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Harborfest Kick-Starts Planning Efforts With New and Returning Board Members

OSWEGO, NY – Every year, the Oswego Harborfest fills the city of Oswego with visitors from all over New York and beyond.

The four-day free admission festival provides music, food, children’s activities, fireworks and more.

Pictured: front row (from left): Margaret Mahaney, Lisa Gray, Nate Emmons, Patrick Chalone, Chuck Handley, Ann Kirk, Ernest Monts and Robert Baldwin. Back row (from left): Jill Pippin, Colleen Carmella, Joe Garafolo, Dave Thompson, Bruce Turner, executive director Peter Myles, Julie Restuccio and Dan Harrington. Not pictured: Dan Capella, Chena Tucker, Marilyn McMillen, Ron Falise.
Pictured: front row (from left): Margaret Mahaney, Lisa Gray, Nate Emmons, Patrick Chalone, Chuck Handley, Ann Kirk, Ernest Monts and Robert Baldwin. Back row (from left): Jill Pippin, Colleen Carmella, Joe Garafolo, Dave Thompson, Bruce Turner, executive director Peter Myles, Julie Restuccio and Dan Harrington. Not pictured: Dan Capella, Chena Tucker, Marilyn McMillen, Ron Falise.

The amount of planning, programming, and logistics required to stage an event of such magnitude requires the support of a team of dedicated board members, each with a wealth of experience in a diverse set of fields.

New to the Harborfest board this year are Nate Emmons, Patrick Chalone, and Dan Capella.

Serving as established officers this year are Chuck Handley as president, Ernest Monts as the first vice president, Colleen Carmella as the second vice president, Robert Baldwin as treasurer, Lisa Gray as recording secretary, Chena Tucker as corresponding secretary and Bruce Turner as the at-large officer.

Returning to the board this are Margaret Mahaney, Ann Kirk, Jill Pippin, Joe Garafolo, Dave Thompson, Julie Restuccio, Dan Harrington, Marilyn McMillen and Ron Falise.

“The officers, board of directors and staff are very excited and working hard to make Harborfest’s 30th anniversary the largest family oriented festival in the country. Our programming committee is currently booking some of the most diverse musical acts nationwide,” Handley  said. “As always, on Saturday night, the world famous Grucci Fireworks presented by Entergy will be back to excite and wow the thousands of families that attend Oswego’s famous festival.”

Harborfest is one of the few admission-free music festivals in the country.

It was founded with the mission of creating nationally recognized festivals and events that attract and engage a broad and diverse audience, celebrate and build community, and advance economic development in Oswego.

It would not be possible to continue the event without the massive continued support received from the city of Oswego, businesses, organizations, government entities, and individuals.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, Harborfest itself, or to contribute to the support of the region-wide event, contact the Harborfest offices at 41 Lake St., Oswego, NY 13126 or visit www.oswegoharborfest.com