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Excelsior PR logoErie Canal Open from Brewerton to Waterford; Remainder of System to Open May 18  

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the 2018 navigation season along the 524-mile New York State Canal System, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The eastern Erie Canal, stretching from Brewerton to Waterford, opens today. The remainder of the system, including the Erie Canal, from Brewerton to Lockport, and the Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca canals, opens on May 18.

Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council.Finger Lakes leading in innovation, creation of tourism product for visitors

Pittsford, N.Y. - National Travel and Tourism Week kicks off May 6-12, 2018 celebrating the value of travel and its impact on the economy, local businesses, and personal well-being. This year's theme, "Travel Then and Now," focuses on the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. Travel Community - a $2.4 trillion-dollar industry in the United States.  …

Benedict Arnold hairExtremely Rare Lock of Infamous Traitor’s Hair on Public Display for First Time in Decades for Opening Weekend’s “No Quarter” Reenactment of “America’s First Victory”

May 5-6: Two-day “No Quarter” event puts visitors in middle of famous battle

Special pop-up exhibit for opening weekend ONLY also includes rare Ethan Allen letter from May 12, 1775 announcing capture of Fort Ticonderoga and British Garrison

Ticonderoga, N.Y. – Benedict Arnold is returning to Fort Ticonderoga for Opening Weekend May 5-6 through the dramatic two-day reenactment of “America’s First Victory” and the first public display in decades of locks of his and first wife Margaret’s hair.

Rockland County TourismRockland County, N.Y. – What’s spring and summer without weekends full of fun events? Even better, Rockland County, which is just 30 miles outside of Manhattan, hosts a variety of events that are perfect destinations for one-day getaways to the lower Hudson Valley. Save the date—or buy tickets now—for these annual celebrations of music, art, food, outdoors, and more. 

National Racing Museum and Hall of FameSaratoga Springs, N.Y. — As part of its popular ongoing farm tour series, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present a special event at Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division, on Friday, May 11. The experience begins at 11 a.m. at Old Friends, the only thoroughbred retirement farm in Saratoga County.