By Nicholas Cafalone, Contributing Writer
OSWEGO, NY – Dozens of youngsters flocked to Breitbeck Park Tuesday evening for the annual Children’s Gala to start off Harborfest week activities.
This was the fourth year that Harborfest has hosted a Children’s Gala that focuses on teaching children about the different cultural themes of Harborfest each year. This year’s featured culture for Harborfest is England.
“We try and teach some music, arts and crafts, sports, the dress and landmarks. It’s about coming out to start the week of Harborfest. We want them to have fun at their own little gala,” said Sean Callen, member of the Harborfest board of directors and chair of the Children’s Committee.
There were numerous activities for the children to participate in.
One tent had a large map of England with various landmarks labeled and another where you could make your own T-shirt.
There was also crochet modified to be played with kickballs instead of mallets and king and queen’s chair to sit in.
“We are doing a lot of arts and crafts. The big thing that we try to do at the Children’s Gala is stress the cultural component of Harborfest, which is England,” said Callen. “We highlight the decoration, the art and crafts and even the food. This year we had Rudy’s help us with fish and chips.”
The children will also be able to participate in Friday’s parade with the shirts they decorated at the gala. The parade starts in West Park and will end at Breitbeck Park.
Harborfest festivities officially starts Thursday with Pink Floyd cover band The Machine taking the stage at Breitbeck Park at 9 p.m.. Other headlining acts include The Barenaked Ladies Friday at 9 p.m. in Breitbeck Park and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone Sunday at 5 p.m.
Saturday at 9:30 p.m., Harborfest will present its famous Entergy Nuclear Fireworks Spectacular.
Harborfest 2011 is scheduled for July 28-31 and will feature plenty of food, fun and entertainment as venues on both Oswego’s east and west sides will be used to deliver the excitement.
A wide variety of entertainment will be featured on stages throughout the city including, the Novelis Family Park at East Park, East Park’s Labatt Blue Light Jazz & Blues Stage, the Veteran’s Stage in Riverwalk West, and the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park.
Visit www.oswegoharborfest.com for the latest information on this year’s festival.