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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."…

2017 Erie Canalway photo contestDeadline for Entries is August 31, 2017

Waterford, N.Y. – As New York celebrates the 200th anniversary of the building of the Erie Canal in 2017, amateur and professional photographers are invited capture the canal corridor’s distinctive sense of place for the 12th annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Winning photos will be featured in the 2018 Erie Canalway calendar.

Images should convey the wealth of things to do and see along the waterway and express the unique character of the canal and canal communities.

Excelsior PR logoSeven World Premieres to be Unveiled over Seven Nights in Communities along the Erie Canal as Part of New York State’s Erie Canal Bicentennial Celebration

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Water Music NY, a seven-day event with the Albany Symphony spanning the length of the Erie Canal to celebrate the canal’s bicentennial. The Albany Symphony will perform seven world premieres from July 2 to July 8 in a unique cross-regional experience that will highlight vibrant communities, emerging artistic talent and the power of the arts.