Williston Park residents strut their stuff during talent show

June 17, 2016 by  

Although rainy weather brought the 26th Annual HarborFest celebration in Port Washington, near Williston Park, to an early end on June 5, it wasn’t before area residents got a chance to share their gifts and talents with the crowd.

The annual celebration was scheduled to go until 5pm, but closed just a few hours after its 10am start because the weather was not cooperating. Despite the early end, the program’s organizers were able to get through the entire talent show.

As they have for the past decade, the kindergarten class taught by Fredda Meltzer at Manorhaven Elementary School opened HarborFest with the Pledge of Allegiance. The class then sang a cappella versions of America the Beautiful and My Country ‘Tis of Thee. According to Meltzer, the kindergarteners were excited about the chance to sing and perform and got to the talent show early. The class stood on stage, beneath banners, waving paper flags.

After the kindergartners finished, two students from Port Washington got the talent celebration going when they sang The Star Spangled Banner, after which a number of other students had a chance to perform. Stephanie Hall, who emceed the event, told the Island Now:
“The kids had an awesome time. You should have seen them high-fiving and jumping around after they got off the stage.”

Despite the rainy weather, about 30 people stood and watched the show. The organizers of the talent show did need to switch off the music due to electrical concerns, but the performers were able to continue singing without musical accompaniment.