OSWEGO, NY – Harborfest wrapped up a quarter century of celebrations Sunday afternoon.
The crowds were a bit smaller this year. However, at all the venues, the smiles and fun were just as big as ever.
“We had some pretty good crowds this weekend and some good weather as well,” said Steve Pryor, the festival’s membership – public relations director. “We had maybe 10 minutes of rain Thursday evening. That delayed stuff a few minutes. But, there were no major problems.”
There was a terrific crowd Friday night for the Kenny Loggins concert, and he put on a great show, Pryor added.
Former Oswego resident Adele DelSavio says she Harborfested every day when she lived in Oswego, and then made sure to attend at least the opening ceremonies and the Saturday night concert and fireworks after she moved to Liverpool.
She relocated to Colorado this year.
“I went to Harborfest 16 of the 17 years I lived in Central New York,” she noted. “Late July is always Harborfest time for me and I’m really missing it this year. Going to Harborfest is like taking a vacation in your own city — great food, ambiance, camaraderie and music, especially Doctor Boogie.”
Oswego’s Richard Petty described the weekend as “wonderful.”
“Maybe that word is over-used, but that’s what it was – wonderful,” he told Oswego County Today. “It was fun and festive. The crowds didn’t seem nearly as large as in past years. That only lent to the more relaxed atmosphere.”
“It was a very nice weekend. I love the music, the weather was great outside of a couple little showers,” added his sister, Mary Ann. “The crowds may not have been huge, but that’s OK. I think it actually made things more enjoyable.”
“It seems like it’s back to where it started; it’s more of a family fun celebration,” Richard added.
In keeping with the family theme, closing out the entertainment on the main stage Sunday was von Grey.
The group consists of four classically-trained sisters: Kathryn, Annika, Fiona and Petra von Grey from Atlanta, Ga.
The young ladies range in age from 12 to 17. Their stage presence belies their young age.
While the crowd wasn’t as large as the one for the Loggins concert, several dozen people sat in front of the stage and many more lingered several yards back, seeking shelter from the afternoon sun under some of the park’s trees.
Wherever they were seated, they were treated to a great show.
von Grey’s performances include more than 200 shows in the past two years ranging from intimate venues to supporting gigs with Sarah McLachlan.
von Grey is honored and excited to be closing out the reputable Oswego Harborfest, according to their mother, Jill von Grey.
“We are currently on our first cross-country tour and visiting Oswego is definitely one of the highlights,” said 16-year-old Annika. “We have carefully put together a set list that will appeal to a diverse audience and hopefully bring down the festival with a bang.”
All four of the sisters began with Classical music, she explained.
“We were about 5 years old when we started,” she said. “We started playing at weddings together and stuff like that. Then we went into Bluegrass music after that and kind of an alternative Country.”
The group plays in small intimate settings, usually, 17-year-old Kathryn said.
“We like being close to the audience and interacting with them,” she said. “We do some clubs as well.”
“People can expect to hear an eclectic collection of alternative folk music, as we try to blend our acoustic instrumentation with contemporary approach,” 14-year-old Fiona added.
“They have been doing classical music since they were like 4 or 5. So they have been playing in front of people almost all their lives,” their mother said. “There may be some jittery nerves before certain events; but they’re great, they just go out and do it and put on a great show for the people.”
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Even as the last notes of von Grey’s concert drifted over Lake Ontario, Harborfest organizers were already starting to think about how to make #26 even better.