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CANAL SPLASH 2006

August 12 & 13

Celebrate New York States Canal's


ERIE CANAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

ERIE COUNTY

 

Erie Canal Pontoon Boat Rentals

  • Date: August 12, 2021
  • Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fee:10% off regular fee for Canal Splash
  • Contact: Amherst Marine Center, 716-691-6707
  • Location:1900 Campbell Blvd, Amherst, NY
  • Despriction: Open house at the marina on the Historic Erie Canal.
  • Driving Directions: From NYS Thurway (I-90) to I-290 (Youghman Expressway) to I-990 to Exit 4. Left on French to right Campbell Blvd (NY 290). 2.3 miles to the marina.

Gateway Harbor Canal Splash

  • Antique Boat Parade & Rides, Antique Car Show, Concerts in the Park
  • Sun 12noon - 9pm, Free admission
  • Gateway Harbor of the Tonawanda’s
  • North Tonawanda (716) 695-8580
  • Description:  The Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) - Niagara Frontier Chapter will be spearheading a day at Gateway Harbor of the Tonawandas.  The ACBS will be partnering with the Lumber City Development Corporation (Contacts for the event) and the Gateway Harbor Corporation, to bring the following events to the Harbor
  • There will be ongoing food and beverage service provided by local vendors and many of the community clubs and organizations will set up interactive displays to champion the Tonawandas' history and heritage as it relates to the canal; the business and industry evolution of the communities (including active participation from local businesses); and cultural offerings including but not limited to the Riviera Theatre, Carnegie Art Center, Suzuki Strings Performing Arts, Allan Herschell Carrousel Museum, and Partners in Art Gallery.
  • Driving directions:  Exit 50 (Buffalo) off of Interstate 90 and on to I-290 West.  Take exit 1B Delaware Avenue North - State Route 384 and proceed north on 384 for approximately 2.0 miles to Gateway Harbor.
  • Public Trans:  Bus access on Route #61 (North Tonawanda) with drop offs on Delaware Avenue and Goundry Road.
  • Handicap:  Yes
  • Food:  Food will be provided
  • Comments:  The Antique and Classic Boat Society will be the main sponsor; however the Lumber City Development Corporation will be the direct contact.  More contact information is easily available.

NIAGARA COUNTY

Market Street Art Center

  • Sat & Sun 10am-5pm, Free admission
  • 247 Market St, Lockport (716) 478-0239
  • www.marketstreetstudios.com

Historic Lockport Lantern Tour

  • Sun, 7pm – 9pm
  • $10 Adult/$5 Student/$25 Family
  • Erie Canal Discovery Center, (716) 439-0431, [email protected]
  • Website: www.niagarahistory.org
  • Description: Meet at the Erie Canal Discovery Center (tour included) where we will greet our 19th century narrator who will lead our lamp-lit twilight expedition into the past to examine Lockport's Erie Canal heritage. One-mile circle walking tour. Wear safe walking shoes. Pre-registration call appreciated.
  • Directions: Take the last toll exit to the Thruway when entering Buffalo from the east and travel north up NYS Rte. 78 into Lockport. (10 minutes)
  • Handicap Accessible

Lockport Blues Festival - CANCELLED

  • Sun, 2pm – 6pm, Free, 210 Market St,
  • Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises
  • (716) 433-6155
  • www.lockportlocks.com
  • Description: Free Blues festival in our picnic grove.  Bands include Johnny Feelgood, Blues Justice Band, and The Frame. Come take a narrated cruise through locks 34 & 35 and then kick back and relax to some fine music. Cruises are at 10 am, 12:30, 3:00 & 5:30 pm
  • Directions: Exit 48A Pembroke to route 77 North. Route 77 North to Route 31 West.  Route 31 West to Market Street. Turn RIGHT (northbound) onto Market Street. Left at bottom of hill.
  • OR
  • Exit 49,  Depew, to Route 78 North to Route 31 East. Route 31 West to Market Street.
  • Turn LEFT (northbound) onto Market Street. Left at bottom of hill.
  • Handicap Accessible

Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises

  • Sat & Sun 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 7pm
  • $12.50/person, $8/children <10
  • 210 Market St, (716) 433-6155
  • Description: During the summer, regular sightseeing cruises along the canal at Lockport are offered several times daily. The departure point at 210 Market Street, north of the downtown area at the foot of the hill is a restored old warehouse with a most interesting display and reception area. It may be too far for you to walk to from the central canal district and downtown.  Items of a Lockport nature are offered for sale. A modest food and refreshment bar is available with plenty of outside and inside seating. The narrated boat tour is informative and well done. It takes about 2 hours.

