Historic Fort Ontario

Madeline in Oswego – The Bemelmans Festival

Family Event at Fort Ontario!

Saturday June 2

10:00 to 3:00

Celebrate the connection that Fort Ontario has with the famous author Ludwig Bemelmans, who wrote the beloved book series about “Madeline.”

Kitefest  – fly your kite, or watch some of the areas best kite enthusiasts!

  • Children’s Parade – come dressed as your favorite Madeline character! (Adults welcome, too!) starting at 1:00 at the Oswego Arts Center. No costume? Madeline and Pepito hats will be available for sale at the Arts Association!

  • Free Ice Cream Social, after the parade, sponsored by the Children’s Museum of of Oswego.

  • Arts and Crafts at the Oswego Art Association – 3 free color, paint, or collage projects.  Buy an inexpensive white kite, decorate it and fly it outside!

  • Book readings of the Madeline stories

  • Oswego actor Matthew Fleming portraying Ludwig Bemelmans, telling stories of his time at Fort Ontario

  • “Madeline and the Gypsies,” a skit by Players Theater of Oswego performers and children in the audience, on a gypsy wagon stage

  • Photo opportunities with Madeline cut out characters.

  • Free entrance to the stone fort all day.

  • A day of play and fun at Fort Ontario!


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