 

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The “Wonderland” cast has been rehearsing for the upcoming Oswego Harborfest production which will be held at the Novelis Family Park Children’s Tent several times during this weekend’s event

“Wonderland” Harborfest Debut Nearly Ready

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Oswego area children have been rehearsing for weeks in preparation for the Harborfest production of “Wonderland”. Under the direction of Rocky Farden and Bobbie Palange the musical will be staged several times in the Novelis Family Park on July 24-26.
Rebecca Chatterton paints some of the scenery for the production.

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“Wonderland” will be performed several times during Oswego Harborfest on July 24-26 at the Novelis Family Park. Among local students appearing in the production are Audrey Hinman as Alice and Matthew Caraccioli as the Hatter.

Deadline Approaching for Harborfest “About Boater Safely” Course

The deadline is rapidly approaching for the “About Boating Safely” class scheduled during Oswego Harborfest.

The one-day class is sponsored by the Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a lunch break at noon, on Sunday July 26th. The class will be located at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street in Oswego.

The deadline is Thursday, July 23.

Among the many benefits of taking the “About Boating Safely” class is that it meets the requirements for New York State mandatory boater education. It is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

“Any operator of a regular motor boat ages 10 to 19 must take the course, and every operator of a personal water craft, regardless of age, must take it as well” said John Steinbarge of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. “The course provides general information about boats and maintenance, tips on being a more cautious boater, and how to make your boating experience safer and more enjoyable. It covers laws and regulations that boaters must adhere to and may even offer a possible 10 to 20 percent boat insurance discount.”

Steinbarge added, “Normally, the nearest class is held in Syracuse, so having the class in Oswego during Harborfest is a great opportunity for the people of Oswego County.”

The class is taught by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and students will receive a certificate and card valid in all 50 U.S. states and in Canada upon completion of the class that day.

The cost is $35 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the Oswego Lighthouse Restoration Fund. Students must be at least 10 years old to take the “About Boating Safely” class. All students must register and pay no later than Thursday, July 23.

For more information or to register, call the Oswego Harborfest Office at (315) 343-6858 or stop in at the McCrobie Building. Payment can be made by cash, credit card or check made payable to Oswego Harbor Festivals, Inc.
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Harborfest Volunteer Could Get New Bike

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Ben Turner of  Murdock’s Bicycle and Sports in Oswego has generously donated a bike to a lucky volunteer at this year’s Oswego Harborfest celebration.  Volunteer coordinator Rick Rodgers (left) noted that for each hour worked volunteers would receive a credit for the drawing.  Anyone interested in volunteering should call 343-6858 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or stop in at the office in the McCrobie Building at 41 Lake Street.

 

Entergy Nuclear Continues Tradition of World Class Grucci Harborfest Fireworks; TK99.5 & 105.5 Broadcasts Live

Entergy Nuclear sponsored world class Grucci Fireworks display is traditionally the highlight of the Oswego Harborfest celebration.

This year the 28th year that Oswego Harborfest attendees will receive an unforgettable experience of witnessing and experiencing the Grucci Fireworks

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The pyrotechnic spectacular will be launched from the Oswego Harbor breakwall and barges at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 25.

By themselves the fireworks are sensational, but when coordinated with music the spectacular event becomes even more exciting, exhilarating and emotional.

Once again, Galaxy Communications will present the live broadcast of the music on TK99.5 or 105.5 to accompany the colorful array of the Entergy Nuclear sponsored world class Grucci fireworks.

Festival goers can listen to either station or use the free TK99 app to listen to the music on a smartphone, but the audio will also be heard at all of the parks throughout Oswego Harborfest.

Not only does Entergy Nuclear sponsor the Grucci fireworks display, but numerous employees have, for years, generously donated their time to assist in setting up the display as they receive hands on experience in being a major part in contributing to the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands of festival goers.

Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske is excited over this year’s world class pyrotechnics production and the sponsorship from Entergy Nuclear..

Buske said, “This would not be possible without the continued support of Entergy Nuclear. Our relationship has been tremendous as the Grucci fireworks are the cornerstone of Oswego Harborfest. Not only am I appreciative of the fireworks sponsorship, but I can’t thank the dedicated Entergy employee enough for what they do for our festival and community.”

Continuing he said, “They are an integral part, along with all of our volunteers, that make Oswego Harborfest possible. Many of the Entergy employees have come back year after year and many take time off to be part of providing an event that will make everyone happy and feeling good.”

