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Public Festivals and Events Highlighting the Destination's Anniversaries,

Fine Arts, Food and Culture

NEW YORK, March 10, 2009 - The Empire State will host a myriad of public festivals, exhibits and events in 2009 each showcasing the state's vast cultural offerings. This year marks historical milestones such as 400 years of history on the Hudson River and an exciting array of events including the Caramoor International Music Festival.  The events scheduled throughout the year highlight the state's cuisine, history and internationally acclaimed fine arts. A complete calendar of events and information about New York State's top-rated vacation destinations and historical landmarks can be found at http://www.iloveny.com/ Highlights include: The Fenimore Art Museum - Cooperstown, NY April 2009 The Fenimore Art Museum opens on April 1, 2009 with new exhibitions including:  New Additions / New Perspectives: American Indian Art, The 7th Contemporary Iroquois Art Biennial: Shelley Niro and Katsionni Fox, American Photography: Recent Acquisitions, Bits of Home and Selections from the Permanent Collections.  Upcoming 2009 exhibitions include: America's Rome, Walker Evans: Carbon and Silver and American Landscapes from the Permanent Collection.  For more information, visit http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/. The Otesaga Resort Hotel - Cooperstown, NY April 17 - 19, 2009 The Otesaga Resort Hotel invites guests to celebrate its 100th anniversary in a weekend-long celebration.  The anniversary package includes one night in a traditional guest room, two dinners and two breakfasts per guest, centennial-themed culinary creations by Executive Chef David Lockwood, and a variety of centennial activities and gifts.  Package rates start at $769 for single occupancy and $909 for double occupancy.  For more information, visit http://www.otesaga.com/ TAP NY - New York Craft Beer Festival - Hunter Mountain, NY April 25-26, 2009 The Hudson Valley Beer & Fine Food Festival, Inc. invites all to TAPSM New York at Hunter Mountain. Craft breweries and brewpubs from across the state will be participating in the most prestigious beer and fine food event in New York. Admission to TAPSM New York includes a special souvenir tasting glass for trying out the over 100 beers representing many styles as well as the right to sample gourmet foods, plus cooking demonstrations and much more.  For more information visit http://www.tap-ny.com/. Garnerville Gallery's GAGA Arts Festival - Garnerville, NY May 2- 3, 2009 Artists open their studios and exhibitions are mounted in Garnerville Gallery's (GAGA) 15,000 square feet of unique performance and exhibition space in the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center. For two short days each year, thousands of visitors flock to Garnerville - just 45 minutes from Manhattan - for a glimpse behind the curtain into the private worlds of more than 50 working artists of the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center. For more information, visit http://www.gagaartscenter.org/. The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum - Cooperstown, NY May 23, 2009 The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil its new Viva Beisbol exhibit in May 2009, dedicated to the passion and success of Latin American players in baseball. The exhibit will feature Latin American Hall of Famers like Roberto Clemente and Juan Marichal as well as current Major League Baseball players from Latin America such as David Ortiz of the Red Sox and Jose Reyes of the Mets.  For more information visit http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/. Lake George Elvis Festival May 28-31, 2009 The Lake George Elvis Festival was founded by a group of Lake George residents, business owners and fans of the King of Rock and Roll.  Their intent was to create a festival that would honor the music and life of Elvis Presley while building a festival that would bring economic benefit to the Lake George Region.  This festival brings the music of the King to the Queen of America's Lakes and with it more than 4,000 spectators to honor and celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley.  For more information visit http://www.lakegeorgeelvisfest.com/ River Day; New York's 400th Anniversary June 6, 2009 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of both the voyage of English captain Henry Hudson, who led the first European expedition to sail up the river that now bears his name, and Frenchman Samuel de Champlain, the first to gaze upon the waters of the namesake lake.  To celebrate these simultaneous Quadricentennials - as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton's maiden journey up the Hudson River on the first successful steamboat - New York State launches a yearlong series of events with River Day on June 6, 2009.  A relay flotilla of vessels from the boat and yacht clubs of Manhattan and New York City will send members past the tip of Manhattan, around the statue of liberty and up the river towards Albany, tracing Hudson's path. For more information, visit http://www.exploreny400.com/. Artwalk '09 - Nyack, NY June 18-21, 2009 The Merchant Committee of the Friends of the Nyacks will sponsor a four-day art walk with a Hudson River theme, displaying works of juried professionals in local shops and restaurants. Specially fabricated replicas of Henry Hudson's ship, the Half Moon, will be highlighted in public installations throughout the village and will be decorated by artists from around the county. For more information, visit http://www.nyackmerchants.org/. Wine & Cheese Niagara Wine Trail - Medina, NY June 20-21, 2009 Tickets to this culinary event include wine tasting, cheese pairing and a commemorative wine glass. A tour will start at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery. For more information, visit http://www.oakeswinery.com/. Chautauqua Institution Lecture Series - Chautauqua, NY June 27 - August 30, 2009 The Chautauqua Institution welcomes prominent lecturers, performers, students, preachers and visitors from all over the world to continue a pursuit of learning and renewal in a dynamic, progressive environment. The preserved Victorian setting provides a welcoming, contemplative atmosphere for the profound conversations that ensue.  