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Path Through History HighlightHundreds of Events Scheduled during Father’s Day and Columbus Day Weekends to Showcase the People and Places that Shaped History;
Program Encourages New Yorkers to Visit Tourist Attractions across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced two Path Through History Weekends scheduled for 2017. The first will coincide with Father’s Day, June 17-18, and the other with Columbus Day, October 7-9. Each weekend will feature exciting events at historic venues across the state. Path Through History Weekends encourage residents and visitors to enjoy New York State’s rich culture and heritage at hundreds of events throughout the state. Interactive science museums, living history museums and former battlefields are among the cultural and historic sites that are planning reenactments, activities and tours throughout the weekends. In addition, many historic districts and parks will offer festivals with live music, crafts, and local foods.

NYS Summer of '17New Vacation Cabins, Facility Upgrades and Access Areas Open for the 2017 Camping Season;
Governor Encourages New Yorkers to Visit State Parks and Tourist Attractions Across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the beginning of camping season in New York this Memorial Day weekend. The Governor encouraged New Yorkers and visitors to visit parks, trails and beaches throughout the Empire State this summer, including New York's 119 campgrounds that open Friday, May 26 for the summer season.

"New York campgrounds are central to our booming tourism industry, and as the number of visitors to the Empire State continues to grow, we remain committed to improving outdoor destinations and world-class attractions in every region of the state," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage everyone to visit a State Park this summer and experience for themselves the natural beauty and adventure New York has to offer."…

NYS Summer of '17Acquisition Consolidates Hudson River Recreation Area in Southern Adirondacks;
Encourages New Yorkers to Visit State Parks and Tourist Attractions across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state has acquired 848 acres from the Open Space Institute in the Warren County Town of Warrensburg in the southeastern Adirondacks. The site was acquired using $410,000 from New York’s Environmental Protection Fund and is listed as a priority in the State’s 2016 Open Space Conservation Plan.

Kim HarrisFeaturing an Overnight Stay by the Slave Dwelling Project’s Terry James and the TMI Project

New Paltz, N.Y. (May 23, 2017) – Join Historic Huguenot Street on Saturday, June 17, on the DuBois Fort lawn for a celebration of African culture, music, and cuisine in honor of Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, the day Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, carrying news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved had been freed.

This special event will be catered by Chef Brandon Walker, Culinary Institute of America graduate and owner of Essie’s Restaurant in Poughkeepsie. Chef Walker's cuisine takes inspiration from his American South and Caribbean heritage, and incorporates modern cooking techniques and local seasonal ingredients.

NYS Summer of '17$7 Million Trail Improvements Completed as a Part of Governor Cuomo's $56.7 Million NY Gateway Connections Improvement Project
Encourages New Yorkers to Visit 2,000-Mile Trail System and Tourist Attractions across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the renovated Shoreline Trail along the Niagara River, between LaSalle Park and the Peace Bridge, in Buffalo. The newly renovated and realigned trail provides an additional 700 feet of pathway along the Niagara River and connects the Shoreline Trail Bridge to an elevated overlook at the west end of the structure. The overlook features expansive views of the confluence of Lake Erie and the Niagara River, and closer views of the Peace Bridge. A new 400-foot waterside viewing platform was also constructed at the water’s edge.

NYS Summer of '1712 Projects to Improve and Expand Access to State Park Hiking Trails
Encourages New Yorkers to Visit 2,000-Mile Trail System and Tourist Attractions across the State


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $2 million in funding for projects to improve and expand State Park hiking trails and outdoor recreational access projects in State Parks across New York. The 2017-18 budget dedicates nearly $2 million to 12 projects to improve and expand State Park hiking trails and outdoor recreational access projects across New York. The trails projects are part of the Governor’s historic commitment to improving parks and expanding access to outdoor recreation through the NY Parks 2020 Plan.

NYS Summer of '17Marion Carry Acquisition Opens Portage Trail Connecting Blue Mountain, Utowana and Raquette Lakes; 
State Celebrates 125 Anniversary of Adirondack Park at Formal Map Signing;
Encourages New Yorkers to Visit 200 Mile Trail System and Outdoor Attractions Across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the acquisition of Marion River Carry, a 296 acre property in the Adirondacks. Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the Adirondack Park, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos signed ceremonial maps to resolve more than a century of differences between the state and Raquette Lake occupants located on 216 parcels within Township 40. As part of the resolution, the state acquired the property from Open Space Institute, which will now be added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve and made open to the public.

Finger Lakes Sweet TrailJune 2nd at Finger Lakes Art Council

May 22, 2017– Auburn, NY - The 2017 Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail will kick-off on June 2 from 5 – 8 pm at the Finger Lakes Arts Council, 101 Genesee Street in downtown Auburn, a community open house coordinated by the Auburn Downtown BID. The Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail will offer complimentary samplings of some of their locally produced sweet treats such as baked goods, jams & jellies, honey and maple syrup from many of the 20 sweet spots on the Trail.  The 2017 Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail Brochure & Pass to all of the participating sites as well as free trail tote bags will be available for pick up at the event so you can start planning your own personal tasty tour!…

America's Wonder Dinner TheaterNiagara Falls, N.Y. – The America's Wonder Dinner Theater returns in 2017 with two shows and a bright future for celebrating our heritage and history in a fun-filed musical presentation.

"Niagara Falls - America's Wonder", our original show, returns for Sunday Brunch held at the Days Inn on the Falls.  At 11 a.m. each Sunday our team tells stories, presents characters of history and provides a wonderful musical soundtrack to the story of Niagara Falls from a uniquely American perspective.

Hanford Mills Museum Free Family SaturdayEast Meredith, N.Y. – Hanford Mills Museum will offer the first in a series of Free Family Saturdays on May 27. In addition to guided tours of the Museum’s water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop, visitors can enjoy special kid-friendly activities as well as music by Catfish Meyer. Meyer will perform acoustic rock and folk music from 11 am to 2 pm.

“Free Family Saturdays are an opportunity for kids and their parents or grandparents to explore and learn together. And, with music by Catfish Meyer, it makes for an enjoyable outing,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s executive director.  She noted that visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.