Adding to the event is the musical soundtrack and it is important to have media support for the extravaganza.

Oswego Harborfest Public Relations Director Bill Foley said, “The media sponsorship by Galaxy Communication in providing TK99 and 105.5 as the place where our fireworks music can be heard simply adds another positive layer to the event. Fireworks are something to remember, but the entire experienced is enhanced by the music provided by these Central New York radio stations.”

Oswego Harborfest continues to be one of the few admission free festivals in the nation with top name, nationally recognized names on the stages as well as the Strates Midway and much, much more.
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Once again Entergy Nuclear presents the world class show of the Grucci family fireworks on Saturday, July 25 at 9:30 p.m. at Oswego Harborfest. (Photo by Robert Clark)

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Parent/Child Yoga For All at Harborfest

The Harborfest Children’s Committee and Oswego’s North Coast Yoga studio are partnering together to provide a free Parent/Child Yoga class on Saturday, July 25th at 11 a.m. at the Novelis Family Park (West Park).

This is the first time a free yoga class will be a part of the Harborfest festival.

The class will last for thirty minutes, and will take place on the West end of the park, near West 5th and Seneca Streets. Children who are at least toddler age are welcome to attend with a parent or adult, and no previous yoga experience is needed.

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Becky Lloyd, a yoga instructor at North Coast Yoga, will be teaching the class at Harborfest. She has recently been trained in Childlight Yoga, and is looking forward to leading the event.

“I will keep the class simple,” Lloyd said, “so anyone would be able to do it.”

To plan the event, she has been working closely with AmeriCorps member Lindsay Johnson, who is serving with Harborfest this summer to continue to bring fitness- and nutrition-focused activities to the Family Park.

“I am so excited that North Coast Yoga is helping us provide this great event for the first time ever at Harborfest,” Johnson remarked. “Improving physical fitness and mental health are two of the key elements needed to fight the obesity epidemic, and yoga is one of many ways that adults and children can keep moving toward the goal of a healthy lifestyle.”

People interested in attending the yoga class should dress in comfortable clothes that are easy to move in and bring water to drink.

The Novelis Family Park will be open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with two performances of the “Wonderland” musical occurring at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Also, the T-shirt workshop will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Novelis Family Park.

More information about the activities provided for children at the Novelis Family Park during Harborfest can be found at www.oswegoharborfest.com.

Jersey Disc Devils Flying High at Harborfest

The Jersey Disc Devils, presented by K-9 Grooming and Pet Hotel, will perform several times throughout this year’s Oswego Harborfest. Featured on television and major shows and competitions throughout the nation the Disc Devils will be enjoyed by all. Shows are Friday, July 24, at 1:15, 3 and 6 p.m.; Saturday, July 25 at 2 and 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30, 3 and 5:30 p.m. They will be performing at Breitbeck Park.

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Terrific Jet Ski Show in Oswego Harbor

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The Typhoon Tommy Jet Ski Show is back at Oswego Harborfest this year.  Action will take place in the harbor off Breitbeck Park with shows on Saturday, July 25 at 1 ,3 and 5 p.m. and Sunday at Noon, 2:15 and 4:15 p.m.  Typhoon Tommy’s admission free exciting, high energy show is sponsored by Port of Oswego Authority

Oswego Harborfest T-Shirts Have Arrived & On Sale

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Judy Pratt and Donna Nichols, Oswego Harborfest volunteers, fold the newly arrived Oswego Harborfest t-shirts. The shirts are a collectors item for many festival attendees. They are on sale at the Oswego Harborfest offices at 41 Lake Street and at Valti Graphics , at the corner of West Bridge and Liberty. This year there are the traditional shirts as well as a v-neck for the ladies. For further information contact Oswego Harborfest at 343-6858. They will also be available throughout the July 23-26 Oswego Harborfest.

Downbeat Percussion Make Fast Beat for Harborfest

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After a sensational reception at the Fourth of July Parade, Downbeat Percussion returns to Oswego for an afternoon performance on Saturday, July 25 at Harborfest. The “Official Drum Line of the Buffalo Bills”
will be at the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park beginning at 2:30 p.m. These world class percussionists thrive on energy, precision and performance. Members are all active in the field of education and are dedicated to helping students become the best musicians they can be and also provide educators with the tools and information they need to create an exceptional percussion curriculum. (Photo courtesy of Oswego County Today)

Harborfest Hosts 3rd Annual Boating Safely Course; Register Now

The “About Boating Safely” class returns to Oswego Harborfest for its third year. The one-day class is sponsored by the Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a lunch break at noon, on Sunday July 26th. The class will be located at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street in Oswego.

