EERIE HALLOWEEN! At The Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

While the Erie Canal has closed for the season the events keep coming and at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum Museum October is full of events starting with pumpkin carving on Oct. 19th. & 20th.

 

                Thursday Oct. 19th. 5pm-7pm

                Friday Oct. 20th. 5pm-7pm

 

Deadlines to attend for free is Oct. 18th. noon for Oct. 19th. Carving night and Oct. 19th. by noon for Oct. 20th. Carving Night.

For more information on Carving Night contact Sullivan Parks and Recreation to sign up (315) 687-3471

Or https://sullivan.recdesk.com

One free pumpkin per family member, food and drinks will be provided. Event is free for those who register by above deadlines or $5.00 per family at the door. All pumpkins carved will be entered into the pumpkin carving contest and placed on the Candlelit Pumpkin Path for all to see at the Eerie Halloween

1 free pumpkin per family member, food and drinks will be provided. Event is free for those who register by above deadlines, or $5.00 per family at the door. All pumpkins carved will be entered into the Pumpkin Carving Contest and placed on the Candlelit Pumpkin Path for all to see.

Eerie Halloween Family Fun Event!!!

 

            Saturday, October 21st. 2017

            3:00pm – 7:00pm

            FREE

Bring the family out for this family-friendly event that is sure to be a new favorite tradition. Event will be held rain or shine, with events happening both indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather conditions

            *Pumpkin Carving Contest * Haunted House * Scavenger Hunt *Costume Contest

            *Crafts *Refreshments (for purchase) *Candlelit Pumpkin Path * Blacksmith Demos

Come out and join us in some community spirit, fellowship and fundraising at this year’s  Eerie Canal Towpath Run Best Costume Awards for runners and walkers!!

Come out and join us in some community spirit, fellowship and fundraising at this year’s event.

Time: 11 am – 2:30 pm on Sat. (3.5 hr. cut off time) 11 am. 15 mile run start, 11:30 am 5K start. 11:45 2-mile walk starts.

Registration and packet pick up: 9:30am-10:45am on 10/21/17

The run is hosted by Chittenango Rotary Club, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum and the town of Sullivan Parks and Recreation Department and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

 

 

 

 

The Erie Canal

The Erie Canal

About:

The Erie Canal, often referred to the NYS Barge Canal includes 524 miles of navigable waterways throughout NYS. The Canals that make up the Erie Canal System include the Cayuga / Seneca, The Champlain, The Oswego and the Erie itself. These 4 Canals allow for travel from inland NY to anywhere in the world.

 

Facts:

The 4 individual canals today total 524 miles of navigable waterways. There are currently 55 locks and 18 lift bridges amongst the Canals. Total lift is 568’ and the largest lift is lock   at Little Falls with 49’of lift. It is also the only lock on the system that uses a drop door instead of the standard swing doors used elsewhere. The flight of 5 which consists of locks 2-7 just west of Waterford is the greatest elevation change on any navigable waterway in the Western Hemisphere. The Erie Canal is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is also a National Park Historical Site.

 

 

History:

The Erie first envisioned in the early 1800’s by NY’s then governor Dewitt Clinton was first dismissed as crazy and was referred to early on as Clinton’s Follies. Hope was that the Federal Government would help fund the project, but that never happened and New York State went it alone. Construction began in 1817 and was completed in 1825 at a cost of $8 million dollars, the Canal ended up paying for itself in less than 8 years. New York City soon became the largest port in the United States as a direct result of the construction of the Erie Canal. The opening of the canal in 1825 allowed for goods and people to be shipped in half the time and at one tenth the cost of the conventional methods of the time.

The Canal has evolved throughout the years from what was originally referred to as Clinton’s Ditch where mules walked the tow path towing barges and boats up and down the canal. The advent of mechanically powered vessels allowed for the use of the lakes and river sections which continued to speed travel along the Canal. The final version of the Canal was opened in 1915 and is what we travel on today. The infrastructure visible along the Canal today is the same technology that was designed and built back in 1915 and still amazes visitors to the Canal each day.

