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

 

 

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

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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.

The USS Slater begins her 20th year afloat in Albany NY

The USS Slater is open to the public for the ship’s 20the season. Since she first arrived in Albany, the USS Slater has been described as one of the best restored, most historically accurate World War II ships in the world. A National Historic Landmark, the USS Slater is the only remaining World War II Destroyer Escort afloat today in the US.

Destroyer Escorts originally were designed to battle Nazi U-Boats while escorting conveys across the Atlantic. There versatility proved useful in the Pacific defending task forces from Kamikaze attacks. Numerous Destroyer Escorts continued to serve during the Korean and Vietnam wars. The current US Navy Fleet’s Frigates are descendants of these small ships.

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2017 Navigation Schedule on the Erie Canal

The NYS Canal Corporation has just released the schedule for the 2017 Navigation Season.

 

Mariners are advised that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal System are scheduled to open Friday, May 19, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. for the 2017 navigation season.

Additionally, in commemoration of the bicentennial of the start of Erie Canal construction in 1817, there will be no tolls or fees for recreational use of the Canal System in 2017.

The hours of operation for the 2017 season are as follows:

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The Erie Canal Museum

As we begin on our path through the bi-centennial celebration you don’t want to miss out on a visit to the Erie Canal Museum. The museum is located at 318 Erie Blvd. East in Syracuse, collects and preserves Canal material, and provides engaging educational experiences that champion an appreciation and understanding of the Erie Canal’s transforming effects on the past, present and future.

The museum sits within the only remaining weigh lock building in the United States. When the Erie Canal Museum opened its doors on October 25th, 1962 it celebrated and preserved the life of this building

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Brewery Tour of Central New York

                Welcome to central New York! We’ve got lots of great activities planned for you, so let’s hit the ground running.

Day One: Your first stop is the No Excuses Tour of downtown Syracuse. This tour will deliver an engaging, fun experience. You will explore the history, architecture and food of downtown Syracuse. Your second stop is the Empire Brewing Company to enjoy some light fare and a beer tasting. The Empire Brewing Company doesn’t just make great tasting beers and ales – they also believe in the idea of “Eat Where You Live” and really go the extra mile towards sustainability via composting, using green products, and recycling. Next, you’ll visit Clark Reservation State Park. Formed during the last ice age, the park features almost every geological feature you can think of- cliffs, meadows, woodlands, and a glacial plunge basin lake. All that hiking works up an appetite! A trip to the Syracuse Suds Factory will help take the edge off with some dinner and local craft beer. After dinner, you’ll visit The Funny Bone to take in a comedy show to end your first day with a laugh. You’ll be staying at the Jefferson Clinton Hotel, another locally owned eco-friendly business.

                A good night’s sleep leaves you ready for day 2 at a local hotel, B&B, Inn or air B&B of your choice. After a morning of time on your own, you’ll be ready for lunch at Modern Malt, a unique spin on the classic American diner. You’ll need some fortification before your afternoon activity – hiking with llamas! The llamas will carry some snacks and drinks to enjoy at the end of the trail. Llamas notwithstanding, hiking is thirsty work. A stop at the Beak and Skiff, a local cider distillery, will quench your thirst with some fresh cider. You might want to try a fresh apple cider donut – one of the tastiest treats in the world.

                Now you’re off to Utica! First, you’ll visit the Chittenango Landing Dry Dock Complex for some bike riding along the Old Erie Canalway. All that fresh air and pedaling will get you ready for dinner at The Tailor and The Cook, Utica’s premier farm-to-table restaurant (you’ll want to try the Jones Family Farm Cheesecake!). You’ll be staying at the Rosemont Inn, an immaculately restored Italianate B&B in the heart of Utica. After a delicious home-made breakfast, it’s time to hit the trail at the local arboretum, the Hamilton College Root Glen Arboretum. Started by the distinguished local Root family, this garden has grown since 1850 into the masterpiece you see today, owned by Hamilton College and featuring 65 species of trees, shrubs and flowers. Lunch will be served at the Nail Creek Pub & Brewery, serving craft beer since 2008.

                Speaking of beer, you’ll be visiting the FX Matt Brewing Company in the afternoon. Family owned since 1888, it’s the fourth oldest family-owned brewery in the United States. After a tour of the brewery and a pint in the 1888 Tavern, it’s a quick walk across the street to ADK Distilling for a tour and a tasting of ADK Vodka – an international award winner! Next you’ll visit Woodland Beer, a hop farm and craft brewery in Marcy, NY. Enjoy some pints or flights and visit the on-location food trucks for a fun end to a busy day. We know you’ll remember this as a vacation of a lifetime in Central New York!

For more information on this tour or many more like it contact:

Lori Solomon

Van Tourism Specialists

(518) 322-2067

2596 Edgewood Ave. Schenectady NY 12306