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Fort Ticonderoga Corn MazeTiconderoga, N.Y. – What activity combines solving puzzles and testing your knowledge of history with fresh air, sunshine, and over two miles of winding trails? Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Maze: A Corm Maze Adventure! Beginning August 12, bring the family along to test your navigational skills among towering stalks of corn in Fort Ticonderoga’s six-acre corn maze located near the King’s Garden. The Heroic Maze is included in the Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission price and will be open daily August 12 - August 28 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm). The maze will be open on weekends only, starting September 1 through October 15. It is also open Labor Day (September 4) and Columbus Day (October 9). Call 518-585-2821 to ask about group rates and availability, or visit www.fortticonderoga.org for corn maze details.

Orange County TourismTourists who go outside the mainstream gain great rewards.

Orange County, N.Y. (July 14, 2017) – The Hudson Valley has long been a popular summer destination, but there are several little known spots that most visitors are overlooking. These hidden gems of Orange County, N.Y. are not as widely promoted but offer spectacular views and experiences just off the beaten path.

“These are some local favorites that residents return to over and over again,” said Orange County Tourism Director Susan Hawvermale. “Each of them offers an inside look at our culture of the Hudson Valley.”

Top Hidden Gems include:

Elks-Brox Park: Route 97, Port Jervis. Magnificent view of the Neversink Valley and the Delaware River. The mountain top overlooks Historic Port Jervis, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Eleven miles of groomed hiking trails, picnic and barbecue areas. Open dawn to dusk. Call 845-858-4000 or visit portjervisny.org/about/attractions.

Watervliet Historical Society Time LinesWatervliet, N.Y. – The Watervliet Historical Society is pleased to announce that on Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th, a display of military uniforms, customs, drills and weapon demonstrations through the ages will be presented at the Schuyler Flatts Historical Park in Menands. This event is sponsored by the Watervliet Historical Society with support from other local historical groups.

Linda RussellMassena, N.Y. This year, the St. Lawrence County Historical Association is proud to welcome Linda Russell as a guest to the 16th annual Civil War Weekend. For sixteen years, Ms. Russell worked as a singing interpreter at the Federal Hall National Memorial before becoming an independent, touring musician specializing in historical programming. She will perform a concert for the public at 12:30pm on Saturday, July 29th, and at 11:30am on Sunday, July 30th, at the reenactment site at Robert Moses State Park in Massena. The concerts are free with admission, which is $4 per person per day and free for veterans and children 6 and under, with a maximum charge of $15 per vehicle.

George EastmanThe George Eastman Museum enhances the on-site visitor experience with a new series of Eastman’s home videos

Rochester, N.Y. – In honor of George Eastman’s birthday on July 12, the George Eastman Museum has unveiled a new interactive offering in Eastman’s historic mansion. In the screening room on the second floor of the museum, visitors can now watch historic footage and recent documentaries related to George Eastman—many of which are only available on-site at the museum.

Jay HavensGet creative this summer at the Iroquois Indian Museum!

Howes Cave, N.Y. – Starting on July 26th, Jay Havens will be at the Iroquois Indian Museum producing a 10' x 40' mural in the Children’s Museum. Jay will invite visitors from 8 years of age to elders to take part in the painting of this unique permanent installation. Related activities will be available for younger visitors. Jay will debut his collaboratively created mural during our annual Iroquois Indian Festival on September 2 & 3.

Fort Ticonderoga Cannon CrewTiconderoga, N.Y. – Bring the whole family to experience Fort Ticonderoga on land and water this summer! Throughout July and August, Fort Ticonderoga offers a new line-up of fun, active, and hands-on programs that will be sure to excite and delight the whole family! Take a guided tour and explore the beautiful and historic grounds of Fort Ticonderoga, become a Gunner’s Apprentice and help soldiers with their daily duties, climb aboard the tour boat, Carillon, to experience the history on the waters of Lake Champlain, join a Cannon Crew…

Historic Huguenot StreetNew Paltz, N.Y.  – Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has announced that The Gathering, a celebration of the Huguenots and their descendants, will take place Saturday, August 5. This will be the third Gathering in recent years, following the inaugural event in 2010 and another in 2014. The event brings together individuals from all over the world who trace their heritage to the region, including descendants of New Paltz’s original 12 patentees – in fact, this year’s Gathering coincides with the 340th anniversary of the signing of the 1677 New Paltz land agreement between the Esopus Munsee and the Huguenot refugees who established the New Paltz Patent. Special tours and programs are planned throughout the day for both attendees of The Gathering and the public.

Battle of Carillon Re-EnactmentTiconderoga, N.Y. – Join Fort Ticonderoga July 22-23, 2017 for an exciting battle re-enactment highlighting the epic 1758 Battle of Carillon! Witness how the British amassed the largest army in North American history to date, yet was stunningly defeated by a French army a quarter of its size. Highlighted programming featured throughout the weekend brings to life the story of the courageous French soldiers that protected their lines of defense against all odds.

Etin Anwar 2Seneca Falls, N.Y. –Women’s Rights National Historical Park is proud to present “Show and Tell: Cross-cultural Dialogue through Islamic Fashion” on July 15th during Convention Days 2017. 

The event invites audiences to view the Islamic fashion show and participate in cross-cultural dialogues about diversity in Muslim women’s garb. The collection aspires to honor suffragist colors: white, purple, gold, and green. The goal of the event is to bridge cultural differences and foster dialogue, collaboration, and friendship.