New York State understood the value of the Canal when it guaranteed its continued existence by amending its constitution in 1938 during a constitutional convention.

The Canal Today:

Continues to be used for commercial shipping albeit in a limited fashion. It is used as a source of water for agricultural purposes, it is used to generate electric through it’s more than 2 dozen hydro-electric power plants scattered throughout the Canal System. The Canal is also used as a very important means of flood control. Today the greatest use of the Canal System relates to tourism. The Erie Canal passes through 5 of NYS’s travel regions. Whether Boating, Bicycling, Hiking or Road Tripping through the Erie Canal System, the opportunities are virtually limitless. The Canalway trail is now more than 75% complete, NY has committed to completing 100% of the trail by 2020. Boaters have access to the 524 miles of waterways, with marinas throughout the system available for transient and seasonal docking or the many communities that open their doors to boaters many with free docking, free electrical, wi-fi, bathrooms and shower facilities. The Cayuga/Seneca connects the Erie Canal to the two largest Finger lakes. From Fishing to Wine tasting those lakes offer boaters and visitors alike world class opportunities for enjoyment.

The Oswego Canal connects the Erie Canal to Lake Ontario and beyond. The Lake Ontario region offers visitors World Class Fishing, and the ability to travel by water to Canada and beyond.

The Champlain Canal region is steeped in history dating back to the formation of the United States. Allowing travelers to transit from the Hudson River to Lake Champlain and onto the Chambly Canal.

The Discover the Erie Canal site has been designed to be the most comprehensive online resource on the Erie Canal. It not only provides travelers who wish to experience the Erie Canal with all the information they need to maximize their trip, but also provides visitors with information on the history, news and events and information on the more than 200 communities that surround the Erie Canal  

Locktoberfest on the Erie Canal

Locktoberfest

Locktoberfest is a NYS Canal Corporation sponsored series of events located throughout the Erie Canal corridor. This year is no different with events located in five communities on all 4 sections of the Canal

Lockport located on the western section of the Erie Canal. Locktoberfest in Lockport is scheduled for Sept. 30th from the hours of 12 noon – 6 pm. A celebration of their local heritage, their farms, food, crafts, and community all built on the shores of the Erie Canal. For more info on the event in Lockport visit their web site at www.locktoberfest.org.

 

Seneca Falls hosts there first annual Locktoberfest celebration on Oct. 7th. The event is scheduled to last all day with vendors, music, food, and boats.

This will be the last weekend of boating on the Canals and Seneca Falls will be the place for boaters as Seneca Falls welcomes boaters with more than 900’ of docking available. Free electric, wi-fi and boater amenity center all make for a great experience while visiting Seneca Falls

 

Rome, where the first shovel for construction of the canal 200 years ago went into the ground celebrates Locktoberfest on Oct. 7th from 11 am. – 8 pm. Rome celebrates Locktoberfest on the waterfront in Bellamy Harbor. Craft Beer and Wine Tent, Food Trucks, Pony Rides, and celebrate the grand opening of the Navigation Center and the lighting of the Water Tower at 6pm.   More info at info@romechamber.com

 

Phoenix home of the bridge house brats celebrates Locktoberfest on Oct. 7th. Their event runs from 11 am – 8 pm. Visit the Stage Street Food Court which will be featuring over 30 food trucks & vendors offering $1.00 samples and full menus of festival favorites.

Two full Beer & Wine Gardens including NY’s finest craft beers, ciders, wine, slushies, smoothies and more!

Live music will be featured during the event on the Great Outdoors main stage along with acts appearing on their new second stage located on the northern end of State Street.

Countless Crafters and artisans will be on hand selling locally made unique creations!!

 

Fort Edward on the Champlain Canal celebrates on Oct. 14th. with an all-day event.

