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Canal Bicentennial

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Statewide and Local Celebrations will mark the 200th Anniversary of the start of construction for the Erie Canal. For more information contact

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June 2-4, July 7-9, September 24-28, 2017

The GlassBarge brings the excitement of live glassmaking from The Corning Museum of Glass to waterfront communities along historic waterways of New York State. The Museum has taken mobile hot shops across the globe. This all-new, world-class performance venue brings floating Hot Glass Demos to the Museum’s New York State neighbors along the Erie Canal and its connected waterways.

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Schooner Lois McClure 2017 Legacy Tour

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July 4-October 8, 2017

During the spring, summer and fall of 2017, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Sailing Canal Boat Lois McClure will visit ports along the Champlain and Erie Canals. The schooner Lois McClure’s 2017 voyage celebrates the huge undertaking that began on July 4, 1817 when ground was broken for the construction of the Erie Canal.

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Columbus Foundation Replica Ship Tour On the Canals

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July 16-24, 2017

Step on board Columbus replica boats, the Nina and Pinta. The ships are traveling across Lake Ontario and Lake Erie to Ashtabula, Ohio and other Great Lakes ports.

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Enterprising Waters

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September 16, 2017

In honor of the Bicentennial of the beginning of construction of the Erie Canal, New York State’s Office of Cultural Education will present this rich story in a 7,000 square foot exhibition at the New York State Muse-um. In collaboration with organizations on the canal corridor and across the state, the State Museum will tell the Erie Canal’s story with unique objects, documents, and images.

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2017 World Canals Conference

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September 24-28, 2017

Agents of Transformation is a five-day world-class conference 200 years in the making. Celebrate the bicentennial of the Erie Canal and enjoy endless exploration of Central New York.

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11th Annual Canal Splash!

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Celebrate the history, culture, recreational appeal, and beauty of the New York State Canal System and Erie Canalway Trail during the 10 days of Canal Splash!

Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 20, 2017

Canal Splash! is a coordinated series of locally organized events and activities, that take place along the Canal System and Canalway Trail, including nature and history walks, museum and gallery exhibits, rowing regattas, kayak and canoe outings, musical performances, boat tours and more.

Canal Corridor communities, businesses, clubs, individuals, and non-profit organizations are invited to list events by July 20, 2016. The events must take place during the weekend of August 11 - August 20, 2017 in order to be accepted. The New York State Canal Corporation and its partners will market your event or activity throughout the state for free.

Be part of the statewide festivities! The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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