Historic Fort Ontario

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May 20, 2017 @ 1:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • 10 AM to 3 PM – Kite Fest – Kite flying on the lake bluff at one of the best, windiest and least obstructed sites in the area.
  • 10 AM to 4 PM Oswego Civic Center Arts Association open for showing of the exhibit “Madeline in Oswego”
  • 10 AM to 4 PM Kite building and painting workshop at the Oswego Civic Center Arts Association, tied into the Madeline story of Pepito in “Madeline and The Bad Hat”
  • 10 AM to 12 PM, and 2 to 4 PMMadeline Books Storytelling by Rachel Ruller
  • 11 AM to 3 PM Food Trucks will line the Service Drive to the Fort selling refreshments and lunch to the public.
  • 12 noon Children’s parade organized and sponsored by the Children’s Museum of Oswego. The public is invited to dress as characters from Madeline books and to march in a parade around the fort grounds starting at the Fort Pool area. Free admission to the Fort all day.
  • 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM The Children’s Museum of Oswego‘s free Ice Cream party on the fort parade ground for parade participants, families, and the festival attendees.
  • WWI Period Children’s Games outside the Oswego Civic Arts Center by Shari Crawford, early American activities specialist and teacher.
  • Photo Opportunities with cutouts of Ludwig Bemelmans in his uniform, Miss Clavel, Madeline and Pepito will be outside the fort grounds.
  • Self guided tours of Bemelmans WWI sites will be offered with a pamphlet guide and map of the fort grounds and signage at each of the points.
  • 4 PM to 6 PM Bemelmans Barbecue Fundraiser at the YMCA Youth Center at the Butch Ponzi Building. Drive-through for takeout or eat-in chicken or pulled pork barbecue dinner at the former Army post gymnasium. Presale tickets of $10 will be sold by at Fort Ontario, Bosco’s, Man in the Moon Candies and other places to be announced.
  • 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sounds of Brass Concert of WWI era music inside the Fort.
  • 8 PM Players Theatre Performance of “My War with the United States”


May 20, 2017
1:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Dates, Times and Fees of Events are subject to change – call ahead to verify.

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