Tour Cayuga County

Tour Cayuga County

The Ultimate Finger Lakes Wine and Dine Tour Road Trip

Day 1

Set in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga County is no exception to the presence of wine and great culinary bounty. Enjoy a day of experience quality wines made by quality people who you’re sure to meet along the way!

Start the day on a quest for the perfect wine glasses at Mackenzie-Childs. Tour the restored Victorian Farmhouse overlooking Cayuga Lake, and see the beautiful hand-decorated ceramic tableware and home furnishings. Watch a video of the production process at the Visitor Center, browse through the retail shop and enjoy the country gardens.

Next visit the quaint Village of Aurora for shopping in it’s unique stores. Be sure to stop into Bet the Farm Winery & Gourmet Market, a charming, specialty shop featuring their own wines, plus a quality selection of other Finger Lakes wines and gourmet foods from the region.

For lunch, enjoy the refined American cuisine inspired and influenced by fresh regional products and produce at the Aurora Inn Dining Room. Dine lakeside – inside their lively dining room, or outside on their beautiful veranda.

Or opt for Pumpkin Hill Bistro’s peaceful storied setting for a meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients. For a memorable experience try a fine selection of wonderful Cayuga Lake wines and delicious farm fare while enjoying a beautiful setting.

After lunch, head just up the hill to Long Point Winery. Overlooking the lake, the awe-inspiring views take a back stage only to the medium to full-bodied award-winning wines you’ll experience in the expansive tasting room.

Finish touring for the day at King Ferry Winery, a small farm winery known for award-winning Treleaven wines, including Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, and Meritage aged in French and Bavarian oak barrels.

Before dinner enjoy some drinks and good times while taking in historic downtown Auburn, at Prison City Pub & Brewery.   Then head off to Oak & Vine at Springside, a modern gastro-pub for dinner with a view. Enjoy a drink on the terrace and try an array of American cuisine featuring locally-sourced products.

After dinner, enjoy Broadway musical theatre at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse located in Emerson Park on the shores of Owasco Lake. Finish your evening at Green Shutters Restaurant for a delicious ice-cream cone and walk on the Owasco Lake Pier.

Day 2

Start the day at Izzo’s White Barn Winery: set on 14 acres of old farm land blessed with its own pond fondly named Lake Lorraine after the co-owner Lorraine Izzo. Enjoy their signature “White Barn” wines as well as traditional Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.

Next stop at CJS Vineyards & Aurelius Winery. Established in 1995, this small vineyard and winery is the pride and joy of the Scholomiti Family, producing fine Finger Lakes table wines, specializing in Riesling and Chambourcin. Visitors to their relaxed tasting room enjoy the personal touch of their friendly, helpful hosts. Their winemaker loves to share wine stories and helps many homemaking wine visitors with their craft.

Break for lunch at the Refinery in Auburn. This recently renovated restaurant conveniently located adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn, serves a mix of traditional pub fare with a new school twist, and takes inspiration from the gastropub concepts.

For a unique spin on wine, finish Day Two of your tour with a stop at The Apple Station. Known for many years as a great place to pick and buy apples, the Apple Station now produces and features apple, grape and blended fruit wines.

 

Tugboat Roundup Waterford NY

One of the great events of the season is once again scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 8th – 10th. Held each year the weekend after Labor Day. The Tugboat Roundup is one of the premier events on the Erie Canal each year.

2017 begins the bi-centennial celebration of the ground-breaking for the Erie Canal. With events taking place throughout the communities within the Canal Corridor, the Tugboat roundup is proud to be part of and illustrate the history of the Erie as a family oriented festival along the “Waterford Wall” at the eastern gateway to the Erie Canal.

As the name suggests, it’s all about the Boats, and Tugboats are the modern-day work horses on the Canal.

Tugboats will face-off on Saturday and Sunday competing with raw strength and piloting skills. Deckhands will toss heavy lines and “show you how it’s done”

There will be clown’s and face-painters, puppet shows, take a pony ride or jump in the bounce house. Tour boat rides on the Hudson and through the locks. Saturday ends with a great firework show over the harbour.