For more information, visit http://www.ciweb.org/. Saratoga Jazz Festival - Saratoga Springs, NY June 27-28, 2009 Highlights of the Saratoga Jazz Festival include: Patti LaBelle, George Benson, Dave Brubeck's 50th Anniversary of Time Out, Kind of Blue @ 50 Tribute to Miles Davis and more.  For more information, visit http://www.spac.org/. 64th Annual Caramoor International Music Festival - Katonah, NY June 27-August 2, 2009 Caramoor in Katonah, NY is home to metropolitan New York's largest annual outdoor music festival. It is also known for its year-round concerts, lectures and educational programs. Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who built the great house and filled it with their treasures.  For more information, visit http://www.caramoor.org/. Peekskill Celebration - Peekskill, NY July 31 - August 2, 2009 Established in 1997, the annual Peekskill Celebration at Charles Point Park is the largest festival in the Hudson Valley, attracting more than 30,000 people from the New York City metropolitan area. The festivities showcase the historic City of Peekskill's colorful maritime heritage and its vibrant cultural and commercial life.  A replica of Henry Hudson's ship, the Half Moon, will participate in this year's celebration.  For more information, visit http://www.peekskillcelebration.com/. New York State French & Indian War Commemoration - Youngstown, NY July 3-5, 2009 2009 marks the 250th anniversary of the historic siege of Niagara.  Old Fort Niagara will host a Living History encampment recreating the siege with 2,300 re-enactors portraying British and French forces and American Indian warriors.  This event has been named as the signature event for 2009 by the New York State French & Indian War 250th Anniversary Commemoration Commission. The French and Indian War Grand Encampment Council has also named the event as the Grand Encampment for 2009.  For more information, visit http://www.oldfortniagara.org/. Taste of Buffalo - Buffalo, NY July 11-12, 2009 Taste of Buffalo is the largest two-day food festival in the United States. Celebrated by attendees from all over New York, Southern Ontario, Pennsylvania and Ohio as well as visitors from across the country and around the globe, the Taste of Buffalo will feature cuisine from Indian to Polish, Italian to Chinese and Caribbean to Irish. New York State wineries will showcase their award-winning vintages, and music and food demonstrations will round out the array of things to do, see and taste. For more information, visit http://www.tasteofbuffalo.com/. Competitive Bicycling: Tour de New York August 8-13, 2009 The inaugural 2009 Tour de New York will explode onto the international cycling scene in August 2009 showcasing the streets of Rochester and the Finger Lakes in Western New York.  For more information, visit http://www.tourdenewyork.com/. NASCAR at the Glen - Watkins Glen, NY August 6-9, 2009 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen in 2009.  The weekend action kicks off on August 7th as the Daytona Prototypes of the Grand-Am Rolex Series make their second appearance at The Glen for the Crown Royal 200. The track will host a free Saturday night concert included with admission along with other activities.  On Sunday, check out the NASCAR boys as they turn left AND right on this famed road course.  For more information, visit http://www.theglen.com/. From Mondrian to Manders: Exploring the Dutch Esthetic - Peekskill, NY September 13, 2009 - July 2010 The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, with the assistance of the Dutch Cultural Council, will present major installations of Dutch artists in the museum and along the Peekskill waterfront.  These installations incorporate sculpture and technological works by some of the most promising cutting edge artists on the Dutch scenes including Mark Manders, Mark, Eric von Leishout, Job Koelewijn, and Karen Sarasin.  The works have a Dutch soul that resonates with the rich history of Dutch sculpture, architecture and furniture.  For more information, visit http://www.hvcca.com/. Apple Fest - Warwick, NY October 4, 2009 This street festival celebrating New York's apple harvest includes continuous live music, food, arts and crafts vendors, and more.  The festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.warwickapplefest.com/. Turner to Cezanne: French Impressionist Exhibit at Everson Art Museum - Syracuse, NY October 9, 2009-January 3, 2010 Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales opens at the Everson Museum of Art in October, 2009.  The exhibition, organized by the American Federation of the Arts and the National Museum Wales, features 53 works of art by 29 artists including Cezanne, Corot, van Gogh, Monet, Daumier, Manet, Millet, Pissarro, Renior, Turner and Whistler.  For more information, visit http://www.everson.org/. About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions.  New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers.  For more information visit www.iloveny.com.  Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.

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