Locktoberfest Seneca Falls 2018

Join in on the fun as Seneca Falls celebrates their second annual Locktoberfest. It’s an awesome autumn celebration of our local heritage, farms, craft-beverages, food and cuisine, Artisans, crafters, boaters, families and community all along the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor along the “wall”
The party kicks off first thing Sat. morning Oct. 6th. as the Seneca Falls Rotary Club sponsors a Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes will be flipping at the Seneca Falls Community Center.
Proceeds will help the club support many local projects which include the United Way backpack programs, literacy volunteers, reading in the schools, the House of Concern Thanksgiving Dinners, Camp Onseyawa, educational scholarships, Project Graduation, National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls Children’s Committee and many others.
The pancake breakfast goes from 7am. – 11am. $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 12 and under.
Take a Hayride down the Ludovico Sculpture Trail.
Hayrides will take you from the Locktoberfest location on the North Side of the Canal to the South side and down the beautiful Ludovico Trail. The Ludovico Sculpture Trails is a trail that parallels the south shore of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Seneca Falls. It will eventually be part of the Erie Canalway Trail that reaches across New York State.
This trail is special in that it is a sculpture garden as well as a trail. The first sculpture that was installed along the trail is called, “The Status of Women” and commemorates six important points in women’s history. You will also find statues of Amelia Bloomer and Mary Baker Eddy, two prominent women in women’s suffrage.
After a day of family fun, live music and food, help us create an unforgettable night by lighting up the Canal Harbor with your personalized Floating Lantern. Floating Lanterns will be available for decorating and personalization throughout the day during Locktoberfest. Once the sun has set, the lanterns will be launched.
Music starts at 12:00 and runs all day through 10:00 when the festival concludes. For more information visit the Locktoberfest  website 

Locktoberfest Seneca Falls is sponsored by the Seneca Falls Business Association  

SUNY / Erie Canal Bicentennial Forum


Downtown Revitalization Along the Canal:
The D.R.I. Program and Waterfront Redevelopment


September 27, 2018
SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY
Marano Campus Center
Auditorium Room 132


Welcome and Introduction of Keynote: SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley
Keynote Address: John Maggiore, Director of Policy, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Comments on the D.R.I. Program and Canal-Front Redevelopment:
Kisha Santiago-Martinez, Deputy Secretary of State for Planning, Development & Community Infrastructure, NYS Department of State
Overview of Panels / Itinerary:
Brian U. Stratton, Director, NYS Canal Corporation and SUNY Oswego Alumnus ‘79

Downtown Revitalization and Waterfront Redevelopment—
The Mayors’ Perspective on the D.R.I. Program

Moderator: SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley


Hon. William J. Barlow, Jr.—Mayor, City of Oswego
Sage Gerling—City Manager, City of Geneva (on behalf of Mayor Ronald L. Alcock)

Matthew J. Andrews— Deputy Director of Community Development, City of Rome
(on behalf of Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo)
Laurie DeNardo— Village Trustee / D.R.I. Co-Chair, Village of Watkins Glen
(on behalf of Mayor Samuel Schimizzi)



Revitalization Projects and Themes in D.R.I. Canal Communities

Moderator: Robert M. Simpson, President and CEO, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (introduced by SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley)


Paul Stewart / Oswego—President, Oswego Renaissance Association (Downtown Housing; partnership with Geneva)

Ryan Wallace/Geneva—Qwiksolar/Solar Home Factory (Lake Tunnel Solar Village)

Judy McKinney-Cherry / Watkins Glen—D.R.I. Co-Chair (FLX Works—mixed-use projects, with apartments for young professionals and an incubator kitchen for food related start-ups)

Kiva VanDerGeest /Rome—Community and Economic Development Planner, City of Rome

Student Perspective: Following the panel presentations, SUNY Oswego students will ask questions of the panelists relative to their age cohort’s housing and community preferences. Students may also address SUNY Oswego’s Fresh Water for All inter-disciplinary curriculum.

Concluding Comments:

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley

Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton




1.5 Billion Dollars Generated Annually Through Events Along The Erie Canal

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor just released a study which shows that an estimated 1.5 billion dollars is generated annually by events such as boat tours, bicycle and paddle-sport rentals and historic site and museum tours along the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Events and tours drew more than 3.3 million visitors in 2017
Erie Canalway commissioned this study in part to determine the impacts of tourism throughout the Canal Corridor. The analysis was conducted by Level 7 Market Research  and supported by a grant from Market New York through I Love NY.
Over the last 10 years, the number of events along the Canal system has increased dramatically to include concerts, art festivals, cycling and paddling events as well as celebrations of local foods and beverages and events that focus on history and heritage. The NYS Canal Corporation website calendar listed more than 470 events.
The Erie Canal from Waterford to Brewerton is scheduled to open on May 15th. weather permitting with the entire canal system scheduled to open on May 18th.
In 2018 events include the 20th. Anniversary of Cycle The Erie Canal Bike Tour organized by Parks & Trails New York and the cross-canal journey of the Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge, traveling with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Canal Schooner Lois McClure
For the full Canal Event Analysis and Visitor Research Study, click here.
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.  Read the entire report

