erie-canalway-logo.jpgErie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to sponsor 20 cultural heritage and recreational events Waterford, N.Y. - The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission is sponsoring 20 events in 2013 to showcase the Canalway Corridor's nationally significant heritage and the tremendous recreational appeal of the waterway and trails today. "From large festivals to more intimate events and specialty programs, there are plenty of reasons to head to the waterfront again and again," said Beth Sciumeca, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Events are a significant contributor to the $380 million in economic impact generated annually by canal-related tourism. Erie Canalway's investment of $18,750 in event sponsorships is expected to be matched nearly 15:1 by local sponsors and attract a half million people. More than 600 events take place each year along New York's canals. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York, encompassing the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals and their historic alignments, as well as more than 230 canal communities. Partnerships with the New York State Canal Corporation, Parks & Trails New York, and community partners are essential to the success of these events. See below for event list.
2013 Events Sponsored by Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor APRIL AND MAY Low Bridge, High Water: A Canal Opening Celebration 4/28/13-5/5/13 Village of Brockport- Multiple Locations Inaugural festival will include a variety of events to celebrate both the annual opening of the canal and the heritage, arts, and recreational assets that the canal provides to residents and tourists within the Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor. Village of Waterford/Riverspark Canal Fest 2013 5/11/2013 Waterford Harbor Promenade, Lock 2, Button & Battery Parks Celebrate the opening of the canal with a day of family fun on the Erie Canal, including vendors, children's activities, music, pony rides and more! Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day 05/25/2013-05/30/2013 Village of Waterloo- Multiple locations throughout the village and along the Seneca Cayuga Canal Enjoy family friendly activities, including living history along the Seneca Cayuga Canal, arts and craft show, family entertainment, classic, antique and Woodie car show, 5k race, Culinary Tent and more.  JUNE Palmyra's Path Through History6/1/13 Historic Palmyra, 132-140 Market Street, Palmya Celebrate Path Through History Weekend with music, historic characters, and tours. Additional programs throughout the summer celebrate Palmyra's canal heritage.  Hudson River Paddle 6/8/2013 Halfmoon Lighthouse Park, 597 Hudson River Road, Halfmoon The Town of Halfmoon and the City of Mechanicville with hold an inaugural Hudson River Paddle starting at the Mechanicville City Dock and ending with a festival at Lighthouse Park in the Town of Halfmoon. A great introduction to paddling along the Champlain Canal/Hudson River! Canal Fest: Pirates on the Erie! 6/16/2013 Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, 7010 Lakeport Road, Chittenango Learn about real bandits and high adventure on and along the Historic Erie Canal through games, crafts, a play, and a pirate scavenger hunt. The Impact of the Erie Canal on Farming in the Valley 6/20/2013 Mabee Farm, 1100 Main Street, Rotterdam Junction See how the Erie Canal Changed the landscape of farming in the Mohawk Valley forever through this interactive program. Journey Along the Erie Canal 6/23 through 7/8/13 Buffalo to Albany Come out and cheer as Our Ability leads a cross state bike ride from Buffalo to Albany along the Erie Canalway Trail to raise awareness for people with disabilities. JULY American Wind Symphony 7/4-7/6/2013 Lauraville Landing, Water Street, Village of Clyde Bring folding chairs and blankets to the canalside and watch in fascination as the shell of the orchestra's floating arts center, Point Counterpoint II, opens and the music begins. The American Wind Symphony will perform as part of it farewell tour along the Erie Canal. The tour includes multiple stops from June 17-August 5. Cycling the Erie Canal 7/7-714 Buffalo to Albany The premier cross canal cycling event, with 500 riders of all ages and from all over the country cycling from Buffalo to Albany along the Erie Canal; organized by Parks and Trails New York. Canal Days 2013 7/13/2013 Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter Join us for Canal Days 2013 for some old fashioned fun with live music, food, an engine show, history exhibits, displays, and demonstrations. A special daytime fireworks show will celebrate the site's 30th anniversary.  AUGUST 5th Annual Riverlink Jamboree 8/3/2013 Riverlink Park, Amsterdam A musical romp featuring bluegrass, old-timey and traditional music along the Mohawk River/Erie Canal. Rome Rotary Canalfest '13 08/02/2013-08/04/2013 Bellamy Harbor Park, Mill Street, Rome Honor America Day's Annual Canalfest features local food, music, art, history, and a wide variety of canal activities.  Participate in a fishing derby, biathlon, dog show, boat races, waterskiing show, rides, fireworks and good old-fashioned fun for all ages.  / 2013 Canal Splash Weekend! 8/9-8/11 Multiple Locations- see below for several local events sponsored by ECNHC Nearly 100 events throughout the canal corridor celebrate the history, beauty, and recreational appeal of the canal. Sponsored by the NYS Canal Corporation and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Canal Heritage Celebration & Concert Under the Stars 8/10/13   Waterford Harbor, Waterford  A free day long cultural lollapalooza with musicians who will perform songs which reflect canal heritage; local artisans and crafters, venders and food. Great for the whole family. Canal Splash Following the Flow Historic Canal Walking Tour 8/10/13 Montezuma Heritage Park, 8115 High Street, Montezuma Explore historic sites in the 140 acre park with historian Mike Riley who will bring history alive as he interprets each site along the tour. Canal music and community picnic following the tour. Towpath Day 8/10/2013 Camillus Erie Canal Park, 5750 DeVoe Road, Camillus This year's theme, "Good Olde Summer Tyme," is brought to life with special activities including: demonstrations from traditional blacksmiths, weavers, spinners and woodworkers; square dancing and folk music; games for the kids; wagon and canal boat rides for the family. 9th Annual Cardboard Boat Races- A Canal Splash! Event 8/10/2013 (Rain Date 8/11/13) Fort Hardy Park, Schuylerville This fun event is a day you won't forget, as a "sailor" or spectator, it's a fun-filled day that is worth spending on-or in-the water! CanalFest 2013 8/10/2013-8/11/2013 Along the Canal and on the Village Green, Sylvan Beach/Verona The 10th annual Sylvan Beach CanalFest will celebrate the recreational attributes of Oneida Lake and the canal by holding the Boati Gras Parade that will include decorative boats and a lead music boat. Spectators can take part in the parade or listen to music, visit the canal-side amusement park or patron the local vendors and crafters. SEPTEMBER Tugboat Roundup 9/6/13-9/8/13 Waterford Harbor, Waterford Celebrate one of the largest maritime festivals in New York State! Weekend activities include a Tugboat Parade, food, vendors, games, music and fireworks.


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