Port to usher in summer with Street Festival

In addition to downtown celebration, holiday weekend events include Memorial Day parade, program in park

BEAUTIFUL WEATHER BROUGHT hundreds of people to downtown Port Washington for last year’s Community Street Festival, and organizers hope for more of the same on Sunday, May 27, when the popular event opens the summer season in Port. Press file photo
Ozaukee Press staff

There’s plenty of activity to greet summer this Memorial Day weekend in Port Washington.

The 11th annual Community Street Festival will be held Sunday, May 27, on Franklin Street in downtown Port.

Tourist attractions, from the Light Station to the Eghart House, are opening for the season this weekend.

And on Monday, residents will gather to commemorate the war dead during the annual Memorial Day activities.

Franklin Street will close at 9:45 a.m. Sunday to prepare for the Community Street Festival, which will run from noon to 5 p.m.  The festival is sponsored by Port Main Street Inc.

There will be music by Cat 5 on the north stage at the intersection of Franklin and Jackson streets from noon to 4 p.m. while Dewey, Rockem and Howe will perform on the south stage near the Harborview Holiday Inn from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

In addition, 4th Dimension, a saxophone quartet, will perform in front of Port Washington State Bank from 3 to 4 p.m.

Also in front of the bank will be children’s activities sponsored by the Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department. The area will be fenced to allow children to play freely while allowing adults to walk through the area without disturbing them, said Cathy Wilger, who is helping organize the festival. 

The Disney princesses will be on hand for tea at Baltica Bistro and Tea Room. Parents are asked to call ahead for reservations.

The princesses will be available between teas to pose with families for photographs. 

A Little Dancer/Princess Boutique where youngsters can have their hair styled will be near the tea room.

The Port High football team will offer a football experience for youngsters in front of Duluth Trading Co. Port High alumnus and University of Wisconsin-Madison Badger football player Tyler Beach will be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Port Washington Fire Department will have a truck at the  intersection of Main and Franklin streets, and the National Guard will have a Humvee for youngsters to explore at the intersection of Washington and Franklin streets.

Schmit Ford will have some of its vehicles at the corner of Main and Franklin streets.

Ozaukee Sports Center will have its bounce house at Pier and Washington streets, and Gill the Lakeshore Chinooks mascot will roam Franklin Street greeting visitors.

The street will be lined with roughly 65 vendors, Wilger said. 

“We have a lot of stuff for kids to do while their parents enjoy the music and food, dance and mingle,” she said.

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 residents linger and sample what the city has to offer.

The only question is the weather, Wilger said, which through the years has ranged from idyllic to stormy.

“I checked the weather forecast, and they’re saying 75 and partly sunny,” she said.    

On Monday, May 28, 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 on Wisconsin Street near the Ozaukee County Administration Center, head south to Grand Avenue, east to Franklin Street, north to Pier Street, east to  Lake Street and north to Veterans Memorial Park.

A program at the park featuring Amy Luft, president of the Ozaukee County American Legion Auxiliary and the Wisconsin Legion Auxiliary, will follow. 

Comments will also be offered by a number of local officials and Van Ells-Schanen Post Commander Jim Schmidt.

The Legion will honor 50-year member Warren Haseley and 60-year member George “Tex” Flierl.

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 and Thomas Jefferson Middle School bands 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 Ozaukee County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5373.

Following the program, ice cream and soft drinks will be provided by the Legion to youngsters.


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