Canal Concert Series - Blue Rodeo

  • Sat, 5pm – 10pm, Free admission
  • Gateway Harbor, North Tonawanda
  • Chamber, (716) 692-5120
  • www.the-tonawandas.com

The Hastings w/ Anatara and The Feast

  • Sun, 1pm – 5pm
  • Niawanda Park Band Shell
  • Tonawanda Chamber, (716) 692-5120

An Evening with Michael Mirand

  • Sun 7pm
  • Niawanda Park Band Shell
  • Tonawanda Chamber (716) 692-5120

Historic Gardens Tour 2006

Party on the Patio

  • Sun 4pm-8pm, Free
  • 2 Watson Ave, Middleport
  • Basket Factory Restaurant & Marina
  • 716-735-9260, [email protected]

Erie Canal Museum @ Lock 34

  • Sat & Sun, 9am-5pm
  • Free admission
  • Lockport, NY
  • Lock 34 & 35, (716) 434-3140
  • Nestled at the base of a historic flight of locks proclaimed by General Marquis de Lafayette to be “one of the greatest engineering feats in the world in the 1800’s,”this charming museum, adjacent to the working double locks 34-35, traces the history of the original Erie Canal through displays in a historic former power house.  

Lockport "Cave" & Underground Boat Ride

  • Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
  • $8.50/adult, $5.75/children 4-12
  • 21 Main Street at the Corner of Pine, Lockport
  • (716) 438-0174 

Lockport Splash and Play, Sat 10am

  • Lantern Tours, Sun, 7pm
  • $10/adult, $5/student, $25/family
  • Widewaters Marina, Lockport
  • City of Lockport (716) 434-3104, [email protected]
  • www.lockportevents.com
  • Description:  Saturday will be a ful day of picnicking on the Erie Canal.  The day will kick off with a Heritage Hurry-Up walk along the canal on both sides.  It starts at 10am at the Marina.  There will be various forms of entertainment at the Marina throughout the day, including music.  Food vendors will also be available during the day.  Bring your family and a picnic lunch and meet your neighbors as we have a city picnic along the historic Erie Canal.
  • On Sunday, at 7pm, Doug Farley of the Erie Canal Discovery Center will be conducting a Historic Lockport Lantern Tour.  This walking tour encompasses the area of the Erie Canal around the Big Bridge relating history, architecture and local folklore. Tour begins at the Erie Canal Discovery Center (located at 24 Church Street)and includes a tour of the Center.
  • Driving directions:  From Route 78 & Route 31 in Lockport: Go EAST on route 31 to 3 traffic lights past route 78. Turn LEFT (northbound) onto Locust/Market Street. Stay on Market Street across Main Street. Widewaters is on the LEFT at the end of the road (approx 1mile).
  • From Buffalo & West: I-290 to I-990 to 263 to Route 78 north to Route 31 East. Then follow directions above.
  • From Niagara Falls: I-190 to Route 31 East to Lockport. At Route 78 North & Route 31 East. Then follow directions above.
  • From Rochester & East: NYS Thruway (I-90). Exit 48A Pembroke to route 77 North. Route 77 North to Route 31 West. Route 31 West to Market Street. turn RIGHT (northbound) onto Market Street.
  • OR NYS Thruway (I-90) to Exit 49, Depew, to Route 78 North to Route 31 East.

Roy Hart VS Medina Alumni Full Contact Football Game

  • Sat 7:30pm-10pm
  • $5/adult, $3/student, under age 5 free
  • Roy Hart High School Football Stadium, Middleport
  • Roy Hart Sports Boosters Club, (716) 735-7681
  • [email protected]
  • Description:  "Rematch" between two small cross town rival communities located along the Erie Canal in an Alumni full contact football contest. Medina beat Roy Hart in last years close, exciting hard hitting game. Former grid iron stars travel from around the US (California, Georgia, N.J., Arizona, Kansas City) to get one last chance to relive their glory days. The game will take place in Middleport literally 150 yards from the Canal Greenway Corridor this year. We are still looking for interested former Alumni from each town that still have "a little football left in them"!
  • Driving directions:  Exit Pembroke/Medina take rt. 77/63 north into Medina, take a right on rt 31 west travel 4 miles west to Middleport and take a right on Vernon St.(North) travel 1/2 mile take another right on state street, stadium on your right 100 yards down State street.
  • Experience Notes:  Must be former Alumni Football players from each school.
  • Age Restrictions:  Must have graduated from college
  • Handicap:  Yes
  • Pre registration:  Yes
  • Gear: Players will be equipped from their respective schools with full football gear.
  • Food: Concession stand available

 ORLEANS COUNTY

Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Sat 2pm – 4pm
  • Free admission
  • 249 North Main St, Rte 98, Albion
  • (585) 589-9118
  • Description: Historic Greek revival style chapter house where hostesses will aid w/Genealogical Library use or touring period rooms.
  • Driving directions:  Exit 48A- north on Rt. 77 to Rt 63.  Located just north of Erie Canal lift bridge at 255 N. Gravel Rd. (Rt. 63). Approximately 15 miles from Thruway.

