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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.

Etin AnwarSeneca Falls, N.Y.: This workshop will take place in the Wesleyan Chapel at Women’s Rights National Historical Park on Saturday May 27 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. This workshop addresses common stereotypes about Muslims and Islam in the context of contemporary America. It invites participants to share their stories and backgrounds, while also discussing strategies each has developed to help address Islamophobia given the media’s frequent misrepresentation of Islam and its followers. This workshop discusses what Islam means to Muslims and how they feel about being Muslims in America. It engages participants to reflect on why appreciation toward religious and racial diversity makes America better and stronger.

Clinton County Historical AssociationTuesday, June 6, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Old Base Memorial Chapel, Free Admission

Plattsburgh, N.Y. – Please join the Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) on Tuesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m., for Art Cohn’s presentation on the histories of the gunboats Spitfire and Philadelphia, I & II.  Cohn, Senior Advisor & Director Emeritus of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, will give his presentation at the Old Base Memorial Chapel, on the Oval, in the City of Plattsburgh.

Excelsior PR logoErie Canal Officially Opens Today for the Season
Dozens of Celebrations and Events Planned Across New York State to Mark Historic Milestone

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled a series of celebrations and events being planned across New York State to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal. An engineering marvel that stimulated trade, exploration and invention, the canal project created the first superhighway across New York, connecting Albany and Buffalo and improving transportation to and from New York City by linking the Hudson River to Lake Erie.

"The Erie Canal was critical in establishing New York as a national hub for commerce and industry, and today offers boaters unparalleled views and access to our canalside communities," Governor Cuomo said. "In commemorating this anniversary, we celebrate the canal’s rich heritage as well as its pivotal role in promoting economic development and tourism today. I urge visitors to come experience the many events planned for the bicentennial celebration."…

NPSStillwater, N.Y. – To celebrate National Bike Month, Saratoga National Historical Park will host a Bike Summit at the Saratoga Battlefield on Sunday, May 21 between 9am and 5 pm. National Park Service staff will join with local bike outfitters and bike clubs to help cyclists get themselves and their gear up to speed for lots of spring and summer cycling fun. Events will include bike tune-ups, helmet fittings, safety checks, and a 5-mile ranger-guided bike tour of Saratoga Battlefield at 3 pm.

World Canals ConferenceRegister to hear presenters from around the globe,including John Robinson of Our Ability and Steve Dunlop of Scottish Canals

Syracuse, N.Y. (May 18, 2017) — The 2017 World Canals Conference (WCC 2017) announces its key speakers for this year’s event, set to take place Sept. 24-28 in Syracuse, New York. The conference provides a world-class program that highlights some of the most exciting and innovative activities on the world’s waterways. WCC 2017 speakers hail from around the globe, including experts from France, Poland, Scotland, Korea, the U.K., the Netherlands and the U.S.

SPAC 2017“Caffè Lena @ SPAC” concerts will take place at the Charles R. Wood Gazebo

Saratoga Film Forum @ SPAC Announced

Saratoga Springs, NY (May 17, 2017) – Embracing and expanding its role as both a cultural and community cornerstone, Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced today at its Annual Meeting, an addition to its summer schedule:  the “Caffè Lena @ SPAC” Concert Series co-presented with the iconic folk venue. Slated to take place on SPAC’s gazebo stage from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, June 11, July 9 and August 27, the series is the follow-up to the successful spring collaboration of the two venues, which included performances by Darlingside, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and Harpeth Rising.

Taste NYFeatures New York’s Wine, Spirits, Cider and Beer Producers from Across the State
May 24 Event Follows Successful Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge
Launches the Cuisine and Craft Beverage Trails Website to Help Connect New Yorkers and Visitors to the State’s Beverage Tourism Destinations


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the first-ever Taste NY Experience tasting event to showcase more than four dozen of the State’s top wine, beer, spirits and cider producers at Pier A Harbor House—one of New York City’s most iconic and historic landmarks.  The May 24 event comes on the heels of the inaugural Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge competition, which yesterday named Brewery Ommegang and Roscoe NY Beer Co. as New York’s favorite beers. The craft beverage industry has grown 112 percent since the Governor held the first Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider summit in 2012.

Taste NYFinal Five Breweries Participated in Blind Tasting at Pier A in New York City; Results in Tie between Cooperstown and Roscoe Breweries

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the conclusion of the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge. Brewery Ommegang from Cooperstown and Roscoe NY Beer Co. from Roscoe were declared the winners in a tie following a blind taste test featuring the five breweries that received the most online votes in the challenge: Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, Genesee Brewing Company in Rochester, Prison City Pub and Brewery in Auburn, The Roscoe NY Beer Co. in Roscoe, and Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood.

"I am honored to declare both Brewery Ommegang and The Roscoe NY Beer Co. as the winners of the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge, and I thank all five finalists for participating in this event," said Governor Cuomo. "New York's craft breweries are not only a source of local pride, but they create jobs and drive tourism in every corner of the state. No state has done more to assist and promote craft manufacturing than New York, because we know that when our businesses succeeds, all of New York succeeds."…

Gilded Age Experience Deluxe Audience Participation TourStaatsburg, N.Y. (5/15/17) — The “Gilded Age Experience Deluxe Audience Participation Tour” at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, also known as Mills Mansion, will have visitors participate in activities that give them the flavor of life at the mansion 100 years ago.  The tour features a cast of costumed interpreters who portray guests and servants of Staatsburgh’s turn-of-the-century owners, Ruth and Ogden Mills.

The “Deluxe Audience Participation Tour” will be offered on Sundays, May 21 and June 25 at 1 p.m.  Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and younger.  Reservation spots are required and readily available for both tours. Reservations can be made by calling (845) 889-8851 extension 336.

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