Tonawanda News — The 2013 Gateway Harbor Wednesday Night Concert Series has closed with a bang. It was one of the best seasons ever ending Aug. 28 with opening band Ultra Violet and feature band Hit ‘N Run. Mother Nature cooperated with sunny weather almost every Wednesday night.
This season we estimated between 22,000 and 25,000 attendees so far.
In addition to the Wednesday Night Concert Series, Gateway Harbor of the Tonawandas also has other events such as the Taste of the Tonawandas, Smokin’ Eagles International BBQ Fest, Hooked on the Tonawandas Fishing Tournament, the Chocolate and Wine Festival, the Serviceman’s & Woman’s Dinner and the Haunted Harbor. All events are free and open to the public. Gateway Harbor of the Tonawandas receives no money from the cities of North Tonawanda and Tonawanda. It is only through sponsorships and donations that Gateway is able to bring these free events to the Tonawandas. Gateway Harbor has 50/50 and basket raffles to help supplement the cost of the bands and updating and maintaining equipment.
The Gateway Harbor Board of Directors is an all-volunteer Board. Preparation for 2014 starts in September 2013. It’s a huge endeavor to successfully present these events free to the public each year.
The last event for this season is the Not-Very Haunted Harbor from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 on both Tonawanda and North Tonawanda sides of the canal. Bring the entire family to join in the fun.
If you have any comments or suggestions on how to make all our events even better, please contact us at our website, www.tonawandasgatewayharbor.com. Please remember we can only do as much as finances allow. Sponsorships are welcome!
Linda Foels and Beverly Loxterman
President and board member,
Gateway Harbor of the Tonawandas