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Among the many benefits of taking the “About Boating Safely” class is that it meets the requirements for New York State mandatory boater education. It is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

“Any operator of a regular motor boat ages 10 to 19 must take the course, and every operator of a personal water craft, regardless of age, must take it as well” said John Steinbarge of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. “The course provides general information about boats and maintenance, tips on being a more cautious boater, and how to make your boating experience safer and more enjoyable. It covers laws and regulations that boaters must adhere to and may even offer a possible 10 to 20 percent boat insurance discount.”

Steinbarge added, “Normally, the nearest class is held in Syracuse, so having the class in Oswego during Harborfest is a great opportunity for the people of Oswego County.”

The class is taught by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and students will receive a certificate and card valid in all 50 U.S. states and in Canada upon completion of the class that day.

The cost is $35 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the Oswego Lighthouse Restoration Fund. Students must be at least 10 years old to take the “About Boating Safely” class. All students must register and pay no later than Thursday, July 23.

For more information or to register, call the Oswego Harborfest Office at (315) 343-6858 or stop in at the McCrobie Building. Payment can be made by cash, credit card or check made payable to Oswego Harbor Festivals, Inc.

Youngsters Kick Off Harborfest with Children’s Gala

The first Oswego Harborfest event of the year will be the annual Children’s Gala in Breitbeck Park on Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 6-7:30 p.m.
Children in attendance will enjoy a delicious cake and ice cream social from Port City Café and Bakery as well at P.J.’s Ice Cream and Barlow Concessions.

There will be many activities including a sponge toss, a photo booth, and arts and crafts.

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Lake Ontario Photo Booth will also be on hand to captured those memorable moments.

Support is also being provided by Duffy’s Designs.

This year, only children need tickets in order to attend and participate in the Gala.

Tickets are on sale for $5 at the Harborfest Office located at 41 Lake Street in the McCrobie Building or at the Harborfest booth in the Farmer’s Market on Thursday evenings from 4:30-8 p.m.

For more information on the 2015 Children’s Gala, please visit the official Harborfest website www.oswegoharborfest.com or call the Harborfest office at 343-6858.

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The Children’s Gala at Oswego Harborfest is the unofficial beginning of the annual event for the youngest festival attendees.

Oswego Harborfest Children’s Parade to Launch Multiple Events

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Oswego Harborfest wouldn’t be the nationally-recognized event that it is without the wonderful opportunities for children of all ages.

From the Novelis-Oswego County Federal Credit Union-Oswego Health-Palladium Times Children’s Parade, to the 150th celebration of “Wonderland” and including numerous interactive opportunities for the festival’s youngest attendees there will be a place for children to call their own.

The traditional and famous Oswego Harborfest Children’s Parade is scheduled to begin on Friday, July 24 at 1:30 p.m. from Breitbeck Park and it will be composed of many local organizations as well as hundreds of children and a variety of surprises.

The march will commence at Breitbeck Park and will travel east on Lake Street before turning on to West Fifth Street to the Novelis Family Park in Franklin Square’s West Park.

After the parade the Oswego Health Activity area will be open in the Novelis Family park. The setting will be an old-time carnival with many games for children to play and win prizes. There will be an obstacle course, a football toss, a putting green and small pond with boats to be selected which correspond with prizes.

Throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday the annual Children’s Musical “Wonderland” will feature 40 of Oswego’s very talented youth the the whimsical performance in the Oswego County Youth Bureau-Oswego Lions Club sponsored Family Tent.

The musical will be performed at 4 p.m. on Friday and at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday as well as 11 a.m. on Sunday.

“Wonderland” depicts the journey of a troubled Alice through a series of unfortunate circumstances in a high-tech, modern world. Creative props, fabulous costumes and wonderful talent will be on display.

Once again the production would not have been possible without the efforts of directors Rocky Farden and Bobbie Palange.

Sunday afternoon, July 26, will be an exciting time in the Novelis Children’s Park.

The third annual “Oswego’s Got Talent”, a community collaboration that celebrates young artists and performers for their creativity and diversity creates awareness of Oswego County’s rich cultural resources.