Old Time Barn Dance

  • Sat 7pm-11 pm
  • $7/adults $5/students/K-12
  • 255 N. Gravel Rd. (Rt. 63), Medina
  • Medina Stone Farm, 585-798-9238
  • www.medinastonefarm.com
  • Description: A Fiddler or two, a caller and a do-si-do; come join the fun. Ron & Nancy ‘OneSong’ are your host.

MONROE COUNTY

Brockport Summer Arts Festival

  • Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm
  • Free admission
  • Historic Downtown Brockport
  • Village of Brockport, (585) 637-1041
  • [email protected]
  • brockportny.org
  • Description:  The Brockport Summer Arts Festival draws more than 50,000 people to the Village of Brockport in Western New York each year. This weekend event features over one hundred artists and craftspeople along with three stages of live music and twenty food vendors. Located along a 10-block area south of the Erie Canal Bridge, the Festival will be celebrating its 12th year in 2006. Marking another successful year at the festival will be the exciting Dragon Boat Races that take place on the Erie Canal on Saturday. On Sunday, the ever popular Duck Derby will return to the canal, as festival goers compete for prizes as their adopted ducks race along the canal.
  • Driving directions:  Main Street in the Village of Brockport. 25 minutes from downtown Rochester, NY. From the NYS Thruway, take 490W to 531W to 31W to 19S.
  • Public Transportation:  Bus transportation to SUNY Brockport, where parking is FREE (follow the signs). Festival goers can take the FREE shuttle to and from the festival.

Sunday Concerts at the Gazebo

  • Sun 6:30pm
  • Free admission
  • Spencerport Erie Canal
  • Village of Spencerport, (585) 352-4771

Carifest’2006

  • Sat 11am – 11pm
  • $10/adult, $5/children 12-6/seniors
  • High Falls Festival site, Rochester
  • WIFO, (585) 254-7569
  • www.cityofrochester.gov
  • Description: Come to the parade and the festival. Parade located in downtown Rochester and the Festival is located at the High Falls Festival Site, Rochester, New York.
  • Directions:
  • Handicap Accessible

Afternoon on the Canal

  • Sun 1pm - 6pm
  • Fee varies
  • Arrowhead Golf Club, Spencerport
  • Greece Chamber, (585) 227-7272
  • Directions: I-490 west to exit 8, NY531, travel 8 miles on NY531 west.  Exit at NY36 and turn right.  Left on 31. Right on Gallup Rd. .8 miles ahead.

Spencerport Canal Splash

  • Sun 10am – 9pm           
  • Free admission
  • Along the Canal, Spencerport
  • Spencerport Chamber, (585) 352-6962
  • Description: A fun filled day for the community centered around the canal. Historical tours, children’s activity tent, canoe/kayak race, tug a war, fishing contest, 5K run, Sunday night concert, watermelon contest
  • Directions: Take 531 to Spencerport exit. Go north into village. Look for signs for parking.

Night Lights Luminary & Tapas Pub Crawl

  • Sat 7:30pm -11:30pm
  • Fee varies
  • Central Business District, Canal Water Front
  • Village of Fairport, (585) 377-6010, [email protected]
  • www.fairportpartnership.org
  • Description:  Night-lights luminary walk and tapas pub-crawl. Enjoy the beauty of downtown Fairport while sampling the culinary specialties of Fairport's finest restaurants.
  • Directions:  Take 490 West to the 31F Fairport Exit. Take 31F through Perinton and make a left onto Rt. 250, Main Street.

WAYNE COUNTY

Super Summer Sale

  • Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 4pm
  • 247 East Main St., Palmyra
  • Brick House Antique Center
  • (315) 597-3883
  • Description:  Family owned and operated antique store located in the heart of historic Palmyra.  One block south of the Port of Palmyra on the Erie Canal with over 20 dealers on 2 floors.  We will be having a storewide summer sale to help celebrate the Canal Splash! Major credit cards accepted.  Shipping offered on merchandise purchased.
  • Driving directions:  I90 exit 43 --go north on Route 21 until you come into the village of Palmyra, turn right at stop light onto Route 31.  We are on the left at the corner of Route 31 and Market St.

