The Beat Posts Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:27:46 GMT Ring in the New Year with a First Day Hike at Fort Ontario Winter Walk through History at Fort Ontario Oswego, N.Y. - Fort Ontario State Historic Site's first annual "Winter Walk through History" is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2015. The event will feature a narrated historical stroll around the grounds and buildings of the old 75-acre military reservation. Led by AmeriCorps staffer and historian Mitchell Manniccia, the walk will begin at 10 a.m. in the Enlisted Men's Barracks inside the old stone fort. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the main visitor lot. The Winter Walk Through History event is part of New York State Park's statewide First Day Hikes Program and is being conducted in cooperation with Oswego County AmeriCorps and Friends of Fort Ontario. First Day Hikes encourage participation in healthy outdoor winter physical activities and are a fun way for the whole family to ring in the New Year. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT Shtetl on the Mohawk: Jews of Schenectady to be Presented by Harvey Strum on Jan. 10 Schenectady, N.Y. - Harvey Strum will discuss the history of Schenectady's Jewish community, with a focus on the impact of WWI, Zionism, Socialism, community organization, and changes produced by Americanization. Strum is a professor of history and political science at Sage College of Albany. He has published articles about the local Jewish community in the National Social Science Journal and the Schenectady County Historical Society Newsletter. In 2006 he co-curated an exhibit on the history of Schenectady's Jews that was exhibited at Sage College of Albany, SCHS, and the Schenectady Jewish Community Center. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT NYC & Company Features Upper West Side This Holiday Season as December's Neighborhood X Neighborhood The Upper West Side's Cultural Institutions, Shops, Restaurants and Hotels Ready to Welcome Visitors This Holiday Season New York, N.Y. - NYC & Company, New York City's official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, has announced the Upper West Side as the next destination to be featured in the Neighborhood x Neighborhood promotional campaign. Located between Central Park ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT Central NY Boat Show Helps Earn Association Ferguson Award Cicero, N.Y. - The organizer of the Central New York Boat Show has received marine industry honors in part for its annual boat show held each February at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has named the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York/BIA, headquartered in Cicero, NY, as the 2014 Bill Ferguson Award winner for outstanding service by a marine trades association to its members and to the boating industry. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT Dynamic 1000 Islands Website Redesign Targets Tourists 1000 Islands (Dec. 8) - The 1000 Islands International Tourism Council launched its completely revamped today. The interactive design by ABC Creative Group of Syracuse integrates the latest digital trends and technology, including dynamic video and rich imagery that emphasize the greatest natural and recreational assets of the 1000 Islands Region. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT Holiday events in Orange County put a smile on Santa’s face! Orange County, N.Y. - Like a child's Christmas stocking, Orange County is filled with holiday events and activities to make everyone feel festive, joyful, and ready to celebrate the merry season. With fresh glittering snow blanketing the charming countryside, Orange County is only a seventy minute ride from Manhattan, two and a half hours from Philadelphia, three and a half hours from Boston, and one of Santa's most favorite stops. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT Winter Fun Abounds in the Lake George Area of New York’s Adirondacks Lake George, N.Y. - Temperatures are plummeting, and the snow has started to fall, which means it's time to embrace winter in the Lake George Area of New York's Adirondacks - on the slopes and off! If downhill skiing is your thing, head to Gore Mountain in North Creek, recently named a "Top 10 Mountain" by SKI Magazine for its value, lifts, scenery and terrain variety. Add the new "Adirondack Express II" high-speed quad lift and you've got plenty of reasons to visit Gore this winter. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT Get Away to the Adirondacks for Holiday Festivities in a Winter Wonderland From Downton Abbey-Inspired, to a Yule Log Hunt, Make NY's Adirondacks Your Home for the Holidays Adirondack Region, N.Y. - This year's lineup of Adirondack holiday festivals includes a celebration straight out of a Laura Ingalls Wilder book, and skiing and riding with Old Saint Nick. Just four hours north of New York City and two hours south of Montreal, head to theAdirondacks this holiday season to  enjoy: ‘Gifting the Adirondacks' Holiday Fair, December 5-6, at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, features a wide selection of handcrafted works of art for sale. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT Dickens Christmas Returns to Skaneateles - Opening Day Is Nov. 28 Skaneateles, N.Y. - In Skaneateles, it's always a Dickens of a Christmas. For each of the last 21 years, Charles Dickens has spent a month in this charming lakeside village, gathering research for his soon-to-be written classic "A Christmas Carol." On village streets, he encounters Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, the Ghost of Jacob Marley, President John Tyler, and a bevy of other characters ranging from finishing school girls to pickpockets. Magic, music and merriment prevail, as the revels play and guests ride by in horse-drawn carriages. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT 2015 Erie Canalway Calendars Available December 1st 17,500 Free calendars distributed across upstate NY Waterford, N.Y. - The public is invited to pick up a free 2015 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor calendar starting December 1, 2014 at selected libraries and visitor centers throughout the National Heritage Corridor. Each month features one of twelve winning images from this year's Erie Canalway photo contest. The calendar captures the unique beauty, history, and character of New York's canals and canal communities. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT