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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 20:14

Opening of attractions in Port will also mark unofficial beginning of summer

    There’s plenty of activity to greet summer this Memorial Day weekend in Port Washington.
    The 10th annual Community Street Festival will be held Sunday, May 28, on Franklin Street in downtown Port.
    Tourist attractions, from the Light Station to the Eghart House, are opening for the season.
    And on Monday, residents will gather to commemorate the war dead during the annual Memorial Day activities.
   Daily Press The Community Street Festival, which will run from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, will offer a wide variety of food, music and activities.
    There will be music by Sideshow on the north stage at the intersection of Franklin and Jackson streets from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Fabulous Rug Burns will perform on the south stage near the Harborview Holiday Inn from 1 to 5 p.m.
    The Performing Arts Stage in front of Port Washington State Bank will feature a performance by Impact Dance. Classic rock and country music will be played by Alex Simmons, and 4th Dimension, a saxophone quartet from Port Washington High School, will also perform there.
    There will be an arts and crafts area as well as a children’s area, which will include everything from a bounce house to chalk drawings.
    The Disney princesses will be on hand for a tea at Baltica Bistro and Tea Room. Parents are asked to call ahead for reservations.
    The princesses will be available for families to take photographs. Sign-up for the photos begins at noon.
    The Port High football team will offer a football experience for youngsters, and the Port Washington Fire Department will have a truck on hand.
    The street will be filled with vendors. Maureen McCourt Boylan, executive director of Port Main Street Inc., which sponsors the festival, said all the vendor spaces have been reserved.
    This year, she added, portable toilets will be stationed downtown for the crowds.
    The first Community Street Festival was held in 2008 as a way for the city to show off the newly reconstructed Franklin Street and for merchants to draw shoppers who had stayed away during the many months of roadwork.
    Since then, it has evolved into a laid-back festival where neighbors linger and sample what the city has to offer.
    “I love the idea of the community coming together, with family activities offered,” McCourt Boylan said. “Everyone’s getting really excited about it.”
    The only question is the weather, she said, which through the years has ranged from idyllic to stormy.
    “I’ve ordered sunshine for the day,” McCourt Boylan said.    
    On Monday, May 29, Memorial Day events sponsored by the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 will begin with a 10:30 a.m. parade through downtown.
    The parade will begin at the corner of Wisconsin Street and Grand Avenue, head east on Grand Avenue, north on Franklin Street and then follow Pier and Lake streets to Veterans Memorial Park.
    A program at the park will follow. Al Richard, a member of the Rose-Harms American Legion Post in Grafton who is also a past state commander, will be the guest speaker.
    Comments will also be offered by a number of local officials, including Port Ald. Doug Biggs, who will offer a welcome, and Van Ells-Schanen Post Commander Jim Schmidt.
    The Badger Boys and Girls sponsored by the Legion post will also be introduced, and longtime Legion members will be honored.
    The Port Washington High School will perform patriotic songs.
    To salute deceased veterans, a wreath will be placed in the park and taps played. A rifle salute will also be presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5373.
    Those attending are asked to honor fallen soldiers with silence during this portion of the event.
    Following the program, ice cream and soft drinks will be provided by the Legion to youngsters.