7th Annual Ultralight Fly-In

13th Annual Sweet Corn Fest

Summer Moonlight Maze

Amazing Maze Maze

  • Sat & Sun, 12 - 6pm
  • $8/adult, $6/child 5-11/free < 4
  • Long Acre Farms, 1342 Eddy Road, Macedon
  • (315) 986-9812
  • [email protected]
  • www.longacrefarms.com
  • Driving directions:  Exit 43, Left on Rte 21. Next Left on Hackett Rd. Approx 13 miles on Hackett (name changes several times) Left on Eddy Rd. 3 miles on right

315er Day

  • Sat 8am –midnight, Fee varies
  • Downtown Clyde and Canal area
  • Village of Clyde, (315) 923-3971
  • [email protected]
  • Description:  Kids Fishing Derby - sponsored by Cub Scouts. Meet at Lauraville landing to participate and register.
  • Canoe/kayak & bike-athalon. Canoe or kayak a portion of Erie Canal - race to finish with a bike. Call for specific details prior to date. Border City amphibious unit on hand w/demonstrations in river. Sunset canoe/kayak ride. Meet at Lauraville landing 315er 5k race 9am in village park 6:30 parade with street bands following until midnight, in conjunction with fireman's festival.
  • Driving directions: Rt. 414 north 8 miles of Thruway exit 42.  Rt. 31 east of Rochester or West of Syracuse. Rt. 104 and South on 414. Lauraville Landing on South side of river/canal. Turn east and follow signs to parking at canal park.
  • Handicap: Yes
  • Pre registration: Yes
  • Gear: Bring your own gear for all activities
  • Food: Vendors available throughout the village. Lauraville has public grills only with picnic tables.

Mora Car Centennial Celebration & Car Show

  • Sun 12:30pm - 4:30pm, Free
  • Central Park, Main Street, Newark
  • Mora Motor Car Company
  • (315) 483-8885 or (315) 331-6409
  • Description:  Celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Mora Motor Car Co., of Newark (1906-11), featuring two very rare Mora cars. There will be an antique car show, featuring vehicles made in NYS, and cars made before 1916 ("brass era"). There will be a historical display, Mora souvenirs, live music, food and more. The Newark-Arcadia Museum, one block west, will also be open, with a Mora & Transportation Exhibit (free adm., gift shop)
  • Driving directions:  From East: Exit 42 (LYONS), Rt. 14-N to Lyons, Rt. 31-W to Newark, Rt. 88-S two blocks to Central Park From West: Exit 43 (Manchester), Rt. 21-N to Palmyra, Rt. 31-E to Newark, Rt. 88-S two blocks to Central Park

Colonial Belle

  • Sat 12pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm,
  • Sun 12pm & 3pm, $8 - $29
  • 400 Packets Landing, Fairport
  • (585) 223-9470
  • www.colonialbelle.com

Half Price Canoe and Kayak Rentals

  • Sat & Sun, 8:30am - 6pm, $5.00 & up
  • 1865 Canandaigua Rd, Macedon
  • Mid-Lakes Erie Macedon Landing
  • (800) 545-4318, [email protected]
  • www.midlakesnav.com
  • Description:  Come for an hour or paddle all day for half price.  We have one man and two man kayaks and canoes.  Life jackets, safety equipment and brief instruction included.  Call in advance or just stop in and enjoy a relaxing paddle on the Erie Canal! 
  • Driving directions:  Take Exit 43 (Manchester) off of  the NYS Thruway (I-90).  After the exit, turn left onto Route 21 North.  At the four corners in the Village of Palmyra, turn left onto Route 31 West.  Take Route 31 into Macedon and at the third light, turn right onto Canandaigua Road.  The marina is about 1/2 mile, on the left.  If you cross the canal, you went too far.

Heritage Canal Walk

  • Sat 4pm, Sun 1pm
  • $1 for booklet
  • Canal Park, Macedon
  • Macedon, (315) 986-4721, [email protected]net
  • A two mile walk along canal trial.
  • Directions: Route 31 in Macedon. Follow Lock 30 signs to Canal Park

CAYUGA COUNTY

Weeds Port Erie Canal Splash

  • Sat 9am – 12pm, Sun 1pm – 4pm
  • Free admission
  • 8943 North Seneca St, Weeds Port
  • Old Brutus Historical Society, (315) 834-6285
  • A visual tour of the museum with special emphasis on all canal related items which will be specially marked and described.
  • Directions: Turn right off of Thruway exit 40.  Take Route 34 to museum, about two blocks.

