Port Washington Chamber aims to promote vendors, businesses in craft promenade

Port Washington Chamber aims to promote vendors, businesses in craft promenade
Despite Harborfest being cancelled the past two years, the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce will hold a craft promenade on Sept. 12. (Photo courtesy of Port Washington Chamber of Commerce)

The spirit of the Port Promenade, Harborfest and Octoberfest is coming to Port Washington in the form of the first-annual Port Craft Promenade.

The promenade, which is scheduled for Sept. 12, with a rain date of Sept. 19, will take place on Main Street from Port Washington Boulevard to Mackey Avenue. Though the lingering concerns with the coronavirus pandemic caused Harborfest to be canceled in June, Port Washington Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bobbie Polay said residents throughout the peninsula can expect to have fun with one of the most sought-after aspects of previous festivals.

“The craft portion was not only the most feasible thing to do for the residents, but it was also in extremely high demand,” Polay said in an interview.

Unfortunately, Polay said, some of the other aspects of previous festivals and chamber events such as the model boat regatta for third-graders and children’s entertainment were not able to be included due to the coronavirus, but vendors from around the area will be lined up and down the street to showcase everything from handcrafted toys to clothes and everything in between.

Children who also want to test out their entrepreneurial side can be shown the ropes on how to do so from the people at Mathnasium, Polay said. Local businesses, including restaurants and other live entertainment will fill the streets with their doors open for the public as well.

Vendors who are interested in reserving a spot in the event can fill out an application sheet listed on the chamber’s website. Chamber members do not have to pay a fee for registering their business, but non-chamber members are required to pay $50 though they receive a four-month membership to the chamber until Dec. 31.

Polay said she anticipates a good turnout from the peninsula and hopes people will get a chance to explore what Port Washington’s vendors and businesses have to offer, now more than ever.

“I hope it gives people an opportunity to patronize the stores in the area and patronize all of the other vendors,” she said. “We’re doing everything we can to support our local businesses throughout Port Washington.”

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