The event has grown over the first two years and a large turnout is expected.

Last year a dozen contestants took to the stage and this year it is anticipated that more youth will become involved in the celebration of art and performance.

“These participants are truly talented youth of our community and they are our future artists, singers, dancers, teachers, leaders and community members and we should show them how much we value their participation,” said Harborfest President Chena Tucker.

The competiton also features a visual and library art exhibit along with the series of youth performances. The talent show begins at 2:15 p.m. at the Novelis Family Children’s Park Stage in Franklin Square’s West Park. Anyone eight to 21 years of age is invited to participate.

Numerous other festival events are also on tap for children including the Harborfest Children’s Gala, the t-shirt workshops, the Catskill Puppet Theatre, Peter and Chris Amusements, InJest, Doug Rougeaux , Dan Chase Snakes, and the Oswego Children’s Museum.

There are other events for children as the world famous Grucci World Class fireworks, sponsored by Entergy, will light up the harbor on Saturday night

 

 

 

Oswego Harborfest Executive Directo r DougBuske 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.

Have Fun, Volunteer and Be a Part of Oswego Harborfest

For the 28th consecutive year Oswego Harborfest will bring thousands of festival goers to town from Thursday, July 23 thru Sunday, July 26.

However, as always the festival success depends not only on the talent, entertainment and food, but also the contributions of volunteer individuals who are an integral part of the annual event.

Once again volunteers are needed to provide a variety of important responsibilities

Oswego Harborfest happens with the help of over 500 volunteers who want to celebrate the Oswego community, want to be a part of something big and exciting or simply want to meet new people to share information.

Rick Rogers is the new Oswego Harborfest Volunteer Coordinator and he has been working diligently to invite volunteers to participate in this year’s event.

There are a variety of opportunities as volunteers can help with the set up and take down operations, be involved as a raffle ticket seller, artist help, memorabilia assistant, information provider, office helper, park crew, shuttle host, shuttle aide, park management, parking attendant and for those who like to do a little of everything a “floater” position.

Applications are on line at www.oswegoharborfest.com or can be picked up at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street, first floor west wing in the Oswego Harborfest Volunteer Office.

 

Volunteers must complete the registration form and training programs are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16 at the McCrobie Building.

 

Rogers is in the office Tuesday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or can be reached at 343-6858.

ARISE Partners With Harborfest for Children With Disabilities

For the first time in Harborfest history, ARISE will partner with SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations to host an event for children with disabilities at the festival.

Harborfest will start early on Friday July 24th for families with children who have disabilities. Families are welcome to participate in the festival from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm to enjoy music, food from participating vendors, and children’s activities. A shuttle will be provided to transport children and families to the start of the Children’s Parade following the event at 1:00 pm.

ARISE is a nonprofit organization that operates in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Seneca counties. ARISE connects with people of all ages with any type of disability so that every person, regardless of disability, can fully participate.

The need for the event was recognized by ARISE employee, Teresa Gilbert, who noticed that some children with disabilities were struggling to enjoy the many Children’s Park events in the presence of a large crowd. Offering children with disabilities and their families the opportunity to come at an earlier time will create a more accessible and positive experience for them.

“We are excited to play a role in making this additional activity time available for children who may have different needs. I am thrilled by the way everyone has come together to recognize that this addition to the schedule can make this a great time for children of all abilities,” said Gilbert.

Harborfest President and Project Manager in the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego, Chena Tucker has worked alongside Gilbert to organize the event’s debut.

“We are pleased to have this occasion to collaborate with Arise and to provide this fun and inclusive opportunity for children with disabilities at the festival,” said Tucker.

If anyone would like to contribute to the support of this event, we can be reached at 41 Lake Street, Oswego, N.Y. 13126 or by calling 315-343-6858. Volunteers are greatly welcomed and appreciated by Harborfest and ARISE.

