Canalfest Consider stopping at Schenectady while you're there! There are several events that are going on in the months of July to August 2009 -- just 20 minutes from Albany.  For a complete listing of events to www.sayschenectady.org and click on the date you plan to visit. Here's a sampling of some of the great events Schenectady has to offer this summer!  August 8-9 - Lock 7-12 Canalfest Times: 11:00am-4:00pm Saturday; 12:00pm-4:00pm Sunday 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday and Sunday at Freedom Park and Riverlink Park Locations: Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam junction Maalwyck Park, Glenville Freedom Park, Scotia Guy Park Manor, Amsterdam Riverlink Park, Amsterdam Description: The weekend is all about the Erie Canal - rediscover our history, learn about our wildlife, experience an adventure, enjoy first class music and dance, and have a chance to celebrate our canal heritage with fireworks and a boat parade! Price: FREE admission at all locations Contact: www.lock7-12canalfest.com   Fun facts: Opened in 1825, the Erie Canal was the engineering marvel of the 19th Century.  The Erie Canal played an integral role in the transformation of New York City into the nation's leading port, a national identity that continues to be reflected in many songs, legends and artwork today. August 22 - Mabee Farm Arts & Crafts Festival Time: 10am-5pm Location: Mabee Farm Historic Site, 1080 Main Street (Route 5S), Rotterdam Junction Description: The festival will feature the best in local area arts including pottery, wood crafting, folk art, jams, handwoven, floor cloths, candles, jewelry, fine arts, painted furniture, artisan demonstrations and so much more. Great music and food! Boat rides on the Wofford along the Mohawk River!! Great fun! Price: Free admission, fee for boat rides. Contact: Mabee Farm Historic Site at 518-887-5073 or www.mabeefarm.org Fun facts:  The Mabee Farm Historic Site was first founded in 1670 by Daniel Jan Van Antwerpen, whom we believe established it as a fur trading post.  It is one of the oldest homes in New York State. For more information of assistance contact: CHAMBER OF SCHENECTADY COUNTY 306 STATE STREET SCHENECTADY NY 12305 Phone: 518 372-5656 ext.3011  |  Fax: 518 370-3217 Contact: Gail Kehn Email: gkehn@schenectadychamber.org