Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will be hosting the 30th annual Canal Days Celebration on Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Admission and parking are free. Canal Days is dedicated to the historical significance of the Erie Canal and its impact on New York State.
Canal Days 2013 will feature live entertainment on the main stage: from noon to 2pm County Line Rebels, 3pm to 5pm Mac’s Favorite Jazz Band, and finally from 6pm to 8pm the All Paul Show. This Paul McCartney and Beatles Tribute Band will be followed by the first ever Capital Region Daytime Fireworks show; which will include colored smoke and syncopated noise makers.
The Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center will be open for the duration of the event which includes the “Little Short of Madness” and “A Sweeping Legacy: Fort Hunter’s Broom Factories” exhibits. The Tri-County Power Association “Field Days” will have Old Time Steam and Gas Engines on displays with demonstrations of antique agricultural and household machinery. There will be a classic car cruise in with a commemorative dash plaque free to the first 50 cars. An 18th century cargo boat, called a batteau, will be doing maneuvers in the Schoharie Creek with the crew on hand for questions and quick trainings for anyone who wants to be a volunteer rower.
The Friends of Schoharie Crossing and Winner’s Circle is sponsoring a chicken barbecue. Full meals are available for $10.00; which includes ½ chicken, potato, coleslaw, and cookie. Tickets are available in advance from members of the Friends organization or at the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center. Tickets will also be available on the day of the event; if not sold out. Barbecue will be served from 1pm to 5pm. Other food will be available such as hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, pulled pork sandwiches, fried dough, fresh squeezed lemonade, and ice cream.
Artist Cheryl Bielli will be available to draw your caricature. Craft vendors will be on site. Hagaman Fire Department will have its “smoke house” available for children to learn proper fire safety. Fire trucks and other activities will also be on display. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s DARE will be on site from 1pm to 5pm, with the K9 unit doing demonstrations from 2pm to 4pm. The Amsterdam Mohawks and MOJO will be here for a fielding and pitching clinic from 11 AM to 1:15.
A Craft tent will feature four different historical crafts for children aged 3 to 13, each craft will be $3.00 from 11am to 4pm. Pip Squeak the Clown will be strolling the grounds with balloon animals, gizmos, and simple tricks. Price Chopper’s Bounce House will be free to all children under age 12. There will be a giant checkers game for all ages along with old fashioned contests such as Simon Says, sack races, and three legged races.
As an extension of the 30th anniversary Canal Days Celebration, on Sunday, July 14, 2013 from noon to 5:00 pm, Schoharie Crossing will host Community Day. The Tri-County Power Association “Field Days” will continue on Sunday. The kids craft tent and checkers will still be available. There will be free hot dogs and cookies for everyone. Historic walking tours are scheduled as follows:
Noon- “The Crossing” and the Schoharie Aqueduct with Tricia Shaw, education coordinator;
1:15- Empire Lock & Lock 20 with Janice Fontanella, site manager;
2:30- Industrial History of Fort Hunter with Ryan Weitz, Fultonville historian.
For more information about this event, please call the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516.
Canal Days is sponsored by the Friends of Schoharie Crossing, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Alpin Haus, Mattice’s Service Station, Adirondack Septic, Schenectady Floor Covering, The Plaid Giraffe, Halcyon Farm Bed and Breakfast, Palatine Cheese, Whiting Enterprises, Kosiba’s Locks, and many individuals who have an invested interest in Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.