East Park Home for Oswego Harborfest Jazz, Swing and Blues; Schedule Set

If variety is the spice of life then the Oswego Harborfest East Park the Jazz and Blues Stage will quench music fans appetites.
On Friday, July 24 the East Park stage will come alive and throughout the weekend of one of the nation’s premier free music festivals.
The jazz and blues groups and individual local, regional and nationally known musicians who will provide an array of musical experiences
It all starts at 1:30 p.m. on Friday with the LuberCators who focus on the funkier side of blues and will guarantee to get your toe tapping and head bobbing. They are a seasoned group of musicians who have performed with groups such as 2 kool 4 school, Doc Apple, Peter Tork and many others. The band consists of Johnny Luber on guitar and vocals, David Burrit on drums and vocals, Paul Heagerty on bass and vocals, and lead singer Michael Prahl
The procession of musicans will be non-stop through Sunday evening.
Following The Luber Cators will be Dam Dog as the Kyle brothers; Dave, Craig, and Larry who joined together in 1978 to form a talented trio with a passion for blues. Hailing from Sterling Valley, DamDog evolved into a highly perfected musical group that keeps true to their blue roots.
The Ron Spencer Band is well known throughout Central New York for its music. For 25 years, Spencer has lit up the blues scene with his stellar guitar skills and superb vocals. The Ron Spencer band is comprised of Ron Spencer on guitar and vocals, Mark Gibson on vocals, Jay Gould on bass and vocals, and Ross Moe on drums.

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Brent Johnson & The Call Up will provide its unique sound. This humble, yet gifted, musician is a product of his New Orleans upbringing, slaying the blues scene. Known for his intensity, originality, and raw lyrics, Johnson is highly regarded in the blues world.
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Completing the first day on the stage will be Ghost Town Blues Band. Out of Memphis, Tennessee, the band is going to rock with their edgy, modern hits that have brought the band great success. With such accomplishments as the 2014 International Blues Challenge 2nd Place winners, 2014 Best of Memphis Nominee for “Best Band,” and 2013 Best of Memphis Nominee for “Best Band,” it is clear what a force the Ghost Town Blues Band truly is

Saturday starts off at 1:15 p.m. with the JT Hall Jazzz Consort. The group features the beautiful voice of Cookie Coogan along with Jason Jeffers on drums and Tom Witkowski on keyboards. John Magnante plays the guitar and John Dancks joins in on bass with JT Hall on trumpet and fluegelhorn. Thousands have heard the unique sound that is the JT Hall Jazz Consort. Having performed at events throughout Central New York since 1999.

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Tia Brazda, known for her pin-up girl style and dazzling sound, is one of Canada’s hottest new Jazz artists. Soaring to the #1 spot on iTunes Canada Jazz Chart, Brazda is making a name for herself as a rising star. Her debut album ‘Cabin Fever’ burst onto the scene in 2012, and Brazda shows no signs of slowing down soon. Band members include Tia Brazda on vocals, Ian Morris, Stefan Hegerat, Mike Kosowski on drums, Connor Walsh and Marc Rogers on bass, Chris Pruden, Joel Visentin on keys, Anthony Rinaldi on Sax/Clarinet, Mike Freedman and Andy Mac on Guitar/Banjo.
The Ghost Town Blues Band will close out the night, but just before that performance Lao Tizer brings a mix of Afro Cuban, jazz, rock, and classical music to stage. Led by Lao Tizer, the keyboardist and composer, this band is a dynamic, worldly powerhouse. Tizer is also features Karen Briggs on the violin, Chieli Minucci on the guitar, Steve Nieves on the saxophone, percussion, and vocals, Jeff Kollman on guitar, Raul Pineda on drums, and Ric Fierabracci and Cheikh NDoye on bass.
Sunday three outstanding performances are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. with the Diana Jacobs. The band plays party favorites that will get you moving to the beat by the very first song! DJB is known for their soulful and funky spirit that comes alive each time they take the stage. The R&B and soul group is made up of Diana Jacobs, vocals/keyboard, Mettis Jacobs guitar and vocals, Sue Ferlenda, vocals and keyboard, Mike Burns, bass and vocals, Dave Kuykendall, guitar and Dave Chitambar on drums.
Brownskin is up next and inspired by groups like Mint Condition, The Roots, and Tony! Toni! Toné! The group Brownskin, based out of Syracuse, was formed in August 2007. They got their name when founder Nate Brown combined his last name with his instrument of choice the drums more affectionately known as “skins.” With Nate on Drums, Gary Carter on vocals, Joe Cummings on keyboard and vocals, John Dale on bass, Danielle Mitchell on vocals, and Ekwan Brooks on keyboard
Tia Brazda will bring down the curtain on the stage with a 3:30 p.m. performance.
There will be no time to relax at the East Park Jazz and Blues Stage.

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

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

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“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.