Presented by HEARTS PW
On Sunday, May 21 HEARTS PW (Helping Enrich the Arts of Port Washington) hosted its annual PortFest 2023 at Seeber Field. HEARTS PW is an independent, not-for-profit community organization whose mission is to add value to children’s lives and the community by supporting, promoting and enriching the arts in Port Washington.
This arts, music and community festival started a little over 10 years ago, and is a major fundraising event for HEARTS. All money raised from these tickets, sponsorships, and donations from across the community go directly towards HEARTS grants next year, the 2023-2024 cycle.
Each year, PortFest is a kickoff to the summertime for the whole family to enjoy. With live performances, arts and crafts, and food trucks with sweet and savory options, there is a lot to enjoy.
“PortFest is a great springtime tradition, and it’s a great event for HEARTS to be able to showcase all of this great artistry in the community,” said Eric Gewirtz, Board President of HEARTS PW.
This year’s live performances included school groups from Schreiber, Weber and elementary schools, Bach 2 Rock, Dance Works, Dance Arts Center, Berest Dance Center and additional performances with Curtains Up and Port Summer Show.
Children enjoy the arts and crafts activity tent. This year HEARTS PW partnered with OhMyGoodness to offer a free special arts and crafts tent for preschoolers with the idea to include activities for new families. The tent was a great hands-on art experience to enjoy, featuring mandala-making crafts, sensory tables and jars, and a play dough sensory table.
For lunch and dessert, HEARTS PW brought back Rosie’s Grilled Cheese Truck, Yankee Doodle Dandy Chicken and Ralph’s Ices.
There are a lot of great sponsors from the community that help make PortFest incredible. PortFest offers an honorable mention to the Dejana Foundation and The Gersh Family for their generous support.
For more information about HEARTS PW, visit heartspw.org