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Ring in the New Year with a First Day Hike at Fort Ontario

Dec 12, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Ring in the New Year with a First Day Hike at Fort OntarioWinter 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.

Dynamic 1000 Islands Website Redesign Targets Tourists

Dec 8, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

1000 Islands (Dec. 8) - The 1000 Islands International Tourism Council launched its completely revamped visit1000islands.com 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.

Oswego County Historical Society to Host Lecture on the Great Bear Springs

Nov 6, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Great Bear logoOswego, N.Y. - The Oswego County Historical Society will host the sixth lecture of the 2014 season on Sunday, November 9th at 1:30 p.m at the Richardson-Bates House Museum, 135 East Third Street in Oswego. The event is free and open to the public. Guest lecturer Dick Drosse will present a program entitled "Great Bear Springs - 110 Years of Spring Water." The presentation will focus on the history of the current Great Bear Recreation Area, which is comprised of nearly 500 acres of land on County Route 57 in the town of Volney. It is beautifully situated along the Oswego River. The majority is owned by the city of Fulton, along with the state canal corporation, town of Volney and private owners. There are eight miles of public trails that are maintained by volunteers of the Friends of Great Bear.

Ghost Tours Re-Visit Historic Fort Ontario

Oct 10, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Fort Ontario Ice CaveOswego, N.Y. - The Friends of Fort Ontario, Central New York Ghost Hunters, and other ghost-hunting groups return to the Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego to host Ghost Tours Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18. Guided tours run in 15-minute increments from 7 to 10 p.m. both evenings. Tickets to the annual event are $13 and must be purchased in advance.

Evidence gathered in the fort's buildings and underground casemates during the tours will be presented in the rooms or areas where it was obtained. People are also invited to bring their own ghost-hunting equipment to find new data under the guidance of the experts.

Oswego Prepares for First FallOween Event

Sep 18, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Fall Oween!Oswego, N.Y. - Four local Oswego businesses weaved together the first FallOween event in Oswego, where all citizens compete against one another in the form of decorating their homes in spooky Halloween or beautiful fall themes. The rules are simple: decorate the front of the home or front porch with Halloween or fall decorations, whether it's with creepy crawlers, pumpkins, witches or discolored leaves, with or without lights, anything goes!.

This city-wide event is open to all Oswego residents who dare to spice their homes up with skeletons, colorful reefs or even spooky sounds.

War of 1812 Speaker Comes to Fort Ontario

Sep 18, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Oswego, N.Y. - Noted local historian and newspaperman Richard Palmer presents a discussion about the War of 1812 journal of Major Robert Carr. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24 in the Enlisted Men's Barracks inside Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego. The program is free and open to the public.

Major Carr, of the 16th U.S. Infantry Regiment commanded Fort Ontario during part of the summer of 1812. In his presentation, Palmer will read and interpret excerpts that he copied from Carr's journal during a research trip to Philadelphia.

Antique Engines and Tractors Will Run Again at ‘Crank It Up’ Show Sept. 20-21

Sep 11, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Sandy Creek, N.Y. - The Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek will bustle with old engines, tractors, vendors and music at the Crank It Up! Antique Tractor and Engine Show Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21, at the Sandy Creek Fairgrounds. Admission is by donation. Parking is free. "Our show is a family-friendly event that features vintage farm machinery, crafts, music, and traditional agricultural activities from the rural North Country," said show organizer Doreen Macklen. Founded nine years ago by Macklen, her husband Dale and son Jim, the show has grown into a "heritage show and tell" of North Country farms.

State Fair Shipwrecks Exhibit Adding Behemoth Fish, Longer ROV In-Water Demonstration Day

Aug 26, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Tom Brooking with NY Sturgeon for Tomorrow and Dave White of New York Sea Grant with the 7-foot-long sturgeon that is joining the The Great Shipwrecks of NY’s ‘Great’ Lakes Signature Exhibit for the balance of the Great New York State Fair. Photo courtesy of Brian P. Whattam Syracuse, N.Y. - The Great Shipwrecks of NY's ‘Great' Lakes Signature Exhibit presented by New York Sea Grant and The Great New York State Fair is adding new displays and expanding its in-water demonstrations. The exhibit is located in and along the reflecting pool at the mini-NY State Park at the Fairgrounds. Starting Monday, August 25, an historic fish that has been a passive behemoth in waters around the globe for more than 100 million years will join 300 years of shipwrecks history in The Great Shipwrecks exhibit. NY Sturgeon for Tomorrow will have its 7-foot-long mounted sturgeon in the Great Shipwrecks 60-foot-long tent for the balance of the Fair.

Aug. 27 Program Will Explore History of Fort Ontario’s Storm Warning Tower

Aug 22, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Fort Ontario Storm TowerLecture Was Inspired by Research of Curator's Late Husband 

Oswego, N.Y.  - Fort Ontario's Coastal Warning Display tower and its history will be the topic of a lecture by Fort Ontario curator Jenny Emmons Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Enlisted Men's Barracks at Fort Ontario.

'Fishing the Great Lakes of NY' Author in Clayton August 17

Aug 14, 2014 by I Love New York Staff

Clayton, N.Y. –  Spider Rybaak, author of several guidebooks for anglers, will speak on Fishing in the 1000 Islands in All Seasons at 1pm at the Clayton-1000 Islands Gun and Sportsmen Show in Clayton on Sunday, August 17. The show runs August 16-17, 2014 at Cerow Recreation Park Arena, 615 East Line Road.Clayton, N.Y. - Spider Rybaak, author of several guidebooks for anglers, will speak on Fishing in the 1000 Islands in All Seasons at 1pm at the Clayton-1000 Islands Gun and Sportsmen Show in Clayton on Sunday, August 17. The show runs August 16-17, 2014 at Cerow Recreation Park Arena, 615 East Line Road.

Rybaak, who has spent the last 25 years writing about fishing, is the author of Fishing Eastern NY, Fishing Western NY, and Fishing the Great Lakes of NY: A Guide to Lakes Erie and Ontario, Their Tributaries, and the Thousand Islands. His latest book, Fishing Oneida Lake, is scheduled for release early in 2015. He is currently working on a guide to fishing in the Adirondacks.

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