Tall ship, kites to highlight Port’s Day by the Lake

Ozaukee Press staff

The tall ship Denis Sullivan will return to the Port Washington harbor for one last visit this weekend— a visit that will be bolstered by a kite festival to create A Day by the Lake.

“There’s something for everyone — food trucks, sails on the Sullivan, chalk art and more,” Port Washington Main Street Executive Director Melissa Alexander said. 

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, although sails on the Sullivan will be held at 9 a.m. and 1 and 5 p.m. Deck tours will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. An additional sail will be held at noon Sunday, Sept.29.

A Day by the Lake is centered around a kite festival, something Alexander said was held by Port Main Street years ago and is being revived.

“It’s perfect for families,” she said. “It’s the end of September, so hopefully it will be a little breezy and crisp.”

Professional kite flyer Mike Binsfeld will fly a variety of kites, including combat kites and those that range in size from 24 to 30 feet, Alexander said.

The festival is being held in Coal Dock Park, which has a lot of grassy space, virtually no overhead obstructions and lake breezes.

People can bring their own kites to the festival or buy one on site and decorate it with the help of the Port Arts Council.

Also on hand will be six food trucks, chalk artists doing interactive work in the morning and music by the Shad Lads from noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

The Sullivan will also be a draw. The 137-foot-long ship, named for one of the most prominent ship captains who plied the Great Lakes, is a re-creation of a 19th century, three-masted Great Lakes schooner and a floating classroom for water education programs.

The ship was built by volunteers — among them numerous Ozaukee County residents — who gave more than 900,000 hours to construct the first tall ship in Wisconsin during the last century. 

For more information or tickets for the Sullivan sails, call Port Main Street at 268-1132 or visit www.visitportwashington.com.


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