An Erie Canal Bicentennial Discussion


Arts, Culture and Communities on the Canal

                                 AN ERIE CANAL BICENTENNIAL DISCUSSION


                             Wednesday, May 9, 2018

     Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady NY






Welcome: Brian U. Stratton, Director, NYS Canal Corporation

Welcome from City of Schenectady and Introduction of Keynote Address:

Hon. Gary R. McCarthy, Mayor, City of Schenectady

Keynote Address: Secretary of State Rossana Rosado

Introduction of Principal Address:

Principal Address: David Alan Miller, Albany Symphony Orchestra

Welcome from Schenectady County and Introduction of SCCC President Steady Moono and Panel Discussions: Hon. Anthony Jasenski, Chair, Schenectady County Legislature


PANEL DISCUSSION 1:     Arts and Culture: Essential Economic Drivers



Moderator: SCCC President Steady Moono


Jean Leonard, Chief of Staff – Proctors Theater

Rob Cassetti, Senior Director – Corning Museum of Glass

Suzan Friedlander, Director and Chief Curator – Arkell Museum

Dr. William Meckley, Dean – SCCC School of Music

Mara Manus, Executive Director, NYS Council on the Arts







On the Waterfront: Connecting Arts, Culture and Sustainability


Moderator:  SCCC President Steady Moono


Ray Gillen, Chairman – Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority

Chris Leonard – Schenectady City Historian

Dr. David Brough, Dean, – SCCC School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

Aine Leader-Nagy, Director of Community Engagement – Albany Institute of

History & Art

Kristin Diotte, Director of Development, City of Schenectady







4:00 – 5:30 pm


Site Tour and Presentation by David Buicko, CEO, Galesi Group


[email protected]

Canal Clean Sweep 2018

Each year to correspond with Earth Day, communities and organizations up and down the Canal organize to clean the banks of the Canal  This year 38 separate events are scheduled.   This event now in it’s 8th. year continues to grow in size.

To learn more about all the events along the Canal visit the https://www.ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep

Canal Clean Sweep Lyons NY 2017

Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor Visitor Research Report

 has released results from a recently-commissioned study about current and prospective visitors to the 500-mile Canalway Corridor.

The information is intended to help tourism promoters, businesses and heritage sites better attract and serve visitors, including boaters, cyclists, sightseers and vacationers.

More than 1,000 people participated in online surveys and 20 provided interviews conducted by Rochester-based Level 7 Market Research on behalf of the National Heritage Corridor. Visitors and prospective visitors who live near the canal system, as well as those from other parts of New York and neighboring states, participated.

Among the findings:

Recent and prospective visitors were drawn to the history of the area and to exploring local canal communities; boat tours/boating and attending festivals/events are major draws among prospective visitors.

  • Recent canal visitors tend to be older, travel in smaller parties, and have higher income households compared with prospective visitors. Most are savvy travelers who are three times more likely to travel internationally.
  • Lack of awareness and knowledge are among the greatest barriers to visiting.

The research was funded by a grant from Market NY through I LOVE NY, New York State’s Division of Tourism, as a part of the State’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

To view the entire report Click Here


200 Years On The Erie Canal Lecture Series

Michael Barrett of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway will be presenting a talk on the anniversary of one of New York States – and America’s – cultural and historic landmarks, the Erie Canal. Join us as he takes us on a journey through the 200 years of the canal, from its construction begun on July 4, 1817, to  its impact on the state and country since it official opening with the Wedding of the Waters in 1825. With a fantastic speaker, this will be a great opportunity to hear some fascinating details of the canal that helped to shape many of the local communities.

The lecture will begin at 7pm at the Van Schaick Island Country Club, but you’re welcome to come earlier and take advantage of the delicious food available for purchase at the club (not included in admission price).

Admission: $6 not-yet members     $ 5 museum members

The Erie Canal And The Birth Of American Religion




Brent Rodriguez-Plate explores the religious life established by the Erie Canal, and the ways it influenced religiosity across the continent, and across the globe. Within 25 years of its opening, the Erie Canal cultivated extraordinary experimental spiritual groups including the Mormons, the Adventists, Spiritualism, a revived Apocalypticism, utopian communal societies such as the Oneida Community, with the Amana Colony and Shakers passing through, as well as the emotion-laden revivals of the Second Great Awakening. The Canal also engendered the religiously infused social movements of abolition, women’s suffrage, and temperance. And because of its key location and function as the link between East and West, the repercussions of canal-formed spiritual experiments rippled across the continent with westward expansion, creating unique currents of religion in the United States into the present day.

Brent Rodriguez-Plate’s teachings and writings explore relations between sensual life and spiritual life. He is a writer, editor, public speaker, and visiting associate professor of religious studies at Hamilton College. He has authored or edited fifteen books, and his writing has appeared in The Washington PostThe Christian CenturyThe Islamic MonthlyAmericaLos Angeles Review of BooksReligion Dispatches, and other places.

This program takes place in the center’s main gallery on Saturday, December 16 starting at 1:00 PM.

The Oneida County History Center, formerly the Oneida County Historical Society, is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution and is dedicated to preserving history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley. Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. Please contact the center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website (www.oneidacountyhistory.org) or Facebook.com page for additional information.