Burritt's Erie Canal Mural

  • Sat & Sun 6am-9pm
  • Free admission
  • 8914 North Seneca St, Weedsport
  • Burritt's Café, (315) 834-6870
  • [email protected]
  • Description:  Burritt's has a mural of 1885 Weedsport including the Erie Canal on the exterior wall and inside the coffee house we will be having music from 7-9PM on the 12th
  • Driving directions:  Take NYS Thruway Exit# 40, turn right onto NYS Rte. #34 and go to the second stoplight -- Burritts is on your left.

ONONDAGA COUNTY

Lock 24 Concert Series - Poison Whiskey Band

  • Sat 6pm, Free admission
  • On Scenic Seneca River at
  • Lock 24's Paper Mill Island Amphitheater
  • Baldwinsville, (315) 638-0550
  • www.baldwinsvillechamber.com

Those Among Us

  • Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm
  • Donations kindly accepted
  • 318 Erie Blvd. East, Syracuse
  • Erie Canal Museum, (315) 471-0593
  • Description: Explore the myths & truths about those who, with strong backs & great tenacity, dug an artificial river across NYS - a portal to prosperity for our developing nation.

Towpath Day

  • Sat 10am-4pm, Free admission
  • Camillus Erie Canal Park
  • Camillus Canal Society
  • (315) 672-5782, [email protected]
  • Description: Museum open house, arts & crafts demonstrations, wagon rides, boat tours
  • Driving Directions: Take I-690 west to I-695, take Camillus Exit.  Right onto Newport Rd for approximating one-eighth mile to Devoe Rd.  Right onto Devoe Rd to park entrance.
  • Handicap Accessible

Cruise and Dine!

  • Champagne Dinner Cruise 6pm - 9pm
  • Sunday Brunch Cruise 12pm - 3pm
  • Dinner Cruise/$43, Brunch Cruise/$35
  • Dutchman's Landing, Liverpool, NY
  • Mid-Lakes Navigation, (800) 545-4318, [email protected]
  • www.midlakesnav.com
  • Description:  Cruise westbound from Dutchman's Landing, near Liverpool, to Baldwinsville and lock through Lock 24.  On the return trip, we will detour around Klein Island and onto Onondaga Lake. Dinner Cruises include a garden salad, clam chowder and delicious entree, dessert and our signature glass of Champagne. Sunday Brunch features a hearty fare including eggs, sausage, assorted baked goods, shaved beef, grilled chicken fettuccini, and Champagne or mimosa. Reservations Required.
  • Driving directions: From the NYS Thruway (I-90), take exit 38 (Route 57).  Turn left onto Route 57.  Turn left onto John Glen Boulevard.  At the first light, turn right onto Route 370.  Cross the Erie Canal and take an immediate right onto River Road.  After about 1/8 mile, turn right onto Hillside Road.  Hillside Road dead ends at our parking lot.

MADISON COUNTY

Great Swamp Conservancy's Annual Chicken BBQ

  • Sun 11am – 4pm
  • $7.50/full meal (half chicken, potatoes, 2 salads, dessert
  • 8375 North Main St., Canastota
  • (315) 697-2950, [email protected], gscincny.tripod.com
  • Description: Continue this annual tradition and bring the family to the best chicken barbeque around. Picnic on the grounds; eat in or take out
  • Directions: about 3 miles north of Canastota
  • Handicap Accessible

Wood Carving

  • Sat 10am
  • Admission
  • Great Swamp Conservancy, Pine Ridge Road, Canastota
  • (315) 697-2950
  • Description: Join master carver Ted Morrison to learn how to create a nature art object out of wood. Please register by noon Wednesday of the same week that the program is offered.
  • Directions: about 3 miles north of Canastota

Chad Hanna & the Red Wheels

  • Sat 1pm-3pm, $5.00
  • 110 Canal St, Canastota
  • Canastota Canal Town Museum
  • (315) 687-3801
  • [email protected]
  • Description:  Following a brief introduction by Joseph Di Giorgio, the 1941 motion picture, "Chad Hanna", will be shown in its entirety.  Based on the book of the same name, by Walter Edmonds, the film is based in Canastota along the Erie Canal in 1841.  Henry Fonda plays the title role with Dorothy Lamour and Linda Darnell providing the love interest.
  • Driving directions:  Exit 34; turn left after the toll booth; at the first traffic light turn right onto Canal Street; building is blue and white
  • Group size max: 33 per show
  • Age restrictions: An adult must accompany children.
  • Handicap: Yes

ONEIDA COUNTY

Railfan Weekend

  • Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm
  • $15/adults, $12/children, $10/seniors
  • Rome, NY
  • Erie Canal Village, (315) 337-3999                         
  • Description: 19th Century Canals verses Trains Exhibit, children’s hats, projects, operating models author Steve Boothroyd, food, music
  • Directions: From NYS Thurway, take exit 33(Verona). Follow Rte 365 East to 49 West to Erie Canal Village.