For one weekend each year, Waterford’s historic waterfront is transformed back into a rendering of its commercial heyday during which names like Godfrey, Coyne, Bushey Matton, Kehoe and Cowles figured so prominently along the waterfront. Tugs new and old moor stem to stern for adulation and education, enchanting the young and reminding the young at heart of days gone by.

The Tugboat Roundup is produced annually by the Town of Waterford and supported by many generous corporate sponsors. The event has grown steadily and attracts thousands of people to this sleepy canal town in the heart of upstate New York’s Capital Region.

2017 Tugboat Roundup Schedule

Throughout the Weekend, Visit Food and Craft Vendors, Souvenir stands and shore-displays.  Look for the Farmer’s Market at Lock 2.  Many of the Tugs will be open for walk-through tours, too.

All events are free, although boat rides do have a nominal charge.  Boat tickets are available at their docks.

Note that not all times are specific – mini-tugs may be going out anytime.  Push-off’s and nose to nose competitions are an involved project and are solely based on the decisions of captains, crews and other issues. 

You can expect a great, fun-filled family weekend with great people, a terrific collection of vendors, artists, displays, exhibits and really cool tugboats.  Spectacular fireworks on Saturday night!  What do you need to bring?  A camera, your family and good weather.

Friday, September 8th

 

12:00 noon – Tugs leave Waterford to join others along the Albany waterfront.  

Remember:  This is all TUGBOAT time!!

  3:45            Tugs muster at the Erastus Corning Preserve and head north on the Hudson River.  They should be in Watervliet and South Troy around 4:30 or so and soon after northbound from the Troy lock.

  5:30           Tugs start arriving in Waterford amid great celebration at the 18th Annual Waterford Tugboat Roundup.

  4:00 – 7:00   Music begins in front of the Visitor’s Center.  Bands play throughout the weekend!

 

 Saturday, September 9

 

Morning is a great time for pictures of the boats and vendors start opening around 10.

Throughout the day, the Farmer’s Market will be at Lock 2.  The mini-tugs will be doing their thing with antics up and down the canal and maybe even through the lock!  Some of the tugs will be open for walk-throughs and on shore are the vendors, demonstrations, kid’s activities, exhibits and more.  Don’t forget the new boat show at lock 2 and tours of the venerable and historic Tug Urger.   Line-splicing and knot-tying seminars will be taking place, too!   (The boat show is produced by the Eastern NY Marine Dealer’s Association, Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and Boating on The Hudson.)  

The Caldwell Belle will provide boat rides on the Hudson and by the tugs on 45-minute tours (tickets at their boat, down by the “battery”).

11:00 – 8:30          Music continues on the Grand Erie, in front of the visitor’s center.

11:00 – 12:00        “Barge Talk” Growing Commerce on the Canals and River

12:30                   Line Tossing, round 1 (at the Battery)

12:00 – dusk Kid’s activities open at Lock 2, including a bounce house and pony rides (ponies until 4)

2:00 – 3:00           “Barge Talk” Anniversary News for Canals and Updates from Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

8:30 (or dark)  Fireworks!! 

 

Sunday, September 10

On Sunday, we’ll be doing many of the same things – and just a little bit more.  Look for the Mini-Tugs, vendors, demonstrations and exhibits.  Stop by the Farmer’s Market at lock 2 along with the boat show.  Tour the Urger, see how the locks work and more.  Some of the boats will be open for walk-through tours today, too!

The Caldwell Belle boat rides continue – from the Battery with tickets available at the boat.

10:00           The 5K walk / run “Tugboat Chug”

11:00 – 3:00 Music continues on the Grand Erie, in front of the Visitor’s Center

11:00 – 12:00   “Barge Talk” History and Story behind the 2017 Tug of the Year

12:15           Line Tossing Round 2   At the Battery

12:00           Kid’s activities resume at Lock 2

1:30 – 2:30   “Barge Talk”   9/11 Boat Lift from Manhattan, told by a captain of a tug involved.

