Syracuse, N.Y. (Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017) — The World Canals Conference (WCC) kicks off on Sunday, September 24 with a free Public Event Day from 1 to 6 p.m. at Syracuse Inner Harbor, Creekwalk and downtown museums. The event officially launches the full conference, which runs through Sept. 28.
“We’re excited to provide a free day of fun, food, music, education and entertainment for families and friends along the Syracuse waterway and officially begin the conference,” World Canals Conference Honorary Chair Dr. Cornelius “Neil” Murphy Jr. said.
The public is invited to tour the replica 1862 canal schooner Lois McClure, row a traditional six-oar long boat built at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and watch live hot glass shows presented by the Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge.
Musical entertainment includes performances by The Sim Redmond Band (1:00-2:45pm), The Measure (3:15-4:15pm), and Damn Dog (4:45-5:45pm).
Other unique experiences include free kayak lessons and demonstrations, boat tours showcasing the cleanup of Onondaga Lake, live fish displays, and exhibits from I LOVE NY and cultural and recreational organizations. Food trucks and Taste NY specialty foods will also be available.
Downtown, the Erie Canal Museum, Onondaga Historical Association, and Everson Museum of Art have special programs related to the canal. Waterway— short films focusing on canal life and culture through the experience and imagination of young people from Scotland, Belgium, Italy and New York State– will be projected at the Everson Museum of Art at 8pm from September 24-28.
The public is also invited to the official unveiling of Canal Crossings, street murals created by 40 Below’s Public Arts Task Force on E. Water Street.
“With WCC2017’s kickoff event, area residents to visiting international guests can experience the best of what Syracuse’s waterway has to offer while enjoying a variety of educational and entertaining activities,” said Carol Eaton, acting president of Visit Syracuse. “We welcome the public to celebrate the historic Erie Canal while embracing its transformative future.”
Several hundred delegates from three continents and 14 countries are attending the full 2017 World Canals Conference. The five-day conference is being held as the historic Erie Canal, now a National Historic Landmark, commemorates its bicentennial.
The conference is co-hosted by the New York State Canal Corporation, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and Visit Syracuse, and sponsored by I LOVE NY and National Grid, along with many other businesses and foundations. It is slated to have a $2 million indirect economic impact for the city of Syracuse.
A full list of events, which also include waterway activities, unique dining experiences and live entertainment, can be found at www.wcc2017syracuse.com.