In 2017, Rochester Accessible Adventures provided specialized equipment for kayak access to the Erie Canal and trained volunteers to accompany people with disabilities on kayak outings. Rome Historical Society opened a new exhibition to celebrate the canal’s bicentennial. The Old Erie Canal Community Working Group launched the 4th annual Tour the Towpath to promote cycling along the old Erie Canal in Central New York.
These are just a few of the ways that Erie Canalway Grants are helping people do great things along the canal. A new round of funding is now available and not-for-profits, municipalities, and federally recognized Native American tribes are encouraged to apply. Projects should advance the goals of the Erie Canalway Preservation and Management Plan.This is a competitive grant program which makes reimbursement-based awards ranging from $2,000 to $7,000. A 50/50 match is required.
Visit our website to learn more about the program, download application materials, and to see a list of prior awarded projects. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their potential proposal before submission with Andy Kitzmann, Assistant Director at 518-237-7000, ext. 201; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Applications are due no later than 4 pm, Friday, October 27.
Grant awards will be announced after the first of the year.
Organizations from Albany to Buffalo, from all four branches of the NYS Canal System, NYS agencies, businesses, universities, and canal communities have come together to welcome the world to Syracuse for the World Canals Conference, September 24-28. The world class program kicks off at the Syracuse Inner Harbor and downtown Syracuse on Sunday, September 24 with a free Public Event Day from 1 to 6 p.m. Events include:
Live hot glass shows presented by the Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge
Musical entertainment by The Sim Redmond Band (1:00-2:45pm), The Measure (3:15-4:15pm), and Damn Dog (4:45-5:45pm).
Kayak lessons and demonstrations
Boat tours showcasing the cleanup of Onondaga Lake
Family-friendly activities also include exhibits from I LOVE NY and cultural and recreational organizations. Food trucks and Taste NY specialty foods will also be available.
We know it may be hard to attend the entire conference, but don’t want people to miss out on a great program. If you or someone you know is still on the fence, we encourage you to come for a day. One day registration is open til 9/15.
New York State Museum, Albany
Phase one of Enterprising Waters opens this weekend and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and its nonprofit affiliate the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc. are hosting a special preview with guided tours, light hors d’oeuvres, music, and cash bar this Thursday night. This event is free, however donations are always appreciated. Register here.
The public is invited to the official unveiling of Canal Crossings, a series of street murals applied directly on the pavement along E. Water Street in Syracuse to celebrate the Erie Canal’s significance to the city. The project is spearheaded by 40 Below’s Public Arts Task Force. An additional mural is at the E. Onondaga Street in front of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Conference Center where the World Canals Conference will take place.
In celebration of the city’s canal heritage and the bicentennial of the Erie Canal, the public is invited to a grand reopening of the museum’s newly restored diorama, Rochester in 1838. The opening is followed by the Erie Canal Bicentennial Concert performed by the Brockport Symphony Orchestra at 7:30pm in the RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium. Restoration of the diorama was funded, in part, by a grant from Erie Canalway NHC.
Saturday, October 7, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter
A new indoor exhibit on the Erie Canal is coming to Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. The State Historic Preservation Office is installing phase one and a grand opening is expected on October 7 during the fall Path Through History Weekend. Accessible by bike, boat, and car, the park showcases the remains of the impressive Schoharie Aqueduct, locks from 1825 and 1841, and a recreated canal-side store. Visit the park and find other great sites nearby with our Mohawk Valley Treasure Hunt itinerary. Contact the site for details on the opening.
Upstate New York is about to get cloaked in gorgeous fall colors. Plan a weekend getaway to experience the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor at its peak. Find itineraries, maps, bike rides and more to help you plan your trip at www.eriecanalway.org/explore.
Visit great museums and heritage sites in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and collect Passport to Parks stamps at 25 locations. Take advantage of beautiful fall weather and plan your next trip!
Multiple locations; see the website for dates and details
The Legacy Tour continues with stops in Phoenix, Brewerton, Syracuse, Baldwinsville, and Ilion in September and visits to St. Johnsville, Halfmoon, Waterford, and Mechanicville in October. Step aboard for a free tour to discover how the “boatwood” trees, white oak and white pine, have been essential for centuries in boat building and in the forest ecosystem.
Usher in the fall season in the bucolic Village of Ames in the Mohawk River Valley with vendors, crafters, and re-enactors sharing their expertise to bring the rich history of this part of the Erie Canalway to life. A 5K race and tours of the museum round out the day.
Experience 36 miles of beautiful, off-road trail riding and explore historic communities that were built around the Erie Canal from Rome to DeWitt. Complete the ride in two days with camping or hotel accommodations at the mid-point. Or do the abbreviated one-day version.
The NYS Canal Corporation maintains a full calendar of events— check it out for weekly activities and festivals.
Attention State Employees: Donate to the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund through the SEFA Campaign
The New York State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) enables New York State employees to give to their favorite charitable causes by making a payroll deduction. If you would like to support the protection and promotion of New York’s iconic canal heritage and the distinctive canal communities, engineering marvels, waterways and trails that make the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor an extraordinary place, please select the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc, for your annual giving. The Heritage Fund is listed as #999-01182. Thank you! www.sefanys.org