3:30            All of this is not without reward.   Like any good festival with competitive machines and crew – we have an Award Program.   Right in front of the Visitor’s Center with awards ranging from Best Vintage Tug, to Nose to Nose, 1st Place, to Best Mini-Tug and for whoever wins the Line-Toss event.   It’s fun, light and a great way to close a great weekend.

                   Look for the People’s Choice Award too, balloting will have taken place all weekend. 

For more information on the event visit their web site at www.tugboatroundup.com

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Canal Splash

Canal Splash

Celebrate the history, culture, recreational appeal, and beauty of the New York State Canal System and Erie Canalway Trail during the 10 days of Canal Splash!

Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 20, 2017

Canal Splash! is a coordinated series of locally organized events and activities, that take place along the Canal System and Canalway Trail, including nature and history walks, museum and gallery exhibits, rowing regattas, kayak and canoe outings, musical performances, boat tours and more.

 

Brockport Arts Festival

Event Location: Main Street Brockport

Event Date: August 12-13th, 2017

Event Time:   10am. – 6pm

Event Cost:   FREE

Event Description: The Brockport Arts Festival is an arts and crafts fair with loads of very talented artisans, a variety of foods, music, wines and beers. It takes place on Main Street in Brockport, a classic Victorian Village by the Erie Canal.

For More Information: http://www.brockportartsfestival.com

 

Lockapalooza

Event Location: Lock 32 Whitewater Park

Event Date:   August 19th, 2017

Event Time: 9:30 am – 8:30 pm.

Event Description: One of the largest Whitewater competitions in Central New York. Watch paddlers from around the region compete in Whitewater Kayaking events.

For More Information: (585) 329-6266 or http://www.lock32.com/lockapalooza.html

 

Palmyra Pirate Weekend

Event Location:   East Main Street Palmyra

Event Date:   August 11th – 12th.

Event Cost:   FREE

Event Description: Pirates of the Erie Canal invade the Village and Port of Palmyra during the 10th annual Pirate Weekend Aug. 11th & 12th. Friday night movie at dusk: The Princess Bride. Saturday Bed Racing, 5K, vendors, food, wine tasting, music, parade, Treasure Hunt and Games, Canal Trail tours, Pirate tales and museum tours.

For More Information   (585) 368-8081 or Palmyra Pirate Weekend

 

 

Wayne County Fair

Event Location:   300 W. Jackson St.

Event Date:   August 14th – 19th.

Event Time: Events start at 9 am.

Event Cost: Admission $5 Adults-17and older, $3 youth ages 6-16 ages 5 and under FREE

Event Description: Horse Races, Music, Food and Family Fun.

For More Information: www.waynecountyfair.org

 

Sylvan Beach Canalfest

Event Location: Village Park, Sylvan Beach

Event Date: August 11th-13th.

Event Time: Friday 6pm. – 10 pm. Saturday 9 am. – 9:30 pm. Sunday 9 am.- 7:30 pm

Event Cost: FREE

Event Description: Join us at our annual Canal Fest. Great fun throughout the weekend. Enjoy free entertainment throughout the weekend with crafters, vendors, entertainment in the Village Park. Events include the Waterski Show, and concerts.

For More Information: http://www.sylvanbeachny.com/canal-fest

 

Herkimer County Fair

Event Location: Herkimer County Fair Ground

Event Date: August 15th – 20th.

Event Time: Tuesday 3 pm.-10:30 pm. Wednesday – Friday 9:30 am. – 9:30 pm. Saturday 9:00 am. – 9:30 pm.

Event Cost: Adults $10.00, Children 5 – 12 $3.00 Children under 5 FREE

Event Description: Demolition Derby, Tractor and Truck Pulls, Pageant and Junior Pagaen, Talent Showcase, Horse Show, Live Music and Fireworks.

