New York By Rail 14th ed. - Page 84

Canalside Buffalo offers a calendar full of fun and festivals—more than 1,000 events a year— featuring live music, artisans, food and kid-friendly activities. The waterfront is home to America’s largest inland naval park, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, while the Erie Basin Marina features an observation tower with breathtaking views of Buffalo and Canada. You can rent a kayak or waterbike or take a cruise aboard the Queen City Ferry, the Spirit of Buffalo or Buffalo Harbor Cruises to see it all! The Erie Canal by Water During the canal navigation season— May 19 – October 11, 2017—there are numerous opportunities to cruise the canal on vessels that hark back to the early days of Canal life… • Colonial Belle (Fairport) • Erie Canal Cruises (Herkimer) • Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride (Lockport) • Mid-Lakes Navigation (Macedon) — • Sam Patch (Pittsford) Water Music New York is The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s unique musical celebration of the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal. Beginning in Albany on July 2 and concluding in Lockport on July 8, the musicians will travel by barge, making a total of seven stops on their journey to perform newly commissioned works by young American composers. Water Music NY will transform the downtown and waterfront areas of each venue into day-long block parties. Other cities on the tour are Schenectady, Amsterdam, Little Falls, Baldwinsville and Brockport. Schooner Lois McClure Legacy Tour will bring the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s replica of an 1862 sailing freighter turned canal boat to 38 ports along the Champlain and Erie Canals between July 1 and Oct. 15. Check the Museum website for details about the schooner’s itinerary. 82 | 2017 in new york: A yeAr of milestones The Erie Canal Discovery Center and “Flight of Five” Locks in Lockport invite visitors to witness canal-lock physics in action. The Discovery Center is housed in a c.1843 “canal stone” building, next to the historic “Flight of Five.” Lockport’s “staircase” of five locks is an engineering marvel, ascending to a height of 60 feet within a distance of only 550 feet. GlassBarge In 2017, to help celebrate the kickoff of the canal’s bicentennial, the Corning Museum of Glass will send its all new floating performance venue to participate in three waterfront events along the Erie Canal. The Hot Glass Demo Team will provide free public hot glass programming, including daily glassmaking demonstrations every hour on the hour. • June 2-4 at Fairport Canal Days will mark GlassBarge’s maiden voyage. • July 7-9 at Seneca Falls Canal Fest honors the centennial of women winning the right to vote with an all-female glassblowing team. • Sept. 24-28 for the World Canals Conference in Syracuse. Check website for details on the off-site venue. The annual World Canals Conference attracts canal professionals, tourism experts, academics, canal enthusiasts and boaters from around the world. The conference comes to Syracuse September 24 –28 to celebrate 2017’s bicentennial of the Erie Canal. The Public Event Day at Syracuse Inner Harbor features canal-themed boats, booths, food, music and performances. The cultural institutions in downtown Syracuse stay open late and feature waterway exhibits in honor of the conference.