Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Erie Canal Birthday Bash! Celebrate 189 Years!

Come celebrate the 189th Birthday of the Erie Canal at Schoharie Crossing’s annual Birthday Bash event on Sunday, October 26th from 1pm-5pm.  This year will feature land rig rides from Run by Dogs Dogsledding, a pie raffle, and a beard contest, as well as local farmers showcasing their products, a pumpkin decorating contest, cider tasting, and music. 


Schoharie Crossing will also be exhibiting a cannon used to announce the opening of the canal in 1825 that has been graciously loaned by the Fulton County Museum for this occasion.  In a wonderful display of cooperation, President of the Fulton County Historical Society, Mark Pollack and the rest of the board members have been kind enough to allow the site to showcase this item for the event. 

Additionally regional New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historical Preservation crews have been adding new directional signage to Schoharie Crossing to better facilitate patron’s enjoyment of all that is offered at the over 200 acre location.  The site has also been installing new interpretive signs that illustrate and explain the history of its features, the people and events that create such a rich historical narrative. 

So please come enjoy this event and all that the site has.  There will be free walking tours available at 1:30p and 3:30p.  The event will occur on the last weekend the Visitor Center will be open for the season. The grounds of the site remain open year round from dawn until dusk.

Schoharie Crossing - 129 Schoharie St., Ft. Hunter, NY 12069 - (518) 829-7516.  For more information about Schoharie Crossing and NYS Parks, please visit: www.nysparks.com.
 
 
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A sure-fire way to help Schoharie Crossing present intriguing, entertaining and educational programs/events is to join the Friends of Schoharie Crossing.  Through your financial donation, we fund outreach programs, Not Just for Kids Storytelling, site events, Canal Days, professional development for staff, and much much more! 
But we are seeking more than just money; your resources of time and word of mouth about this great historic site are invaluable!  Share with friends, get the word out, bring buddies or family to the boat launch for a picnic, check out Putnam Canal Store at Yankee Hill and while you are on site, stop into the Visitor Center – check out the exhibit space and chat with the friendly staff.  Volunteer for our events, help maintain the canal or towpaths, help with office work or promotions – there really are countless ways to give a little bit of yourself to further the preservation of history.
Thank you!

 

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