For More Information: (315) 895-7464 http://www.herkimercountyfair.org

 

River Through Time Festival

Event Location: Haslett Park Fort Plain NY

Event Date: August 12th, 2017

Event Time: 12 noon – 4 pm.

Event Cost: FREE

Event Description: Come for an afternoon of live music, food and fun in Fort Plain.

For More Information: http://mohwakvalleycollective.com/upcoming-events

 

Taste and Tunes

Event Location: Generations Bank, 20 E. Bayard St. Seneca Falls NY 13148

Event Date: August 18th. 2017

Event Time: 6 – 9 pm.

Event Description: In Seneca County alone there are more than 3700 families in need that depend on the Seneca County House of Concern, the Seneca Falls Backpack Program and Trevor’s Gift. These organizations rely on our support as community members and business owners to help them be successful to their cause. On Friday, August 18th. 2017 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 we will be holding the 3rd. Annual Taste & Tunes Festival which features local wineries, breweries, restaurants and musicians to benefit these local charities.

For More Information: (315) 568-1151 http://directory.fingerlakesgateway.com/events/details/taste-time-3585

 

 

No Fees For Recreational Boating On The Erie Canal For The 2017 Navigational Season

No Fees For Recreational Boating On The Erie Canal For The 2017 Navigational Season

The Canal is open and in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the beginning of construction of the Erie Canal, The New York State Canal Corporation has announced that there will be no fees for recreational boaters this season. Now we want to emphasize that the normal fees are quite nominal, ranging from $50 to $100 depending on length of boat for a season’s worth the ability to travel the canal and utilize the systems more than 50 locks dozens of lift bridges and more than 524 miles of navigable waterways.

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Amsterdam Sets Concert Schedule For Riverlink

                                                                                                                                                

We’re excited to announce the 2017 Riverlink Summer Concert Series schedule!

Enjoy Amsterdam’s waterfront this summer….on the water with Down by the River Kayaks, at one of the great Southside restaurants, on the MVGO or at River’s Edge at Riverlink. 

Join us for great music at a great venue!  FREE music at Riverlink Park every Saturday from June 24th to August 26th. Featuring:

Saturday June 24th 7pm

Searson

Saturday, July 1st 7pm

Suitcase Junket

Tuesday July 4th 8pm

“An Erie Canal Bicentennial Celebration”  with Albany Symphony Orchestra

Saturday July 8th 7pm

 I Draw Slow

Saturday July 15th 7pm

Jane Lee Hooker

Saturday July 22nd 7pm

Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers

Saturday July 29th 7pm

French 75

Saturday August 5th 8pm

Sean Rowe

Saturday August 12th 7pm

Franklin Micare Trio

August 19th 7pm

New Orleans Suspects

August 26th 7pm

Los Hacheros

 See the full details here: http://riverlinkconcerts.com/calendar/

 

 

Blount Small Ship Adventures, Erie Canal Cruise

Blount Small Ship Adventures can take you to places that no other cruise line can go. This year in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the construction of the Erie Canal they will be sailing 8 times through the Canal. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience something very special.   

With ports of call including Oswego, Buffalo, Sylvan Beach, Amsterdam and Troy, the opportunity to travel with less than 100 guest on board could best be described as “Cruising on your friends Yacht”  Taking a cruise with Blount Small Ship Adventures will amaze all your senses, from the fine dining, to the casual atmosphere, that one will experience any one of the itineraries’ available on Blount will not disappoint!

The Great American Waterways Cruise and the Lock’s Legends & Canals of the Northeast are the two cruises that Blount is offering in 2017 that include ports within the Erie Canal Corridor. 

For all the information on experiencing a Blount Small Ship Adventure Cruise visit their web site

Blount Small Ship Adventures is a supporter of the NYS Canal System and an ongoing member of Canal NY. The only private sector organization dedicated to the promotion of the Canal System and the businesses within the Canal Corridor.