Canalfest

  • Sat & Sun, All day
  • Free Admission
  • Sylvan Beach,
  • (315) 762-5212
  • Directions: Exit 34, right onto Route 13. 5 miles north.


HERKIMER COUNTY

The Making of a Great Nation Cruise on the Historic Erie Canal

  • Erie Canal Cruises Aboard Lil' Diamond
  • Sat & Sun, 1pm - 3pm & 4pm - 6pm
  • $18 adults/ $12 children 3-10 yr old/ Free under 3
  • 800 Mohawk St, Herkimer
  • (315) 717-0350
  • Description:  A one and one half to two hour, 11 mile full historic, live narration of the canal past and present. Includes a locking experience. Sailing from "Gems Along the Mohawk", representing 62 New York State manufacturers under one roof. Waterfront Grille, offers a varied menu all day. It is best to make advanced reservations. This can be done by calling 315-717-0350 and prepaying for the tickets or booking directly online.
  • Driving directions:  Exit 30 - Through traffic light into the parking lot of "Gems Along the Mohawk"

 

Commemorating the Life & Death of General Nicholas Herkimer

  • Sun 1pm- 4pm, Free admission
  • Little Falls, NY
  • Heritage New York, (518) 237-8643
  • Driving directions:  Route 169, 1/4 mile off Thruway Exit 29A, east of Little Falls.
  • Description:  In honor of the General's death 229 years ago, an 18th century officer's wreath laying ceremony in the site cemetery. Activities include wheat harvesting, threshing, & bateau demonstrations.
  • Handicap:  Yes

Mardi Gras Festivities

  • Sat & Sun 9am - 5pm
  • Fee varies per activity
  • Rte 28N, Herkimer
  • Herkimer Diamond Mines, (315) 717-0175
  • www.herkimerdiamond.com
  • [email protected]
  • Description:  Mardi Gras Festival with jewelry sales, music festivities, special Herkimer Diamond prospecting rates.  KOA Kampground specials.  Crystal Chandelier Restaurant Specials.
  • Driving directions:  NYS Thruway exit 30 (Herkimer).  Follow signs for Route 28 North.  Herkimer Diamond Mines is located 7 miles from exit 30.
  • Handicap:  Yes

Grand Gem Giveaway Weekend

  • Sat & Sun 9am-8pm
  • Free admission
  • Gems Along the Mohawk, Herkimer
  • (315) 717-0077
  • [email protected]
  • www.gemsalongmohawk.com
  • Description:  Grand Gem Weekend
  •  
  • 1. Register to win (no purchase necessary):
  • Herkimer Diamond Mines - 4 mining passes ($100 value)
  • Lil'Diamond Cruise - 4 cruise passes ($100 value)
  • Waterfront Grille - Gift Certificate ($100 value)
  • KOA Kampground - Kottage for 4 - 2 nights stay ($300 value)
  • Crystal Chandelier Restaurant - dinner for 4 ($100 value)
  • Gems Along the Mohawk Gift Basket ($300 value)
  • 2. Also, specials at Lil'Diamond Canal Cruises, Waterfront Grille Restaurant, and Retail Specialty Shop.
  • 3. Free samples all weekend.
  • Drawing for Grand Gem Givaway at 8:00 pm on Sunday 13th.
  • Driving directions:  Directly across from NYS Thruway exit 30 (Herkimer). 
  • Group size min:  15, max:  36 cruise / 100 restaurant
  • Handicap:  Yes
  • Pre registration:  Yes

Little Falls Canalfest

  • John Serow Memorial - Youth Fishing Derby
  • 26th Partners Trust Freedom Run
  • Kayak/Canoe Fun Paddle
  • Classic XV – Road Race & Car Show
  • Little Falls Farmer’s Market
  • Sat – Sun, Fee varies per activity
  • Little Falls, (315) 823-1740
  • www.littlefallsny.com/CanalDays/Schedule.html

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Antonio Rocha, Storytelling and Mime

  • Sun 6pm - 7pm, Free admission
  • Fort Hunter Fire Department, Fort Hunter
  • Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
  • (518) 829-7516, [email protected]
  • Description: Antonio Rocha presents "Crossroads," Tales of adventure, wit, respect, and wisdom from around the world that blend mime and verbal narrative.  Refreshments provided after the performance.
  • Driving:  Exit 27 off the NYS Thruway.  West on Rte 5 south.  Right on Main Street, 2 blocks.  Firehouse on the right.
  • Handicap Accessible

