Workshops Bring Learning and Fun To 2016 Harborfest

OSWEGO, NY – The 29th annual Oswego Harborfest is proud to have several workshops taking place during this year’s festival.

These workshops offer a unique opportunity for festival-goers to create and learn through hands-on activities.

The Catskill Puppet Theater, founded by artists John Potocnik and Carol Mandigo, has been entertaining young and old with their magical blend of puppetry and storytelling since 1979.

At this year’s Harborfest, they will be holding a special puppet building workshop in Breitbeck Park, on July 28 from noon to 3 p.m., sponsored in part by Rudy’s Lakeside.

This is an incredible way for festival-goers to capture the magic of the living tradition of the old traveling puppet theater troupes, and is not to be missed.

Downbeat Percussion, the “Official Drumline for the Buffalo Bills,” is returning to Harborfest this year to showcase its talented percussionists, and energetic performance style.

Members are all active in the field of education and are dedicated to helping students become the best musicians they can be, while also providing educators with the tools and information they need to create an exceptional percussion curriculum.

They will also be holding a workshop in East Park on the Eagle Beverage Labatt Blue Light Jazz and Blues Stage, on July 29 from noon to 1 p.m.

It’s an excellent learning experience for young musicians and their families.

Youngsters are also given the opportunity to prepare their special Oswego Harborfest T-shirts at several workshops located at various parks throughout the weekend, sponsored in part by Mireille L. Watts, CPA, PC.

Workshops will be held in Breitbeck Park: July 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. and July 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Workshops will be held in Novelis Family Park/West Park: July 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. July 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 and family members.

To learn more about these workshops, or about Harborfest, visit or via phone at 343-6858.