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2nd annual PortFest will bring live music, Harlem Shake to Port Washington

The field at Paul D. Schreiber High School,

The field at Paul D. Schreiber High School, at 101 Campus Dr. in Port Washington, will be the scene of PortFest's many events. (April 16, 2013) Credit: Tara Conry

Listen to live music, catch an impromptu performance of the Harlem Shake and spend the day with the family at the second annual PortFest on May 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rain or shine, PortFest, organized by Helping Enrich the Arts (HEARTS) in Port Washington, will celebrate the community'’s musical, artistic and cultural resources.

“PortFest provides a platform for local musicians and families to come together and celebrate the many artistic resources we have in town,” said Damon Gersh, local musician and founder of HEARTS in January 2012. “I started this to add value to young people’s lives and the community by promoting and enriching the arts locally.”

HEARTS, working in partnership with the Port Washington School District, aims to raise $50,000 to fund school programs and long-term projects, including a summer music program, and helping finance the renovation of the Schreiber High School auditorium.

Last year’s first PortFest raised $40,000, with nearly 3,000 people swinging by. The grassroots organization was able to fund local music lessons, help the Schreiber Cultural Arts Committee financially and hold several more fundraising events to benefit the arts.

This year’s PortFest at the Paul Schreiber High School field will offer performances by local musicians, arts and crafts for children, interactive activities, an art gallery and a silent auction.

There will be live entertainment from local bands, dancers and dramatic artists. Featured musical acts include Bach to Rock’s Glee Singers, Weber’s Bucket Club, the Soggy Bottom Brothers, Port Play Troupe and the Schreiber Drama Club. Berest Dance Center will host a Harlem Shake performance at 3 p.m. on the main stage.

“For students, PortFest is to nourish the creative spirit and give them a platform to show their talents,” said Gersh, 45, who has lived in Port Washington since 2002. “My hope is that it helps children find their creative voice and give them a pathway to the arts.”

For more information, contact Gersh, who is also HEART's chairman, at 516-472-2699, or To make a monetary contribution, visit

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