The Waybacks

  • Sat, 7pm, Free admission
  • Riverlink Park, Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation
  • (518) 842-7461, [email protected]
  • www.waybacks.com
  • Description: From newgrass and western swing to jug band and jazz, from folk and fiddle music to improvisational excursions that defy categorization, Waybacks music is wild, energetic and unpredictable. This San Francisco based group is comprised of James Nash (lead guitar, mandolin, vocals), Stevie Coyle  (rhythm, finger style & lap steel guitar, vocals), Joe Kyle JR (standup bass, vocals), Chuck Hamilton  (drums & percussion), Warren Hood (fiddle, mandolin, vocals)
  • Driving directions:  NYS Thruway exit 27 (Amsterdam) to route 30 N; across Mohawk River to Riverfront Center/Mall parking lot (right) directly across from Post Office; approximately 1 1/2 miles from Thruway exit.

Playing Up The Arts

  • Sun 12noon – 6pm
  • Free admission
  • Fonda Fairgrounds
  • (518)-922-6624

The Furniture at Old Fort Johnson

  • Sun1pm, Free admission
  • Donations are encouraged
  • Route 5, Fort Johnson
  • Old Fort Johnson, (518) 843-0300
  • www.oldfortjohnson.org

SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Freedom Park Concerts

  • Sat & Sun 7pm
  • Free admission
  • Freedom Park, Scotia
  • (518) 370-0662
  • www.freedomparkscotia.org/schedule.html

Caribbean Carnival 2006

  • Sat 12pm – 8:30pm
  • Free admission
  • Central Park, Schenectady
  • (518) 346-7625
  • www.carama.org

Learn To Water Ski Clinic

  • Sat, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • $25/student
  • Mohawk River behind Jumpin' Jack's, Scotia
  • U.S. Water Ski Show Team, (518) 356-4358
  • [email protected]
  • www.uswaterskishowteam.com
  • Description:  We are hosting a Learn to Ski Clinic to teach people how to waterski and wakeboard.  The participant must choose one of the three sessions (8:30-11:00, 10:30-1:00 and 12:30-3:00pm)to participate in.  They will go through a series of stations on land then advance to the water.  They will go out twice on the boat for approximately 15-20 mins per turn.  There is no age limit but participants must be acclimated to the water.  Students MUST pre-register at 518-356-4358.
  • Driving directions:  Take Exit 25, straight off exit to I890. Follow I890 to exit 4C (Scotia, Rte. 5).  Follow ramp to light at State Street in front of Schenectady County Community College.  Take a left onto State St./Mohawk Ave. follow over the Western Gateway Bridge.  As you approach the end of the bridge, bear right onto Schonowee Ave. You will see Jumpin' Jack's on right.  Go to the rear of the parking lot.
  • Handicap:  Yes
  • Pre registration: Yes
  • Gear:  bathing suit and towel
  • Comments:  Great activity to try and see how you like the sport of waterskiing. Come down and learn from the Best in the East!!

Revolutionary War Bicycle Tour

  • Sat 10am-11:15am
  • Free admission
  • 421 South Reynolds St, Scotia
  • The Flint House Museum (518) 372-4054
  • [email protected]
  • Description:  The Revolutionary War Bicycle Tour is a family-oriented bike ride.  We'll take a very casual tour through the Village of Scotia, with three stops to tell stories related to the Revolutionary War.  Of course, we'll speak about George Washington!  But how did John Hancock get America's first cannon?  Stories include America's worst traitor (Boo! Hiss!), the bookseller who booted the British from Boston, and the phony who made the Continental Army strong enough to win the Revolution.  We'll relate the actions of these famous (and infamous) people to today's world, so cyclists can gain an appreciation for historic events.
  • Driving directions:  From the north: Route 50 into Scotia, turn right onto Mohawk Ave (Route 5), follow Mohawk Ave past Gabriel's Market, turn left onto South Reynolds, follow South Reynolds to the end.
  • From the west: Thruway exit 26, ramp to 890 west and Route 5S, follow signs for Scotia/Glenville/Route 5, cross over Mohawk River, turn right onto Route 5 at light, follow Route 5 into Scotia, turn right onto South Reynolds, follow South Reynolds to the end.
  • From the east: Thruway exit 25 to 890, out of the tolls follow 890 to exit 4C, at light at end of ramp turn left onto Route 5, cross the Western Gateway bridge into Scotia, follow Route 5 (now Mohawk Ave) past Gabriel's Market, turn left onto South Reynolds, follow South Reynolds to the end.
  • From the south: I-88 to Thruway exit 25A, west on the Thruway to exit 26, then follow directions for "from the west."
  • Public Trans:  Check CDTA for scheduled routes to Mohawk Avenue.
  • Distance:  Three miles
  • Age Restrictions:  Old enough to ride a bike without training wheels.
  • Handicap:  Yes
  • Gear:  Bike helmets required, please
  • Food:  None, but stop for lunch at local restaurants after the ride.

