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Ossining's Harborfest Set As Village's Next Bicentennial Event

The Ossining waterfront will be the scene of Harborfest on Sept. 21
The Ossining waterfront will be the scene of Harborfest on Sept. 21 Photo Credit: Contributed

OSSINING, N.Y. – Ossining will hold its first annual Harborfest on the Hudson River this fall as the village continues to celebrate its Bicentennial.

Harborfest will be held Sept. 21 on the Ossining waterfront beginning at 11 a.m. It ends with fireworks over the Hudson at 10 p.m.

“Harborfest is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Ossining’s waterfront with a wide range of activities that include something for everyone,” said George Camp, chair of the Bicentennial Committee, in a news release . “See the heritage ships, enjoy a boat ride or demonstration, paint, listen to music, stroll along the water, and learn more about Hudson River preservation efforts.”

The village expects to draw thousands of people during the course of the day.

The Harborfest event will team up with the Hudson Rising River Tour to bring Sloop Clearwater, the historic covered barge Pennsy 399, outdoor adventure activities, sustainability exhibits, vendors, live music and water activities.

Live music at Harbor Square begins at 11:30 a.m. with a performance by the Ossining-based Mike Risko band and continues throughout the day with an eclectic array of musical genres.

SEAS Westchester will have a small boat regatta at the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club, which will also be running a youth fishing program and seining at the PAL Beach. Booths at Harbor Square will feature a variety of vendors including Hudson River-oriented groups, crafts and artists.

Additionally, Shattemuc Yacht Club sailors will provide free sailing trips from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for the first 15 people in attendance. Boats sail at 12 p.m. and return to Shattemuc by 3 p.m.  Shattemuc’s 3rd annual Plein Air Paint Out and Auction at Harborfest will also give artists an opportunity to paint along the Ossining waterfront in their choice of media.  Check-in begins at 7 a.m. with breakfast and lunch provided. The completed paintings will be displayed on the deck of the Shattemuc Yacht Club at 3:30 p.m. and auctioned off at 5 p.m.

Also in conjunction with Harborfest this year, the 11th annual Ossining MATTERS Education Foundation’s 5K Run/2 Mile Walk kicks off at 9 a.m. to raise funds to support and enrich learning opportunities for all children in the Ossining School District.

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