Ogle An Eagle

  • Sat 12noon-4pm
  • Absolutely free
  • Lock 7, Niskayuna
  • (518) 475-0291
  • [email protected]
  • Description:  Come take a gander at our fine feathered friends along the enchanting Mohawk River. Bird experts from NYS DEC Five Rivers Environmental Education Center will staff a viewing station to help you tell the gulls from the buoys.
  • Handicap:  Yes
  • Comments:  In case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled

Nature Walk and Museum Tour

  • Sat 10 am-12pm, Sun 2pm-4pm
  • Donations Accepted, Rotterdam Junction
  • American and Cultural Center and Museum
  • Native Keepers Of the Circle Inc, (518) 371-6582
  • [email protected]
  • Description: Guided nature walk to explore the flora and fauna along the Canal and Tour of the on site Museum. Stories will be told about history of this area and Native American Customs.
  • Driving directions:  Exit 26 Proceed west on Rt 5S approximately 2 miles on the right.
  • Group size max:  12-15
  • Handicap:  Yes
  • Pre registration:  Yes
  • Gear:  Good walking shoes

ALBANY COUNTY

Henry Hudson Planetarium

  • Date: Saturday, August 12, 2021
  • Time: 11:00am- 3:00pm
  • Fee: $3 adults; $2 children per show
  • Location:  Henry Hudson Planetarium at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Albany, NY
  • Contact: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, (518) 434-0405, [email protected]
  • Description:  Star shows in the Henry Hudson Planetarium take place at 11am - Skytellers Program: Exploration of space science concepts through Native American legends; 1pm - Star Sighting Program: Learn to identify stars, planets, comets and constellations and the tools and techniques for becoming a sky-watcher; and 2pm - Zoo In The Sky: Interactive program geared to pre-school and elementary aged children, exploring the animals on earth and up in the sky.
  • Driving directions:  The Visitors Center is located at the intersection of Broadway and Clinton Avenue in downtown Albany just off the I-787 ramp at the Clinton Avenue exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Broadway. The Visitors Center is located to your immediate right.
  • Car Parking: Pass Quackenbush Square and take the first right (just past the gas station) onto Spencer Street.  Follow Spencer Street to the end and follow the signs for Visitors Center Parking.  To enter the building, follow the brick pedestrian walkway to the double glass doors on the side of the building.

Senior Sundays

  • Sun, 11:30am – 2:30pm
  • Free admission
  • Corning Preserve, Albany
  • (518) 465-3325
  • www.albanyevents.org
  • Description: Albany’s senior citizens are the special guests of this annual event that features a barbeque, entertainment and a wonderful setting along the Hudson River. Reservations required.
  • Directions:
  • Handicap Accessible

 

Erie Canalway National Heritage Visitor's Center

  • Sat & Sun, 8am-sunset
  • NY State Park Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Peebles Island, Cohoes
  • (518) 237-7000
  • www.eriecanalway.org
  • Description:  Peebles Island State Park and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor/Peebles Island Visitor Center is at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. The park offers spectacular river rapids, views, and miles of paths through the wooded landscape. Park includes Revolutionary War earthen fortifications. Picnickers and fishermen come to relax here. In winter, visitors use the facilities to cross-country ski, hike and snowshoe. Museum/Visitor Center is open to the public.
  • Driving directions:  Take NY 470 (Ontario Street) to Delaware Ave, Cohoes-- turn north on to Delaware and enter Park.
  • Handicap: Yes

RENSSELAER COUNTY

Oakwood Cemetery History

  • Sat, 9am-11am
  • $12 - $50
  • 50th 101St St, Troy
  • (800) 556-6273
  • Description: Walk with the famed Military Historian of the booming voice of Michael Barrett. You will learn more from Michael in two hours than you would spending two weeks reading a Civil War book. Wear sturdy walking shoes and be prepared for Michael's enthusiasm.

Knickerbocker Mansion

  • Sat & Sun 10am-4pm
  • Free admission
  • Knickerbocker Rd, Schaghticoke
  • (518) 677-3807
  • Directions: I-87 – Exit 9 to 146 East to Mechanicville, 67 East toward Schaghitcoke. After 3 miles of crossing the Hudson River make a left onto Knickerbocker Rd. Mansion is first building on right.

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